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AbruptSLR

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Re: Adapting to the Anthropocene
« Reply #400 on: October 26, 2018, 02:08:12 PM »
There is a risk that the rest of the world will follow China's AI lead, leaving the USA on the sidelines (which will destabilize world geopolitics):

Title: "The AI Cold War That Could Doom Us All"

https://www.wired.com/story/ai-cold-war-china-could-doom-us-all/

Extract: "The US could try to wrap Beijing in a technology embrace. Work with China to develop rules and norms for the development of AI. Establish international standards to ensure that the algorithms governing people’s lives and livelihoods are transparent and accountable. Both countries could, as Tim Hwang suggests, commit to developing more shared, open databases for researchers.

But for now, at least, conflicting goals, mutual suspicion, and a growing conviction that AI and other advanced technologies are a winner-take-all game are pushing the two countries’ tech sectors further apart. A permanent cleavage will come at a steep cost and will only give techno-authoritarianism more room to grow."
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Re: Adapting to the Anthropocene
« Reply #401 on: January 05, 2019, 05:05:15 PM »
As Heat Sweeps Over the Arctic, Moscow Seeks Way To Adapt
https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/arctic-ecology/2019/01/arctic-heat-sets-moscow-commissions-climate-change-adaption-plan

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A global heatwave is gaining force and the Russian government appears to acknowledge that its Arctic will be among the regions worst hit. But the country’s response is not combat of climate change, but rather adaption to the new reality.



... In the Kara Sea, the average temperature since 1998 has increased by 4.95°C. In 2017, the most staggering anomaly was found in the Kara Sea in March, the researchers said. Then, the average temperature was 13°C degrees higher than normal.

The meteorological institute now warns that rapidly increasing temperatures could have dramatic effects on life in the north. That message was sent to decision makers in Moscow.

... According to Roshydromet leader Maksim Yakovenko, the climate adaption plan includes measures on how to avoid negative consequences on the economy, industry and other sectors. Among the potentially devastating elements are melting  permafrost effects on infrastructure located on the tundra.

A 2017 climate report from the institute included alarming data about the permafrost melting. According to researchers, all sites in the country’s European parts of the Arctic in 2017 saw a reduction of the permafrost layer by about 10 cm/a. The largest melting was observed at a site in the Pechora River delta, where the decrease was as large as 33 cm/a.

At the same time, extreme weather is getting more frequent. According to Yakovenko, the number of cases of extreme weather conditions in the country has over the last few years more than doubled. Previously, there were about 400 cases per year, now there are more than 1,000, he told news agency TASS.

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Brazil Was a Global Leader on Climate Change. Now It’s a Threat.
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/04/brazil-was-a-global-leader-on-climate-change-now-its-a-threat/

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Jair Bolsonaro’s government could roll back decades of progress on clean energy and reducing deforestation.

Bolsonaro, who took office Jan. 1, clearly believes that economic development is at odds with environmental protection and that considerations about the planet should not be allowed to inhibit industry, particularly Brazil’s huge agricultural sector. During the campaign Bolsonaro earned the support of Brazil’s agribusiness lobby, the ruralistas, which make up one of the country’s most powerful congressional blocs.

The newly inaugurated president has grumbled that environmental policy is “suffocating” the economy. He has threatened to withdraw Brazil from the Paris agreement on climate change (although he recanted after an international backlash). His environment minister, Ricardo Salles, is a former legal director of the Brazilian Rural Society, an agricultural group, and was fined this past December for changing plans for an environmentally protected area to benefit businesses in the state of São Paulo when he was head of an environmental agency there.

Bolsonaro has also promised to remove some protections for the Amazon rainforest, including by rolling back indigenous reserves, such as Raposa Serra do Sol—he has advocated for agriculture and mining exploration there and said the area is too large for its inhabitants. In one of his first acts as president he shifted the power to regulate and create indigenous reserves—which account for about 13 percent of Brazil’s territory, including vast swaths of rainforest—from the National Indian Foundation agency to the agriculture ministry.

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How Your Brain Stops You From Taking Climate Change Seriously
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/how-your-brain-stops-you-from-taking-climate-change-seriously

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... Part of the reason it takes us so long to act is because the human brain has spent nearly 200,000 years focused on the present.
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