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Weather Changes

Posted in America, Britain, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Forests, Nature, News, Plastic Rubbish, Toxic Waste with tags , , , , on 27/04/2018 by floroy1942
As It Used To Be

I remember when I was a boy in England the weather was a lot different to today. We had some snow in Winter, but not a lot, and Spring came with the trees and plants blossoming all over the place. We went for a walk in the forests to see the wild flowers. When Summer came we had sunshine for most months as the temperatures rose to their middle twenties. In Autumn the trees went from green to red and brown as they shed their leaves in preparation for winter.

We have never seen weather like this in the beginning of Spring with floods, snow in some parts of the world, and Summers so hot we are can barely stand the temperatures. Now all that has changed over the years as the contamination of the atmosphere gets worse as years go by. 

The woods and forests in England are all but gone and this is changing the climate. Farmers have cut down the trees that are giving us oxygen to get extra land to grow crops. It’s a tragedy. In all parts of the world forests are being hacked down to give us more farmland and it is destroying the planet.

The amount of vehicles on our roads are slowly clogging up the atmosphere, but no-one takes any notice. Governments are not taking this seriously! In a few years we will have electric cars and lorries rolling across our countries, but will this solve the problem? I doubt it! It may take 100 years to get rid of the poisonous atmosphere, but will we still be around on this planet. I do not know what the future brings, but it will certainly change our lives.

Currently the oceans are full of plastic and that is destroying the fish that some countries feed on. There is a plan to clear plastic from the oceans but that will take years and years, and all the while people abandon plastic on beaches which end up in the the sea. There is a movement to ban plastic for all time and make it reusable. But how long will that take, and it will still end up in the oceans.

Currently the oceans are clogged with plastic all across the globe, and if we are not careful it will be the end of us all.

Roy.

 

It Makes Me Wonder

Posted in Al Quada, America, Britain, Environment, European Union, Islamic Revolution, Muslim, News, Politics, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 28/11/2017 by floroy1942

With all the things that are happening in the world today it makes me wonder how long mankind will survive on this planet. I hate writing such things but it is essential that we do something about what is happening in the world today. What with all the fighting that is going on around the world, and the steady rise in pollution it makes me sad to think how long mankind will last on this planet.

Ever since the sixties the world has gone stark raving mad. The pollution has escalated in the last seventy years and the weather has gone mad because of the way we have polluted the atmosphere. Wars have escalated over the last ten to fifteen years, and there is hardly a country that has not see terrorism because of the battles with Islam.

The battles against Islam have been going on for more than twenty years and we are nowhere near winning. Atrocities have been carried out by these people, and thousands have died and their cities wrecked.

If you look at the TV we can see whole cities destroyed by bombing and attacks by the Islamic State and those countries who are fighting them. How long must this go on? In Africa we have seen many terrorist groups who have attacked villages and towns to gain control.

The United Nations has done nothing about stopping these people, for they sit on their fat backsides and ‘condemn’ the attacks. They have not reacted in a positive way by getting a multinational force together and destroying these people. The United Nations has a responsibility to let the world live in peace and attack the terrorists by wiping them out.

We have seen thousands of people starving, mostly in Africa and Yemen because of the drought where it is impossible to grow crops because of the high temperatures and the lack of water. In many parts of the world we have enormous floods that are making families leave their homes, and it’s not over yet. Who knows what next year will bring?

Abnormal high temperatures will continue all over the world and who is to say that it will not happen. We are destroying our world with ever hastening speed, and most of it is down to the pollution that is blocking our atmosphere and not allowing the excessive heat to escape into space.

Vehicles are mostly to blame for the pollution that is blocking our atmosphere and we must do something about it. Many countries are investing in electric cars but that is not the answer, for the electric companies will be so overloaded they will not be able to keep up with the demand. Britain and many other countries are planning to get rid of diesel cars within the next thirty years, but what will replace them, electric cars? In my opinion electric cars are not the answer. We must develop a different source of energy for mankind. We must first do away with all the diesel cars on our roads, for this will reduce the contamination substantially. Eventually we must find a different system to both petrol and diesel cars and lorries if the contamination is to stop.

On now to the plight of the people in poor countries. People are starving to death in many lands, and the help is nowhere near enough. We have billionaires who hide their wealth in tax-free countries and islands, and they could do a lot to alleviate the troubles around the world. But do they care, all they think of is stashing their money in tax-free banks without a thought about where the world is headed. When you see the news about starving families in Africa for example they just do not care. I care, for if I was a billionaire I would help these poor people.

There is trouble all around the world and it looks like it will never stop, for we are headed for the annihilation of mankind if we continue in this way. What about our children? Are they going to see the world continue to suffer? What will their lives be like in thirty years time? If the air contamination continues they will all have to wear gas masks when they venture outside, for the air will be so contaminated that they will not last long, and people will live very short lives.

The world is overpopulated today, and if that continues we will see the annihilation of the human species.

Roy.

The Worst Year In History

Posted in America, Britain, Children, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Modern World, News, Plastic Rubbish with tags , , , , on 03/09/2017 by floroy1942

2017 has become the worst year in history as we see storms and flooding all across the world. This sort of thing never happened when I was a child, but today we have contaminated the world atmosphere as never before, and this is to blame for the terrible weather we have experienced all across the globe. If we continue, things will get much worse.

170824-noaa-texas-gulf-storm-harvey-njs-1105a_cfe6824a843278e082782d095a130cf9.nbcnews-fp-1200-800The United States has never seen such terrible flooding and wild fires in the south of the country. The flooding in Texas was solely due to the massive hurricane and rainfall that came with it and lasted for a week. This phenomenon was caused solely by the way mankind has contaminated the atmosphere. In other parts of the country wildfires have been destroying forests as never before, all due to the lack of rainfall, again due to mankind.

imagesBut this has not been happening only in the USA, for other countries like Bangladesh has suffered severe flooding that has driven tens of thousands of people out of their homes. We have seen much the same thing in the Far East where people are suffering.

images (1)In Africa a million people are starving due to the weather because they can no longer grow crops. Temperatures have reached more that 50 degrees in some parts of the world, and if you think this is going to stop, then you had better think again.

This phenomenon is due solely to mankind and the way we treat our planet. Atmospheric contamination is reaching levels that the world has not been able to handle, and for sure we humans will suffer in the long term.

images (2)We have become so concentrated on ourselves that we do not care what damage we are doing to our planet. It is time for us to think of the damage we are doing to this Earth. Governments must take action as quickly as possible to stop the pollution of our atmosphere, and that means drastically reducing the the number of vehicles on our roads world-wide, and taking action against factories that pollute the atmosphere.

SeaNet-World-Map-Great-Oceanic-Garbage-Patches-10-Year-PlanSomething must be done to ban plastic on our planet for this is the number one environment polluter. We already see major contamination of our oceans with plastic all across the world. Another thing that should be banned is the poisonous chemicals that farms use to grow crops, for this is eventually polluting our oceans.

I am nearly 75 and I will not be around for many years to come, but all this contamination will affect our children and theirs. Every person on the planet must think of the future, and what we are leaving for our children. It is clear that if we continue as we are they will suffer many hardships and many will die young.

images (4)Sad to say. the governments of the world are not taking any positive measures to reign in climate change, but as the world progresses they will will forced to in years to come. This will be most unpopular with the masses, but it must be done if the human race is to survive on Earth.

Roy.

Brazil

Posted in America, Brazil, Britain, China, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Forests, News, Oceans with tags , , , , on 26/08/2017 by floroy1942

In all my life I have never heard of such a stupid government allowing mining in an area covering the size of Denmark (17,800 square miles) in the Amazon. Don’t the Brazil government realise that the Amazon is the largest forest in the world that provides us with oxygen. But it seems that profit is much more of a concern than the lives of people on the planet Earth, which in this day and age is not surprising.

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A decree from President Michel Temer published in the official government gazette on Wednesday dissolved the protected area. Brazil is seeking to stimulate economic activity as Latin America’s top economy emerges from the worst economic crisis in more than a century. If the Brazil government keep this up the whole of the Amazon will disappear within a few decades and then what do we do?

The Amazon As It Used To Be

It is said that the government wants to mine gold, iron and manganese which this area is ‘presumed’ to have in abundance. What the President is doing is putting the lives of people on this planet in danger from lack of oxygen if he continues with the plan. Without doubt this activity will extend further if more riches are found under the soil in other areas.

Parts Of The Amazon Now!

We have already cut down huge swathes of forest to increase farming land across the world, but it does not seem to have any impression on the public. What most people do not realise is that the amount of oxygen in our atmosphere keeps us alive and if we continue to cut down trees across the world we will be left with very little.

The oceans also provide us with oxygen, but to a much lesser degree because it is so contaminated. Plastic is the number one contaminant of our oceans and all that is down to mankind. We pollute the oceans all across the world with plastic, oil and chemicals that come from our farmland and make their way into the oceans through our streams and rivers. Already we see plastic in the fish that are caught in the oceans.

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I can see in 100 years time that this planet will not be able to support life as it used to because of all the contamination. But it is prophesied that by then we will have found other planets on which to live, but that will only be for the rich. The poor will die here on Earth due to the contamination.

It is without doubt a tragic tale of mankind on this planet, for we are killing ourselves through sheer stupidity and heartlessness. If mankind is to survive on this planet of ours than we need to make major changes to the way we live. Otherwise we will not be around in one or two hundred years time.

Car Pollution Poisoning Your Lungs

When I was young we took care of our planet and did not over-fish, contaminate the atmosphere as we do now, and used natural resources on farmland instead of chemicals.

The population of the world has exploded in the last forty years and it is impossible to feed everybody. Look at the starving populations in Africa and elsewhere where there is not enough food for everybody.

What with the increase in climate temperatures, caused solely by our pollution of the atmosphere with cars and factories, we cannot grow food in many places in the world, the biggest being Africa. If we continue like this it will be the end of us on this planet!

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Many countries have said they will do something to limit the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere but to date I have not seen any progress. Have you? We still go on in the same old way with cars and factory pollution and nothing is done about it.

Diesel – The Killer

It is said that in Britain they wish to abandon diesel cars by 2040, but that is a long time from now and far too late. Unless we take strict measures to reduce the pollution in our skies things will get worse and worse. 2040 is far too late for by then the whole atmosphere will be so contaminated people will going around in gas masks. Already people in some country’s wear surgical masks when they go outside for fear of the pollution getting into their lungs. Soon this will spread across the whole globe.

Why can’t people see that they are ruining the planet we live on? I’m just glad I won’t have to live in the future.

Roy

Do You Believe In Climate Change

Posted in America, Australia, Britain, Conservation, Environment, Europe, Health, News, Oceans, Toxic Waste with tags , , , , on 06/04/2017 by floroy1942

Right Or Wrong?

Climate change is a touchy subject these days and many people do not believe in it. But the facts speak for themselves when you consider the massive flooding of countries like Peru, Australia and New Zealand, India and Bangladesh among others. Also we have drastic droughts and storms over different parts of the world. These things were unheard of in the past.

The weather patterns of the world have changed drastically over the past thirty years with drought, floods, massive hurricanes and typhoons, and a rising sea level. Some deny that these problems are manmade and are just a natural cycle in our world. The truth is that it is all manmade, caused by the heavy pollution we are sending into the atmosphere.

It would be difficult to ignore the facts when you consider such disasters with so many people killed and the loss of their homes. To me the facts cannot be denied for we are heading into the worst disasters of our world.

The big question is why? Is it a natural cycle or due to mankind’s ignorance to the state of our world. The toxic levels of our atmosphere are steadily rising due to our careless attitude to the climate, and as we go on the situation will only get worse.

Since the turn of the twentieth century we have been steadily increasing the contamination of the world’s atmosphere. It is said that last year we exceeded the possibility of the Earth to regenerate the atmosphere by August, and for the rest of the year  we added more and more contamination with the Earth unable to handle it. Even our oceans are being contaminated at an alarming rate through various means. So from this you can conclude that the planet and the atmosphere is getting worse year on year. When is it likely to stop?

Mankind is heading for extinction if we keep this up and in perhaps a hundred years we will cease to exist, because we have poisoned our atmosphere to the extent where all life on the planet will cease to exist.

I know that many people will consider this to be a load of rubbish, but you have to consider the condition of our world today, and imagine what it will be like in a tens of  years time if we continue living as we do.

The biggest contaminators of our atmosphere are vehicles and factories that push out toxic fumes daily. With over a billion vehicles on the planet and an untold number of factories the situation will get worse year on year. Some countries may see in twenty of thirty years time people walking around with gas masks, for already in China people wear face masks to stop the pollution from entering their lungs. This will soon spread to the west in some cities if we do nothing.

Already places like London, Paris, and in particular cities in the Middle East are suffering from heavy pollution and you can bet your life it will spread. The sad thing is, mankind seems oblivious to the spread of air contamination, and you can bet your life it will come and bite us in the backside.

At the moment people are living up to their eighties, nineties and beyond but that will soon change as the pollution of our atmosphere extends. You can make all the excuses you like but it will not change things unless we do something about it. There are so many people who believe that climate change is a myth, but in time they will see the truth as we are forced into taking measures to protect our health. It is not too late to do something about it but in ten or twenty years time it will be.

Governments have to start drastically reducing the number of cars in the world, and ban diesel which is the worst polluter. Factories must start using fuel that does not contaminate the atmosphere so much, but first people must be aware of the danger they are in for this to work. We all rely on governments to do the right thing, but sadly this is not the case for corrupt politicians are everywhere and their one aim in life is to be as rich as possible.

It is time for the world to made aware of the danger we are in and for the people to do something about it.

Roy.

By Heck It’s Hot!

Posted in America, Brazil, Britain, Children, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Modern World, News, Politics with tags , , , , on 04/08/2016 by floroy1942

As many people know, global temperatures are going through the roof. It is a matter of record that again this year has been the hottest ever since monitoring began, and you have to ask where it will all end? Will next year be hotter as the temperatures continue to rise?

Holiday Fun On The Beach

Holiday Fun On The Beach

There can be little doubt that mankind is responsible for these changes in our atmosphere, for we have been polluting it ever since the turn of the century, and year on year it gets worse. With the increase in transport and factories over the last fifty years we have steadily been pumping more and more CO2 into the atmosphere than ever before, and year on year it is increasing. It is common sense that at some time in the future there must come a breaking point, at which time people across the world will start dying en masse.

We have had Climate Change Conferences attended by all the major nations in the world, but it would seem that although agreements have been reached, nothing really changes. The politicians are all ready to sign agreements, but when it comes to implementing them very little happens.

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam

Climate conferences have been held annually ever since 1995, but when you look at the world outside your window, really nothing has changed. The number of polluting vehicles on our roads has not decreased, as it needs to do, but has in fact increased to well over a billion world wide. As people in places like China and India become more affluent, this number will increase even more.

Say what you like, but this number of vehicles on our roads is pushing so much pollution into the air that our Earth just cannot handle it any more. The same can be said for factories, especially in places like China and India that are not as technically advanced as the West.

This increased pollution of our atmosphere is leading to huge areas of drought in many countries, along with  flash flooding, even hurricanes and typhoons in areas of the world where such things have been unheard of in the past. It must make you wonder what life will be like in twenty years time if this keeps up.

To top all this off, we are destroying the only things they can tip the balance the other way, like the sea and forests and the soil.

Amazon Destruction

Amazon Destruction

When I was a youngster fishing fleets would go out and catch maybe a half ton of fish, but these days the huge vessels we have today catch 100 tons every time they lower the nets. In effect we are raping our seas of all marine life. On top of that we are steadily destroying the forests of the world, like the Amazon and many others.

What we don’t care about is that these things are the real life-blood of our planet, for they provide the oxygen that we breathe that keeps us alive. They absorb the CO2 that we put into the atmosphere and give us oxygen in return. Whatever you may think, nature is finely balanced, but so long as we continue to destroy that which gives us life you can be sure that eventually humanity will disappear from the planet. These days are approaching rapidly in historical terms because we are not doing enough to correct the balance.

Health_effects_of_pollutionIf mankind is to survive we have to make some very hard choices, but most people are not willing to do this because, at the moment, it doesn’t affect them. But you should think of your children and their children, for what sort of world are we going to give them? Will they be wearing a gas mask all day because the levels of pollution are so high? Will people be dying in their hundreds of thousands from pollution right, left and centre? What chance will your grand-children have to live a normal life?

These are all questions we must ask ourselves in this day and age, for if we are to ensure they have a good life then we need to do something now to stop the rot!

Pollution Levels

Pollution Levels

Governments must start taking the measures needed to stop the destruction of our home planet even though they will be unpopular with the people. To begin with they could restrict families to one car only which would greatly reduce the number of polluting cars on our roads. They can do this by improving bus and train services in towns and cities so it is no longer necessary to drive to work.

Earth In Big Trouble

Earth In Big Trouble

Some people seem to think that the electric car is one of the great solutions to our contamination problems, but we have to think logically about this. If everyone drove around in electric cars, which are non-polluting,  it would put a totally unsustainable load on power generating plants, which would be unable to cope.

Governments need to stop the destruction of forests world-wide, and ensure that new trees are planted wherever possible. Were we to have hundreds of new forests across the world this would go a long way to replenishing the oxygen that we all need.

Modern Trawler

Modern Trawler

Also we need to stop the literal rape and pollution of the seas for they too provide us with oxygen. Fish species are dying out at an unprecedented rate, and if we keep on the way we are going there will be none left. I remember when I was young that some cod were caught that were eight or ten feet long, but now you are lucky if they are four feet long. We are killing them off before they have a chance to grow.

Another thing we need to change is the steady destruction of the soil that is needed to grow crops to feed us. We are producing so much farm produce that we have destroyed the natural elements in the soil that allow crops to grow healthily. Farmers have for decades been spraying crops and adding synthetic nutrients to the soil in order to get crops to grow.

Air Pollution In The Future

Air Pollution In The Future

These chemicals are steadily poisoning our food and creating all sorts of sicknesses within the human body. They are slowly but steadily destroying the ground that we need to sustain us with food. Much of it also ends up in streams and rivers and finds its way eventually to the sea.

There can be little doubt that if mankind is to survive for another century, there must be some major changes in the way we live and care for our environment, and everyone must do their bit, and that includes you and me!

Roy.

African Plastic Ban – Something We Can All Learn From

Posted in America, Britain, England, Environment, European Union, Illegal Dumping, Nature, News, Oceans, Plastic with tags , , , , on 13/04/2015 by floroy1942

I watched with interest a news item on France 24 channel yesterday that should point the way for the whole world. The headline is: Plastic is banned in Rwanda.

Good Night Out Last Night - What Did You Do With Your McDonald's Hamburger Box?

Good Night Out Last Night – What Did You Do With Your McDonald’s Hamburger Box?

Non-biodegradable plastic has for years been a plague on our planet and it is without doubt time that its use is severely limited. Our towns, cities and countryside, and more important our oceans, are becoming clogged with the stuff. Everywhere you go these days you will find plastic bags, cartons, bottles, wrappers and the like littering our streets, our waterways and the seas.

It would seem that many manufacturers cannot think past plastic. If you buy even fruit or vegetables in a supermarket these days, chances are they will come in a plastic tray with a plastic film wrapper. WHY! If the goods need to be in a tray, which I don’t believe they do for these are purely for presentation, then why not a cardboard one as in the old days?

High Winds - Who Knows Where It Will End Up?

High Winds – Who Knows Where It Will End Up?

In Britain alone a total of eight billion plastic bags were handed out to customers by supermarkets and shops in 2012. Add that to the rest of Europe and it comes out at trillions per year. You should ask yourself how many of yours ended up in the wrong place because you didn’t care!

Up to the sixties everything came wrapped in paper, cardboard or a derivative, and everyone was happy. Today it all comes down to profit because plastic is cheaper.

Eventually To End Up In The Oceanic Gyre?

Eventually To End Up In The Oceanic Gyre?

Here in Marbella you do not need to walk far on the beaches before you come across a discarded plastic bag, water bottle or wrapper. We have become so careless with waste disposal these days that even though there may be a litter bin a few metres away, it is too much trouble for many to dispose of litter properly.

As I have reported in previous posts (https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/welcome-to-plastic-island/) plastic is steadily clogging up our oceans to the extent that there are country sized accumulations in all our oceans called gyres.

I NEVER Throw These Away Without Cutting Open All The Loops First!

I NEVER Throw These Away Without Cutting Open All The Loops First!

Plastic is breaking down in sunlight into micro-plastic that is eaten by fish and sea birds, and much of the fish ends up on our dinner table. What most people seem to forget is that normal plastic is non-biodegradable! It will still litter our planet in one thousand years after it is carelessly thrown away!

- And This Is Why!

– And This Is Why!

It was reported recently that even the Mediterranean Sea now has huge gyres of plastic that are steadily being eaten by the fish. If it continues, it will become a major problem for the extensive fishing industry in countries bordering the Mediterranean as in other parts of the world.

Says It All!

Rwanda – Says It All!

It is for these reasons that I applaud the actions taken by the Rwandan government to ban non-biodegradable  plastics in the country. Top of the list is plastic shopping bags, for these have received an outright ban. The people are now being forced to use paper bags to carry the shopping.

Passengers arriving at Kigali Airport are now searched for plastic, and any found is confiscated. If you have a package or suitcase wrapped in plastic it is cut off and confiscated before you can enter the country. The same goes for the country’s borders.

Refreshing To See A Nice Clean City

Refreshing To See A Nice Clean City

It has been reported by people travelling through Rwanda that now-a-days everything is a lot cleaner. No longer is there the spectacle of plastic bags blown around on the streets and in the countryside, and no longer are the trees festooned with plastic caught on branches. A lesson for us all in our supposedly ‘civilized’ world.

Europe vainly tried a couple of years ago to limit the use of supermarket plastic bags by charging for them, locally its ten cents, but that was a waste of time. You still see people leaving the supermarkets with a trolley full to the brim with shopping in a dozen or more plastic bags.

Litter On The Street -  A Regular Occurence In Europe

Litter On The Street – A Regular Occurence In Europe

In Europe as in most western countries it is a common sight to see shopping bags or other plastic items littering the streets, they are everywhere. In many cases these items find their way into rivers and streams and pollute our water supply, but who the hell cares, its only a plastic bag.

Few people realize the damage that is being done to our environment by discarded plastic, and sad to say, many don’t care anyway. Unfortunately it is not about the here and now, but what we are doing to future generations with our careless plastic pollution.

What Would You Think If This Ended Up On Your Dinner Table?

What Would You Think If This Ended Up On Your Dinner Table?

It is time for the rest of the world, in particular the richer nations to follow this example set by Rwanda and enforce an outright ban on plastic carrier bags as a start, and then move to other plastic wrapping materials. It may cost a little more, but at least it will be a step in the right direction towards saving our planet.

Roy.

Peru 2014 – The Road To Nowhere

Posted in America, Brazil, Britain, Conservation, Environment, Europe, News, Oceans, Politics, Summit with tags , , , , on 14/12/2014 by floroy1942
Talking Shop Number ??

Talking Shop Number ??

When I read the reports on the latest Global Warming Conference in Peru it left me with a feeling of despair, for once again the conference has achieved nothing!

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “The talks were tough but the Lima Call for Climate Action shows a will and commitment to respond to the public demand to tackle climate change.” Uh Huh!

Asad Rehman Of Friends of the Earth

Asad Rehman Of Friends of the Earth

Climate activists were not impressed either. Asad Rehman from Friends of the Earth said: “The only thing these talks have achieved is to reduce the chances of a fair and effective agreement to tackle climate change in Paris next year.”

After years of these meetings, the politicians have delivered very little in concrete measures to stop global warming. Every nation is out to protect their own interests, instead of doing something positive to protect those of future generations.

Believe It - Or Not!

Believe It – Or Not!

Even among the general public there are still millions who scoff at the idea that we are slowly poisoning the atmosphere with CO2 and increasing global temperatures to the point where they could threaten the very existence of life on the planet.

Well, I am in my seventy-second year and have personally witnessed the changes throughout the world during that time, and its not a pretty picture.

Linfen - China's Most Polluted City

Linfen – China’s Most Polluted City

The biggest polluters on the planet are, as you would expect, those with the highest population, and the most advanced nations in terms of technology.  Naturally, this puts China in top spot with  the USA  not far behind. Closely following these two are the EU, and India as the largest developing nation.

It is in these countries that the most changes are required, firstly because they are the biggest polluters, and secondly they are the most technologically capable. You cannot compare the capabilities of Thailand with those of China or the USA for example.

Pollution

Pollution

It is indeed sad that all the conference could come up with after so many years of prevarication, is yet again, a ‘framework’ for discussion at the next meeting in Paris in 2015. As usual they have all made ‘pledges’ to take action, but until now little or nothing has been done to fulfil them.

The smaller nations look to the world’s largest and most advance countries to take the lead in making the necessary changes to ensure man-kinds continued presence on this planet, but sadly, in that those countries fail.

Chinese Smog

Chinese Smog

Each one is more interested in making sure nothing impacts their ability to make more money, and of course not upset their citizens. The latter because they want to be voted into power again, and the necessary measures that need to be taken would be very unpopular.

So what are the most effective measures? Not being a scientist, like you I can only guess at what is required. The most obvious would be the reduction in industrial emissions from burning fossil fuels, which means we would need to find an alternative source of power.

Vehicular Pollution

Vehicular Pollution

The second most obvious one is vehicular traffic on our roads which is increasing year on year. Thirdly, and just as important, is the destruction of the rainforests, the removal of vegetation in more northern climes and lastly, the ever-growing pollution of the world’s oceans. These four are the main contributors to global warming and the eventual destruction of life on this planet.

Chines Industrial Pollution Centres.

Chines Industrial Pollution Centres.

Let us first take a look at the effect industrial emissions have on global warming. Across the world everyone uses fossil fuels to power factories and other businesses, and even homes. For this we use coal, gas and oil products all of which pump large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.

There is always talk of alternate power sources like wind and solar energy, but these are woefully inadequate. For example, you cannot power the entire world on wind energy alone for then half the globe would be covered in wind farms. The same goes for solar power. Nuclear power is one alternative but comes with its own risks.

Airbus A380 - The World's Biggest Passenger Plane

Airbus A380 – The World’s Biggest Passenger Plane

Next is our international transport systems, trucks, cars, aircraft and trains etc. In this area we can do a lot by drastically reducing the number of vehicles on the world’s roads by passing such laws as one car per family, and perhaps using larger aircraft like the A380 for example to carry more people, thereby reducing the number of flights needed.

It will surprise many that with emerging nations like China and India the number of vehicles on the world’s roads has increased from 980 million in 2009 to 1.02 billion last year, and is still increasing. Experts say that by 2050 there will be 2.5 billion vehicles on the world’s roads. By that time the CO2 emissions will be close to, or even exceed those of industry.

China - Guangzhou Traffic Jam

China – Guangzhou Traffic Jam

Currently China, the fastest developing country, has 78 million cars on its roads, a drop in the ocean when compared to the USA with 239.8 million. It is common these days for there to be two, three or even four cars per family in the affluent west, especially America.

The subject of the rain forest destruction has been discussed for decades and yet little or nothing has been done to stop it. Year after year there have been environmental conferences but none have come up with a plan to stop the destruction in countries like Brazil, Indonesia etc.

Amazon Forest - One Of The Few Surviving Places Of Natural Beauty And Essential To Mankind.

Amazon Forest – One Of The Few Surviving Places Of Natural Beauty And Essential To Mankind.

What the average citizen seems to forget is that these huge forests are to a great extent ‘the lungs of the planet’. They absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and replace it with life-giving oxygen, and by destroying them we cut off a large part of our ‘air supply’.

Yet Another Source Of Ocean Pollution

Yet Another Source Of Ocean Pollution

The same can be said for the oceans which again absorb CO2 and replace it with oxygen. Currently they are being polluted at a fast rate with among other things, plastic. I have written before about the ‘Plastic Islands’ to be found in all our oceans across the globe. Recent reports have highlighted that now even the Mediterranean is heavily polluted with plastic.

There can be little doubt that unless all nations come to such conferences with the idea of making the necessary sacrifices to get the world’s climate back on track, future generations will curse this period in man’s history until the day they die.

What Are You Doing To Us?

What Are You Doing To Us?

We have to forget our petty differences and make the people understand that unless something is done quickly the lives of our children, and their children, will be a living hell on earth.

People must be made to realize that our current over-indulgence has to come to an end and we have to start seriously thinking about the future of humanity on this planet of ours, for if we do not, then in a few generations life on Earth will become impossible.

Roy.

Associated Posts:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/plastic-may-kill-you-in-years-to-come/

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/welcome-to-plastic-island/

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/the-plastic-island-part-2/

Air Pollution, Global Warming and Water Contamination Versus Survival

Posted in America, Environment, Europe, Health, Toxic Waste, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 20/03/2012 by floroy1942

For many years the dangers of global warming have been trumpeted by scientists as the major threat to the continued existence of the human species on Earth. Now however, we are facing much more than this single danger. A new OECD report has highlighted the perils of not only global warming, but now air pollution and water contamination also. New estimates of the discharge of harmful minute particles, called particulates, indicate there is a serious danger of mass deaths before 2050. This is due to their steady increase in the air we breathe.

Los Angeles Smog

Naturally, those living in major cities and towns across  the world are most at risk, but the pollution is moving outside these areas and will eventually effect whole swathes of countryside too.  The report estimates there could be as many as 3.6 million premature deaths due to air pollution in countries like India and China, due no doubt to their increase in wealth and becoming major emerging markets in the last twenty years. This tempo of change is sure to increase in future decades.

The West is also likely to see a large increase in premature death due to its large aging population, so it follows that we can see the average life expectancy age falling once again instead of rising further as was thought.

Helping to Slowly Kill Us All?

For the last twenty years or so, governments, particularly western governments, have known about the necessity of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the world, and some have set ambitious targets that will never be reached. For this reason it must come as a shock to find this is not the only problem. In the report they have been criticised for giving tax breaks on diesel fuel because it gives off less greenhouse gases, but the report highlights that the particulate emissions of diesel fuel is just as dangerous, though more to human health than the well-being of the planet. When this fuel is burnt in a vehicle engine minute particles of carbon, among other things, is ejected into the atmosphere and forms an invisible cloud that we breathe in constantly. In many scientists’ view this is far more damaging to human health than smoking, due purely to the amounts, and length of time, they are inhaled.

Air pollution comes from many sources and each one is having a deadly effect on us, and the planet we live on. Our enormous appetite for energy, coupled with our present methods of transportation, will eventually be our undoing in decades to come.  With the ever increasing demands for energy, and despite all measures taken by responsible governments world-wide, the levels of greenhouse gas emissions will increase by 50% by 2050. Our current pitiful efforts to curb these pollutants will be pointless.

New York Light Show

Walk the night-time streets of any city in the world and see how many skyscraper office blocks are fully lit at three o’clock in the morning. Look at how many shops leave all their lights on every night, and how many huge illuminated advertisements line the streets. It may look pretty, but its wasted energy on an inhuman scale the like of which the world has never seen.  And still we need more and more!!

London Light Show

The big problem is, we cannot afford this massive wastage of energy any more than we can afford the increases that are being demanded year on year. Somewhere, sometime, it has to stop or man will be no more than a fading memory on planet Earth in 100 years time. Remember all the sci-fi films showing the deserted rotting remains of our once great civilization?

And what about our polluting cars? Current estimates put the number of cars and light trucks on the planet’s roads at 806 million and this figure is set to double in the next thirty years! The United States alone has 254.4 million registered passenger cars on the road.

The Lungs Of A City Baby

Each one is contributing to not only greenhouse gases, but also pollutants like particulates. If the current trend continues we will not be able to breathe outside our own homes. I have seen sci-fi  movies where everyone walks outside with a mask in order to breathe. could this really become a reality? If current trends continue, it looks like it will!

Another point raised by the OECD report is water contamination, which naturally enough should be close to our hearts as we  all need it to survive. The contamination of our water supply is increasing at a steady rate and it seems we are unable, or unwilling to do anything about it. The biggest polluter is strangely enough not the oil companies as most people think, but the farmer.

Contaminated Water

Farmers cannot stay in business these days without using mountains of fertilizer on their ground. A hundred years ago the population levels were such that farmers sowed and harvested one crop a year in a field, now that has become two, and in many cases three. The ground that feeds us has lost so much of its natural nutrients that these have to be supplemented with growth chemicals, otherwise nothing grows there anymore. All these chemicals find their way into the ground water, and eventually the streams and rivers that feed off it. And then we drink it!!! It is a pattern that has developed across the whole of the 1st world and many 2nd world countries too.

Another point to make is that we already have large areas of the world suffering from severe drought conditions brought on by changes in the world’s weather patterns. These areas are set to increase as water becomes a more valuable commodity than gold. It is estimated that if we do not find a cleaner method of producing energy, global warming will increase the demand for water by more than half. In the meantime, we are slowly poisoning what we have. Doesn’t seem to make sense does it? 

Too Many Cars

In an effort to reduce harmful carbon emissions from vehicles, it has been suggested by many that the answer is biofuels. Sorry, but it ain’t so folks! According to the OECD report, divergence into biofuels will have a major negative effect on the world in general. Not only will it use up vast tracts of land required for food production, but will also increase to a great extent water usage and promote more water contamination.

The report states that governments should start taking measures to reduce energy consumption, air and water pollution with immediate effect. The report suggests removing state subsidies on such things as diesel, fossil fuels and water to deter wastage in these three areas. These may be a step in the right direction, but you can be sure that much tougher, and altogether unpopular measures will need to be taken if we are still to be around in 100 or 150 years. There is little doubt that this ‘Golden Age’ of man must come to an end – and soon.

Roy.

Plastic May Kill You In Years To Come

Posted in Britain, England, Environment, Europe, Modern World, Pacific, Plastic, Plastic Rubbish, Toxic Waste, USA with tags , , , , on 30/01/2012 by floroy1942

Now that’s a bold statement if ever there was one, and I am sure more than a few people will be wondering what the hell is going on. Well, it would seem that plastic rubbish on our beaches is not the only problem we are facing, for scientists today have made yet another discovery that could have a far reaching effect on mankind, well, our offspring actually. It all revolves around the weekly washing (or daily if you have kids)!

The Weekly Wash – Not So Innocent

A group of scientists have discovered that a new, possibly deadly substance is getting into the environment from our weekly wash. Every day millions of people put their dirty clothes in the washing machine and think no more about it. Its a perfectly normal occurrence, and who thinks about what goes down the drain during the operation. Its just dirty water with some detergent in it, and anyway, the water company takes care of it, right!

From the latest research it seems that is not the end of the story, because, if some of the garments you washed contain man-made fibres i.e. polyester, acrylic, or polyamides (nylon), that water from the washing machine contains so-called ‘microplastics’.

Microfibres – The Hidden Menace

It seems these are tiny fibres of plastic, less than a millimetre long, that detach from this type of garment during the wash cycle, and a single item can lose more than 1,900 fibres per wash. Via the drains and water treatment plants (where applicable) these fibres end up in rivers or the sea where they are being eaten by fish and other creatures. Because they are so small, they even end up in the stomachs of plankton which of course is the main diet of many species of fish and mammals. Naturally, not only fish are contaminated with this fibre, but also land animals that get their water from rivers.

The dangerous part is that their small size allows them to be not only ingested by e.g. the fish, but once in the stomach they enter the bloodstream, and hence the blood of the host. It has been found to accumulate in the cells of fish during research by Dr. Mark Brown of the National Centre For Ecological Analysis ans Synthesis (NCEAS) in The States, and Prof. Richard Thomson from the University of Plymouth in the UK.

By Comparison, A Minor Problem

The team tested seawater from various points around the globe and the sewage outlets of many cities and found that the contamination was strongest near large population centres as you would expect. Testing of water from washing machines proved the link with items of clothing produced using man-made fibres.

It should be obvious that when the fish or animals are contaminated with this plastic, it is already in the food chain. Should it have the same effect on human physiology, i.e. get locked up in our cells, who knows what harm this will cause to our bodies. Whatever happens, it’s a fairly safe bet we have not heard the last of this problem.

Roy

The Curse Of The Plastic Bag Returns

Posted in Atlantic, Britain, England, Environment, Europe, Government, Illegal Dumping, Insanity, Modern World, Oceans, Pacific, Parliament, Plastic, Plastic Rubbish, Toxic Waste, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 29/07/2011 by floroy1942

Despite government campaigns, environmental group actions, and other publicity on the dangers of supermarket plastic bags over the past five years, their use is once again on the rise.

People are turning back to the ‘one-use’ bag instead of the multi-use ones now available. The consumption of these items has risen from 6.1 billion in 2009 to 6.4 billion last year. Not a significant rise you might think, and certainly better than the 10.7 billion bags used in 2006.

The Infamous Plastic Bag

Why shoppers are going back to their old ways and ignoring the danger to the environment is to date a mystery. It would seem people no longer believe in doing what they can to save the planet from pollution, despite the discovery of the Plastic Islands in our oceans. Recycling Minister Lord Henley has suggested that if the current situation continues there may be need for legislation. Personally, I would think the sooner the better!

Although this would not solve the problem completely, for we still use plastic rubbish bin liners for example, it would go a long way to cutting down on the mountains of plastic that are currently polluting our world.

Plastic Bin Liners In Use

This information shows clearly that people are not willing to change their ways, and the supermarkets and retailers too are not interested, despite earlier promises. Therefore I would say legislation is imperative. Laws must be passed to outlaw plastic bags once and for all time from the High Street, and replace them with the old-time paper or cloth bag.

Environmentally Harmless And Recyclable

Paper bags were good enough for generations following Francis Wolle’s invention of the first paper bag making machine in 1852, and everyone used them prior to the introduction of plastic bags by Swedish engineer Sten Gustaf Thulin in the early 1960’s. Since that day the number of plastic bags in circulation has soured and billions are used every day throughout the world.

The largest users by far are the Chinese, but they at least are taking positive steps to cut their usage. Laws introduced in 2008 banned single-use bags and has received a positive response from shoppers.

One side effect of getting rid of billions of plastic bags will be the huge saving made in oil from which they are made. It is estimated the measures taken by China have reduced its oil consumption by around 3 million tonnes of oil per annum. That’s an awful lot of oil! So, what if the ban was total and  world-wide?

Animal Life And Plastic

In order to cut down the massive pollution caused by these items, it is clear that plastic shopping bags should be consigned to history as one of man’s greatest environmental mistakes. Their use, reusable or not, can no longer be justified in today’s world. We have enough pollution problems, and let’s face it, would we really bemoan the loss of the plastic bag when we have so many environmentally friendly alternatives? I think not!

My wife and I keep several cloth shopping bags in the boot of the car and never accept the plastic alternative from the supermarket. It is such a small step, but if more people did that we would not need the plastic bag any more. Obviously, many are either too lazy to take such steps, or just don’t care, which is a shame. It is for this reason I believe legislation in this area is desperately needed.

Headed For The Plastic Island

Shoppers, like most other people, always look to the easiest option and don’t care what happens so long as it doesn’t intrude into own little ‘world’. Perhaps though we should all stop to think about what we are doing to our planet for the sake of our children.

What we do today will have a great impact on their lives!

Food for thought perhaps?

Associated Posts:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/welcome-to-plastic-island/

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/the-plastic-island-part-2/

Roy.

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