Written by ARTHUR ZULU


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By Arthur Zulu

Death came swiftly forrepparttar 110136 Great Julius Caesar on his way torepparttar 110137 capitol. And one of his murderers? Brutus, a trusted friend!

If you talk of betrayals, more bizarre things have happened. For even Agamemon -- conqueror of lands and of mighty men, was killed by his own wife!

But pity neither Caesar, nor Agamemon. For your best riends are this moment betraying you. They have dug your grave, made out your coffin and are preparing to announce your obituary, even while you are still alive!

But hold on before you dispatch hired assassins to good old Billy, or faithful Penelope, and end up inrepparttar 110138 dock for first-degree murder. Who are these friends?

They are greenhouse gases. Now, try this experiment. Find a hot corner ofrepparttar 110139 street, park your car there, and shut yourself inside withrepparttar 110140 windows closed. How do you find repparttar 110141 experience?

The car will be terribly hot because whilerepparttar 110142 transparent glass letsrepparttar 110143 sun’s rays in, it cannot let outrepparttar 110144 dangerous invisible infrared radiation. You will be killing yourself!

The same story proves true forrepparttar 110145 earth’s atmosphere which acts likerepparttar 110146 glass in a greenhouse. It trapsrepparttar 110147 sun’s heat thereby warmingrepparttar 110148 earth. Without it,repparttar 110149 earth orbiting inrepparttar 110150 cold, empty space, would freeze!

But too much of a good thing is bad. The greenhouse gases -- our friends which make us warm, are turning into our enemies. Let’s see their dubious roles.

WATER VAPOR As our friend, it absorbs heat. But as our enemy it cooperates with other gases to sound our death knell.

CARBON DIOXIDE As our friend, it traps heat and sustains life. But we have produced too much of it that evenrepparttar 110151 plants andrepparttar 110152 ocean cannot absorb, andrepparttar 110153 surplus is turning uprepparttar 110154 earth’s temperature.

Conserving for whom?

Written by Harv Teitelbaum

The west is in a drought. Along with other measures being recommended or required, we’ve been asked to conserve water. Great. It’s good to conserve. After all, being frugal, dependent on less, and keeping one’s environment uncluttered and unpolluted do far more to enhance quality of life than do frantic consumption andrepparttar over accumulation of stuff.

But I have two questions.

First, for what and for whom are we conserving?

The drought has forced many communities to issue mandatory water restrictions. Some have even had to truck in bottled water to meet basic needs. But not everyone is truckin’ inrepparttar 110135 same direction.

Take Douglas County, Colorado, development capital ofrepparttar 110136 nation, where recently there was some exciting news. Mammoth bones were unearthed at an excavation site. But what was also uncovered wasrepparttar 110137 fact thatrepparttar 110138 frenzied addition of water taps continues unabated. People were encouraged inrepparttar 110139 reports to contemplaterepparttar 110140 extinction ofrepparttar 110141 woolly mammals. My guess is that it was early DougCo hominids’ plundering ofrepparttar 110142 mammoths’ water supply to green up acres of proto-bluegrass that causedrepparttar 110143 beasts’ extinction, not climate change or overhunting.

While we’re dealing with a near-empty glass, developers want to sell more straws. One thing is certain. As water shortages become a way of life, we will be forced to find new water sources. Politicians will wait forrepparttar 110144 right time to propose it waiting, perhaps, until drinkable water becomes scarce. Then they’ll throw up their hands and “reluctantly” offer a solution: more dams and reservoirs. They know that public sentiment can waffle, butrepparttar 110145 profit and pressure to continue growth, as well asrepparttar 110146 need to finance elections, remain constant.

Question number two: “Then what?” After we build more containments, build more houses to suck up any additional water, and confrontrepparttar 110147 inevitable next drought, then what?

We’re driving around on a tire with a slow leak. We could stop and put some air inrepparttar 110148 tire, but then what? Do we continually refillrepparttar 110149 tire whilerepparttar 110150 leak gets bigger and bigger? Or do we stoprepparttar 110151 continuous drain? At least we can find air to fillrepparttar 110152 tire. Additional containments of little or no water provide little or no long-term solutions. No matter. They represent more major development projects, greased with a little campaign support.

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