I agree with your points Thierry. I understand that the topic of discussion has been spun almost beyond belief for the sake of vested interests in the US, (though the Canadian spin has been considerable too). But, let’s note, that amongst the scientific community, and the remainder of nations of Europe and around the globe the issue is accepted as alarming fact. The votes are in, as they say, there is consensus. Human forced climate change is a fact, and the implications are potentially beyond catastrophic.
I understand that the further south a person is, the less obvious the effects. I have walked on the collapsing glaciers in the Canadian Rockies, their global decline is far beyond any debate, and that loss alone will be devastating for various reasons. I have encountered the permafrost sinkholes forming in the massive accumulations of organic permafrost at the extreme of the treeline. I have witnessed turkey vultures and other species completely foreign in my youth become common residents here. Global satellite data has shown 20 C temperature deviations above normal over large areas of the artic ocean since the fall. These things are signs that we are courting absolute disaster. Once the arctic ocean becomes ice free the energy exchange in the northern hemisphere will greatly change, possibly like a boat capsizing. If our climate falters to a degree to impair agriculture, none of the rest matters for our gigantic world population, or civilization. And we have roughly 55 days of food reserves globally nowadays. A pinch will hit very fast and hard, as we had a hint of in 2008.
Read Jarrod Diamond’s book, Collapse, for the repeated observations of how every previous civilization has over exploited key resources, overshot, and eventually failed, often catastrophically…
For me these signs are strong motivating factors to aim for carbon neutrality, or even negative carbon, practically achievable in my opinion by common people only by partial biomass pyrolysis and subsequent sequestration of the char. I can measure a pile of char. I can weigh it, and incorporate it into the soil, and be sure it will stay where I put it, with potential benefits for the soil as well. Unlike any corporate claims. It could be far too little, too late now anyways, observing the scale and speed of change underway, but I believe that if we are a thinking, moral species, we should do what we can as individuals. The emergency lights are flashing.
I will be sad to see this topic gone.
In the morning I am off to my farm, to split cordwood while still frozen and easy going, for the purpose of making charcoal, the doing rather than talking component, so this is the last of my contributions on this important topic.