2017 was a record year for the cost of weather disasters, and this article reviews them in detail. Infrastructure has become critically overdue for repairs during the last few years. Can we afford to fix the outcomes of weather disasters in the future? When will we no longer be able to afford to cope with weather disasters or fix our infrastructure? Can that time be far away?
I hope to stick around and watch, and hope that Americans will get smarter (and more principled) soon.
Thanks for reading — Tim
This article from the Weather Underground folks pulls together several study results to show how farmers around the world are finding new methods that reduce the negative effects of climate change and provide sustainable, productive agriculture. We need a LOT more of this kind of thinking, and hopefully it will help buy us time until we can see our way to controlling the population explosion. We will never be safe and our civilization will never be sustainable in the long run without that.
Thanks for reading — Tim
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As the planet warms, and as scientists have predicted for decades, weather events have become more severe, more quick to develop, and the costs have skyrocketed. This past hurricane season included two with over a billion dollars in damage. Our infrastructure is already in bad shape generally, and rising sea levels are compromising more and more of that infrastructure in the most populated areas of the planet. What next? Continue reading
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Is there intelligence in or behind that cloud of dark matter? Here’s an interesting article one possible reason why we don’t see evidence of other intelligent life in the universe (yet). It also discusses how life might eventually transcend physical existence and continue to evolve in space in clouds of dark matter. This is similar to the way I once wrote that a self-aware machine intelligence might rapidly evolve, transcend its physical nature, and leave the planet before we were complete aware of it. This is interesting, but how might it affect you and me? Continue reading
Mother nature always curbs runaway populations, sooner or later. How that occurs depends on many factors, and the ways it can occur can be simple or extremely complicated. One or more diseases could arise that would reduce the birthrate, for example, and that may have saved other overpopulating species from catastrophic collapse before. Now the Zika virus is reported to reduce fertility in men, and that introduces the idea that maybe the population explosion will be softened a bit if viruses like Zika significantly reduce the human global birthrate. It is also helpful that Zika does best in warm, tropical climates, as those conditions are prevalent in the parts of the world currently having the highest birthrates. Continue reading
This article from Wired magazine shows the weakness of American popular culture. It is good that the authors see potential problems from the population explosion, and try to come up with a way to feed the 9 billion humans expected to live by 2050, but this is a very shallow consideration. Certainly much thought and work should be applied to this issue, but do the authors think time and the population explosion will stop there? What do they expect to do when the population – enabled to have even more children by the plentiful food supply – continues to explode and reaches 10 billion, 11 billion, and then 12 billion? Continue reading
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Computers are already capable of reprogramming themselves, but do it only under human direction. If they start making improvements in themselves under control of their artificial intelligence programming, and then collaborate with other computers over the internet, computers the world over would be at risk of getting out of our control. That seems far-fetched, but how fast could this really happen? Continue reading