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Humans vs The Earth

13/01/2011

How adaptable are we? I mean we got this opposable thumb thing and we can make and use tools. We even created maths and science and other studies that helped us make bigger better and faster ways of doing things from globe trotting to killing people. Yet why do we mock the results of these studies when they show us things like this.

Anomalies in the global temperature from 1880 to 2009

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming )

It is an interesting graph as it kind of charts man’s mark on the earth although many scoff at any such data.

In the 1880s, we entered the industrial age. This combined with global conflicts such as the Franco-Prussian war and other argy bargy as Colonialism took its final few lurches and countries around the world began to slice up the third world.

In the period between 1900 and 1910, the power of the globe began to shift from Europe to the USA. The Boer War. Russia, a formidable foe, began to bubble and bend as events such as the 1905 revolution took place and the fortunes of the past was no where to be found to continue the nations rise. Millions died in famines. Manufacturing went by the way side. By the time WWI had come around, their Russian army was under equipped dramatically with only 20% having rifles. Worse, only 50% of those had ammunition.

Then something happens in 1914. War breaks out and a steady decline in temperatures is halted and then routed rising to a peak in the middle of the war.

After the war, the rebuilding begins. Technology turned from wartime to peace time. The start of the model-t. The roaring 20’s. The depression.

The depression actually halted a steadily increasing rise for a few years and then nations poured money to rebuild, create jobs, repair the economy. The talkies. Peace. Manufacturing. The Spanish war. WWII. Millions die once more. Many many millions.

The world recovers from it’s insanity. It begins to rebuild again only to enter a cold war period that ignited conflicts in South East Asia.

The temperatures remain at below post WWII peaks. Then the population starts to explode as does our appetite for oil and plastics. More of us on the planet then ever before begin to consume things advertisers tell us we need to have. Technology plays havoc with transport. More of us travelling.

The 1980’s come. Two family cars. Running water on demand. Cheese in a can. The temperatures rise. And rise. And rise. Yes it fluctuates and occasionally turns and drops, but then that is soon aborted and a new peak is hit.

The Earth tries to correct. It really does. You can see it rise and then drop a little as it does so and then we come along and apply pressure yet again and it rises once more.

As nations like China begin to exercise their demand for tasteless burgers in foam containers, and India consume Coca Colas, it will rise again. The Earth will try to fix it but will face more of us using stuff.

There will be more disasters. There will be more climatic catastrophes. There will be more iPads.

There will also be more statistics. When will we believe them?

 

 

A. Ghebranious   2011     (All Rights Reserved)

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One Comment
  1. rogerthesurf permalink

    We may be manufacturing our own apocalypse once more.

    I think that we are in the grip of the biggest and most insane hoax in history, and unless the public get wise to it soon, we will all be parted from what wealth we have.

    Lets take a simple economic view of what is likely to happen.

    In the absence of sufficient alternative solutions/technologies, the only way western countries can ever attain the IPCC demands of CO2 emissions reduced to 40% below 1990 levels, (thats about 60% below todays) is to machine restrictions on the use of fossil fuels. Emission Trading schemes are an example.

    As the use of fossil fuels is roughly linear with anthropogenic CO2 emissions, to attain a 60% reduction of emissions , means about the same proportion of reduction of fossil fuel usage, including petrol, diesel, heating oil, not to mention coal and other types including propane etc.

    No matter how a restriction on the use of these is implemented, even a 10% decrease will make the price of petrol go sky high. In otherwords, (and petrol is just one example) we can expect, if the IPCC has its way, a price rise on petrol of greater than 500%.
    First of all, for all normal people, this will make the family car impossible to use. Worse than that though, the transport industry will also have to deal with this as well and they will need to pass the cost on to the consumer. Simple things like food will get prohibitively expensive. Manufacturers who need fossil energy to produce will either pass the cost on to the consumer or go out of business. If you live further than walking distance from work, you will be in trouble.
    All this leads to an economic crash of terrible proportions as unemployment rises and poverty spreads.
    I believe that this will be the effect of bowing to the IPCC and the AGW lobby. AND as AGW is a hoax it will be all in vain. The world will continue to do what it has always done while normal people starve and others at the top (including energy/oil companies and emission traders) will enjoy the high prices.

    Neither this scenario nor any analysis of the cost of CO2 emission reductions is included in IPCC literature, and the Stern report which claims economic expansion is simply not obeying economic logic as it is known in todays academic world.

    The fact that the emission reduction cost issue is not discussed, leads me to believe that there is a deliberate cover up of this issue. Fairly obviously the possibility of starvation will hardly appeal to the masses.

    AGW is baloney anyway!

    Cheers

    Roger

    If you want some evidence for the baloney bit check my blog at
    http://www.rogerfromnewzealand.wordpress.com

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