Posts Tagged ‘earth’

Part 3: The Buddha Society

February 9, 2011

Technocracy is one thing, but you can’t deny that once solar energy gives us an abundance of electricity, we can shift focus from manual* labour and supposedly efficient (read cheap) production to a debate about sustainable materials and methods. The Earth is finite, but time is infinite. We’re all monkeys, we should not fight each other, we should enjoy our brief presence in the universe together. Laws, borders, money and every single conflict were created by the people in power to keep underlings in a mentality of fighting against each other because as long as the people are fighting, the society does not change and those at the top of the hierarchies will remain in power. Everyone who accepts the current situation on Earth, who accepts the global society they live in, participate in and fuel and solidify the injustice and suffering of other human beings. It is time to end the fight and embrace our destiny as the only known life in the universe. We are not enemies, we are all family.

*manu means hand

Part 1: Our Buddha Earth

Part 2: Planet Buddha

Part 2: Planet Buddha

November 18, 2010

Water energy is fine, but large dams affect the ecosystem. Wind is fine unless the towers are built with scarce resources. Bio-fuels are not fine because we need the soil for biodiversity. Natural gas and oil are not fine for it takes millions of years to replenish them. Geothermal is fine. Fusion is fine, but tiny compared to the sun. Fission creates radioactive waste. Solar energy is so good we don’t even need to consider any other energy sources.

Combined with efficient and sustainable batteries we’ve essentially solved the energy question. Batteries are necessary for mobility/individualism/decentralization.

Also a big part of resource management is human waste management, because there are almost 7 billion humans on earth; that’s a lot of molecules and a lot of food and a lot of poo.

Part 3: The Buddha Society

Part 1: Our Buddha Earth

November 17, 2010

Soil was made by DNA. DNA was made by the rays of Sol, cutting shapes into our flooded rock. One day we will embark on a journey through space carrying with us every single atom on this planet, the octopus, who sees like we do, but has no blind spot, the slug with its tiny heart, the thousand-year-old trees, the exo-skeletal beetles, the H2O gas clouds, the electromagnetic cities, the arts of our minds. That day is the day we realize Earth is a spaceship on autopilot and we are its crew.

Asteroid could hit Earth in 172 years

July 31, 2010

The Yarkovsky effect

Although the orbit of 1999-RQ36 is now well determined, there remains a significant orbital uncertainty because, besides gravity, its path is influenced by the Yarkovsky effect.

Associate Prof. Dr. Charley Lineweaver from the Australian National University’s Mount Stromlo Observatory says the Yarkovsky effect is caused by the heating of rotating bodies.

“The principle is best demonstrated on Earth by the fact that it’s usually hotter in the afternoon, than when the sun is directly overhead at lunchtime,” says Lineweaver.

“This means that the hottest part of the surface isn’t facing the sun, but has rotated 20, 30 or whatever degrees away from perpendicular.

“It’s not much, but on a body the size of a small asteroid, photons emitted from the hottest part of the surface act like a sort of rocket exhaust pushing the object in the opposite direction. Because the object is rotating the opposite direction is not away from the sun but at an angle to it, which over time can provide enough pressure to slightly modify the orbit.”

According to Lineweaver, this provides a degree of uncertainty in orbital projections for the asteroid.

“And it’s that level of uncertainty that’s the real issue for now,” he says.

It could cause a 1000 meter high tsunami and cloud the atmosphere for years, much liked what happened to the dinosaurs. Even if the odds are 1 to 1000, do we have an idea what to do if something like this actually happened. No, we’re too busy messing things up to notice. Either the eventual collision with some object could be avoided by some rich state or person with destroyer technology, or a few rich and/or powerful people will take the escape ship off of earth. Maybe by then we’ll have regular interplanetary communications, but I don’t see that in the near future, so let’s hope it doesn’t happen too soon.

We’re all space beings btw. Earth is in space.

Using Oil is Good for the Environment

July 7, 2010

Scientists at Chalmers, Sweden, are investigating the economical and environmental effects of a system that would decentralize the petrol market making it possible for everyone to have a container of fuel ready at home to pump your car with. The idea is to extract carbon dioxide from the air through a simple process of electrolyze in a small machine, like a microwave oven that everyone can keep in their homes, that produces oil. This means that the  net carbon dioxide emissions will amount to zero. All CO2 taken from the air returns to the air and the ecosystem is unaffected. The machine is very simple and removes a lot of the middle-men, including the whole process of getting the oil from the earth to the car tank, making the system economically sound. All it requires is electricity, which can be powered from environmentally friendly sources. Essentially, the car will be powered by electricity.

Using oil is not bad for the environment in itself. It’s just carbondioxide, a common gas in the atmosphere. However, putting more CO2 into the air by digging up old dead organisms and burning them changes the balance of gases in the atmosphere and makes the surface climate warmer because CO2 sucks up energy from the suns rays. Of course, it is possible that with more CO2 in the air, the blue-green bacteria that eat CO2 and shit out oxygen, more so than the rainforests, will become more abundant. Even so, the whole oil producing system and burning it is not flawless. One problem I see is that burning oil produces other waste products and pollutants, and the system for burning oil in cars is not very efficient energy-wise, however neither nuclear plants nor solar energy technology are very efficient either. When trying to figure out what is environmentally friendly there’s a  lot of related processes that need to be considered. We often ask the question: What is sustainable?

In nature, oil and gas are produced from animals and plants in a process that takes millions of years. It’s like compost. So, although it’s renewable, the renewal takes so long that our consumption of oil is millions of times faster than nature’s production of oil. Roughly half the earth consists of silicon. It forms compounds with many different elements and make up rocks, sand, dust, mountains. It’s abundant and easily accessible and mainly used to stand on. All the organic materials, animals, plants, bacteria, soil, oil and so on, are just a thin layer on the crust of the earth. The rock beneath is just something for life to exists on top of and there’s more of it than we can dream of putting to using.

Silicon can be used for solar panels and just like there’s more silicon in the earth than we can spend, the sun produces more energy per second than the total energy use of all humans throughout history. It’s just a matter of accessing it. The deserts are perfect for this. Taking the silicon from there and putting the solar panels there will have the least impact on life and will offer a lot of sun. Were we to move off the planet, the same can be applied to e.g. the moon and Mars.

So, that solves the question of trapping energy, then it’s just a matter of distributing it. Batteries are of course nice, but they’d have to be made out of environmentally friendly materials. And in the case of cars, there are so many cars that it’d be very costly, in terms of both money and time, to transform society to hold only electric cars. The system proposed by the scientists at Chalmers is a cheap compromise that would satisfy the car industry. However, the biggest obstacle is the oil industry, because economically it is the biggest industry on earth.

Lastly, I’d like to say that it’s probably a good idea to keep the energy systems apart from nature. Nature in this case meaning organic materials, which means life. There’s no need to use crops for fuel, we can leave them out of the system. We can leave life alone, if we want to.

Anarchy 101: Committing High Treason in Sweden

January 19, 2010

There have been 4 major rebellions in Sweden in recent history, between 1300 and 1542. And Sweden has not officially participated in any wars during the last 200 years, even though we are one of the world’s biggest contributors to human suffering because of our huge weapons export. However, it is time for a 5th rebellion. The Viking blood may be dormant in most Swedes, but a spartan upbringing is enough to change society. This goes for all genetic variations of our species. You may sit in front of your computer screen, eating crisps, but physically and mentally we can all be whipped into our true potential. And now is the time to act.

Today, I will try to commit high treason. The Swedish law read “Den som, med uppsåt att riket eller del därav skall, med våldsamma eller eljest lagstridiga medel eller med utländskt bistånd, läggas under främmande makt eller bringas i beroende av sådan makt eller att del av riket skall sålunda lösryckas, företager handling som innebär fara för uppsåtets förverkligande, dömes för högförräderi…” which translates roughly as “He/she who, with the intention that the kingdom or parts thereof, by violent or otherwise unlawful means or with foreign assistance, is brought under foreign power or into a dependence of such a power or that parts of the kingdom is thus removed, takes action that threatens to realize the intent, shall be sentenced for high treason…”

In other words, I write a decree with the intent to give over the state of Sweden to the rest of the world and when enough people have signed for it, it will gain official status, as is the case with all other official documents in human civilization. This is my decree:

The physical territory of Sweden will be divided equally among each individual human being who makes a comment to this blog post expressing acceptance of this decree.

Before everyone in the world has an equal share in all the land on earth, people will realize that they have no need for superficial borders and nation-states will disappear. Just like the magic mist of supernatural beings is cleared by atheism, the magic mist of the artificial hierarchy clears and reveals the surface of the Earth as it is, a multitude of organic lifeforms as a thin layer on the partially watery silicon-clad iron ball with no objective judge to give it meaning, through anarchy; A flat surface where everybody stands equally tall in rank, wealth and power, all equally weak, useless and useful.

This was in the daily media flow on January 19, 2010, according to the calender adopted by the pope Gregorius the 13th in 1582, according to the very same calender.

News Summation in Anticipation of 2010

December 30, 2009

On January 1st 2000, the world did not end, because programmers wisely changed 99 to 1999 or 100 to 00. Doomsday was avoided. The apocalypse has of course been avoided several times in history. Just look at Nostradamus’ faulty predictions, the constant failings of Jehova’s Witnesses or the thousands of other predictions built on nothing but lies and water. Obviously the world will not end in 2012 either. There’s 1 simple reason for this and several more complex. The simple reason is that it is not possible to know the future, because time is a function of space. We can travel in time only by traveling in space and the only predictions we can make are predictions about the future based on past events. Like, I saw that ball roll towards me, I can expect it to continue rolling towards me in the future until friction stops it. That’s pretty far from watching the future happen in a crystal ball.

So, what did happen in the past? Before we get to 2000-2009, let’s recap. Some billion years ago a star formed a plasma of hydrogen and helium, producing heavier atoms, like iron, nitrogen, gold, silicon and stuff going supernova and boom the atoms spread into space, reforming into balls thanks to gravity and 9 balls went into orbit around our sun. On the iron ball called earth, there was lots of silicon compounds, like earth, dust, sands, rocks, minerals, mountains et cetera and a lot of other stuff. Life formed when strings of molecules reacted and eventually became cells. These first cells were single-cell organisms, organic meaning they mostly consisted of carbon and hydrogen. For a few billion years these cells breathed in carbon-dioxide  and breathed out oxygen, using photosynthesis, if I recall correctly. Dunno what they were up to to be honest. Anyway, the chemical process of copying cells is basically a matter of having a string of molecule and each molecule only attaches to certain other molecules and thus a specific new string is always created and being of a specific series of molecules it can when it breaks free from it’s catalyst only bind to a new specific set of molecules. Chemical reaction allow for anomalies and that leads to mutated cell copies, and voila, we have evolution. The plankton became animals and plants over the next thousands of millions of years and meteories, climate changes and volcanic activity were the only things that threatened the life on earth during all these years as the magnetic field of the solar system and the solar wind, and the magnetic field and atmosphere of the earth protected life from most of the horrors, like radiation, from outer space.

A few million years ago, the ancestors of the 7.5 billion great apes currently living on earth were eating fruits and stuff. 2 million years ago, the ancestors of the 6.8 billion humans on earth, started using hand-held stone tools. Several tens of thousands of years ago we used more fancy tools that helped in agriculture. A few tens of thousands of years ago big cities formed when agriculture was modernized. Trade and economy on a much larger scale occured as not everyone had to work in food production. 5000 years ago, the administrative level of society was sufficient enough to enable kings to rule 3 million people and build pyramids. The mystery of consciousness has been used as a tool for regimes to control the masses since before written language. The fear of death in particular is a very powerful tool. Monotheism grew popular a few thousands years ago, with the Jews in the Middle-East, Jesus protested against Judaism and was crucified. A few hundread years later the Roman Empire adopted Christianity and Luther protested against it a few hundred years ago. The anarchic trend continues today, but in contrast to the growing size of people being ruled over. The leader of a small village of 30 people some 20-30,000 years ago might potentially have been as despotic as Stalin, but the difference in population makes a big difference in impact on the world. Today, we have youtube, despite the superpowers and international corporations.

Nothing new under the sun, is a saying I’ve always liked. It’s as truthful as the idea of news, because they’re the two opposites in the same spectrum, with the exception that news often disregard the temporal context and thus a whole lot of truth. What was in the news 2000-2009? What did humans, evolved from bacteria, find most important? Deaths, wars, politicians, kings, food?

What will be remembered of this year in 50,000 years?

Well, nothing. Even the two “world wars” will be forgotten unless people stop killing other people during the next century, which seems a bit too optimistic. Jesus and Mohammed will be remembered as their effect on society spans over millenia, but the solving of the greenhouse gas problem will be forgotten along with the solving of the ozone layer problem. The problem of the environment will remain as long as humans interact with the surface of the earth and the organisms upon it. Also, anyone reading this during 2010 will be a monkey who will eventually be forgotten.

“What? Are you saying everything will be forgotten, even Obama, the first black president of the USA?”

Well, the Egyptian pharaohs reigned for 3000 years, the US has existed for 200 years, name 15 Egyptian kings.

By the way, sorry that my blog is Western-centric, I grew up in post-protestant Sweden, can’t really help it.

Japan to Cut CO2 Emissions 15% by 2020

June 13, 2009

This is in line with what the European Union and the United States are doing. Japan is the 5th biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and critics say this cut is not enough.

Three important greenhouse gases are water vapour (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). The reason why they are greenhouse gases is because although they’re almost transparent to sunlight, they absorb infrared radiation from the sun capturing a lot of heat near the planet’s surface.

The destroyers of humanity?

The destroyers of humanity?

All animals breathe out CO2. Cattle (who have four stomachs) breathe out CH4 as well. There’s also a large amount of CH4 trapped under the frozen tundra in Russia, which can be released into the atmosphere if the tundra thaws. Oil, trees and coal are also mainly carbon, and when burned they release CO2 into the atmosphere.

Humans are responsible for a part of the total amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere because humans burn oil, trees, coal and breed billions of cattle. The question is how much does this affect the temperature. It does affect it, but exactly what are the consequences? Is the human impact significant in relation to the normal impact of ice ages, ocean currents, volcanoes and the solar cycle? Even tiny changes can have a big impact on human life. Just consider the fact that if the human body heats over 5 degrees Celsius, it can die. The ball of rock we’re standing on and bacteria don’t care the least bit about what we do though.

Update: The US and China didn’t say anything worthwhile during the EU summit on climate change on September 22nd, despite the increasing necessity of taking action as soon as possible. However, Japan, that ended 50 years of conservative rule last week took one step forward and declared to be willing to cut all greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020. Sweden can only assume the role of model for these big economies as our impact on the climate is comparatively tiny, but we’ve set 40% as our goal.