Today is the 2nd day of August 2002, we are now into the 21st century. The new millennium that promises us new hope and a new beginning in technological advancement. Science fiction turning into fact. Things like anti- gravity, laser and particle transportation, that were once only mentioned in science fiction comics, books and television, are now reality. The 21st century is the beginning of the industrial revolution in the 19th century. Back then, there were also many new inventions such as the telephone, sound recorder, internal combustion engine, radio, cathode ray tube, projector, cinema and many others. The industrial revolution mark the progress of man in machinery. We are now witnessing many new wonders: space station, space exploration, satellite, computer, the internet, communication, medical discovery, etc.. We are proud of our progress and achievements, but some of our achievements and inventions are creating problems for life on earth.The ozone layer is thinning, caused by pollution from motor cars, industries, whole sales burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels releasing carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, cfc gases into the atmosphere. The forest vegetation serves as a reservoir of carbon, which becomes a building block for themselves, generating oxygen as a by product. The loss of large tracts of forest means that the earth is less able to process the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide. This creates the green house effect which causes gradual global warming. Climatic change is driving up rates of infectious diseases such as dengue fever and malaria worldwide. We have destroyed the natural balance of our earth and it is impossible to reverse the ecological imbalance. The recent Kyoto treaty and the World Summit does little to prevent or stop the situation. The damage is beyond repair. The Earth will continue a slow path to destruction of the environment and atmosphere. Global warming is causing the ice cap to melt: arctic snow mountains are melting by the hundreds every year. It will cause serious ecological changes, more frequent flooding and erratic weather patterns around the world, affecting the human populations. The earth comprises of only thirty percent land and the melting polar cap is increasing sea level thus causing floods in many continents. If this continues, it may become impossible to live on the surface only. We may have to build interconnecting climatic space domes between cities. The expanding world population will increase the demand for more living spaces and we have no choice but to look for alternative housing and habitat for the population. We have poured billions and billions into space research-putting space stations, shutters, rockets, satellites into space and exploring the solar system, but not much research into our seas and oceans which provide us with plenty of resources. Therefore, if there is serious global warming, we have no alternative but to go back to living under the sea. We have the technology and can build all kinds of habitats in the seas and oceans.After all our best deep submersible has gone to a depth of 10,000 meter in the ocean. Creating sea habitats will probably happen within thirty years when the health of Mother Earth threatens our very existence. Technology will be far more advanced at all levels. The urgency of the world situation forces politicians, business organizations, industries and many others to cooperate with each other to do something right for the human race. Research into creating an undersea habitat may also give us the skill to build space colonies on the Martian planet. There are two scenarios that may not allow us to create an undersea habitat. First, if we leave it till it's too late, the hyperbolic cumulative cause-effect relationship may lead to the explosion of the earth. We may not have a second chance. Secondly, harmful chemicals polluting the sea may make the seas and oceans uninhabitable. Already some of the man-made toxins are following air and water currents, moving as far away as Asia and to the remote and fragile Arctic environments. These harmful toxins are compounds once used widely in plastics and electrical insulation. It can take decades for them to break down. Some of these cancer-causing toxin may poison the food chain rendering them unfit for human consumption. To safe guard the world we must first save the seas and oceans which dominate our planet. For years, as an interior designer, I have always dreamt of designing a habitat in the sea or ocean. I realized that as our planet is getting hotter we might have to go back to the sea and live beneath it. With my computer, I have finally been able to project my dream into virtual reality, It took me more than a month to plan, design and draw everything in the virtual world which allows me to play and move around the complex. I just love to create design ideas. To begin designing the undersea city, we have to consider the continental shelf which is within a 100 meter depth. This depth is teeming with sea life and abundant resources to provide food for the human race. This is a good depth to consider as the water pressure is manageable. It will be the first step towards building an undersea city. From there, we can expand into the oceans. We already have the technology to build the sea habitat, but it may be too expensive to be commercially viable. There is currently no demand for it as we still have plenty of land to expand our population for a few more decades. However should the situation worsen to the point where our very existence is threatened, then we may find the collective will to act together for a common goal. We can start with a prototype for research before putting the population under the sea. We have to consider many things before the foremost concern being safety. I now presents my dream and vision of The Undersea Habitat 2030. You may ask, why 2030? Why not 2050 or 2080. Within 30 years, global warming will be many times worse than it is now. We might not be able to slow down the situation, the chain reaction is unpredictable. Therefore, within this period we must co-operate to find possible solutions to our biggest problem. Garie Sim 2nd August 2002
Underwater Habitats for National Geographic Channel The Seabase Episode February - March 2005
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Dubai reveals plans for amazing underwater hotel........just a copy of my vision of The Undersea Habitat 2030
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