Strategically Transitioning To Global Adaptation! by Johnnie Buttram
This proposal utilizes food and water to help reduce the impact of drought on a local, regional,and global scale.
. . . The Three Realities of Climate Change . . .
(1) With ample food, water, and shelter . . there is NORMALCY!
(2) With limited food, water, and shelter . . there is ADAPTATION!
(3) Without food, water, and shelter . . there is MIGRATION AND
This proposal titled, Siphonics Natural Engineering (SNE) is
designed to reduce the effects of drought by helping to create
food, water, and energy. (SNE) is also designed to neutralize sea
expansion, and coastal flooding.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that
drought kills and displaces more people than cyclones, floods, and
earthquakes combined . . making it the world's most destructive
In March 2007, when I was doing research on this (SNE) project . . CO2
was 384 parts per million . . innovation and solution was the cliche'
and global warming deniers were everywhere.
7 years has past - CO2 is 400 parts per million and moving upward . .
the words; adaptation and migration have replaced innovation
and solution . . and detractors and solution delayers are everywhere.
The global masses are becoming more and more concerned that
misplaced priorities of today may be a recipe for the disasters of
I recently read an article about John Bradfield, a credible man in
Australia, who in 1938 could find no one to listen when he called for
flooding the dry lake, Lake Eyre, so that evaporation would create clouds
and rain for inland Australia.
68 years later in 2006, John Vidal of the Guardian reported,
"Australia suffers worst drought in 1,000 years."
It's now 2014, and desertification is on the move in places never seen
before or anticipated.
Research shows that waterborne diseases killed over 6,000 people
today on our planet and most of them were children. What could be
worse than watching your children die en-route to a drink of water?
Planet Earth needs serious medicine!
Category of the Action
Integrated action plan for the world as a whole
What actions do you propose?
The United Nations just issued a report that stresses water
supplies, aggravated by climate change, are likely to cause more
conflicts, and that water should be considered as vital to national
security as defense.
The sad simple truth is . . if planetary leaders fail to think and act
big enough to return atmospheric moisture back to the driest
places on the planet . . WE ARE GOING TO BURN UP . . BURN
DOWN . . AND SUFFICATE INSIDE THE BOX!
. . . PLANET EARTH NEEDS SERIOUS MEDICINE! . . .
Deserts, which consumes approximately (one/third) of the Earth's
surface - without water, are bastions for suffering and are basically
It has been estimated that one CSP / Seawater Greenhouse (78
square miles) located on the desert will evaporate approximately
one million tons of seawater per day.
The desert around Tucson, Arizona (USA) receives (12) inches of rain
per year. However, this desert has the capacity to evaporate (100+)
inches of water per year. Eight times more than received.
" THERMAL / EXCHANGE"
(ONE PERCENT) of the land mass and thermal / Exchange
potential of the hot deserts of our world, in combination with
seawater, WILL EVAPORATE OVER (252) BILLION TONS OF
SEAWATER EVERY 460 DAYS.
The "KEY" is to remove, replace, or usurp any strategic barrier
which separates UN-EQUAL Water/Land levels so that nature can
repair and heal itself.
When we remove any barrier that blocks the ocean's ability to F-L-
O-W into/onto the desert land below sea level, we have the
opportunity to create the hydration to provide the essentials for
This process can turn barren uninhabited land into crops of saltwater
plants of cord grass, pickle weed, salt grass, and others which have
evolved mechanisms that will allow them to survive in saline conditions
to sustain a large variety of animals.
After years of desert irrigation from the ocean . . pools of shallow
saltwater ponds will be able to grow Sargassum muticum for sources of
local food and energy.
Deeper pools may be able to sustain the Mediterranean sea fish, Tilapia
as they can survive saltwater to 44 parts per thousand.
At night, the evaporation condenses and falls back to Earth where
catchments, like fog fences and air wells, collect the atmospheric
humidity for human, plant, and animal consumption.
Highly saturated clouds of short duration will cause rain-out every (10)
days and especially ice and snow on mountain ranges. This run-off will
provide hydration for the innocent masses located between latitudes 35
degrees and 35 degrees south.
. . . SIPHONICS NATURAL ENGINEERING IS SAFE . . .
When we remove, replace, or usurp any barrier that blocks the
oceans' ability to F-L-O-W into/onto the desert land below sea
level, the #1 objective of this solution hinges on the engineering
option to SAFELY slow or stop the process anytime we need to
tweak or make an adjustment.
The power-ends extend inland below sea level and contain manuel
or automated, canal gates for safe, open, shut, and adjustment
situations contingent on coordinated climate data retrieved by
Water flow management and adjustments will be made under the
direct focus of the environmental impact director and staff, who
are in charge of coordinating climate impact data retrieved by
world-wide consultants and host country universities of each
The objective, if possible, is to lease all equipment and contract
personal. Specialized machines will re-arrange land mass formations
until elevations and water volumes meet required specifications.
As an example; we could use the easier to handle "72" inch diameter
polyethylene pipes or the huge diameter polyethylene conduits
manufactured by Weholite in the UK.
A"72" inch pipe diameter (penstock) will flow approximately (500)
thousand tons of water per day.
These "72" inch pipes, connected together, will extend far enough into
the ocean where one end will always be submerged in low tide.
The other end will extend below sea level and contain "72" inch manually
operated canal gates for open, shut, and adjustment situations.
They will be screened, buttressed, and secured with concrete and riprap.
Where will these actions be taken?
A Global application would consist of (nine) deserts and (eleven) teams.
(Nine) deserts will have one tream, the Sahara Desert would have (two)
The (nine) deserts are Arabian, Australian, Chihuahuan, Kalahari,
Mojave, Monte, Sonoran, Thar, and Sahara.
Please note; The above deserts and applications are flexible and subject
to change upon more discovery.
Will these deserts fill up with too much water?
Most deserts sometimes have sand &/or gravel, etc. one hundred feet
before reaching a bottom to substantiate water flow.
It has been reported that desert regions like those found in southern
Spain take water out of the ground . . something like five times faster
than it comes in which causes the water table to drop and become more
(SNE) is a SAFE . . Seawater / Desert / Evaporation to Rain-out
Proposal to help provide the essentials to Planet Earth.
To shut off water flow from the sea . . (SNE) has the engineering option
to safely, open, shut, and make adjustments of the conduit gates
contingent on coordinated climate data retrieved by world-wide
. . . THE "KEY" TO NEUTRALIZING COASTAL FLOODING . . .
The National Climate Assessment report believes our planet may
have a (16) plus inch rise in sea level in the next 50 years.
Stephen Salter, emeritus professor of engineering design at the
University of Edinburgh, and many other top engineers and climate
experts agree the Sahara Desert alone contains the holding
capacity to absorb (one) meter plus of sea expansion.
As the oceans continue to rise due to ice melt and thermal
expansion, many also agree that no later than 2070, over 150
million residents will be exposed to coastal flooding with lost
revenue exceeding $ 35 Trillion (USD).
Who will take these actions?
Governments, institutions, collations, consortiums, Nonprofit
Organizations (NPOs), Non-government Organizations (NGOs) and
individuals concerned about the welfare of everyone on planet
What are key benefits?
According to The Guardian, The International Energy Agency
estimates that the world needs to invest more than $45 Trillion in
new energy systems over the next 30 years.
. . . THE "KEY" TO NO CARBON ENERGY . . .
(SNE) is our option to use conduits to F-L-O-W seawater into/onto
the desert lands below sea level where each conduit becomes a
penstock that powers Hydro - Electric Turbines to provide NO
CARBON ENERGY to the masses.
What are the proposal’s costs?
Each of the (11) locations will contain (100) penstock applications.
When fully operational, each (100) penstock location will have a
flow capability of (50) million tons of water per day.
The Sahara Desert project will contain (2) locations of (100)
penstock applications per operation. This (200) penstock flow
capacity upon the Sahara will be approximately (100) million tons of
water per day.
The total flow capacity of (1100) penstocks on (10) desert locations
on Planet Earth, has the Thermal / Exchange potential of (550)
million tons of sea-water to atmospheric moisture per day.
These (1100) - " 72" inch taps would have to run approximately
(460) days at full capacity to reach the (252) billion tons required to
equal (ONE PERCENT) of the land mass and Thermal / Exchange
potential of the (9) hottest deserts of our world.
Planetary Installation Costs . . $ 2.65 Billion (USD).
Lab - based inexpensive proof of concept exhibits may be
constructed and viewed by decision makes to better understand
the significance of this proposal.
The time line is contingent on how many world leaders will set aside the
frivolity that drives us apart . . and act before the International
ramifications of drought - food - and water supplies directly impact those
within their responsibility..
Planetary leaders, who fail to appropriately address this delicate
time frame, may sadly witness a massive die-out of those within
This Seawater / Desert / Evaporation to Rain-out (SNE) proposal is
custom designed to;
. . . HELP . . .
(a) Neutralize sea expansion and coastal flooding.
(b) Provide no carbon energy.
(c) Provide food and water for the masses.
(d) Recycle over and over to sand filter our poluted oceans.
(e) Replenish and provide the albedo we need to cool and heat
our planet . . NATURALLY.
. . . The Three Realities of Climate Change . . .
(1) With ample food, water, and shelter . . there is NORMALCY!
(2) With limited food, water, and shelter . . there is ADAPTATION!
(3) Without food, water, and shelter . . there is MIGRATION and CHAOS!
Today, somewhere on Planet Earth, hundreds of millions of performers
are living one of the greatest reality shows ever known to mankind titled, "
The Three Realities of Climate Change."
NORMALCY for most of us is relatively simple. The lines are easy to
memorize . . there's plenty to eat and drink and if the stage becomes
uncomfortable, a flick of a switch brings relief.
But for the tens of millions whose circumstances are slowly pushing
them away from their comfort zones into uncharted waters . . I feel it is
my responsibility, as a researcher and a human being, to help everyone
focus on a couple of things we should take into serious consideration.
When I posted the three realities above that with ample food, water, and
shelter . . there is NORMALCY . . I did not factor in the accumulative
effect of what can happen when we start exchanging those things we
take for granted and retain the essentials of food, water, and shelter.
At the time I convinced my wife to embark upon our adventure to
seek a peaceful coexistence with nature, my wife was 55 and in
I was 57 and 4 years away from retirement. I was in fair health
considering I had participated in high pain competitive sports most of my
life and had never used alcohol or tobacco products. Plus - I had the
skills to build, plumb, wire, etc.
I was excited and apprehensive!
A true story of rhyme and reason!
Continuing the story above; 14 years ago . . I was 57 and telling
everyone who would listen . . I believed we could have a better
world by exchanging the excesses of today for the essentials of
When our daughter and son became adults and no longer lived at
home, I persuaded my wife (a retired teacher) to help me build a
small cabin off-the-grid in the Kiamichi Mountains of Oklahoma.
I repeatedly told her that all we had to do was exchange those
things we took for granted and retain the essentials.
We moved into our cabin with the essentials of food, water, and
shelter . . in 2000.
There was no electricity, no AC. We used propane to cool our food,
cook, and heat. When our well was dry, we hauled water. We used
a solar panel to charge our phone and computer batteries. (Did I
mention I got snake bit?)
As the years went by - I began to realize that Planet Earth will
someday desperately need serious adaptation strategies designed
to maintain the bare essentials of food, water, and shelter . . if we
are to survive in the inevitable end.
Due to labor intensity, health issues, and the lifetime teaching
skills of my wife who repeatedly reminded me that living outside
our comfort zone was more of a challenge than what I had
anticipated . . we moved back to the grid in 2010.
I immediately turned on the AC - took a long shower and went to
It was 2010 and as I lay there in the coolness of my surroundings - I
evaluated our grandiose adventure to find a peaceful coexistence
in a natural setting.
I remembered that day I talked my wife into embarking with me to
find our rainbow. Especially the cavalier tone of my voice, when I
said that all we had to do was purposely exchange those things we
had always taken for granted and retain the essentials.
Our intentions were honorable and just . . our work ethics were
skillful and resolute . . but in the end, circumstances beyond our
control - created failure in our attempt to persevere outside our
The only penalty was to admit failure and return to those comforts -
we had previously taken for granted.
I have repeatedly ask myself;
"What would have been the outcome of this misadventure if there
was no grid to return to?"
If someday Planet Earth is unable to provide the essentials of
food, water, and shelter . . will the chaos of mass migration in a
lawless world create a planetary nightmare of life and death?"
In my attempt to better understand our climate change dilemma I
have randomly researched organizations who have invested time
and money on surveys and studies.
Although they have their own private agendas, they sometimes
share a common denominator.
As I wrote this contest category, "Global plan", proposal titled,
"Strategically Transitioninig to Global Adaptation!" and the
additional 5 sub-proposals, I compared their findings and my 10
year misadventure to address what I personally believe are (8) of
the most relevant problems Planet Earth will face in the immediate
(4) Economic Collapse
(5) Renewable Energy
(6) Carbon Dioxide Removal
(7) Sea Expansion and Coastal Flooding
(8) Political Cooperation Between Innovation and Preservation
The following proposals are focused on how we may help provide
Planet Earth with the essentials of food, water, and shelter as we
face the ongoing realities of climate change.
Sub-proposal number one;
Geoengineering, "CO2 Enhancement Process."
When the crops we take for granted fail to produce . . Sargassum can feed our starving world!
Sub-proposal number two;
Adaptation to Climate Change, "A Common Sense Transition To Adaptation!"
They were only small islands in the rising sea - mere footprints in the sand - without food, water, and shelter - soon to be forgotten!
Sub-proposal number three;
Communicating Coastal Risk and Resilience, "Coastal Reef, Barrier, and Fish Development on a Shoestring Budget!"
Focused action will help reduce vanishing reefs, fish stocks, and storm surges in thousands of locations on Planet Earth.
Sub-proposal number four;
Adaptation to Climate Change, "SAFELY ADDRESSING ADAPTATION ON A GLOBAL SCALE!"
History clearly proves that forced migration without food, water, and shelter creates uncontrollable chaos and desperation.
Sub-proposal number five;
Shifting behavior for a changing climate, "Finding Common Ground To Move Forward!"
Planet Earth desperately needs elite individuals and groups to find the common ground we need to move innovation and preservation forward!
How do these sub-proposals fit together?
When I wrote this "Global plan", proposal and then added the 5
sub-proposals . . I turned to the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum
Study 27, where they focused an inter - comparison of 18 energy -
economy and integrated assessment models. (Referenced)
The following contains condensed information that I found very
helpful to overview and evaluate our planetary dilemma. (emphasis
The EMF27 study looked into a large number of technology and
policy variations along two key dimensions of mitigation pathways:
technology availability and climate policy regime.
The technological variations were chosen to reflect the generic
deployment of key mitigation technologies.
The policy variations included two different target levels of
radiative forcing corresponding to atmospheric concentrations of
450 and 550 ppm CO2e.
Strong emissions reductions are needed to reach the GHG
concentration levels of 450 and 550 ppm CO2e in 2100.
3.2 Economic implications of climate policies
The majority of models shows similar price increases for the 450
overshoot and 550 not to exceed targets until 2050, and a stronger
increase for 450 ppm CO2e in the second half of the century.
3.3 Energy system transformational pathways
Emissions in the energy system can be mitigated in two ways: by
reducing energy demand and by decarbonizing the energy mix.
Bioenergy is projected to grow 1 - 10% per annum through 2050,
with bioenergy reaching 1 - 35% of global primary energy by 2050,
and 10 - 50% by 2100 exhibiting a wide range of models.
Biomass, as a CCS (Carbon Capture & Storage) feedstock, and
bioenergy technology are becoming more valuable everyday due
to their combined abilities to produce negative emissions.
Explanation of model inputs
Modeling criteria . . .
EMF27 Model 450 ppm CO2e policy
Energy efficiency: Greater efficiency
Energy supply technologies: Wind - solar and biofuels available
I also used the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum Study 27, where they
focused an inter-comparison of 18 energy - economy and integrated
assessments models as a personal supplement. (Referenced)
I was emotionally saddened when I evaluated the numbers and years of
heartache and desperation ahead for my families and friends.
I am particularly interested in their research of energy system
transformational pathwaysof mitigating emissions by reducing energy
demand and decarbonizing the energy mix.
With bioenergy projected to grow 1 - 10% per annum through 2050, and
reaching 1 - 35% of global primary energy by 2050, and 10 - 50% by
2100 . . suggests biomass, as a CCS (Carbon, Capture & Storage)
feedstock, and bioenergy technology are becoming more valuable
everyday due to their combined abilities to produce negative emissions.
Researchers believe that if Planet Earth had the opportunity to
ECONOMICALLY produce and utilize energy without negative
environmental consequences . . this could help provide sustainability to
I sincerely believe if responsible governments or world class energy
players would consider, commit, and set in place the sub-proposal
number one " CO2 Enhancement Process " before Planet Earth moves
into the next phase, this would ease the frustration and desperation of
the masses migrating to North America & Europe.
Although almost everyone knows that Planet Earth needs serious
medicine . . mankind has the inherent capacity to continue if there is
hope for a better tomorow.
As social scientists, researchers, innovators, and human beings, we
have the moral responsibility to give a modicum of hope.
The EMF27 study on Global Technology and Climate Policy Strategies" edited by John Weyant, Elmar Kriegler, Geoffrey Blanford, Volker Krey, Jae Edmonds, Keywan Riahi, Richard Richels, and Massimo Tavoni.
EMF27 SI Kriegler OoO cc14 - Potsdam Institute for Climate ...
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