Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

The tail end of an ice-age

We are currently towards the end of one of the colder parts of our history. Living in the last remaining years of an ice-age should be a welcome experience as the world temperatures begin to naturally climb back up to their more normal ambient levels.

Unfortunately, in this instance the world has to cope with human activities on top of natural means. Vast swathes of the world are under the influences of industrial change producing large pockets of carbon dioxide and methane. At the same time forests are being torn up, plundered, raped and left barren. Trees are the lungs of the world and we have fewer now than in the history of man. Our planet has the equivalent of emphysema, it is hardly able to breath and replenish the atmosphere with fresh oxygenated air. It doesn’t need an educated person to work out what is likely to happen unless we make more of an effort to contribute to improving our atmosphere – billions of people, animals, birds, fish and plant life will die because the planet will be unable to sustain life.

The most amazing and curious thing about this problem is that there appears to be very little evidence that much is being done to stave off the inevitable. Ask yourself the following: who is monitoring the amount of de-forestation that is occurring throughout the temperate regions of the world? What is being done to off-set the amount of pine trees that have been planted in recent years that have shamefully replaced the slow growing timbers where animals, birds and insects live? How many water courses including rivers are cleaned out, dredged, and fully maintained so that they make perfect homes for native species to reside and thrive? How many farmers are changing the type of crops that they grow and why? How many new boreholes have been recently drilled, whereabouts (what countries) have they been drilled, how many will be required to be drilled to maintain the current populations? The list of things we should know and do something about is frighteningly large and there is little if any evidence that anyone is doing much about it at all. We should all be involved, taking interest and writing about it. Urging schemes to improve lives in thirty to fifty years time because the way that this ice-age is warming up it will not take long at all for everyone to be affected by the events of the near future.

Remember what happened to the mammoth .. this was before man had begun to cut down forests, build sprawling towns, create large industrial deserts .. I don’t want man to go the same way as the mammoth, do you?

7 comments:

Ann said...

that's certainly a frightening thought isn't it

Resaca Rose said...

I read a science fiction book by Trevor Hoyle called "The Last Gasp" years ago that literally sent chills down my spine about pollution and the environment. Admittedly, it got pretty bizarre, but I thought it was a brilliant story depicting how mankind could cause our own destruction. What with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Japanese sunami and subsequent nuclear meltdown, it looks like we're headed that way.

Kloggers/Polly said...

It is Anne.

For those wishing to keep in the ball game and know what is going on please read the following article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/24/durban-big-emitters-fail-climate-change

EastCoastLife said...

It is a scary thought that man will one day be like the dinosaurs..., extinct.

We are having floods (quite bad) here in South-east Asia. Lives are lost, damage to buildings and homes is huge. It seems the floods are getting worse each year.

Keep warm and stay happy!

Kloggers/Polly said...

ECL - I think the most important thing is to realise that we are the only species that can bring about any change to our planet's atmosphere.
There are various calculations depending on what variants are taken into consideration. It is alleged that the average person would have to plant some sixty-five to seventy trees to cater for their yearly need for oxygen. So far I have only planted 17, two of which have sadly died so perhaps I need to go acorn dropping .. and plum stone dropping .. these both being the easiest of trees apart from the ash to grow from their seed.

Perhaps we all need to go on more walks and plant as we go??

I think it is important to be optimistic and look at ways to improve and make things better - from planting to recycling their are so many things that we can do as individuals.

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