Two recent stories made me think about how arrogant and narrow minded the scientific community can be. The DNA ark is being established to freeze samples of tissue from animals that are in danger of extinction. The intention is to ‘bequeath’ this to future generations with the vague hope that they will be able to learn enough from it to either prevent further extinctions or maybe, just maybe, regenerate the lost animals through some yet to be invented genetic technique. This sticking plaster approach is a desperate attempt to salvage something of the world’s ecology that is presently being destroyed by our activities. How very sad that those future generations will have a freezer full of samples instead of the beautiful planet our ancestors knew.
Carbon Dioxide sequestration is being proposed as a serious solution to the problem of increasing CO2 emissions. By storing the gas underground in ‘gas tight’ rock strata we get carte blanche to burn as much coal oil and gas as we like. Future generations will be faced with the problem of what to do with billions of tons of C02 sitting under the ground or worse have to deal with the effects of billions of tons of C02 slowly escaping, uncontrolled, from strata that turns out to be non gas tight.
I’m pretty sure that the future generations line was trotted out when they built the now lethally contaminated piles of crap that pass for our present nuclear power stations. These are going to take hundreds of years to be disposed of. Caps it all to hear that nuclear is being proposed again as the solution to future energy requirements. No chance of actually reducing our energy requirements I suppose?
Thank goodness the BnJ server is powered by compost – I’d never be able to write this kind of stuff otherwise. [This is the post that was eaten by Blogger on Tuesday]