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The only energy upon which the planet thrives.

The paper “Deep-reaching acceleration of global mean ocean circulation over the past two decades, says: The Earth's oceans are speeding up:

  • Global warming over the last 20 years has caused strong winds and a really huge increase' in the energy of the currents.
  • The researchers looked at both ocean measurements and five different models and found that current speed surged by 5 percent each decade after 1990.
  • Winds speeds have also increased by 4 percent since then, churning the ocean.
  • This contradicts previous findings that climate change may weaken the thermohaline circulation.

As the following graphic shows, thermodynamic geoengineering would slow the thermohaline because it would be counter-current heat flow to the thermohaline and a short-circuiting of the heat movement towards the poles.

The velocity of the counter-current would be as high as 75 meters a second as the heat is shifted into the deep water with heat pipes.

Its return to the surface would be 1 centimetre a day for the first 900 metres.  And 1 meter a day the last 100 metres.

Trenberth and Caron said 20 years ago in Estimates of Meridional Atmosphere and Ocean Heat Transports Annual mean poleward transports of atmospheric energy peak at 5.0 ± 0.14 PW at 43°N and with similar values near 40°S, which is much larger than previous estimates.

Since the latest study shows the thermohaline is accelerating, the countercurrent flow of thermodynamic geoengineering would reduce this poleward transport by about 1/15th considering the heat of warming is adding about 384 terawatts of heat annually.

About 7.6% of this heat can be converted to work with each 226-year cycle in the course of which the surface is cooled, sea level rise is reduced, as is storm surge and twice the energy we are currently be derived from fossil fuels is produced.

The evidence for a slowing  thermohaline is a 15 percent decrease in the Atlantic overturning circulation  since the middle of the last century due to the freshening of the water in the North Atlantic due to increased melt water, which would be short-circuited by moving the heat that is producing the melting instead into deep water.

The University of British Columbia professors Daniel Pauly and William Cheung have warned that warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking and gasping for air.

Somewhat like the most acute suffers of victims COVID-19 are experiencing from which there have now been 6,500 deaths reported worldwide and US$ 16 trillion has been wiped out of global stock markets in just 52 days.  Or about 18% of the world’s previous total market capitalization of US$ 89 trillion.

Putting these deaths into perspective, the World Health Organization estimates the dangerous health effects of climate change are responsible for over seven million deaths each year, about one in eight worldwide. And as the current issue of Foreign Affairs points out, Climate Change Is Already Killing Us. Our warmer and wetter planet is getting sicker and deadlier by the day, they note.

As to the market losses; in 2016, Rob Kapito, the president of BlackRock Inc. said, “stocks globally could continue to rise as interest rates remain low as investors who have stockpiled some $70 trillion in cash seek higher returns from the market.”

“People are tired of earning zero,” he said.

Perhaps if Mr. Kapito’s and other investors had and now will invest in technologies that remedy the ills of mankind we would all be better off and a lot less sick and tired to boot.   

The .01 percent aren't immune to these ills.

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