How much do you affect the ecosystem?

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2011 - 12:17 AM

Results of household survey can change pollution inputs neighborhood by neighborhood.

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wwallace67Jan. 9, 1112:09 AM

What's next, oxygen consumption index? Good grief, teach a liberal a little math, and they start measuring and monitoring, without scientific evidence that carbon is actually bad for the ecosystem. (Last I checked, plant life loves CO2.)

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sunnyboyJan. 9, 1112:36 AM

'14 decapitated bodies found in Mexico resort city' was more interesting than this tripe.

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jitterjeppJan. 9, 1112:45 AM

@ wwallace67 - the problem with that kind of attitude is that it keeps you from seeing other things. Like this part that was in the article "Nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients that create massive algae blooms in lakes and streams, depleting the water of oxygen for other plants and wildlife." Did you miss that? Maybe and maybe not but you denounce the article as garbage with your comment and there very important things in there. There are also other issues in urban AND suburban areas with dangerous pollution in the air so that now if air gets trapped at lower elevations on hot humid days the EPA has to issue warnings because it's very bad for people with asthma and athletes in training or people out getting exercise so they aren't a big giant burden to our failed health care system. It doesn't matter if you believe in global warming or not. These other things are very real and very provable and no qualified republican/conservative who is a real educated and qualified professional in that field would disagree unless they were on a payroll for a company selling the products. So you can ask yourself do I care about these other things or is my mission in life only to be a liberal basher at the expense of our enviornment and natural resources and the future of even the conservative children today or can I be an intelligent person and say, "yep, I'd like my grandchildren to be able to breath around here when they get older and maybe be able to do some fishing and eat those fish? It's up to you.

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sohkohJan. 9, 1112:49 AM

wwallace67: Water is good for you. Now go see what happens when you put your head under it for 3 minutes. Most things are ok in moderation, and bad in excess. The same goes for CO2 and other pollution levels. If you don't understand this concept, please leave it to the people who do so we can stop the spread of bad logic.

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wwallace67Jan. 9, 11 1:19 AM

'Nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients that create massive algae blooms in lakes and streams, depleting the water of oxygen for other plants and wildlife.' Did you miss that? I didn't even bother to read it. But I did just watch the BBC's "Nature's Most Amazing Events: The Great Feast" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00j8g9g), in which nitrogen and phosphorus create a gigantic phytoplankton bloom in the northeast pacific that not only serves as the basis for supporting all sorts of life as low man on the food chain, with herring, sea lions, birds, and whales higher up--but also generates oxygen, in fact, the bloom generates more oxygen than the Amazon rain forests, according to the documentary. Plant life does that, even the algae that you worry about. The way to keep algae (read: phytoplankton) from decaying, and consuming the oxygen that it generated in the first place, is to find fish that eat the phytoplankton before it decays. Seriously, if you're a liberal, leave the science to the linear thinkers. You'll just get yourself worked up in a frenzy thinking that your feces and green grass is going to harm the planet.

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jitterjeppJan. 9, 11 1:51 AM

@wwallace67 And fresh water lakes in MN are exactly the same as salt water oceans? So basically get some sea loins and whales and put them in Lake Minnetonka? Better the thinking to whom?

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richieswensonJan. 9, 11 2:12 AM

A website about electric motorcycles featured a mom of SIX; she thought she was greener than god himself because her bike was electric. Anyone spot the flaw in her thinking???

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thatsmeJan. 9, 11 8:31 AM

If anyone tells you dog poop is a source of pollution they are certifiably insane. Beware of environmental-cases citing scientific data. Do not forget climate-gate data cooking of the global warming issue. "Scientists" in white lab-coats pulling fake data from their arses. Think about this for a second. How about deer poop, cat poop, bird poop, bat poop? These people are getting loopier by the day. Riding bikes through the snow. It might be entertaining to watch, but their influence is very dangerous. Far more dangerous than any threat to the environment could ever be. Because they what you to give up freedoms and cede yet more control to the government.

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elind56Jan. 9, 11 8:34 AM

Man's extractions and emissions are so miniscule as to be insignificant as compared to the natural processes of the incredibly vast planet we live on. This insignificance is exceeded only by the arrogance and hypocrisy of those who preach about carbon footprints and green living. For many decades now, progressives and their environmentalist allies have been using relentless and totally unsubstantiated fear-mongering in their efforts to halt western civilization's industrialized march into the future. No 'footprint' could ever possibly be small enough for them and they will not rest until...well...there is no point they will ever rest as long as humans roam the earth. They intend to use their theology (yes, this IS religion) to negate wealth through taxes, bans, and...the holy grail of environmentalism...RATIONING. Stop placating the extremists with expensive laws and regulations that are meaningless from an environmental standpoint. We continue to put our prosperity and freedom into the hands of a very few individuals and organizations that have alterior motives that are far less pure than they appear on the surface.

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rlundl02Jan. 9, 11 9:56 AM

I find it a bit sad that travel is now being singled out as something that should be avoided as was mentioned in the story. Time was, the voices from the left were the ones who, rightly, encouraged people to travel as way of expanding their view of the world. I responded. I love to travel. Is that now UN-PC, too? Not to pile on, but there isn't enough money to get me to ride a bicycle in the winter. I'm no fool. It's too dangerous.

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