OPINION: Plastic pollution outweighs benefits

 
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PLASTIC is a product of human creation derived from petroleum. Its use has been fundamental for the economic progress of all countries. With this material you can cover,  store, pack, and preserve, and in its infinite combinations it accompanies and defines contemporary human life from plastic credit cards to even the bottles of water. Without this compound, our daily life would be extremely difficult. All the benefits of plastic cannot compensate for its main disadvantage: Material saturates the landfills, lakes, rivers and seas of the world. Species as diverse as birds turtles, dolphins, whales and fish have been found dead with plastic in their stomachs. By 2050, the planet's oceans will have more plastic than all animal and plant protein combined. It is time to act, we must be intelligent consumers, and more responsible with the environment and health. To achieve this we need the weight of the law and the real will to change… Hoyporhoy, La Prensa. Aug. 11



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Bob

Try googling Miami at high tide and where did the glaciers go? Natural disasters are one thing, rising water levels and melting ice is another.

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mhogan

Since you did the research on behalf of Pedasi, I can comment: Re: the Solomon Islands Archipelago -- between 2000 and 4000 years ago they emerged as land masses (which means they were obviously affected by man-made CO2 before that time that caused them to be underwater) and then the ocean receded and created land masses with an average of 1.2 meters (under 4') above sea level and notice the word "average". So, yes, if we go back to sea levels of 2,000-4,000 years ago, these islands will be in trouble. But don't make it sound like human activity is the cause of rising and lowering sea levels. I doubt Miami City is under water or could be for the same cyclical reasons as the Solomon Islands. And just as living riverside where the river floods, anyone living less than 4' above sea level needs to have their heads examined. A whopper of a tropical storm would have surges of at least that height, or more. I lived on an island, even though my house was 20 ft. above sea level and one whopper of a hurricane put the entire island under water for 20 minutes -- completely off the radar. Inland dwellings had fish in their livingrooms once the waters receded. Nothing to do with rising ocean levels -- just a massive storm surge. And then, there's Livingston Parish, Louisiana -- below sea level. Storm surge, not your "rising ocean" scenario. But there is a viable solution to low-lying islands -- you can raise the bridge if you can't lower the water. China is building complete islands from the ocean floor up; Hong Kong built their new airport runway on reclaimed ocean land and they have typhoons. The archipelago has the ability to build up and it already has a better start with an existing land mass. So quit crying about the "possibility" of submerged islands which may or may never occur if the prediction of a cooling weather trend follows. We have all kinds of natural disasters but blaming it on Climate Change is a fool's errand. God just gets angry at us now and then and decides to show us who's really in charge. Humble down, Bob! You can't change the weather.

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Bob

Well then why is Miami flooding at high tide? Why is Glacier National Park loosing its glaciers? It seems the Solomon Islands disappearing. Feel free to Google the facts.

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mhogan

And they are which islands exactly? And the number of those people are? Look, the Earth's been around A LOT longer than Man and Man who decided to inhabit a low-lying island is foolhardy. No more sense than rebuilding and rebuilding on the banks of a river that floods every second year? Besides if Al Gore is so worried, why is at least one of his mansions oceanfront? Can't help stupid! (And in case you want to be offended, I'm not calling you stupid)

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PedasiPaul

2016 is the warmest year on record. It exceeded 2015. The world isn't fine to people who live on islands threatened by rising sea levels.

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mhogan

Great idea! What if we fine shred the plastic and mix it with the heavy clay soil, would it not serve as an areator? Boy, you're smart, Wesley, and you didn't even realize it! (Seriously)

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Wesley M Brown

Unfortunately, "plastic poop" lacks the beneficial qualities of our own. Try maintaining your mango trees on plastic.

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mhogan

I do take exception, however, to your septic tank analogy ... the whole purpose of it is to render human excrement biodegradable and serve as fertilizer. (I know that for a fact because my mango trees produce extraordinarily in my septic tank field). So I guess that's a good thing as it is very natural that man has bodily waste discharged because if he had to hold it all in for a lifetime, an overflowing septic tank is the least of his worries. LOL. But then our good old Climate Change activists have a solution for that, too: limit human reproduction and the Planet will be fine. I have an idea: let's restrict those activists from propagating.

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mhogan

Glad you're man enough to admit "it is arguable" (unlike the Climate Change activists who claim the issue is settled). I argue that it is and you argue that it isn't and we're both entitled to our opinion. Have a great day.

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Wesley M Brown

What you say about plastic is true. Many ways have been found to recycle and reuse discarded plastics, with more (including the development of biodegradable plastics) on the way. However, whether the planet is fine is arguable. It is fine, just as a septic tank is fine, until its capacity is exceeded. When that happens you suddenly have shit all over everything. By a number of measures the global septic tank for plastic poop is nearing the overflow stage. It is time to deal with that problem. The long-term consequences of not doing so will be even more devastating to us than ignoring the threat of 'NoKo's fat boy'.

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mhogan

People have actually made liveable structures out of plastic soda bottles. How about reefs and man-made islands? A little creativity and plastic can be more than garbage. Maybe it can be used as an alternate fuel source. If it creates too much CO2 (shudder the thought), would that be better than it killing dolphins? As George Carlin said: maybe God put Man on earth to create plastic, because he couldn't do it Himself? Sorry, can't get too serious right now as I ponder what NoKo's fat boy has in mind for humanity.

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