I am told it is not so much pollution that is the trouble, but the warming seas. The seas, I am told, are warmed by human effluent and the tidal patterns that send it from, say, the Hawkesbury up the east coast to the Barrier Reef. And that a rise of one degree in the temperature of the seas sets off hurricanes, tornadoes, electric storms.
It’s gone a long way, I am told (by John B. Fairfax, a grumpy marine biologist I sometimes breakfast with), and the sea-grass now gone is irretrievable and less and less fish will be born and this is a problem. But the effluent could be piped inland (as Archie Kalekerinos used to recommend) and the sea-warming lessened, contained or reversed.
This would help.
As to the rising seas, well, we could blast a hole in the Pacific, enlarging the Mariana Trench, and the problem addressed from time to time in this way. The holes the offshore oil comes out of should be looked to as well, as a natural, manageable, already existing repository of the rising seas. The seas could be deepened. Of course they could.
As to the Ganges drying up, and the snow-fed rivers of Asia and America, well, it’s difficult. But a lot of desal plants would help, and water systems like London’s that reconstitute sewage as drinkable water. And planting in Russia eighteen billion trees. And buying up the Indonesian forests and patrolling them with Elvises. One quarter of global warming each year is from bushfires, and we can do more to prevent and quench them, and punish the firebugs, with sixty years in solitary, for instance, perhaps.
It’s time anyway we started talking about what to do instead of bewailing it all, and imagining big corporations will stop polluting the skies fast enough to make a difference if we ask them nicely. Why would they? They’re big corporations. Polluting is what they do. They cheat. Cheating is what they do. It is what they love to do. And funding political parties that assist their cheating. Piping shit inland is easier than trusting these barbarous villains, discuss.
We should think on these things.
Prove that I lie.