Earth Engineering / Can’t See the Forest for the Trees…

It is said that in the year 2050, the human population of Earth will reach 9 billion souls and then level out.

It is also said by the human haters that amount of people will start killing Mother Gaia and it would be better for mankind to participate in a massive die-off.

Well, I’m sure that there is a possibility of a Malthusian Event, but not right away.

The main reason I’m saying this is because of far-seeing folks who are trying to prevent such things with a little geo-engineering:

Science Magazine has removed the pay wall from “Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People.” The paper concludes, as many have before, that keeping up with humanity’s needs as numbers and appetites crest toward mid-century poses big challenges. But it expresses optimism that a sustained focus on efficiency, technology and policy innovations can do the trick. (The images above, from the paper, show how investments in water storage and other measures helped restore vegetation in a dry region in Niger.) Here’s the summary:

Continuing population and consumption growth will mean that the global demand for food will increase for at least another 40 years. Growing competition for land, water, and energy, in addition to the overexploitation of fisheries, will affect our ability to produce food, as will the urgent requirement to reduce the impact of the food system on the environment. The effects of climate change are a further threat. But the world can produce more food and can ensure that it is used more efficiently and equitably. A multifaceted and linked global strategy is needed to ensure sustainable and equitable food security, different components of which are explored here.

The authors include a menu of possible uses for genetically modified crops, but stress that technology alone is far from sufficient if policies are not shifted to advance the appropriate use of the right agricultural strategy or tool in the right place. Over all, a focus on “sustainable intensification” of production of crops and livestock will be vital to limiting impacts on remaining undeveloped ecosystems.

Aquaculture holds great promise, if practiced appropriately and efficiently, as does livestock production, the authors say, noting the reality that meat will long remain a part of most diets, particularly in populations moving out of poverty.

In the end, they say, one reality has to be a shift from simply boosting production to a new, interdisciplinary focus on getting the most food value with the least loss of land and other resources. The kicker?

[W]e must avoid the temptation to further sacrifice Earth’s already hugely depleted biodiversity for easy gains in food production, not only because biodiversity provides many of the public goods on which mankind relies but also because we do not have the right to deprive future generations of its economic and cultural benefits. Together, these challenges amount to a perfect storm.

Navigating the storm will require a revolution in the social and natural sciences concerned with food production, as well as a breaking down of barriers between fields. The goal is no longer simply to maximize productivity, but to optimize across a far more complex landscape of production, environmental, and social justice outcomes.

Hydro-engineering in Africa?

Not a bad idea. And not a new one either.

In fact, it’s about one hundred years old. All it needs is a little more technology; http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/06/08/287-dam-you-mediterranean-the-atlantropa-project/

A Menu For Feeding 9 Billion

The search for life on the planet Mars has been ongoing for about 130 years and samples of such have been lacking.

Now with the many satellites that are orbiting and photographing the Martian surface 24 / 7, evidence seems to be coming, but as the lid on such truths are maintained by NASA (for what ever reasons), speculation as usual runs wild.

Below however are some photos taken by the Mars Express probe around the year 2000 showing interpretive evidence of water in craters and forests around them.

Interpret them for yourselves.

I don’t know. NASA always claims that if they had evidence of ET life of any kind, they would be the first to proclaim it from the roof-tops.

They can’t prove it by me.

How about you?

Mars Life: Evidence

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10 responses

  1. Hi dad2059, I Find population growth more challenging than anything here on earth and anthropogenic. X Wouldn,t you say it[population growth] anthropogenic? sure there is something forbidden otherwise J.P. Sjkipper is not idiot. he has been devoted for a long time in such analysis.

  2. Educating people about birth control is the humane way toward population control, not radical extermination or living like cavepeople as some groups advocate. Raise a society’s education and economic levels are other good means.

    I’ve read Skipper’s research before, it looks legit to me. But then again I’m not a exobiologist.

    1. it need an in depth study, however I’m amazed how he is doing that? Are you not?

      1. Yes, I wonder about that too Bruce.

        NASA photos are public domain. All it takes is the time and patience to access these.

        But of course it takes a lot of practice to properly interpret them. Unless you’re a planetologist or astrogeologist of some type, anything you put out is open for anybody elses’ interpretation.

    2. Yeah, I’m quite agree with you..you have ,of course given some good points

  3. I don’t know what to think about Mars anymore. I have a bunch of Hi-Res shots from about 7 years ago, and it’s a landscape with a lot of rubble. However there are some pretty bizarre shapes (and I’m not talking ‘pyramids’) fairly close to the camera. They are curious enough to make you wonder. A lot.

  4. Maybe it was mylar reflecting sunlight?

    I’M KIDDING.

    1. Whoops – wrong article. *sigh*. Oh well. Most of my life is out of context, so why wouldn’t my comments be?

  5. Genocide event ? No problem.
    http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2009/07/water-wealth-power.html
    http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2009/07/corporate-farming.html
    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/06/10-2
    http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2009/08/environment-sickening-practices.html
    http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2009/08/green-acres-food-and-junk-food-post.html
    The thing is, I read a biography of Nelson Rockefeller, head C.I.A. honcho and social engineer. If you know the history of I.G. Farben as manufacturer of the gas used in Nazi ovens…what possible reassurance do you have about chemically stimulated food growth ? N R started farms in Central and South America run by corporations. They went a long way towards establishing a new benchmark for dysfunctional folly.
    And Monsanto. There was another article about Bremer’s 100 Orders causing the loss of heritage seed stocks in Iran that is worse than merely criminal.

    Mess up food production and ruin water supplies – Bluebloggin had one where the PCB-laden mud from New York’s canal system was to be spread ove land in Texas. If you look at a comparison with the aquifer…there seems to be a match. Fracking has been exempted from controls protecting drinkng water. It’s proposed for the water source for New York City !

  6. Money mad North Americans – What can we say!! Nations run by greedy politicians instead of eco minded intelligence. Eco-scientists are vilified and careers ruined by red neck governments. Where intelligent use of resources seems abandoned. Maybe they’ll all get rich enough to fly off to colonize Mars and leave us alone to reengineer whatever is left of our planet! We wish…. Meantime their all powerful companies raid the earth and are buying up what’s left of clean river, stream, and lake water rights hitherto free to all. Not just thinking North Americans are afraid, ‘Mr. Opit’, but fear rains around the globe from their insatiable greed for ???? Did you know several States have been (for decades), and continue to spend millions spraying silver iodide shit into our air to try to make it rain in their region instead of their neighbors? Poor Africans forced to buy Monsanto seed before they are allowed to buy fertilizer – jeeps, must be profit mad. Thought I was hardened to it – then when even Canada opted out of the Kyoto Accord we all died some more.

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