Everyday behavior, things that it's easy to take for granted, have a significant effect on the planet. Some habits are easy to change, but others are more deeply entrenched. And so, despite your good intentions, you're probably wrecking the environment as we speak. See the five ways you're ruining things (and how to turn them around) here.
And check out PopSci's complete coverage of the future of the environment at popsci.com/futurecity.
You are trying to educate people to lead a simple life, waste not wan't not, in order to help the environment. Which is great, but
you are up against powerful media and business who are doing exactly the opposite, in order to promote their bottom line. This is the price mankind have to pay in their quest for progress and high life.
Someone asked, can we clean up the waste without going back to the dark ages?
Somehow I always knew they'd try to pin this on me.
I'm wrecking the environment by living in the suburbs and flying? Toxic vinyl siding? Who writes your stuff now, high school kids? While recycling used electronics and turning them off when not in use are both excellent ideas for all kinds of reason, how about less worrying about non-problems like "toxic" plastic, carbon emissions and global warming. There are real problems we can solve with just a little effort, like donating a few bucks to help provide clean drinking water to impoverished people or eradicating malaria. Buy an economical car. Ride public transportation. Plant a tree. Recycle. Take a nap and stop worrying about stuff that isn't real.
I think Laurenra7 should take a nap... believing in their own little fantasy world where nothing we do harms anything, just keep on keeping on.
There use to be a time when PopSci was something I looked forward to reading. Now all they talk about is this garbage. I'm sorry to see the PopSci's theme come to an end.
How about instead of cluttering your SCIENCE web page with wildly inaccurate fallacies and faux science, you take your stupid environmentalist garbage and shov- er, make a new magazine? Popular EnvironMENTALism? That way, people who could care less about how eco-unfriendly their grandmother is wouldn't be wasting money on magazines that they just throw away because, as I said, THEY DON'T GIVE A CRAP! Oh, wait, that would use too many trees. I guess they could put it on its own website and purge the one people want to read of the propaganda. Wait, they would have more computer time and boil Antarctica or something. You keep this up, popsci, and you may lose quite a few readers. I enjoy this magazine very much, when there isn't crap in the brownies (http://www.snopes.com/glurge/brownies.asp). Oh, and if I hear a single word about this from an eco-geek, I will personally show them how to recycle toilet paper to decorate houses.
Okay, I was kind of mean in the previous article. But, however blunt it was, it was still true. Here's some facts:
-Global warming is very much false. The global temperature raise in the past century? Oh, only about 1 degree Celsius.
-The man you people love and the father of the current global warming scare (and contributor to the one in the 70s and 80s) isn't exactly one to talk about any of these things. He upgrades his electronics (computers, phones, you know, everything) every time his "Green" buddy Steve makes a new product (yeah, Apple makes a good computer, but they just aren't exactly green like they are praised to be when they make 120 new products a year). His favored mode of transportation? One of his 2 learjets (1/4 the efficiency per person as a normal commercial airliner), of course.
-That horrible, man-made mankind obliterating ozone hole? Not only is it saving our butts (Infrared Radiation can get in the ozone layer just fine, but can't get out except for the ozone hole), It wasn't man made. Matter of fact, they are starting to think that it's been there for hundreds of millenia!
-Back to Mr. Al "carboneutral" Gore. His house uses, on average, as much energy a month as the average family uses in a year. His pool house (yes, his pool has its own heated building) uses $500 a month! How many carbon offsets will that take to balance out?
-Speaking of carbon offsets, guess how many celebrities and former vice presidents/Nobel peace prize winners buy a year? Less than the poor schmoes brainwashed into buying them by the same people do in a month.*
I'm going to quit before a mob comes to my house with recycled wood pitchforks, biodegradable torches, and ethanol Molotov cocktails. Again, popsci, consider making a website exactly like this one minus the eco-garbage (like gizmodo's non-apple blog) or a new magazine dedicated to environmentalism. Just solve your problem, and soon, or you may very well lose readers.
*Yes, I did make the carbon offset one up. However, Al Gore does not buy any carbon offsets with his own money.
ok, I understand the controversy with global warming and the greenhouse effects and such, but I cannot understand how people who seem to have done some research can say it’s not an issue. I'm not talking about this article, or Gore's documentary, I'm talking about what the research is saying.
Yes, the temp. has only gone up 1 degree, but this not an insignificant amount. Now I recognize that you cannot fully make a jump to the increase in CO2, which has been measured to be true, is causing the increase in temp. However, the two do seem to be closely correlated. Despite if we are causing it or not, the temp has gone up. This has been proven in model after model to be a real issue, especially if it continues to go up. Now I'm not blaming humans solely as there is real evidence to show cyclic temp. changes, but all I want is for people to understand and recognize that when you can measure significant changes in CO2 atmospheric gases and other gases with the increase starting with only a short delay from when we started to become industrialized, you must accept we are not helping the situation. Just as laurenra7 suggested, the best thing we can do is not tuck our heads in the sand and say "we didn't cause it so its not our responsibility". It doesn't matter who caused it, it’s happening and simple moves like smaller cars and, god forbid a few extra trees, could make a difference.
if you look at a LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) of glass products over plastic.
the amount of crap put into the atmosphere to produce all the extra energy to smelt the glass and transport heavier bottles etc plastic does make a better option.
I agree with doing small things such as buying more efficient things and planting trees. I'm just saying, people who want their popsci without environmentalist stuff all over it should be able to get just that. A simple tag filter in popsci would be great- go into your settings, tell it to block articles tagged with the things they could care less about (such as blaming the very slow global warming solely on the human race), and go on their merry way.
I am also sick and tired of the new direction of Popular Science. I enjoyed reading the entire magazine for the 2 years I have had a subscription but after the last 4 months of solely environmentalism articles I highly doubt I will renew my subscription.
I for one am overjoyed that Popular Science is attempting to educate the vast number of ignorant and foolish Americans about the very real dangers we are facing.
As a scientific magazine it is your duty to report the facts even to those who don't want to hear them and would rather keep on pretending that the earth is a bottomless pit for them to throw their garbage into.
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You all are ignorant fools WE ARE THE REASON FOR THIS SITUATION!!!!!!!! we take and take and take but we give nothing back soon their will be nothing left but desolation and sorrow so when you have a problem about how people have their heads screwed on right then you should have yours KNOCKED THE FUKK OFF you worthless wyrms ,Dead weight for this already struggling world. Pathetic!