Monday, March 17, 2014

There's Doom And Gloom

Civilization could crash in 15 years- NASA study
"A new study sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of 'collapse' are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that "the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history." Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to "precipitous collapse - often lasting centuries - have been quite common."
And, obviously, none of them proved too accurate, did they?

Crop yields damaged earlier than expected by climate change: study
"Corn, wheat and rice yields will start to suffer from climate change in 2030, according to a study led by the UK's University of Leeds based on climate models and research on crop productivity.

“Crop yields will be negatively affected by climate change much earlier than expected,” Andy Challinor, a Leeds professor and lead author of the study, was cited as saying in a statement on the university's website.

Without adaptation by farmers, losses in aggregate production of wheat, rice and corn are predicted with local climate warming of 2 degrees Celsius, the researchers wrote in the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change."

And then there's this: Major new potash discovery south of Regina
"Rio Tinto calls the find a Tier 1 discovery, meaning the find is one of the top tier potash deposits in the world.

"It's large," North Atlantic Potash CEO David Waugh said.

He said if a three-million ton per year mine was built on the site, the deposit would last for more than 100 years."

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Blogger Canuckguy said...

Yup, gloom and doom for sure. Now Now I am depressed. More for my off spring rather than for me. But then again, I grew up under the shadow of 'The Bomb' which worried me as a teenager. Then I stopped worrying about the bomb. In this case, since I can do nothing about it, I will be the optimist and assume it is just more fear mongering by people with too much time on their hands. Mankind will hopefully continue to blunder on without destroying themselves.

March 17, 2014 5:25 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

I'm not the least bit worried. The researchers at the Agricultural Department at the U of S and the Fed's Agricultural Research Stations (one of which is right here in my hometown, I might add) developed strains of wheat and other grains that matured in a shorter season in response to the prairie climate in the early 1900 and the science of genetics has come a long, long way since then. I have every confidence they will help us avoid the doom and gloom scenario.

March 17, 2014 10:33 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

Besides that our species has survived a lot worse climate swings than what the doom and gloom artists predict. But we must never forget, Mom Nature is in charge, and if she wants to get rid of us, she will, with a kiss and a good swift kiss in the ass.

March 17, 2014 10:36 pm  

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