ABSTRACT

Chapter 2 provides a brief summary of the recent climate science findings. It lists acidifying oceans, melting ice caps, disappearing permafrost, soil degradation, erosion, and desertification as some of the amplifying feedback loops and states that storms, wildfires, droughts, and floods are likely to intensify. Major infrastructure systems, such as those that transport energy, water, food, and goods are likely to be undermaintained. There is no doubt that we will experience deep deficits of energy, water, and food, with consequences of starvation, migration, economic collapse, disease, and breakdown in institutions that sustain justice, education, the economy, and security. The chapter argues that the likelihood is very low that a miracle will undo global warming and let us continue to live the way we have been living. The chapter paves the way for a case for localization.