Saturday, March 05, 2005

what waste may come

Waves 'brought waste to Somalia'
...international companies have been taken advantage of the fact that Somalia had no functioning government from the early 1990s until recently. (Dumping industrial waste, basically for free - mg.)

"It appears that the tsunami broke open the containers and scattered a lot of these toxic substances around," Mr Nuttall told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme.

"We are talking about radioactive chemicals, heavy metals, medical waste.. you name it," he said.

I predict this kind of practice will spike around the globe in a post peak world. There won't be energy available to do industrial cleanup any more. And money has nothing to do with it; there will not be enough energy. This is really why I am so concerned about nuclear waste in America. Wherever it goes, there it is, but it needs to be reasonably interred. Right now, there are many so-called "temporary" solutions, but not enough resources are being applied to solve the problem. We know how it works; making this kind of thing someone elses problem is how you get ahead in America.

The temporary solutions are at risk to become the permanent ones.

If you think that is a-ok, I've got some beachfront property in Africa I'd like to sell you.

Update:
Britain just can't wait for the post peak years.

2 Comments:

At 9:29 AM, March 05, 2005, Blogger Phila said...

Don't forget...Africa is woefully "under-polluted," according to Lawrence Summers. And thanks to AIDS and malnutrition and violence, most people won't even live to get sick from toxic waste.

It's the best of all possible worlds!

 
At 3:07 PM, March 05, 2005, Blogger monkeygrinder said...

Humans are making a nice mess of things, and for what?

So a small collection of people in a sliver of time can drive around, eat cheetos, and watch TV?

Earth will be fine, it might take about 100 million years to swallow the poison we have refined and buttered the surface with.

We'll see how the chimps do. I find it ominous that the smaller creatures - frogs, birds, insects, are disappearing at an accelerating rate.

Canary in a coal mine. But we ripped the coal out of the ground and cast it into the sky.

 

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