John Thompson

Solutions to Sin #7: Water Loss & Contamination Consumer Solutions to the 7 Deadly Sins of Ecological Destruction

We, the people, are running short of potable water.

On a planet that’s covered with more than 70 percent water, only 2.5 percent is the “fresh” variety.

The greatest part of that is tied up in the planet’s ice-caps, glaciers and snowpack. And what’s happening there? Yes, it’s melting into the sea, left to turn salty and unpalatable.

The reduction in snowpack meltwater alone means major hardship on nearly two billion people by 2021, declares NASA’s Tom Painter, a leading expert on the subject. “It’s one of the biggest stories of climate change.”

By 2025—close now—some 40 percent of the world’s population will be living in countries with chronic water scarcity.

Solutions to Sin #6: Chemical Waste Consumer Solutions to the 7 Deadly Sins of Ecological Destruction

Everything on Earth, people included, was made from 92 primary chemical elements and the molecules they formed.

That was the environment modern man was born into 200,000-300,000 years ago, and it remained like that until the interval between World War I and World War II.

In the short time since, hundreds-of-thousands of chemical compounds have been invented, all of them foreign to human physiology, and many of them were allowed to escape into the biosphere.

That’s why every human on Earth, regardless age, has embedded in his or her body hundreds of detectible synthetic chemicals no human has ever carried before.

Solutions to Sin #5: Nuclear Energy Consumer Solutions to the 7 Deadly Sins of Ecological Destruction

The bulk of all the nuclear waste accumulated since the creation of the technology in 1942—the spent fuel, the reactor vessels, assorted pipes and containment apparatus—is still with us, much of it still dangerous enough to kill and injure on a large scale.
Some of the less contaminated material will lose its bite in another 50 years or so. Some will take hundreds of years more to be safe enough to quit guarding it. And some (e.g., the plutonium) will be lethal for another 250,000 years.

That’s a lot of responsibility and security-cost for the next 12,500 generations.

Solutions to Sin #4: Natural Gas Consumer Solutions to the 7 Deadly Sins of Ecological Destruction

While natural gas is far cleaner than coal, it is not a clean fuel.

Even with the 50 percent cut in CO2 emissions, the half left over still overwhelms the biosphere with unsequestered CO2 and methane.

Natural gas is 97 percent methane, and methane is 86-times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

Cornell University researchers have warned that methane released in the drilling (i.e., “fracking”) process could contribute more to global warming than an equivalent of burned coal by 2035.

Solutions to Sin #3: Oil-Based Fuels Consumer Solutions to the 7 Deadly Sins of Ecological Destruction

Building modern transportation on gasoline and diesel fuels, with all their carbon dioxide (CO2) liabilities, was not the mistake.

It was failing to prioritize fuel efficiencies to continually lower the output of the life-altering pollutant.

Instead, the “muscle car” dominated car-making, and the ultra fuel-efficient alternatives never really happened. And the CO2 output soared out of control, the oil industry became the richest, most powerful institution on Earth, and today’s newborns are on course to experience the consequences of their negligence and greed.