One of the most important bits of understanding I gained from working against nuclear a few years ago, was learning about positive feedback loops.
For those of us still going on about being positive, positive feedback loops should give us pause…because they are not good things. In nuclear technology, a positive feedback loop is anything that makes a reaction go faster…even pro nuclear proponents have closed down nuclear power plants that had positive feedback loops in their workings.
Negative feedback loops…those we need, because they slow down whatever is going on…they function like friction in mechanical processes. Have I made it simple enough?
Every natural process that is a positive feedback loop…say forest fires…because they give great bang for their buck…they spew CO2, they destroy carbon sequestering forest, they expose wooded soil to the torrential climate change rains, they silt up rivers and man made dams, the silt destroys fish hatcheries…etc. etc.
A warming climate produces more dry conditions, which creates a positive feedback loop of mega fires, which speeds up the warming climate, and so on and so on. And I haven’t even mentioned clear cut logging and its role in all of these processes.
But here’s the thing. Positivity will make it difficult for many heads to get around the positive horrors of positive feedback loops. Our superficial spirituality and pop psycology need to head back to the drawing board as well…its’ gonna take more than love and self affirmation to save our necks now.
I’m ‘positive’ about that.