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『Hot, Flat, and Crowded:
Why The World Needs A Green Revolution
- and How We Can Renew Our Global Future 』(2009)
／Thomas L. Friedman (release 2.0, penguin books)
4) Today's Weather- Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Cattle belching? That's right - the striking thing
about greenhouse gases as the diversity of sources that
emit them. A herd of cattle belching can be worse than
a highway full of Hummers. Livestock gas is very high
in methane, which, like CO2, is colorless and odorless.
And like CO2, methane is one of those greenhouse gases
that, once released into the atmosphere, also absorb
heat-radiating from the earth's surface. "Molecule for
molecule, methane's heat trapping power in the atmosphere
is 21 times stronger than carbon dioxide, the most abundant
greenhouse gas," reported Science World.
5) Global Weirding
At first I didn't understand - and then it clicked.
When hurricanes and other natural disasters hit, insurance
companies and the general media often call them "acts of God."
What Nate was asking was this; Have we introduced so much
CO2 into nature's operating system that we no longer know
where nature stops and we start in shaping today's weather?
We no longer know, he said, "what is an act of God and
what is an act of man," or, to put it another way; Did we make
it hot, or did He make it hot? Did we make those Gulf waters
extra warm, revving up Katrina, or did God acting through
nature make them extra warm? That is the big philosophical
question raised by Katrina, said Lewis; "Whether soon,
if not already, what we used to call acts of God will be
really acts of man - or at least partially acts of man."
6) Global Weirding
Our generation and future ones need to understand,
added Wooly that "nature is not always going to behave
in a linear fashion because our minds think that way.
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