i’m breaking protocol here and only posting links. the reason being that here are a number of articles, and i didn’t feel like copying and pasting a bunch of articles making a super long post.
individually people have been thinking about the ecological crisis, but we haven’t done any collective reading or discussion on it. what follows are a couple articles on the scientific debates surrounding global warming. this is important because the scientific analysis is necessary to either support or contradict the apocalyptic claims on the climate movement. what’s not included here are political discussions on the topic, readings on the drastic reduction of global bio-diversity, and the countless other topics that compose the ecological crisis.
if others have good primers on this stuff feel free to add an update.
this article, by the Texas state climatologist, breaks down the numbers and positions within the scientific field concerning the effects of anthropogenic global warming.
here are three videos (from a series of 19 — go to the youtube channel to see the rest) that delve more into the scientific analyses and debates of global warming.
i’m straying a bit from what i said i would list here. the following passage isn’t so much a scientific analysis, as it is an industrial breakdown of the causes of global warming from an article published by the British SWP, which was written after the Copenhagen summit. the rest of the article is definitely worth the read, because it begins to lay the foundation for an ecological critique of political economy, but for the purposes of this post the this passage will suffice.
The global economic crisis has transformed the nature of climate politics. To understand how and why we need to start with the material causes of climate change and the possible solutions. These set the limits to all climate politics.
Five different sorts of greenhouse gas emissions account for most of man made global warming: carbon dioxide (CO2) from energy use in industry; CO2 from energy use in homes and buildings; CO2 from energy use in transport; CO2 from changes in land use; and methane, nitrous oxide and other greenhouse gases.
The first three come from burning coal, oil and gas. When they burn the carbon within them mixes with oxygen to make carbon dioxide which is released into the air. Burning these fuels accounts for about 60 percent of man made greenhouse gas emissions. Just over a third of this comes from industry, just under a third from homes and buildings, and just over a quarter from transport.
The emissions from home and building energy come mainly from heating, cooling, lighting and electricity. Of these heating is much the most important. Almost half of transport emissions are caused by passenger cars and another quarter by trucks. Half of industry emissions come from just three industries: cement, iron and steel, and oil refineries. The problem in industry is not mostly machines. It is the great heat needed to make steel, cement and petrol.
The fourth main source of greenhouse gases is CO2 emissions caused by changes in land use. The most important is cutting down forests, especially tropical rainforests. Replanting trees makes little difference—preserving the old forests is crucial.
The fifth main source of warming is other greenhouse gases, mainly methane and nitrous oxide.