Fiction, Reality, & Responsibility: #EcoSciFi, #Climate-Change

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The Tsaeb warriors appeared at a time when Earth’s intelligent creatures were endangering their own existence. War and environmental pollution were destroying the planet. These destructive forces were also sorting out Earth’s intelligent species by extinguishing those least able to compete. Evolutionary trial and error favored the swift and strong, and it favored species with a long-term view of their lives and instinctive acceptance of responsibility for their behavior. The rabbits were the first evolving species to understand and reject the destructive effects of industry and war; they formed the warrior guild and began helping evolution weed out irresponsible species.

Great Basin shrubland replaced by fire-prone invasive weeds.

Great Basin shrubland replaced by fire-prone invasive weeds.

In Corr Syl’s time and in ours, Humans are endangering their own existence. Unchecked, the Human population is spreading across the land plowing and bulldozing natural ecosystems. We are introducing invasive species, and harvesting plants and animals so fast that nature can’t recover. It is not surprising that wildlife biologists report that the numbers of many animal and plant species are sinking toward extinction.

1-SunThe lands that we do not destroy, we pollute with artificial fertilizers, pesticides, and a plethora of chemicals in municipal wastes. However, the most widespread and deadly pollutants of all are the big-molecule greenhouse gasses emitted by our industries, automobiles, and fires. CO2 is the principal culprit among these gasses. When we burn fuels such as wood, coal, or gasoline, oxygen from the air combines with the carbon in the fuel. A 6.3-pound gallon of gas produces about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) when burned. Though the new big CO2 molecules float in the atmosphere, they weigh more than the original carbon atoms in the fuel. Here’s a clear explanation of what happens from the U. S. Department of Energy.

CO2 drifts up into the air where it admits light from the sun and blocks heat radiating back from Earth’s warmed surface. The oceans absorb some of the CO2 and this causes seawater to become more acidic.

The oceans also absorb some of the heat trapped in the atmosphere by CO2. Since the Industrial Revolution when our CO2 production shot up, the oceans have protected Earth’s climate by absorbing CO2 and heat.

The atmosphere and the oceans are warming. As they warm—and it takes only a few degrees—mountain glaciers and the great polar ice sheets begin to melt. This adds fresh water to the oceans, diluting their salinity and further increasing acidity. Rising ocean acidity is reaching the point where it is beginning to kill corals and shellfish. At the same time, our harvest of fish from the oceans has substantially reduced many species’ numbers. Since all sea creatures, like all land creatures, depend on one another, numbers of many species are falling.

Very hot temperature anomalies throughout the Eastern Pacific running from Equator to Northern Hemisphere Pole were a major contributor to record-breaking global heat during June. Still warming waters in the Equatorial zone are likely to pump still more heat into an atmosphere overburdened with human greenhouse gas emissions through at least early 2016. Image source: Earth Nullschool

“Very hot temperature anomalies throughout the Eastern Pacific running from Equator to Northern Hemisphere Pole were a major contributor to record-breaking global heat during June. Still warming waters in the Equatorial zone are likely to pump still more heat into an atmosphere overburdened with human greenhouse gas emissions through at least early 2016”–Robert Scribbler. Image source: Earth Nullschool

As the atmosphere and oceans warm, changes occur in the great atmospheric pressure systems that steer cyclones and hurricanes. The North Polar Region is becoming warmer even more rapidly than other latitudes. In the past, cold heavy air at the pole blocked warm moist air from the south. Now, that air flows farther north than it used to and the global pattern of atmospheric and oceanic circulation is changing.

We are entering a period when evaporation from the warmed oceans is increasing, and the oceans are returning stored heat to the atmosphere. Storms, floods, droughts, cold spells, and heat waves are growing stronger.

Evolution took millions of years to cull the Tsaeb for species capable of living as stable elements of Earth’s ecosystems. I wrote that the Tsaeb wars were terrible, but I let them run for millions of years without destroying the Earth. Had they been as destructive as the side effects of our current population growth and pollution, there wouldn’t have been time for evolution to select for wisdom. The challenge for Humans today is greater than it was for the Tsaeb. Our impact on the Earth is far more abrupt than the damage caused by Tsaeb wars. In hundreds, not millions, of years, our pollution and habitat destruction will transform Earth into a barren planet with few species, little soil, and horrible storms. We’ve known this for only a few decades. Now we have only decades to change our ways and save our forests, seas, and ourselves.

What’s Next for Earth?

Some believe that we already have the wisdom needed to take the long view of things and change our way of life. If you agree and you want to help, you may wish to begin by acquiring a general picture of what’s happening. Some of the best sources are those that fuel the Rebel Mouse newsletters on my website. Go to https://garryrogers.com/climate-news, and https://garryrogers.com/natcon-news. Many of the sources I use for the newsletters have excellent libraries of reviews and information. For more combined climate and nature-conservation news and information try http://www.scoop.it/t/ecoscifi. One of the sources is the blog by Robert Scribbler.

There are many good books on human impacts. Here are two on climate change that I like.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
Storms Of My Grandchildren: Truth About The Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance To Save Humanity by James Hansen

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From near my home in central Arizona, left to right:  1) Long strands of algae in stream water polluted by fertilizer runoff from farms. 2) Total algae cover of pond polluted by fertilizer runoff from farms. 3) Land with its surface scraped in preparation for destruction by houses and streets. 4) Jet condensation trails. 5) Recreation destruction of a stream bank.

Corr Syl the Terrible – Chapter 2 Reading by actor Geoff Mays

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Chapter 2 read by actor Geoff Mays.

From the author interview:  “This book will interest anyone who reads for entertainment and who is facing, or who remembers facing the challenges of growing up and finding one’s purpose in life. Sometimes, the big decisions we make don’t work out. Things aren’t what we thought they were. The principal character in this book, Corr Syl, thought he knew what he wanted to be, and he trained thirteen years to become a warrior. Then in the first year on the job, he learned that killing, which is, of course, a normal part of a warrior’s job, was something he didn’t like, something he really didn’t like. So, what do you do? In this story, Corr finds a solution that turns his problem into a purpose, a grand challenge to which he can happily dedicate himself.”

Sourced through Scoop.it from: wildsoundfestivalreview.com

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Nature-Conservation News (Animals, Climate, Humans)

Blogging the Nature Conservation News

For two years, I’ve blogged about nature conservation and my EcoSciFi work. I’ve written original articles about invasive plants and Arizona wildlife, and I’ve added almost 500 comments to news reports. My busiest day was 22 blog posts and 4,600 visitors. Finding interesting news items, formatting posts, and adding comments is absorbing work, but it leaves no time for writing longer articles, stories, and books. In January 2015, I cut back on blogging.

Nature conservation is the great challenge of our time.  Human beings are imposing the great death, the sixth mass extinction of Earth’s creatures.  As citizen naturalists, we respond by volunteering to help specialists acquire real-world information, and repair damaged and invaded ecosystems.  We also advise and direct our leaders using letters, petitions, and demonstrations.  Effective response requires current information.

I’ve designed RebelMouse newsletters that summarize the news in continuous streams. The newsletters automatically display stories from sources that I pre-select. I choose sources that report on relevant subjects and that have high standards for honesty and presentation quality.  The editorial slant follows the Land Ethic.

The newsletters are more current and complete than my blog ever was.  They are easy to scan for interesting stories, and I can add information and insights.  A click shares the stories on social-media.

Following or subscribing to the newsletters produces a daily email, but I recommend bookmarks instead.

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Nature Conservation News:  Animals, animal-rights, biodiversity, habitats, human impacts, wildlife, and many related topics.

Climate News:  Climate change, global-warming, storms, human impacts, etc.

International Book Award for Corr Syl

Corr Syl the Warrior just won the 2014 BIB, an international award for Independent publishers.

BIB Reviews:

“An intriguing story for all ages that both delights and informs.”
-The Jelly Bomb Review-
“Take an adventure with a warrior rabbit who works hard to bring
harmony to his habitat.  A fun read that presents a meaningful
message.” -Best Indie Books-

Other Awards for Corr Syl:

Arizona State Library 2014 OneBookAZ Teen Literature.

Kirkus Star: Awarded to books of exceptional merit.Kirkus Star. “A beautifully written novel that will captivate sci-fi fans of all ages.”  Kirkus reviews (starred review). –June, 2013Kirkus Reviews:    Best Indie Books of 2013.

New Mexico–Arizona Book Awards.–2013

Arizona Authors’ 2013 Published Fiction Literary Awards.

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Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite, 2013Readers' Fav 5-star-large

Amazon:  14 reviews, average 4.14 stars.

Barnes & Noble:  5 reviews, average 5 stars.