This blog will look at environmental and political issues that will affect the quality of life for future generations of all species. Including; sustainability, media labels of "environmental issues," and different kinds of resistance to environmental oppression. I will also post on anything I think someone interested in the aforementioned would be interested in...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Environmental Theorists look for Quick-Fix to Climate Change

BBC News Article: Lovelock urges ocean climate fix
Times Online: Fiddling with Figures while the Earth Burns
Interview with James Lovelock

Gaia theorist James Lovelock and head of Science Museum Chris Rapley are working with a US-firm in an attempt to geo-engineer an easy solution to climate change... the main proposed idea is to install 134 million pipes that would circulate cold water from 100m below the surface up to the top. Thus creating an environment for more life... especially little plankton tubey creatures called salps... which excrete solid pellets of carbon that sink to the bottom of the ocean (thus bio-regulating the ocean and slowing global warming)

Salp

... this approach is interesting because it has two environmental theorists and an american corporation trying to work with a natural life-form to solve a looming climate change crisis... although they're synthesizing ideal conditions and therefore altering the entire oceans natural systems... This could have severe unintended and unforseen consequences...

Without preventing the practices that cause climate change, any temporary solutions are just delaying an inevitable collapse of stable ecosystems...

The real solutions that are needed are switching to renewable and sustainable sources of energy... and further, people need to change the way they view progress...

Lovelock thinks that starting to think in terms like 'the world we are leaving for our children' is overshadowed by the looming catastrophe ahead... in his estimates, most of the earth's arable land will become desert resembling the planet mars...

“We are on the edge of the greatest die-off humanity has ever seen,” said Lovelock. “We will be lucky if 20% of us survive what is coming. We should be scared stiff.”

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