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The UN treats us to good news... and bad

Among all the debate on global warming, The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has long been one of the loudest voices. Despite accusations of bias and political motivations, the IPCC has been persuasive in getting many governments to pass environmental legislation.

So when the IPCC releases a new report, downgrading man's impact on the environment by 25% (and lowing predictions of temperature and sea level rise by 50%), one would think this good news would make headline news across the nation. Think otherwise. Such happy news apparently isn't fit for public consumption, according to our mass media.

The media has been even less forthcoming with the details of another UN report, entitled Livestock's Long Shadow. This 400 page report expresses what people who study global warming have long since known-- that the world cattle population is responsible for some 18% of all greenhouse gases, a larger contribution than planes, trains, automobiles, and all other forms of transportation combined.

The report also blames livestock farming for over 100 other polluting gases, including the number one source of ammonia, a major contributor to acid rain. It further blames ranching for deforestation, and ends with a slap at the massive amounts of drinking water used to feed cattle herds, which presumably is taking water from the mouths of thirsty children.

So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds.



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RE: Two wrongs doesn't make a right
By Dfere on 12/18/2006 4:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
I believe this is an editorial? Which is supposed to have an opinion.

Also, IMHO The immediate rush to sensationalism by the media does not do anything constructive about any climatic issue. As a defending point, I point to the recent article published by a scientist who recommended we could inject sulfur dioxide into the air to aid in averting this "environmental disaster". While it might not have been the point of his article to address the overall impact (He might have been simply establishing one method to reduce greenhouse effects), this was touted by the media as a potential "cure".

This is like rushing to cut off one's leg before cancer is confirmed.


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