SUVs, R-12 and 22, combustion power plants, I doubt it!!!
In school (over 40 years ago) we were warned about clear cutting 100s
of thousands of acres of the rainforest around the equator....
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Facts about the Global Coverage of Rainforests:
Fact: Covering less than 2 percent of the Earth's total surface area,
the world's rainforests are home to 50 percent of the Earth's plants
Fact: Rainforests can be found all over the world from as far north as
Alaska and Canada to Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Fact: Rainforests are found on every continent across the Earth,
Fact: There are two major types of rainforest: temperate rainforests
and tropical rainforests.
Fact: The largest temperate rainforests are found on North America's
Pacific Coast and stretch from Northern California up into Canada.
Fact: Temperate rainforests used to exist on almost every continent in
the world, but today only 50 percent 75 million acres of these
forests remain worldwide.
Facts about the Rainforest as Part of our Global Environment and
Fact: Rainforests act as the world's thermostat by regulating
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Fact: One-fifth of the worlds fresh water is found in the Amazon
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Fact: A typical four square mile patch of rainforest contains as many
as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds
and 150 species of butterflies.
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coffee, cocoa and many medicinal products, including those used in the
treatment of cancer.
Fact: Seventy percent of the plants identified by the U.S. National
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Fact: More than 2,000 tropical forest plants have been identified by
scientists as having anti-cancer properties.
Fact: Less than one percent of the tropical rainforest species have
been analyzed for their medicinal value
If all of that is true, why do we need so many rail forest? Seems the ones
we have are very productive and can produce more than we use or need.
What does that have to do with SUVs destroying the earth anyway. The rain
forests that produce all the 'stuff' you referenced, not to mention a lot of
the oxygen that we need to breath, would ALL disappear if not for the COs we
exhale and the SUVs produce.
Seems to me it is all are part of natures natural recycling process.. The
more CO2, the more vegetation, the more oxygen. After all it was the much
high level of CO2, during the 165 million years that the dinosaurs roamed
the earth that grew all of the vegetation, especially all the big trees,
they needed to survive for all those millions of years.
Perhaps it they had SUVs back then, all the big vegetation and the dinosaurs
would not have died out? ;)
Ummm...that might be true in a "natural" system. Asphalt, concrete, clear
cutting, drought, other pollutants, etc. influence how plants can respond to
the increased CO2 levels.
IMHO, it is hard to reasonably deny that human activity has an effect on the
natural balance. The question is how much of what is going on right now is
natural variation and how much is due to us.
If it indeed human activity that is causing the CO2 level to increase, how
does one account for the fact it was much higher for 165 million years, 60
million year ago, when man did not exist, yet life still exists today?
One simple explanation: Where do you think the carbon in the oil we burn
came from? As you said, plants turn CO2, among other things, into more and
bigger plants. These plants (and animals, which also contain lots of
carbon) get buried and turn into coal and oil over eons.
This carbon took all of that time (millions of years, as you point out) to
get "locked up" in fossil fuels. We have managed to put a pretty fair
percentage of that carbon back into the environment in the last 100-150
years or so.
Is it not possible that the short time it's taken to do this has overwhelmed
the natural feedback system you talked about? How about when we've also
paved/covered in concrete/clear cut/cultivated much of the land that
nourishes that feedback system (i.e. forests)? I encourage you and others
to park your SUVs just for a little while and think about it logically
instead of assuming that the "damn-pinko-tree-huggin'-NPR-listenin'-libruls"
are just out to ruin your good time.
As a geologist friend of ours pointed out, the exact amount that mankind is
contributing to climate change is controversial. But, it certainly isn't
I never hear anyone propose that we start programs (even if it's just
public awareness programs) to curb population growth. This insane
exponential population growth is why there's all this pollution, forest
depletion, wildlife habitat destruction, the paving of mother earth,
polluting of fresh water, etc.. It seems that we're hell bent on
exponential population growth, which is insane. "Growth for growth's sake
is the idealogy of the cancer cell", said Edward Abbey. The only
beneficiaries of out of control population growth are people with huge
bank accounts that grow based on inflation. But the increased economic
activity caused by ever bigger numbers of people gets eaten up by having
to provide jobs for all of these people.
at 51 yrs old ive seen the 'world is gonna freeze' crowd in the seventies
doom us all to death....now i have the loser of algore telling me we are
all going to die because the globe is toasting!.....well......what is it
you scientific genuises??? cold or heat??? makeup your mind.....or, is it
just real happliss little kids that still have a silver spoon hangin' out
their lips and have nuthin' better to do...........BYTE ME
ALGORE!.........these mental midgets are right about one damn thing! WE ALL
ARE GOING TO DIE!........ if i had any extra energy i would write his
publiscist a nasty letter.................but, i will leave that to you
youngsters, your future depends on getting the likes of him out of the news
and back in the funny papers like when he was little bills whipping boy.
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