Planet Management

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What If We Plan Our Future?

Chapter 15



By 2050, Planet Management will become so sophisticated that biologists will traverse a patch of land and use perceptive scanners to evaluate that area. If the readings come back to show that there are too many deer, not enough predators and a shortage of pine trees, biologists of that era will be able to introduce the appropriate numbers of predators and have robots plant the appropriate number of pine trees.

Major Prediction No. 13: By 2050, Planet Management will become so refined that huge tracts of land destroyed by human intervention will be restored. Consequently, thanks to new technologies, a massive environmental rebuilding program will right the ecological scales.

Today the world's environment is in its poorest condition due to pollution and extreme population pressures. Since World War II, over half the world's rainforests have been destroyed. Industries throughout the world spew pollutants into the air and pour toxins down rivers without fear of serious punishment. Today we are gravely concerned about climate change, melting ice caps and flooding coastal cities. And sadly, more species have become extinct in the 20th Century than in all of the previous centuries combined.

But if you’ve read this far, you know I’m going to predict a positive future. 

“Humm, a shortage of blue-belly lizards and far too much poison oak.” Biologists or robots using sophisticated scanner devices  will survey our hills, valleys, forests and plains and add or subtract what is necessary to strengthen our environment. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani



Eventually Planet Management will become so refined that by 2070, robots will survey wildlife areas and report back the specific number of lady bugs per square mile, the number of robins, the number of raccoons, the number of Redwood trees, etc. An analysis will determine the approximate number of each species needed for that area. Then biologists will clone or breed the needed wildlife and greenery in labs before robots distribute the shortages. Robots will also take appropriate action to reduce overpopulated wildlife and greenery - often by transporting them to another location. 

We will also need to take the next giant step in Environmental Studies. We must discover every detail regarding how every species from the tiniest microbe to the African elephant interacts with every other species. We then need to apply this knowledge to manage every acre of land on this planet. Fortunately, computers by the end of this century will be far more powerful than today’s models thus ensuring we can analyze every aspect of our environment.

Fortunately, before the end of this century, we will be smart enough to thoroughly analyze Global Warming and institute the ecological changes necessary to restore the environment to pristine conditions. Thus, over the next millennium, billions of innocent lives will be saved.

Robots will survey our forests, plains and deserts to determine shortages or overpopulation of mammals, birds, insects, trees and plants. Needed organisms will be produced in labs and then distributed by robots. Excess life forms will be removed with many transplanted to areas of need. In time, our environment will become extremely sound. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani


By 2080, every acre of forest, desert, shoreline, rainforest and open space will be "managed" stick by stick, bug by bug, to ensure that we have the safest environment possible. And a safe environment = many lives saved.

Fortunately, by that time, huge sections of the entire Amazon Rainforest will be rebuilt. Much of the Amazon Rainforest that has been cut down for farmland has become barren because the nutrients have been exhausted. But, long before 2080, scientists will discover what nutrients are missing and how to duplicate them in laboratories. Robots will then spread the appropriate nutrients throughout the land before planting rubber trees, Brazilian nut trees and kapok trees. Biologists will then clone or breed the monkeys, birds and poison arrow frogs that will populate the reclaimed rain forests. Shabang! We have much of the Amazon Rainforest back again.

Magic Bubbles Annihilate Climate Change

Major Prediction No. 14. The problems of rising sea levels due to global warming will be solved late this century when 100s of millions of floating containers will hold the water from the melted ice caps above sea level.

Unfortunately, by the end of this century, ocean levels may rise from 8 inches to over 6 feet, according to various predictions made by climate forecasters. This is no small concern. Coastal cities and low-level farmlands will be devastated – costing the world economy multi-trillions of dollars.

Fortunately, by 2101, millions of floating containers will solve the most devastating effects of climate change. These canisters will hold quadrillions of gallons of water from our melted ice caps above sea level thus offsetting rising sea levels and saving coastal cities and low-level farmlands from flooding.

What to do? This water can’t be transported to land as it will either return to the ocean through rivers, streams or evaporation. Refreezing the polar ice caps is not a practical solution.  Finally, massive restoration projects in the Amazon and other natural habitats late this century through cloning of trees, plants and living organisms will help mitigate climate change (particularly global warming). However, these efforts won’t be enough to repair the damage of melted ice caps or quickly reverse climate change.

Fortunately, we live in an era where we have the ingenuity and technology to control our future. By 2101, millions of floating containers will be manufactured to hold multi-quadrillions of gallons of sea water – keeping most of the water above sea level. The physics will be complicated but in simple terms: we must have the water occupy space “above” the ocean’s surface in order to prevent ocean levels from rising.

The material for these containers must be strong enough not to collapse and light enough not to weigh very much. It may take a combination of trapped helium in a buoyant material to do the trick of keeping the melted ice caps from causing sea levels to rise. These containers will most likely be grouped in the middle of the vast Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans or near the Arctic or Antarctic.

Certainly the sheer numbers of floating containers to make this plan work will be astronomical. This endeavor will be the largest construction project in the history of humanity -- dwarfing the Great Wall and the pyramids. But this has to be done. Otherwise the cost of rising oceans flooding our coastal areas will be nearly beyond imagination. The good news, however, is that this massive project will create a lot of jobs.



Prediction No. 69: By 2099, much of the environment that has been destroyed will be reclaimed.

We have to think big if we want to save our environment. It’s hard to image it today, but sometime after the turn of the century, people can look straight up to see swarms of flying cars - thank god for advanced collision avoidance technology.

This technology is extremely important for rebuilding our environment.

Prototypes of the flying car exist today but in a 100 years when everyone owns a personal flying vehicle, we won’t need most of our roads and highways. Flight will eventually take this miraculous step.

In the early 22nd Century, we can tear up our roads and freeways and rebeautify this land with trees and wildlife. Once we reclaim this currently covered-up land, we’ll further re-energize our environment. Of course, the flying car industry will also create millions of jobs.

This used to be a parking lot but land-restoration projects will green-up this planet beginning in the 2030s.

Fortunately our great-x3-grandchildren will enjoy a very clean, green planet thanks in part to the groundwork we set today in terms of solving our environmental ills. I predict without hesitation that all of the environmental problems we suffer today such as deforestation, desertification and the depletion of the Ozone Layer will be "cured" by modern, 21st Century technology.



Prediction No. 70: Windmills that will fold down when not in use will produce tremendous amounts of electricity in the 2020s and beyond.

Today wind power contributes less than 2% of the world’s total energy production. Since fossil fuels are limited and lead to debilitating air pollution, the sooner we put up more windmills and solar panels, the better off the world will be. Remember, virtually everything, including cars, can run on electricity.


Unfortunately, some will say: “Oh, my gawwwd! Windmills all over the place?! Not in my backyard!” Not to worry. Windmills of the 2020s and beyond will fold down in the daytime or when it’s not windy. A “carpet” covered with grass or small bushes will be pulled over the “sleeping” windmills to completely disguise them.

Millions of windmills will twirl away throughout our country in the 2020s and beyond providing an immense source of clean and renewable energy. When not in use, these windmills will be folded into the ground. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani



Prediction No. 71: The electric car will become more popular in the 2020s once the recharging problem is alleviated. If we can produce electric cars at the same price we produce gas- power cars, we will no longer be dependent on foreign oil and mitigate air pollution.

Many are hailing the advent of the Electric Car but bemoaning the fact that it takes so long to recharge it. But by 2025, that problem will no longer be a problem. Robots or employees at service stations will CHANGE the battery. That's change not charge. Just like a pit stop at Indy, a driver can flash his or her palm at a payment orb, and a robot will switch batteries in the side of the vehicle in less than 5.7 seconds.

When Electric Cars hit the highways and byways in huge numbers by 2025, drivers will change – not charge -- batteries thus making it quicker to get back on the road than filling a tank of gas or plugging a car into an electrical outlet overnight. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani

Many drivers will also have a spare battery lying on top of a charger in their garage. Spare batteries will also be stored in trunks and slowly charged by a generator powered by the car’s turning wheels. Fully charged batteries will also be available at kiosks along the highway, the local 7-11 and even McDonalds. "I want a Big Mac, Fries, a coke and a battery."

                           UNDERWATER TIDAL TURBINES

Prediction No. 72: Underwater tidal turbines up and down our coasts will produce gigantic amounts of electricity in the 2030s and beyond.

Another source of clean energy will come from under the sea. By 2030, huge tidal turbines, some the size of the Titanic, will rest near our shores and produce electricity as the tide races in and out. Let the moon and gravity do all the work to provide ultra-clean electric power.

Underwater tidal turbines, including this one under the Golden Gate Bridge, will produce electricity as the turbine’s blades spin when the tide comes in and when the tide goes in or out. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani



Prediction No. 73: We will become a solar-energy dependent society by 2030.

For decades environmentalists have praised the benefits of solar energy. It's cheap, it's safe, and it's plentiful. So when are we getting it? The first half of this century will see tremendous advancements in this field.

Eventually, we'll have solar batteries strong enough (and small enough) to hold enough energy gathered in the summer to heat a home through the winter. Eventually all new homes and office buildings will have solar panels instead of shingles covering their roofs. Even the wings of planes and the roofs of cars will be decorated with solar panels.

Fortunately, solar panels will have artistic designs to disguise them. Simply, by 2030, nearly all roofs on homes, apartments and businesses will have colorful and decorative solar panels.

And that’s not where it will all end. Solar Farms in Death Valley will provide enough clean energy to power all of the southwestern United States by 2035. And floating solar farms near the Equator in both the Atlantic and Pacific will also gather energy for Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The next step, within 50 years, industries will install orbiting solar power stations in outer space. After collecting the sun's rays, these stations will "beam down" this energy to Earth – very powerful and very efficient. 

Huge satellites the size of 10 football fields will act as "solar reflectors" and beam down energy by 2060.



Prediction No. 74: Cloned beef will become quite popular by 2050 thus putting the environmentally damaging beef industry out of business. Cloned beef will be just as tasty and be healthier than the real thing.

Cloned beef, so tasty that it can’t be distinguished from the real thing, will become quite popular by the middle of this century. This advancement will provide another source of food and put an end to environmentally damaging beef producing practices that have cut down much of the Amazon Rainforest for cattle grazing.

Cloning is at its infant stages but within 40 to 50 years, biotechnologists will possess the ability to duplicate certain cells without duplicating the entire animal. By that time, cloned beef will be produced in huge quantities in multi-storied factories.

We must also consider how to “feed” these cells as they multiply but this obstacle may be solved when science can convert grass into the energy needed to sustain these cells.

It is important to realize that deforestation occurs on a grand scale to create grazing land for cattle. Certainly cloning will mitigate deforestation and limit climate change. It will take a Herculean effort to eventually clone enough beef, chicken and pork cells to feed a meat-famished world but our society will succeed. 



Prediction No. 75: Waste will become excess thanks to the molecule converter that will be invented late this century.

In the early 22nd Century, the handy-dandy molecule converter will become reality. All matter is made up of atoms. So this interesting device will separate and store the atoms of anything put into it. This will be far better than a garbage disposal or a land fill because molecule converters will later re-assemble the atoms into various useful raw products. This is the best way to recycle and limits digging up resources. Sometime in the 22nd Century, most people will have mini-molecule converters in their homes.

Molecule converts will separate and store atoms for later use in the early 22nd Century. Artwork by Alessandra Andrisani

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Analysis: Madagascar is a perfect example of this planet's failure to recognize the seriousness of keeping our environment intact. Prior to World War II, the island was covered in trees that sheltered many unique species of animals and insects. But by the turn of the century, over 80 percent of the island's forests were destroyed, hundreds of species had become extinct, and sometime very soon this "mini-biosphere" may come crashing down. Is Madagascar a shadow of things to come? This means we must start now to establish True Planet Management.

Today we are witnessing the first baby steps in Planet Management. As bulldozers tear down the Rain Forest in the Amazon, they are leaving small patches of rainforest behind. Scientists hope that these small patches will "spread" and eventually reclaim the rainforest.

Construction workers have left small patches of Amazon Jungle standing in hopes that these tiny "biospheres" will eventually reclaim the jungle.

We are also witnessing some success in the Florida Everglades where water diversion projects are rebuilding destroyed habitats. So there is hope.