Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Global Countdown-Can we slow it down?

As of January 2010, the Doomsday Clock sits at 6 minutes before midnight

My last article was about global warming and its ill effects.One of my friends pointed me out to a documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle.You can view the documentary in youtube.There was another documentary "The age of Stupid" which I had managed to download in the past.What I felt that both of them were as if the sides of the same coin.Here are a few highlights of both the documentarys

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Read out the article and browse the internet to find out more about this documentary.The summary is that global warming is a government and industrialist funded hoax to stop the third world country from using up their oil reserves.
While this movie cites the example of a remote african health clinic to show that solar power is not even sufficient to operate the clinic to full potential and moreover about the uncertainity of sunny and windy days.

As the documentary claims that even speaking against the most happening event and to prove it a lie would be like as to pointing our fingers to god almighty and question his authority.

As the matter went up to court.Ruling was given against the channel for misusing of information and misinterpertetion of the interviews.I say read up the wikipdia about it and then watch the movie.

The Age of Stupid

Once again if you can watch it.The summary says that we had made several mistakes and one of them was to rely on Oil or fossil fuel for our development.The idea it proposes is not to stop all together but to bring the consumption to a standard level so that every major continent gets fair share of it with minimal usage.

The documentary narrates 6 stories.Stories of how we made mistakes and never even bothered to look at the consequences of those mistakes.

Six Human Stories

- Alvin DuVernay, is a paleontogolist helping Shell find more oil off the coast of New Orleans. He also rescued more than 100 people after Hurricane Katrina, which, by 2055, is well known as one of the first major climate change events.
- Jeh Wadia in Mumbai aims to start-up a new low-cost airline and gets a million Indians flying.
- Layefa Malemi lives in absolute poverty in a small village in Nigeria from which Shell extracts tens of millions of dollars worth of oil every week. She dreams of becoming a doctor, but must fish in the oil-infested waters for four years to raise the funds.
- Jamila Bayyoud, aged 8, is an Iraqi refugee living on the streets of Jordan after her home was destroyed - and father killed - during the US-led invasion of 2003. She's trying to help her elder brother make it across the border to safety.
- Piers Guy is a windfarm developer from Cornwall fighting the NIMBY's (Not In My Back Yard) of Middle England.
- 82-year-old French mountain guide Fernand Pareau has witnessed his beloved Alpine glaciers melt by 150 metres

Once again read and google out before you watch the documentary.

Well so which one is True?

So the question comes that which of these are true.What is true and what is false is really based on our perception of this world and the reality around us.But one thing is for sure.The Energy that is wasted simply because there is a lot to spend will have a dramatic effect on our future.The problem is the energy takes long time to become usable and then is used in a shorter span of life thus leading to near depletion.Lets take a closer look


Normally we use the petroleum or Gas for the Cars and Aircraft.The American Petroleum Institute estimated in 1999 the world's oil supply would be depleted between 2062 and 2094, assuming total world oil reserves at between 1.4 and 2 trillion barrels and consumption at 80 million barrels per day.

Imagine a life without Cars and Aviation.Not only that.All the major industries are based on a supply/delivery chain which will be hampered.Practically speaking we will go back to the stone age.Surely many have predicted that there will be alternate fuel source but the question is what if it is not discovered in the right time.Even a gap of 10 years can ultimately lead to the downfall of humanity.


As we can see.Majority of the electricity comes from coal and gas.Both of these commodities are non renewable sources.

With the increase in world population(reach between 7.5 and 10.5 billion) there is going to be more demand for electricity and thus more non renewable sources will be used up.Also the alternatives are clealy visible to us but why they are not produced in a mass scale?

Three factors contribute the answer.

1.Cost of manufacturing alternate source of energy is very high

2.The energy developed doesnt yield much of power compared to a non renewable energy.

Ex:Solar Panel produced Electricity usually costs between Rs 15-18 /KwH (much higher than the Rs 3-6/unit paid normally) which makes it uneconomical except in special cases like off grid applications

3.The energy needs to be stored for distribution which further adds up to the cost.

The future relies however on the fact that over the time period the cost will go down and usage of non renewable energy source will discared or minimized for good.


Though not alarming but still consider the fact that almost 1/4th of the world population lives on drinking water what we sophisticated people wouldnt even touch.

Consider the fact  that most of the population in Africa has virtually no access to clean water.Check on Internet for various pictures and videos.But be advised that it may create a severe consequence on your humanity.


Yes I agree that we are going through a very golden age and are happy about our life.True that today we are enjoying the modern marvel of technological advance.But do give it a thought wether our next generation that comes during 2050 will be able to see and enjoy the same or will they pray to god for a glass of water and curse us for being whatever we are today.

Only thing I ask you to think over and stop wasting energy and contribute towards the awareness factor.Go Green

Signing off
Santanu Ghosal

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