Will A Climate Catastrophe Improve the Human Gene Pool?

Some of us will be more adversely affected than others of us.

How can the survivors not be more "fit", more adaptable?

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You may end up with a tougher population, more able to withstand extreme weather.

But you may not have the intellectual curiosity, the ability to create and adapt, that has been so important for the last few centuries.  

Change is pretty certain to bring changes.  Some will be positive; some negative.

Will we be better or worse off for creating a viable human race?  

Nobody knows.

In my lifetime I have proven that I have the ability to pick a place to live that will not ever flood. This goes to the point of being uncanny, and I take it as a survival instinct. If we start having climate catastrophes many will not be able to show such ability and might even die because of it. While I may not see it, bad times are ahead.

Michael, if more people had your ability to recognize places that might flood, ....

Until a couple of decades ago, people who wanted to build homes chose cheap and mostly level land near rivers. Local officials approved their plans and they built the homes. When floods came those officials used taxpayers' money for repairs and for future flood protection.

In Phoenix I knew a Corps of Engineers manager who found a home he liked. Before he bought it he checked the maps in his office and found that the homes were on a flood plain. He found and bought a home not on a flood plain.

A mere 15 years ago, a California insurance company announced that it would no longer insure homes built on a flood plain near Sacramento, the state capital,

It only makes sense to not build on a flood plain or on a cliff made of sand. In Spokane, we have an unusual situation of lava flows that look like flat pancakes, the Ice Age that made  profound changes in the landscape, and the End of the Ice Age Floods that deposited hundreds iof feet of gravels and sand that were eroded by the flash foods that came during the ice melt. In this century, we have beautiful homes with fantastic landscaping on top of cliffs made of pure sand. Water channels exist that are now dry and vulnerable. 

Builders, designers, financial institutions, insurance companies, and home owners share the responsibiity to place homes on solid ground. Seems to me there is something in some holy scripture about not building on sand. 

We also have a beautiful little village that at one time was called, Vinegar Flats, right where the Rock Creek joins the Spokane River. It is a wide meadow, heavily covered with old trees and natural plants. At one time it was a shanty town where a pioneer made vinegar; now it is a lovely spot where two deep canyons meet. The shanties, replaced by bigger and well designed homes, appears to be heaven. It will probably be one of the places where people will have access to water, should a deep droubt occur. 

Above them, on the canyons ridges, huge homes totter over the edge, each trying to get closer to the edge than the others. The craziest idea was one home owner had a swimming pool built into the side of the rim and has a spectacular view of the creek and river joining. The fool thing sprung a leak and washed the sand out from under the pool and the home. 

Insurance paid for repairs. I wanted to know the name of the insurer and made sure I let them know I did not want to do business with them. 

 

 There would be no better or worse. All species simply adapt to their given environment. What if the opposite occurred? What if animals say from the Jurassic period suddenly appeared today through genetic labs or something. Would they be be capable of survival in our time. Would our biology allow us to function in theirs? Would one or the other actually be better? What ever can survive the best in its time lives and survives. Truly there is no such thing as survival of the fittest, but rather survival of what ever is most capable of adapting to its environment.

And whatever species is able to reproduce and survive in a new environment. 

The some of us will be more adversely affected than others only holds true for the first decades and couple of centuries. After 6°C rise, the only "fit" creatures will be anaerobic bacteria.

Years ago I read a sci-fi novel in which the only surviving human descendants were semi-aquatic seal-like mammals. That only made sense before the collapse of ocean ecosystems from climate change was understood.

When collapse of systems occur, water, air, soils, and living organisms will change. That, in all probability, does not bode well for present life forms. 

 

Ruth, that book talk that you gave made me think of the Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut. I read that book of his when I was in high school. Is that what you are referring to?

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