Archive for December 5th, 2012

Have we learned nothing from mother nature?

So superstorm Sandy comes and goes and still we want to live on the coast. One of the worst droughts in the history of the midwest and still we continue  to dredge the Mississippi (or rebuild levees after a flood). We simply look for short-term solutions to long range problems.

The lastest example is after Superstorm Sandy. According to the article, “Resisted for Blocking the View, Dunes Prove They Blunt Storms” by Mireya Navarro over at the New York Times, people are looking for ways to protect themselves instead of trying to find solutions as to why this type of storm happened in the first place.

If that’s not enough, despite a continual lack on rain here in the midwest, engineers try to find temporary solutions for rivers with little water instead of looking for alternatives to the problem and more importantly, look to why this is happening. You can learn about this in Michael Winter at USA Todays article entitled “Mississippi River May Hit Record Low, Halt Traffic in December“.

Or, as in Iowa, they’re looking to using social media to rescue a levee in case the rivers flood again in the article “Can  Social Media Rescue Iowa Levee?Social Media can be great but do we need to use it for this? They’re just seems to be no pleasing everyone.

Carry on (or not)!

Green Librarian