Thursday, March 26, 2009

Carbon emissions, schmarbon emissions

You can take off the hairshirts now - there are bigger things to worry about, and unless AlGore has concocted a way to blame you for this one, you're in the clear: ◼ Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe



...First to go - immediately for some people - is drinkable water. Anyone living in a high-rise apartment, where water has to be pumped to reach them, would be cut off straight away. For the rest, drinking water will still come through the taps for maybe half a day. With no electricity to pump water from reservoirs, there is no more after that.

There is simply no electrically powered transport: no trains, underground or overground. Our just-in-time culture for delivery networks may represent the pinnacle of efficiency, but it means that supermarket shelves would empty very quickly - delivery trucks could only keep running until their tanks ran out of fuel, and there is no electricity to pump any more from the underground tanks at filling stations.

Back-up generators would run at pivotal sites - but only until their fuel ran out. For hospitals, that would mean about 72 hours of running a bare-bones, essential care only, service. After that, no more modern healthcare....

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Something more for the messiah to save us from.

Carol said...

Rose, you are scaring me.