Do we understand where we are?

For the time being it seems the world is no longer worried about the environment. The IPCC and other bodies are re-writing their explanations and predictions about climate change. Perhaps they will now be balanced – a fault or quality that some detected in “the Energy Age”. For now, in an effort to provide a balanced explanation of anthropogenic climate change the scientists are relatively silent, as though they are learning a new language and are afraid to speak it until they perfected it in all its nuances.

Yet the environment needs our voices and our protection now, more than ever. Oil is still being mixed into the sea in the Gulf of Mexico. Vast areas of ancient forest are being cleared, for greed, each year. Fish stocks are declining and the sea is becoming more acidic and the parts of the sea that are free from life are increasing.

There have been very modest falls in the amounts of carbon dioxide that humanity is emitting – perhaps no more than 2%. These falls are ascribed to the recession, not to any great environmental awakening on the part of people. In any event, a 2% fall makes no difference to the accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide, which is now so hig that only half of the annual emissions from all sources can be recycled by the natural processes o our planet.

Perhaps some people are thinking that now it is safe to go back into the water; others are thinking that there was never any danger lurking there, and that it was all exaggeration, alarmism and puff. And thus we shall go happily into danger, leading the rest of humanity behind us, without purpose, because we fail to understand that we need a balanced approach to the environment, which supports us shelters and feeds us.  We need to accept and live with what is around us, without trying to irreversibly change it. Sometimes, I wonder, if we really understand where we are.

“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.”

4 Responses

  1. The huricane season is just around the corner and if the oil in the gulf ever gets into the air in gas or droplet form we could be in for a very big suprise over land.

    • I have just finished tomorrow’s post, about this topic, but it hadn’t occurred to me that there is a risk of oil droplets thrown up by hurricanes polluting the land. I don’t think BP will have enough money to cover claims from this.

  2. Anthropogenic global warming is, was and always will be a political path to power using panic that is not supported by the physics of the atmosphere as I have demonstrated many times.

    CO2 is in short supply in the atmosphere and if anything we should increase it. To the extent we have corn and orange harvests have been documented positively, i.e. larger harvests.

    Let’s stop the handwringing, fire up the cars, fires in the hearths, burn up the coal and really help Mother Nature to correct our CO2 deficiency.

  3. It’s awful to think that this may continue until the relief pipes are ready, sometime in August!!

    I heard some financial bod on Bloomberg the other day stating how much money BP has at its disposal, $20 billion in cash and many more billions in assets; it will be very interesting to see how this pans out. The US must pressurize BP into paying out considerable damages, yet the max penalty is only $75 million.

    Obama also understands that BP’s economic standing and share value have profound effects on the worlds economy, breaking BP may actually break the worlds economic recovery. Good luck with that Barrack.

    Unfortunately our fate is sealed, it was even before this latest spill, man is heading towards a population crisis and a global food shortage. Another thing I’m certain of is that after we are gone, nature will fully recover from our blight and can once again thrive without the hindrance of man.

    It’s sad to say this, as I have young children, but I think we are in for some terrible times in the next 100 years.
    Our systemic poisoning of the ecosystem / food chain is surely about to finish us off. Do we have the tools or the attitude to survive this crisis? Politically speaking, I don’t think we have the global resolve to act effectively and in the time frame required.

    The dreadful proliferation of toxins that a hurricane might cause is appalling! God help those in that area of the world!

    Respect and Peace!

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