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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Tagged Earth, environment, Food, future, science, technology
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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We humans are clearly overrunning the planet, but few understand or will face what is happening. As population hits an all-time peak later this century, life on the planet will get much tougher and there will be no simple answers to the problems that will arise or simply increase in severity. While it is hard to see ahead with any detail, past experience says there will never be a single crisis that challenges humanity like overpopulation does (barring an asteroid impact, a global volcanic surprise, or the sun doing something unexpected). This is because human nature drives us to want to live better and have more children. Can we successfully change ourselves to have less offspring and live more sustainably? Continue reading
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Tagged alternative energy, conservation, corporate power, economics, family planning, immigration, long-range planning, overpopulation, population, population explosion, sustainability, sustainable living, the future
Yesterday as I walked outside the building where I work, a single monarch butterfly was working its way up wind across the parking lot, heading South. The day before in the afternoon a single monarch butterfly was working its way south, slowly flapping up and over my house, also headed south. Was it always like this? ( It was not!) Continue reading
Awareness of humanity’s biggest problems is rising. While there appears to finally be a slow groundswell of popular understanding and alarm about what humans are doing to the planet (which is quite late but very good), there is still a lot of mishandling (and often misrepresentation) of the news. This results in persistent widespread misconceptions about our position and probable future on the planet. So what kinds of things are we “not getting”? Continue reading
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Tagged climate change, conservation, corporate power, corporations, ecology, economics, education, fusion power, global warming, globalization, mass media, overpopulation, political awareness, politics, population, population explosion, recycling, reducing waste, sustainability, technology, the future, the media
For years I have watched the debate over genetically modified organisms (GMO), predominantly food items, with interest but not been sure where the problem was. Recent news articles have given me some new thoughts on the matter and a real cause for concern, however. Current genetic modifications, predominantly created and promoted by Monsanto, make food crops resistant to weed-killing chemicals so that more of those chemicals can be used without harming the crops. The higher yield of those crops is offered as reason enough to use these genetically modified seeds. The GM crops are generally tougher to kill and that, while it has benefits, presents the real problems. Continue reading
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Tagged biotechnology, future business, future technology, genetic engineering, politics, sustainability, technological risks, technology, the future