USAians Lose Sight Of What Matters

“Nowak and a USFS colleague, co-author Eric Greenfield, found tree cover had declined in metropolitan areas across 45 states. The biggest losses on a percentage basis were in Rhode Island, Georgia, Alabama and Nebraska, together with the District of Columbia. Only three states—Mississippi, Montana and New Mexico—saw increased metropolitan tree cover, all by “nonsignificant” amounts. (State-by-state figures are available here.) The research team used Google Earth imagery to examine 1,000 randomly chosen point”
 
See U.S. Cities Lose Tree Cover Just When They Need It Most
Voting in Trump, withdrawing from TPP, rejecting the agreement to pause Iran’s bomb and now turning cities into concrete jungles… makes me wonder whether there is intelligent life south of the 49th parallel. I know those other things matter but think of the squirrels and pleasant shade, and oxygen trees provide. Around here we have Dutch Elm Disease and Emerald Ash Borers threatening our most popular trees: Green Ash and American Elm. That doesn’t prevent us from planting maples and hackberries and Norway Spruce. We don’t have to accept concrete and asphalt in the place of forest and meadow. Wake up!!!

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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11 Responses to USAians Lose Sight Of What Matters

  1. An Out Of Phase Transistor says:

    You realise that these people who you are complaining about (un-enlightened Americans) include yourself, right, Robert?

    You would know this, if you cared to look behind the curtain on the EV issue, (you’ll find Donald “and the boys TM” there, grinning as it were).

  2. DrLoser says:

    lso 16 to 18 there is by law legal limits to less than 8 hours a day in china as well.

    Foxcomm.

    Next ehibit, please.

  3. DrLoser says:

    So really the legal conditions for children in China is not that bad. Of course there is still the criminal element.

    That must be incredibly reassuring to children in rural China. Or children at the bottom end of city society who are subject to “the criminal element.” Or indeed to children who are exposed to the effects of endemic corruption within the PRC.

    Then again, probably not.

    About the age of 16 if next year a child will be 16 some time in it they can graduate so they can look for a place to work before they are legally able to work. Its meant to be so they get to spend time with parents and the like. This is what causes the those between 15 to 16 to be in the work force in China.

    Does that actually mean anything, oiaohm? You offer no cites. I’m presuming that you are pulling this theory out of your customer-widened bottom end.

  4. Ivan says:

    See, Peter Dolding says child labor is a-ok… now if we could just train the little bastards to not ship invasive species.

  5. oiaohm says:

    You have illegal sweatshops everywhere.

    joepeatf
    I believe Robert Pogson love Chinese children live in sweatshop hence he get cheap buy. It is slavery almost however Chinese childs does not have choice hence is starve.
    Really china gets interesting on this point. There is a interesting point a person under 16 years old with a job is illegal in China in most cases. The raids mostly children at least 15 years old in china. The factory employment manager will attempt to claim miss understanding the law on that if they were going to be 16 this year that they were legal when that not what the law of China says or the child fibbed about age.

    Also the idea of working in fields under the age of 16 does not really happen in china as the Children will normally be in a boarding school of some form until the about age 16 and only see their parents once per year until the age of 16. If you look closely at China rural photos you will notice that any child you see is normally under the age of 6 as over the age of six they are in boarding school.

    About the age of 16 if next year a child will be 16 some time in it they can graduate so they can look for a place to work before they are legally able to work. Its meant to be so they get to spend time with parents and the like. This is what causes the those between 15 to 16 to be in the work force in China.

    From 6 to 16 required food for a child in china is paid for by the government. So the idea of under 16 having to work because if they don’t they were stave is false in China. Now if they want fancy items then they need money from other sources. Please note plain clothing, food, basics for education… are all government covered in china until 16 years old.

    Also 16 to 18 there is by law legal limits to less than 8 hours a day in china as well. Of course some business audited get caught breaking that. Just like you find that broken in the USA and else where.

    Please there is allowances for specialist fields in china to employ under 16 years old but that comes with requirements of making sure child does do all required education study with suitable number of hours to-do so and if they are not keeping up in their studies they cannot work. Also employee a child under 16 means you also have to agree to pay their way though university if they get into university late in life so they can be long term quite an expensive employee.

    So in China most sweat shops are filled with over 18 year old people its legally safer and cheaper. I really do wonder what USA fast food would do if employing under 16 meant having to pay education costs.

    So really the legal conditions for children in China is not that bad. Of course there is still the criminal element. Reality is majority of sweat shops in china are filled with Adults. Children in sweat shops makes the China news because it such a minority to find sweat shops with children and it requires the employer to be a legal idiot. Of course the more common raids on sweatshops filled with Adults don’t make the news out of china that much.

    joepeatf basically if you had stuck to sweatshops in general you would have had a point. China is a little different in the age mix of people sweatshops than most other places due to the 1994 laws.

  6. DrLoser says:

    What’s a child to do?

    Take up a sweatshop job with Foxcomm, possibly? No need to lift heavy weights. Nimble little undernourished fingers a prized asset.

    Do you realise quite how stupid that argument sounded, Robert?

  7. joepeatf wrote, “Chinese children live in sweatshop hence he get cheap buy”.

    Kids on the farm tend to do farm work when not in school. Factories prefer the greater productivity of adults. Further, what use would children be in factories dealing with crates weighing 500kg or so? The engine of my tractor weighed ~200kg. I had to build a lifting frame to deal with it. What’s a child to do?

  8. Ivan says:

    They could have arrived any way at any time. Chinese didn’t ship them to Manitoba. They love to travel.

    Oh sure, Bob. Never admit you’re wrong. Even when the science disagrees with you. Those plucky little beetles just swam the pacific ocean and you’ll get your solo tomorrow!

  9. joepeatf says:

    Oh, and your emerald ash borers were brought over by shitty Chinese trade practices that you want to embrace. Maybe you are the one that needs to wake up?
    Ivan I believe Robert Pogson love Chinese children live in sweatshop hence he get cheap buy. It is slavery almost however Chinese childs does not have choice hence is starve.

    Leftist liberal is racist hence liberal believe systemic racism..black slave however slave is Chinese. Leftist liberal love made in China..

    Bill Clinton is bad president..I hate Barrack Osama however Bill Clinton is bad president more then..Bill Clinton use NAFTA hence Fred loose menufacter job

  10. Ivan wrote, “emerald ash borers were brought over by shitty Chinese trade practices”.

    They could have arrived any way at any time. Chinese didn’t ship them to Manitoba. They love to travel.

  11. Ivan says:

    Why do liberals want to make everything about Trump?

    From the study your manipulating trash links to: Between c. 2009-2014, US urban tree cover dropped from 40.4% to 39.4%.

    Now, my history is a bit shady this early, but I’m almost certain the POTUS during those years was Barack Hussein Obama II and not Donald John Trump.

    Oh, and your emerald ash borers were brought over by shitty Chinese trade practices that you want to embrace. Maybe you are the one that needs to wake up?

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