The South West region of the United States is currently experience another heat wave, with extreme temperatures and power reductions being experienced. This is the battle against nature, provide human comfort (and survival) in a region that will soon become uninhabitable.
Humans believe that they can do anything that they want, with no consequences attached. Build houses in parched regions. Build entire industries, golf courses, swimming pools. Redirect water from thousands of miles and away and use up every last drop. Plant green lawns and orchards to “green” the desert. Build mega-cities and urban sprawl everywhere. Install water fountains and gambling casinos. Attract millions of tourists and turn the dusty into the flooded. Erect huge concrete dams and water catchment, build diversion canals and consume gigantic quantities of cement. Rip up the ground with hundreds of thousands of miles of pipes, pave over the surfaces with concrete and asphalt. Grow enormous quantities of food and fodder, to be shipped all over the world. Overpopulate the world with billions that can only survive and exist because of the massive overproduction of food that is entirely dependent upon cheap energy.
And this is just a few mentions of what is happening in the deserts.
This is happening all over the world, with the oceans being stripped-mined of all life, the sea floor dredged for minerals and elements, the forests being razed to the ground, monoculture plantations replacing biodiversity and rain forests, entire mountains being completely leveled, massive holes bored into the Earth, terraforming over half of the Earth’s surface all for the exclusive use of mankind, all to the detriment of a billion other species which die from pesticides, insecticides, disease, starvation, habitat destruction, “harvesting”, and heat.
The Earth is being ruined, rapidly, faster and faster while idiot people whine and cry that their lawns are drying up, their houses are hot, their power and water bill is too high, and their toys are stuck sitting in the garage unable to float or be driven because somewhere, someone put a stop to the trampling and the destruction, albeit temporarily, asking these idiot humans to give nature a chance, a bit of a break before the cycle starts up again.
Civilization as we know it is both a heat engine and a highly destructive force that has brought the entire Earth to the brink of disaster and it is getting worse, literally by the minute. Many regions are now utterly devoid of life, wasted, polluted, poisoned and dead. The trees are gone, the fish are gone, the water is gone, all that remains is the barren death. But that does not stop man from deviously devising new strategies if he can to exploit and develop and take and consume whatever he can, wherever he can. His insatiable greed, apathy and callous indifference knows no bounds. If there are profits to be made, then there are “opportunities” to be had.
It is a sick, sad, pathetic way to live as a human on this planet. But that’s just me. Demanding a constant stream of resources imported from thousands of miles away to sustain your very life was bound to hit “limits” sooner or later. The Earth is literally reeling from the gigantic footprint of humankind and droughts and extreme weather and deadly climate change are the direct results of our wasteful, irresponsible and pollutive ways.
The Arctic will soon be summer ice free, resulting in a massive temperature “adjustment” to a new “normal” the likes of which humankind has never seen. The South West will achieve the impossible – non-survivability as wet-bulb temperatures exceed human and plant respiration rates. Everyone keeps pretending this won’t happen but it is simply physics now, as the laws of nature dictate what happens despite humans denial. No amount of air-conditioning, imported energy and trucked in water will turn this around. Millions will be forced to flee their own homeland and head towards cooler temperatures. The “migration to come” will dwarf anything the world has ever experienced as the lower latitudes become literally, hot as hell for too long over the course of a single year.
Oddly, the deserts have never been considered “unconquerable”, but that was always the hubris of man. You can view the satellite photos of dead and dry regions springing with life as the aquifers are pumped out to green the deserts. But you can also check the same photos taken later and see them revert back to the desert death as the same aquifers dry up and are abandoned. Water that took tens of thousands of years to accumulate is being consumed in just a few dozen. Like oil, fresh water represents enormous geological time that humanity has gobbled up and devoured as fast as humanely possible. This is the “good life”, the pinnacle of our insane civilization that is now teetering on resource collapse, environmental collapse, climate collapse and even population collapse as the essential goods, services, food, water and energy cascades ever-downwards.
Most people don’t yet realize humanity is fucked. I do. Technology cannot fix what doesn’t exist, be it all the missing ice, the temperature gradient, the Jet Stream, the ocean currents, the locked up methane and carbon dioxide in the permafrost, the empty aquifers, or remove the stupendously large levels of pollution in the atmosphere, water and soils. Nature needs a break from humanity and whether we like it or not, and no matter how much we will try (which we will), nature is going to “win” this battle for survival. What’s left will be unrecognizable and largely unfit for mammals.
So enjoy what you have, it is definitely not going to last. We are driving our own species towards extinction (and all others) and we will fail to stop this. Greed, hubris, apathy and consumption built a civilization that was bound to learn the finite limits of the Earth the “hard way”. This attitude is still found in every publication, every report, every scientific assessment, every proposal, every legislative act, every demand being made upon the natural environment which once sustained us all. Root problems are still being completely ignored and unaddressed as “Band-Aid” solutions are proposed. None come even remotely close to resolving the human issue. All that is wrong with the Earth is our fault. Nature will win, ultimately, because we have categorically refused to wise up and accept reality and live within specific limits of growth, consumption and even greed.