Climate change caused by deforestation.

Thu, 10/01/2013 - 20:00
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ByTryst46: We have all heard of global warming and, as scientists have continually proved it to be nothing but a scam created by governments, we now hear the term Climate Change more and more.

While we have begun to suspect that this is simply a rehash of the same thing, there are other factors to consider.

Climate change is a reality but this does not have anything to do with the general population.

It has more to do with deforestation by large companies although volcanic eruptions in recent years may have attributed to at least some of it.

What was once plush Amazon rain forest, now arid wasteland. CO2 released from slash burning and what has been retained in the soil by plant life is released causing disruption in the atmosphere.

In addition, heat reflected from the surface can cause the jet stream to divert, resulting in changes in climate almost worldwide. Heat rising from the ground displaces clouds so the rain that would have fallen on this land now falls elsewhere. Forest land that took centuries to develop now becomes arid desert.

Even with replanting, it can take centuries again before the plush green forests return. In addition, many millions may have to be spent on irrigation to keep the new trees sufficiently watered in order to survive.

Malagasy in Madagascar has probably suffered worse than most.

Here, many square miles of totally barren land were once tropical rain forests.

The amount of heat rising daily from the ground daily can be many times what the whole of the UK generates in a month.

Moisture usually produced by the trees rises into the atmosphere and falls again as rain, this is a self perpetuating cycle of the rain forest.

However, deforested land only causes shallow cloud formation at best.

Some clips found during research on this are listed below.
http://www.edf.org/sites/default/files/4930_TropicalDeforestation_and_ClimateChange.pdf

The Amazon, for example, the largest remaining expanse of tropical forest in the world, pumps about 7 trillion tons of water per year into the atmosphere via evapotranspiration, providing the vapour that keeps the regional climate humid and rainy.

The conversion of water to vapour also cools the air. Protecting forests will preserve these other climate-stabilizing interactions as well as slowing clear cutting and fires.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/Deforestation/deforestation_update2.php

In the Amazon alone, scientists estimate that the trees contain more carbon than 10 years worth of human-produced greenhouse gases.

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/10/3670.full

Shallow clouds are prone to appear over deforested surfaces whereas deep clouds, much less frequent than shallow clouds, favour forested surfaces.

Simultaneous atmospheric soundings at forest and pasture sites during the Rondonian Boundary Layer Experiment (RBLE-3) elucidate the physical mechanisms responsible for the observed correlation between clouds and land cover.

We demonstrate that the atmospheric boundary layer over the forested areas is more unstable and characterized by larger values of the convective available potential energy (CAPE) due to greater humidity than that which is found over the deforested area.

The shallow convection over the deforested areas is relatively more active than the deep convection over the forested areas.

This greater activity results from a stronger lifting mechanism caused by mesoscale circulations driven by deforestation-induced heterogeneities in land cover.

More information on volcanic disruption:


http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hazards/gas/climate.php

Volcanoes can impact climate change. During major explosive eruptions huge amounts of volcanic gas, aerosol droplets, and ash are injected into the stratosphere. Injected ash falls rapidly from the stratosphere -- most of it is removed within several days to weeks -- and has little impact on climate change.

But volcanic gases like sulphur dioxide can cause global cooling, while volcanic carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, has the potential to promote global warming.

The most significant climate impacts from volcanic injections into the stratosphere come from the conversion of sulphur dioxide to sulphuric acid, which condenses rapidly in the stratosphere to form fine sulphate aerosols.

The aerosols increase the reflection of radiation from the Sun back into space, cooling the Earth's lower atmosphere or troposphere.

So, what can the average person do about it?
The answer to that is simple: Absolutely nothing.
We already switch off unused lights and other electrical devices due to high energy costs.

Similarly, we often turn down gas heating to save on bills. Fuel costs are already extortionate so most people only use their car when it’s really necessary.

The amount of greenhouse gasses that the average household in the UK emits is already at its minimum. There is no possible way the government can realistically expect us to cut it further and penalising us with taxes for what we do use only serves to cause more poverty.

What can the government do about it?
Now we come to the crux of it. Big business has been allowed to control things for many years with little or no restraint.

The larger the company, the more it controls and the less restrictions are placed on it. A truly concerned government would impose heavy fines on companies whose practices cause significant harm to our environment.

The fines should be significant enough that it causes the company to halt such practices and enough revenue should be gained from the fines to repair the damage.

It would then use the proceeds of the fines to pay for as much as can be done to repair that damage. Any remaining funds would go towards a fund to repair environmental damage elsewhere.
Similarly, there should be a price check on all goods sold in the country, a kind of “fair Price” authority.

Companies attempting to regain those fines from the public by hiking the price of their goods would be fined further. Companies hiking their prices arbitrarily would suffer the same fate.

The general public should not be penalised for the practices of large companies, the companies should be made to find a new means to source their raw materials that does not impact the environment in any significant way.

OK, the above is just a suggestion and would be open to debate and refinement to make it fully workable.
It was mentioned here that growing Hemp could be an alternative means of making paper, rope and other things that we currently create using Nylon or Wood.

Hemp has a considerable number of applications that I was surprised to discover and unlike Nylon, it is biodegradable.

The words “Made in Britain” should be synonymous with “Environmentally Friendly” and we should be making sure that companies maintain that standard.

We should lead by example as we did many years ago.


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