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Mar 31, 2011
LSP Martin - there are major threats to humans from climate change that is caused by people. If there were no people how the planet evolves would not be a concern. The objective is not to keep things as they are but to avoid disaster for billions of people that are distributed in nation states with much of the populations concentrated in coastal areas subject to innundiation with rising sea levels. How to feed 9 billion people - roughly 3 billion more than now - by roughly 2050 is very far from being a solved problem. If a significant share of presently productive land is not available by 2050 as a result of changes caused by humans logically most people would choose to change the human behavior that will result in a significant decrease in the potential to raise food and major flooding of large areas that are presently occupied by people. There are numerous other arguments including sustainability and biodiversity. Other arguments that I listen to are the possibility for threshold effects that are presently not forecastable, the unknown unknowns that could pose dangers to human survival. One possible concern is the melting of the permafrost. Vast amounts of methane could be released to the atmosphere if this happens. Other scenarios that I have seen include release of methane trapped in the deep ocean bed. At the very least we need to understand this problem much better than we do.

I am not against fusion research but it appears to be a technology that seems to be always a generation out. Considerable science remains to be done. I would bet on technologies where the science is clear and engineering challenges appear doable. To me space-based solar power (SSP) looks very promising. The sun shines 24/7 and without the atmosphere average power is about 9X locations that are good for solar. SSP apppears to hold the promise to not only be a big part of the solution for clean energy that we need on Earth, SSP would open the door for human expansion into the solar system. A good collection of information on SSP can be found at http://www.nss.org/settlement/ssp/
 
 
Mar 31, 2011
Dogbert is really Gov. O'Malley of Maryland. He is of the opinion that we're totally stupid.
 
 
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Mar 30, 2011
@YOHANNBIMU bingo. The fact that even after the data clearing house got their clocks cleaned as the hoax was on the President in Copenhagen..the "mob" science still pretends to exist.

I wonder why no engineer is ever consulted...instead dependng I looked into "solutions"...get this...one was for putting sulphuric stuff or ammonia things in the ocean (polluting) and the other....vast sheets of "metallic" mylar suspended by weather balloons...uh...pollution....with airborne thin plastic sheets that tear and would create such an environmental crisis....when CO2 rises, algae (light) and fungi (no or little light) thrive. They will suffocate the animal bio-cycle and so on.

The loss of the critical mind is what I miss the most.
 
 
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Mar 30, 2011
@YOHANNBIMU bingo. The fact that even after the data clearing house got their clocks cleaned as the hoax was on the President in Copenhagen..the "mob" science still pretends to exist.

I wonder why no engineers are ever consulted...instead we put so much entertainment value on these science of infants or gutless mob rule. I looked into "solutions"...get this...one was for putting sulphuric stuff or ammonia things in the ocean (polluting) and the other....vast sheets of "metallic" mylar suspended by weather balloons...uh...pollution....with airborne thin plastic sheets that tear and would create such an environmental crisis....when CO2 rises, algae (light) and fungi (no or little light) thrive. They will suffocate the animal bio-cycle and so on.

Like butter, it's not all good but the replacement is all bad.

The loss of the critical mind is what I miss the most.
 
 
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Mar 30, 2011
@YOHANNBIMU bingo. The fact that even after the data clearing house got their clocks cleaned as the hoax was on the President in Copenhagen..the "mob" science still pretends to exist.

I wonder why no engineer is ever consulted...instead dependng I looked into "solutions"...get this...one was for putting sulphuric stuff or ammonia things in the ocean (polluting) and the other....vast sheets of "metallic" mylar suspended by weather balloons...uh...pollution....with airborne thin plastic sheets that tear and would create such an environmental crisis....when CO2 rises, algae (light) and fungi (no or little light) thrive. They will suffocate the animal bio-cycle and so on.

The loss of the critical mind is what I miss the most.
 
 
 
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