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The following article was posted on February 5th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 28 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 28

Don't forget this atmospheric double-whammy

Jim Griffin - San Luis Obispo

The Ultra Right and many corporations insist on denouncing and denying the truth of global climate change ultimately caused by global warming. Meanwhile, as they foam at the mouth in protest, monster storms tear up whole cities and nations, severe drought plagues many areas (including here in California), unusual flooding rains drench others, blistering heat bakes various regions, polar ice caps shrink steadily while diluting the oceans and changing ocean currents, and extreme cold with crippling snowfall paralyzes wide areas, including those that don’t ever or only rarely see snow at all. Deep-going world climate change is a fact, a reality, not a theory, no matter how far into the ground—or elsewhere—some try to bury their heads.

Anyone with half a brain knows about the huge excess amounts of carbon dioxide (C02) laden fossil fuel exhaust emissions that have been and are being belched into the Earth’s atmosphere through mankind’s burning of petroleum-originated fuels, coal, and natural gas, plus the release of methane gas from massive livestock herds and refuse dumps, etc. But there is another side to the process that even many environmentalists often don’t mention, or do so only in passing.

This second and parallel side is the massive decimation, for many centuries, of the world’s forests and bush lands, along with the destruction during the last century of the oceans’ algae and other plant life. As any high school biology student knows, green plants of all kinds absorb and use C02, make it into food using sunlight, and give off life-giving oxygen as a waste product. So mankind’s careless actions not only flood the atmosphere with excess greenhouse gases but also systematically destroy the very green life forms that would usually get rid of it. It’s a double whammy effect that is doing us in. Will we collectively wake up and change our ways in time? Some say it’s already too late. I think we can do it, but we can’t jive around about it any longer.