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January 17, 2019 / Fantelius

Global Warming Quiz 2

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Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring has been rated “one of the 25 greatest science books of all time.” (Discover magazine, 2006) Rachel’s book exposed the cancer-causing effects of DDT, and the disinformation propagated by the chemical industry. Practically an entire generation of farmers died of pesticides before DDT was banned thanks to Ms. Carson.

Ques. 1 – What year was Silent Spring first published?
BTW: Typically, Carson’s book was criticized by some rent-a-professors, but a particularly stupid-statement-by-high-official came from Ezra T Benson who had been US Secretary of Agriculture. He claimed that Carson was probably a Communist because she was unmarried despite being physically attractive.

WMO’s report for 2018 hasn’t been published yet, but the one for 2017 shows that global temperatures, greenhouse gases and sea-levels continue to rise while ocean acidification, floods, exceptional rains, extreme heatwaves, destructive wildfires and costly hurricanes continue to increase, and that sea ice is well below average.

Ques. 2 – The First World Climate Conference, sponsored by the WMO (World Meteorological Organization of the UN) was held in year …. ?

On the back of a (plastic) bottle of YES dish detergent, we can read that it contains, “Harmful long-term effects on aquatic organisms.”
Ques. 3 – How can this harmful product (and many other detergents) be allowed?

Ques. 4 – What are “aquatic organisms”?

Answer to question 4 (to help you with question 3): plankton, sponges, fish, crustaceans (shellfish), mollusks (octopus, snails, oysters), dragonflies, plants (from sea grass to lotus), and amphibians (toads, frogs, salamanders, etc.). These are the primary aquatic organisms. Secondary aquatic organisms include the rest of life, even bipedal mammals who label themselves as wise.

goldentoad

A Golden Toad who, like many of its cousins, has become extinct.

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”Neither Octopuses (who are considered very clever) or snails (not so clever)
trust leaders who can’t solve problems.”
Dartwill Aquila

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PalestineMap

The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

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