What’s scary for a green builder? Mold in the crawl space?
Naw — mold is a routine problem. What’s really scary is the end of the world as we know it.
A decade or two ago, the end of the world as we know it was a matter of concern for a few nutty survivalists in Idaho. Now it is a matter of discussion at academic conferences.
Several mechanisms have been proposed for the coming economic collapse. Some are based on New Age nonsense, while others are based on hard science. If you’re a pessimist, you can pick from a long list of possible doomsday mechanisms:
- Ancient Mayan predictions of impending doom;
- Peak oil;
- Global climate change;
- World-wide food shortages;
- Military conflicts caused by water shortages;
- Rising sea levels;
- Ecological degradation caused by deforestation;
- Widespread resource shortages caused by overpopulation;
- The collapse of the world financial system due to our sudden realization that dollars and euros are just cheap pieces of paper.
Most of the items on the list are perfectly capable of turning the world upside-down. As Robert Frost wrote,
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Solar storms ahead
Clearly, Frost was talking about emotional states rather than the literal end of the world. But in a pinch, his perception can be stretched from the metaphorical back to the literal. Although many of us may assume we know what’s going to cause the coming Great Disruption, Frost was right: other doomsday mechanisms are “also great and would suffice.” In today’s blog,…