It seems that there are so many conflicting reports about the state of the Earth's environment today -- depending on what country you're in,
whether you ask the government or private sector, whether you ask someone of conservative or liberal bias. But I want to know the truth
! I want
to know what science actually says about these issues! So I thought that maybe ATS could help me find the truth.
I care about the Earth's environment, but I don't want to waste my time on that which isn't really a problem. In other words, I don't want to
operate on irrational fears based on nothing but emotionalism.
I want to operate on science, reason, and fact. Can you help me?
(Just so you know, at this time I do recycle paper, plastic, and aluminum cans. I never throw away anything that's perfectly good either -- for
example, the old 19" TV I replaced recently with my new 27" TV was still perfectly good, so I donated it to a local orphanage.)
These are the issues I'm trying to learn the truth about, but even with Google and the Internet, it's a difficult task!
(1) land use -- Are we covering over the world in concrete? Are we turning all our farmland into malls and shopping centers? This issue perplexes me
most of all. I've read that as much as 50% of the US is urbanized... whereas other sources say it's as little as 3%. Most people couldn't tell one
way or another, since they spend most of their lives living in that (3%-50%) anyway...
(2) global warming (or the new Ice Age) -- Is the Earth really getting warmer... and if so, is it even humanity's fault? Some say it's totally our
fault and that "The Day After Tomorrow" will be within our lifetime; others say that a single volcano eruption spews more CO2 into the atmosphere
than all human industry could do in several years worldwide. Others say we're actually heading towards another Ice Age, and the human caused
emissions are the only thing keeping us all from being frozen over right now.
(3) raw materials -- Are we really about to permanantly run out of clean air, clean water, farmland (with good soil), wood, oil, rubber, copper,
silicon, and carbon? If this is so, why doesn't the marketplace reflect this?
(4) overpopulation -- Is the Earth really overpopulated by humans? I have serious doubts about this one myeself. A glance at a global population map
in any World Atlas shows serious high population density in Europe, China, and India, with fair population density in the US, Mexico, Brazil, and
southwestern Russia. The rest of the world seems fairly vacant in comparison. Besides, who gets to define where the line of "overpopulation" is?
I'm sure there are other issues I've missed here. Please add them!
And thanks for your helpful comments and knowledge!