As an avid reader, I have a voracious appetite for books, online or offline.
So, as I finished reading the latest issue of NatGeo, I came upon a story about the hunt for oil and gas in the arctic. The focus on the cold Russian north that appears to ring nearly one third of this northern polar region.
The thing that caught my eye was the opening up of the northern passages (like the one in Canada), with ships expected to circle around to Europe from Asia via the Arctic sea. Something unthinkable probably just 10 years ago, this is now a distant possibilty. The question is – is there credence to all this climate change, global warming thing?
Here at this blog, we do not take any sides to the argument. One thing though is sure, even hikes up the glaciers in New Zealand is suspended due to the snowmelt. Oh how we remember hiking up Fox glacier in 2001.
Interesting to know (in this link) that Singapore is generally about 15m above sea level and that some 30% (that really varies depending on who you quote) is only 5m above median sea level! There is said to be a detectable increase and intensity of the rainfall in Singapore. Careful all you seafront property owners! Better buy the the interior of the island… Hey I did not say it, the folks at Property Guru did. But worry not!
As far back as 2007, the New York times reported that Singapore was mulling the construction of sea walls. They have actually built some already along the coast and are elevating some roads that run parallel to the shore (Nicholl highway for those who are in the know). Initiative courtesy of the late founding father of the little red dot. See how this man impacts the country even after he passes on? Great foresight. Wow.
As we all observe yet more occurrences of seemingly climate change induced events (eg large calving of the Greenland icesheets), we cannot help but to feel that time is working against us all. Can you imagine not being able to see the Great Barrier reef or atolls of the Maldives? it might happen sooner than you think! If those disappear, the moments that you had of them will become true monuments.
Moral of the story, don’t wait too long to see some of the world. Do it for a good reason though. And ignore this musing if it isn’t something you are bothered with.
Ok, geography lesson is now dismissed.