Do you believe in preparing for an apocalypse?

Image result for sea level riseWhat apocalypse? Denial. What denial? Apocalypse is the most tongue twisting word for me. Makes me spastic. Makes my brain spastic. It basically means the complete final destruction of the world. As I grew up I found how in so many ways our world could get destroyed. What world? For a mother, it could be her children. For an elephant tied to a chain, it could be where he is chained. World could mean so many things. “To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world,” said Bill Wilson. Who is Bill Wilson? Well, I don’t have an answer for everything but everyone has an some answer, warped by their perspectives.

Apocalypse to me meant different at different points of my life. Volcanoes going off at the same time. Meteor hitting us like it hit the dinosaurs. Sun stops to work. Vayu Dev takes away all the air on the Earth. Aliens. Polluted atmosphere. Robots invade. Cartoons, movies, and science have given my mind enough fodder. Right now, I’m all into sea level rise. As a newly married woman, I don’t want my husband and I to buy a house in coastal areas. However looming this newfound fear may be for me, I am mostly trying to making this world sustainable one day at a time to avoid this sea level rise in the first place.

What’s your apocalypse and how are you preparing for it?

Disruption: A Film by Kelly Nyks & Jared P. Scott

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Climate change – has been happening for quiet a while now. This film encapsulates the history of it in terms of activism. It walks you through the political happenings connected with it. That brings me to some statistics – starting with the ‘popclock’. World Population is moving past this number at this moment : 7,191,777,149.  That’s more than 7000 million. The largest cities in the world are:

  • Shanghai, China 13.3 million
  • Mumbai (Bombay), India 12.6 million
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina 11.92 million
  • Moscow, Russia 11.3 million
  • Karachi, Pakistan 10.9 million
  • Delhi, India 10.4 million
  • Manila, Philippines 10.3 million
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil 10.26 million
  • Seoul, South Korea 10.2 million
  • Istanbul, Turkey 9.6 million
  • Jakarta, Indonesia 9.0 million
  • Mexico City, Mexico 8.7 million
  • Lagos, Nigeria 8.68 million
  • Lima, Peru 8.38 million
  • Tokyo, Japan 8.3 million
  • New York City, USA 8.09 million
  • Cairo, Egypt 7.6 million
  • London, UK 7.59 million
  • Teheran, Iran 7.3 million
  • Beijing, China 7.2 million

The ones in red are the cities that are near the coastline. Why? Because it is near water that a civilization flourishes – history says it all. The list doesn’t have Los Angeles, USA and Calcutta, India, that too are near the coastline. Imagine what rising sea levels due to climate change would do to these cities and the people in it. Then there are islands, peninsulas and isthmuses – surrounded by water.

Can the corporate people in these cities envision this scenario? Isn’t this enough for them to shift to alternative technologies – green technologies? If that wasn’t enough, will a number help? Sea level is rising 0.12 inches per year, that’s 0.6 inches in 5 years, 1.2 in 10 years.

Is it a one way street? No. The supply goes hand in hand with demand. Demand is what we people want. What we want is what the industries produce. If we want something better, we can demand for it. It’s not easy, but that is how it works. The above film starts with what Frederick Douglass once said,

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

Rising sea levels is just one aspect of climate change, the film offers a much broader perspective. It is also available for you to watch on Vimeo as well.

Water mining in India and its consequences

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Water mining causes not just the depletion of water, a non-renewable source, but it is ironically raising sea-levels. Little drops of water are making a mighty ocean in that sense. Here’s trying to understand what water mining really is, its situation in India, and technological solutions available to protect this precious resource.

Definitions:

  • Fossil water or paleowater is groundwater that has remained sealed in an aquifer for a long period of time. Water can rest underground in “fossil aquifers” for thousands or even millions of years. When changes in the surrounding geology seal the aquifer off from further replenishing from precipitation, the water becomes trapped within, and is known as fossil water. Fossil water is, by definition, a non-renewable resource. Whereas most aquifers are naturally replenished by infiltration of water from precipitation, fossil aquifers are those that get little or no recharge. – Wikipedia
  • The extraction of water from such non-replenishing groundwater reserves (known as low safe-yield reserves) is known in hydrology as water mining. If water is pumped from a well at a withdrawal rate that exceeds the natural recharge rate (which is very low or zero for a fossil aquifer), the water table drops, forming a depression in the water levels around the well. – Wikipedia

Situation:

“The Story of Water in India” outlines the food/water/energy crisis in India, and presents different solutions the Columbia Water Center is pursuing in the country.

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  • “Nearly a third of India is suffering from chronic water shortages, and making up for it with “the world’s largest groundwater mining operation,” according to experts…… For about half of the country, their analysis suggests, if people used small-scale “rainwater harvesting”—capturing rain and storing it in tanks and ponds—they would have much of the water they needed, assuming they continued to grow the same types of crops….. In other parts of India, though, rainwater harvesting alone won’t be enough to avoid depleting groundwater further, the study suggests.So the team is studying how farmers could shift the crops they grow to ones that require less water.” – National Geographic
  • “But a new study shows that global warming is not the only cause of swelling seas. Much comes from “water mining” – the pumping of vast amounts of groundwater from beneath the earth, mainly to irrigate crops. This inevitably ends up in the oceans after it evaporates from farmland and comes down as rain.”The Telegraph
Technological solutions:
  • Production of drinking water from extracting moisture from atmosphere. These devices are called Atmospheric water generators.
  • Netafim has found a solution to cater to the drip-irrigation problems of India’s fragmented farms. – Forbes India Read more: Drip Irrigation Technology to save Water and Enhance Crop Yields
  • In some states rainwater harvesting has been made compulsory for every building, ancient water harvesting systems in Rajasthan have now been revived. An attempt has been made at Dept. of Chemical Engineering, IISc, Bangalore to harvest rainwater using upper surface of a solar still, which was used for water distillation.

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Last Edited: January 12 2018