How to overcome global warming
The main cause of global warming is not CO2
Here it is:
The following statements will likely get the tears flowing. This is not their purpose. The purpose is simply to see things as they are, not as we'd like them to be.
I have been focused on global warming for about 16 years now. I analyse it in detail and as the years go past, CO2 does not seem to be the main cause of global warming.
During the past billion years, Earth has seen numerous Ice ages.
These periods were glacial even though the CO2 rates were largely superior to those in recent years. For example, 450 million years ago, the rates were about 15 times higher than nowadays... In the peak of Ice ages! That's reason enough to question the issue of CO2 in global warming.
Many scientists believe global warming is a result of increase in atmospheric CO2, simply because they percieve that global warming and CO2 curves have been parallel in recent years.
It would be smarter to take note of the parallel between global warming and general human activity.
Of course human activity produces CO2, but that's not all. It's behind many other causes, which obviously go out of the window as soon as we assume that CO2 is the big bad wolf, and SOLELY responsible. This way of looking at it evades other possible causes. There is nothing better for making dramatic decision errors!
As a matter of fact, there are a number of causes. CO2 represents only one element among numerous others in the thermal equilibrium of the planet. A major cause goes unnoticed. A cause that some human activities have truly changed.
By observing the environment and nature, we easily take notice, by our own means, of some cause and effect phenomenons. I invite you all to develop your sense of observation and use common sense. This will allow you to understand and obtain your own proof of the following statements.
One of the first recognitions you can easily make, that you may have already made:
Go for a walk in the woods, in a forest full of huge trees in the middle of summer, particularly during periods of heatwaves. You will find the prevailing cool astonishing, even more so than the vegetation is tall and dense, although it is a lot warmer just nearby, in the fields, or even worse, in the city.
Great forests where the trees are not cut down, which allows them to achieve impressive hights, significantly reduce the global temperature of the planet, as long as they occupy an extremely large part of land.
Yet we are in the middle of a desertification phase of the planet. There is on one hand a natural desertification which has operated very progressively for a millennia, and on the other hand there is of course a rapid desertification as a result of human activity, which plays an important role in the global warming phenomenon.
There are two reasons why forests drop the temperature. The first one, of which the key role is overlooked but is surely the most important one, is the water cycle. The second one is the shadow effect.
I don't mean their ability to absorb CO2. But moreso the refreshing effect due to the evaporation of water through the foliage and the shadow effect. This latter effect prevents the ground from capturing and stocking too much heat.
We desert the planet notably and mainly to turn crops. The elimination of forests for crop benefits greatly reduces the water cycle.
The forest foliage breathes and evaporates lots of water. To a certain extent, it sweats. This sweat has exactly the same effect as human sweat: it allows refreshment.
The evaporation of water on the surface of leaves has the same effect as the one used in refrigerators. Where evaporation starts, the temperature drops.
The developed surface of the foliage is disproportionate to the footprint of the tree that holds it, multiplying, possibly even making a hundredfold, the surface of evaporation.
When billions of hectars of forests sweat, the refreshing effect has a non-negligeable impact on the thermal equilibrium of the planet. However, when two-thirds of landmasses on the planet are desertified or reduced to crop lands, it's not surprising that global temperature increases by multiple degrees.
Do you want to make clear in your mind? I propose another observation. This was a turning point for me conerning this particular subject:
In the semi-tropical areas of the world, in late winter, you can see temperatures pick up quite quickly and quite considerably. It almost becomes summer. At the beginning of spring season, the deciduous trees begin to make their return. The leaves grow. Progressively as the foliage expands, the temperature drops again. Sometimes so much so that morning frosts reappear: that's the famous 'ice saints days', arborists worst nightmare. But unfortunatly, that's natures difficult way. Ultimately spring often unfolds with rainfalls and lower temperatures than weeks prior, even though days lengthen. The water cycle rebounds, taking the heat towards the heights of the atmosphere, drastically draining the temperature on the ground.
This should help you notice by your own means the power of the refreshing effect of foliage.
Even though a grand part of the water cycle is generated by the evaporation of oceans, a very important part of this cycle is due to the evaporation of foliage. This particular part reduces like snow in the sun because of deforestation as a resut of human activities.
By understanding this, you realize that one of the worse things to happen is the use of biodiesel. This is a typical example of a dramatic decision error.
First of all, Biodiesel is not produced organically, but worse, the production of Biodiesel results in a terrible counter productive deforestation. Instead of trying to defeat global warming, we're advancing it!
Another very important element is the culture of crops to feed livestock.
Feeding the population by giving them a certain amount of animal produce is, without a doubt, the human activity with the most impact on global warming. It is also one of the major causes of numerous diseases in the Western World. Overeating animals serves two purposes: we destroy our health as well as the planets wellbeing
Even though humans are partially carnivores, the consumption of meat that is necessary to be healthy and to not lack nutriments is ten times less than the humongous intake of the majority of the worlds population.
An American's intake is about 123 kg of meat in a year. A Europeen, about 100 kg. In actual fact 5 to 10kg a year are sufficient to give us enough useful nutriments for a life long excellent health. The excess surplus progressively becomes terribly harmful and grandly participates in the explosion of cancers, of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, of articular problems and many other diseases of modern society. Of course, consuming too many animal products is not the only reason for all of these problems, but it radically participates. The excess consumption of products with high Glycemic Indexes such as sugar, potatoes and cereals in general, also play an important part in these diseases, more specificaly with diabetes and obesity.
Ultimately, by adopting a diet which includes much more vegetables (and some fruit), the benefits would be amazing. We could be a lot healthier and we would be able to give two thirds of the fields back to nature itself by recreating forests. By doing this, we could begin to turn the case of global warming on it's head.
Another important mesure consists of reducing the birth rates of the world's population. With more than seven billion people on the planet, it's becoming unsustainable for the ecological equilibrium. The only way to regulate a population without generating human suffering is a lower birth rate. More than anything, humanity is repopulating too fast, which will not be sustainable for long. And to avoid diseases generated by other mechanisms (natural or otherwise) limiting the population, the only painless one would be to reduce natality. All the other mechanisms are cruel and barbaric, whether it be famines, wars, diseases..
Such extremities are of course not necessary. Naturally, if everyone makes a reasonable effort, which does not mean «no more reproduction» but we no longer excessively reproduce, the futur could be bright.
Concerning agriculture, the agricultural model needs to be rethought as well as offering a lot more fruit and vegetables rather than animal products and cereals. The food market is not about to shut down, and offering a certain type of products instead of the alternative wouldn't in any case reduce the turnover. It's the manner and the choices of production that need to be reviewed.
Yet another important point: wood heating, contrary to popular belief, is a very bad solution in regards to global warming. Worse case scenario, we take part in the desertification and in the best case, even if we allow trees to grow, we don't let them grow enough for them to have a positive impact on the water cycle and on the shadow effect.
Forests which are regularly used to make logs are a lot less efficient when it comes to tackling global warming. Try it out: go for a walk in the middle of summer, in the woods where the trees are no taller than 10 meters high, and in the forests where the trees seem immense. You'll see for yourself that there is a huge difference in temperature.
Heating and air conditioning are terrible energy consumers. Insulate your homes, more than is recommended, two times more if at all possible. It will be one of the best investments you will ever make. You will be winning economically in a matter of years. As well as the enormous amount of energy saving over time, note that whilst installing or renewing a heating system, it will also be remarquably less expensive. Moreover, it will be much more confortable, and icing on the cake, you'll be working towards saving the planet! Anyway, it's a win-win situation!
Global warming is not inevitable. Everyone can actively take part in reducing it by following the the suggested solutions above. Of course, it is first and foremost public authorities who play the most important role. Not by taxing activites, but by regulating them and reorientating them. The first measure should be to rapidly stop the production of biodiesel, to stop wiping out and reforesting all the areas where they are cultivated.
Biodiesels are without a doubt the most counterproductive solutions that exist to fight global warming and I invite you all to not use them.
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The 4th of march 2019