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Is Economic Recovery Even Possible on a Planet Headed for Environmental Collapse?
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Is Economic Recovery Even Possible on a Planet Headed for Environmental Collapse?

By Tom Engelhardt, Posted February 19, 2009.

As the global economy melts down, so is the planet, with droughts threatening food production and industry across the world.

It turns out that you don't want to be a former city dweller in rural parts of southernmost Australia, a stalk of wheat in China or Iraq, a soybean in Argentina, an almond or grape in northern California, a cow in Texas, or almost anything in parts of east Africa right now. Let me explain.

As anyone who has turned on the prime-time TV news these last weeks knows, southeastern Australia has been burning up. It's already dry climate has been growing ever hotter. "The great drying," Australian environmental scientist Tim Flannery calls it. At its epicenter, Melbourne recorded its hottest day ever this month at a sweltering 115.5 degrees, while temperatures soared even higher in the surrounding countryside. After more than a decade of drought, followed by the lowest rainfall on record, the eucalyptus forests are now burning. To be exact, they are now pouring vast quantities of stored carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas considered largely responsible for global warming, into the atmosphere.

In fact, everything's been burning there. Huge sheets of flame, possibly aided and abetted by arsonists, tore through whole towns. More than 180 people are dead and thousands homeless. Flannery, who has written eloquently about global warming, drove through the fire belt, and reported:

"It was as if a great cremation had taken place I was born in Victoria, and over five decades I've watched as the state has changed. The long, wet and cold winters that seemed insufferable to me as a boy vanished decades ago, and for the past 12 years a new, drier climate has established itself I had not appreciated the difference a degree or two of extra heat and a dry soil can make to the ferocity of a fire. This fire was different from anything seen before."

Australia, by the way, is a wheat-growing breadbasket for the world and its wheat crops have been hurt in recent years by continued drought. ........(more)

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  -Is Economic Recovery Even Possible on a Planet Headed for Environmental Collapse? marmar  Feb-19-09 06:27 AM   #0 
  - just might be a perfect storm. no artificial propping up of the economy  daninthemoon   Feb-19-09 06:48 AM   #1 
  - Saving the environment could be the key to recovery  liberal N proud   Feb-19-09 06:49 AM   #2 
  - We were clever enough to create the problem  GliderGuider   Feb-19-09 07:43 AM   #3 
  - :hope:  stuntcat   Feb-19-09 12:31 PM   #7 
  - MANY thanks for this post -  Bigmack   Feb-19-09 11:06 AM   #4 
  - A main reason for environmental collapse?  The2ndWheel   Feb-19-09 11:31 AM   #5 
  - Like an airplane accident, this crisis isn't just the result of one or two failures  GliderGuider   Feb-19-09 11:56 AM   #6 
  - Yes  Bigmack   Feb-19-09 09:23 PM   #11 
  - The truth is...  wuvuj   Feb-19-09 06:43 PM   #8 
     - What does "stocking up on essentials" mean?  XemaSab   Feb-19-09 07:20 PM   #9 
        - Even those who might be able to see what's coming...  wuvuj   Feb-19-09 08:22 PM   #10 
           - sounds like spouse  DemReadingDU   Feb-20-09 09:33 AM   #12 
           - I'm not sure you're getting my point  XemaSab   Feb-20-09 03:44 PM   #13 
              - Maybe I'll hang out in Sherman's Lagoon and pretend I'm a shark.  hunter   Feb-20-09 05:18 PM   #14 
              - Starches can be satisfied by potatoes. Proteins by beans  NickB79   Feb-21-09 03:13 AM   #15 
              - Perhaps we could be friendly with the neighbors  DemReadingDU   Feb-21-09 09:13 AM   #16 
                 - My neighbors have pecans and fruit trees  XemaSab   Feb-21-09 05:17 PM   #17 

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