- Written by Duncan
Scientists in our underground bunkers in the frozen North have been monitoring the state of the ozone layer and the rapidly melting polar ice caps. When you combine it with our data on the economic collapse, you see a startling connection.
Since late last year, we saw an increase in the size of the holes in the ozone layer above the poles, and with that a corresponding increase in the melting of the polar ice caps. As the ice melts, the oceans rise. Refer to the chart below to see how bad it has become.
The ocean levels more or less stabilized about 6,000 years ago after the last ice age. Over the last century or so, sea level has risen by about 25 to 30 centimeters relative to land. Then, suddenly last year things have gotten worse.
It seems there is a close connection between the bad economy and global warming. As the economy gets worse, it results in increases in greenhouse gases, melting glaciers and polar ice caps, and causing ocean water to warm and expand thermally. Both these effects increase the volume of the ocean, raising its surface level. If you combine this with changes in the tides, the results can be devastating.
Speculation about specific causes is stll rather vague. With more people than ever unemployed, we should be seeing a reduction in commuter traffic leading to less greenhouse gases being put out into the atmosphere. Some cite the increase in consumption of baked beans by poorer unemployed people, leading to increased production of methane, while others point to indigestion brought about by failing investments. So far the bailout package has had no impact on turning things around. This could be due to the lack of trickle down, which was expected to happen, but has so far eluded us.
If you live near the coast, and near to sea level, expect flooding on a major scale. You need to take precautions now. For example, raise the height of dikes and levvies, and perhaps raise your house on stilts. You should wear wellington boots all the time, the taller the better.
Move potato chips into upper cabinets in your kitchen, so that they don't go all soggy. Park your car uphill nearby, to avoid the electrical components in the car getting waterlogged. You might want to keep some dry socks in your car as well.
The following photos show the author using rocks to fortify a creek bank. Ever since the economy has gone downhill, the water levels have been increasing, and we need to stabilize the bank, and protect against flooding. We have used over 20 tons of rock so far, and plan to raise the bank by at least another foot or so before we are done. It is a race against the clock, as the economy continues to crumble.