Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

My daughter was born on Earth Day.

Earth day was born in 1970 at a teach-in.

Since then the Earth's environment has, unfortunately, been more and more abused by humanity even though we must have a healthy Earth to have a healthy humanity.

But in some ways we have come a long ways.

Even the NY Times in those days warned of the growing "hysteria" of the idea of global warming.

Almost everyone is "hysterical" about it now.

It can even be discussed in the context of economy and the survival of the human species on the earth.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Close Up Look At The Test of Time

The photo looks like a pile of pomegranate seeds, with some salt grains between them.

It is actually a close up of our Sun, the nearest star to us.

The white line at the bottom left of the photo represents a distance of 5,000 km (3,107 miles).

Imagine that image being turned into a wave much larger than the earth during solar disturbances, as was reported in a post about waves on the Sun.

I suppose it could be called a mystery as to why the Sun will one day destroy Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars when it goes through its expansion phase.

That is what scientists teach us, causing some of us to wonder why did the cosmos evolve like this?

Why do scientists have to be "doomers", telling us our beautiful home world will be destroyed by the very Star that is giving us life sustaining energy and light?

These questions need not cause us to go into denial, but instead we could get busy with adapting to the requirements which the tenets of ecocosmology set forth.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Global Warming & Potable Water

We have been talking about global warming spotted by NASA, a tiny Atlantis sinking below the rising waters of the sea, and global warming induced volcanic & earthquake activity.

There is another challenging portion of this subject matter that needs to be mentioned:

Forecasts suggest that when the world's population soars beyond 8bn in 20 years time, the global demand for food and energy will jump by 50%, with the need for fresh water rising by 30%.

But developing countries are already using significant proportions of their water to grow food and produce goods for consumption in the West, the report says.

"The burgeoning demand from developed countries is putting severe pressure on areas that are already short of water," said Professor Peter Guthrie, head of the Centre for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University, who chaired the steering group.

(BBC News). All this talk about global warming raising the depth of the ocean yet there being less and less drinking water, makes one think of the "water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink" saying of old.

The bottom line we have been told about year after year, decade after decade, which we have ignored up until now, is that the global ecosystem is one united and interwoven living realm, so when we do anything to it that is harmful, it propagates through the entire system.

The point to remember now, since we are so far into the sequence of damaging events, is that at some point in time there is a convergence into a perfect storm:

Song writers mentioned that "time keeps on slipping slipping slipping into the future" in a popular song some time back, while the exclamation "just in time" indicates that only a portion of the vast amount of the totality of time is available for some efforts.

Time is another one of those invisible realms, like gravity, that governs the earth from "the shadows", that is, the realm we cannot see even though we can see the effects of the unseen power at work.

[John Beddington, the UK government's chief scientific adviser] foresees each problem combining to create a "perfect storm" in which the whole is bigger, and more serious, than the sum of its parts.

(Shadow of Time Governs Earth). Like Toyota and its accelerator pedal problem, we have ignored the problem but that does not make it go away, it only gets worse.

The clock is still ticking on this time bomb, but our subconscious fear of death, which can lead to denial, is also still kicking.

UPDATE: A recent study, conducted both in the field and in the lab, indicates that 4/5ths of drinking water is located in Antarctica, and may melt into the ocean in this century.

That would do two things, destroy "civilization", and make drinking water worth its weight in gold.