Mitigating the Risks of a 21st Century Climate Switch (to global cooling) and Running Out of Oil and Gas:
There is an urgent need to prepare the world for a 21st century climate switch to a cooling phase, and this current grand solar minimum is a prime time for that switch. The world will face natural climate change-related risks during the current grand solar minimum—risks dismissed or ignored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) because of its constraining Articles 1 and 2. Solar scientists expert in climate change are warning us of a 21st century global cooling, but the IPCC process has dismissed their science and that of other climate sub-disciplines. Climate-forcing volcanism, Arctic glacier expansion, rapid climate change, and the climate- and volcanic-related catastrophes that occurred during the Little Ice Age are risks that were also dismissed by the IPCC process.
Earth actually entered a new Ice Age 8 and 10.5 millennia ago, in the Arctic and the Antarctic respectively. Since the Holocene Climate Optimum 8,000 years ago, Greenland’s temperature declined by 4.90C to its lowest trough in 1700. The subsequent 1700-2016 trough-to-peak temperature rise is the largest temperature increase in 8,000 years. Glacier ice accumulation also started 5,000 years ago, reaching its peak during the Little Ice Age. However, since the mid-19th century much of this glacier ice melted as the sun entered an extreme grand solar maximum phase, which human activity has exacerbated.
Section 3 of this book provides best-practice strategies for implementing decentralized sustainable development and switching the world’s energy system to renewable energy. These strategies will be required to mitigate the yet unseen climate and resource supply-related risks that loom on the horizon. This book is pitched at the levels of central governments, local governments, and for you at home, and is a must if you want to know the data-driven facts about natural climate change.
Prior to becoming an author and private researcher, I had a diverse career and education, and purposefully pursued an eclectic series of interests. I qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1986 (Massey University, New Zealand) and worked in New Zealand and England as a veterinarian, predominantly in small animal practice. In 1997 I completed my Master of Business Administration at the London Business School, and pursued a career in biotechnology and global healthcare investment banking in Europe.
Between 2002 and 2012, as a vaccine innovator and CEO, I raised £23m from European life science investors and the UK government, and built a vaccine company in the UK that was sold in 2015. During this time a synthetic universal influenza-A vaccine, able to immunologically counter all potential pandemic influenza-A strains, was progressed into clinical testing (https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlton-b...). The underlying vaccine technology was developed to counter the threat of mutating viruses transmitted from animals to people (i.e., zoonosis). This background in innovating vaccines for zoonotic mutating viruses provided a doorway to my research on the Arctic climate and solar activity’s influence on viral mutation and pandemic flu outbreaks.
My new career as an author began in 2012 and was enabled by two decades of hobby research in the field of pyramid archeology, resulting in the publication of Discovering Ritual Meditation: Transcendental Healing and Self-Realization (Google Books, https://bit.ly/2PYHxTd) in 2014. I spent three years being a test pilot for the ancient priesthood ritual methods that I discovered during my archeology research. My interests in earth as a complex living system (Mother Earth), enabling the evolution of all life and consciousness, while living “in presence” (in the moment, in silence, aware of breath and all arisings, from the heart) in the intense magnetic fields of Lake Atitlan’s volcanoes (Guatemala), “inspired” my latest book (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31847855-revolution).
I am interested in the sun’s magnetic and electromagnetic control of earth systems and earth system risks (i.e., climate change, volcanism, earthquakes, disease), and the enablement of human consciousness.
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.
"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.
Michael Lewis’s brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders. In Agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. The Commerce Department may not have enough staff to conduct the 2020 Census properly. Over at Energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, it’s not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do.
Willful ignorance plays a role in these looming disasters. If your ambition is to maximize short-term gains without regard to the long-term cost, you are better off not knowing those costs. If you want to preserve your personal immunity to the hard problems, it’s better never to really understand those problems. There is upside to ignorance, and downside to knowledge. Knowledge makes life messier. It makes it a bit more difficult for a person who wishes to shrink the world to a worldview.
If there are dangerous fools in this book, there are also heroes, unsung, of course. They are the linchpins of the system—those public servants whose knowledge, dedication, and proactivity keep the machinery running. Michael Lewis finds them, and he asks them what keeps them up at night.