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The Polish Professor Zbigniew Jaworowski points out that the transition to the deep-freeze glaciation climate is not something that takes thousands of years to happen, but will happen quickly, and when it does, it will affect large areas simultaneously, even beyond the areas into which the ice sheets previously extended.
It is known, for example that during the last Ice Age the permafrost region had extended far into the south, past Peking in China.That's not something to be taken lightly. The resulting circle of the deep cooling also encapsulates Madrid, Rome, Berlin, and Moscow, and on the American continent, it encapsulates San Francisco and Washington DC, and of course all of Canada.
It is believed that the winter sea ice had extended as far south as Los Angeles during the last glaciation period, and likewise past Washington D.C. on the East Coast. In other words, the USA quickly reverts to tundra-like conditions, when the Ice Age transition begins, with permafrost developing in the ground.
It doesn't take a great genius to realize that these kinds of conditions are disastrous for agriculture.
Canada, one of the world's big grain producer, would be the first to see its agriculture disabled by the transition to glacial conditions. Agriculture is what Canada's very existence depends on. A nation that cannot feed itself is a dead nation.
The vast majority of humanity's food supply comes from agriculture, especially from grains, which are also the major feed stock for meat production. We cannot afford the loss of this resource. This applies to the whole world. Let's take Peking as a rough reference point for what areas become included in the unfolding permafrost region.
Peking is located close to the 40 degrees northern latitude. If one draws a line across the world at the 40 degree latitude, both in the north and the south, it becomes apparent that a large portion of the world's food production area is located above the northern 40 degree line where agriculture will grind to a halt fairly quickly.
While the unfolding Ice Age conditions will likely extend beyond that line, the line is a good reference point for where the devastation will be felt first. The area behind this line covers nearly all of Europe, except for the southernmost parts of Spain, Italy, and Greece. It also covers all of Russia, including the Ukraine, and the northern parts of China. On the American continent it covers all of Canada and the northern parts of the USA.
It is hard to imagine what the effect will be when the biggest chunk of the world-food production becomes suddenly disabled, and this all across the board simultaneously. Unfortunately, this is about to happen. It will destroy much of humanity if the compensating preparations have not been made by then, to secure our food supply.
The needed preparations for the coming Ice Age climate are not easily made on the required scale.
While agricultural production can be increased in many areas with advanced methods, there simply isn't enough land available where this upgrading can be done to compensate for the huge northern losses. This means that it becomes absolutely necessary to compensate the major parts of the agricultural loss with indoor agriculture on a vast scale, and to develop the great deserts into agricultural regions, such as the Sahara, and also to put agriculture afloat onto the sea.
The Sahara is the world's largest great desert. It extends across 9.4 million square kilometers. However, the area lacks the water resources to make this land productive. It is not a small task to import sufficient water to irrigate 9 million square kilometers of land. However, it is possible to do this. The water and the materials to do this are available.
The Amazon River, for example, dumps every second over 200,000 cubic meters of fresh water into the Atlantic Ocean. The technology and the materials do exists to harvest this water, and to channel it through arteries floating in the oceans, all the way to Africa, in order to bring the Sahara into agricultural production. The outflow of the Congo River could be added to this system. All of Africa could be richly developed on this platform. The same principle could also be applied to utilize the outflow of the Mississippi River in North America to activate the North American great deserts.
The principle is simple. Transferring water in submerged arteries is relatively effortless as no elevation differences need to be overcome. The water is thereby brought to the shore of a destination area where it can be simply pumped into region-wide distribution networks with the use of nuclear power.
Some say, this will never happen. Oh, really? Is it too expensive for mankind to do this? Oh, how much is life worth? Has it become too expensive to live?
The answer is that the construction of the infrastructures that are needed for humanity to survive, is easily possible with the utilization of basalt as a material processed in automated high-temperature industrial engines powered by the Liquid Florida Thorium nuclear Reactor, which is safe, and for which vast fuel resources exist that are presently unused.
The vast sandy deserts, like the Sahara, could become the bread garden of the world that could tide us over the coming Ice Age deep-freeze. It won't be easy to develop this vast sandy wilderness, but it is possible. It may take two decades to create the necessary infrastructures that enable the Sahara to bloom. Of course, without this type of vast-scale infrastructure development mankind is doomed to suffer a vast reduction in its population that few will see the end of.
We must not forget that the total human world population that made it through the last Ice Age, after roughly two million years of human development, was only one to ten million people strong. This minuscule population was all that the primitive Earth had been able to support during the last Ice Age environment.
We no longer need to be limited by this factor. For the first time ever, in geologic history, we, as an intelligent species, have created the technological capability on this planet to avoid the traditional Ice Age fate. Whether or not we realize this potential is determined by our care to apply our capability. With all of us working together, we can accomplish the necessary feat. If we fail, the human journey may end, at least for most people.
This means that upgrading Africa must be acknowledged as the first necessary critical step, to assure the continuing survival of humanity. Upgrading Africa must be the first step for the simple reason that it is the fastest to accomplish. But we cannot stop there. Upgrading Africa must happen in parallel with creating floating agriculture in the tropics, and with developing indoor agriculture. These three development projects are the highest priority requirements for the survival and the welfare of the whole of humanity.
Upgrading Africa into a bread garden requires the involvement of every nation. In order to facilitate the needed large-scale development, a network of efficient transportation infrastructures is required, including a network of floating bridges spanning the oceans for efficient rail transportation.
The building of such a network of floating bridges, with 25,000 kilometers in total length, may seem like an impossible dream. However, when large-scale automated industrial production is applied to the task, and nuclear power to melt basalt as the construction material, very little effort in terms of human labor is actually required to build the bridges. Once the industrial infrastructures are created, and the process is automated, it runs essentially 'hands free'. Far fewer people will be required for this than are presently engaged in military operations.
For the second phase, the intercontinental bridges will serve as transportation links for the large-scale floating agriculture modules that will be laid out across the tropical oceans, where the climate is the warmest, and the atmospheric CO2 density the highest.
Once the automated technology is developed, and the industries have been created for it, it becomes easier then to place new agriculture afloat onto the oceans, then it is to upgrade the deserts. Placing them into the tropics puts them far out of the reach of the Ice Age cooling. If all of the currently endangered agriculture would be placed afloat onto the oceans, less than 2% of the oceans area would be required, a rather minuscule amount.
The automated high-temperature processes for melting and reshaping basalt into any form of construction module, is also bound to spark a complete new industrial revolution in the world. It will, for example, spark a revolution in housing. With the basalt-based automated processes entire housing modules can be produced so inexpensively that the produced housing units can be provided universally for free as an investment by society into itself. Free housing, thus, becomes a part of the New Industrial Revolution that enables the floating bridges to be built and the floating agriculture.
Homelessness ends at this point. Slum living and rent-slavery becomes a thing of the past. In the case of floating agriculture, complete towns and cities will be assembled and become integrated elements of the floating infrastructures.
When the northern regions become disabled by the increasing snow and colder temperatures, a vast migrations of people will become necessary. People then begin to relocate to the more livable climates. In many cases the resulting vast migration of people will follow the relocation of their agriculture. However, a migration on this scale will only be possible with the automated production of housing that enables the rapid building of new cities and new industrial centers.
Africa and parts of South America will become the new home for the displaced people of the Ice Age disabled countries, such as Canada, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Russia, China, and also England, Ireland, Germany, France, and so on. Traditional housing construction cannot supply the coming needs that the mass migration will impose.
The capacity to implement universal free housing already existed in the USA from the 1950s on. The USA has a major flood basalt province that contains enough basalt to cover the entire USA deeper than a man stands tall.
Basalt is lava, a stone with an extremely fine grain. It melts at 1,200 degrees Celsius for the production of anything from large construction modules to micro-fibers thinner than a human hair. Basalt is also 10 times stronger than steel, at half the weight, and is nearly as hard as diamonds. And it is easy to use.
The basalt sits process ready on the ground. No preprocessing is required, as in the case of steel production, where the preprocessing is extensive. For basalt, all what is needed to utilize this material, is high temperature process heat, and this is easily provided with the Molten Salt Thorium Nuclear Reactor.
The Molten Salt Thorium Reactor is a safe and simple high temperature nuclear reactor with passive safety and no need for a pressure vessel. It had been developed in the 1950s, but had been shelved since it doesn't produce any byproducts that are useful for making atom bombs. China, India, and Singapore, are presently beginning to redevelop the Molten Salt Thorium Reactor as an inexpensive infrastructure for electric power production. To date, it has not been slated for high-temperature industrial processes. But this won't be far off.
Whether we can rescue ourselves from the effects of the coming Ice Age, depends on our willingness to use these abundantly existing materials and the vast nuclear and cosmic power potential that we have on hand. The capability that these give us could have been utilized for fifty years already, by society to upgrade its living, such as providing the much needed free universal housing as a means to end homelessness, slum living, rent slavery, and so on. So far, however, nothing has been done along this line, mostly because of the still prevailing narrow minded thinking in society. Thus the vast potential that we have on hand right now, to upgrade our world, remains as dormant as it had been for 50 years already.
The present trend of non-response might very well continue and block our preparation for the coming Ice Age transition, as the materials end power resources that could prevent the greatest disaster in human history from occurring, remain on the ground and in the skies unused. Tragically, almost all nations react in the same manner.
The Deccan Traps in India, for example, contain almost 4 times as much basalt than the Columbia River Flood Basalt Province in the USA. Sadly however, India has no plans for utilizing any of it. And even the giant Deccan Traps in India, are nevertheless 'small' in comparison with the still larger flood basalts in Russia, called the 'Siberian Traps,' that Russia likewise has no plans for massive utilization. The same can be said about all the rest of the similar flood basalt provinces around the world.
While basalt is relatively rare, there exists enough of it on the surface of the Earth to cover the entire land area of our planet 36 feet deep. In some cases, as in the Siberian traps, the basalt is piled 6000 feet high. There is vastly more of this excellent material available around the world than we'll ever be able to use, or need to use to build the various structures that will enable the present world population to remain unaffected by the coming Ice Age. If the Ice Age preparations are not made, 80% of the world population will likely not survive the transition into the next glaciation period, or none at all if wars erupt over the dwindling food resources and living spaces.
No one can live without food, or survive in an ice world. The building of basalt-based infrastructures gives humanity the capability to avoid the impending devastation that the return of the ice Age will bring to many areas, provided that society cares to use its capability to build what is needed to escape this fate. Thus the question of 'to be or not to be' will be answered by our willingness to cooperate globally to use the potential that we have at hand to bypass the Ice Age impact on human living.
Great extinctions have occurred throughout the history of life on our planet, each for its own cause. The only commonality that unites them all is the inability of the non-human species to protect themselves from radical changes in their environment, such as long-extended Ice Ages.
Deep-cutting environment changes are normal occurrences in the context of the numerous galactic resonance cycles that affect our climate. But humanity's knowledge of this, and an ever-greater understanding of the science involved, can enable us to uplift our world with such economic and technological power that the resulting renaissance will render the worst environmental changes, such as the coming Ice Age, to have no effect on human living.
Extinction events simply have no natural place in the history of the human journey. Animal species are bound to a fate of living and dying with the strength of their environment. This fate has been fatal on many occasions. But the human species has the capacity to sidestep this fate and create its own environment.
Still one question remains here, are we willing to utilize our capacity for scientific understanding and develop it further and move with it? This, at the present time, is entirely a political question.