Today, 22nd January 2021’s example of the limited and human centric view

I posted this as you can see from the title a year ago. We are in the main still living in ignorance.

22nd January 2021

We have done and are continuing to do extensive damage to the life support systems of the planet as if we don’t need them. We really do have either a very pretentious view of ourselves as being somehow different from the rest of nature or, lets be polite and say that we are unaware of the damage that 7,800,000,000 primates are doing. Very few question that we added 80,000,000 human primates in the very short period of time, the 366 days of 2020. In fact some think that it’s all perfectly natural. It’s a natural disaster certainly and one that we cannot continue to repeat. As this article shows, our very actions endanger our well being and may also lead to our species extinction, https://phys.org/news/2021-01-nature-decline-quality-life.html. Something that many with their limited human centric views would find an impossibility.

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Privately owned EVs are not the solution in many cases

I posted this last January and so far our economic model of unsustainable consumption on a planet of finite resources is just to replace privately owned fossil fuel powered vehicles with battery powered ones. This is clearly unsustainable.

22nd January 2021

Because of our human centric thinking, of which I am guilty as much as anybody else, switching from a fossil fuel powered car to an EV is not the solution. Private car ownership does not scale up to 7.8 billion people. Ask yourself where the resources come and not whether you find the price too high in terms of money, https://uk.news.yahoo.com/four-five-drivers-electric-cars-000100229.html. If you had to live with the mining and extraction and production on your doorstep you would think twice about it. So as part of our future sustainability where much of humanity will need to live in the 15 minute city concept we will all have to share our transport.

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An example of our human centric thinking

I posted this a year ago. It seems from the UK governments recent decision to use neonicotinoids that we haven’t learn anything.

21st January 2021

Humans generally fall into two types when it comes to our human centric view of the world. Those that actively think that it’s ours to do with as we please and that we must conquer and bend nature to how we want it to run or those totally unaware of what they are doing much like any less conscious creature. The third type would be those who actually have worked out that we aren’t in a good position and are doing something about it, especially seen recently in the younger generation.

We have done so much damage but somehow we fail to take it onboard because of our inward looking at ourselves. Part of the reason for the damage is that we added another 80,000,000 of us in the 366 days of 2020 without any plan as to how the planet would support them. Nature will have to be bent and broken so it is possible because we humans are the only life that matters. So we see here in this research, https://phys.org/news/2021-01-common-pesticides-bees-flies-good.html, that as we try to bend nature to our will it suffers. We don’t notice it of course but over time the repercussions could be very serious in the amount of food the planet provides us with. We really are not that clever as a species if we don’t start looking at the damage we are causing for our short term human centric views.

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Humans, the only animal to burn stuff and hence poison itself

I posted this a year ago. Has the situation changed in any way? Probably not.

21st January 2021

As this article suggests 3,000,000,000 humans are exposed to smoke pollutants in their own homes, https://theconversation.com/air-pollution-over-three-billion-people-breathe-harmful-air-inside-their-own-homes-152986?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20January%2021%202021%20-%201840217909&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20January%2021%202021%20-%201840217909+CID_eff88aaf48ed7c3bc025a7194d90b5bf&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Air%20pollution%20over%20three%20billion%20people%20breathe%20harmful%20air%20inside%20their%20own%20homes. We are the only animal to burn stuff and before we discovered fire and cooking our food would have been raw and uncooked. To replace the burning of climate change generating materials is going to require a large amount of renewable resources which have a limited lifespan. We really do need to find what a sustainable number of humans is that the planet can support because at the moment we are way beyond that figure.

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The life of bees, feral and managed

A blog post that I made a year ago.

20th January 2021

A new study of feral and managed bee colonies in Pennsylvania by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Services looked at how the two types were affected by pathogens. A fascinating read, https://phys.org/news/2021-01-feral-colonies-clues-honey-bee.html.

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Us and them, humans and nature, an unnatural balance

I posted this a year ago. Has the situation got any better for elephants? Probably not.

20th January 2021

A computer scientist at The University of Bath in the UK has come up with a way of counting elephants using satellite data, https://phys.org/news/2021-01-elephants-space.html. The sad part of this story is that because of poaching and habitat fragmentation there are only between 40 and 50,000 African elephants left. Habitat fragmentation is down to the number of humans because as I have mentioned before in the 366 days of 2020 the human population increased by 80,000,000, the increase on its own being perhaps 1600 times the entire elephant population in Africa. As we know many countries in Africa have populations in which 50% or approaching 50% are 18 or under years of age. Humanity is not sustainable, we are too many and we take too much.

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The cost of convenience – paper toweling

I posted this a year ago. Have we changed our habits? In most cases probably not. It may seem like nothing to be given a paper napkin but scale it up and whole ecosystems are being thrashed to provide them.

20th January 2021

Returning to normal after the pandemic passes for many people will mean buying sandwiches, takeaway coffees, visiting cafes and restaurants. Most customers will be given one or more pieces of soft bleached paper and few will think anything of it. Just take a minute to consider how many billions of them are given out and how many trees are cut down just because we can’t carry a cotton or hemp based alternative around with us. There’s not just the trees to consider and the disturbed environment from which they are extracted, but to get from a tree to a bleached soft piece of in many cases white piece of paper, involves transportation and large amounts of energy and chemicals. Basically it’s unsustainable and if we all carried a washable natural fibres product it would be so much better for the environment. So think about the future and about making this small change. If we can scale it up to the part of the 7.8 billion people on the planet who use them we will be doing nature a big favour. Perhaps as a way of changing our habits either they should be charged for or simply banned as is happening with plastic bags.

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When will the Amazon reach a tipping point?

I posted this a year ago and since then the damage caused to the Amazon has only increased dramatically. We are like a super sized locust destroying everything in our path.

19th January 2021

The poster child if you like for trees is the Amazon rainforest. It’s the one that everyone remembers and roughly knows where it is but it is being decimated effectively so that the burgeoning global human population and their waistlines can eat cheap beef burgers. Like many countries in South America, Brazil’s population continues to grow. The Brazilians are mostly descendants of Europeans that have only been there for five or so centuries yet the numbers today are so many that they are destroying the country like locusts in a field of crops. Studies have shown that once enough of the forest has been cut down precipitation will change and the forest will stop producing enough rain to sustain itself. How long before this happens is as usual open to debate and many think that it will be in the 2030s to 2040s. In 2019, an economist called Monica de Bolle, suggested that this might happen early on in the 2020s, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/23/amazon-rainforest-close-to-irreversible-tipping-point. What is known is that the Amazon, a forest of 16,000 different tree species is drying out, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00508-4. It is thought that in the last 100 years that the temperature in the forest has increased between 1 and 1.5oC and that in parts the dry season has increased from 4 to almost 5 months in the last 50 years. In addition there has been three severe droughts between 2005 and 2020 and it is thought that some species of trees are thriving at the expense of those that are dying due to the less moist conditions. At the time of writing even the pandemic appeared not to be able to slow the rate of deforestation in the Amazon.

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It’s Veganuary – have you made any changes at all?

I posted this a year ago and Veganuary is here again so time to try reducing your meat intake or going meat free.

January 2021

We are rushing away from the start of the New Year. Are any of your New Year’s resolutions intact? Do you know about Veganuary? Perhaps it’s time that you took a small step to improve your health, save the lives of some animals and protect the environment with special reference to the Amazon rainforest. So thing about reducing your meat intake, try vegetarian and vegan options as there are plenty of good ones.

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Ordem y Progresso

I posted this a year ago. The situation for Brazilian trees hasn’t got any better in the last twelve months. In fact it’s got considerably worse. Only recently the Pope was saying that people who had pets rather than children were being selfish. Well Pope, many of the people chopping down Brazilian rainforests are Catholics. Pets don’t do that. The more people, the less trees, it’s as simple as that.

17th January 2021

First off, this isn’t a Brazilian tree but I’m using it to illustrate a problem. Second, there are probably no countries that are truly clean and green and living sustainably within the ability of the planet to regenerate. That said Brazil is currently one of the worst countries in the world for forest destruction. So the saying on their national flag is rather meaningless because if the destruction of forests and extinction of tree species is order and progress then the human monkey species has got the meaning of the words seriously wrong. Take the case of the iconic and distinctive Araucaria tree. They have been part of Brazil’s Atlantic forest for hundreds of thousands of years long before the descendants of Europeans drew the imaginary line on the continent of South America, https://theconversation.com/climate-breakdown-is-pushing-brazils-iconic-araucaria-tree-to-extinction-new-research-123068?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20September%2011%202019%20-%201406813256&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20September%2011%202019%20-%201406813256+CID_1faadc5548eba903dffbb5148a125fe3&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Climate%20breakdown%20is%20pushing%20Brazils%20iconic%20Araucaria%20tree%20to%20extinction%20%20new%20research. In the 20th century Ordem y Progresso led to 97% of them being cut down and now human caused climate change could finish them off. What are the reasons for this species and others demise? Quite simply too many human monkeys and there is no sign of any plans to even stabilise that population so many more species of not just trees but species from insects to animals will disappear as the ridiculous mantra of Ordem y Progresso continues. As I mentioned I have only used Brazil as an example of a global human problem, one we will not deal with. Humanity needs to start acting as an intelligent species and not a huge swam of locusts.

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