Reflections on the Surface

June 30, 2010

Dead Zones

New Orleans

Prof. John Kessler of Texas A&M University Oceanography department has just returned from a fact finding research visit to the Gulf of Mexico with alarming news. Methane concentrations near the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill are I Million times expected. Oxygen depletion in the waters of the Gulf  will grow the  dead zones and the seas in the vicinity will become rancid, adding to the utter mess that BP’s catastrophe has brought to the area.

Tony Hayward, BP’s hapless CEO, should do the honorable thing and resign. He has exhibited incompetent disaster management skills and has told lies at a time when transparency and truth-telling is vital for the global community.

Meanwhile, it is pretty pointless for the GOP and Tea Party zealots to blame Washington for the way this crisis is being ‘managed’. As long-time promoters of de-regulation and environmental disregard, they are hypocrites to blame the Federal Government for what’s going on right now in the Gulf. True understanding of blame will probably highlight a combination of causation which will include US companies such as Halliburton as well as lacklustre controls at the highest levels within BP.

Its a real wake-up time for the planet right now. The impacts of global climate change are creeping steadily upon the environment: soaring heat in the Middle East, in DC, in the South West, in Africa. Record LOW levels of snow cover in the US in 2010, despite what the idiots at Fox News will say. That outfit is stuffed with dumbed-down, stupid journalists whose concept of science can’t even struggle out of the bathtub, let alone grapple with evolution as a principle of probability.

But, let us not forget that we all share a culpability of sorts for the disasters in the Gulf. Each and every one of us in the oil-dependent West must share our own chip of responsibility for this mess, for there would be no need to take risks with the planet if we were all not so inherently greedy for comfort.

July 29, 2008

Plumbing the Depths

Lake Baikal, Russia

Breaking News.

Russian divers have just broken the record for the deepest freshwater dive into the abyss of Lake Baikal.
Containing more water than all of North America’s lakes put together, Lake Baikal is home to a rich, bountiful ecology, teeming with biodiversity.
It is the same team who, earlier this year, succeeded in planting a Russian Flag on the Arctic sea bed, underneath the North Pole.

Russia assures us that the Lake Baikal dive is just for ‘Scientific’ purposes. You know, they just ‘checking up’ on the largest body of fresh water on Earth, that sort of thing.

Oh, and, by the way, there’s a suggestion of possible oil and gas reserves down there.
We are told that Lake Baikal is safe and its ecology will never be damaged by oil and gas exploration.

Now sit back and wait for the sound of hollow laughter when those Russian assurances echo back from the depths of the future: when Lake Baikal is damaged beyond repair by corporate greed, by climate change and by the ever further reaching grasp of mankind.
Or, perhaps not.

Perhaps this wonder of wonders will still be safe in fifty, one hundred, perhaps five hundred years time.

But you can be sure that whenever Peak Oil hits, those sound assurances will be swiftly forgotten and the divers’ monumental achievements will be cast in stone.

May 30, 2008

Cry Wolf No Longer

London, England

A ‘lost tribe’ of Amazonian Indians has been discovered by a passing plane. Strangely coloured people pictured on the ground, pointing bows and arrows upwards at the sky in fierce defiance.

Their days are numbered.
Imagine this clash of cultures as the ‘civilized world’ flies by, soaring with ease over the still pristine forests where the ‘primitives’ exist.
We, in the other world look on, fascinated by the strangeness of it all.

They are trapped in a timewarped existence that is probably doomed, as the Amazonian Rain forests are hacked and bull-dozed to destruction.

Our 21st century civilization is poised on the brink too. Poised on the edge of a cliff, about to fall off into uncharted territory.

Fifty years from now, the gross complacency that has infected the minds of politicans and some degenerate scientists will be recognised for what it is: mankind’s last grasp upon a dying planet which has been wrecked beyond destruction by greed, short term thinking and sheer bloody lunacy.

This is a time for the ‘destruction of innocence’; for a vigorous wake up call to us all in our daily lives.
So much that we take utterly for granted is to taken away by the changes about to come, as the Earth meets tipping point after tipping point.

With the Amazon rain forests gone in not too many decades from now, we will all fear for our lives.

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