OK… Here I go again on one of my environmental rants…
I still see people insisting that global warming is a natural process of the Suns cycle and nothing to worry about. That we are coming out from of an
ice age and that the planet is just warming naturally. That our impact on this planet is tiny and has no “real” effect to the overall natural
Well they are correct, in that the earth does go through periodic changes and that we are in a warming period, but does that mean we are not having an
Is our effect on the earth really negligible??
I personally do not think so. I believe that, although we are going through a period of warming, we are starting to see a runaway affect. I believe
that, although the earth has seen many warming periods and still managed to sustain an efficient eco-system, we are getting to a critical junction
where there could be no turning back.
And I think it is wise to state that there is more to this issue than just global warming alone!!
First I will start with what my own eyes see and what conclusions I have come to.
When I was a child (30 years ago) I can often remember playing in my garden in the height of summer. These are some of the best memory’s, of
childhood, that I have. To me, at that time, my garden was a huge adventure and I was the explorer. I remember the distinct summer smells like it was
yesterday. The smell of the fresh mint that my farther would grow, the smell of the freshly cut grass, and the odd whiff of afternoon roast dinners
being caught in the warm breeze from neighbouring house’s. My mind was a sponge absorbing all the smells, sounds, sites and texture’s, storing
them in my biological data base for future reference.
One of my games was collecting lady-birds (A small red beetle with black dots) in match boxes and setting them free at the end of the day or when
dinner was ready. My record was 47 ladybirds in 1 afternoon. I would never find less than 20. In fact, it wasn’t just ladybird I collected. I would
often look for other insects such as grasshoppers, earwigs, centipedes etc. This would all be done in the sunshine with NO Sun-block!!!
Anyway the years go by and all of them mini-adventures fade into a distant memory. Grow up, go to colleague, get a job, start family of my own.
So… There I am in the garden with my daughter, 30 years later, she is covered in factor 60 sun-block and we are looking for insects. What did we
find? Not one single ladybird, nor a grasshopper, no centipedes, nothing! Just ants and spiders. It made me think… when was the last time I see a
ladybird? When was the last time I see a butterfly? And I definitely do not see as many bumblebees as I remember! Where have they all gone??
Since then I have been more observant in my garden and have spotted more insects but never the amount I used to find. And only one ladybird.
So I decided to look it up and this is what I found…
Not only is the insect population in Britain on a serious decline but also the Bird population. The bird population has been hit hard by the sudden
drop in insects and this has caused the once common sparrow to become a rare sight in any garden.
This is also affecting water insects and this is having an adverse affect on fish stocks, particularly Trout.
You see nature is a delicate balance. All life has lived in harmony for years but now something is tipping the balance.
What is tipping this delicate balance??
After much research I have found
1) Pollution from industry increasing acidity levels in soil.
This kills off the nutrients and small soil organisms. This in turn damages plant growth and the small creatures that feed on soil organisms. This
then affects the insects followed by the birds etc…
2) Modern farming techniques and the pesticides used.
This speaks for itself. Pesticides kill insects.
3) Habitat diversity decline.
Many of Britain’s natural habitats are destroyed for farming and development. These habitats, such as swampland and lakes, are extremely diverse and
key to many species survival.
4) GM Crops.
Many GM crops are developed to be insect resistant. Although GM crops are not in wide enough use to have a major impact. YET!
Now, all this gets you thinking, if pollution is having an effect on the wildlife in this little island called Britain what is the effect world
You see Britain does have a problem with industrial pollution ans land development but then so does most of the world. China, India, Russia, USA,
Brazil, the list goes on and on.
So I did some more research…
The high acidity levels we are seeing in the soil of Britain is repeated around the world. More worrying than this is the increased levels of acidity
in our oceans. Now, believe it or not, our oceans are the most important factor of sustaining life on this planet. More important than the rain
forests even. Without the oceans everything dies.
We are already seeing an effect on shell fish, plankton, and corral reefs. Shell fish are losing the hardening of there outer shells. Plankton is
having difficulty reproducing, and the coral reefs are in decline. All of these have been investigated by many scientists from government and private
sectors and all come to the same conclusion.
1) The increase PH balance of our oceans is starting to kill the more delicate marine life.
2) This PH imbalance is caused by industrial waste.
3) This will have a knock on effect to all marine life if not stopped.
The Oceans mop up most of the Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Unfortunately because of the increase in CO2 emissions the oceans is taking more than
it should. This is what increases the acidity levels in the Ocean.
Some more links…
We also have problems of algae blooms caused by nutrient run-off from agriculture.
Now… The Oceans are massive. I could not begin to try and work out how much water is contained within them. I believe that I have produced enough
evidence to show that…
a) Humans are having a direct effect on the creatures in my garden.
b) This is also affecting many areas around the world.
c) This effect on land creatures is also affecting marine life.
d) This problem will get worse unless there is change.
So what I want to ask is…
If we can have an effect on the Oceans, what makes it so hard to believe that we are also affecting the atmosphere? And if we have the ability to
effect the atmosphere what make it so hard to believe that this could cause an un-natural temperature rise to a planet that is already going through a
natural warming period?
My research is not over… more post to follow.