[LINK] Propaganda, manipulation and the abuse of media [Was: IPA, astroturfing and fantsy themes/Science under attack]

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Tue Feb 21 15:08:09 AEDT 2012

On 21/02/2012 2:42 PM, jim birch wrote:
> ...
> If you look at the "Fertile Crescent" where farming started ten thousand
> years ago you might think the name was given as a joke.  The Sahara desert
> was created by deforestation particularly during Greek and Roman times.  It
> was actually reasonably lush just a few thousand years ago.  The fertile
> lands of ancient Greece are now one step away from desert and I doubt the
> Plato would recognise the place.  The ecological change is largely due to
> removing the trees and overgrazing with resultant loss of topsoil and
> fertility and increased runoff so the land gets drier and hotter, but is
> also worsened by consequent changes to weather patterns that produce less
> rain.  It is practically impossible to reverse.
> This has been referred to as the ecological cost of western civilisation.
> Possibly not a bad deal you might say but it could have been done a lot
> better.
> ...
They could pick up and move somewhere less degraded. We're doing 
something worse with the whole planet. We have nowhere to go.

David Boxall                         | "Cheer up" they said.
                                     | "Things could be worse."
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