Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Australian #Bushfires: Huge Hidden Costs

The True Cost of Bushfires

When we build complex systems it  burns the candle at both ends until there are no more resources left to prop up the dying system causing  it to  collapse. 

Here is more evidence of this  trend. Plus what is not mentioned is the water needed to extinguish these bushfires that could be put to better purposes such as drinking and irrigation where shortages are expected due to the dryer hot temperatures.  

Perhaps it is time to just burn one end of the candle ? Any ideas?


 

Long-burning massive bushfires is the new normal as climate change causes more heatwaves of greater intensity. The number of professional firefighters would need to double by 2030 in a hotter and drier climate.


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Sugar may be as damaging to the brain as extreme stress or abuse

Chronic consumption of sugar in rats who were not stressed produced similar changes in the hippocampus as rats who were stressed but not drinking sugar. Drinking sugar or exposure to early life stress reduced the expression of genes critical for brain development and growth.




Russian Diplomat Drops a Bombshell: US Expected ISIS to Seize Damascus by October

The US was planning to start a bombing campaign to overthrow the government knowing that by October in the victory of the Islamic State and its capture of Damascus. To stop the US proclaiming a no-fly zone - i.e. commencing a bombing campaign aimed at overthrowing the Syrian government - Russia intervened in Syria.  




Hillary Clinton and the Syrian Bloodbath

It was US intransigence - Clinton's intransigence - that led to the failure of Annan's peace efforts in the spring of 2012, a point well known among diplomats.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-sachs/hillary-clinton-and-the-s_b_9231190.html 



The Consequences of CSIRO Climate Cuts



National and global interests were at stake in CSIRO's decision to axe about 110 of the 140 present staff involved in two key climate monitoring and modelling programs

Antarctic research programs are also under a cloud.




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