Sequence

Sequence of Events

Rising sea levels will first-

  • reduce access to fresh water
  • cover low-lying land, reducing the area available for food production.
  • threaten most major population centres.
  • reduce access to fossil energy sources

then-

  • block access to most fresh water sources, and contaminate many more
  • cover higher land areas, completing the loss of all low-lying food production areas
  • cover most major and minor population centres completely
  • cover all major and minor road networks except those 75 metres or more above the current sea level
  • cover all major airports, rail networks, canals
  • cover all access to fossil fuels and energy sources, including nuclear reactors
  • flood all ports to such an extent that they are no longer functional
  • cover access to most mines and raw materials. What still remains accessible will not help us as we will be unable to transport the produce, or process it.
  • cover the Earth’s natural carbon sinks – the rain forests.

By removing water, food and energy from our access, the Earth will remove the means of survival for most of the present population. Our greenhouse gas emissions will plummet to around zero, but too late to have any positive influence.

The removal of transport and communications will effectively isolate communities, so the possibility of alleviating a shortage at one point by a surplus at another will not exist.

It must be stated here that the proposed sequestration of Carbon Dioxide is considered a fallacy, for it cannot be done fast enough to come even close to solving the problem. As energy supplies dwindle, and access to places to store sequestered material is removed, it will cease to be possible anyway.

By now it must be clear that we can expect no help from the planet itself. It will simply adjust to remove the causes of imbalance, and if this is at the expense of yet another species becoming extinct, then so be it. This time, however, it is the human race that is the prime cause of imbalance.

The most likely survivors at this point will be those hill-tribes that have had the least contact with civilisation, and who are still capable of supporting themselves by subsistence farming.

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