Friday, January 11, 2008

Whoah! Smashing global warming idea from Richard Branson

Richard Branson - mega entrepreneur and environmental advocate - has a global warming idea that really deserves additional consideration. He suggests (in the article linked above) that rising seas due to global warming be channeled into African or Asian hinterlands to create new inland lakes. The lakes would bring life to deserts, reducing carbon in the atmosphere (as new trees grow), and conceivably boost the very poor local economies. Additionally, the lakes would help to cool the earth, acting as heat sinks.

One counter argument might be that the lakes would change weather patterns, but on the whole, I think this is a brilliant idea. What if we could actually create arable land from desert?

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With my new friends on the Great Wall of China

With my new friends on the Great Wall of China
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Uncommon Man's Creed

"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon -- if I can. I seek opportunity -- not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I wish to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole, I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence, nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master, nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud, and unafraid, to think and act for myself, to enjoy the benefit of my creations, and to face the world boldly and say, "this I have done." All this is what it means to be an American." -- Anonymous