Tag Archives: climate

what does the post corvid world look like

16 Sep

london 1.33pm 24C sunny wednesday 2020

last night’s quick chicken and 3 veg (savoycabbage, celery,whitecabbage) stirfry.

 

its a very nice weather we are having now. yesterday was an indian summer hitting 30C, though it did not feel hot . i went out just to see what it felt like , went to the sainsburys nearby and so was able to feel how hot it was. not at all, really. but i have noticed that is the usual effect, when the heat just last for a day only. today it is back to the high 20s. and very comfortable it is .

i went to chinatown today, to buy noodles and frozen fish balls. i noticed the thin noodles have gone up from £1.40 to £1.60 for 500mg. and there are no big size flat noodles , the kind that u can make char kuey teow out of. 

trafalgar square looking very empty of traffic

when i read of the fires in america and in australia,  i am really glad that uk has such good weather. there are fires here too, but they are in the heather moorlands, where no one lives except midges.

all those fires in america and australia and amazon, are pushing huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere and completely undoing all the carbon saving efforts by us . makes u wonder why we should bother really. nature seems to be the big culprit when it comes to CO2 emission. and i am not even talking about the volcanoes spewing their CO2 . and what about the arctic burning… seems it is burning under the ice sheets. and dont forget the peat burning underneath indonesia…and what about those who say CO2 is not the main culprit. makes me think we humans really have not much influence on where the climate is going.

stop press, 17.9.20.

i just read this article saying the pantanal wetlands in brazil are on fire. seems to me, if so much of the world is on fire, even so called wetlands, i think it might be it is natural for them to catch fire now and then. it is part of their natural cycle. we know that some animals and plants depand on these fire clearouts for propagating their kind. so it is not so far fetch to posit that these fires are natural recurrant events that are part of the cycle of environment.

i think this pandemic will be the biggest contender to upset the applecart for society and it will have a big influence on how  we live than climate change. and now that i have been reminded looking at those different parts of the world going on fire, that it might possibly be pandemics are also part of the natural cycle of life. 

stop press 11.19am friday 18.9.20

i read this , this morning, about how the europeans brought viral pandemic to the natives in americas, wiping out the atzec, incas, and north american indians, changing the course of history of the americas. and dont forget the bubonic plagues in europe, killing so many that it altered history.

we all thought after the 9/11 twin towers attack that our lives will be altered, but not at all. it did not have any effect at all , no lasting effect i mean to our way of life. but i will bet that this pandemic will have a lasting change in the way we live our lives … travel, leisure, sports, commerce, practically all aspects of our lives will be altered. we are a resilient species and very adaptable, so i know we will change and adapt. we may have to shift towards online life … so no more schools or universities with so many people crowded together in a room, or a place. and no more big indoor events. 

added 6.39pm 22C sunny 

i had a nap of about 1.5hrs and then i read this on my wordpress reader feed. it says people will pay to perform instead. it began by saying the economy began by trading commodities, (defined by google as

a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee.)

 

then goods, then services,then experiences. and people become consumers. now that we got corvid, making experiences more difficult with the need to keep our physical distances from others… what is next, and it suggests people will buy performances. they want to showcase themselves, using themselves as the commodity… in other words, people want to buy and sell themselves… what a thought ! (it all sounds like doing business to me) do  u think that will be the future? they will have the kardarshians to thank for that i think. they can model themselves on that show, keeping up with the kardarshians. so no more doing things for themselves, and for their own private satisfaction, but to showcase themselves and put themselves on show to the world and their audiences. i think it is horrible. but than is that the future? or is it another way of making a living, being an influencer. but has that model become obsolete, after all even the kardashians are giving up their tv show. so maybe after corvid , it is not possible to do the kinds of things they do, mixing with people, influencing crowds of people to follow what they recommend, or show… because crowds are forbidden now. from now on, everything must be done alone, but with an audience. kind of reminds me of that fitness fella who does his routines online and people tune in and do the exercises with him. but even he gave it up after some time, as it must be very time consuming, and he only returned for just one more one-off followup. but i was thinking will there be many audience for such performances?taking exercise with someone leading the way is one of the most appropriate ways of showcasing yourselves, but what else is there. actors allready do that by acting in films and letting people see their performances and paying to view them . but for ordinary people how can you get other people to watch you? who will watch? i think only a small proportion will do it. so what will the majority of us do now that the usual stuff , like travel, eating out, watching sports, etc etc are so restrictive or forbidden. 

added 10.46am 18C thursday 17.9.20

i had thought that corvid will affect us for a long time, but i think it might just blow away, and we find plenty get infected but very few die. and so we might learn to live with it, making things go back to normal again. i think that may happen, in which case, it would just be another episode of panic in our history that came to nothing. i think a lot of us would hope that is the case. 

if it is not flooding, it is snowing

13 Dec

london 7.11am 7.6C light rain. sunday 2015

saw a daily telegraph article about snow in the north england, and looked out and saw light rain here, and quite mild, at least in my flat without heating, the nhs thermometer says 18C. in fact i was woken by being too hot under the duvet.

the village that got flooded twice by storm dermond, now got snow. and i was thinking hmm, perhaps if it had snowed when the rains fell they would not be flooded. because the snow would trap the water and allow it to be gradually dispersed as it slowly melts. there is a lot to be said for snow when there is so much rain coming down. it regulates the release of the water over a longer period of time, allowing it to flow away and the rivers can cope with it. perhaps i should rewrite my heading to say , oh good it is snowing, so we wont be flooded. when u see the video of the flooded areas , u suspect it is a flood plain. people forget that they have built houses on a flood plain. or developers and council have ignored the implications of it.

even now with the govt trying to get more houses built, i read a report saying council and developers have been encroaching on the flood plains and allowing planning permission for the new housing to be built there. they should insist the buildings are on stilts. 

perhaps instead of imposing so much money on countries to  to try to bring the earth’s temperature down a notch or two , they should be spending the money building houses on stilts, and flood barriers or strengthening their river banks.  

and use the money to help building up those islands which will be flooded by raising their beaches or failing that to build a whole lot of infrastructure above ground so that they become a venice , a whole city built on submerged land.(now i come to think of it, those olden day builders of venice are to be congratulated their work have lasted a long time and still lasted even now. )

who knows those islands  may turn out to be desireable locations like venice has been. it must be quite surreal to see a city rise out of the empty sea . maybe with protective domes over some parts of it…when u approach it. 

i remember in my childhood seeing attap huts on high stilts, and boats underneath in the villages in malaysia. at the time i did not think of it, not even to wonder  why they have a boat under the house miles from the sea. haha. but now i realise it was a very practical solution to flooding. the ground floor can still be used in between the floods, which may not occur yearly but once in 4 or 5 or 10 yrs. we could do that in northern lands, in preparation for the effects of global warming. and if it turns out we dont get the warming, or it occurs like 100 yrs later, why then no harm done. if it does come, we are well prepared.  that is a better strategy than to try to stop the temperature rise. that strategy is   like canute trying to stop the waves. 

in the tropics there is no snow to contain the heavy rains, so flooding is the norm. it is just our modern ways that make us forget that flooding is always part of the life in tropical areas that are used to the rain and dry seasons. that has always been so.

now in uk, i bet if u ask people if they prefer snow  to floods they will chose snow. even though it brings a whole lot of new discomforts, but generally snow is not so destructive to property as flooding. unless we start going back to building houses on stilts, which might be the way forward for the future.