The uninhabitable planet


Is the book I am currently reading and to say that it presents a scary picture of our planet’s future would be an understatement.

The author argues that the climate crisis is worse than most of us think. And the worst bit of it all is that those countries that have ravaged the planet the most will not suffer the most, at least at the beginning. This is ironic justice.

Whether we should have children given what is coming? The author argues to not have is to surrender before even the battle has been won or lost. It reminds me almost of Albert Camus and his writings on the absurd life. Kirilov commits suicide because life is absurd. For Dostoyevsky, faith is what overcomes an absurd life.

Places in Kenya and east Africa generally have in the past month been receiving crazy rains. Some places have seen rains last seen 25 years ago and others received rains in one day they usually receive in a month.

While Ark doesn’t watch the news, Venice declared an emergency last week or the week before because of flooding. The water mark was last hit 100(?) or so years ago.

And below is a video of just how things are this side of the woods.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

54 thoughts on “The uninhabitable planet

  1. What’s the name of the book and author?

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  2. Mordanicus says:

    I guess I fully agree with Wallace-Wells. We have passed a point of no return and no matter what we do, we will not be able to curb climate change. Hence this is one of the reason I endorse space colonization, the perspectives of humans on Earth are very, very dim. Needless to say, we need not to repeat our mistakes in space but the alternative is simply extinction.

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    • makagutu says:

      I think the idea that we can colonize space is what is making some people not care much about the environment. It is akin to the belief that we are sojourners here, headed to heaven or some other such place

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      • Mordanicus says:

        Fair point. But I would like to see it from another perspective. It’s estimated that without fossil fuel, essential a deposit of several millions of years worth of biomass, the Earth could only sustain about one or two billion people at a high standard of living.

        Moving the excess population would reduce the environmental pressure modern society creates. So in that sense space colonization is an appropriate way to care about Earth’s environment.

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        • makagutu says:

          This reminds me of Kurt’s 2BOR2B. Can the human pop be capped?

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          • Mordanicus says:

            Interesting question. UN estimates show that human population will peak at 11B around the year 2100 or 2200 and will slowly decline afterwards. Also in many countries fertility is already below replacement levels (i.e. 2.2).

            However, due to increasing life expectancy population decline will be slow. And if a substantial part of the older generation has died, the younger generation might decide to cause another “baby boom” due to reduced house prices and the diminished need to support senior citizens.

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      • basenjibrian says:

        The idea that we can colonize space is, to be blunt, ridiculous. Sorry. People simply don’t have an idea about the distances, the time, the RESOURCES, required. Our nutty billionaire class may think THEY in their special glory may be able to flee, but they will be sadly mistaken.

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      • Nan says:

        I’m an anti-colonizer.

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  3. john zande says:

    The weather has been like riding a roller coaster here, too.

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  4. Arkenaten says:

    Nuts indeed. Jo’burg has just experienced the second hottest November temps in recorded history – according to Acuweather.
    And today it is chilly and pissisting down with rain.

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  5. Tish Farrell says:

    The video flood coverage is a complete nightmare. I remember back in ’97/’98 there were some horrendous landslides in Central Province and huge floods in Western Kenya, but this current weather pattern looks far, far worse. Not just destroying lives and livelihoods but making off with the topsoil, which in turn compromises recovery. A bloody downward spiral. And last week a UK TV audience of voters apparently sniggered at Jeremy Corbyn when he tried to explain that climate change would have the worst impact on the world’s poorest people first.

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  6. sounds like quite the informative read. I’ll have to check it out.

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  7. Ron says:

    Climate change is real. But “climate crisis” is the delusion of hysterical sixteen year old girls. I’ve lived through many failed doomsday predictions. This will turn out to be yet another.

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  8. Joop Beris says:

    I fear Wallace-Wells may be right. The news is certainly worrying and while some say it’s hysteric doomsday shouting, I fear it’s actually worse than what most people believe. Time will tell but even if we are just part of the climate change problem, I think we need to take measures. We are still a part of this ecosystem, after all.

    See also this article in The Guardian, if you haven’t yet.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/27/climate-emergency-world-may-have-crossed-tipping-points

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    • makagutu says:

      Individual measures mean so little in the whole complex. SO if anything is to be done, global politics must change and that is a harder call

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      • Joop Beris says:

        Yes, I agree with that. Climate doesn’t stop at the border so even national measures would be limited in effectiveness. Only a global strategy would work. But as you said, that’s a tough nut to crack…

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  9. renudepride says:

    This isn’t surprising, my Kenyan brother. Until everyone understands the fact that we ALL need to cooperate together to preserve our resources and to help instill respect for the environment, this may well be the future and the end of it all. Of course, the absurd opinion of the current US president and his greedy cronies and their outlook on the environment are the most devastating for all of us. Naked hugs! 🙂

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  10. basenjibrian says:

    the whole PREMISE of the modern world is “economic growth”. Which is impossible. At the same time, the benefits of modernism (sanitation, medicine, relative peace) means population growth has created stress on the environment even for poor populations (see the choking air pollution caused by poor Indian farmers near Delhi).

    And yet, without “prosperity,” the world will devolve into the night of religion, war, and population growth?

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