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Desertification: A Most Powerful Mechanism of Collapse

Posted by edro on November 22, 2008

About 35 % of China’s agricultural land is affected by desertification

The world must help China reverse its collapse feedback!

See News Entry >> China’s Topsoil Nightmare Is Real


Dead/withered trees near the Minqin oasis caused by falling level of groundwater. Photo Credit: Benoit Aquin, The Walrus. Image may be subject to copyright. Click here for photo album.

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Thought for the Day: VLS Food Production

Posted by edro on September 5, 2008

VLS Accelerated Food Production Amid Environmental Chaos

The most highly sought after technology in the next 12 – 24 months could be VLS accelerated hydroponics. That is the know-how to produce large amounts of food in confined (or semi-confined) environments within a short time cycle and without the need for soil.

VLS: Very Large Scale

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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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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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Emerging Food Crisis

Posted by edro on April 10, 2008

Poverty, Food Scarcity, Riots

Since February 2008, riots and violent protests concerning rising food prices or food shortages have been reported in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cameroon, Egypt, El Salvador, Haiti, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Mozambique, Philippines Senegal, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.

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