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03/28/2012

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Ben

Add the 8.5 tons of radioactive water that leaked from Fukushima, caesium 137 and various pollutants we irresponsibly dump into our oceans and we're even more fucked than your blog entry shows us to be (is that possible?).

Dan

As if placing a dollar value on incalculable ecological damage assures us that the damage is not a real threat to humans because the monetary system as we currently know it is eternal and cannot really be destroyed by anything in nature...

Wanooski

On top of that you have the extreme outbreak of poaching in Africa and Asia, enabled by the newly rich Chinese, and it's looking likely that every notable large land mammal is also on a fast track to doom, Rhinos elephants, tigers, you can probably say goodbye to them all in the next two decades.

Craig

Seems nicely summarized with this:

When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
-- Cree Prophecy

The Practician

I was eating lunch and realized the numbers were pretty extreme so I redid the calculation for what 1.98 trillion was .37 percent of.

Your math's off. 1.98t/0.0037= 53.5x 10^13. You missed a decimal place somewhere (it happens). You were damn close on your growth rate though, as I got 2.4% using the correct numbers, and therefore they are probably inflation adjusted.

A Natural Mystic

"As if placing a dollar value on incalculable ecological damage assures us that the damage is not a real threat to humans because the monetary system as we currently know it is eternal and cannot really be destroyed by anything in nature..."

Yes, this is the problem. We have taken the economic system to be reality, and in order for us to take anything seriously it has be mediated through and quantitatively evaluated in terms of that system.

As crazed Marxist Slavoj Žižek said, "It is easier for us to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism." As Dave points out, within our lifetimes we will not have to imagine.

Dave Cohen

Thanks, Practician.

I've corrected it in the text.

It was early in the morning, which is never a good time to deal with really big numbers.

My point remains unchanged.

-- Dave

Mike Roberts

Great post. You should be in that research team! The cost, as you say, is incalculable. It beggars belief that anyone can think the cost of dead oceans is only 0.37% of GDP, at most. It's a crazy world with a lot of dumb people.

Roy Batty

All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

Diogenes

"All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.."

Not part of the script - improvised by Rutger Hauer

An all time great scene:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTzA_xesrL8

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