ETHICS, TRUTH, and GLOBAL WARMING

ETHICAL ISSUES:  GLOBAL WARMING

It’s natural…

Global warming is a fact.  Global cooling is a fact.  But global warming caused by man-made carbon dioxide is not a fact (a fact being absolute truth).  Earth’s conditions continue to change because of constant cosmological and geological functioning. The earth precesses (wobbles on its axis) and its poles shift.  Temperatures change.  Sunspots affect conditions on earth; recent studies show that the sun’s activity affects the formation of certain clouds (water vapor), which themselves affect climatic conditions.  Plate tectonics move entire continental masses, and sub-sea rifting and volcanoes affect ocean currents and temperatures world-wide.  Earth is not a static entity—it’s dynamic, constantly changing, and it’s big.   Conditions on earth and in its atmosphere change as well—they must.

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS ISSUES: GETTING USED TO THE TRUTH

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS and NATURAL LAW

Water drop - Water drop background. Water of the WorldWeather patterns in the 1970s suggested to some that Earth was in a cooling trend with the coming of a new ice age.  Then in 1985 there arose the ‘crisis’ over the growing ‘hole in the ozone layer’ (which varies annually), suggesting global cooling.  The ‘hole’ over Antarctica was growing, thought by some to be exacerbated by man-made chlorofluorocarbons.  (But ozone-driven phenols in tree rings date the start of ozone depletion in northern latitudes at the late 1700s, long before air-conditioning–or any man-made chemicals for that matter.)  Further global cooling could result in further depletion of the ozone layer! but wait!—currently NASA predicts that the ozone layer will be fully-recovered by 2070 (perhaps as a result of the new threat of ‘global warming’?).  And now we are presented with yet another crisis: ”Peak Water Is Here!”  Alarmists tell

ETHICS ISSUES: EXTINCTION vs EVOLUTION

EXTINCTION AS A NECESSARY FUNCTION OF EVOLUTION

Those who bemoan the extinction of animals such as the hairy mammoth (probably brought about by the Clovis people eons ago) fail to appreciate that they may have been hunted out of necessity, but certainly not for sport.  It was the hairy mammoth (and other now-extinct species) that fed the populations of their times.   In other words, if the mammoth disappeared, it could be because it was consumed of necessity by the populace.  It certainly did not disappear because of the smoke from their campfires.

More recently the Maori and aborigines hunted to distinction certain species out of necessity.  Perhaps many extinct species disappeared because they had outlived their usefulness.

Those who would revive extinct species would seem to be proceeding counter to the evolutionary process rather than allowing it to function.  Taken to the extreme, their

ETHICAL ISSUES: THE ETHICS OF NATURE

NATURE’S CODE of ETHICS

It’s clear that Earth is a living planet, unique in our solar system and perhaps beyond. As a geologist/earth scientist I can speak with some authority about our planet, and there exists scientific support for the following professional/personal conclusions in spite of its necessarily deduced origins. I welcome your checking the facts.

Although Earth was born devoid of life, it seems to have created its own unique environment for it, and has remained alive since the advent of prokaryotic bacteria some 600Million years ago. That the geologic and biologic realms are interrelated is supported by the coevolution of organisms, climate and the earth’s crust as deduced from the geologic record.

We don’t know the origin of the simple prokaryotic (photosynthetic) bacteria that started it all in the preCambrian period, but the fossil record supports their existence. These simple cells (without nuclei) were responsible for altering the