Friday, March 23, 2007

Global Warming

Hi Folks,

Here is a little information for those non-beleivers in Global Warming.

The following link is from the US Census Bureau and provides a rather interesting statistic on world population.

As of today the world population stands at over 6.5 billion while in 1907 it was estimated to be 1.7 billion. By 2042 the world population is expected to be 9 billion, an increase of 50%.

Consider the waste produced by each and every one of us today and in the future.

Compare that to the population of the world in 1907, when the primary mode of transportation was by horse drawn carriage. The automobile was yet to take its place. Consider what we discard each and every day. Phones, TV's, cars, containers, newspapers nevermind that we put this waste in plastic bags. All the things that either did not exist in 1907 or were produced in limited quantities.

New products are developed every day. We discard the old and purchase the new. These products require energy to produce, employees require energy to go to work, delivery of goods requires energy, the list goes on and on.

The US and Canadian governments do not believe that Kyoto is achievable never mind that they don't believe in Global Warming. They believe they will fail so why try. Lets dilute the program and call it Kyoto Light.

Lets try a silly theoretical calculation. The human body produces 1 Jule of energy per second or approximately 345 btu/hr (thats why it gets hot and clammy at the dance or office party). Now multiply that by 1.7 billion for 1907 and compare it to 6.5 billion for 2007.

While this excercise has little effect on Global Warming one should be able to see the effect of waste and energy use by an increasing population.

I don't know about you but it scares me that we are leaving this mess to our grandchildren. They can't go out without sun block, a hat and sunglasses all because we didn't know about the effects of our excesses and yet there are some, today, who don't believe.

Sorry for the rant folks, but it feels good. Now I think I'll take my truck out for a long drive to cool off.

Bob H

Thanks Bob H.

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