How to Destroy the Planet

By Eric Roston - 2012-04-20T12:50:43Z

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An Angry God

THREAT: An omniscient, omnipotent deity punishes beings created in his image who have been behaving badly. Flooding is a popular plague, notwithstanding collateral damage to other animals.

REALITY: Flooding might be prevented by using a strategy developed by coastal sustainability experts at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. The strategy includes a system of both soft and hard engineering features to lessen flood impacts -- barrier islands, marsh, elevated homes, levees and pump houses.

Remember that such gods are known to help those who help themselves.

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