April 22, 2007
Earth Day: The Remix
September 14, 2006 A leading U.S. climate researcher says the world has a 10-year window of opportunity to take decisive action on global warming and avert catastrophe.
I'm rather pressed for time these days, so I can't blog as much as I would like to.
Most of the following material has appeared on this blog before, but newer readers may have missed it, buried in the archives as it is. Look for "Ehrlich", "Rifkin", "Kunstler", or "Peak Oil", and it's all in there.
But honestly, who among them has the time? May they derive much enjoyment from these convenient re-runs.
This first one however, is entirely new to these pages. In 1970, Edwin Newman had this to say...
"By the end of the decade our rivers may have reached the boiling point. Three decades more, and they may evaporate. One of the causes of this thermal pollution is the spread of nuclear power across the land."
And he said it on national television! Thanks Ed. This one's a keeper!
Next up, a new scrap of Ehrlich, circa 1970...
"In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish."
More vintage Ehrlich follows...
If you want to know the truth, I'd say that the biggest mistake mankind ever made was the agricultural revolution. We were a great hunting and gathering animal. If you look-and I have, I've lived with Eskimos and seen bushmen and aborigines and so on-you may be struck, as I have, by the fact that each individual in that kind of society was-at least before they had contact with us-almost a carrier of a full culture. Every individual knew exactly where he or she fit into the picture, had more personal worth and was less alienated than any member of our modern civilization.
And this beauty hails from 1974...
I'm scared. I have a 14 year old daughter whom I love very much. I know a lot of young people, and their world is being destroyed. My world is being destroyed. I'm 37 and I'd kind of like to live to be 67 in a reasonably pleasant world, and not die in some kind of holocaust in the next decade.
The end never came, but the arrogant jackass is still braying.
Here's a grab bag of this and that which I've used in a couple of different posts...
"We have about five more years at the outside to do something," ecologist Kenneth Watt declared to a Swarthmore College audience on April 19, 1970.
Wheee! Gets the blood moving, doesn't it? But you ain't seen nothing yet.
For enviro-scolds, it's always a good day to raise the stakes.
Because why? Because we were starting not to listen to them.
Here's a notion you'll be hearing more of. Forget about rising seas, plagues, famines and hurricanes. They are meager and paltry things, the antipasti served before a savory main course.
We're talking about the end of the world, baby!
Permian Greenhouse Extinction Is Risen...
More than 200 million years ago, a cataclysmic event known as the Permian extinction destroyed more than 90 percent of all species and nearly 97 percent of all living things. Its origins have long been a puzzle for paleontologists. During the 1990s and the early part of this century, a great battle was fought between those who thought that death had come from above and those who thought something more complicated was at work.
Gotta love that "something more complicated", eh?
As though a simple cometary impact theory is for simple linear thinkers.
Yes, indeed. Our future, unless of course we heed our scientifically trained betters, may well hold warm carbonated oceans, oceans fouled with runaway anaerobic bacterial growth, oceans that belch poisonous gases into a still and windless oven-hot hellworld where our kind of life will inevitably die in gasping agony.
So if you love this planet you should buy compact fluorescent lamps and start biking to work. Also, give up meat, now. And buy American, damn it!
Me, I'm off for a Sunday drive and a 1200 mile lunch. Happy Earth Day.
posted by Justin on 04.22.07 at 12:15 PM
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