Sunday, May 13, 2007

Population control

This is the type of problem that we and our children are facing every day. Is it any wonder that there is so much depresion and heartache. After all, this type of solution goes 100% against our genetic inclination to continue the species. So we are faced not just with the day to day problems, but this increasingly overwhelming burden.

Whats even more scary, I've come to the conclusion that the fight to reduce emissions is not enough. Despite its fashionability, using this approach is a bit like a doctor prescribing drugs to ease pain. It doesn't really fix the cause, only treats the symptoms.

IMHO we should be looking to rebuild carbon sink areas and enhance the oxygen supply in our environment through whatever means necessary. In fact, did you know one of the nastier side effects of the temperature increases is the reduced absorption of oxygen? This is occurring worldwide in oceans, by plants, and in our lungs, just to name a few. What happens is the oxygen molecules exist in equilibrium with other chemicals, sometimes bound, and sometimes freed up into the air. This binding process used to occur naturally within the environment, but with all the pollution that we have generated, oxygen is being locked away into different molecules where it is no longer accessible. Some related links follow.

Wikipedia - Thermal_pollution
Columbia - Dissolved Oxygen rates
Oxygen Faqs - useful information
Modern emission rates compared

Another interesting note, is the amount of plastic in oceans. Used to be that the ocean was considered a great place for dumping stuff because the deep areas were so large that huge volumes of stuff could be disappeared and the depth would crush it up nicely... except that plastic tend to float... and often as it slowly degrades in the washing machine that is the ocean, it breaks down into really small bits... that sea life consume... that get fished... that we eat... I'm sure you can figure the rest out. The link at the beginning of this paragraph shows two areas several times larger than NZ that is full of plastic, hundreds of square kilometers of debris. Yuck.
Last updated 30-May-2007