Friday, May 04, 2007


UN Conference Announces: Climate change 'can be tackled'
The growth in greenhouse gas emissions can be curbed at reasonable cost, experts at a major UN climate change conference in Bangkok have agreed. Boosting renewable energy, reducing deforestation and improving energy efficiency can all help, they said. This is the third report this year from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and aims to set out the costs and benefits of various policies.

IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri said the report was "stunning".
"Human society as a whole has to look for changes in consumption patterns," he told reporters at a news conference in the Thai capital. New clauses added to the report at the last moment clarify the potential for nuclear power and lifestyle changes to cut emissions. BBC News

A few days ago I was studying information on Climate Change that no one is picking up on, although it is perhaps the most serious factor in the continued destruction of our planet, and of the environment. The people responsible for the continued increase in destruction are doing their clog dance on the international stage, but meanwhile the waters are rising and the stage will soon be under water: The industrialised nations.

I was reading that the European Union, while calling for reductions in CO2 emissions are themselves the master cog in driving a dramatic increase of carbon emissions. The economic growth projects being financed all over Europe, by the same European Union calling for reduced emissions, are rapidly increasing the production of man-made CO2 released into the atmosphere. Part of that release is the growing destruction of the natural environment. It is the same story all over the world.

One of the clauses added to the UN report is the potential for nuclear power in reducing carbon emissions in the developing world. What are the western nations doing with Iran? They are demanding that Iran dismantle it's nuclear power programme. I sense a schizophrenia appearing in the midst of the political clog dance: Save the planet, develop nuclear power. Save the planet, stop developing nuclear power... Duh!!??

In 1980 Carl Sagan's Cosmos series was televised, and part 4 of the series was called: Heaven and Hell. I am not a fan of Carl Sagan, and I wonder is he the father of the modern day CO2 emissions theory? At the end of the video Sagan talks about the rapidly increasing destruction of our planet, asking: "Which do we value more? Short term profits or the long term habitability of our planetary home?" Why did it take western powers 26 years? We could have had Solar panels and small wind turbines on every home in the western world over the past 20 years and yet nothing was done. The small businesses developing these technologies struggled on alone, while massive investment was directed into the coal, gas and petrolium industires.

Returning to 2007, what do I see happening all around me in the richer industrialised countries? We are as primative as ever. In fact, things have gotten a lot worse. Industrialised nations are telling India, China and Africa that sustainable energy production can be realised... Sure it can... So why are WE, the West, not doing it? Four or five years ago construction workers, when demolishing or constructing buildings, used to protect and save the surrounding trees. Not anymore! The construction workers smash all the trees to the ground with giant diggers. I mean the trees on the edges that could still grow.

This is a relatively small town that is growing at an abnormal rate due to massive financial investment - all together and all at once. Suddenly, almost overnight, multiple constuctions began all over the town. Traditionally there has always been a building height limit regulating the construction industry. Not anymore. Overnight the building industry can build bigger, uglier and higher. At the same time the local government officials allowing this bigger, higher, broader, anything-goes boom in construction are standing with the media in the parks waving green flags (public image flags).

Are the Europeans using sustainable building resources? No, they are not. Are they constructing the newly built roofs with Solar tiles or panels? No, they are not. Do I see a wind turbine anywhere? No! Business as usual constructions are going on all over Europe. The emphasis are on cheap materials, concrete panels, immigrant labour and ecologically unstustainable constructions. The buildings are energy eaters, they are wasteful, they are water guzzlers and they are incredibly ugly to look at. The industry are constructing sick buildings, and no one cares.

Almost every minature green area in this town are being built upon with larger than life construction projects that defy the public political call for a greener world, for less CO2 emissions, for a nature-friendly environment. While the politicians and the UN wave the green CO2 flag, the destruction of industrialised nations not only continues - it is increasing at such a rate it is hard to believe. Is CO2 a public relations scam?

I am not sure that one factor alone is behind the drastic and ongoing changes in the Earth's climate. To be honest, it is too simplistic to claim that one element is altering the behaviour of the whole planet. It is more likely a combination of processes, some of which are natural and cyclical, others contributed to by man. One thing I am sure of, and I knew this as a child, humans have to stop polluting and destroying the earth, the air, the rivers and the oceans... Yet human behaviour is showing the opposite trend. We are not stopping, we are not slowing down, humans are increasing their eco-destructive habits.

When the UN do their change in consumption patterns clog dance, do they set an example? Have the UN cut back on meat consumption within their world-wide organisations? Have the EU? Certainly, we can change how we do business on the earth. Take meat off the table and you have done a lot to change consumption patterns behind methane and carbon dioxide production, the cutting down of forests for animal production and for animal feed. That is the step I took over 30 years ago.

Livestock a major threat to environment - Remedies urgently needed
29 November 2006, Rome - Which causes more greenhouse gas emissions, rearing cattle or driving cars? Surprise! According to a new report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation.
Environmental Vegetarianism
The True Cost of Meat Production

Destruction Underlies Money Man's Industrial Economy

* Methane is a major contributor to "global warming".
* Melting permafrost is releasing even larger amounts of methane.
* Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide (CO2).
* World reliance on animal farming and meat production is a major producer of methane and carbon dioxide.
* A vegetatian diet significantly reduces man-made carbon and methane emissions.
* Trees absorb Co2.
* We destroy more trees each year than are being planted.
* With each tree death we lose another natural carbon dioxide neutralising unit.
* The European Union are financing rapid growth in habitat degradation and destruction.
* The World bank are financing rapid growth in habitat degradation and destruction.
* The mass destruction of natural habitat is worse today than it ever has in human history.
* The institutions and organisations who depend on eco-destruction continue to hold influence through all major world financing institutions and political systems.
* Major world Institutions and Governments calling for ecologically sustainable practices finance the opposite.
* The belief that politicians will change the way the world currently does business is false.
* The countries who most need to change the way they do business wont change the way they do business.
* The people living on planet earth have to change the way they live at a local level.
* Methane and carbon dioxide are only part of a much bigger ecological picture.
* No one really knows what they are talking about.
* The point of no return may already have been reached...