posted on Mar, 22 2013 @ 11:30 AM
reply to post by auto73912621
While it may be the case that the earth is getting wetter and greener as a nett measure, it is also the case that land which is populated by
subsitance farmers is getting desertified. No matter which side of the fossil fuel debate you sit on is rather less important, than ensuring that land
which has been farmed for generations, can actually continue to provide resources for people to live on. Wether those resources are the food that was
farmed there previously, or the grazing that used to happen to excess, or the hydro electrical benifits that healthy land can give a region (as in
some of the examples in the Green Gold video).
The amazon getting greener is all very well, but logging DOES threaten the process of which Matt Ridley speaks. Areas of Africa getting greener is
all very well, but unless the constant over grazing and slash and burn tactics stop, that process will mean nothing to the famine hit regions of
Also, the video you posted says nothing of note about the other unfortunate side effects of over reliance on fossil based energy, namely disasters
involving spills, improper saftey at drill sites, poisoning of watercourses by fracking, and the acidification of seas and lakes, disasterous for sea
and water borne life. Yes, more carbon means greener plants, and larger ones. But these things alone do not constitute the all clear to continue
behaving stupidly with our energy production techniques. China may have a region or two where progressive environmental systems are being developed,
but its smogs are not caused by mere dust from the desertified regions, but by huge amounts of irresponsible industrial process which, apart from
anything else, cause harm to millions of people every year, let alone the possible environmental consequences.
A measured mixture of planet husbandry, and industrial and technological input, is the only logical route forward. We should combine the
understanding we have at our disposal of the planet, and the availability of science and industry for the betterment of all, and thats what these seed
pods represent. They also represent a possible way to begin terraforming other planets at some stage, assuming we find one which could be habitable.