Global Dimming

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Global Dimming – 7 September 2007

Nowadays you hear a lot about global warming; but what about global dimming? It appears that air pollution causes less sunlight to reach the earth – hence, “global dimming.” Scientists were aware of the negative health consequences of air pollution, but few realized that it also diminished the amount of sunlight reaching the earth.

The other problem with global dimming is that it counteracts some of the negative effects of global warming, making people less aware of the seriousness of the problem.

Now it is thought that as air becomes less polluted, more sunlight will reach the earth, temperatures will rise, and the impact of global warming will become evident sooner than originally estimated, since the shield of pollutants will not be as dense.

This sounds like being “between a rock and a hard place” as the saying goes. Now I wonder how long it will take before it is openly acknowledged that, where global warming is concerned, the methane from animal agriculture is a greater threat than all the motor vehicle pollution put together.

If people want to save the earth for their children and grandchildren, they should wake up and face the fact that animal agriculture’s days are numbered. They can adopt a plant-based diet now or wait until it is too late and have no choice in the matter.

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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