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Global Warming: Burning My Island

Posted by admin on August 28, 2012 in Global Warming with 7 Comments


It’s just a little valley on a tropical island, sitting just on top of the equator in the west Pacific Ocean.  It’s on weathered volcanic soil with a steep little mountain range on one side and the main highway on the other passing high above it.  I live along the southern rim of that valley and I’ve known it my whole life. 

Hiking at a nice leisurely pace up the steep ravine hills for a few hundred feet is entirely worth it when I choose a spot near the summit to just be.  It’s a true blessing to be able to do that.  It’s a wonderful workout, too.  The tops of the steep hills all the way down to nearly its base are covered with savanna grasslands.  The really steep slopes and all along their base are covered with ravine forests.  More like raving jungles.  If you look up into those hills from a distance, the golden color of the grasslands are a fantastic contrast to the dark green jungles of the foothills.  It staggers my mind to know that a hundred years ago, nearly all of these hills were dark green.  Jungles all the way to the top.  Wow.  And what a reason why it’s no longer that way.

Fire has been used as a tool for man’s purposes practically from the moment of its discovery.  So too has it been done here.  And it has become one of the greatest weapons for deer hunting here in the southern jungles.  What they do is set a fire.  Just set a fire to blaze and let her rip.  Help it if it’s having some trouble getting going.  Because once it’s gone and burning acres along the land, a fantastic thing called life happens after.  New grass shoots come out of the burned and blackened hills.  And the deer will come to eat those tender shoots with the fierce hunter in waiting.

Oh, but all the other things that happen because a fire was set loose in the hills.  Surely, not things the arsonist would have thought about.  Let’s just move in the direction as things happen.  The fire is set and it’s burning.  First thing then is the atmosphere.  A powerful green house gas (carbon dioxide), a direct byproduct of burning vegetation, is set forth into the atmosphere.  But wait.  We won’t actually feel its effects for a long time anyway.  No, that’s not right.  Global Warming.  That’s right.  Isn’t it amazing that the collective burning of vegetation all over the world is still a major contributor to global warmingStrike one.

While it’s burning, a stray fire will often run into a jungle.  So the fire will stop then, right?  That’s true.  It will—at an eventual time.  But the fire won’t just stop once it meets the jungle.  It’s got to burn its way into it a bit, to run into the water and the bulk of the jungle.  That’ll take a few feet at least.  So fires reduce the size of jungles if allowed to burn out on their own.  The more you burn, the smaller your jungles.  Strike two.

Now the fire has died and the hills are bare.  When the rain comes, and they will, so much soil will wash away.  I’ve never seen a burnt hillside escape from being washed down by the rains.  Soil erosion to sedimentation in the water.  But that doesn’t matter.  The ocean is a big place.  It won’t hurt.  In the grand scheme of oceans, not too much.  To the aquatic creatures in the rivers, the living coral reefs, and the enormous marine population that feed and live on those reefs, the damage is absolutely life-threatening.  Strike three.  

Let’s add it all up.  We’ve got the pros on one side, that being that the new shoot growth immediately following a fire is enticing to deer.  They could be easier to catch.  It only benefits the hunter.  We’ve got the cons on the other side and the list is awesome. 

– The air, our atmosphere, receives an infusion of a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.  We know, without doubt, that extensive and continuing global warming has caused, and is accelerating, a climate change that could very well end our days.

– There is the land.  Our jungles do get smaller.  This already results in loss of habitat for wildlife.  The vibrant green of our jungles and the golden sea of our savannas are replaced by burnt and blackened hills.  Any wildlife, nests or burrows caught in the fire, any food supply, well, that’s just their loss.  And when the rains come, we lose our topsoil.  No more roots to hold it in place.  Accelerated soil erosion, I do despise it.

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– There is the sea, to include the rivers.  Immediately following soil erosion is the impact of sedimentation.  This transported soil spreads.  It blankets and suffocates when at last it settles.  Sedimentation is the bringer of death to microscopic organisms, to vegetation, to fish and corals, to say the least.  In aquatic environments, destruction is great and long-lasting.  Imagine that your air is filled with ash all of the time.  What would the quality of your life be like then? 

The actions of man introduces hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every single day.  (It hurts to even write it down.)  There is no question, no debate.  A good percentage of that comes from the constant burning of the natural landscape.  We have to change how we do things. 

For the survival of our race, global warming has to stop.  The climate change must be arrested, if not reversed.  If we refuse to make it happen, will anything matter in fifty or a hundred years?  Spread the word.  Take your part.  We can still save ourselves.

Len Q.

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  1. Scotty HAugust 28, 2012 - 7:41 am #1

    What are other causes of global warming besides CO2?
    It is obvious that most of global warming is caused by greenhouse gasses (CO2) that traps infared radiation (heat) from the sun.

    However,

    I wonder to what effect that radiant heat that is given off by warm blooded organisms (especially 7 billion humans), cars (hot engines), appliances, burning of materials and factories and the heat island effect has contributed to global warming. Even air conditioners and refridgerators produce more heat than cool air.

  2. HershyAugust 28, 2012 - 12:43 pm #2

    There is one gas that all appilences and all cars and all electrical things leave that is CFC

    it is Cloro Floro Carbon
    References :

  3. ILOVESCIENCEAugust 28, 2012 - 12:45 pm #3

    methane gas, released by deposits in the bermuda triangle and by, well, flatulence.
    References :

  4. kutekymmeeAugust 28, 2012 - 12:47 pm #4

    loss of polar ice – ice normally reflects sunight back into space. as more ice melts, less sunlight is reflected and more hits the ground and is turned into heat energy.
    References :

  5. Lisa SAugust 28, 2012 - 12:49 pm #5

    The radiant heat given off my bodies and machines is pretty much being taken care of by the moving air in the lower atmosphere, allthough that is a very interesting hypothesis.

    You are right…carbon dioxide is the biggest culprit, with second biggest problem being methane. The increase of methane in the upper atmosphere has been attributed to the increase of domesticated livestock, namely cows, that are raised in the US for human consumption.

    In other words, cow flatulence is heating up the earth.

    Sometimes science is so funny!
    References :

  6. kahtifahAugust 28, 2012 - 12:51 pm #6

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming

    All you wanted to know about global warming…..
    References :

  7. simonemargeriteAugust 28, 2012 - 12:53 pm #7

    May I disagree with your conclusion above mention.

    My theory is traight and forward:

    A hundred years ago or so, the Earth was not wired (electrical generators, distribution lines, DC versus AC and 40hrts-60hrts)

    With the ever increasing demand of a clean fuel for our comfort,
    man has wired the Earth ( and now space) in all of it’s conners as the economic driver, being the transmission of the ELECTRICAL MODUAL and it’s ATOM.

    ( An action causes a reaction),( HEAT)

    # 1, Why is the land so bare next to an ELECTRICAL generating land site contour area profile?.

    # 2, Why is the Magnetic Poles moving some 10-to-15 degrees annualy and excellarating rapidly?.

    # 3, Why is it that Governments including Municipalities not grant any-one a "Residential" building priviledge "permit" within an unsafe distance from an Hydro-Line or Sub-Station? (arking and radiation maybe?)

    # 4, Why is the World facing exceedingly hughes wet-storms and dry areas?
    References :
    In erecting an Electrical world power grid we (man) has created 3 elements;

    # A, an Electrical coil ( push and pull type, 40/60hrts including DC).

    # B, Our total Electrical systems is the equivalent of a kitchen bread toaster.

    # C, Electrical transmittion line parasite and radiation Rays.

    Please see:

    Schumann resonance and
    fusion anomaly et-al

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