Physical and Social Sciences Marry Parapsychology to Combat Disastrous Impacts of Climate Change
Irina Rogozhina1,2, Margarita Moreno3,4, Annalisa Ventola5,6, Ramses D’Leon7,8, and the REACT project
1 Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Geography, Norway
2 University of Conception, Department of Earth Sciences, Chile
3 Colegio Concepcion Pedro de Valdivia, Chile
4 Rosenborg skole, Trondheim, Norway
5 Parapsychological Association
6 Public Parapsychology, USA
7 Unidad Parapsicológica de Investigación, Difusión y Enseñanza (UPIDE), Mexico
8 Centro de Investigación de la Sintergia y la Consciencia (CISC), Mexico
The report of the United Nations (UN) released in October 2018 posed a 12-year deadline to limit climate change to a global temperature rise of 1.5ºC, stating that the existing commitments of nations at the time of the report were insufficient, thus promising a global warming of 3ºC or more. It was concluded that reaching such goals would require nations to commit to target greenhouse gas reductions of 45% by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. However, negotiations at the UN climate change conference COP25 in 2019 were only partly successful, and revealed conflicting interests that made the implementation of targeted emission cuts next to impossible. Three years later, in August 2021, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a comprehensive report on the physical science basis of climate change, stating that we were bound to reach a 1.5 ºC warming within one to three decades, and that “many of the changes we observe in the climate system are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years”. Following this report, the UN announced a “code red for humanity” in the world, where frequent natural hazards, land submergence, and accelerating species extinctions will become a new normal. Following the 2018 UN report, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology launched the multinational educational project REACT (from REsistance to ACTion, www.react-project.com) linking natural and social sciences with education, technology, and entertainment to directly involve global communities in the resolution of the climate change struggle. Although the pilot of REACT in Norway had to be postponed until late 2021 due to the pandemic, it is now being implemented in Trondheim.
Following our initial results and observations, we are restructuring REACT from a purely educational platform into a research platform that has its final goal to simultaneously advance two key research directions towards the 2030 and 2050 UN targets for the greenhouse gas emission cuts:
- To review existing solutions for climate change mitigation, to engineer more effective low-risk strategies through fusions between technological and nature-based solutions, and to outline most likely future developments under different mitigation scenarios.
- To design comprehensive packages for climate change adaptation across regions with different degrees of vulnerabilities under a broad range of global warming scenarios.
The main motivation behind the simultaneous advancement of the two research directions is to ensure that the latter direction (2) can be activated on a short notice in case the former direction (1) fails to be implemented in a timely and precise manner. As a side gain from an independent progression of the latter direction (2), we will explore the possibility of protecting local communities and ecosystems from a broad range of geophysical hazards that belong to the natural Earth’s cycle, even if the climate change consequences are largely reduced. The implementation of REACT’s final goal will be achieved by linking research developments across six major domains: global climate change drivers and processes, regional consequences for natural systems, direct and indirect societal impacts, pros and cons of current climate change solutions, transformed and new solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and involvement of people and policy makers in the implementation of solutions. Within these six domains, we have designed a preliminary package of research experiments that require a close collaboration between natural and social scientists and parapsychologists. These include but are not limited to experiments with wildfires, carbon and methane sequestration, energy transformations within lab-borne storms, improved hazard early warning systems, bioengineering of living energy sources, and individual climate change attitudes.
With this abstract, REACT invites partners from all over the world and from all subdisciplines of parapsychology to join us and expand our scientific methodologies into the extrasensory domain. We are not limiting this invitation to scientific partners only but wholeheartedly welcome psi partitioners and lightworkers who are willing to contribute to the resolution of the global struggle. Our collaboration will start with the design and implementation of lab and on-site experiments that can be documented, published in high-rank peer-reviewed journals, and used as a proof of concept. By demonstrating the potential of our methods to contribute to the climate change mitigation and adaptation, we will consolidate our position as an interdisciplinary research team and apply our long record of successful funding acquisition to support more daring, large-scale experiments through both national and international project proposals.
Irina Rogozhina is an Associate Professor in Earth Sciences at the largest university in Norway (NTNU), with a MSc degree in Applied Mathematics and a PhD degree in Geophysics. She works as an educator in the fields of climatology, glaciology, and natural hazards, (co-)leads international projects on the climate evolution and glaciations in Greenland, Antarctica, Central Asia, Patagonia, and Northern Europe and act as an editor on the European Geosciences Union journal Climate of the Past.
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