I am sometimes asked how I predicted the collapse of the climate so accurately. My answer is simple: I didn’t deny reality. Now, as I watch the horrific fires in Siberia and the Pacific Northwest, the devastating floods in Europe, and the agonizing destruction caused by the latest superstorm, Hurricane Ida, I feel a deep sense of woe and helplessness.

This sense helplessness comes from two directions: I have watched this situation develop inevitably and certainly for more than 30 years; I have watched leaders around the world waffle, deny and lie over that same period of time.

My fear is that it’s now too late. Just in the past 2 years, major changes have taken place that suggest that we are going to see the full impact of fundamental climate change, and that this is going to happen very quickly from now on.

People ask me what’s the best place to go to survive? I know wealthy people who have bought land and built shelters in various out-of-the-way places. I tell them all the same thing: this will affect every ecosystem on the planet. They will all change, including popular wealthy refuges such as Paraguay and New Zealand. None of them will change for the better.

So, what will the future bring. The next 12 months will tell us a lot. What happens in the arctic this winter is very important. If there is no significant arctic winter, and the cold air is once again forced south, then it could be that an extreme heating event is underway there. If so, the Russians will get their wish: it will be possible to use the Northwest Passage at last—to ship more oil more cheaply, of course.

We need a massive, planet-wide effort to save ourselves. And yet the US is actively encouraging more oil use by making sure that prices stay low. And yet China is aggressively marketing coal-fired power plants at cut rate prices across the third world, not to mention ignoring it’s own climate responses at home. And yet the president of Brazil actively encourages the burning of the Amazon jungle. And yet the chaotic mess that is Russia doesn’t have anything remotely resembling the will or the capacity to fight the Siberian fires.

As far as mitigation is concerned, forget it. We need effective carbon capture, new energy sources and, above all a popular will to survival that compels coordinated political action across the planet. But, as often as not, we get the opposite. When you hear a politician say that he doesn’t “believe in” climate change, what he is really saying is that he wants the planet to depopulate. This may be because he’s part of some esoteric conspiracy or other, or it may simply be an instinctive reaction to excess population, or perhaps a greed-based response that cares nothing for the future or even, life as it is being lived right now.

As I write this, I am watching a television broadcaster shout that what has happened in the US northeast as a result of Ida is a “once in 500 year event.” The stupidity of this sickens me. How can they be so blind? It is probable that such events are going to become commonplace, and for reasons that I pointed out before Katrina 16 years ago. Every time a tropical system enters the Gulf of Mexico, it is likely, as it comes ashore, to grow into a monster. This is because the near-shore Gulf waters are overheated. Ida crossed water off the Louisiana coast that was hovering around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is no reason to expect that more Katrinas, Superstorm Sandys and Idas are not going to happen. “Once in 500 years?” Give me a break—this could happen again this year, or even more than one more time this year, and it certainly will happen many times over the next decade.  In fact, every time a storm enters the Gulf or develops in it, there is a significant possibility that the superstorm trigger is going to be pulled.

And as to the North Atlantic Oscillation—the weaker it gets, the more deranged climate will become, and not just in Europe, although Europe will bear the brunt.

The new Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are Drought, Flood, Fire and Storm, and oh how they ride!

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17 Comments

  1. Hello, Whitley! Thank you for this post. I was thinking about the four Horsemen just the other day. When I was a freshman or sophomore in Highschool, over 50 years ago, I met a young & charismatic classmate. He became the leader of our small group of kids who studied Edgar Cayce, ufos & the like. We were certain Cayce’s predictions would come true & I didn’t think I would last beyond the turn of the century. I asked my friend what he thought about all the people who would die and how he would feel if he was one of them. He gave a great smile & answered, “I’ll work from the other side”. His words have stayed with me in a comforting way. So, that’s my plan, as well. As I witness everything unfolding, it gives me great sadness as I truly love the Earth and all her beauty. Thank you for all you and Ann have given us.

    1. “He gave a great smile & answered, “I’ll work from the other side”. His words have stayed with me in a comforting way. So, that’s my plan, as well. ”

      That’s beautiful.

      Thank you for sharing.

      I take solace in such a framing of this all.

      I will likely remember this as you have.

  2. Whitley, please take comfort in the fact that you personally did what you were called to do; that is, you definitely did your part. That is all any of us can do.

  3. Word for word, thought for thought here. As my film logline says,”You were warned but you didn’t listen”.
    Helpless? Yes. It really is too late. Still they beat on me to echo the warning. I’ll keep trying. It’d sll we can do.

  4. The situation has also left me deeply saddened. I find myself struggling to live the life of joy I know is in all of our best interests knowing that the suffering attendant to climate change is upon us. As for the fools, like Fox News, who deny climate change and mock its advocates, I sense a true darkness, a feeling that at some level they have given up and want the death that will result. It’s appalling, and I struggle to contain my anger. The natural beauty of our world is remarkable. Mother nature is by far the greatest genius, the most sublime artist and the wisest entity I have ever become conscious of. What a gift to be in her world, and how we have made a mess of it. It’s Darwin time for the human race. I know all of this makes me sound morbid, and maybe defeatist, but I’m still waiting for some sign that the inevitable march of climate change will not, in fact, result in the destruction Whitley, the visitors and so many others have been warning of. Waiting . . . .

    1. I feel that all human endeavour in science , arts , technology and agriculture has been sidetracked by greed and corruption .
      Sergios , it’s just so depressing that the intelligence of humanity has evolved so greatly , but moral duty and empathy for others and our Mother Earth has declined .
      I feel that Whitley is a voice in the Wilderness , no one in power wants or cares about the urgent message he has for us .
      My hero Sir David Attenborough has spent his life compelling us to nurture our home planet , his voice is now desperate and he is so obviously in dispair at the irreversible damage wrought my mankind .
      I would like to think there’s hope , but each year that passes makes this optimism fade.
      We can only do so much as individuals , unless nations unite in a plan to save the planet , all our dreams gone .

  5. And Whitley did not just do his best. His effort to guide us away from disaster was close to super human.

  6. I had a devout conservative catholic, who I’ve known for decades and consider a somewhat good friend, he lives across country now, lecture me in detail about the “Deposit of Faith” of all Catholics, that Pope Francis is a communist but that the “Cardinals” are holding fast and won’t budge and align with his Agenda and that California is suffering because all the “Sin” is here and God’s letting us have it….he didn’t say that last line literally, but that was the drift….his wife and his children all educated in some of the best schools/universities in the nation, working high up in government and tech….and this is where its at….only cuz I’ve known him for so long does he openly share…we are so frickin backwards as a collective and yet, its his faith and I have to respect that,,,,its just the sadness of observing those whos’ minds are so very very closed…in many differing directions

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      Perhaps your friend forgets the vast catastrophe unfolding in Siberia, the devastating floods in Germany and Belgium, the fires in Brazil, the dreadful effects of hurricane Ida In a conservative state lake Louisiana and all of the eastern seaboard including many other states he would consider God’s country. The awful truth is that nature is numbers. And nature is all we have. It cannot hear prayers.

  7. When people get scared, they get selfish. I assume that a lot of the destruction going on (the man-made part of it) has to do with people just looting what they can in an effort to take care of themselves. It reminds me of 1000s of people in a refugee camp fighting for food coming out of the back of a single truck. Same mindset: “Me first!”

    Hence, there’s not much acknowledgement that we need to think about anything more than ourselves — at least not by the corporate looters. Thankfully there are people like Boyan Slat and “The Ocean Cleanup” crew from Holland, otherwise there would be so little to hang our hopes on these days. Oil spill in the Mediterranean on Aug 25 didn’t help matters any. Each day the pile of environmental “to dos” gets bigger.

    I think the aliens are smart to keep their distance. We’d probably drag them down, too. Rob them blind. Steal their girlfriends. You know, typical human behavior… 🙂

  8. We have learned to convert energies without first learning how to revert them before unleashing them upon this world .
    It has always been considered a waste of time and money .

    Now it is at our throats like a razor . The answer has been to build machines that kill millions of birds each year and clutter the landscape with equipment that will go on killing long after we are gone .

    We can’t or won’t even get that right .

  9. The global average atmospheric carbon dioxide in 2019 was 409.8 parts per million (ppm for short), with a range of uncertainty of plus or minus 0.1 ppm. Carbon dioxide levels today are higher than at any point in at least the past 800,000 years.
    Yesterday I checked for August 2021 it was 412.5.
    Its really over for us. BUT- what do remote viewers and psychics see? None seem to report hellish scenarios devoid of humans. I find that strange. I have been following Climate since 1985- in fact It was my 2nd career choice after ER Medicine. MOTK and Whitley have reported the frequency of changes. It is only a matter of time before an Ice free Artic and the superstorms.
    I have asked for Guy McPherson to be on Dreamland- he is another truth teller. What did Ray Grasse have to say?

    As for surviving.. well the inability to grow grains at scale will lead to the starvation of millions. Sooner or later you can run anywhere and buy a few months at best – but we all will perish – but only a hand full will carry on…maybe that is the 1000+ years of peace and the new beginning of mankind. Let’s have hope… for if not… It is very dark indeed.

  10. Anthropogenic Climate Change will be abrupt and is not centuries away but rather decades. Civilization is a heat engine. Civilization is cities, when you commit to a city, you commit to poor land use that is unable to feed and hydrate its overpopulated inhabitants. When we lose the ability to grow grains in the grain belt, most of mankind will starve. Right now, only the albedo effect, is keeping temperatures down. Ironic that the reflective pollutants that we spew daily are keeping the temperatures down.

    A scary Catch -22: Stop polluting and temps soar or keep polluting and increase C02.

  11. The artic poles are warming up 2-3 times faster than the rest of the world. There will be places where the rate of change will be slower. Moving to a high attitude or latitude will not hide you from the aerosol masking effect. The break down of nuclear power plants 450+ nuclear power stations. Even first responders stop responding in an emergency they will get back to their families when they realize the situation is out of control. It happened in Fukishima those things must have people there to run it. When the grid was shut off in a few days the backup generators failed. Why would you stay to save the planet when there are 450+ around the world? You can live in a world 20 years from now in your bunker munching on your canned peaches basking in ionized radiation for 2-3 years.

  12. More Party Poopers:

    The inability to grow grains at scale. This civilization as with all previous civilization depends on the ability to grow, store and distribute grains at scale. Without wheat, without soybeans without corn, this society is toast. Starvation. In the first world we have enough to get us through 2-3 weeks with a pad. It’s when the water stops coming out of the taps. The stuff we have come to depend upon no longer comes. Distribution in the supply chain, then the whole thing collapses in a couple of weeks.
    Dehydration will kill the 1st world. Its way too many people in too small a temperature.

    Lethal wet bulb temperature. The human body becomes to hot with temperature and humidity at high levels. Causes organ failure in human beings. We see it now in tropical countries.

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