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  1. No, I don't quite agree with that. I would say that some of us - or even most of us - are the cause of the problems, but not all of us. I can't really put 'humans' as a problem, since I'm hoping for solutions that do not require the extinction of the human race. I could put something like human nature or habit. If I didn't believe that we could change, then I wouldn't be here.
  2. Sad to hear about that snowdoll. That's just mean.
  3. Hello there kat and welcome. :)
  4. Hello there Courtnie and welcome. :)
  5. Yay, a person from the Philippines. Welcome welcome!
  6. Yay, a person from New England. Welcome welcome!
  7. Oups, didn't see your reply to this Simon. I would love to go into details, but I never quite got to reading the book. Too many things on my mind right now, so maybe some other time.
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    Hi

    Hello there and welcome .
  9. Just hoping to debate about philosophical subjects in a friendly international forum, and learn more about the environment and what we can do for it.
  10. If responsibility does not entail that we have to or ought to do something, then we don't disagree Simon. But I do think that we disagree on a very fundamental level. You - and 90% of all people on earth - probably believe that we have responsibilities outside our own interests; that there at things we should do even if it doesn't further our interests in any way. I on the other hand don't think that there is anything that anyone should do, if it is not in some way in their interests. I did not arrive at this conclusion happily, but it is what I have come to believe. At this moment though
  11. Hello and welcome. Looking forward to getting to know you too. :)
  12. No problem. What I mean is that when it comes to a lot of the problems we face today, it is useful to say that it was caused by humans and not nature. It's a question of semantics. You might prefer to say that the problems were caused by humans and not animals and plants. Another might prefer to say that the problems were caused by humans and not other animals and the plants. Since humans are also animals some might not like to seperate humans from animals. That's all there is to it. In a sense, all the environmental problems we face today are caused by nature, they are 'natural'. That jus
  13. Hello and welcome. Looking forward to getting to know you too. :)
  14. I wouldn't call that physical reality dictating your actions, I would call that physical reality limiting options that you are free to choose. For this topic we should narrow it down to very simple and basic actions like raising a hand, or deliberately blinking or holding you breath. Buying a house, choosing a major or things like that have many factors that need to be considered. It complicates matters unnecessarily. If you choose to raise you left arm instead of your right arm, all things being equal, is it an act of free will or is not? Or, if I ask that you close your eyes and count slowl
  15. I think I understand what you mean when you say that everything - including human pollution - is nature at work. However I do wish to separate humans from nature when we speak of them, because I think it's a useful distinction.
  16. I agree that calling it global warming seems to mislead many people about what to expect from the weather. Calling it global climate change or global climate instability might be more useful. But saying that nature will just have to take care of it on her own, is like saying that it won't be taken care of at all.
  17. Thanks for sharing that cherrie. I quite like the videos, but my brother doesn't. He says that it sometimes misinforms or oversimplifies. I don't know nearly enough to judge if some of it is false, but most of it sounds absolutely reasonable and believable. We should absolutely redesign our way of life.
  18. I'm not so sure about that. I think parasitic life forms leech on an ecosystem more than they're part of it. I really think that there are some life forms that do nothing but harm other life forms. However having said that I also think we should be extremely careful about trying to eradicate certain life forms that are - in our limited view - bad for the environment. Just look at what happened to China under Mao.
  19. Link

    Hello

    Hello and welcome. :)
  20. I think - generally - that having both sides of debate is a good thing. Who knows, maybe he's even right about some of the things he says. At the beginning of his book 'Cool it' he states that global warming is a fact, and that humanity's increase of greenhouse gasses over the last hundred years has contributed to this fact. I wonder how many sceptics mention this when they refer to him in their anti-climate-change-arguments. So far it doesn't sound too bad. We'll never know if we don't check it out with an open mind. If he's wrong about his claims then we'll have a clearer idea of why and
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    Earthrise

    I haven't seen much of it yet, but it looks good so far. I'm not all too happy about killing rabbits for the sake of an endagered species of cats though. I wonder how many hundreds of rabbits that were killed to save the Iberian Lynx, and how many thousands more that will be. For me it's about not killing as many lives as possible; keeping as many species as possible comes after that.
  22. I am kinda hoping they are right about the faster-than-the-speed-of-light-thing. Interesting news either way.
  23. Link

    Hi all

    Hello there and welcome. :)
  24. 2 new things that might be problems: spreading of deserts and global mass death of bees. Desertification and Colony collapse disorder respectively. Here is small article about plants and animals that might be crucial to our lives: http://www.telegraph...ve-without.html The list contains primates, bats, bees, fungi and plankton.
  25. I think I'll try reading what he has to say about the issue. Maybe we can turn this into a discussion where I can play devil's advocate.
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