As our populations grow out of control and we chop down forests and abuse our oceans, climates are changing. Our relentless abuse on nature has meant that the world is producing more hot spots, and the risk of illness is increasing too. There are some areas of the world that have always enjoyed mild climates but who now find that the extreme heat combined with humidity is becoming hellish. Global warming health effects are brought about by us humans, and drought and flooding bring with it new, perilous illnesses. In fact, scientists tell us that global warming can bring about outbreaks of harmful bacteria. A 500 year old clam gives evidence of climate change too and scientists who have been studying the world’s longest-living animal, the quahog clam, reveal that the chemistry in the growth rings of these clams shows that global warming health effects can be expected to deteriorate as the global warming goes further. The terrifying fact is that these scientists believe we have reached a point of no return.
Environmental change strategies have been hogging the limelight all over the world. There have been major changes in industrial policies and how to treat the forests and wildlife. Especially in New Zealand, environmental change strategies have been focussing on minimising the damage to the environment. The Green growth strategy has been taken under the umbrella of environmental policy of the Kiwi government. The major points covered are sustainable development and regular review of the ecosystems. Economic development has been linked to environmental concerns which has made the policies much more sustainable. So no more rapid development is being undertaken without proper caring for the environment. The policies are already making its effect seen. The development in Rwanda which is based on this model has proven to be sustainable, and the same model is being replicated by New Zealand. Living in harmony with nature is the key to future survival and New Zealand as a nation is acting towards the goal.
Vegans don’t eat anything of animal origin, and they will tell you that veganism has improved their lives, helping them look and feel better. For many, though, being a vegan is like a kind of a philosophy and not so much a diet. They say that veganism is a good choice for feeding the world’s burgeoning populations. In spite of the many types of environmental changes we are facing, they tell us veganism has a low environmental footprint. The truth is . When you look at certain areas in the world, you can see that agriculture has been massively destructive. The massive, uncontrolled human populations mean massive ecosystems being destroyed to plant more and more crops to feed more and more people. The types of environmental changes we are seeing because of forests being chopped down to make way for crops is devastating. Flooding, droughts, insects and crazy temperatures are making it that soon we won’t be able to grow crops. Yes, veganism can do many positive things for our health, but at what price for our ailing planet?
Our world is in trouble and we are witnessing more natural disasters than ever before. Global warming and water pollution are two major environmental problems that the entire world needs to be concerned about. Water is crucial for life and the world just can’t afford to be a silent witness to the water sources being polluted. Water pollution awareness in different countries hopes to find solutions to problems with this very scarce resource. There is to be a collaboration between scientists from New Zealand and China with Lincoln to host NZ-China water research centre. The centre is to develop research strategies on how to bring about more water pollution awareness by looking at issues such as the contamination of both ground- and surface water as well as poor water usage in agriculture, in both China and New Zealand. The establishment of the water research centre as it works towards a better quality water and therefore better food production is also going to boost relations between these two countries in their efforts to save water.
Did you know that NZ has a climate change minister? Her name is Paula Bennett. She represented NZ at the Paris Conference on Climate Change where a historic agreement was signed. NZ committed to lowering carbon emissions 30% from 2005 levels. This is a monumental shift in how NZ is seen by the world on climate issues – back in 2012, NZ was named ‘colossal fossil’ along with Canada and Japan for being one of the least constructive developed nations in the debate. It’s about time NZ changed its tune because climate change is *the* biggest issue of our time. Most people talk about it in terms of wanting to protect the environment and protect the earth itself. This is all well and good, but in fact, the earth will go on no matter what humans do to it. It will be in a much-altered condition, of course, but it will survive. Humans (and other life forms) are the ones who are at risk of extinction from climate change. In NZ, the changing climate will impact our agriculture hardest, as well as our infrastructure, health, and biosecurity. As an island nation, we need to be at the forefront of environmental protection if we want to survive!
In today’s day and age being positive is something we cannot overlook. So the question is how to be positive when you are surrounded by a negative environment. Now that is in itself a negative thought. The question is how to overcome it ? There are two dimensions of being positive. It is in thought and in action. To learn how to be positive first the thoughts need to be taken care of. Thoughts create your reality. When you think something and keep on thinking sooner or later it will be part of your world. Having positive thoughts later convert into attitudinal change which has a positive impact on your life. Once you have control over the direction of your thoughts then positivity can seep in to make your world better.There are some simple steps to achieve success by positive thinking.
(1) Substitute negative thoughts with positive ones . This takes effort but can be done.
(2) Focus on what you want and relate it with good things.
(3) Take actions to achieve your goals, which have now been refined at the thought level.
The invisible is the most important aspect of life. It is all around us and helps us perform basic tasks. The fact that earth has breathable air makes it a living planet. But what are we doing with this natural resource? We are polluting it by the way we humans are living. More and more burning of fossil fuel adds carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in the air. Chemical fumes like Sulphur Dioxide and Nitrogen Dioxide are damaging the whole ecosystem. We care for our daily needs and the costs that entails, we even take Pay day loans for the purpose of doing so. But who will care for the daily needs of the environment? That is a big question.
Air Pollution – A Basic Know How
The basic thing to know is that air is polluted by two kinds of pollutants – Primary and Secondary. Primary pollutants are the gases emitted from various sources. Examples of primary pollutants are Sulphur Dioxide from industries and Carbon dioxide from any kind of combustion. Secondary pollutants are formed by mingling of the primary pollutants. The fogs and smog in cities are examples of secondary pollutants.
Now lets us examine the various causes of air pollution. All of us are aware about the burning of fossil fuels in automobiles which is a major cause of air pollution. All the ground, air and sea vehicles running on petroleum products produce poisonous gases like Nitrogen Dioxide, Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Dioxide. Also add to that the carbon particles emitted. A dangerous mix, which causes major respiratory and heart related ailments. But use of fossil fuels cannot be stopped, but should be minimized.
Agricultural activities also are responsible for air pollution. Insecticides, pesticides are all harmful for the air. Along with it the fertilizers produce ammonia which damages the ozone layer. There are more causes of air pollution like mining operations which release dust and chemicals in air and also construction work which is responsible for suspended particulate matter in the air. More about the effect of air pollution in the next post