Exporting Jobs, Importing Pollution

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by stubeeef, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    This is both news and probably political but on the off chance that it is more science and news, I thought I would start it here.

    There has been a number of non-political discussions on global warming here so thought I would add this. Of course Kyoto comes to mind, as I seem to recall, maybe incorrectly, that china and india were not bound at least initially under kyoto, so that makes some of this interesting. While the US output is lessening I know we have had some impact on others such as europe?

    Just thought I would supply this nugget of info in the ongoing discussion about this important subject.

    LINK

    lots more in the USAToday article.

    Of course it is a zero sum game, and the US contributes to the overall levels of all pollutants, but while some are decreasing others are increasing, that I think is the problem for now.
     
  2. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    The lesson seems to be that polution is definitely a global problem, probably requiring some kind of global solution/effort. Really difficult to organize though as economic development tends to have environmental costs.
     
  3. salmon macrumors regular

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    Yeah, reminds me of how we feel in Atlantic Canada, with the pollution of the industrial areas of the Northeast United States and Ontario dumping acid rain down on us, and causing polluted air. It sucks, with the same impacts as described in the article. And I'm sure Europe could show a similar study, given the Gulf Stream and prevailing winds across the Atlantic.

    If I ever had Bill Gates' money, I would launch a lawsuit against the governments and industry for the damage to our ecosystems.

    Pollution and sprawl/habitat destruction is a huge problem, and I would love to see it treated more seriously by the influential governments of the world. And, despite this article, we in the industrialized western world contribute far, far, far more per capita to the problem than China or anyone else. It would be great if we in North America could take a leadership role in pioneering new technology and energy/resource efficiencies, and share that with the rest of the world. It would benefit everyone.

    Instead, we keep buying bigger and bigger SUVs and building big-box stores in the sprawling suburbs.
     
  4. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Sprawling suburbs are bad.
    Bigger SUV's are sometimes good, sometimes bad.
    Big Box stores are good. They have a lot of built in efficiencies.

    We need to pull people back into the cities and tear up the burbs.
     
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    This is interesting because it gives voice to the obvious--when you dump stuff in the air, it comes down somewhere, and not always where it went up. Every little bit helps, but pollution control is only really meaningful when everybody does it.

    China, of course, will eventually be a BIG issue--they are rapidly urbanizing, and are likely to get a lot of their eventually HUGE demand for power from their own high-sulphur coal deposits. Chinese city air is already some of the worst on the planet (I have friends willing to give first-hand accounts), and pretty soon it's not just going to be the Chinese dying of lung disease.

    Here's hoping that the governments of the world will eventually realize that air quality is in everybody's best interests and do something about it.

    Here here--you can live in the country if you want, and you can live in the city if you want, but things get ugly when you try to do both at the same time. Besides, most nice neighborhoods in cities are a lot more liveable than any suburb I've been in recently.
     
  6. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    But how can you live the American dream without your own crabgrass-free lawn?
     
  7. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    I think its pretty difficult to get China to be more environmentally friendly. Given their current situation, taking care of the environment probably would end up right at the bottom of their agenda, also given their culture, they most probably would not even take notice until their people start dying like a mass genoicide of environmental issues.
     
  8. Apple //e macrumors 6502

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    I think its pretty difficult to get USA to be more environmentally friendly. Given their current situation, taking care of the environment probably would end up right at the bottom of their agenda, also given their culture, they most probably would not even take notice until their people start dying like a mass genoicide of environmental issues.[/
     
  9. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    stu, your implication was of course, that there is no drift from the US to other countries. Since the US contributes about 30% of all emissions it seems sort of simplistic to not accept that the US is also responsible for pollution in other countries as well as the oceans the surround the continent.

    One thing that the Chinese are finally realising is that if they don't do something now about pollution, a majority of the population is going to be so sick that the economy will tank. They're not stupid but at the same time there isn't enough oil in the world to replace all those nasty yellow-coal buring power plants. They are building nuclear power generators at a rate unheard on in the west and they still can't keep up.

    Unfortunately for all of us the only way out of this mess is forward, not backward. That means all of us need to stop polluting and especially those of us who pollute the most. In other words, Americans.
     
  10. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Each time I see this thread on the main page, I wonder why Steve Jobs is being exported...

    Sorry for the O/T post, but it needed saying.

    And does anyone want to bring up the massive pollutants that Chernobyl caused? Wind currents carried nuclear fallout everywhere within a week or so. That was very bad.
     
  11. Macaddicttt macrumors 6502a

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    You know, I was just about to post the exact same thing, but then I thought if would have just been a frivolous post. Hmm...I sense some sort of irony here... :p
     

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