With an average elevation of just five feet above sea level, the Maldives—a nation comprising 1,192 islands in the Indian Ocean—is the lowest country in the world. Sea level, meanwhile, has risen by about seven inches since 1900, and scientists predict that it will rise as much as two more feet by 2100, pushing much of the population (about 390,000 and growing) out of their homes. In the past, engineers have used sand and rubble to create islands elsewhere, but these structures can disturb the sea and seafloor ecosystems.
The Maldivian government has started a joint venture with the architectural firm Dutch Docklands International to build the world's largest artificial floating-island project, which will stay above water no matter how many glaciers melt. In the Netherlands, the company has already built floating islands for prisons and housing from slabs of concrete and polystyrene foam. For the Maldives, it will anchor similar structures to the seabed using cables or telescopic mooring piles, making landforms that are stable even in storms. The design disturbs only a small patch of the seafloor while preserving natural currents. And many smaller islands are more ecologically sound than one large one because they cast smaller shadows on the water, minimizing the impact on sea life. Although the company is starting to build an island for 200 luxury residences and another for a floating golf course this year, it is working on plans to construct islands for more affordable housing next.
I wonder how many years it would take for seasteading independent states and new nations to arise and experiment with different forms of government and economy?
I wonder what a nation that is only populated by smart and like-minded citizens would be capable of? With each new nation creating their own laws (like removing the restrictions from human cloning or stem cell research, etc) Completely bypassing the influence of even the most overzealous of religious lobbyists.
What if these seasteading nations are mobile? Able to relocate to any of their preferred climate or moving away from any hostile nations who wishes to wage war against them towards nations that are more sympathetic?
This is a game changer of sorts, in that if like-minded individuals who doesn't agree with how they want their country or economy to be run, could just pool their resources and build a new country from scratch. Then the balance of power would be greatly altered.
And if you can't find a nation who's policies or culture doesn't fit your preferences, then go ahead and build a new one (start a kickstarter project lol). Eventually there would be enough nations that most choices of lifestyles could be accommodated.
Oh yea, the example of stem cell research and human clones are just examples. Not every seasteading nation should act like they should become the lairs of so called "evil" geniuses, so people shouldn't assume that.
Morality is a very subjective concept.
Beam me up Scotty...
Dude, if we create an international space colony independent enough to be capable of surviving without further support from Earth, then what nation should it owe it's allegiance to?
I've always thought about the formation of nations as a practical yet slightly radical forays toward self governance.
Take the USA for example. It's like a renegade British Space Colony! lol.
Let the Maldives sink. They are an undemocratic and corrupt people. Their laws do little to protect human rights. The only thing they have going for them is beaches and tourists. And they treat neither if them right. They are no asset to humanity so just tell them to learn swimming, or build the islands by themselves.
S*$%! I thought I was looking at Pop Sci not Political Science. They have forums for that.
As for the Island, its huge styrofoam slabs encased in concrete. It is anchored by poles pounded into the sea bed, and it can rise and fall with the tides on them. -Discovery Channel: Future World.
As far as I know, they do have plans of making them mobile, but Im sure they would be turned into casino islands and offshore banking platforms, due to international maritime law, which it would fall under unless 30 nautical miles from a nations shoreline.
One thing everyone forgets about is a fresh water source. Unless you have nuclear power, salt water desal, needs too much power. Just look at any tiny pacific island nation. They all have fresh water sources.
You people croaking on about Mars and a Space colony, I truly hope we can make that happen for you one day. After we send all the douches into space, we can then focus on spending time money and resouces to feed all of our people and get back to focusing on Hydrogen power while leaving the crude for the vitals.
I am sure our aliens friend that are watching above are having a nastialga moment of Atlantis.
The Maldives could use OTEC. Have a look http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_thermal_energy_conversion
to have my on island would be great.i would grow my own food and produce my own energy and have a great life .this is a great thing. endless possibilities.
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