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Nature Must Be Stopped!

Posted by edro on July 14, 2008

Let’s make a new, more disciplined Nature, one that knows how to work effectively!

Humanoids ignorance of Nature’s defense mechanisms hasn’t improved in 12,000 years! Take California’s wildfires, for example. Tackling the wildfires has become strictly a Freudian affair.

Having reached the peak of Freudian Assault Against Nature Syndrome, there are only two courses of action available to humanoids:

See Original Entry: Nature Must Be Punished, Look at California!

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Land Erosion Rates Accelarate

Posted by edro on July 2, 2008

Accelerated land degradation threatens food security of a quarter of the world’s population: FAO

Main entry: Land degradation threatens 1.5 billion people


“A goat walks along the sun-baked bed of Cyprus’s largest reservoir at Kouris, March 20, 2008. Cyprus announced on Monday emergency water cuts to deal with a crippling drought.” REUTERS/Stringer [Image may be subject to copyright. See EDRO  Fair Use Notice!]

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The Exponential Growth Economy Elephant in the Room

Posted by edro on July 2, 2008

Original Entry: Blind “experts” examining the elephant

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Nature’s Defense Mechanisms

Posted by edro on June 27, 2008

How Do Natural Events Form Nature’s Defense Mechanisms?

1. Extremity. They exceed the normal parameters creating significant differences in the events outcome.
2. Selective Targeting. This phenomenon could probably be explained as reflex action.
3. Change of Rhythms. Changes in the established cyles, patterns, tempo and behavioral modes of natural events may offset positive feedback systems.
4. Other Mechanisms.

Are Extreme Precipitation Events Nature’s Defense Mechanisms?

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Ice on Mars

Posted by edro on June 22, 2008

Does it really make any sense looking for ice on Mars as life becomes extinct down here on Earth?

Wouldn’t it be more sensible if NASA’s budget for discovering life on Mars
was reallocated to securing life on Earth?

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Our world is a few extreme events away from total catastrophe

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Nature and You

Posted by edro on June 15, 2008

A Place in the Cosmos

The time has come for humanity, you, to consider a fundamental issue about your place within the cosmos. Can you answer the following questions?

  • How important is your role to the cosmos?
  • Do you have a role to play?
  • Can nature do without you?
  • How do you make your role indispensable?

Violent death of an old sun-like star!


Dusty Eye of the Helix Nebula [NGC 7293] Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Su (Univ. of Ariz.)

An infrared image of the Helix nebula, a cosmic starlet known for its vivid colors and eerie resemblance to a giant eye. The nebula, located about 700 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, belongs to a class of objects called planetary nebulae—the carcasses of deceased sun-like stars.

When sun-like stars die, they blow out their outer gaseous layers. The layers are heated by the hot core of the dead star, called a white dwarf, and shine with infrared and visible colors. (Source: Spitzer Space Telescope )

NEW Stars Are Born!


N90 is one of the star-forming regions in the Small Magellanic Cloud. The rich populations of infant stars found here are formed in an environment that is very different from the Milky Way Galaxy. Image taken buy the Hubble Space Telescope. (ESA/NASA)

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California ‘Mojavefied’ by 2011?

Posted by edro on June 13, 2008

Water Emergency in Calif

As most of the croplands in the Central U.S. is submerged under floodwater, the heart of California’s farming area is feeling the heat. Gov. Schwarzenegger who proclaimed last week a drought in California, declared yesterday a state of emergency in nine counties in Central Valley.


Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert. Image: AnimAlu via Wikimedia. This file is licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation license, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

Coyote Dry Lake is a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert located about 24 km northeast of Barstow, and north of Interstate 15 in southern California. The lake measures about 10 km long and about 6 km wide at its widest section.

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Schwarzenegger Proclaims Water Emergency in Nine Counties

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Global Food Shortages

Posted by edro on June 2, 2008

Food riots caused by rising food and fuel prices are already a recurring nightmare. How ugly will the global scene get as Earth’s fertility erodes further?

Main entry: We Need Food!

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Nature: An NPO

Posted by edro on May 21, 2008

Nature is an NPO. It has performed wonderfully well for a very, very long time. Why can’t humans do the same?

See Main Entry: Wal-Mart’s 7Rs

Wal-Mart, the Panther Chameleon and Josef Fritzl

This new NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Antennae galaxies (NGC 4038 & 4039) is the sharpest yet of this merging pair of galaxies. During the course of the collision, billions of stars will be formed. The brightest and most compact of these star birth regions are called super star clusters.

The two spiral galaxies started to interact a few hundred million years ago, making the Antennae galaxies one of the nearest and youngest examples of a pair of colliding galaxies. Nearly half of the faint objects in the Antennae image are young clusters containing tens of thousands of stars. The orange blobs to the left and right of image center are the two cores of the original galaxies and consist mainly of old stars criss-crossed by filaments of dust, which appear brown in the image. The two galaxies are dotted with brilliant blue star-forming regions surrounded by glowing hydrogen gas, appearing in the image in pink. Source: http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/2006/46/images/a/formats/full_jpg.jpg

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration Acknowledgment: B. Whitmore (Space Telescope Science Institute)

The Infrared Milky Way

This panoramic view encompasses the entire sky as seen by Two Micron All-Sky Survey. The measured brightnesses of half a billion stars (points) have been combined into colors representing three distinct wavelengths of infrared light: blue at 1.2 microns, green at 1.6 microns microns, and red at 2.2 microns. This image is centered on the core of our own Milky Way galaxy, toward the constellation of Sagittarius. The reddish stars seemingly hovering in the middle of the Milky Way’s disc — many of them never observed before — trace the densest dust clouds in our galaxy. The two faint smudges seen in the lower right quadrant are our neighboring galaxies, the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds.

Atlas Image mosaic courtesy of 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF”

The Cosmic Microwave Background temperature fluctuations from the 5-year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe data seen over the full sky. The average temperature is 2.725 Kelvin (degrees above absolute zero; equivalent to -273.15 C or -459 F), and the colors represent the tiny temperature fluctuations, as in a weather map. Red regions are warmer and blue regions are colder by about 0.0002 degrees. Source: NASA / WMAP Science Team

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Can Humans Enter the Next Phase of the Future?

Posted by edro on May 2, 2008

Are Humans Fit for Life? Do They Have What it Takes to Enter the Next Phase of the Future?

To Be or NOT to Be?

Against the dreaded external world one can only defend oneself by some kind of turning away from it, if one intends to solve the task by oneself. There is, indeed, another and a better path: that of becoming a member of human community, and, with the help of a technique guided by science, going over to attack against nature and subjecting her to human will. —Freud

A Prolonged and Dirty War Against Nature

Phase I

Up to recent times, the fate of human species have mostly been determined by nature. By and large, humans had little if any say in whether they lived or died. Nature, graciously, delivered!

Phase II

Since the industrial revolution, humans have increasingly played an enhanced role in determining their own fate: Medicine, more food, improved shelter, electricity, turbine, electrical motor, combustion engine, gasoline, fertilizers, plastics, computer, Internet … . Or have they?

In the process to counter the “dreaded external world” to “defend oneself” and to “subject nature to human will,” humans, “with the help of a technique guided by science,” are “going over to attack against nature”. Humans have waged global wars, created large arsenals of nuclear bombs, employed atomic bombs and weapons of mass destruction and have murdered hundreds of millions of their kind. The “attack against nature” has proved a costly, dirty and prolonged war. A war in which human have committed a multiplicity of war crimes against their enemy—nature.

Each year they

  • Consume more than 530EJ of energy (67.6 percent lost as heat)
  • Shoot 7.73 billion tons of carbon (28.35 billion tons of CO2) into the atmosphere
  • Destroy more than 10 million hectares of forest
  • Commit as many as 27,000 species to extinction
  • Pump about 7 million tons of toxic pollutants into the environment
  • Punch ozone holes in the atmosphere
  • Cause hundreds of extremely large dead zones to occur in the oceans and waterways
  • Fly 4,479,822,865 people and 80,342,643 tons of freight in the air
  • Reproduce more than one child per adult (forming families with more than two children)
  • Transform about 27 trillion (million million) tons of raw materials into trash
  • Put 65 million cars and light commercial vehicles on the road (total of 1 billion cars by 2011?)
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Continued In Part 2 . . .

Phase III – How many of you, if anyone, will enter the future?


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Positive Feedbacks

Posted by edro on April 30, 2008

Tipping Point

A confirmation of tipping point is presented in the following report by James Hansen, NASA climatologist:

Excerpts from Hansen’s report:

  • We are at the tipping point because the climate state includes large, ready positive feedbacks provided by the Arctic sea ice, the West Antarctic ice sheet, and much of Greenland’s ice.
  • Our home planet is dangerously near a tipping point at which human-made greenhouse gases reach a level where major climate changes can proceed mostly under their own momentum. Warming will shift climatic zones by intensifying the hydrologic cycle, affecting freshwater availability and human health.

Source:Tipping Point: Here and Now!
Report:Tipping Point: PERSPECTIVE OF A CLIMATOLOGIST [PDF]

The ice in the Arctic is much younger than normal, with vast regions now covered by first-year ice and much less area covered by multiyear ice. Left: February distribution of ice by its age during normal Arctic conditions (1985-2000 average). Right: February 2008 Arctic ice age distribution. Credit: NSIDC [Caption: NASA]

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Lifstyle Winning Against Life?

Posted by edro on April 22, 2008

Morales: Life first and cars second

Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized “some South American presidents” for supporting the use of biofuels, which he blamed for high food prices and global hunger.

Morales said he disagreed with “some South American presidents who were talking about biofuels but did not understand what they were talking about.”

“This is very serious,” he said. “Cars come first, not human beings. But, for us, how important is life and how important are cars? So I say life first and cars second.”

In his U.N. speech, Morales called on the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to develop policies to curb the use of biofuels “in order to avoid hunger and misery among our people.”

Main entry: Bolivia’s Morales blames fuels crops for food shortage

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World’s Top CO2 Polluters

Posted by edro on April 19, 2008

Do you fight global warming, or prevent it?

World’s Top 33 Emitters of CO2


The top 20 emitters are responsible for about 80 percent of CO2 pollution. (Source: Wikipedia/Data were collected in 2004 by the CDIAC for United Nations. )

Original Entry: The Shrinking Window of Opportunity

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Blue Marble, Red Tide

Posted by edro on April 4, 2008

[Updated]
Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN) March 2008

As of End March 2008, the MSRB-CASF Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN), an index for calculating the full impact of human consumption and activities on the Earth’s life support systems, stood at a terminally high level of 177.43, a rise of about 3.5 percent over the previous year. In other words, the full human impact including the ecological footprint and the damage inflicted on the living environment by his activities in the 12-month period ending March 2008 was 77.43 percent higher than the load which the planet’s ecosystems in their current state can cope with.

Components of HIoN
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The HIoN Index integrates updated data and methodology used by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report for Global Status of Provisioning, Regulating, and Cultural Ecosystem services.

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Before and After [Top : Blue Marble composite images generated by NASA. Bottom (left), Mars from Hubble Space Telescope, (right) “Late spring on Mars” portrait taken with the HST Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 by NASA. Final composite image by FEWW.]

According to HIoN projections, our cities and population centers could become almost entirely unsustainable by as early as 2015.

Page Entry: Index of Human Impact on Nature

Source: Index of Human Impact on Nature

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2008: Year of the Expected Unknowns!

Posted by feww on January 19, 2008

Surviving 2008, Year of the Expected Unknowns!

The New Year can only get as good as the state we left the old one in. Do you remember the state of 2007? This year would be remembered as Year of the Expected Unknowns, and judging by the state in which 2007 ended, 2008 would be the year where war, globalization, political economy and the legal limits to polluting the environment, as well as our ‘way-over-the-legal-limits’ lifestyles will prove our undoing. So, be advised, whatever can go wrong [over and above 2007] will begin going wrong, in 2008, in the worst possible way.

Will 2008 be the year when a major island is mostly submerged underwater by plate-tectonic forces?

Many more nasty ‘surprises’ and disastrous scenarios will unfold. One thing will be for certain, however, the crippling advantages of the ongoing mix of Pax Americana and Davos scenarios will reveal the depth and the devastation of the “Chain of Human-induced Disasters” scenario in 2008.

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