#4: Imperatives for human existence
During the Little Ice Age in the
1600s, the cold climate had so severely depressed agricultural production, that
populations diminished by 30% in some regions, due to starvation. We had
slightly over half a billion people on the Earth at the time. Today, after
nearly 300 years of global warming, we have over 7 billion people living, and
supported by an amazingly efficient modern agriculture that was made possible by
the most ideal climate that we had for a long time. The climate together with
technological advances created the 7-billion population miracle. However, the
key element of this miracle, the agricultural climate, is ending.
All the measurements of solar
activity tell us the same story, that solar activity, and with it our climate
an Earth is collapsing like a falling stone. When the cooling shrinks the
length of the growing season, agricultural production is bound to collapse.
Then, where will the food come from for the 7 billion people we have today.
This question needs to be addressed BEFORE the Ice Age transition happens. We
are in a boundary climate zone to the next Ice Age where large climate
fluctuations have already begun, and with the some agricultural losses. This
needs to be addressed fast.
We also need to prepare for the
conditions that we know we will encounter when the Ice Age conditions begin.
We know from ice core samples that the cold of the Little which was
caused by a half a degree of global average cooling, according to measurements
taken in Greenland. We also know by the same measurements, that the full Ice
Age cooling was 40 times as severe as the Little Ice Age cooling. That's what
we have to prepare for, with enough capacity to nourish 7,000 million people
under the worst possible conditions.
While this immense feat is
technologically possible, and economically achievable, by placing large scale
agriculture afloat on the equatorial seas for the lack of suitable land in the
tropics, together with floating cities and industries and transportation
systems, we don't get anything built if we don't start, and we won't start
until the digital Ice Age dynamics are recognized.
That's where we are today.
Science is tied into knots, and blocked by numerous barriers and political
obstacles. But the knots can be untied. Is anyone willing to help?
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