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Reflection on something lost
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Record heat...

Permanent Linkby Jack on Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:40 pm

San Antonio hit 104 today - a record, I believe. It's dry, and the aquifer, our sole water supply, declines substantially each day despite water restrictions.

If the local area become drier due to climate change, I wonder what happens to a city of 1.2 million if the rains quit coming? Do they truck water in? And what happens when peak oil reasserts itself in the form of higher gasoline prices? What then?

Right now, I and many others are comfortable as technology and electricity keep us in our cocoons. But if the climate degrades and the temperatures head up...and the availability of resources declines...we have made an all-in bet on technology. If it falters, then the population of this area will be in dire straits.

Supposedly, global population will hit 9.2 billion in 2020. That just may be correct. But when the turn comes, when climate change, peak oil, and assorted problems due to population pressures hit, I do believe life will become hellish. A shame, really - with wisdom, all of this could have been avoided.

Humankind and wisdom. That fairly drips with irony.

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