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    There's a logic to it. If you have your CCC doing things a private company can't make a profit at, then it's a boondoggle that should not bhe done. If they do things that a private company could make a...
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    I've got to agree with the acting on Orphan Black. The amazing thing isn't the science fiction so much as Tatiana Maslany's performance as the clones. They're reportedly using special tracking cameras that record and repeat how they move in...
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    Yes, people have lived in India for awhile but according to a study quoted in McKibben's Eaarth, Indian laborers are becoming progressively less productive, simply because "“Working under the open sky during summer has become nearly impossible— for farmers and...
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    My understanding is that the cover story for Project Azorian was that the Hughes Glomar Explorer was supposed to be used for mining manganese nodules from the sea floor. While I wondered whether the CIA ginned up the whole "mining...
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    Thanks Zorro. For anyone else who's curious, the work is at http://pmc.ucsc.edu/~apaytan/publications/2007_Articles/PaytanMcLaughlin_ChemRev_2007_107_563TheOceanicPCycle.pdf. It looks like something like 40% of the phosphorus going into the ocean (which is almost entirely anthropogenic) doesn't go into ocean sediments. That means it's in the...
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    The problem with that solution is the word algae. There are a lot of algae in the world, and they're not all that closely related to each other. The ones they use for biofuels are, so far as I know,...
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    Yes, the impending shortage of phosphorus is another problem for agriculture. What to do about it is another one of those tricky questions. Personally, I'm not sure where all the phosphorus we flushed through our systems ended up. Ocean sediments...
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    Hmmm. First comment got eaten by the system. Oh well. I'll save most of the answer for why I don't like biofuels that much. As for port cities, Superstorm Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda (and Hurricane Katrina) are examples of what...
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    By the way, congratulations, Charlie, on your (cough, cough) totally unexpected Hugo nominations for Neptune's Brood and Equoid. I hope that having two in the running won't jinx you or anything....
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    True. One thing this has pointed out is that I've got an unusual view of what a port is. To me it's not just the docks, it's a shorthand for the whole coastal city. I'll have to be more precise...
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    Actually David, I didn't mean that you were criticizing me in that comment. I was thinking of the others that are. I do appreciate your support, and I should have made that more clear. As I noted above, I'm working...
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    Thanks David and all for the comments and criticism on this. One thing I'd add is that at the moment, glacial melt is not predictable. The climate scientists know that glaciers melt far faster than one would predict by assuming...
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    That's true for the finished product. For the raw materials? It gets a bit more interesting. By the way, I've got to point out that one of the standard symptoms of societal collapse is the disappearance of technologies that have...
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    Actually, it's great to have a first hand report. Thanks. I've only seen the paperwork end. I'd agree that your methods work great, so long as you have lots of fossil fuels or some other form of concentrated energy. We'll...
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    Yes, Ilya, you haven't spent much time with planning, have you? Ports are enormously complicated beasts. It's not just the infrastructure, it's most especially the politics and more especially the ownership. I'm not greatly experienced with building port infrastructure, but...
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    Actually, there's a nice short cut to the future, courtesy climate change and sea level rise. If we assume that future sea level rise of a few meters will disable most of our ports, before sea level rise of a...
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    Ah. Okay, I see where you're coming from. Here's the deal as I understand it: the Cryogenian was (at a fairly good guess) a response to cyanobacteria finally starting to saturate the air with oxygen and to pull all the...
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    Actually, as I understand it, John Michael Greer has a degree in ecology, so I wouldn't go so far as to say he's not a scientist. He's certainly more informed on his particular issues than the average, say, computer scientist....
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    I believe the proposal to dam the Golden Gate and turn it into a reservoir for the rest of the state was first floated in the 1950s or so. Daft then, daft now (note where the San Andreas runs!), but...
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    Hmmm. Something's weird about your numbers. I think what's got me scratching my head is that the Earth has been in greenhouse mode more often than icehouse mode (I think the ratio is something like 4:1). Where was all that...
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    That's where it gets awkward. Probably it will take another century or two for the climate to stabilize based on carbon going in. Right now, we're supposedly (and I don't have a definitive source on this, so it may be...
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    Yep. Thanks to Jay for the original post. HEre's the paper abstract (from: http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v7/n1/full/ngeo2007.html ) "Vast quantities of carbon are stored in shallow Arctic reservoirs, such as submarine and terrestrial permafrost. Submarine permafrost on the East Siberian Arctic Shelf started...
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    Yeah. To state for the third time, for those who didn't read, I'm looking at the scenario where humans survive, because I think that's most likely. It's also the situation no one wants to look at, where we radically change...
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    Hm. Might want to read Curt Stager (Deep Future) and David Archer (The Long Thaw) for another viewpoint. Ward likes to be extremist, and he loves the Permian. On rereading Under a Green Sky, I liked it a lot less...
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    I love how we've evolved from something like 70,000 years of very close to sustainable societies to someone who says it can't happen. History says they do. As one historian noted, sustainability is actually very simple: you put some people...
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    Reading Peter Ward? I'm talking about the more extreme predictions coming from the climate scientists, such as David Archer's The Long Thaw (this is the pop-science version. You can also read the IPCC 5 for free if you want). While...
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    That's an interesting magic act. In theory, it's great for cities to buy out bad debt and turn it into good, provided there's money with which to buy those debts. Where does that money come from? Well, ultimately, property taxes...
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    Nice! For more rigorous maps, I prefer National Geographic's ice free map better (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/rising-seas/if-ice-melted-map), and for fiddling, the controllable Global Sea Level Rise Map (http://geology.com/sea-level-rise/), but it's all worth looking at. Still, Dubia's got some nice details, and if you're...
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    Sure. I'm working on a project to answer the question: "What will the world look like if some of the worse predictions of climate change come to pass, but humans don't go extinct?" Mind you, I'm looking into the deep...
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    Charlie, Are you sure that poverty has been decreasing? Yes, the World Bank says that poverty (defined as living on less than $1.25/day) decreased from 1.908 billion in 1990 to 1.215 billion in 2010 (source: http://povertydata.worldbank.org/poverty/home/). However, during that time,...
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