Abusing the planet, hoping for miracles

  • Article by: Bonnie Blodgett
  • Updated: September 28, 2013 - 5:01 PM

Even those who recognize the perils anticipate miracle solutions.

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vapausSep. 28, 13 7:08 PM

Unfortunately, a relatively tiny percentage of the human species have clawed their way to positions of power in most organizations and imposed their sociopathic behavior on the rest of us. Their pursuit of short term monetary gains overwhelms the dreams of billions of common people for life itself for their children and future generations.

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goferfanzSep. 28, 13 7:19 PM

"""We’ve ruined the oceans, the land, and even the weather. """....I mean really, has there ever been a funnier column on climate change? Obviously, this is a person with zero science training, zero statistics training. Or, correct me if I am wrong. Bonnie seems to forget world population is at an all-time high. Life expectancies are at an all-time high. Food production is at an all-time high. Meanwhile, on the evil global warming front.... the author must forget no continent has broken its all-time high since 1976. 1976! Similarly, no state of our 50 states has broken its all-time high since 1994. More people, living a longer,happier life = IT'S A CRISIS :OD

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rolflindySep. 28, 13 7:30 PM

Actually, thanks to the energy in fossil fuels the world's atmosphere and waters have never been better off. Our air is generally cleaner than in recent centuries, and most of us have clean water. There is still a lot to do but using expensive and unreliable renewables won't help.

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badcopperSep. 28, 13 7:49 PM

True believers need to lead the way and materially change their life styles now. It may be inconvenient, but at least they will be living their values.

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johnsteelSep. 28, 13 9:44 PM

I am not sure what miracle folks think is going to solve the problem of rapidly shrinking resources. Aside from the store of hydrocarbons we are rapidly depleting, there are many other minerals we are soon going to effectively use up. I have no doubt that humanity will survive, but at a much reduced population level. The process of getting from 9 or 10 billion to around 2 billion is going to be real ugly.

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braxozSep. 29, 1312:13 AM

rolflindy Sep. 28, 13 7:30 PM Actually, thanks to the energy in fossil fuels the world's atmosphere and waters have never been better off. Our air is generally cleaner than in recent centuries, and most of us have clean water. There is still a lot to do but using expensive and unreliable renewables won't help.________ 250 years ago, a person could drink from the Mississippi River in this area and not have an expectation of getting sick. We've had to use energy to clean up what we used energy to pollute - interesting cycle.

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rogue37Sep. 29, 13 8:00 AM

I think we have still a ways to go in cleaning up the planet. That being said I do believe. We have come a long way since the 70's. the rivers and lakes are cleaner. You can swim in the Hudson now. Acid rain is not talked about anymore here in the usa. Instead of these doom and gloom predictions. Encourage people to do small things each day. This will help the planet more then lecturing them on how bad things are.

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bigbadbeanSep. 29, 13 8:14 AM

What troubles me most about the alarmist is that they refuse to accept facts and ignore science. Global warming is a natural occurrence as is global cooling. There has been no warming since 1998 as the UN climate researchers have just reported. The acid rain and ozone layer hoaxes were exposed as government sponsored nonsense. The ultimate goal of liberals and democrats is to control people and regulate businesses. They will stop at nothing to do so. They are relentless. If one alarmist can tell us exactly what amount of CO2 increases the earths temperature by one degree, how much C02 must be decreased to lower the earths temperature by one degree and what is the perfect temperature for the earth it may be considered science.

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bdsnydSep. 29, 1310:02 AM

Accepting that Climate Disruption is ongoing - ice caps melting; oceans acidifying; extreme weather events multiplying - this column exposes an interesting aspect of opinion as expressed in work by such as author Annalee Newitz': namely that a massive human disaster may not be so bad! This is a failure of empathic imagination on a breath-taking scale. Can one not picture the human pain, the devastation of mass famine, interminable refugee status, breakdown of all social order? Because this is what climate disruption portends. Loss of glacial/polar ice is loss of the planet's freshwater reserves. Heat extremes reduce crop production; acid oceans destroy fishing industries. Climate shifts extend the range of tropical diseases. It will take more than prayer or complacency to resolve this one.

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SnippetSep. 29, 1310:23 AM

>>> All of us. Now. <<< What, Bonnie? What are "All of us." going to do... "Now"?? And what are we going to do with those who disagree regarding the urgency of the threat or the likelihood of success of the latest grandiose and expensive scheme to combat it? Please tell me what will have to be done. What effects each course of action is LIKELY to have, and how much it will cost. Answer these questions. N-O-W.

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