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War planning and climate change

Posted October 1, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

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BigWillieStyle mutters...

Posted October 1, 2013

I'll be amazed if you get more than 10 comments on this one.

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Lobes mumbles...

Posted October 1, 2013

Brilliant article and the penultimate sentence touches upon what most of the "save the boats" crowd are missing. If and when climate change causes a mass refugee crisis (think 60 million bangladeshis looking for higher ground) its going to be essential to have a border management policy. I say manage and not control because realistically the Australian coastline is too big too control.

Murphy reckons...

Posted October 1, 2013

Indoctrinate and co-opt the ones you think are potentially reliable into helping you police your coastline.

That said, finding a way to accomodate and adapt to immigrant populations is probably going to be a more successful strategy than simply trying to fence yourselves in.

Respects,

Murph

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Blarkon asserts...

Posted October 1, 2013

Yeah but Australia is going to be even more like Arrakis - so your climate change refugees are probably going to look for somewhere a little more hospitible, like Antarctica.

Murphy mumbles...

Posted October 1, 2013

Desalinization plants.

Of course, you'd have to get past that pesky anti-nuke policy of yours.

Lulu puts forth...

Posted October 1, 2013

We have a desal plant here in Victoria. Of course, by the time it was completed, the drought had ended but we're ready for the next one.

Peter Bradley ducks in to say...

Posted October 1, 2013

We also have a desal plant in Adelaide so now all we need is a carbon neutral way of powering it!

damian would have you know...

Posted October 1, 2013

Desal plants can work just fine on solar, if they are needed. And more so on wind, as the energy in weather cranks up.

NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted October 2, 2013

My Dad had a cracker of an idea. Google map the Airport of your choice. Imagine all of that blacktop; runways, taxiways, verges, aprons, feeders etc laced with pipes carrying ethyl glycol, fed through a heat exchanger, boiling seawater. Hey presto almost free potable water.

Airports resurface regularly, the trick would be a modular unit one could drop in as scheduled maintenance.

damian has opinions thus...

Posted October 3, 2013

The pipes don't have to be anything fancy, since the heat-absorbing part should be the low-pressure (expansion) side anyway. If they are going to get really hot then something that'll work with that is indicated...otherwise PVC drainpipe is fine. Mind you there are plastics these days that I'm sure could handle the temperatures you'd see under the tarmac.

Point is that there might be some sense in nuclear for some applications, but the ones that really do make sense are vanishingly few. Meantime we are simply astonishingly stupid about heat and the wide range of existing technologies that make good use of it, simply because they don't fit into the right people's business models.

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Halwes reckons...

Posted October 1, 2013

Buy shares in guns, nuclear weapons, private detention companies and sunscreen. No reason why we should starve, burn and go broke at the same time.

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Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted October 1, 2013

Every other day on various feeds I see report after report of military installations turning to solar and wind power while working on hybrid and electric engine designs for future support and combat vehicles.

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Murph

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ShaneAlpha swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 1, 2013

Don't forget the ones that run on high temperature gas fuel cells.

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Conspiracy Cat puts forth...

Posted October 1, 2013

Wow, JB. You've got yourself one hell of a troll-fest going on over there at Blunty, and it's not even lunch time. (They are trolls, right?) It was tempting to leave a comment about Creationism, and how that is the only model which has yet proved accurate, but all that virtual shouting was giving me a headache. I'm going to google search Nigella Lawson recipes instead.

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insomniac reckons...

Posted October 1, 2013

Speaking of upcoming wars, is it true that TA, in his conversations with President BamBam, said he thought Pebbles had let herself go somewhat, and that he always had a thing for Betty, a girl with real sex appeal?

NBlob mutters...

Posted October 2, 2013

Noice

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted October 1, 2013

Nice article JB.

Sweet F' All denier comments.

All dressed up...

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted October 1, 2013

What fkn warming!

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damian ducks in to say...

Posted October 1, 2013

The rapid disapperance of arctic ice is itself a developing naval situation. Shipping companies are already banking on the new routes.

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sibeen is gonna tell you...

Posted October 2, 2013

Fuck I despise blunty.

Make a comment, nada, zilch, nothing. A bloody black hole.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted October 2, 2013

Me too. My security certificate expired at least a month ago. I still haven't been able to shake free a new access code from IT. And without me tending the comments, they can go for hours without an update.

HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted October 2, 2013

tell ya what, hows about, you post up here th e/mail addy oif the editor and his IT mates, I think, that in reasonably short fkn order we might well get the message through to the fkn muppets!

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Peter Bradley would have you know...

Posted October 2, 2013

"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."
-- Samuel Johnson,

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tqft asserts...

Posted October 2, 2013
As I said over there the wars have started it is a question of how hot.

Be looking at Siberia as a possible sight of conflict again between the Chinese and Russians.
Also Antarctica at least parts maybe habitable within 100 years. Are we even thinking that far ahead? The time to think is now so we can preemptively act when it becomes an issue


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ShaneAlpha mumbles...

Posted October 2, 2013

I am thinking of the walruses. I thinking of Havok let loose with an army of heavily armed walruses to command.

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Sinnysider is gonna tell you...

Posted October 2, 2013

Looks like Greenland may soon live up to it's name again ; for those in the Northern hemisphere.,looking to move! It'll be much smaller ,of course, without the ice sheet!

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DiddyWrote has opinions thus...

Posted October 2, 2013

The US military consumes about 85 million barrels of oil a year making it the biggest single consumer in the world. Even without global warming, peak oil will make the worlds only superpower impotent unless it finds different way to fuel it's war machine.

According to the US Army Materiel Command a gallon of fuel delivered to the US military in action can cost up to $400. Think about that when you next fill up the tank (petrol not battle).

HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted October 2, 2013

Diddy, yep, then think about the types of tanks the US operates, that is, the types of multifuel engines they have in the M1 series....yep. JET FKN TURBINE! and...well dont get me started, but we bought some........ UNFKN FORTUNATELY!

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