Essay? moved from Talk:Global warming
Thank you Mr Gore. I saw the film and it made me think. Thank you. Hopefully it will make a lot of people think. Our capacity for thought and problem solving is our greatest resource. Hopefully this effort will concentrate more of this great resource (our capacity for reason) on finding solutions. The film left me with some unanswered questions however ...
Is Global Warming inevitable?
Is there a limit to the amount of heat that Earth can dissipate into space, just like there is a limit to the amount of heat that a "heat sink" can dissipate into the atmosphere, regardless of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels? Is it only a matter of time until the ice melts?
"If the World Were a Village" of 100 people (by David J Smith) 22 people speak a Chinese dialect, 20 earn less than a dollar a day, 17 cannot read or write, 50 are often hungry, 24 have a television in their home.
If science solved the energy crisis using another form of stored potential energy that did not produce CO2 e.g. “nuclear energy” and at the very least made sure that the other 50 percent of the World had a refrigerator and the other 76 percent of the "have nots" had a television, would the heat produced still exceed the Earth's heat sink capacity?
If so, isn’t talk about Kyoto just elitist populist rhetoric for “the haves” (as opposed to the “have nots” of this World) that is being peddled by our political hopefuls to win power from a sense of moral value? Wouldn’t the harder less popular but more important longer term strategies be to consider how to deal with the change?
Would one solution be to stop, by force, civil advances of the less fortunate, or to simply let the Earth’s capacity for population growth (i.e. the populated low lands) flood or freeze?
If so, do questions about border protection come into play?
Instead of worrying about 400 “boat people” should we be strategising about what we will do when 4,000,000 (possibly culturally biased, possibly non-Christian) “boat people” head our way?
Does it then become a question of “us or them”?
Do we stop them, by force if necessary, at the border [I hope not]? If not, would our society manage, absorb, sustain the influx? Would we need to run an Apartheid State? How would we provide basic needs? How would we utilise the extra working capacity?
The situation might be different if the energy solution were realised from sustainable energy sources such as "solar" rather than being obtained from the release of stored potential energy such as "nuclear" based on the notion that the Earth is already capable of dissipating all of the energy it currently receives from the Sun. I am not sure however that this assumption of balanced input / output is sound.
If we all used solar energy, would the Earth be darker from space? If so, wouldn't we be capturing the heat on Earth just like CO2 does now?
Have any or all of these questions already been asked and answered?
Is Greenhouse / Kyoto only a tactical issue?
Should our political aspirants be investigating broader strategic issues?
Should we precipitate a crisis?
What do you think?
What would New Zealand do?
Kind Regards Byron Wu of Liverpool, NSW Australia Son of Dr. Nelson Wu and Nicoletta Zoumas Life partner of Kerry Quayle of North Bondi
Beroccaboy 13:26, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
Above essay moved here - the talk page for global warming is for discussion of the article. Your essay/questions did not address improving the article. Thanks, Vsmith 14:02, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
- I think you may have sent your message to the wrong place. This is Wikipedia, a free and freely editable encyclopedia. If you wanted to contact Mr. Gore, you might wish to send a paper letter to him; a quick search turns up this contact information. Thanks! —AySz88\^-^ 14:05, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
- Before contacting Mr. Gore, you might also want to read up on the topic. The Wikipedia pages are a good start. It's fairly basic thermodynamics that the amount of heat "dissipated" (really radiated) by the Earth depends on the actual temperature of the earth. So it's not limited (well, at some temperature the globe will vaporise), but it is strictly limited at any given temperature. To dissipate more, raise the temperature. This is what happends now.... --Stephan Schulz 14:30, 16 September 2006 (UTC)
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