"Polar cities" will perhaps needed for survivors of global warming in year 2500
Like it or not, global warming and climate change are real. Man-made? Natual? You be the judge. But come the future, 30 generations or so down the road, there might be just 200,000 "breeding pairs" -- in the famous words of James Lovelock" -- living in Arctic "polar cities". How long will they have to endure there? Who will build and govern these polar cities? Who will be admitted or who will not be admitted? Will there be marauders outside trying to get in? What kind of "civilization" will exist among humans in that fateful time?
I believe that the current generation should start discussing polar cities, planning them, locating them, designing them and perhaps even pre-building a model polar city in Norway or Alaska as an educational tool to alert the public about the far distant future. Will we really need polar cities? I hope not. Is it a good idea to start talking about them now? I think so.
To this end, I have started several blogsites about polar cities (Google the term) and asked an illustrator to come up with a preliminary set of designs just to get the discussion started, pro and con, animated and spirited and intellectual. See the introduction and images here:
I sent the images to James Lovelock in Britain by email, and he replied last week: "Thanks, Danny, for the images of polar cities. It may very well happen and soon."
What's your take on all this?
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
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- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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