Original Link - 27 Images That Show It May Already Be Too Late
A slacktivist, limousine liberal, environmentally hysterical post hit my Facebook timeline and I just couldn't ignore it. I didn't want to look. I could have closed my browser. I could have just enjoyed my day, played my video game and carried on with my life. Who am I kidding? This post and others like it annoy me... a lot. So much so that I'm writing when I want to be relaxing.
Misinformational tear-jerky, pessimistic, judgement day type posts like this need a response. I tried to ignore it. I tried to look away, but I just couldn’t. I looked, became increasingly annoyed and now I’m writing.
For the record, if I had planned to be sitting in front of my computer all day, I'd rather be editing photographs that I took a week ago.
Mexico City is one of the world's megacities. It has a population density of 9,800 people/ km2. That is insane yet not the most densely populated city in the world. Now, one has to ask, why are megacities happening? Well, urbanization would be the answer. People cannot make a living in rural areas anymore so they move to cities to make their living. Mexico City not the only city in Mexico - it just happens to be the largest.
How does anyone stop a city from growing? Well, in all reality, no one can. As long as people cannot make a living in rural communities, urbanization will happen.
I've done some research on this. There are countries in the world that still permit trade in ivory. As far as I can tell, to acquire the ivory, hunters poach and there isn't a lot being done about it. It brings money into the countries that “permit” poaching so there isn't a lot of incentive to stop them. It's even happened on some conservation lands. I DO NOT agree with the modern day ivory trade. There's no reason and no excuse for it. As far as I'm concerned, flesh eating bacteria are far better people than poachers.
For a time, there was slash and burn deforestation in the Amazon. The reason (not a justification) was, farmers could not manage their crops. Farmland would weed quickly and would lose soil fertility in no time so the farmers would move on and create more pastures.
There is also a perception that logging is causing a great deal of deforestation. It's been discovered through this thing called research and observation that deforestation causes precipitation to decrease over the forest. Less rain means less regrowth. Logging is just not economical nor is converting the forest the pastoral fields.
Deforestation has declined A LOT since 2004. People, in general, have realized if your renewable natural resource doesn't renew, there's no point in using it up. It doesn't do anyone any good.
Cool time lapsed photo. As long as people want to travel by air, there will be air traffic. Air traffic is good for global economy. People go all over the world, spend money multi-nationality, make business deals and order product to be shipped by air; well, to explain why air transportation is necessary as simply as possible that is. Air traffic is a good thing and in high demand.
Oh, if that photo freaks you out, watch these awesome videos; they show air and ship travel from space and over specified time periods.
This Is How Air Traffic Between Europe And North America Looks
Global ship traffic seen from space
JRC reveals global traffic routes using LRIT ship tracking data
How else is cargo suppose to be delivered? By ox and cart? On people's backs? Motorcycle? Oh, bicycle, I understand.
So, just to see this photo, it's a guy with his hand over his nose and mouth. Anyone with a camera can ask a guy to pose. It's nothing without the caption.
There is agreement that the Yellow River is polluted but how much is up in the air. Any data that is produced is questionable at best so I can't argue for or against the meaning behind the photo.
I believe this incinerator is in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It is another megacity. Incineration is a valid method to deal with the ever expanding landfill and waste problem that comes with megacities. Vaporize the waste and you don't have the mass or infectious diseases of contemporary landfills to deal with. Dhaka produces 5,000 tonnes of waste each day. That has to go somewhere. What I find interesting is, this incinerator is part of a “waste-to-energy” program. Right now, the incinerators produce 10 megawatts of energy per day. They want to increase that to 50 megawatts within 3 years.
Alright, seriously, HOW can anyone even put “a direct result of climate change” in a caption and not expect to be challenged? Prove that. Drought happens. Forest fires happen. They always have, they always will. I actually just watched a documentary on mega-droughts that happened 1000 years ago in North America that made the Dust Bowl look perfectly stormy so saying "a direct result of climate change" needs absolute evidence. Oh ya, and climate changes all the time. It was cold and rainy this morning, it's warm and sunny this afternoon.
This is the SECOND picture attacking the oil sands. I live in Alberta so this one hits close to home. Let's begin. The original picture decrying the oil sands was posted on the internet using computers, tablets or mobile phones. Those have plastics in them which is a petroleum product. To get on the internet, electricity is kind of a necessity. Oh, I'm guessing the various posters, reposters, environmentalists and so forth live in houses, apartments or huts and petroleum products were used to build them. Delivery of the various bits of their homes were done by truck. I can do this for days!
Let's talk about the actual oil sands. Geologically, the area is an exposed Cretaceous oil sands deposit,. “Environmentalists” could take dramatic photos whether people were there removing the oil or not. There just might not be roads to make the area look that much more "devastated."
Removing oil from the oil sands is more like environmental restoration then anything. Once the oil (that has been there for AT LEAST 65 million years) is removed, vegetation can start growing in the area.
Oh, hey! Another megacity! On September 16, 2014, 6,196 megawatts of electricity was used in the city of Los Angeles. That sounds oddly calculable.
This is completely wrong. This is a picture of Ghost Forest on the Oregon Coast. These stumps were unearthed in 1997 and are only rarely visible. In the year 1700, an earthquake killed the forest and buried it under sand.
This forest sits on the Cascadia Subduction Zone or Cascadia Fault. It runs from Vancouver Island to California. It is the spot where two tectonic plates meet.
Oh, ya, thanks by the way. Oregon is one place in the west I haven't been and now I have to go, in the winter, WITH tide tables. I'll be sitting out there, with my camera SPECIFICALLY TO GET PHOTOS OF 2000 YEAR OLD STUMPS IN WATER! I'm not sure if I hate the poster or like the poster for THIS one.
Yes, this is 26,000 hectares of greenhouses. More than half of Europe's fruits and vegetables are grown here. These greenhouses provide $1.5 billion in revenue and is the economy of Almeria. Now, why are they localized to this one area? Well, this area is very dry. 35 years ago, when they began building the greenhouses, the area only received 2 cm of rain per year. This is also the area where they filmed the ever so famous “spaghetti westerns.” This isn't important, it's just a neat bit of trivia.
It has been discovered however, that the reflective roofs of the greenhouses have been cooling the area down. The average temperature has dropped by 1.5 degrees Celsius over the last 50 years.
So, I found this exact photo on a stock photography website. That alone creates skepticism galore. Anyone who knows me knows I would be very biased against this picture and if real, I would desire to hunt the poachers myself. Tigers are the most beautiful creature in the world. The only animal I love more than tigers are snow leopards. But to find a “poacher” photo on a stock photo site that I can purchase for use means this photo isn't real. If it is by chance real, it is very old and meaningless.
There is no doubt that the Siberian tiger is endangered. That is why Russia has anti-poaching initiatives. It's not perfect but they are working on it and they are getting better at tiger protection each year. Posing with a poached tiger pelt and putting it on the internet is just asking to be arrested. Seriously, does anyone really think Russians wouldn't do something about that, especially with the SIBERIAN tiger? It's kind of in the name.
This mine closed in 2004. It is massive. The mine is 1200 meters across and 525 meters deep. Helicopters are not permitted to fly over the mine due to wild air currents. That is crazy but they are Russians. During its peak years, (it opened in 1957) the mine produced 10 million carats, 20% of which were gem quality annually. The working conditions here were brutal. They had to mine through permafrost in the winter and work through muddy sludge in the summer. Fun stuff.
Alrosa owns the mine now. They are ISO compliant and do have an environmental impact program in place. How effective it is, I don't know. I can find very little about it.
So, that photo looks like a set up. There is more garbage than there is bird. I went and looked for evidence of birds eating THAT much garbage and I can't find anything conclusive. There is no doubt this happens but the photos I find are similar to this. They look set up. That garbage looks like it was placed into it's body cavity - not it's stomach.
What these photos purport is, birds eat more inorganic matter than food. I cannot confirm that birds eat THAT MUCH plastic and inorganic matter or at least appear to though I wouldn’t think so. I can find lots of people talking about it but nothing conclusive, anywhere. I (really don't) love finding lots of gross decaying bird pictures.
There's really only one thing to say here. The New Delhi megacity is another case of urbanization.
Maldives is a little island nation about 600 km southwest of India. It's got a land area of 298 square km. It's tiny. It is however made up of over 1100 different islands spread over 90,000 square km. It's a double chain coral atoll which is made of awesome. Maldives has the status of having the lowest natural high point in the world at 2.4 meters above sea level. Basically, if someone sneezes, I think the islands flood.
Maldives has history that goes back to 2000 BC. It was part of a trade route.
Nowadays it's a tourist destination.
Sea levels have been rising at about 3mm/yr. In 2010, however, sea levels fell for an 18 month period. In other words, people try to sound conclusive about what’s going on with the world’s weather but it's a lot of guess work and political agenda. Ice shelves freeze and melt and sea levels change but they don’t actually know what's why at this point.
I'm not sure why this is here, because science? Black Friday is a PROCESS and PEOPLE problem. The process problem is this; Black Friday is a one day event in which a lot of high demand items are on deep discount. If the Black Friday event were, say, a week long, a lot of the problems that come from this one day event would be avoided.
The people problem is... people are crazy. I personally avoid the Black Friday event like everyone has Spanish Flu, smallpox AND Ebola combined. I barricade myself in my home and I *may* look out my windows just to make sure the world still exists.
This one I knew about. For years, China has accepted electronic waste from around the world and put it all in one location. Industrial disease is rampant in what's been deemed “ the electronic graveyard.” It's actually a scientific case study of what happens when tonnes of a specified type of waste that we've never had to deal with before is localized. It is brutal and it's how people here make a living.
China has technically banned the importation of electronic waste. The electronic graveyard still receives 1.5 million tonnes per year or 100 truckloads per day. Most, if not all people in this are sick in some fashion. Lead poisoning is the highest on the list of problems, respiratory diseases are incredibly common and these are only two of the many health issues in the area.
What's sad is, this isn't the only electronic graveyard. It's the world's largest electronic graveyard.
Get a job in recycling! I dare you.
I loathe the term “virgin forest.” That term is simply used to ensure an emotional response. Next, if that is a clear cut, good. A clear cut forest will grow back far better than selective cutting. If a forest is logged through selective cutting, sunlight and water will not reach the forest floor. New growth would be impossible. With a clear cut, when new trees are planted, the entire forest floor has access to sunlight and rainwater, there aren't big trees to suck up all the water or hide the floor from sun. New trees have a chance to live. (I learned this stuff from a friend of mine. You’d probably like her.)
For an industry dependent on renewable resources to thrive, they want said resource to renew. If the industry wants to thrive faster, said industry will HELP the renewable resource renew. For the logging industry, that means replanting a forest in the most efficient way possible.
Logging may be contentious, but as long as people want paper and houses and stuff, logging will happen.
Okay, so there is a waste facility specific to tires. I'm not seeing what the problem is. From here, they can either be disposed of properly (buried I believe) OR recycled into something else. As long as people have a need for tires, there is need for licensed disposal facilities.
If a fire broke out here, it's localized, away from cities AND firefighters will know exactly what to expect. That way, they will be prepared and they'll know what chemicals are required to put out this kind of fire. That's one of the points of a licensed facility.
So, it doesn't take much research to find out the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi is going well. They've completed fuel removal from unit 4 and they're currently cleaning up the site, dealing with contaminated water, replacing tanks and doing what needs to be done to fully decommission the plant. Oh, right, there is no fire. That was put out years ago.
IAEA Sees Continued Progress at Fukushima Daiichi
The Situation At Fukushima
Based on past and current research, polar bears are doing well. There is a consensus with ACTUAL polar bear experts - NOT environmentalists with a political agenda - that the polar bear population is increasing and has been since the 1970's. There is currently a confirmed polar bear population of 20,000 - 25,000 bears. They think there are more like 40,000 bears. There also isn't just one type of polar bear. There are 19 subpopulations. Canada has 13 of them.
Oh, and some of these polar bear experts that watch, study and write numerous expert peer reviewed papers about polar bears and their increasing populations don't get invited to the cool kids tables. They just get told how wrong they are by armchair experts. They also get told how global warming is obviously killing the population off, just because it is (even though it's not.)
“Ruthless exploitation of man?” The Alberta oil sands were already picked on, now it's California oil fields. So, let me challenge oil extraction from another direction.
What is oil used in?
I looked up said waterfall. These ice flow waterfalls are analogous to fertilizing the ocean. The poles get summer like anywhere else. It gets warmer, the sun beats down on the surface of the ice, the ice melts and WATER! The water has to go somewhere and it FALLS off the ice. Then winter comes, it snows, the water freezes and the ice flow gets bigger. Then summer happens again. This sounds sort of, hmmm, what's the word... right, seasonal!
Okay, I've been doing this for too long. I can't hide the sarcasm anymore.
That's steam from cooling towers.
Did a storm happen the night before they went out? I lived on a coast. The coast line always looks like hell after a storm. If there was that much floating garbage, why would he go into the water? I'd be afraid of catching something because water accidentally got in my mouth, or eyes, or on my skin.
I have found research that shows Indonesia (the 4th most populous nation) produces a heroic amount of waste. In 2010 they produced 3.22 million metric tonnes of plastic waste, 1.29 million metric tonnes of which ended up in the ocean. Seriously? That's just plastic, I don't want to consider the amount of ew they're spilling into the ocean.
So, I have to ask again, seeing what's in that photo, WHY WOULD THE SURFER BE IN THAT WATER? Remember the industrial disease I spoke of earlier? He probably has it now.
"When the last tree has been cut down, the last river poisoned and the last fish caught, then the man will find that money can not be eaten."
Quote Investigator - Last Tree Cut
This is what the site's author says after the last picture. That quote was first heard in 1972. It's in a collection of essays titled “Who is the Chairman of This Meeting?” and it was said by Alanis Obomsawin. Another version of that quote was used, again in 1972, by another Native American, Thomas Parker, at Harvard during his presentation.
It's not so old and it's part of a cautionary report of short-term thinking and monetary motivations.
I see what the site author was trying to say but there was no context for the quote used. As long as the author and anyone else wants a certain quality of life, oil excavation will happen, power plants will be built, megacities will develop. Random pictures and mis-used quotes will not change minds. Nor will slacktivist resharings and the power of the "Like" button.
I might have been more convinced of the message behind the page if it didn't come to me via Facebook.
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