Population of the Earth at present; 7,508,428,875. Everyone on the earth wants a healthy comfortable life; this requires shelter, food, water, transportation, and energy. We MUST find, and develop alternative forms of energy, but we cannot stop production of the energy we're now using. The world population will grow from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050. Farmers will need to double food production by 2050 to keep pace. Common sense has it that we must continue to produce the energy we're using now and work to make it clean and safe to use while at the same time we are developing alternative energy sources. But it seems to me that big daddy (The government) messes up most of what it tries to do, even good projects such as alternative fuel sources.
The full environmental cost of biofuels is only now becoming clear. Corn is the chief plant for biofuel in America. As the demand for corn for biofuel increases so does the price for biofuel corn. Farmers who grow other crops are switching over to biofuel corn to cash in on this new oil well. This land rush is being accelerated by an unlikely source: biofuels. An explosion in demand for farm-grown fuels has raised global crop prices to record highs, which is spurring a dramatic expansion of Brazilian agriculture, which is invading the Amazon at an increasingly alarming rate. Propelled by mounting anxieties over soaring oil costs and climate change, biofuels have become the vanguard of the green-tech revolution, the trendy way for politicians and corporations to show they're serious about finding alternative sources of energy and in the process slowing global warming. The U.S. quintupled its production of ethanol--ethyl alcohol, a fuel distilled from plant matter--in the past decade, and Washington has just mandated another fivefold increase in renewable fuels over the next decade. Europe has similarly aggressive biofuel mandates and subsidies, and Brazil's filling stations no longer even offer plain gasoline. Worldwide investment in biofuels rose from $5 billion in 1995 to $38 billion in 2005 and is expected to top $100 billion by 2010, thanks to investors like Richard Branson and George Soros, GE and BP, Ford and Shell, Cargill and the Carlyle Group. Renewable fuels has become one of those motherhood-and-apple-pie catchphrases, as unobjectionable as the troops or the middle class.
At the time that the demand for biofuel corn raises so is the demand for food crops, this demand for food crops that was being met by the farmer who switched to biofuel corn is now being met by farmers in Brazil and elsewhere. To grow this food crop in Brazil farmers had to clear prehistoric rain forest to make room for these crops that require sunlight. Slash and burn of the rain forest of Brazil and many other places in the world causes changes in weather patterns and the elimination of many species that benefits mankind.
This destructive biofuel dynamic is on vivid display in Brazil, where a Rhode Island--size chunk of the Amazon was deforested in the second half of 2007 and even more was degraded by fire. Some scientists believe fires are now altering the local microclimate and could eventually reduce the Amazon to a savanna or even a desert. "It's approaching a tipping point," says ecologist Daniel Nepstad of the Woods Hole Research Center.
The picture above is slash and burn of the Amazon to clear land for farming.
Ever hear the story on the news where someone is killed, or injured from a wild animal attack, these attacks are becoming more common as we encroach into their habitat. As we live longer and longer, and have more and more children, we require more space to build homes and apartments, meaning that we have to push into their territory, and as we do so we will see more and more attacks from coming into contact with wild animals. So it comes down to wildlife or human beings.
What is the answer? What is the moral responsibility of the government? At what point does government dictates become intrusion into our personal lives? Seeing the past policy failures of our governments, can the government be trusted to make the right decisions?
Is the government trying to play G-d and trying to control the population? Abortion, late term abortion, and now Infanticide? The issue of infanticide rocketed to the top of headlines. Virginia's Gov. Ralph Northam (D) propelled the debate when he voiced shocking support for what some have called "after-birth abortion" by publicly stating that disabled babies could be denied proper medical treatment after they're born. That prompted US Senate Republicans to try and pass a law saying babies should be given medical treatment if they're alive and have made it outside the womb after surviving an abortion. Democrats blocked the move.
It doesn’t end there; guess what, now it's the elderly. Can you imagine starving a person to death? Oregon Senate passed Senate Bill 494. Touted as a “simple update” to Oregon’s current advance directive, this bill is designed to allow for the starving and dehydrating to death of patients with dementia or mental illness.
Senator Betsy Johnson was the only Democrat to vote ‘no’ and Senator Jeff Kruse was the only Republican to vote ‘yes.’
Senate Bill 494 is little more than the state colluding with the healthcare industry to save money on the backs of mentally ill and dementia patients. This bill would remove current safeguards in Oregon’s advance directive statute that protect conscious patients’ access to ordinary food and water when they no longer have the ability to make decisions about their own care.
What will be next? Death camps like what the NAZIs set up during World War II disguised as FEMA Camps?
Climate change with mass extinctions has happened 5 times, they were called ice age! These Ice ages had names, Huronian, Cryogenian, Andean-Saharan, Karoo, and Quaternary. There was even a little ice age.
Only 150 years ago, Europe came to the end of a 500 year cold snap so severe that thousands of peasants starved. The Little Ice Age changed the course of European history.
One interesting aspect of solar cycles is that the sun went through a period of near zero sunspot activity from about 1645 to 1715. This period of sunspot minima is called the Maunder Minimum. The "Little Ice Age" occurred over parts of Earth during the Maunder Minimum. So how much does the solar output affect Earth's climate? There is debate within the scientific community how much solar activity can, or does affect Earth's climate. There is research which shows evidence that Earth's climate is sensitive to very weak changes in the Sun's energy output over time frames of 10s and 100s of years. Times of maximum sunspot activity are associated with a very slight increase in the energy output from the sun. Ultraviolet radiation increases dramatically during high sunspot activity, which can have a large effect on the Earth's atmosphere. The converse is true during minimum sunspot activity. But trying to filter the influence of the Sun's energy output and its effect on our climate with the "noise" created by a complex interaction between our atmosphere, land and oceans can be difficult. For example, there is research which shows that the Maunder Minimum not only occurred during a time with a decided lack of sunspot activity, but also coincided with a multi-decade episode of large volcanic eruptions. Large volcanic eruptions are known to hinder incoming solar radiation. Finally, there is also evidence that some of the major ice ages Earth has experienced were caused by Earth being deviated from its average 23.5 degree tilt on its axis. Indeed Earth has tilted anywhere from near 22 degrees to 24.5 degrees on its axis. But overall when examining Earth on a global scale, and over long periods of time, it is certain that the solar energy output does have an affect on Earth's climate. However there will always be a question to the degree of affect due to terrestrial and oceanic interactions on Earth.
Throughout our planet’s 4.5 billion years, there have been five big ice ages, some of which lasted hundreds of millions of years. Researchers are still trying to understand how often these periods happen and how soon we can expect another one.
The big ice ages account for roughly 25 percent of the past billions of years on Earth. The most recent of Earth’s five major ice ages in the paleo record dates back 2.7 million years and continues today.
Within these large periods are smaller ice ages called glacials and warm periods called interglacials.
During the Quaternary glaciation period, which began about 2.7 to 1 million years ago, cold glacial periods took place every 41,000 years. However, huge glacial sheets have appeared less frequently over the last 800,000 years and now appear about every 100,000 years.
In the 100,000-year cycle, ice sheets grow for roughly 90,000 years and then take another 10,000 years to collapse in warmer periods before the process repeats itself. However, the two factors related to Earth's orbit that affect the glacials’ and interglacials’ formation are off.
Serbian astronomer Milutin Milankovitch hypothesized that as the Earth circles the sun, there are three factors that affect the sunlight it receives. Its tilt, the changing shape of its orbit around the sun, which can vary from near-circle to oval-like, and its wobble as it spins on its axis.
Biologists suspect we’re living through the sixth major mass extinction. “We don’t always know what caused them but most had something to do with rapid climate change”.