Near-Term Extinction/NTE

** NTE is the acronym for near-term extinction. NTHE = near-term human extinction. Take your pick!

*** Note on March 23/19: Some of what used to be in this posting is no longer relevant. My blog was migrated to a new site in 2016, & the old NTE section got blown apart. Yeah, bummer. I have un-done the OLD links, ‘cos they don’t work anyway. Links you see here now DO work.

*** NTE postings on this site are (now) mostly contained in the COLLECTIONS posting, under N for NTE. Graphics are here. Quotations here. Resources here.

** Recent quote from Guy McPherson, the NBL guy: “The shit is no longer hitting the fan. The fan is covered in shit. The shit is hitting the shit.”  

There is of course the ‘Nature Bats Last’ blog – where I first encountered the term “near-term extinction.” (My 1st encounter on that site was this posting.) Lots & lots of stuff to read on NBL! Super-thorough & frequently updated 'Climate Change Summary and Update' posting here; must-read! [no longer true, of course. GM is not writing or updating any more. His only postings now seem to be about interviews he’s done. Life goes on! Still, that old Climate Change Summary & Update post is an impressive piece of work.]

& then also… these.

** Most recent items up top. Read from the bottom up if you want to read them in the order in which they were published. I’ll add in more as I come across them.

** added note on Feb. 6/15. I've seen an absolute avalanche of new stuff lately, but am unable to post links to them all; no time to add them all in. I get most of them via the NTE Facebook support group to which I belong. I recommend it highly!! [still true!]

** added note on July 24/15: another collection item, End of the World Stuff

Life on Earth now officially at risk, scientists say, Oliver Milman [Grist, Jan. 16/15.]

The Dreaded Methane Veil, Robert Hunziger [CounterPunch, Jan. 16-18/15.]

The Methane Monster Roars, Dahr Jamail [Truthout, Jan. 13/15.]

As climate disruption advances 26% of mammals face extinction. Dahr Jamail [Truthout, Jan. 6, 2015]

It's the end of the world as we know it, Randy Malamud [Huffington Post, Dec. 8/14.]

Are Humans Going Extinct?, Dahr Jamail [Truthout, Dec. 1/14.]

As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been "Hugely Underestimated" Dahr Jamail. Oct. 20/14. Not about NTE, per se. Unless you connect all the dots, that is.

Climate Change and Human Extinction – A Personal Perspective (based on an interview with Guy McPherson on Feb. 23/14). Quite interesting. (Just found it now. By fluke. Really a good read!)

Near Term Human Extinction? [Sept. 7/14.]

"Peak Water," Methane Blowholes and Ice-Free Arctic Cruises: The Climate Crisis DeepensDahr Jamail [August 18/14]

Staying Sane In A Suicidal Culture: Spotlight On Joanna Macy, by Dahr Jamail  [June 3/14]

Melting Polar Ice Caps A ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ for Earth’s Climate System [May 29/14]

When Surrender Means Not Giving Up [no date on it. Late April 2014, pretty sure]

It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine  [April 17/14]

How We Should Live In The Face Of Catastrophic Climate Change, A Conversation With Carolyn Baker. [April 16/14]

Paul Beckwith & Guy McPherson talk climate change [April 10/14]

Human extinction: is it possible? [April 2/14]

NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And it's not looking good for us [March 18/14]

The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ [Dec. 17/13]


Some Relevant Quotes from Joanna Macy:

“This may be the last gasp of life on Earth, and what a great last gasp, if we realize we have fallen in love with each other. If you are really in the moment of experiencing our reality, you don’t say “Oh I won’t experience this because it’s not going to last forever!” You’ve got this moment. It’s true for now. We can have a reasoned concern about what is down the track, without necessarily getting hooked on something having to endure.” ~ Joanna Macy

“Yes, it looks bleak. But you are still alive now. You are alive with all the others, in this present moment. And because the truth is speaking in the work, it unlocks the heart. And there’s such a feeling and experience of adventure. It’s like a trumpet call to a great adventure. In all great adventures there comes a time when the little band of heroes feels totally outnumbered and bleak, like Frodo in Lord of the Rings or Pilgrim in Pilgrim’s Progress. You learn to say ‘It looks bleak. Big deal, it looks bleak.’” ~ Joanna Macy

“From news reports and life around us, we are bombarded with signals of distress—of job layoffs and homeless families, of nearby toxic wastes and distant famines, of arms sales and wars and preparations for wars. These stir within us feelings of fear, anger, and sorrow, even though we may never express them to others. By virtue of our humanity we share these deep responses. To be conscious in our world today is to be aware of vast suffering and unprecedented peril.” ~ Joanna Macy & Molly Young Brown

“Our culture conditions us to view pain as dysfunctional. There are pills for headache, backache, neuralgia and premenstrual tension—but no pills, capsules or tablets for this pain for our world. Not even a stiff drink really helps. To permit ourselves to entertain anguish for the world is not only painful, but frightening: it appears to threaten our capacity to cope with daily life. We are afraid that if we were to let ourselves fully experience these feelings, we might fall apart, lose control, or be mired in them permanently.” ~ Joanna Macy & Molly Young Brown

* NTE quotes page here [this link IS current!]

p.s. thanks to JE for pretty much all the content in this posting! John did not introduce me to the 'Nature Bats Last' blog (it was either KL or LJ who did that a couple years ago) - or to Joanna Macy's ideas -- but he does seem to dig up these great articles & Joanna Macy quotes!