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There is a lot of talk about loss of biodiversity but very little is said about the loss of total biomass. A huge amount of evidence exists to show that the overall biomass on land has been massively reduced over the past 3,000 years and increasingly evidence is coming to light in respect of the loss of biomass in the oceans. Loss of biomass on land may well be as great as 50%, loss of biomass in the seas could be as high as 80%. If this is correct one of the consequences of man’s actions over the past 3,000 years is that the overall annual living carbon cycle has been massively reduced by perhaps as much as 70% of what it would have been over the preceding four million years.
If you find the global monetary system hard to understand then you are probably not alone because our current system is founded on complete smoke and mirrors and fallacy. It is officially designated as ‘fiat’ and its continuance is entirely reliant on the word ‘confidence’.
Let’s take it back to basics; wealth is nothing more than a measure of knowledge. Think of planet Earth as a corporation for which we, humanity, have obtained a management contract. We have inherited this planet from the previous automatic genetic management system and it comes to us with a complete suite of assets. These include all of the base elements that go to make up its geological and biological structure, generally speaking these elements are in fixed amounts and I am sure somebody could provide us with a pretty good audit of them. Additionally we have a free constant supply of energy delivered by the Sun and a very well-stocked savings account of surplus energy that has been laid down over the millennia as hydrocarbon fuels.
Let us imagine for a moment that we had reached our current level of technical advancement and population without the use of coal, gas and oil. Further that atmospheric CO2 levels had remained constant at 280 ppm (no change since the end of the last ice age) and that we had an equivalent understanding of atmospheric science.
Now consider how the world would react, if we suddenly made the discovery of seemly boundless cheap energy that could be released by burning hydrocarbons, but which would releasing vast quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere so that there would be a doubling of the CO2 content by 2040 with predictable impacts on the climate including the expectation of warming the planet by between 3 and 6°C. Oh yes, and change the acidity of the world’s oceans.