A Fragile Ecosystem

Yet another day of learning new things.  Today, an article in Scientific American really struck me.  It was an interview with Alan Weisman, who’s new book projects what could very well happen if we all were just gone(nothing doomsdayish, simply just removal of the human element).  Three of these “future” events amazed me.

 1. Most of our power facilities have automatic shut downs if no-body’s around.  No power and things start going bad.  Very quickly.

2. If all polluting stopped right now, it would take 100,000 years to get back to preindustrial carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

3. Bronze.  If you must be immortalized, and if you have the means, I highly recommend it.


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