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As Flood Risks Increase Across the US, It’s Time to Recognize the Limits of Levees

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/20/flood-risks-increase-across-us-its-time-recognize-limits-levees

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.
–Francis Bacon Novum Organum

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Hi WiseOwl:
I like that Francis Bacon saying. I was just reading abut the New Madrid Quake—which happened way back in the past. I am wondering what another one of those will bring to levees?

“When the levee breaks” Zepplin

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Yeah!

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Another little complication related to flood risk is the dissolution of the ice-cap, coming soon to a planet near you. If you’re not averse to cryospheric gore, here’s a movie (mp4) of the past month and a half in the Arctic. Makes you think.

It’s already dissolved so far that most experts are scratching their heads – could it all go this September? It’s fading so fast. Maybe the Arctic can make it another year. After that, the weather really goes schizo, and some folks think you could see abrupt sea-level rise of 30 to 100 cm. We’re gonna have to study the new operating system to see if there’s any chance for us, but it’s constantly getting revised.

In addition, fifty five percent of the American population lives in counties protected by levees.

http://levees.org/counties-with-levees/

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As risks of all kinds increase worldwide, it’s time to recognize the limits of human population growth.
The more of us there are, the more of us in harm’s way.
Free, safe, legal abortions, vasectomies and contraceptives–NOW!

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This pretty much embodies my view of nature and environmentalism.

Humans do indeed have great power over nature. But no ruler has total impunity…