More Deserts to Bloom, This Time in Israel
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  • wigwag

    In large amounts, salt is corrosive and toxic. Does anyone have any idea what they do with it after its extracted from the sea water?

    Would it be possible to dump it on the presidential palace in Damascus?

  • ljgude

    The Malthusians of course only have to right once to win the argument, but I think they are wrong because they chronically underestimate the opacity of the future – particularly technological developments of this nature. They project current knowns into the future, just as the original Malthus projected the agricultural production rates of his day into a future that saw them rise exponentially. One man with Mr McCormick’s reaper could produce more food in a season than his father did in a lifetime. I think that a large meteor may be the greater risk to the future of humankind and that we should be seriously looking to colonize Mars to hedge our bets.

  • ChuckFinley

    As long as there is energy, they can make water. The energy the Israelis can get by building more nuclear power plants.

    One of the things that I wonder about is why Israel has not put more research effort into the field of biochemistry pioneered by Chaim Weitzman, who went on to become the first president of Israel. Weitzman found the Clostridium Acetylbutylacium bacterium that eats starches and sugars and excretes butanol, acetone and ethanol. The acetone was used during WW I to produce cordite. Butanol can be used to fuel unmodified automobiles. In the hundred years since Weitzman’s discoveries it seems that it should have been possible to discover or breed a microorganism that can economically transform agricultural waste into gasoline.

    Not only would that guarantee Israel’s energy independence but Israel’s neighbors would be a lot less dangerous if they did not have so much money.

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