Zap Branigan wrote:
…look, if the deforestation of this planet wasn’t an issue, than CO2 emissions wouldn’t be one either. We’re cutting down the arboreal forests in Canada, Alaska and Siberia. Clearcutting in Indonesia is a huge problem, as it is in Africa. Throughout Asia, rainforest are cut, and despite valliant efforts, the Amazon rainforest is still shrinking by the day. Even if CO2 emissions aren’t really that big of a deal, we are undercutting this planet’s ability to deal with the polution, and thus it becomes a problem…
It is too bad all those pesky people live there.
…what??? I really don’t understand where you people are coming from. I have an National Geographic issue where one article shows a Chinese woman cooking food on a solarcollector [a couple of bucks wholesale] and the next one shows african women carrying bushels of firewood out of the jungle. IOW, the technology is available, just not to everyone. Let’s make it available to everyone for the benefit of all!
…besides, do you really think it’s just about the people who live there? Clearcutting forests is a commercial endeavour. If it would just be about the livelyhood of it’s inhabitants, i think the forests could easily sustain them. Take a look at the big picture for a change…[/quote]
Yes it is the people that live there that are cutting down the trees. It is a big problem. They want to join the modern world and get use out of their land.
While the World Bank and evil business can fund the destruction it is ultimately the locals that are carrying it out because they believe it will give them a better quality of life.
I don’t see Europeans willing to give up their modern lifestyle to let nature take over. Why do you feel you can tell others they cannot have the same economic advantages that you have?
It all boils down to the fact that there are too many pesky humans on this ball of mud.