A few more slippery truths from the spirit peoples of the River
You can hear more from Mashkinonge (the fish) when Richard Rose performs The Fisher of the James. Would I lie to you?
- You know that for every rise of 1°, crop yields decrease 10%, right? Do you also understand that the food available to cities would last 3 days if transcontinental trucking stopped? And you know about over-pumping reservoirs, right? Eighteen countries now remove more water from their aquifers than they replace. This gives them large crop yields until—you guessed it!—the water runs out. That’s already happened in Saudi Arabia, which burst its water bubble and saw its wheat yield drop 70%. Similar projects are underway in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, China, and India. When the bubble bursts in China and India, about 305 million more people will want American grain. But you know about Russia, right? When the heat wave killed so many people in Russia, the July temperatures were 14° above normal, reducing crop yield from 100 megatons to 60 megatons. As Lester Brown, author of World on the Edge, explains, a similar event in the American Midwest would cost 160 megatons, lead to soaring prices, tariffs, bartering, loss of confidence in markets, financial disruptions and famines. You get the idea. As he notes, failure takes a long time but collapse comes quickly.
- Speaking of water (a personal issue for us): As the bubbles burst, the soil-free areas expand in the Sahel and Mongolia. Great news for parking lots! Every additional five cars produced requires an additional acre of paved space. Did you know that production of cars in China (about 14 million vehicles/yr) is more than in the U.S.? By the way, the bubbles of peak oil and peak water may occur simultaneously at current rates of usage, but not to worry, because the food crisis will probably come first.
- We spirit peoples want you humans to get the MAIN IDEA. I don’t want you to think we’re tired of making annunciations, but sometimes we think that we over-awe you. So let me put the message in a small box. I know that you value convenience. And let me speak from my experience as a top level predator.