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Posted by edro on September 4, 2008

Coming to a City Near You!


No Food, No Freshwater, No Shelter!
[A flooded road outside Gonaives, Haiti, September 3, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer. Image may be subject to copyright.]

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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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Is 350 ppm CO2 Safe?

Posted by edro on June 24, 2008

Original Entry: 350 ppm Safe? Hell, NO!

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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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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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