"It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from WEAPONRY to LIVINGRY."
- Buckminster Fuller (h/t Suzy Waldman)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Welcome to the Anthropocene

No, nothing human caused a 9.0 earthquake. But the worst parts of the tsunami were very strange. Perhaps unprecedented?

Things are all connected now. We are a force of nature.


ozhamlet said...

While we can't pin the Sendai earthquake on global warming, just as we can't pin any particular extreme weather event on global warming, there is a straight forward mechanism linking global warming to seismic activity: melting ice sheets mainly in Greenland and Antarctica are causing the tectonic plates on which they sit to move upwards in the viscous upper mantle. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isostasy#Isostatic_effects_of_ice-sheets

Michael Tobis said...

The forces are too small for a major tectonic event once you do the numbers, though there may be smaller quakes in the ice retreat areas.

David B. Benson said...

I've seen a picture of a lrage ocean vessel completely washed up on a wide beach in the Bay of Bengal. I assume a tropical cyclone what done it.