Monday, September 27, 2010

Environmental Concerns are not Parochial:

Of course, Climate Change is global and affects all humanity everywhere, but many (if not most) other environmental concerns have a world-wide affect also because our environment is a massively complex system with few containment walls. 

Boundaries, like shores, mountains, plains, deserts, abound, but they don’t contain pollution and other environmental effects.  For example, an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico seems so far away as to be non-existent as far as our environmental situation goes.  But, many of our area’s birds are migratory birds. 

If they pass through the Gulf and partake of one of the world’s largest wetlands for a stopover, they could be in trouble.  Meaning our area’s birds could be in trouble. This situation is only a graphic example of how all our environmental concerns are connected. 

That we are not aware for the myriad of environmental concerns which began in other areas on the globe and how they affect our environment is due to a lack of interest by our media and the public in connecting-the-dots.  But, if we don’t connect the dots on how environmental occurrences that happen in other area affect us the laws of physics will ensure that the dots get connected.  

How many more environmental stories about incidents in other areas are going to impact us here in Rochester, NY? Oil Spill Threatens Migratory Birds - National Wildlife Federation "As millions of birds head for the biggest spill in U.S. history, federal and nonprofit groups work with farmers to create safe alternative habitats 09-07-2010 // Laura Tangley The BP oil spill has contaminated huge swaths of some of the continent’s most critical bird habitat. Yet scientists say that, given the scale of the disaster, the toll of dead and injured birds to date—7,996 collected, 5,927 of them dead as of September 14—is lower than they initially expected. Compared to previous spills like the Exxon Valdez, which was much smaller, “our numbers have not been very dramatic,” says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) biologist Gary Edwards, deputy regional director of the service’s Alaska region recently deployed in Louisiana. " (September 7, 2010) National Wildlife® Magazine - National Wildlife Federation

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