Archive for Rain Forests

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

Killing The Wilderness Will Kill Us All

Posted in America, Brazil, Britain, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Nature, News, Oceans, Plastic Rubbish with tags , , , , on 10/09/2016 by floroy1942
Deforestation

Deforestation

No! This is not some made up story, but in years to come it will come true. The areas of wilderness on Earth, i.e. areas of land like the Amazon in South America and Central Africa among others, are the lifeblood of our planet and yet we are destroying them at an ever-increasing rate.

The Amazon

The Amazon

Before 1970 the Amazon forest covered 4,100,000 sq.kms, but by 2015 it had shrunk to just 3,331,065 sq.kms. This means that mankind has destroyed 768,935  sq.kms (almost the size of Turkey) in just 39 years, reducing its size by 18.8%. Despite all the warnings about what this was doing to our ecological status, the destruction still goes on.

In 1950 the Indonesian forest cover was estimated to be 145 million ha of primary forest and another 14 million ha of secondary and tidal forest.  Between 1990 and 2000 20% of the forest area in Indonesia had been lost (24 million ha) and by 2010, only 52% of the total land area was forested (94 million ha).

According to the World Resources Institute, more than 80 percent of the Earth’s natural forests have already been destroyed world-wide. Up to 90 percent of West Africa’s coastal rain forests have disappeared since 1900. Brazil and Indonesia, which contain the world’s two largest surviving regions of rain forest, are being stripped at an alarming rate by logging, fires, and land-clearing for agriculture and cattle-grazing. And so the destruction of our live-giving forests goes on unabated, and no-one is doing anything to stop it.

Rain Forest Destruction

Rain Forest Destruction

What most people do not realize is that trees are the lifeblood of this planet, and without them we will all die very quickly because they are the number one provider of our most important essential – oxygen. But what the hell, profit is more important that life, right!

We all know that the pollution levels on our planet are steadily rising, what with CO2 pollution world-wide and the ever increasing contamination of the world seas and the ground but no-one seems to care.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

Our oceans are steadily being heavily polluted with plastic among other things which is causing untold problems. We have huge areas of every ocean on the planet where plastic is collecting on the surface called plastic gyers.

For more information you might perhaps  want to read:

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Ocean Life Destruction

Ocean Life Destruction

Another problem with the oceans is over-fishing. Where forty years ago a fishing boat would capture maybe a ton of fish, now the giant fishing trawlers are capturing 100 tons of fish in a single catch, and it doesn’t end there.

Not only are we destroying the seas, but also the land on which we grow the crops that feed us. For the last forty years we have increased farming production to the extent where the ground does not have the ability to recover. For this reason we are using chemicals to help make the crops grow, and this is polluting the earth. Not only that, but it gets into our streams and flows into rivers where it ends up in the sea.

Years ago when I was young a farmer would always leave one field without crops for an entire year so that it could recover the minerals that help our crops grow. Now that is all out the window as everyone wants to make more and more profit.

The seas and the ground are important to us, but we are also fouling the air that we breath. From the turn of the century, when there were probably no more than a few hundred thousand vehicles on our roads it has risen to over a billion, and each one is pumping out poisonous gasses that are contaminating our atmosphere. It is well known that the levels of CO2 in our atmosphere are causing problems world-wide. The loss of forests and woods across the world means that nature has totally lost control, and can no longer rectify this problem.

Smog In The Far East

Smog In The Far East

In some Far Eastern cities people have to walk around with a mask to prevent the minute particles from vehicle exhausts getting into their lungs. Western nations have also had their share. The effect this has had on the human population is evident in the increased number of cancer deaths.

Most people will have heard about the disastrous droughts in places like California, parts of Africa and even Europe where there has been no rainfall for many months. This has had a catastrophic effect for farmers, many of whom have gone bankrupt. And yet, more areas are suffering hurricanes in places where this is unheard of in the past, like Britain for example. Our uncaring attitude to the world is causing disasters in places where such things are unheard of. If we continue as we are you can guarantee this will only get worse.

Centuries ago life on this planet was balanced because of the low levels of contamination we pumped into the seas, ground and air. But now with scientific progress all that has changed and we are slowly destroying our planet, and ourselves. If nothing changes within the next few decades mankind will be no more.

Roy.

Paris Climate Conference – COP 21

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, Conservation, Environment, Europe, Insanity, Nature, News, Oceans with tags , , , , on 29/11/2015 by floroy1942

Next week sees the next round of international climate conferences in Paris and many people are wondering what agreements are going to be reached. What is just as is important is how effective the agreements will be. Will governments live up to the actions they have agreed to take, or will it be just like all the previous conferences where everything is forgotten after the doors close behind them?

Some People Just Do Not Believe What Is Staring Them In The Face

Some People Just Do Not Believe What Is Staring Them In The Face

I have a tendency to believe in the latter, for up until now not much has been done about the major threat of climate change despite all the agreements reached in the past. The evidence for urgent action is happening every day, and yet most people just ignore it or simply do not believe it.

Major hurricanes/typhoons, flooding and drought all across the world are indications that things are changing rapidly, and it is up to mankind to make the necessary alterations in the way we live otherwise they will escalate, and life on Earth will become precarious indeed.

Polar Ice Cap Loss

Just One Example – Polar Ice Cap Loss

Most people scoff at the idea of climate change because they do not know how the climate behaved 50-60 years ago, and they have nothing to compare todays weather patterns with. Those of us who are old remember clearly the mild weather patterns of the 1950’s and 60’s when for example, hurricanes were totally unheard of in Britain. You cannot say that now. We old ‘uns remember when we never had major flooding, and long periods of drought like we do now in Britain. I can say much the same about the United States.

It is only when you have the real knowledge of what our weather patterns were so long ago that you begin to realize how much it has changed in the last thirty-odd years. Looking around at what is happening in the world at the moment I find it hard to believe that most people just do not see what is going on.

Too Many Cars

Too Many Cars

I can well understand the young people today who decry the very idea of climate change, because what we experience today is all they have known since they were born, but that does not mean they should not listen to those who have experienced better times.

Most governments are crying out about capping global temperature increases to just 2 degrees celsius but none of them are taking any concrete steps to make this happen.  But there will surely come a time when they realize the mistake they have made, but sadly, it may well be too late by then.

Loss Of A Major Asset

Loss Of A Major Asset

We still have the coal-burning factories, more than a billion cars on the road worldwide all contaminating the air we breath. We are still contaminating our farmland and waterways with chemicals to grow food, while at the same time decimating the world’s great forests like the Amazon which provide us with so much oxygen. We are also doing irreparable harm to our oceans with over fishing and plastic contamination. I have to admit, it makes me shudder to think what the world will be like for our children, and in particular, our grand and great-grandchildren.

Loss Of A Major Asset

Loss Of A Major Asset

It is indeed sad that people today are so self-centred, they do not give a single thought to what their children and children’s children will have to put up with in the future. It’s all about themselves and what they can get out of life, and sod tomorrow!

It is true that the world’s governments can only do so much in avoiding major changes in world weather, a lot of it has to come from the people themselves. We the people have to begin working together to drastically reduce the effects of global warming wherever we can, for if we don’t, future generations will pay a heavy price.

Roy.

Hastening The Death Of Our Planet

Posted in America, Britain, Children, England, Environment, Europe, Health, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 22/08/2013 by floroy1942

Global Footprint NetworkI doubt if many people will have taken much notice of a warning issued this week by the Global Footprint Network when it hit the news. Most will consider it doesn’t concern them, or has nothing to do with the way they live their lives, but in truth it affects everyone of us and in particular future generations, i.e. our children and their children. When viewed with a critical eye it is of the utmost importance and is symptomatic of the devil-may-care attitude of folks today. So what you may be wondering am I going on about.

The Global Footprint Network reported this week that mankind has once again used more of the world’s natural resources than the planet itself can replenish in a year, and its still only August. Now, this sounds quite far-fetched and may be hard to understand for some, so bear with me while I give you a simple explanation.

Humanities Footprint

Humanities Footprint

If you have ten female fish in a tank and one male, disregarding the male, you eat five of them that leaves five. These five will have one young one apiece which means at the end of the test period there will once again be ten fish plus the male. The consumption is therefore finely balanced with the ability of the fish to maintain their numbers. However, If we eat seven fish that will leave three and will result in only three new fish being born, so now we are down to six fish. What this means in global terms is that we are consuming more of the world’s resources than it can replace.

Under this general umbrella are of course natural resources such as minerals, coal, oil and gas, trees and forests that are being decimated, and the steady erosion of the soil used to grow crops because we need more and more food. Coupled with this is our ‘rape of the seas’ causing devastation to fish stocks.

The Amazon - The Lungs Of The Planet

The Amazon – The Lungs Of The Planet

On the other hand it also means we are pumping more gases like CO2 into the atmosphere and have reached beyond the limit where the world’s vegetation can absorb it and turn it back into oxygen. What exacerbates the CO2 problem is our destruction of the rain forests, which many people think of as only wood to burn or to make furniture etc. What is sad is that most people do not think of the fact that trees across the world are literally the ‘lungs’ of the world. They consume all the CO2 we put into the atmosphere and replace it with oxygen that we need to survive. Tests on trees in many areas have shown that most are now saturated with CO2 which means they have become less efficient in their function of producing oxygen. Bad news for us oxygen breathing folks.

So far as the other resources like coal, oil and gas are concerned many people seem to forget the fact that they are ‘finite’ i.e. they will not last forever and will eventually run out. We have already begun to drill for oil and gas in the oceans of the world because the land resources are steadily running dry, so what happens when they too run dry? Every year we see more and more cars and trucks on the roads world-wide as countries like China and India catch up with the more developed nations.

Historical   trend of worldwide vehicle registrations
1960-2010 (thousands)

Type of   vehicle

1960

1970

1980

1990

2000

2005

2009

2010

Car registrations

98,305

193,479

320,390

444,900

548,558

617,914

684,570

707,764

Truck and bus registrations

28,583

52,899

90,592

138,082

203,272

245,798

295,115

307,497

World total

126,888

246,378

410,982

582,982

751,830

863,712

979,685

1,015,261

In 1960 there were an estimated 126,888 vehicles on the world’s roads, but in 2012 this has risen to over 1 billion.  What is also interesting is that the number of people per car has drastically fallen over the past forty years. Instead of three and four people per car we now have most vehicles with only the driver. From this you can imagine that oil production over the past few years has gone through the roof compared to 50 years ago. Naturally oil and gas are in huge demand by the ever-growing industrial sector so our annual consumption is huge. The sad fact is, it won’t last forever, and the more we consume now the more we accelerate the time to when there is nothing left.

So what do we do when that time comes? A sticky question, because most people are of the opinion that ‘something else’ will come along to power our world, and maybe they are right for science is making huge strides in development, but what if they are wrong? Will we end up going back to the horse and cart to get around? Many aficionados today think that wind power for example will replace all our nuclear powered facilities, but if we covered the entire landmass of the globe in wind farms it would not be enough at todays rate of consumption, which I might add is still climbing at an alarming rate.

Home Appliances

Home Appliances

We love our electrical gadgets in the home like iPads/fones, juicer, toaster, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV, music centre and even an electric toothbrush, all of which consume lots of power. There are the advertising signs in cities, the office blocks etc that add tremendously to the overall consumption per day. Naturally the consumption per home is minute compared to the wasted energy in cities, but it all adds up. The energy consumption of many Far Eastern cities, like Shanghai for example, has gone up perhaps 1,000 times in the last fifty years as China has developed, and this is being reflected all across the world as more and more countries catch up with the West.

The Statistics Don't Lie

The Statistics Don’t Lie

China itself is the largest energy user on the planet but this is due to the size of its population, but Qatar, one of the smallest nations has the largest consumption of anyone per person. America is the largest consumer of power after China. It is interesting to note that scientists estimate that the USA alone would need four planet earth’s to successfully replenish all that the country uses in a year. At our present rate of consumption of the world’s resources mankind would need one-and-a-half planets to replenish what we currently use.  Food for thought!

Barren Farmland Worked To Death

Barren Farmland Worked To Death

However, we have not covered all the danger areas as yet, for apart from the world’s forests and the oil and gas reserves there is also the problem related to the growing of food. Up to the 1960’s farmers had lets say six fields in which to grow crops. Each year they would rotate the crops per field but always leave one fallow i.e. without crops. This gave the soil the chance to renew its nutrients over the year it was fallow and would be highly productive the next year. Over the last forty years that system has died a tragic death as farmers must grow more crops to feed the people, and to make more profit. In effect it means that the soil has never had the chance to regenerate itself ready for the next crop, and on many farms some crops are being grown twice a year instead of the standard once.

Spreading Chemical Fertilizer

Spreading Chemical Fertilizer

As you would expect, we have used up all the natural elements in the soil that give us a healthy harvest and for this reason we have been forced to supplement them with chemical fertilizers by the ton per acre. Chemicals in the ground essential for growing are ending up in the water supply through the streams and rivers on agricultural ground, and so this practice is poisoning our water also. It is all a vicious circle from which there seems no escape as the world population continues to expand and we need more and more food.

Just Remember, Superman Is A story And He Will Not Turn Up To Save Us From Ourselves

Just Remember, Superman Is A Story And He Will Not Turn Up To Save Us From Ourselves

There are many individuals who think all this is utter bull, and it probably won’t affect their lives one iota, but what they fail to recognise is that the burden of our selfish extravagance, and there is no other word for it, will be felt by future generations, and when it comes it will be disastrous.  The world cannot possibly sustain the current population growth, oil and gas consumption, deforestation and farming techniques without eventually failing us completely. We cannot continue to rape our planets resources at the current rate and hope to survive as a race. It is only a matter of time before mankind disappears from our world, and for sure the Earth will recover from our extravagance in time and then perhaps the cycle of evolution can begin again.

Roy.

The Climate Wars Are Coming!

Posted in Britain, Environment, Insanity, UK, USA with tags , , , on 22/10/2011 by floroy1942

When our descendents, in 500 or 1000 years time, look back at human history (presuming the human race is still around that is), they may well look upon our period on Earth as the most destructive in human evolution. At no other time in the history of the world have we, the human inhabitants of this planet, done so much damage to our home world.

The Internal Combustion Engine-A Significant Moment in Man's History

The unchecked surge of scientific breakthrough in the past 100 years has changed our lives like nothing else. Many discoveries, like the internal combustion engine, have proven fatal for the environment. The advances we have made are akin to some mad ‘Do-it-self’ enthusiast who over the years has modified, adjusted, improved and updated his home only to find that now, the foundations cannot take it all, and the whole thing is in danger of crashing down.

As the world’s dominant species, it is our responsibility to make sure everything continues to work as it did before we came along. All we had to do was maintain the ‘balance’ in Nature. I have to tell you we failed, and are continuing to fail every day! But I guess you know that already, right?

Global Warming? - Wot's that then?

Day by day, week by week, we are engineering the biggest disaster the world has ever known, and we have no-one to blame but ourselves. The really sad part is that most people today just don’t give a damn unless it impacts them personally.

UK Military experts predict that we are going to be fighting over food, water and resources at some time in the future if global warming goes unchecked! It would seem to be a deeply ambitious statement, until you analyse what is happening today. When you take the time to think about it, its not so far fetched!

No intelligent person will ever deny that our current extravagant way of life, is pumping unsustainable amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day. This action alone is making major changes to global weather patterns that we now experience year on year. Also exacerbating the problem is deforestation across the globe.

As I have so often repeated in the past: As well as our oceans, (which we are busy polluting,), trees ‘feed’ on carbon dioxide and give us oxygen in return, which is nice because we need it. Right!

Hastening Our Own Destruction?

Its a system that has served our world perfectly since its creation, and looking at it from that perspective, you would think that trees are our greatest friend!  But far from it, for in the last fifty years, massive swathes of trees and forest have disappeared from across the world, cut down for one reason or another, usually pure greed.

Anyway, that is not the main topic of this post. As all the environmental stuff has already been said, I thought I would concentrate on another aspect of the report, i.e. global warming brings with it – war!

It certainly sounds ominous, and for myself I have to agree, for I think the two are irrevocably intertwined. The richer nations are consuming the natural resources of our planet at an ever increasing rate, conveniently forgetting the fact they will eventually run out. The danger lies not in when they are gone, but when they become scarce!

Precious Oil

As stocks dwindle, the continued rising price of oil for example, will bring devastation to the world markets as the movement of goods will become so expensive, no-one can afford to buy them! Also, the rich nations will all want to be the ones who control the flow of the diminishing stocks, mostly to themselves. End result: Chaos and war!

Global warming is an event that is decimating  the world’s poorer countries, and the trade routes that keep the richer nations supplied with their essentials like oil, pass through these areas. The need to defend these trade routes would be tremendously expensive and cause major upheaval. End result: Chaos and war!

Famine Refugees On The Move

As huge tracts of land (e.g. Africa) become uninhabitable to humans, the starving people of the poorer nations will begin to move ‘en masse’ to the richer countries in order to survive, but that will be unsustainable because the people already living there will not stand for it. End result: Chaos and war! 

Oversimplified that may be, but you get the picture. The future is not rosy, unless we all do our bit to solve global warming and re-establish the balance in Nature that has kept our planet healthy for so many millions of years.

Most of the work must be done by government legislation in all nations. China gave us a good example of this when they restricted the nation to one child per family in an effort to stop the population explosion in the country. There are some very tough decisions that must be made, like a world-wide restriction on all families to one car, and now in this next decade, could be the time when the decision must be made. Otherwise it may be too late. It’s not likely to happen, is it!

Its Not Too Late

For the sake of our children, we must be prepared to back any government brave enough to make the necessary decisions, for what we do today will have great influence on the future of our kind. I know it sounds melodramatic, but I feel it is time for someone to come out and say out loud what we all need to hear. I just hope someone listens, for there is no doubt, only a fool would think we can continue as we are.

Roy 

 

 

 

The Children Are Dying

Posted in Atlantic, Britain, Children, England, Environment, Forests, Health, Human Rights, Oceans, Somaila, Spain, UK, UN, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , on 26/09/2011 by floroy1942

Children are dying daily, and almost no-one notices. It is a sad fact that very little Press coverage is given to the human suffering in Africa, where hundreds of people are dying of hunger and disease.

It is not unusual for such occurences to be pushed from the front page of the newspapers by the attention-grabbing headlines about Libya, the Palestinian situation, and the economic crisis. These stories attract readers, while the problems in Africa have been going on for decades. The sad truth is, the story is just not newsworthy.

It does not detract however from the huge suffering encountered in so many African nations. While small children, and grown-ups, are dying by the hundreds every day on this strife-torn continent, the rest of the world looks on and says; “Oh Dear! What a shame! What’s happening in Libya?”

A Dying Child

Aid, such as basic foods and medicine, have for decades been pumped into various African States by well-meaning governments and aid organizations, but it doesn’t help very much. It has reached the stage where the populace live from hand-to-mouth, relying totally on the aid groups. With this attitude, there is little justification for the respective governments to take long-term measures to fix the problem once and for all time.

What Happens To Aid In Africa

Part of the problem is without doubt the massive corruption and theft of not only money, but aid goods also.

Given As Aid – But Sidetracked To The Local Market

Many corrupt politicians and officials have made themselves rich by siphoning off money from donations. It is an everyday sight in many North African towns to see sacks of aid grain for sale openly in the markets.

There is not much by way of a ‘self-help’ programme that will get water to the areas of drought and famine. Water is always scarce in Africa, but there must be ways of getting this precious commodity to the parched areas of the country.

European Oil Pipelines

We lay pipelines for thousands of miles to carry oil to those that need it, but to lay the equivalent for water seems quite impossible. Why? We have laid oil pipelines from  Russia to Western Europe with a distance in excess of 2,000kms, and yet Lake Turkana is only 700kms from central Southern Sudan, and Lake Victoria is just over 1,000kms! Surely, it must be possible to have pipelines carrying water from the great African lakes and rivers, or even desalinated water from the sea, to make these barren lands fertile once more. Once the ground is fit for purpose, it is necessary to plants huge areas of trees.

I can hear the question ‘why’ already.

Rain Forests Of The World

Think for a moment where the most rain falls annually on our planet. If you check your maps, you will find it is mostly in heavily forested areas such as the Amazon, African and Far East rain forests, which is why they are called ‘Rain Forests’. Trees have the ability to change weather patterns like nothing else on the planet. A century ago there were many trees in northern Africa, and the climate was more stable than it is now.

Britain has seen dramatic changes in weather patterns in the last fifty years, ever since huge swathes of woodland were removed to make room for crop growing. Even Romania on the other side of Europe suffers in the same way.

The Green Wall – An Environmental Group Plan

It is inescapable that much of the African problem has been caused by the people themselves. Their only source of fuel in these poor areas is wood, and over the last century, trees have slowly disappeared from the landscape, and now there is not a single one left. This is one of the reasons why the Sahara Desert is continually growing in size by an estimated 30 miles per year. It doesn’t sound much until you see how it has grown since the middle of the last century. Trees bind the soil together and prevent erosion, and in the long term, eventually ensure sufficient rainfall.

If the soil can be made fertile enough to support such growth again, turning back the clock and revitalising the near desert areas of Africa will, in many years time, bring back the rain.

I know it sounds simple, and I can hear many people scoffing at the idea from here, but take one example.

Senseless Destruction Of The Amazonian Forest

The Amazon Rain Forest was once the mightiest forest on the planet, until greedy men started chopping it down. Now, huge swathes of this important forest no longer exist, and what do we have? This year the area suffered its first drought! Drought in the Amazon Rain Forest is unheard of!

As a subsequence of this malicious attack, we have now made a major change to the weather patterns in the Atlantic, which in turn have affected the weather in the Caribbean, the USA and even Europe.

I Would Never Be A Sailor! An Atlantic Storm

It is impossible to say that the destruction of the rain forests is the only reason for these weather phenomenon, for the warming of the oceans has also played a part, but I think this is more the reason for the increase in hurricane and typhoon activity.

Rain Forest Cleared For A Palm Plantation

This whole scenario has been duplicated to a similar degree in Africa and the Far East. In places like Indonesia and Borneo, whole tracts of rain forest are being destroyed to make way for palm trees. So why you might ask, do they want to plant so many palm trees? Palm oil is used for the production of biofuels that are supposed to help save the planet! Now there’s an irony!

So now you may understand my drawing the conclusion that forests have a significant effect on the weather!

Of course, part of the problem is cost. The countries that need it are not in a position to finance such a venture, but then why should the rich nations of our planet, or the IMF, not foot the bill? Of course it will be expensive, and require huge investment by the rich nations, but is this not preferable to the African Continent continually draining money from the world economy for the next thousand years? For there is little doubt, the problem is only going to get worse!

Money Wasted On Aid?

I would hate to estimate how much money has been donated by individuals, charities and governments over the last forty years or so to help the poor of Africa, but you can imagine it must run into trillions of dollars. Would that money not have been better spent on a long-term solution, or are these same people willing to spend another trillion dollars in the future?

While poor, the people of Africa could sustain themselves if their land was fertile enough to produce the food they need. It is in this area that aid would be most useful.

Unless we can motivate the African people, and countries can come together to make their lands fertile again, they will never be able to get out of the abyss they currently find themselves trapped in.

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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