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Playing Geo-whack-a-mole:

Whack-a-mole (where you hit the mole that pops up on a fair ground stall with a hammer) seems an appropriate metaphor for the Geo-Engineering plan nutty scientists have planned to combat climate temperature rises. .

 

Ecological Whack-a-mole… The moral of the story….
In the early 1950s, the United States parachuted some three thousand cats into a remote region of Malaysia, in the northern part of the island of Borneo. The cats, fortunately, did not have their own individual parachute harnesses, but were in cages that sprang open on contact with the ground.

 

The cats were needed to end (if they could) a local ecological crisis that began with a well-intentioned WHO: World Health Organization effort to suppress malarial mosquitoes.

 

To kill off the mosquitoes, planes sprayed DDT (a pesticide now banned because of its toxicity and especially for its effects on bird shells, leading to major declines in bird populations). The DDT killed off the mosquitoes (at least temporarily), but the pesticide also accumulated in the local roaches, which did survive.

 

The roaches were a dietary staple of some small local lizards (geckos), which also consumed large numbers of caterpillars.

 

The DDT in the roaches affected the mobility of the lizards, which were slowed sufficiently to make them easy prey for the local cats.

 

With the demise of the lizards, the caterpillars proliferated. One of their favourite foods was the thatch used by the local human population for roofing material for their huts. The ensuing caterpillar proliferation destroyed people's roofs.

 

Meanwhile, the cats, having consumed the lizards, died from DDT poisoning. With the demise of the cats, the rat population exploded, and with the rats came bubonic plague.

 

To stop the outbreak of plague, the rats had to be killed. Hence the parachuting in of the cats.

 

Ecological interventions can clearly have consequences well beyond what is intended or expected.

 

Add these attributes to Geo-engineering schemes for the coming climate catastrophes. There will be no areas that are outside of those affected, because the entire planet will be subject to the changed conditions.

 

The interacting organisms will include all 10 million or so species of our world.

 

While micro-organisms will be major participants in the crises, most of them will probably escape extinction.

 

The same cannot be said for larger organisms, (including man) many of which will disappear forever. And not only will organisms be affected, but the chemistry of atmosphere, ocean, and soils as well.

 

Global ecological interventions (Geo-engineering) such as iron fertilization, sunscreens, and re-sootifying etc… will take the Earth and all its inhabitants in directions so removed from current natural conditions that they simply cannot be predicted.

 

 

“Our climate is like a sleeping tiger, just purring now and then.

When we make it wake, its roar will be our undoing.”  Cuger Brant.

Cuger Brant