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21. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Freaking cochroaches survive everything - we should wage a war against them!

22. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

A special report from FOX NEWS and CNN:

"TERROR IN THE BATHROOM" Cockroaches begin pre-emptive invasion. A contingency force is being mobilised. "The War on Cockroaches" has begun.

23. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

Freaking cochroaches survive everything - we should wage a war against them!

Is it true that if you kill it (by standing on it, by making it flat) that eggs come free? So you actually better may burn it? With a fire machine, in your house?

24. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

Well, we certainly aren't helping the environment. I heard they created some cars that ran on electricity...good for the environment, right? Well, they destroyed all of them and denied they ever happened, because there wasn't enough money in it. People can really suck sometimes.

And the weather is definitely changing...in Serbia (where my mom grew up), it used to be much colder in the spring...she said now when you go there, it's way warmer (t-shirt?). (Apparently they used to wear thick jackets and things back then in the Spring.) But then it's also getting colder in other areas. Like Vancouver...we actually had snow..and lots of it!! What? I think it snowed in California or something like that..did it? I'm getting mixed up.

It's just another stage in evolution. Maybe it'll be warmer, but it's good, too. New species are popping up as old ones die out. Like the ones found in the Arctic, was it?

Mind you, quitting the polution-ay is still the prime right now. We're not just killing ourselves...we're killing everything. :S

25. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

I have not personally seen An Inconvenient Truth, though I want to, but I have heard from a few people that while Al Gore does a great job at thoroughly explaining and getting people to understand this "Inconvenient Truth" and gives a very explicit "Global Warning," he apparently provides little direction for people to take? I don't know if this is true or not, but someone recently criticized the film to me saying that he doesn't say what to do or what we can do to reverse or stop this effect.

I don't know. Personally I'm just concerned because things are showing up rather quickly, real evidence in climate changes and, like samham said, the calving increases. Scary times, and I wish I could help stop this. It's just so hard when so many people reject it and will not change their old habits. I say we get our governments to start being radical and simply abolish "dirty" energy. What then? Maybe we'll go into a caveman type stage, but eventually we'd figure it out because we'd have to! Right??

Oh brother..

26. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

Quoting abesworld

I have not personally seen An Inconvenient Truth, though I want to, but I have heard from a few people that while Al Gore does a great job at thoroughly explaining and getting people to understand this "Inconvenient Truth" and gives a very explicit "Global Warning," he apparently provides little direction for people to take? I don't know if this is true or not, but someone recently criticized the film to me saying that he doesn't say what to do or what we can do to reverse or stop this effect.

I don't think it's necessarily the job of the documentary to outline a solution, because currently the job it has done best is to raise awareness. Perhaps a follow up documentary could be 'An Inconvenient Solution' ;)

That said, I think (haven't seen it either) the documentary does end with a call for action. The website they encourage you to go to is http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/ which contains lots of information on things all of us can do.

I didn't see the doco, but what really helped explain the whole thing to me most was Tim Flannery's book The Weather Makers. It's a great read for anyone interested in this (which should really be everyone on the planet!)

27. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

Quoting Latarina

It's just another stage in evolution. Maybe it'll be warmer, but it's good, too. New species are popping up as old ones die out. Like the ones found in the Arctic, was it?

Perhaps warming is good for some species.. the human species isn't one them though Discovering a previously undiscovered species doesn't mean they all of a sudden came into existence due to warming :) In fact, it may mean that they are being driven to change habitats by warming which is why they all of a sudden have been discovered. Just like some animals have been heading farther and farther up mountains to find the climate/plants they are used to. But what do they do when the mountain doesn't go any higher?

There is no doubt that earth will continue. The question is, will it be habitable for humans?

28. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

I am a converted nay-sayer, after hearing the news of the Artic ice decreasing by a third. I have spent a lot of time arguing the case against global warming, and there seems to be 3 main attack points:

1) The earth is constantly changing
This is true, but its the rate of change that is the issue. Our climate is changing at a faster rate than at any point since records began, or geological evidence can show us.

2) The science is flawed or 'junk science' - and many prominent scientists do not beleive it is caused by man.
This is also true, however, in the science world a paper is not considered authorititive unless it has been peer reviewed. To this date there has been zero peer reviewed papers denying global warming.

3) There have been two periods in medieval times where the earth temperature rose.
Again True. Possibly caused by solar flares. The level of CO2 in the atmostphere at these times was 1 third of what it is now.

As for my personal habits, I have recently begun offsetting my carbon emmissions from flights - its cheaper than you think!
I used www.climatecare.org - it cost me only £5.50 to offset my emmsions for a return flight from Manchester to Krakow for 2 people!

It only cost me £145 to offset my round the world trip!

29. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting HafJafMark

As for my personal habits, I have recently begun offsetting my carbon emmissions from flights - its cheaper than you think!
I used www.climatecare.org - it cost me only £5.50 to offset my emmsions for a return flight from Manchester to Krakow for 2 people!

It only cost me £145 to offset my round the world trip!

This is what l am interested in - l drive a lot for work and as l like to travel (usually by airplanes) l would like to put something back - can someone explain to me about offesetting carbon emmissions - is it simply a matter of planting trees?

There's a website mentioned here but are there others?

Cheers

Heather

30. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Offsetting can be planting trees, or buying energy efficient lightbulbs, or (in Climatecares case) energy efficient stoves for Hondorus.

Because of the strength of the Euro, dollar and pound, this can save a lot of carbon in the third world.