Also – beware the unprecedented ‘smart storms’!
If you have been following this blog for a while, you know my opinions on Anthropogenic Global Warming – even though I have not been writing on this topic much lately.
I am of the opinion that Global Warming is a good thing – whether human-caused or not (though, I am unconvinced that we, humans, deserve much of the credit for this positive change).
Looking back in history, warmer weather has always meant increased prosperity for humanity because it is easier to grow food. Since subsistence is less labour intensive, we get more time and energy to spend on such things as science, art and generally improving the world around us. So, trying to stop Global Warming is seriously anti-human!
As an Aspie, I would point out that in the big picture, we are in an inter-glaciation period, when the icecaps are supposed to be shrinking and the weather is supposed to be getting warmer (though, of course, the ‘noise’ of century-long cycles is bound to introduce cooler bits along the way). So, trying to fight against Global Warming is seriously anti-Earth!
Plus I consider myself to be a tree hugger. I love trees. I’d love to see more trees. Carbon dioxide is food for trees. So, trying to reduce carbon dioxide in the air is seriously anti-tree!
And, natural evolution will favour those organisms that can adjust to changes in their climate and surroundings the most successfully. Natural evolution is a good thing, because it builds better, stronger organisms in better, stronger ecosystems. So, trying to arrest the cyclical nature of climate change is seriously anti-nature!
As such, I reject on principle each and every action which is aimed at arresting nature and its cycle as unnatural statism which is immoral and anti-Mother-Nature.
Having said this, you might pick up on a few points of disagreement I would have with Bjorn Lomborg…but I still find listening to his opinions interesting:
Plastic is one of the most beneficial inventions in human history: its impact on improving human health alone is quite amazing.
The problem with this amazing material was that it did not naturally decompose, so that it would fill garbage heaps and create a set of difficulties all of its own. This has lead to countless lobyists vilifying plastic and trying to limit its use. Taxes on shopping bags are just one small real-life result of the anti-plastic propaganda.
According to PCWorld, these worries are now a thing of the past!
‘This is the first fungus species, identified by the Yale researchers as Pestalotiopsis microspore, which exclusively subsists on polyurethane. It can also grow in an anaerobic (air-less) environment, which will hopefully allow it to take root in the deepest regions of our trash heaps. ‘
Making plastic a biodegradable material.
So, stop feeling guilty over this aspect of improving the human condition!