This letter may be off topic, but the subject should be considered,
otherwise you and organic farming may become moot.
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The Venus Fly Trap Effect:
We have been receiving a number of letters concerning World Warming
due to the Greenhouse Effect.
I welcome these letters because I am most interested in this warming.
I feel that it is real and that more people need to be serious about it.
The first thing we should do is to stop calling it the Greenhouse Effect.
Greenhouse is a Feel Good word. People like greenhouses. Flowers and
all kinds of great plants are raised in greenhouses. It would be nice if
the entire world became one large greenhouse - right?
Wrong! Planet Venus is one big greenhouse at over 700 degrees - Ouch!
That is too hot for me. It would be better to call the effect The Venus Fly
Trap Effect, or something that sounds like it should be avoided.
The message must be that this planet Earth could become the same as
the current Venus.
One letter I received said: "The January through March  average
temperature in the nation was 47.1 degrees. That is one degree warmer than
the previous record set in 1990."
That is an one degree increase in the records in only a ten year space
of time. It is bad enough if this increase is linear, but no one has the
right to assume it is linear. The next record increase of one degree may
happen in eight or six or four or two years. Wouldn't that be a shocker if
the next record increase of one degree occurs in the year 2002. We would
all be in deep doo doo. We would be on our way towards giving our planet
Earth a makeover - a Venus type makeover.
Forget about the more violent weather, forget about the oceans rising,
forget about carbon taking the oxygen out of the air, those problems will
be minor compared to our biggest worry.
We are all going to end up in a pressure cooker and there will be no
place on Earth where anyone can hide.
I think I'll write a book. The story will take place on our sister
planet Venus. The time will be 100,000 years ago. There is life on Venus
including people who are at the same point in their history as we are now
on our planet Earth.
These people of Venus know about the greenhouse effect and they welcome
it. Longer growing seasons and longer summers are a good thing - right?
A one degree rise is Mickey Mouse, they want a ten to twenty degree
rise and they do what they can to make it happen.
The story will take us quickly through the years so that we can see
everything that happens on our sister planet Venus. The changing weather
patterns. The rising of the oceans. The reduction of oxygen in the air. The
realization in the people that danger is upon them. The rising of
temperatures to the point of no return. The failed efforts to halt the
slide to doom. The fighting between nations for the cooler parts of the
planet. The space flights from Venus attempting to reach Earth. The end for
life on Venus when temperatures are too high. And the final end when acid
and weather erode all signs that life ever existed on Venus.
It is important that the story take place on the planet Venus. While
the start of the story is fiction the ending is very much the truth - total
reality. This should make the message believable.
If this story is placed on Earth, readers may be amused but most would
not believe it could happen, because they don't want it to happen.
The message of my story would be that it did happen on another planet
and therefore we can believe that it can happen here on our planet Earth.
By the way, can anyone give me a guess as to what temperature would be
the point of no return? My thinking is that there is a temperature less
than 212F at which plants cannot live even if they have water. This takes
us back to greenhouses, which need to open vents on warm days. What
temperature are they trying to stay below? In other words, what daytime
temperature will kill off plants around the world? Once this starts
happening temperatures will rise faster.
Try to have a nice day,
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