Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Earthquake effects on the global environment

This is a good example how one regional disaster can actually be a global disaster.

According to NASA report, the length of each Earth day may have been shortened by the Feb. 27 magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile. Yes, it is only a slight difference - but this little difference can be crucial, who knows. We human beings inhabit only last 4 million years out of 4.5 billion years of the history of the Earth and we only know a little things about our own planet. As we already know, one earthquake in the far South American continent can cause some destructive tsunami in South and East Asian countries. In a global society like now, people clearly see connections of a regional matter affecting a global matter when it comes to economy and politics. The strange thing is, however, people tend to ignore the fact the environment is also the same. Relocating environmentally harmful factories to China does not help those Western countries from the environmental depletion - the pollution on and above China's land can be carried to Korea, Japan and through the Pacific Ocean, to the world. We live in a closed environment and there is no way to vanish things magically - the waste packed in the landfill continuously pollute the environment, toxic gases emitted from factories travel miles and miles away and still be toxic, the CFCs we created keep depleting the ozone layer.

Now, isn't it time we really should think about what is going on in the world, not in your wallet?


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