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No More Renewable Resources for This Year

Posted in America, Britain, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Forests, Health, Modern World, News, Oceans with tags , , , , on 12/08/2016 by floroy1942
A True Statement

A True Statement

The time when the Earth’s natural renewable resources are used up is rapidly shrinking as year on year it happens earlier than the year before. Scientists say that we have already used up all the Earth’s renewable resources this month – August, just 221 days after the beginning of the year. This means that for the rest of the year we are adding to the pollutants in our atmosphere.

What this means is that now in August, over-fishing, over foresting and dumping more carbon emissions into the atmosphere than can be absorbed has reached its climax, and for the rest of the year we are adding more than the Earth can absorb. On average, it has moved up only one day a year over the past five years, compared to an average of three days a year since it started being tracked in the early 1970s. The future of life on this planet is steadily getting more and more dangerous as we continue to destroy that which we call home.

Mathis Wackernagel, co-founder and CEO of GFN and Balakrishna Pisupati, head of the biodiversity, land and governance programme with the United Nations Environment Programme, said “If humans continue to use the Earth’s resources at this rate it could have “disastrous consequences” in terms of climate change, the erosion of topsoil through the conversion of grasslands and forests into farmlands, and an overall loss of biodiversity. The longer we continue viewing natural resources as unlimited, the faster we are jeopardizing the very capacity of our planet to provide us with the renewable resources that we need to feed, clothe and shelter ourselves.”

I know that most people will just cast this off as nonsense because they do not see any changes in their daily lives, and think, “I don’t see any changes. What are they on about.” If the scientists are correct, our children and their children will suffer horrendously. That is something for everyone to think about.

With the amount of pollution that we pump into the atmosphere daily from cars, lorries, and factories, we are adding more than the atmosphere can absorb, so you really should start thinking about where we are headed.

Our continued reliance on fossil fuels is killing the Earth and we have no viable substitute. CO2 is steadily clogging our atmosphere, and there can be no doubt that average temperatures are rising year on year. I know because even where I live it has been much hotter than last year, and is set to increase even more next year.

It has been clearly recorded that temperatures are steadily on the rise on our planet which can be seen by the massive ice melt at places like the North Pole where most of it has disappeared. We are even losing our mountain glaciers at a fast rate. But there again, it is not affecting me at the moment so who cares they say

What happens when our planets resources finally run out, as they must do at some time in the future? We give them no time to regenerate, for we just take take take!

What happens when the oil runs out? No more cars, no more factories, no more gadgets because the factories had to close. Please don’t be so naive as to think that mankind will come up with an alternative source of power sufficient to power our world and industries, because it just will not happen in time.

We destroy forests at an ever increasing rate knowing full well that they are the number one oxygen suppliers to our planet. We rape the seas of fish to the extent that stocks are steadily decreasing,  and we poison the ground with chemicals just to get crops to grow because we have used up all the natural resources in the ground.

The think tank lauded the goals outlined in the Paris climate agreement which was adopted by nearly 200 countries in April. The GFN said “there is nothing holding back these nations from achieving the goal becoming carbon neutral by 2050 except for political will. Such a new way of living comes with many advantages, and making it happen takes effort.The good news is that it is possible with current technology, and financially advantageous with overall benefits exceeding costs,” he said, adding that the transition will stimulate emerging sectors like renewable energy while preventing the risk and costs tied to adapting infrastructure to the impact of climate change.

One thing is for sure, this cannot continue, for humanity will be in dire straits if we carry on as we are. I sincerely hope this hits home with at least some people, and they make changes to their daily lives to help save our world.

Roy.

The World Biodiversity Challenge – Should We Care?

Posted in America, Britain, Children, Environment, Europe, Forests, Health, Oceans, United Nations with tags , , , , , on 19/05/2012 by floroy1942

In encyclopedia’s, the definition of biodiversity is written as follows: “Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or an entire planet. Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems. Biodiversity is in part a function of climate. In terrestrial habitats, tropical regions are typically rich whereas polar regions support fewer species.” To put that into simple language, biodiversity is the foundation to the existence of all life on our planet, so why are we so hell-bent on destroying it?

Planet Earth – Our Beautiful Home

New research out this last week has shown that we as a species, and indeed all species on the planet Earth, are on a collision course with Armageddon. That sounds so dramatic doesn’t it, but from this latest research carried out for the 2012 Living Planet Report, produced by the conservation agency of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), that statement is not so far off-track, incredible though that may seem.

As the dominant species on Earth it is reasonable to assume that we will make use of the world’s resources to better our lives, the trouble is, go too far and you put the scales out of balance and the whole edifice collapses. That is exactly what we are doing right now. Surprised! Some will be, but the more intelligent among us will not.

Incredible though it may seem, we are using up 150 percent of the Earth’s resources annually, that is to say, we are using all the new resources that the planet generates every year (100%) – plus another 50 percent! In other words, we are outstripping our worlds resources by 50 percent. Let me put this as simply as possible: You have ten litres of water which is supposed to last you ten days i.e. 1 litre per day, but you drink 1.5 litres a day instead. This means that by 16.00hrs on day seven you run out of water, whereas, if you had stuck to the prescribed amount you would not have gone thirsty!

Colby Loucks

Colby Loucks, the director of conservation sciences at WWF, compared humanity to bad house guests. “We’re emptying the fridge, we’re not really taking care of the lawn, we’re not weeding the flower beds and we’re certainly not taking out the garbage.”

Put in the form of a balance sheet, humanity is in debt to Mother Earth to the tune of 50 percent annually. Each year our planet is capable of providing only so much in renewable resources, land and waste absorption such as carbon dioxide sinks for example. At the current rate it is taking the planet one-and-a-half years to replace what we take out in one year. Even the dimmest among us can see that this situation cannot possibly go on if life is to continue on our planet for another thousand years and beyond.

The report has also tracked a 30 percent loss in the various areas of the Earth’s biodiversity such as plant and animal life, and it makes startling reading. Tropical species (animal and plant life) for example have fallen by 60 percent since the 1970’s while tropical freshwater species over the same time period have dropped by 70 percent. On a global scale, freshwater species have dropped 25 percent and saltwater species by 20 percent, again since 1970.

The report authors calculated the world’s worst offenders when it comes to resource use by defining each nation’s productive land capacity and compared it to the actual population and consumption per person. The top 10 greediest resource users per capita are: Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, United States, Belgium, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, and tenth, Ireland. As you would expect, those that use up the least of the world’s resources are the poorer countries. 

I can already hear the doubters and sceptics among us shouting: Rubbish! Who gives a rat’s ass! It doesn’t affect me! Well, you may not care and it may not affect you directly, but your children and their children will most certainly be affected, and in the long-term so will the entire human race. Some will say, “That’s OK, by then we will be living on the Moon and Mars and travelling the Galaxy”, as if it’s that easy. No matter what scientific and technical advances man makes, I am sure we will never travel outside our own Solar System and that is a fact we all need to learn. Science fiction is just that – fiction! Star Trek and travelling at the speed of light will never be achieved by man, of that I am sure.

 

Pacific Garbage Patches

There can be little doubt that despite what historians and the like say, we are currently living in the ‘Golden Age’ of Man because we can do as we please. Our technical advances know no bounds for we have gadgets coming out our ears, we have all the comforts Mother Earth can provide and we can travel where we will. But at what price? The planet is literally struggling to keep up with our current lifestyle. No-one seems to realise that eventually the Earth’s resources are going to run out – and what then?

So what do we do as the dominant species? Well, fairly high on the agenda is drastically cutting down on our rape of the Earth’s resources such as oil and natural gas. They are of sufficient quantity to last us for hundreds if not thousands of years if used wisely, but at the rate we are swallowing them up they will be gone forever relatively soon.

We must cut down on our mind-boggling energy consumption, and very important, put a restriction on procreation world-wide, especially in over-populated countries like India and China, although China has had controls in place since 1978. Our biggest enemy in the future is world over-population, meaning more mouths to feed, more demands for power, food, and natural resources.

Rain Forest Eco System

We need to manage our world’s vegetation and animal life much better. Cutting down the rain forests for example, may be profitable in the short term but it will eventually be a killer in the long term. Already we are seeing major shifts in the weather patterns across the globe caused by our destruction of the world’s rain forests, but how far will it have to go before we realize its our fault. It is also time to manage our waste much better and remove major pollutants like plastic before, for example, the Pacific ‘plastic island’ and others like it destroy our oceans.

However, I believe the most important change necessary will be the hardest to achieve, and that is ourselves. It is time we stopped thinking of just ‘me, me, me,’ and making more and more money, and start taking not only others but also our magnificent ‘home’ into consideration. We need to change our complete outlook on life so that we can appreciate this world around us and realise that it supports us, and will continue to do so only as long as we look after it!

Roy. 

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