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Old June 6th, 2015, 09:53 AM   #41

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The same El Nino effect which might lead to a drought in India will lead to a downpour and end the drought in California !
Nature will balance everything... when the arctic ice cap shrank, the antarctic cap grew, etc.!
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Old June 6th, 2015, 10:55 AM   #42

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Nature will balance everything... when the arctic ice cap shrank, the antarctic cap grew, etc.!
Are you a supporter of the Gaia Hypothesis ? Well to me, it sounds mysterious and looks like a scientists's attempts to bring God in through the backdoor.
Even Darwin was acutely aware of the slipperiness of language, when he talked about ' Nature ' selecting this or that species. Who or what is this nature and why should it select anything ? By the way, I am a theist and I believe in the Hindu spiritualism.
For Gaia Hypothesis, please see here. [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaia_hypothesis]Gaia hypothesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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Nature is the natural order of how things exist... if God exists then that is indeed natural. Science is looking at what is and what was, then attempts to explain it. Anything in the future is just a guess as to what will be. Nothing is certain until it happens.
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Nature will balance everything...
Nature may find its equilibrium, that does not mean the planet will be livable for oxygen breathing life while this transition takes place.

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... Nothing is certain until it happens.
Yes, and nothing is preventable once it has happened.
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Plants need animals, as the animals give plants the CO2 they breathe, and animals need plants, as plants give the O2 we breathe. Both exist together, and while the plants were here first to make the oxygen out of the poisonous early earth atmosphere, man has the brain and mobility to do so much more than a plant. However, I don't know if man can survive without the plants and trees, technology or not. The Third World's clear-cutting hundreds of square kilometers of forests without replanting/ replacing sure seems short-sighted. Cut for lumber, but replace them.
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Let us not bring politics in an issue which concerns the population of the entire planet. In India, tree cutting without permission is a criminal offence. Nobody is permitted to cut down hundreds of hectares of trees as you are saying. At least, not in India. Even in urban areas, new building construction requires that the developer plants trees in the compound. Highway widening requiring removal of trees requires that new saplings are planted with fencing and nurtured for a period of upto 5 years. Trees which can be safely removed and replanted are spared from cutting down. Our press and TV channels are very vigilant about any illegal tree cutting.
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All the projects having an impact on the environment have to undergo an environmental impact assessment as prescribed in the EPA act. Many of the public projects whether dams or highways or big steel / aluminium plants have undergone this assessment and have been either denied permission or their scope has been curtailed or stringent mitigation measures have been ordered and implemented.
In fact, a recently proposed amendment to the Land Acquisition Act which proposed deleting provisions of a public hearing, consent from 80 % of the affected landholders and submission and approval to the Impact Assessment Statement was defeated in the upper house of the Indian Parliament, though the Amendment ( actually a new Law complete by itself ) had been passed in the lower house where the existing govt. has comfortable majority. And this twice ! And ultimately the Govt. has referred the proposed Act to a Parliamentary committee for its scrutiny, although for the moment, because there are complications in the coal mines act etc., the Govt. has promulgated this act by way of a Presidential Proclamation, the third one in this case !

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India sounds like they are thinking of tomorrow as well as today, bravo!
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India sounds like they are thinking of tomorrow as well as today, bravo!
All new building proposals by architects in metropolitan areas for co-operative housing societies must have a rainwater harvesting facility. And also a vehicle parking provision.
Even in Municipal Corporation areas, the rainwater harvesting facility is becoming a feature in the permissions. And that is right, too because even in heavy rainfall areas, it is now getting to be difficult to be supplied water in sufficient quantity i.e. about 110 to 140 liters per head per day.

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Nature is the natural order of how things exist... if God exists then that is indeed natural. Science is looking at what is and what was, then attempts to explain it. Anything in the future is just a guess as to what will be. Nothing is certain until it happens.
What nonsense.

Gravity is just a theory, we know if we let go of something it will fall to the ground.

Your GPS system wouldn't work if we couldn't make predictions about the future.
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