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January 24, 2020


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1. Useful and interesting, but if we do not all of us cut our carbon footprint, we're in for a world where Hurricane Katrina, the unstable fires devouring Australia, droughts, and storms are a new "normal."
How to lower your carbon footprint :

What's coming, what is already here:
2. Important and useful information that gives the false impression that global warming is survivable. It isn't. We can still do something about it, but NOW. Key Issues: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/03/david-wallace-wells-on-climate-people-should-be-scared-im-scared Please NOTE: Republicans deny and accelerate this problem. Then VOTE: GOP out of office, to get started!

This article is fine for greater resiliency of LIMITED human-dominated areas where fire is already a factor in natural ecosystems--prairies, forests, etc. The native populations in Northern California were much smaller than the total human populations in most areas now. The fractions of forest ecosystems burned by native humans--and therefore, simplified and made less sustainable than if natural fires burned through on a more irregular and less thorough basis--were not extensive enough to knock down biodiversity, for example, over entire ecosystems, even in ecosystems as small as single watersheds.

With most natural fires in forests and elsewhere, the low-level and often lightning-initiated fires that occur every decade or two in the forested areas of the inland West, there is a burn mosaic leaving areas within the overall perimeter of fires unburned and thus handy to repopulate burned areas in addition to repopulation from unburned areas outside the scope of fires. Humans tend not to replicate such mosaic patterns when burning to benefit their own species- and culture-specific activities, preferring to be more efficient.

Most traditional natives had populations controlled in size by numerous factors, and this resulted in population sizes not large enough to destroy natural ecosystems. This would not be the case for low-level human-caused fires in the same finite places if conducted in proportion to our current exploded overpopulations. The resilience claimed (myopically) for native-style burning is for the sake of artificial human activities and not for the sake of nature. Nature, for the most part, was not overwhelmed in the pre-European-invasion era, but it is now batting last with the massive, sweeping mistakes people have made. The raging crown fires that burn into and through communities in Northern California and elsewhere are but one swing of the bat and not the entire final half-inning by any means.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has, in many ways, become an anthropocentric, overpopulation-denying (a form of science denial), big-donor-influenced nonprofit and is now in no way a well-grounded authority on preservation of forests or any other kind of large-scale natural biome or ecosystem. Its vaunted "Anthropocene" is, in fact, the "Anthro-Obscene." It needs to spend more time in firsthand studies of nature and less time claiming it has the capability to create a new kind of "nature."

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