Friday, March 26, 2010

Helping Asia Deal with World-Spanning Pollution

Pollution from Asia rises with the monsoons up to the stratosphere, and circles the globe for years before dropping down to cover all the countries of the world.
The study suggests that the impact of Asian pollutants on the stratosphere may increase in coming decades because of the growing industrial activity in China and other rapidly developing nations. In addition, climate change could alter the Asian monsoon, although it remains uncertain whether the result would be to strengthen or weaken vertical movements of air that transport pollutants into the stratosphere. _ImpactLab
We know that up to 70% of melting of glaciers and polar ice is due to black carbon pollution -- mainly from Asia. What is not known is what other effects is the entire world suffering due to the ongoing pollution of the world's rivers, oceans, and atmosphere -- up to the stratosphere -- by Asian countries?

It is time to help these massive third world countries of Asia -- such as China and India -- to deal with their devastating problems of pollution. How can we do this?

First, while most of the world's pollution is coming from Asia, almost none of the world's environmental lobbyists, environmental trial lawyers, environmental community organisers, or environmental political activists are headquartered or working in Asia. Most of these busy little worker bees are buzzing around the capitals and large cities of western nations -- where for the most part skies and waters are relatively clean.

Why not ship these eager beavers to the places where they could be doing the most good? To Mumbai, to the hinterlands of industrial China, to Beijing, to the polluted slums of Africa and South America? Those are the places where the enviro-activists need to be working -- where conditions are the absolute worst.

They would not make nearly as much money, but they would be doing so much more good for all the people of the world if they would shower their attentions upon the activities that are genuinely causing harm to Earth's human and animal populations.

Imagine, for example, if all of the "scientists" who are busy making up and falsifying data in the attempt to prove the existence of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming (CAGW) were instead engaged in useful activities. What if these "scientists" were using their intelligence for good, instead of for energy starvation? What a better world we might have.

Finally, imagine if public sector employees in the west were required to spend 10 years in the third world at the end of their working years at age 55. Ten years helping third world people to provide themselves with clean water, clean air, healthy and abundant food, efficient sanitation, and other advantages enjoyed in the first world. And then these public servants could retire, at age 65 like everyone else, but with the knowledge that they had finally done something worthwhile with their lives. At that point they could sponge off struggling young private sector families to their heart's content, and take all the extended luxury cruises that their bloated pensions could support.

Truly, the western world has a lot of assets that could be devoted to the purpose of cleaning up the filth of the third world. It is only a matter of political will.

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