I thought you were going to say:
just another cycle, in the doomsday speculation of global warming, global
cooling, millennium bug, WMD, immigration, Bird Flu, oil crisis, etc.
Personally, I can't wait for global warming to get on and make our climate
warmer (but like all doomsday scenarios, we have the myth that the gulf
stream will disappear - which is technically impossible because the Gulf
stream is driven by near equatorial trade winds and not by Arctic sea
There was a program I half listened to last night on the El Ninio and its
potential contribution to the demise of Ur. It's pretty clear that without
oil and gas we literally don't have the land to feed ourselves in the UK, so
arguably we face a very similar fate to Ur.
The real difference, between Ur and Us, is not that our civilisation is
inevitably doomed, but that we just might see it coming! We can't use the
old solution of drawing lots and cast half the population into boats and
send them away, but perhaps we might see a Chinese style "one family
one-child policy" - does it have any other historical presidents?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: British archaeology discussion list
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Rob
> Sent: 12 July 2006 16:53
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Heritage & carbon emissions
> My personal belief is that Global Warming is just another cycle in mother
> natures revolving times. We have had multiple ice ages and lets
> not forget
> Britain not to many millenia ago was home to animals we asscoiate
> with the
> warmer climes and equatorial climates
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Haseler" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 4:48 PM
> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Heritage & carbon emissions
> > >
> >> Wearing two hats, archaeologist and Friends of the Earth, I am
> >> increasingly concerned that the two are becoming more distant, with
> >> heritage curators not worrying about the environmental impacts of
> >> conservation policies, and I know which I (and probably many other
> >> people and even Governments) think is more important.
> > You may as well ask why we have an environmental policy that is
> > unsustainable (sustainability means a balance between
> environment, society
> > AND economy and our renewable policy does nothing to create
> jobs in rural
> > economies and indeed destroys them by impacting tourism - we literally
> > have
> > an unsustainable renewable energy policy!)
> > So, why should archaeologists be sustainable when Friends of the Earth's
> > policies aren't?
> >> Unless we can work, as the National Trust has shown is possible, to
> >> intergrate the two, when oil starts to run out, heritage conservation
> >> will probably become even more of an expensive luxury which will lose
> >> out to the environmental arguments.
> >> Its a pity the WHC are too "single issue" oriented to realise this
> > Nick, when oil runs out, I've little doubt that the luxury called
> > archaeology will disappear. I've never checked, but I guess that
> > archaeology
> > started around 1800 at roughly the same time that energy consumption and
> > economic growth started sky-rocketing, and I suppose like the
> economy the
> > interest in archaeology will decline with the Western Oil-based economy.
> > As for global warming, I've yet to hear a coherent argument
> that explains
> > how we can achieve global warming without oil & gas. Indeed,
> the impact of
> > oil/gas depletion seems to far outweigh any measure being proposed by
> > government, and it would appear we will meet our CO2 targets whether or
> > not
> > we like it!
> > Perhaps the one contribution archaeology might make before its final
> > demise** in around 30 years, (and the nationalisation of all the pension
> > plans of the generation that lived in up), is to explain what
> happened at
> > the end of the Roman empire. For, I'm sure we all would like to
> know (as
> > we
> > work until we drop without remission of pensions) whether the economic
> > recession caused by our final depletion of oil and gas reserves will
> > create
> > a 400 year dark age!
> > Mike Haseler
> > **Perhaps a bit tongue in cheek - though its difficult to see how anyone
> > will visit archaeological sites if they don't have oil for their cars.
> >> best wishes
> >> Nick Boldrini
> >> Historic Environment Record Officer
> >> Heritage Section
> >> Countryside Service
> >> North Yorkshire County Council
> >> County Hall
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> >> Conserving North Yorkshire's heritage - encouraging sustainable access
> >> www.northyorks.gov.uk/archaeology
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> >> >>> [log in to unmask] 11/07/2006 17:42:11 >>>
> >> This link was posted on ArchTheoMeth discussion list today:
> >> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5164476.stm
> >> Astounding. The World Heritage Committee has rejected a motion calling
> >> for
> >> cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental campaigners blamed the
> >> move
> >> on lobbying by governments opposed to restrictions on greenhouse gas
> >> emissions (no prizes for guessing who they have in mind...). As one
> >> environmentalist is quoted as saying, "They are good at drawing up
> >> wonderfully drafted documents, but the idea of actually doing anything
> >> seems
> >> to pose a problem".
> >> Hmmm. Whatever happened to preventive conservation?
> >> Paul Barford
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