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Civics 101 - The Environment - 5 Cents
Posted by: Paul Nichols

16 Jun 2007

Civics 101 - The Environment


We here at DimeBrothers love nature. It's the environment we're confused about. Lemme explain.


Back in the 60's and 70's people began to notice that they lived in the world, and more specifically, on Earth (Terra). They thought, rather unselfishly, "Let's not trash this thing right away - we might need it later on." Presidents Johnson and Nixon jumped on board the environmental bandwagon and we thought to ourselves how progressive we were.


In the 1980's the focus turned to carbon dioxide, and how it was filling up the earth, and fluorocarbons stuff, and how all that was killing our beautiful Ozone layer, without which gravity was likely to stop working and we'd all be thrust off the face of the planet and have to live on Mars (which surely we'd figure out how to do by 1997).


And life continued.


In the 1990's the focus turned to deforestation, and how all the trees on the planet would be cut down to make paper or fire to roast marshmallows over. Brazil would soon be Kansas.


And life continued.


Sometime early this decade, though, the whole thing got all muddled up. Suddenly, it was actually Ozone (O3) that was hurting the environment. (Unfortunately, no one bothered putting anything in any of those news articles to help clarify why Ozone was bad but the Ozone layer was good.)


And deforestation was still a problem, but some of it was due to poor landowners selling logging rights to feed their families.


And the polar ice caps were melting. But what was the effect on algae growth - and doesn't algae growth help regulate temperatures - and how much higher are the oceans now than they were 30 years ago?


Alas! Please don't take these questions as cynicism. We here at DimeBrothers love our environment and think protecting it is worthwhile. We understand that impervious surfaces (pavement and houses and the such) affect rivers, animals, and ultimately, us. We recycle. Paul even won an Earth Day drawing contest in 6th grade. Countywide, too!


But our questions remain. We are searching for answers, but not too hard (maybe we should do a two minute internet search).


We ask you, dear reader, to write in and let us know what we don't know.


Help us to know more about our civic responsibility to the environment!

© 2007 Dime Brothers
Category: Civics 101    

Reader Comments:

Instead of recycling, I like returning my plastic bottles to Mother Earth whence they came.

Just kidding. I'm thinking the gist of the argument now-a-days is that CO2 is bad. And from the description "green house GASES", I assume CO2 is just ONE of them affecting the atmosphere. What are the others?

And why won't US regulations allow unsafe cars on the road that could help protect the environment when they'll allow motorcycles? Are motorcycles actually safer in an accident than a 500lb car?

(...Still haven't done an internet search to find the answers.)
18 Jun 2007
I heard a story on NPR this morning about greenhouse gases. Apparently, methane is one that is particularly devastating. Animals, instead of farting it all out, actually exhale most of the methane produced in their bodies. And 1 molecule of methane is like 20 of carbon dioxide as far as its affects on the atmosphere.

So researchers in New Zealand are trying to reduce the amount of methane produced within the animals.
19 Jun 2007
Read This
Read the book State of Fear by Michael Crichton. It will answer all your questions.
03 Jul 2007
State of Fear
I'll have to put that on the 'ol reading list! Thanks!
23 Jul 2007

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