Please, don't go out of your way to corroborate your statement.
A statement without corroboration is just opinion.
Article doesn't quite say what you imputed to it.
The article says,"According to the World Wildlife Fund, untreated
waste has turned China's Yangtze River basin into the single
largest polluter of the Pacific Ocean."
Although it's easy to view China as some sort of ecological evil
empire, its fate is entwined with the U.S. appetite for consumption
and growth. The United States still holds the title as the world's
biggest consumer of world resources and largest emitter of all
greenhouse gases. Our per capita emissions dwarf those of China, or
any other nation for that matter. An estimated 7 percent of China's
carbon-dioxide emissions derive from U.S. consumption of goods made
If the idea of a greenhouse is to trap solar radiation
(electromagnetic radiation: EMR) in order to raise its' interior
temperature, then that is exactly what greenhouse gases
are doing. Not to put too fine a point on it, their covalent
bonds absorb EMR in multiples of the lowest bond energy. The
absorbed energy is converted into kinetic energy which maybe
linear, rotational, oscillation (Consider a molecule as a series
of weights held together by springs. You can throw the molecule
[linear], the molecule will tumble [rotational], and the
constituent bodies will oscillate [the weights will move in and
out in relation to each other]). The EMR has increased the movement of
that molecule (water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide,
ozone, or CFCs) and that is what we call heat. These molecules
then passe that kinetic energy on to other atmospheric molecules
and heat the atmosphere.
(The glass in a green-house prevents convection --
obviously CO2 does not limit convection and its
effect on global temperature should go by a
different name.) Even most AGW fanatics agree
William Shatner pretty well summed it up on a CNN show. He said the vast
majority of our problems are due to the planet's overpopulation, including
global warming. He also commented on Congress demanding vehicles get 35 mpg
or better by 2012. He said 55 mpg is more appropriate. I'm in agreement
because economy vehicles made 20 years ago were getting around 35 mpg.
I've probably mentioned this before, but we had a '76 Datsun B210 that
got 42 mpg. Billy's old Datsoon pickup likely does, or did, pretty
Funny thing, ain't it?
Along the same lines, in the last month the scooter population has
greatly increased and there are now tons of bicycles on the streets.
In the past hardly anyone rode either. Several of the local
businesses, including WalFart, have put up bike parking racks.
Heh heh, lots of boats and suvs and trucks with "Fer Sale" signs also.
Personally, it's way past time that we give up, as Kunstler puts it,
"Happy Motoring". Increasing fuel mileage is not the solution. Many
fewer cars and many fewer miles driven, that is a good start. I think
that is going to happen, no matter what.
The world is maybe getting larger again. I hope.
Nah, the '80 Datoon is a gas guzzer at 20 mpg, think about it is that it
thrives on abuse and rarely needs repairs. The '91 Sentra though,
that beautiful puppy got 40 mpg avg., and about 45 mpg on the road.
I'm in zone 6b, in the mountains of western North Carolina and my
rhododendrons started blooming a week ago! That's early for us. My
irises started blooming over a week ago and I have a lot of other
perennials blooming as well.
Last year we had just warm temperatures in December that the forsythia
bloomed. Then in early spring we had a week or more of temperatures in
the high 70's and 80's. That was followed by a week of hard frost and
the whole area lost all the fruit on the fruit trees. I also a
Japanese Maple and a bunch of roses that were already in leaf. I
thought I lost a second Japanese maple; and in a sense I did. Because
when it finally showed some life, the shoots were from below the graft
line, so I don't expect to get the same tree as I had before. I also
thought it killed my hibiscus, since the whole top appeared dead; but
this spring it's sending some life from the base. When I thought it
was dead I replaced it. Now I have two!
-Speaking of hibiscus, I'm curious -- are yours cursed with whitefly
like mine? I got five beautiful specimens, miles above the usual
nursery types, at the Huntington plant sale -- gosh, going on 8-10
years ago? Giant red and orange flowers the size of dinner plates.
BUT: From Day One, plagued with horrible whitefly. I
tried every kind of approach, but nothing helped. Now I'm at
the point of taking them out and redoing the entire area.
Excuse venting -- basically, I just wondered if hibiscus in your area
are as badly affected as in So. Calif coastal...it's not just me,
it's all over the area.
This is all interesting to read. I think we run out of oil in 10 years, oil
as we know it. Cars are changing, hybrids air cars, magnet generators.
We will see big changes. That's why I say it will all work it self out. We
cant hurt the earth we can only hurt ourself.
Just don't try setting any examples by tying your horse to one of the
bollards in front of the grocery store.
Ah, a world without oil. Just look around in your or almost anyone else's
home, its plastic. A widely overlooked thing is the insulation on cables
and wires. Another overlooked example is in alot of cases, the feedwater
outside of the home and all wastewater pipe is plastic. Yes, there's other
substitutes requiring other natural resources. But, not enough to suit the
numbers required today, let alone tomorrow.
The United States has a 300-year supply of coal, if it continues to use
it at the same rate as today.
And of course, China wants to join the unsustainable 1st World, and will
be bringing new coal burning electrical plants on line until 2030.
Ain't no joy in Mudville "lucky".
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