My largest fear has to do with global warming. I may now be motivated to complete my novel on THE VENUS SYNDROME. That particular article which I did not write, has more to do with worries that some of our man-made solutions could worsen the Greenhouse Effect. Several years before this term--The Venus Syndrome--began to be used, I wrote about this danger in the final chapter of my SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Planet Earth. But you don't need to buy the book, for I began serializing this topic in this blog site from 25 August 2008. Better yet, summaries of this concept can be found in The Huffington Post:
- 17 June 2008 The Venus Syndrome (Part One)
- 18 June 2008 The Venus Syndrome (Part Two)
- 5 December 2008 The Venus Syndrome Revisited
- A German study (which seems to have been quashed) is that trees might be deleterious to our environment, for the net balance could be a higher global warming coefficient.
- European forests tend to be dark, and these absorb sunlight.
- Yes, trees capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but they eventually die and, while they return most of the carbon dioxide, a dangerous fraction under certain conditions becomes methane. We save some time when we hope technologies will be developed to cure this problem. However, what if we never find a solution? All that carbon dioxide, plus methane, returns into the atmosphere.
- 55.5 million years ago during the end of the Eocene and beginning of the Paleocene epochs our atmosphere warmed by 14 F, mostly because methane hydrates were perturbed. Just today the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that University of Hawaii scientists (Tobias Friedrich, right, and Axel Timmermann--I shared the same floor in the Pacific Ocean science and Technology Building with them for several years--we are still in the same structure, but I moved back to the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute) foresaw a 10.5 degree temperature rise by 2100. Note also that since that peak, the temperature of Planet Earth has stayed relatively low, until the past few years.
- The Permian-Triassic extinction event, known as the Great Dying, occurred around 252 million years ago, when 96% of all marine species expired. Again a sudden release of methane from the ocean floor is mostly blamed. There are several whole books on this extinction event, When Nearly Died is just one of them. How long ago was this? Well, our continents were all on one continent called Pangaea: