We've destroyed the World...Apparently.

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You can't escape it. It's on the news. It's in the papers. It's plastered all over the internet. And no, I'm not talking about Katie Price.

Global warming, or Climate change as it is also known is what man is doing to singlehandedly destroy the world, and now there's nothing we can do to stop the horrible effects that we, as Humans have inflicted upon Mother Earth. And boy is she going to make us pay.

Every time we look at the news, there's a new and improved way nature is going to kill us. At first it was floods 'cause we've made the temperatures rise and melt the Ice-Caps with our harmful pollution.
Then they said that if the flooding didn't kill us, the starvation would because we couldn't grow any food. Then if the starvation didn't kill us, the massive storms would. And no doubt as we get older there will be a million more ingenious ways to destroy us, probably involving a tanker-truck and a flame-thrower.

But wait a minute...

Okay, sure, over the past 200 years we have released large amounts of pollution into the atmosphere. That's obvious, and we can't lie. Well, we could, but we wouldn't be very good at it.

But do you know what releases more Carbon-Dioxide, into the atmosphere than humans? Cows. Yes, cows. They don't have a secret society we don't know about either, living deep underground with cow-cars and cow trains. No they fart and belch. And they fart a lot, and when they do they release methane, LOTS of it. Sure, this methane can be captured and used as an alternative to fuel, but you stand behind a cow and collect it, go on, I dare you.

So what is the options do we have? Well we can destroy the entire cow population right now, and dine on beef for years to come. Or we can put big nappies on cows to a.) make them look ridiculous and b.) collect their gassy gold.

But cows aren't the only culprit, and by far aren't the biggest. No, the biggest culprit in the world for releasing greenhouse gases is...The ocean. Seriously, the Oceans in the world release greenhouse gases, and A LOT of them. So now we've got one option. Leave Earth forever!

But seriously, even if we stopped using anything that released greenhouse gases, we're going to get screwed over by mother-nature. It was always going to happen.

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Oh Dear God!

Okay, so the Mother nature is going to have us killed. It was inevitable apparently, let's not worry about it. After all, it was going to happen eventually.

Then again, apparently even next year we're all going to be killed, as depicted in the hyper-realistic film 2012 (Not). In all seriousness though, some of what Michael Bay crapped out is true.
In the film, the world just sort of, toppled over. And that's somewhat true. The world has a magnetic electric field, which is depleting at an alarming rate. Once it's gone the core will stop spinning, and as a result so will Earth. But what starts it again, (The bad bit) is the fact it'll just, topple over. Literally. After that the core will start spinning again and everything will be back to normal. Sort of anyway, like in the film, we're all going to end up very wet, and dead. Or as John Cusack.

And if that isn't enough, there isn't anything we can do to stop it. So that new hybrid you just bought? Isn't that a waste.

Also, just as a little FYI, hybrids release similar amounts of CO2, get similar MPG figures and make you look a little more conceited than modern diesel cars.

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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

Are you saying that we're not harming the planet because cows are too?

And as for the ocean giving off carbon dioxide; we're making it give off more by, for instance, causing the bleaching of coral reefs. When coral dies it gives off... yeah carbon dioxide.

Nevertheless I like your writing style; I imagine you could write some funny hubs!

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

They're some pretty interesting facts Aslan! It's a shame the damage humans do to the environment, and I can wholly admit, that's our own fault.

However, I'm not saying that we don't do damage to Earth, we do. Cows do. The ocean does. It's been happening for millions of years, it's just a shame that science keeps telling us about these new and improved ways mother nature will seek her revenge!

Thanks for commenting and sharing your opinion! :)

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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Seven Billion Humans + all those Cows = ???

How can anyone be of the opinion that WE are not affecting the biosphere we live in !

It's not only the scientist that are warning any and all to Listen Up... The Planet is doing it too ?

Just how many 100 hundred year events will it take to make people wake up and say OK I finally get it !

Worst Floods, Worst Earthquakes, Largest amount of Tornadoes on the ground... and of course it is all just a coincidence !

Of course it is...!

Do nothing and we will ALL pay the price of our collective stupid selfishness way of life.

But of course most of us already know that and Yet we keep coming up with excuses to do nothing !!!

Let the other guy do it !

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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

'...it's just a shame that science keeps telling us about these new and improved ways mother nature will seek her revenge!'

What would you rather science was doing? Inventing new ways to make things worse, as they have in the past?

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Aslan that was a joke...I'm sorry if it came across any differently

Overall this article was my personal opinion, many people share different ones...perhaps you think the world would be better without cars, and carbon footprints. My own OPINION is that, the fate is inevitable. We can't escape the fact that, one day the entire earth will succumb to massive acts of nature, regardless whether or not we drive Toyota Prius' and plant more trees (Perhaps it would help, but that's not for me to say). What the world would have been like if we hadn't studied science and new ways to fry chicken and burn fuel is a mystery, because we already have done.

As for science making things worse, in many ways it's made the world better, we have medical knowledge that has saved countless lives. The world is not a worse place, but a better one.

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Also, as a side-note, I'm very sorry if my opinion did offend you, or if this article in any way got you ruffled up! It wasn't my intention, I only wished to bring a little light-hearted humor to the whole situation, like I do in all of my articles, because the most important thing we all can do as individuals is laugh. As they say, laughter is the best medicine.

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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Spoken as a true student of history....

"As for science making things worse, in many ways it's made the world better, we have medical knowledge that has saved countless lives. The world is not a worse place, but a better one."

Take a look at a graph of human population growth since day one. When you get up to the point where science started to improve medicines and save the countless lives as you so delicately put it laugh off what happened after that.

Assuming you are still laughing take a look at the extrapolation of the figures until you approach a point where the planet reaches a point where it can no longer sustain the ever expanding human population growth.

Of course our science continues to save countless lives and continue to expand the expected life cycle....

Still think it's funny ?

Just asking, you are obviously a lot younger than I am and may well live to experience all the things that are being predicted. Are you going to continue laughing as you pass it onto your children and theirs ?

Hilarious !

Daydreamer Too 5 years ago

The Earth is going through a major make-over. Partly because the planet is alive and always growing and partly because of our pollution of it and the atmosphere the planet tries to stay orbiting in. Since we became 'civillised' humankind has been the worst parasite this planet has ever had to cope with. It is trying desperatly to survive in the only way it knows how. I think over it's evolution our planet has gone through several polar shifts and, maybe we are gearing up for another one sometime in the future but, As I tell my family and friends: If the end is nigh, live your life to the full now, make peace with your God and live every minute of your life without wasting a moment.

we can't change what will be, maybe humans will all be wiped out as other races have since the world first began to have life. Maybe another life form will take it and do a much better job of caring for it than its present inhabitants have done in the past 200 years.

I agree with Aslan, I think you'd be very funny if you wanted to.

Good writing! Thumbs up.

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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

I'm not ruffled; we're having a debate! :)

I agree with this from Daydreamer:

'...live your life to the full now, make peace with your God and live every minute of your life without wasting a moment.'

For me to be at peace with me I have to recycle and do other things to reduce the harm I'm doing. I know I can't singlehandedly save us all, but I can feel good about myself, and I'm sure that's what I'm here for!

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

@ Merlin Fraser, Don't get me wrong, the world is an ever changing place, as human's we're probably not helping one little bit towards the whole situation, but I also THINK that comparatively we're not making things TOO much worse. Perhaps one day I'll see a piece of evidence that makes me think "Christ we really need to change", but as of yet, I have not.

I believe that also, as individuals, we have the capability to do very little. However, we do have the technology to drive in cars that have ZERO emitions, and run on hydrogen, and we've had this for nearly 10 years. Yet it's not been released! Why? If the idea of global warming is as dangerous and important as many make out, why haven't these cars been released, and why aren't older cars taken off the road? Some people argue that it'll mean spending vast amounts of money but, as I said, if it really means life-or-death, why haven't they implemented them sooner, or at least made an effort to do so? Perhaps I've not made my point clear, and that would be my own fault, so I'm sorry, and I do in fact understand your opinion very well. I had thought about this in great detail beforehand thinking about what man is doing to the earth. In the end though, my opinion is mine after looking at what science has taught me. Perhaps I'm wrong, so if I am, sorry again.

BTW, I read a recent hub of yours, and read one particular line "Other than to say that this wonderfully Selfish one sided way of looking at things seems to have more to do with a fear that if they admit there might be a problem then they might actually have to do something that will change their current lifestyle." I have to state that, in my own defence, I am very 'green'. I don't drive, or take the bus, I walk. I bike. I grow plants in the garden. I recycle as much as I can, and I don't litter. As far as being 18 goes, I'm quite green.

In the end everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and really you can look at it from an individual level, or a larger level involving everyone. Which way is up to you, but I prefer to look at what I'm doing, rather than what everyone else is doing to protect the environment. I'm happier that way. Maybe Naive, maybe stupid (In your opinion), But happier. Thanks for commenting and hope you do well in your writing en devours and with your latest novel.

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

@ Daydreamer - I think you're right, if this is the end, enjoy yourself. I love life as it is, and if the end was going to come any time soon, I wouldn't change. However, if the end was coming, UNLESS we all HAD to change right this very second, I would. I'm not fussed either way, as long as I'd still have my family and my girlfriend, I'd be a very happy man. Thanks for commenting

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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Hi Ryan,

Not stalking you Honest ! just happened to be here when you message arrived.

Sorry didn't mean to be too personnal in my remarks you sound greener than most, greener than me by the sound of it.

You say that one day you might see some evidence to convince you about how bad the state of the world actually is, are you fan of David Attenborough ?

Take a look at most of his most recent works, you'll find most of them on the BBC or YouTube... If he can't convince you no one can.

He's a great teacher and I have followed his wonderfully educational programmes for longer than I care to admit. In fact my understanding of how the ecology of the planet works and how everything is inter related comes from him.

Take a look at X-Ray Earth, not an easy watch but well worth the effort.

There's nothing wrong with what makes you happy, rather than worrying about everybody else... that way lies maddness.

Look at the US of A, the collective proof of Ignorance is Bliss if ever proof is required.

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Okay then, thank-you Merlin, I will definitely give him a watch. I can't say as I've seen too many of his programme's because I don't really tend to watch TV, perhaps my opinion will change after, or perhaps not. I suppose I should give it a try really!

Also, @ Aslan (I'm not ignoring you honest!), I'm glad you do recycle! And it's a good thing that you feel good about it! I too recycle and don't tend to let things go to waste when I can help it, but that's not the opinion of everyone. It is a crying shame, but really, there's nothing that can be done. Well there is, but unfortunately no-one is willing to spend too much money, which in hind-sight is the problem behind a lot of the world's problems.

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Sustainable Sue 5 years ago from Altadena CA, USA

Alright. I have to write a hub about this. But for now, take a look at the role of trees. You know we've been chopping forests down like crazy right? All over the world. But trees do four things for us that they are not well ackowledged for and that are directly related to this discussion:

1 - They transpire en masse, thereby cooling the air above them. Clouds need cool air beneath in order to condense to form rain. Without trees, the air doesn't cool nearly as well, so rain descends elsewhere, over the ocean or the few areas left that have forests (or icecaps).

2 - Tree canopies keep the earth cool too. When the earth heats up, so does the air above it.

3 - Tree roots grow down deep and spread wide, thereby creating spaces in the earth for rainwater to absorb into the aquafir. Without them, the earth packs down and water can't absorb. It collects on the surface (floods) or flows to the ocean instead.

4 - Trees absorb carbon dioxide, which helps cool the atmosphere. The more trees we cut down, the less carbon dioxide is absorbed.

The best performers are the old trees, the ones humans like most to chop down. I think the destruction of our forests has played a profound role in creating and maintaining global warming.

Among other things, it's limited the locations where rain can fall, so clouds collect more and more moisture until it's finally cool enough somewhere to dump. Then it all comes down in one place, i.e. a violent storm. I believe that the way we treat trees is one of the major things we need to change in order to stop from destroying ourselves.

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

Trees are extremely important in the role of the Earth's cycles. It is a shame that so many are being cut down, however, and unfortunately, no-one will stop...It's a losing battle, and it's all down to money. We probably should at the very least put more focus on planting trees rather than cutting them down.

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aslanlight 5 years ago from England

A pear tree arrived today and I recently planted a few others, one an apple tree in my garden. Many of us could find somewhere to plant one or two, or even plants, which also help.

Spider plants, for instance eat up formaldehyde and clean the air in our homes, thus reducing the amount that escapes into the atmosphere every time we open our front doors.

Why would we want to live in those conditions anyway?

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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

It shall get worse and worse.Matter of fact in the future times,as it is written,for then shall be great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world.

Just as sure as progress is a factor in life,so is this prophecy.

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PDXBuys 5 years ago from Oregon

I find it curious that not a single nation on Earth has banned gas-fueled automobiles. Why is that? If we are all doomed you would think that at least one nation would have taken that action by now. I guess they don't think global warming is very important? Not one?

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Ryan-Palmsy 5 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away Author

That's a good point PDXBuys! We have the technology to convert hydrogen and water into fuel for our cars, or just switch to more clean fuels all across the board, but we haven't yet...Very strange if it's a pressing issue!

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