The Responsible Survivialist

African Land Grab
December 29, 2009, 7:02 pm
Filed under: Future Scenarios, Green Issues

Rich nations are moving into Africa to buy up land to feed their people. Will this lead to more war?


A Talk With James Lovelock
December 29, 2009, 6:31 pm
Filed under: Climate Change

Being Green and Being Mean?
December 29, 2009, 6:03 pm
Filed under: Being Responsible, Green Issues

A Child With Stars In His Eyes
December 23, 2009, 3:05 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Do you remember where you were when John Glenn rocketed off of the pad in Florida and became the first American in space?

Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’
December 22, 2009, 10:42 pm
Filed under: Future Scenarios | Tags: ,

Many in the Peak Oil community fear that the US and by extension, much of the Western World, will one day see an economic collapse like what happened to the USSR after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Dmitry Orlov of ClubOrlov lived through the fall of communist Russia and saw it first hand. He wrote this reader favorite back in 2006, which is still worth the read today, especially when you consider how close we came to just such a collapse last year in the financial markets.

Closing the ‘Collapse Gap’: the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US

US Climate Change – By Regions
December 22, 2009, 9:26 pm
Filed under: Climate Change | Tags:

regions of the US

The Complete Report

The Midwest:
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– During the summer, public health and quality of life, especially in cities, will be negatively affected by increasing heat waves, reduced air quality, and increasing insect and waterborne diseases. In the winter, warming will have mixed impacts.

– Significant reductions in Great Lakes water levels, which are projected under higher emissions scenarios, lead to impacts on shipping, infrastructure, beaches, and ecosystems.

– The likely increase in precipitation in winter and spring, more heavy downpours, and greater evaporation in summer would lead to more periods of both floods and water deficits.

– While the longer growing season provides the potential for increased crop yields, increases in heat waves, floods, droughts, insects, and weeds will present increasing challenges to managing crops, livestock, and forests.

– Native species are very likely to face increasing threats from rapidly changing climate conditions, pests, diseases, and invasive species moving in from warmer regions.

Great Plains:
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– Projected increases in temperature, evaporation, and drought frequency add to concerns about the region’s declining water resources.

– Agriculture, ranching, and natural lands, already under pressure due to an increasingly limited water supply, are very likely to also be stressed by rising temperatures.

– Climate change is likely to affect native plant and animal species by altering key habitats such as the wetland ecosystems known as prairie potholes or playa lakes.

– Ongoing shifts in the region’s population from rural areas to urban centers will interact with a changing climate, resulting in a variety of consequences.

The Southwest:
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– Water supplies will become increasingly scarce, calling for tradeoffs among competing uses, and potentially leading to conflict.

– Increasing temperature, drought, wildfire, and invasive species will accelerate transformation of the landscape.

– Increased frequency and altered timing of flooding will increase risks to people, ecosystems, and infrastructure.

– Unique tourism and recreation opportunities are likely to suffer.

– Cities and agriculture face increasing risks from a changing climate.

The Southeast:
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– Projected increases in air and water temperatures will cause heat-related stresses for people, plants, and animals.

– Decreased water availability is very likely to affect the region’s economy as well as its natural systems.

– Sea-level rise and the likely increase in hurricane intensity and associated storm surge will be among the most serious consequences of climate change.

– Ecological thresholds are likely to be crossed throughout the region, causing major disruptions to ecosystems and to the benefits they provide to people.

– Quality of life will be affected by increasing heat stress, water scarcity, severe weather events, and reduced availability of insurance for at-risk properties.

The Northwest:
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– Salmon and other coldwater species will experience additional stresses as a result of rising water temperatures and declining summer streamflows.

– Sea-level rise along vulnerable coastlines will result in increased erosion and the loss of land.

– Declining springtime snowpack leads to reduced summer streamflows, straining water supplies.

– Increased insect outbreaks, wildfires, and changing species composition in forests will pose challenges for ecosystems and the forest products industry.

The Northeast:
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– Extreme heat and declining air quality are likely to pose increasing problems for human health, especially in urban areas.

– Agricultural production, including dairy, fruit, and maple syrup, are likely to be adversely affected as favorable climates shift.

– Severe flooding due to sea-level rise and heavy downpours is likely to occur more frequently.

– The center of lobster fisheries is projected to continue its northward shift and the cod fishery on Georges Bank is likely to be diminished.

– The projected reduction in snow cover will adversely affect winter recreation and the industries that rely upon it.

The Coasts:
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– Significant sea-level rise and storm surge will adversely affect coastal cities and ecosystems around the nation; low-lying and subsiding areas are most vulnerable.

– More spring runoff and warmer coastal waters will increase the seasonal reduction in oxygen resulting from excess nitrogen from agriculture.

– Higher water temperatures and ocean acidification due to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide will present major additional stresses to coral reefs, resulting in significant die-offs and limited recovery.

– Changing ocean currents will affect coastal ecosystems.

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– Longer summers and higher temperatures are causing drier conditions, even in the absence of strong trends in precipitation.

– Insect outbreaks and wildfires are increasing with warming.

– Lakes are declining in area.

– Coastal storms increase risks to villages and fishing fleets.

– Displacement of marine species will affect key fisheries.

– Thawing permafrost damages roads, runways, water and sewer systems, and other infrastructure.

The US Islands:
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– Island communities, infrastructure, and ecosystems are vulnerable to coastal inundation due to sea-level rise and coastal storms.

– The availability of freshwater is likely to be reduced, with significant implications for island communities, economies, and resources.

– Climate changes affecting coastal and marine ecosystems will have major implications for tourism and fisheries.

Peak Oil Doom – A Counter Point
December 18, 2009, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Toby Heneway has an interesting counter point to Hubbert’s Peak and the doom of a coming apocalypse.,not.html