Bluegrass and brown gas

Bluegrass and brown gas
Ruminants chew and fart anew
Frackers drill while oceans rise
Methane bubbles burst as climate changes
Coal burns, oil burns, forests burn
Dollars sought and politicians bought
Who cares if the earth dies?
I’ve got mine and it’s divine
God favors the wealthy
Lefties can rot here on earth
If you are poor
It’s your own fault
It says so in the Bible
According to my preacher man
He’s the guy with a McMansion
A private jet and a Florida tan.

Delta loss

Some of the most productive land on earth is contained in river deltas and they all will be lost in the next few decades as oceans rise everywhere. For a preview of what delta loss will look like, look no farther than the Nile delta. Because of the Aswan High Dam, less silt is being deposited throughout the Nile valley. And that is most obvious in the Nile delta where seawater encroaches on productive farm land and renders it unusable before it erodes into the sea.

Under a Green Sky

Under a Green Sky,  Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us about Our Future by Peter D. Ward published in 2007. Climate varies in regular cycles of varying lengths. We live now at the end of a time of stability that is relatively rare. Humanity has flourished in a long period of the stability of what we consider to be normal climate, but in fact is very rare. Adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as we are will accelerate change and return us to a climate that varies markedly. In the future, coastlines will be different, crops will suffer, and many millions will die from starvation and/or war. I recommend this book.

New York, 2140

New York, 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. One writer’s vision of the world in 2140 when the oceans have risen 50 feet. New York City is a new Venice while Venice, Italy, presumably is totally underwater. The Greenland icecap lasted longer than expected because the underlying geography is a bowl surrounded by mountains. On the other hand, Antarctica slopes down to the seas around it. Once the ice there started to move, it moved relatively rapidly. Rising seas forced millions to relocate inland if they could. Globalization was disrupted as the world’s harbors were rebuilt and then rebuilt again to service container ships and oil tankers.

Robinson extrapolates today’s financial cycles into the future and the rich are richer and the poor and displaced struggle to survive. Finally after a severe hurricane devastates lower New York, the poor declare a rent strike to topple the status quo. This time the Federal Reserve does not bail out the banks; it nationalizes them, putting the people in charge for a change.