Work title: The desert is a jungle without rain. (0000901788)
Stop building in Europe, start building in the desert.
In light of population growth and urban development, one must realize that no matter where this growth happens, it imposes an artificiality upon the natural setting, even if we become more efficient at embedding natural processes within the artificiality of our environments. As such, some natural environments are better left untouched, such as the Amazon, for their critical importance to our sustained existence. We can then perhaps assign value to each environment, fully knowing that this valuation cannot escape the anthropocentric framework, and try to protect some environments more than others. The most valuable environments would be those that sustain the biggest diversity and intensity of life, the least valuable the ones that cannot sustain much life. The jungle is more valuable than the desert; If we had the means to preserve the former and comfortably inhabit the other then why shouldn’t we?
More than 30 billion tonnes of CO2 released into the air each year by human activity.
Sea levels have risen 15 to 20 cm in the last hundred years.
Deserts typically receive around 4000 hours of sunlight each year.
Some view this as a problem. In fact, it should be viewed as an opportunity.
The Dutch pumped out water to liberate habitable and farmable land; the leftover water formed canals. Similarly, sand is dug out of the desert to allow for sea water to penetrate deeply into the continent. With the help of solar energy the seawater is desalinated and used to create habitable and farmable land. as development is furthered these canals start resembling a grand-scale version of the dutch urban scape. Eventually the whole desert will become a grid of canals.
Creating such lush artificial ecology in the desert has many benefits. The biomass traps the CO2 released for more than a century of mindless growth. The canals redirect the water from the oceans to inner continental space, helping offset the rising sea-levels. The diversity of inhabitants can be as wild or as controlled as desired, raising many questions and opportunity about artificial evolution. More interestingly, old models of urban and geopolitical boarders are rendered obsolete