We could have built across the nation industrial-size greenhouses on real estate known to be out of flood zones and industrial development. This is 99% sustainability for food. We see NONE OF THIS----ESPECIALLY IN BALTIMORE. Building community gardens today on land we know will become global corporate campuses or super-highways tomorrow is NOT 99% SUSTAINABILITY.
When we do see these eco-dome greenhouses they are on a global corporate campus tied to supplying food for that corporation and its cafeterias. This is global 1% CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY and it will exclude more and more and more of 99% WE THE PEOPLE. Global corporate campuses will have only global 1% and their 2% through 21st century after which they will abandon US for northern real estate.
PLEASE MAKE SURE CITIZEN ADVOCACY FOR FOOD JUSTICE IS DIRECTED AT LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY THINKING ABOUT HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL EFFECT FOOD PRODUCTION.
Solar panels keep greenhouses cooler in summer, let the sun through in winter
January 13th, 2012
Spain's ULMA Agrícola consortium and Tecnalia research center have developed a new type of photovoltaic solar panel for greenhouses that can generate electricity without an adverse effect on the crops grown within, while additionally providing cooling in summer. The system is designed to exploit the annual oscillation - the variation in the height of the sun's path across the sky over the course of the year. In theory, no solar radiation is compromised over winter, but surplus radiation can be diverted to electricity-generation during summer.
The photovoltaics use optical lenses rather than a mechanical means of solar-tracking, which may generate 15 percent more electricity over a standard photovoltaic system according to the first phase of testing during summer. A second phase of winter testing ending in March is currently underway, and UMLA Agrícola is projecting that similar results will be seen.
Though we have not seen precise details of how the optical system works, it appears to exploit surprisingly simple technology operating on a very simple geometric principle. Judging by the photographs, photovoltaic strips run across the greenhouse roof, with wider gaps of ordinary glazing between. Rows of lenses of similar width to, but slightly offset from, the photovoltaic strips are installed in an elevated position above the roof.
My interpretation is that, at the lower solar altitudes of winter, these lenses intercept the solar radiation headed for the solar panels and redirect it through the glazing. In summer, the lenses do not interfere, and some of the sunlight is allowed to fall directly on the solar panels. Though not explicit, it seems plain that the mooted beneficial cooling during summer is as a direct result of reduced solar penetration due to the solar panels, and not through air conditioning powered by the photovoltaics.
The tests are taking place at a 400 square meter (478 sq.yd.) UMLA Agrícola greenhouse owned by Neiker Tecnalia at Derio in the Basque Country. Under these tests, temperature, humidity and total radiation of the interior were monitored, as well as photosynthetically active radiation, which is the band of solar radiation useful to plants for photosynthesis. This band, of wavelengths 400 to 700 nm, falls entirely, though only just, within the band defined as light (380 to 740 nm), to which the human eye is sensitive.
Tomatoes and peppers were chosen for the tests, requiring as they do copious amounts of light in order to flourish - presumably making any adverse effects to growing conditions easier to identify. Additionally, the crops are a widely-grown cash cow for the agricultural industry. If the technology could not be made to work with such profitable goods, the game would very likely be up. The first phase of testing reportedly showed positive results in respect of crop quality and yield.
These highly commercialized food factory systems may be good for that high-rise eco-dome for global corporate campuses but please think what resources the 99% of WE THE PEOPLE will have -----how we would replace or fix these very mechanical operations. As well, when thinking about HYDROPONICS for a community greenhouse think of the coming scarcity of fresh water. These hydroponic greenhouses as with small fish farming structures take lots and lots of fresh water and if not too expensive today -----it will be for next generation. Well water tied to windmills---rain barrels will assure this food structure will not fall prey to government selective access or rate pricing. The size of this operation is what we should see in ALL COMMUNITIES if not two of these structures in order to REALLY ADDRESS 99% FOOD SUSTAINABILITY.
The issues coming beyond a 2050 for food is intensified storms---we don't want food blown, flooded, or washed away. We KNOW temperatures are going to rise--humidity changes---seasonal changes ---so having these greenhouses able to set these conditions is a must. We know with increase temperature will come increased clouds blocking sun so our solar panels must have storage capability. We do not want to depend on THE ONE WORLD ONE ENERGY GRID.
Hydroponic lettuce greenhouse factory -- Automated
Published on Dec 26, 2012
Automated hydroponics greenhouse factory for the commercial production of lettuce and other leafy greens. Novel technology developed in Israel and the UK. With 30 years of experience.
Placing faith in only solar panels as storm intensity and tropical weather hits the mid-Atlantic for example may not be wise for public community greenhouses and water supply-------wind mills will catch that growing weather instability winds. Please make sure wells are lined and have the best in filters as we know ground water will be soon too contaminated for use on food sources.
Think next generation when building what should be long-term 99% sustainability for food in all communities.
Automation means much more investment money then communities have and it means repair and replacement of equipment----we don't want automation.
Solar-powered wells displace windmills on Western range
Panels are easier to fix; their efficiency, durability also has improved
Image: Windmill is taken down
Matt Joyce / AP
Workers on July 6 take down a broken windmill as part of a project to replace it with a solar-powered water well system near Alcova, Wyo.
By MATT JOYCE
updated 7/14/2010 2:22:03 PM ET
ALCOVA, Wyo. — The pump installer toppled the old windmill in about an hour, first climbing up the wobbly 27-foot tower to stop the broken mill's whirling blade and then pulling the underground pipe to make way for a new solar-powered electric pump.
Iconic mechanical windmills of metal and wood have pumped life into American ranches and farms for 150 years, their function withstanding rural electrification in remote locations beyond the reach of power lines. These days, however, an increasing number of Western ranchers are pulling down their old windmills and converting to solar-powered systems.
"They are displacing windmills everyday," said Scott Blakeley, owner of Pronghorn Pump and Repair in Glenrock, as he traveled to a July installation job on a ranch southwest of Casper. "Primarily because of the mechanical problems that you have. You fix one issue on a windmill today, something else is broke tomorrow. And in August, when you need water the most, the wind blows the least in Wyoming, and in most Western states."
Ranchers use windmills and other pump systems to open more land for grazing by drawing well water for livestock to drink in areas without surface water. Blakeley, who has also installed solar pump equipment in Utah, Montana and Colorado, said the solar segment of his business grows by about 35 percent per year.
Solar-powered pumps have been available for more than 20 years, but their efficiency and durability have recently improved to the point that many ranchers are at least considering the solar option when they need to replace an old windmill or drill a new well.
The cost of solar pumps vary widely, typically running from $4,500 to more than $10,000. That often exceeds the typical windmill replacement or repair cost of about $5,000.
Stand-alone well systems are useful in remote areas where it would be too expensive to extend a power line, a project that costs at least $10,000 a mile in rugged terrain. When possible, tying into a power line is considered the best option because of the reliability and strength of the power source.
"If (windmills) are working and meeting the needs of the farm, there's not a reason to go change it," said Mike Morris, farm energy team leader for the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
"But when it breaks and you have to do something different, I would think that if you're far from power, solar is going to be extremely competitive if not the best option in many or most cases."
Two of the main benefits of solar wells are their durability and reliability, Morris said. They normally require less upkeep and break down less often than windmills, which include more moving parts that can wear out.
Ranchers using solar wells can accommodate cloudy days by building tanks big enough to hold several days worth of water for their livestock, Morris said. Solar pumps are popular across the country, but are most relevant in the West, he said.
"In the West it's much more common to be far from power," he said. "In the Midwest or East, very often where you need the water, you might be within a quarter mile of power. In that situation, really there is no reason economically to go with solar."
Despite the solar trend, windmills are unlikely to disappear from the landscape. Many ranches that have relied on windmills for generations have the know-how and equipment to keep their windmills operating.
Landon Blakeley, an employee of Pronghorn Pump and Repair, and John Marton of the Marton Ranch carry a solar panel to be installed to power a water well pump that replaced a windmill near Alcova, Wyo.
And some companies said their windmill-related sales remain strong.
Peg Muller, owner of Muller Industries Inc., a manufacturer and wholesaler of windmills and windmill parts in Yankton, S.D., said solar wells have had no impact on her business, which sells to customers across the country. Some ranchers don't want to experiment with new systems or are discouraged by the price, Muller said.
"It seems like maybe you lose an account over here and you pick up another over here," Muller said. "It really hasn't affected our business. There are tens of thousands of windmills out there."
For Randy Marton, the Wyoming sheep and cattle rancher who hired Blakeley to replace his broken windmill with a solar pump this month, the new well's $4,500 cost was worth it. His ranch has converted its windmills to solar and drilled a new solar-powered well over the past few years, he said.
Marton said windmill repair workers are hard to find and maintenance costs are expensive.
"If you look at the average age of ranchers in Wyoming, they're all getting to be about my age or older — they're not going to crawl up these windmills anymore," said Marton, 58. "They want things that are reliable, that they can go off and do something else, because there's far less help on these ranches than there used to be and very few young guys left."
All of Baltimore's GREEN funding is going to do the opposite---it is promoting community gardens----outside, exposed to soil and air ----meaning as industrialization MOVES FORWARD as climate change MOVES FORWARD as global corporate campus building MOVES FORWARD none of these gardens will work as a REAL long-term food source. We have lots of grassroots citizens doing good work on these temporary solutions to food security-----we have NO WORK BEING FUNDED OR DONE FOR LONG-TERM 99% food security in Baltimore. This is because global Wall Street 5% pols and players tied to Baltimore Development and Baltimore City Hall KNOW this real estate will be taken to global corporate campus.
If we continue to allow all development over the coming few decades be about taking more and more of our urban real estate pushing 99% of citizens further and further out to suburbs we cannot build permanent long-term food security structures. Our community farms will be under assault in that same window of a few decades.
The global Wall Street 5% CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA know what REAL 99% food sustainability looks like---they KNOW community gardens will not do this----they are deliberately allowing all funding go to global corporate campuses and THEIR food security.
Community Gardens / Adopt-a-Lot
If you are interested in gardening or would like to learn, consider getting involved with your community garden.Community Gardens are run by volunteers within a community with the mission of growing food to help support their families and neighborhoods.
There are many programs in Baltimore to help you create your own garden if your community does not already have one. Adopt-a-Lot Baltimore, UME Grow It, Eat It, Baltimore Green Space, Community Greening Resource Network and the American Gardening Association are some of the programs that can help you get started.
Check established Community Gardens in Baltimore that you can join.
- Filbert Street Community Garden1317 Filbert Street, Baltimore, MD 21226
- Upper Fells Point Community Garden1825 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
- Old Goucher Community GardenNorth Hunter Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
- Lennox Street Community Garden728-732 Lennox Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
- Boone Street Community Garden2100 Boone Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
- JHU Community GardenJohns Hopkins Eastern, 1101 East 33rd Street, Baltimore, MD
- Baltimore Free Farm3510 Ash Street, Baltimore, MD
- Duncan Street Miracle Garden1800 block of Duncan Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
- Pigtown Horseshoe Pit1217 Bayard Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
- 500 North Duncan Street Community Garden500 North Duncan Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
- Homestead Harvest Community Garden623 Homestead Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
- Sandtown Garden #21003-1009 North Carrollton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217
- Amazing Rose Street Garden601-627 North Rose Street, Baltimore, MD 21205
Madeira Garden403-429 Madeira Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
- Boyd Street Garden101-1023 Boyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
- Collington Square Eco-Teaching Garden2126-2130 Mura Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
- Ferndale Community Garden3301 Ferndale Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207
- Gardens of Hope1202-1227 Shields Place, Baltimore, MD 21201
Village Green2812-2822 Fox Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
- CHC Neighborhood Garden5303 Cuthbert Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215
- Sharp Kids1101-1105 Race Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
- Radnor Winston Community Garden5002 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
- Participation Park (Downtown Farm)1103-1126 Forrest Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
- Improving Waverly Garden644 Parkwyrth Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218
- North Fulton Play Park2 North Fulton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223
- Irvington Peace Park506 Collins Ave, Baltimore, MD 21229
- Mount Washington Community Garden and Arboretum1920 Kelly Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209
- Bruce Street Park Garden133-1326 North Bruce Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
- City Farms-Carroll Park720 S. Monroe Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
- City Farms-Clifton Park33rd Street Hill Top Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213
- City Farms-Dewees Park756 Woodburne Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212
- City Farms-Druid Hill Park3100 Swann Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217
- City Farms-Cimaglia Park6600 Pine Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21219
- City Farms-Leakin ParkSloman Drive and Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore, MD 21207
- City Farms-Patterson Park2601 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
- City Farms- Rockrose Park3800 Clipper Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
- City Farms-Roosevelt Park1221 West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
- City Farms-Light and Heath Streets1701 South Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
- City Farms-Heath Street and Charles StreetEast Heath Street & South Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
- City Farms-Upton574 Laurens Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
Our children absolutely need these community gardens to get them back in touch with how things grow and how they can grow their own food-----please do not allow these community gardens be the ONLY FOOD SUSTAINABILITY we have-----rooftop gardens are not a 99% food sustainability solution -----they are great environmental tools-------
Sadly, Baltimore uses these community gardens as more of a global corporate campus tool in cleaning up and setting aside real estate for later building construction and does nothing for PERMANENT LONG-TERM COMMUNITY GRAND GREEN SPACES.
MOVING FORWARD has a goal of pushing 99% of today's US citizens out of US cities as global 1% and their 2% come and bring those global 99% as labor for global corporate campuses. If we are not securing today what we need for infrastructure decades from now=====there will be no funding source------we need anchors in our US cities for 99% food sustainability. Baltimore is already attached to UNITED NATIONS FEED THE CITIES as the only food source for many of our Baltimore citizens ready to catch the growing numbers after this coming economic crash-----
GLOBAL NGO FOOD RELIEF IS NOT 99% FOOD SUSTAINABILITY.
Business & Developmentby Fern Shen9:49 pmApr 19, 2012
Turning Baltimore’s vacant lots into garden plots
Mayor kicks off program with “Upton Edible Garden.”
Above: We like the can-do happy look of these two community gardeners in Upton. (Photo by Fern Shen)
On a parcel of land in West Baltimore that once had 32 homes – then became a city-owned vacant lot with weeds, trash, construction debris and drug activity – Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake held an event yesterday to dedicate the spot as a community garden.
“We are grateful to ScottsMiracle-Gro and the U.S. Conference of Mayors for their support of our efforts to breathe new life into once-vacant lots,” she said, naming sponsors and linking the project to her initiative to reverse years of population shrinkage and add 10,000 new residents in the next 10 years.
“We are planting the seeds to grow Baltimore again.”
For a couple of hours, at least, she boosted the population of this one bit of Baltimore, a patch of dirt on the 500 block of Laurens Street.
Made lovely with truck-loads of city-supplied wood chips and six raised garden beds, the lot buzzed with project partners, volunteers, corporate donors, city officials, elected officials and their designees and the media.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins students from Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy at the dedication of the Upton Edible Garden. (Photo by Fern Shen)
“Waste and pollution are important for us to lose! We are really lucky we’ll be on the news!” one of the students from Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy said, reading from her Earth Day poem before the children helped Rawlings-Blake plant the first few marigolds, Brussels sprouts and other seedlings.
Meanwhile, just outside the perimeter of the newly inaugurated “Upton Edible Garden,” were signs of some of the challenges the project faces – boarded-up houses, a man in a wheelchair who approached Rawlings-Blake seeking help because he is homeless, and a rowhouse window with a sign calling the project “disrespectful” because “no homeowner on Brunt Street was informed or showed plans” for it.
Parks & People Foundation cleared and prepared the lot and Scotts Miracle Gro contributed $25,000 for plants and other costs. (Photo by Fern Shen)
With the remarks she made, under a white canopy as light rain fell, Rawlings-Blake seemed perhaps to be preemptively referencing some of those challenges.
“I believe that nothing happens from cynicism and everything happens from hope and commitment and hard work,” she said.
Vacants to Veggies?
The big financial commitment for the Upton Edible Garden came from the lawn products company ScottsMiracle Gro, which donated $25,000 toward the garden focused on producing locally-grown and healthy food options for area residents.
“There is no place around here to get fresh produce,” said Wanda Best, executive director of the Upton Planning Committee. “The closest is maybe the State Center farmer’s market, once a week.”
Students, Mayor Rawlings-Blake and other Baltimore City officials dedicate the Upton Edible Garden. (Photo by Fern Shen)
Another partner is the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ GRO1000 initiative, which aims to establish 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S. Canada and Europe by 2018.
Locally, the project is part of the Mayor’s “Power in Dirt” campaign, which is intended to get community groups and individuals to help revitalize the city’s many eyesore vacant lots. Vacancy of all kinds afflicts the city – there are 16,000 or more vacant houses, a downtown office vacancy rate of 23 percent.
As for vacant city-owned lots, Baltimore has identified 6,000 of them that residents could adopt through the seven month-old Power in Dirt program, according to Vu Dang, Chief Service Officer for StepUp Baltimore, the parent initiative for the Power in Dirt initiative.
(Many initiatives at play here. This latest one is not to be confused with the Adopt-a-Lot program that predates the Rawlings-Blake administration, or the City Farm Gardens program, started in the Schaefer era more than 30 years ago, in which garden plots in city parks are rented out through Recreation and Parks Department.)
So far, 400 lots have been adopted through the 7-month-old Power in Dirt initiative, Dang said. These lots are also available should someone want to buy them and build on them but, as Dang pointed out, “most of the lots are in communities like this where you’re not going to see condos being built.”
The boarded-up windows of vacant houses behind yesterday's ceremony. (Photo by Fern Shen)
Rawlings-Blake put it this way: “We have had over 60 years of disinvestment. . . People and money leaving Baltimore with thousands of vacant properties and lots.
“We can’t turn them all into new homes but we can leverage the power of our volunteers and corporate sponsorships to at least turn them into assets.”
How to Get Some H2O
Groups or individuals can apply to adopt a lot for nine months through the website and, if accepted, the city will install an adapter that allows them to hook up a hose and pay a one-time $120 fee for water.
“It’s a good deal,” Dang said, adding that the Parks & People Foundation will be handing out “mini-grants” to help people get their water-hook-up and pay for other garden needs. “They are our fiduciary partners so they have a solid process to make sure the grants are awarded properly.”
Here is Clinton-era 1996 ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE development MASTER PLAN and we see the degree of consolidation of global citizens into MEGA-CITIES at a time when being trapped in these kinds of cities at the mercy of a global 1% tied to pragmatic nihilism with SMART METERS controlling our home energy and water---with high-rise corporate greenhouses controlling all local food supply----and weather extremes growing ------
The global 1% want to call this SUSTAINABILITY----but it is NOT. At a time when climate change meets DEEP, DEEP, REALLY DEEP far-right authoritarianism-----WE THE PEOPLE THE US 99% AND OUR GLOBAL 99% should not want to be under the thumb of such MEGA-CITY CONTROL.
Looking at where these mega-cities seem to be MOVING FORWARD one sees they are all on real estate slated to be uninhabitable towards the end of 21st century.
Mega-city Growth and the Future
Edited Ellen Brennan, Fu-chen Lo, Joseph Chamie, Juha I. Uitto and Roland J. Fuchs
United Nations University Press
Humankind’s future will unfold largely in urban settings. The turn of the twenty-first century will mark a divide from a predominantly rural world to one where the majority of people will be living in cities. By the year 2000 there will be more than 400 cities in the world with over 1 million inhabitants. Of these, 28 will be mega-cities with populations exceeding 8 million, and two-thirds of these mega-cities will be in the developing countries. The management of these urban giants, the provision of shelter, services, and a livelihood to their inhabitants in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner, will be a major challenge in the coming years.
Talk about depleting all the EARTH's natural resources! If one looks at where all these Chinese mega-cities will be----they are all below that 45 degree north latitude line that roughly depicts where climate change will hit hardest in temperature and storm instability. Tying 42 million people to a metropolis under SMART CITIES TOTALITARIAN conditions is CRAZY.
The best WE THE PEOPLE THE US 99% can do is avoid what is MOVING FORWARD in developing nations. We are seeing all these developing nations becoming more and more far-right wing, authoritarian extreme wealth extreme poverty as US is MOVED towards this same political stance.
TODAY'S US CITY INFRASTRUCTURE BUILDING IS CRITICAL TO ALL 99% OF CITIZENS BLACK, WHITE, AND BROWN CITIZENS---IMMIGRANTS AND US CITIZENS.
Think about CIVIL ENGINEERING----about PUBLIC INTEREST governance with pols working for community citizens---think about where the next generation will be if today's MOVING FORWARD continues with climate change, depletion of natural resources, no food no fresh water not toxic.
Sounds like the global 1% are creating the conditions for the global 99% to think living on an asteroid and space mining may be the better/only option.
OH, REALLY???????? Those national politburo pols are known to tell tall tales just as our CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA
'Guangdong denies ambitious megacity plans...
Guangdong province is that southern China slated to be taken by sea level rise by end 21st century'.
Hmmmm, looks like Greater Baltimore meets Greater Prince George's County filled with global labor pool!
China to create largest mega city in the world with 42 million people
China is planning to create the world's biggest mega city by merging nine cities to create a metropolis twice the size of Wales with a population of 42 million.
By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai and Peter Foster in Beijing
12:21PM GMT 24 Jan 2011
City planners in south China have laid out an ambitious plan to merge together the nine cities that lie around the Pearl River Delta.
The "Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One" scheme will create a 16,000 sq mile urban area that is 26 times larger geographically than Greater London, or twice the size of Wales.
The new mega-city will cover a large part of China's manufacturing heartland, stretching from Guangzhou to Shenzhen and including Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing. Together, they account for nearly a tenth of the Chinese economy.
Over the next six years, around 150 major infrastructure projects will mesh the transport, energy, water and telecommunications networks of the nine cities together, at a cost of some 2 trillion yuan (£190 billion). An express rail line will also connect the hub with nearby Hong Kong.
"The idea is that when the cities are integrated, the residents can travel around freely and use the health care and other facilities in the different areas," said Ma Xiangming, the chief planner at the Guangdong Rural and Urban Planning Institute and a senior consultant on the project.
However, he said no name had been chosen for the area. "It will not be like Greater London or Greater Tokyo because there is no one city at the heart of this megalopolis," he said. "We cannot just name it after one of the existing cities."
"It will help spread industry and jobs more evenly across the region and public services will also be distributed more fairly," he added.
Mr Ma said that residents would be able to use universal rail cards and buy annual tickets to allow them to commute around the mega-city.
Twenty-nine rail lines, totalling 3,100 miles, will be added, cutting rail journeys around the urban area to a maximum of one hour between different city centres. According to planners, phone bills could also fall by 85 per cent and hospitals and schools will be improved.
"Residents will be able to choose where to get their services and will use the internet to find out which hospital, for example, is less busy," said Mr Ma.
Pollution, a key problem in the Pearl River Delta because of its industrialisation, will also be addressed with a united policy, and the price of petrol and electricity could also be unified.
The southern conglomeration is intended to wrestle back a competitive advantage from the growing urban areas around Beijing and Shanghai.
By the end of the decade, China plans to move ever greater numbers into its cities, creating some city zones with 50 million to 100 million people and "small" city clusters of 10 million to 25 million.
In the north, the area around Beijing and Tianjin, two of China's most important cities, is being ringed with a network of high-speed railways that will create a super-urban area known as the Bohai Economic Rim. Its population could be as high as 260 million.
The process of merging the Bohai region has already begun with the connection of Beijing to Tianjing by a high speed railway that completes the 75 mile journey in less than half an hour, providing an axis around which to create a network of feeder cities.
As the process gathers pace, total investment in urban infrastructure over the next five years is expected to hit £685 billion, according to an estimate by the British Chamber of Commerce, with an additional £300 billion spend on high speed rail and £70 billion on urban transport.
If we think colonizing America was genocide meets desperate European settlers trying to survive----add African slave ships crossing the Atlantic and we lost tens of millions of global citizens in settling the US........that will pale to MOVING FORWARD planetary/moon mining colonization.
We talked of ChemTrails being that sun's ray shield for these planetary eco-dome colonies-----the intensity of naked (with little/no atmosphere) sun rays will leave little hope of survival and yet global 1% and their 5% are MOVING FORWARD with this as hard as they can ----expanding massive mega-cities as Foreign Economic Zones knowing they are depleting all of EARTH'S natural resources, taking climate change to soaring heights-----
KNOW WHAT? IT WOULD BE EASIER IF 99% OF WE THE PEOPLE JUST GET RID OF THOSE GLOBAL WALL STREET 5% POLS AND PLAYERS---CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA NOW TRUMP.
I like how they say NO TAXPAYER MONEY will be involved---no government will be advocating for those people. Tens of trillions of dollars were fleeced from US Treasury and US citizens' pockets by all those global corporations saying THEY WILL PAY FOR THIS. We KNOW people will be sent not as volunteers.
'There’s always the option that Mars One will send the settlers to Mars knowing full well that they won’t survive longer than 68 days'
The first Mars One colonists will suffocate, starve, and be incinerated, according to MIT
- By Sebastian Anthony on October 13, 2014 at 9:36 am
Following the announcement of its one-way mission to Mars in 2012, some 200,000 people registered their interest on the Mars One website. That number has now been whittled down to 705 candidates — a fairly even mix of men and women from all over the world (but mostly the US, of course!) Several teams of four astronauts (two men, two women) will now be assembled, and training will begin. The current plan is to send a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying the first team of four to Mars in 2022 — just eight years from now. The whole thing will be televised as a reality TV show. In the interim, a number of precursor missions — supplies, life-support units, living units, and supply units — will be sent to Mars ahead of the human colonizers. More colonists will be sent fairly rapidly thereafter, with 20 settlers expected by 2033.
The technology underpinning the mission is rather nebulous, though — and indeed, that’s where the aerospace researchers at MIT find a number of potentially catastrophic faults. Basically, while we kind of have the technology to set up a colony on Mars, most of it is at a very low technology readiness level (TRL) and untested in a Mars-like environment. Mars One will rely heavily on life support and in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) — squeezing water from Martian soil and oxygen from the atmosphere — but these technologies are still a long way off large-scale, industrial use by a nascent human colony on Mars. NASA’s next Mars rover will have an ISRU unit that will make oxygen from the Red Planet’s atmosphere of CO2 — but that rover isn’t scheduled to launch until 2020, just two years before the planned launch of Mars One.
The paper prepared by the MIT researchers [PDF] is rather damning. Basically, due to the difficulty of shipping supplies to Mars, the colonists will mostly live off the land. The problem is, plants produce a lot of oxygen — and in a closed environment, too much oxygen is a bad thing (things start to spontaneously explode). So, you have to vent the oxygen — but we don’t yet have the technology to vent oxygen without also venting the nitrogen, which is used to pressurize the various Mars One pods. As a result, air pressure will eventually get so thin that the colonists can’t breathe — with the first one dying of hypoxia after 68 days. Other potential modes of death are: starvation (the current Mars One plan simply doesn’t contain enough calories for the colonists); dehydration; CO2 poisoning; and death by spontaneous immolation due to a rich oxygen atmosphere.
The researchers also note that Mars One’s plan of sending more colonists after the original four is a bad, bad idea. Not only will this exacerbate any technological issues, but there’ll be an ever-increasing demand on resources like food and water, and faster wear-and-tear that will require more replacement parts. All of these factors will increase the number of resupply craft, pushing the total cost of the project into tens of billions of dollars.
In short, the MIT researchers find a lot of problems with the current plans laid out by Mars One. Dutch entrepreneur and CEO of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp, disputes the contents of the MIT report, saying “oxygen concentrators” already exist — and if oxygen levels and air pressure can be kept stable, then many of MIT’s other assertions about dehydration and starvation are moot.
In any case, the MIT report highlights that Mars One might be overreaching slightly. I think it’s totally feasible that Mars One can get people to Mars, but their quality of life once they get there will probably be pretty rough. This isn’t to say that colonizing Mars is impossible: We could certainly have the technology ready in the next few years if there was enough money/sponsorship behind it — but so far, I don’t think Mars One has progressed far enough or fast enough to colonize Mars in 2022. At least not ethically, anyway: There’s always the option that Mars One will send the settlers to Mars knowing full well that they won’t survive longer than 68 days. It would be the perfect and sickening culmination of society’s infatuation with reality TV.