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Massive Storms, Flooding, Soaring Temperatures And The Rio Conference

Posted in America, Britain, Environment, Forests, Government, Modern World, United Nations, USA with tags , , , on 02/07/2012 by floroy1942

Over the past few weeks we have seen and heard of huge storms, flooding, landslides, and raging forest fires running out of control across countries from the USA to Great Britain, and India to China, but still the world’s politicians could not agree on concrete action to solve the climate problems at the Rio+20 conference. Doesn’t it make you angry!!!

Homes in Danger

The last five years have seen dramatic shifts in world weather patterns that are causing havoc in many countries across the world, and you would think this will be the spur that politicians need to start talking seriously about changing the way we do things on Earth.

At the moment the human race is living in a house where massive cracks are appearing in all the supporting walls, but no-one considers this important enough to do anything about. At the moment we are trying to save the house by covering the cracks with a fresh coat of paint, but ‘that ain’t gonna do it folks’!

A Drop In The Ocean Compared To What’s Coming!

The Rio conference was the 20th golden opportunity for the world’s leaders to decide on proper measures to at least shore up ‘the house’ until such time as proper maintenance can be carried out. It seems we ask too much!

Considering the amount of times the American people have suffered at the hands of the weather in the last few years, massive tornado’s, hurricanes, drought in the middle west, and the current raging forest fires in Colorado and heat wave on the eastern seaboard, you would imagine the American politicians at least would be scrambling to help solve the worlds weather problems, but no, like most other countries, the USA has been dragging its heels instead of taking a leading role.

Ignoring Global Warming Won’t Make It Go Away

Not one nation has laid out concrete proposals to tackle the catastrophe that is rapidly heading our way, why, because some of the measures necessary will upset the voters, and it costs money. As for the voters, well, they are content with the status quo: “Let the politicians handle it,” or, “none of this is affecting me”.  As ordinary people we sympathize with ‘those poor people’ who have had their homes turned to ashes, or died of hunger caused by drought etc, but let’s face it, we still have a job, a nice home and plenty of money! What we have to ask ourselves is, will it all be here in twenty or fifty years time?

Parents do all they can to protect their children from harm, but do not realize they are leaving them a world that may no longer be able to support them. It is time to start looking further forward in time and recognize that we are dooming our children and their children to a fate that defies description. What a shame no-one has a time machine that can go forward to 2050 or 3000 and see what the world will be like then.

 

Unsustainable!

Talk about ‘looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses’ we just seem unable to comprehend what we are doing with our 21st century living styles. World population is running rampant, we are guzzling the world’s resources at an ever-increasing rate and poisoning our atmosphere to the extent where, perhaps within a few decades, we will all have to wear gas masks just to breathe, but what the hell, “who cares” – “I’ll be dead before that happens”, well I will be, but most of you won’t!

It is time to start limiting the number of children per family and passing laws to enforce one car per family as a start. In fifty or so years that will help the over-population figures and make dramatic cuts in greenhouse gases. Just these two measures will ensure that in the next century there will enough food for all, and maybe, we can get our ozone layer back in shape.

Wastage Just From Traffic Jams

An oft repeated warning I give on this blog is the destruction of the world’s rainforests. All deforestation should end, and instead we should be planting trees in their trillions to stabilize world weather patterns. Not enough people realize that the rain forests are the living lungs of our planet, and the more we chop them down, the greater the effects on the weather until life becomes unsustainable! So what’s to stop us?

In a word – Money! The oil companies do not want to see one car per family because that will mean a massive drop in profits. Industry will never incorporate measures to reduce carbon emissions because that too costs money and will hit their profits. Governments will never enact the one child per family policy because they would never be elected again. It was easy when China did it in 1978 because it is an autocratic communist country, but in the democratic West it would be political suicide.

Money – The Root of World Destruction?

In typical human fashion we will wait until the house is coming down around our ears before we stop and think that maybe, it’s more important than profit and the almighty god – money! As individuals, we are drowning in self-importance and greed! Most will not like to be told that, and some may even be offended, but we must return to the time when people were satisfied with what they had. We, and the world were far better off in those long forgotten days.

Roy.

The Hypocrisy of Government and Global Warming

Posted in Atlantic, Britain, Budget Cuts, England, Environment, Europe, Forests, Government, Government Spending, Insanity, Modern World, MP's, Parliament, Senior Citizen, Summit, Traffic, Travel, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 06/12/2010 by floroy1942

Britain Needs Leadership. Not Hypocrisy!

Governments the world over are often accused of hypocrisy, but none can surely be as blatant as that of the British government. Two months ago I reported on a decision by the Tory-Liberal Coalition to sell off Britain’s forests (26/10/2010 – Death Knell for Britain’s Forests) for development to help in cutting the budget deficit, now it appears they have reversed direction, but not as you would expect.

A new government initiative is being trumpeted to spend £4.2 million on planting trees in urban areas. Called the ‘Big Tree Plant’ campaign, it aims at planting 1 million trees in Britain’s towns and cities over the next four years. They claim it will not only be “good for our bank balance but good for our well being“.

Preferable to Concrete!

As a project, I applaud it wholeheartedly but then if planting trees is such a good thing, why do far more damage to “our well being” by turning our forests into holiday parks and golf courses. To me it just doesn’t make sense and I am sure most people will fail to understand the logic.

It is true that people will feel happier walking down a tree-lined street than through a concrete jungle, because trees break up the monotony of bricks, mortar and glass shop fronts. But there is a far more urgent need for trees in an urban area, one that most should know, but few think of: Air quality!

It is no secret that trees, and indeed all plants, feed on the CO2 we pollute the atmosphere with and replace it with life-giving oxygen. In all things there is balance in Nature!

Flooding on the Increase

Check out the news on any day and you will find reports of landslides, flooding, hurricanes and typhoons, drought and severe storms across the world. Anyone over the age of thirty will be able to recall that these phenomena have increased dramatically over the past 15-20 years, and by all accounts are set to get even worse as the years go by.

I have consistently demonstrated on this blog my deep concern for the future of mankind, and the way we are destroying our habitat with harmful emissions and razing the one thing that will keep future generations alive even with global warming, the worlds forests.

I am 68 years old and will not have to suffer the disastrous consequences of our actions today, but I fear for future generations who will. It is not until ALL people realise just what we are doing to our planet, that we will eventually come out of the current global warming tragedy that is overtaking us now.

Of course, apart from the rain forest destruction there is the quantity of emissions we pump into the atmosphere that contribute to global warming. This is another problem requiring drastic action, but sadly, one that no nation seems to want to do more than talk about. They have held Global Warming Conferences now for some years, but as we all know, nothing concrete comes out of them because all countries put their own interests before those of the planet.

Is your Car Journey Really Necessary?

As the effects of global warming start to really bite I can see laws passed world-wide that will for example, limit all families to one car. Currently it is not uncommon for a single family have three and four cars because the parents and their offspring need individual transportation. It is still true today that more than 90% of vehicles on the road have only one occupant!

On the Ground and In the Air!

Air travel may also be restricted to essential journeys only. Gone will be your holiday flights to far-off destinations!

In my opinion, all the wild weather we are currently experiencing is due not only to global warming, but also the irresponsible destruction of the world’s rain forests. In Brazil recently it was reported that the Great Amazon Rain Forest was suffering its first major drought in history. Something must be badly wrong when a rain forest experiences drought.

A Target For Greedy Men.

To me there is little doubt that the Amazon Rain Forest is the main ‘powerhouse’ of weather patterns in the Caribbean, America and Europe. As it has shrunk over the years, so has the weather changed proportionally.

The sad fact is, the Amazon is not the only place under threat, for an identical situation is taking place in Africa and the Far East. There too forests have been decimated, and the weather patterns have changed as the destruction has progressed.

The Scale of Destruction

I am sure the trend can be reversed, and it would not be so difficult if only the will were there. Instead of continuing the wanton destruction of the world’s forests and the ceaseless pumping out of greenhouse gases, we should be doing our level best to reverse the damage we have done.

Many will say; “we need wood” and they are right, but there is nothing wrong in expanding the idea of “Sustainable Forests” that is already working in many countries.

Tackling the greenhouse gas problem is more complicated, but measures such as restricting the number of cars, unpopular as it may be, could help to tip the scales in our favour.

Natural Balance Will Return - But Will We Be Here?

There seems little doubt that Nature will return eventually to a state of balance, but the over-riding factor is, will WE still be here? Food for thought!

Roy.

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