Ten Great Ideas: Global Warming- The Apocalypse

Solastalgia: a form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change

'Story with Global Warming not on the syllabus? Link One of my very first blog posts. Now ten years old. Yikes!
How much of the world’s electricity is still reliant on coal, oil and gas? Link Click on each country to find out how dependant it is on fossil fuels, renewables or nuclear power. gocompare.com/energy/what-powers-the-world/
What is Global Warming?    
February was the warmest month in recorded history, climate experts say Link Text-based from The Guardian. March 2016.
Introduction As good an introduction as any. From Symphony of Science. YouTube 4 mins
Global Warming 101 From National Geographic courtesy of YouTube. 3 mins
How do greenhouse gases affect the climate? Explore the atmosphere during the ice age and today.
From Phet . What happens when you add clouds? Change the greenhouse gas concentration and see how the temperature changes. Then compare to the effect of glass panes. Zoom in and see how light interacts with molecules.
Fantastic resource that allows students to see the maths behind the various issues www.withouthotair.com/
What's really warming the world? Link In graphics form. From bloomberg.com/graphics
13 Misconceptions About Global Warming Link YouTube. 7 mins
Why people don't get Climate Change
Cognitive Dissonance
In this fast-paced spin through the cognitive history of the 20th century, moral philosopher James Flynn suggests that changes in the way we think have had surprising (and not always positive) consequences. Link Youtube. Via TED. 20 mins.
What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming
Title of a book by Per Espen Stoknes - a psychologist, economist, and entrepreneur based in Norway
A Psychologist Explains Why People Don't Give a Sh1t About Climate Change Link Interview with the author above
Other reasons people don't get Climate Change    
Two reasons climate change is not like other environmental problems Link Text-based from The Guardian.
Belief in biblical end-times stifling climate change action in U.S.: study Web-page
Danny Healy Rae: "I believe that God above is in charge of the weather" Link Youtube. 1 min
Because anecdotes trump data Link Veratasium on Youtube
The Doubt Machine: Inside The Koch Brothers' War on Climate Science​
Link Half hour video from vimeo
The Ethics of Having Kids in a Climate Crisis Link Essay from newrepublic.com
The Apocalypse    
The Doomsday clock Link thebulletin.org/timeline
DOOMSDAY CLOCK Moves Up To 11:57 Link "current efforts are entirely insufficient" on Catastrophic Warming
Noam Chomsky: The Doomsday Clock Is Nearing Midnight Link An essay excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World?
End of civilisations    
Jared Diamond: Why societies collapse Link TED-Ed YouTube. 20 mins
Apparently the Mayan collapse was caused by Global Warming Text-based, from National Geographic
Attenborough Explains Easter Island YouTube. 7 mins
What Would Happen If All humans Disappeared From Earth?
Link ASAP Science on YouTube. 4 mins
Experts Fear Collapse of Global Civilisation News report
We're Looking at the End of Humanity -- And It Might Happen Sooner Than You Think Text-based news report from alternet.org
NASA funded Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It's Not Looking Good for Us The text-based report concludes that "collapse is difficult to avoid."
We’re Doomed … Kittens and Puppies Too!! Link

Global warming is going to “wipe out” every Australian man, woman and child, according to Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard.

Professor Frank Fenner, who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years Link From the dailygalaxy.com
Arctic Sea Ice Hits Another Terrifying Milestone Link "As a former Earth scientist, watching a series of complex ocean-atmosphere-biosphere feedback loops rev up in real-time is fascinating. As a human whose prospects of escaping to Mars are slim to nil, it’s terrifying."
Rutgers climate scientist Jennifer Francis

"I'm not as optimistic as people think I am. I think we have a 50-50 chance of there being a human race in 100 years".

Link The late great Pete Seeger. "The real revolution will come when people realise the danger we're in" From The Guardian.
Climate change will reshape world ‘in our lifetimes’ –World Bank president Reuters newspaper report
Professor warns students: Planet on verge of global apocalypse due to human activity Link From thecollegefix.com
Carbon dioxide is rising at its fastest rate in 66 million years Link From mashable.com March 2016
The five scariest things that will likely happen because of climate change.

And asks why nobody seems to care. YouTube. 10 mins from SciShow

My bet is that the first Global Warming war will be over the river Nile BBC news report.
How climate change helped Al Qaeda Click on the embedded video. Grim viewing.
What happens if the world gets just 2 Degrees warmer? Link YouTube. 2 mins. Bear in mind that leaders of the world are are hoping to 'contain' the rise to 2 degrees.
What happens if the world gets just 3 Degrees warmer? Link YouTube. 2 mins. In all likelihood, this is the minimum of what we're going to experience.
The world's largest uncontrolled experiment YouTube. 3 mins
We're screwed And here's 11,000 years' worth of data to prove it
Melting ice in the artic    
Amount of old ice in Arctic, 1987-2013 Animation from YouTube 1 min
Simple animation that shows how the volume of artic ice has decreased over recnt years It does not make for pleasant viewing
Thickness of icesheets 21,000 years ago relative to some modern skylines. Brilliant from xkcd
Permafrost Methane Time Bomb Link YouTube 7 mins
permafrost -- the frozen ground that covers the top of the world -- has been thawing rapidly over the last three decades.

What can we do to save ourselves?

YouTube 4 mins from Scishow
The History of Climate Change Negotiations in 83 seconds YouTube
Why Nuclear Energy should not be discounted Post in The Guardian by George Monbiot
Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate Link Text-based from theguardian.com
The Black Death    
The past, present and future of the bubonic plague Link TED-Ed via YouTube. 4 mins
SciShow News explains the science behind the latest virus outbreak in the U.S., and examines surprising new predictions about the future of the world’s human population. Link SciShow Youtube. 5 mins.
The day humans nearly died    
Close Calls: Three Times When Humanity Barely Escaped Extinction Link From io9.gizmodo.com
How Human Beings Almost Vanished From Earth In 70,000 B.C. Link

Explosion of a volcano called Toba, on Sumatra, in Indonesia. Text-based from npr.org. Suggests human population could have dropped to "40 breeding pairs".

70,000 years ago the human population was as low as 2,000. Report in thedailygalaxy
Distant Planet Terrified It Might Be Able To Someday Support Human Life Tongue-in-cheek from The Onion