Wednesday, August 4, 2010


1 comment:

  1. Yeah, Runaway was worth the time. Thanks. I love those Canadian cartoons; cartoons that say something.

    How long does it take to cross a tipping point, to cross a threshold? Is it hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, or centuries? From the point of view of our 4.5 billion year old earth any of these human time scales is instantaneous...
    (I'm not so into ellipses, but my period key is double and triple repeating of its own will.)
    I wanted you to see this about VCOs that I posted at CP. The people involved are my wife and her daughter, son in law, and two pre-school children. So we have a real concern.

    catman306 says:
    August 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm
    I don’t have a link but just discovered that lawn treatments, fertilizer and pesticides, produce volatile organic compounds (VOC). These VOCs produce ozone as they break down. I had googled for lawn treatment health problems

    On windless day, 90 F, with extremely high humidity, people I know had their typical, suburban lawn treated by one of the commercial outfits. That night, it drizzled, still not even a slight breeze 80 F. At 3 am all the smoke/CO2 alarms started to sound, but there was no smoke, no fire, no gas leak, and everyone had a hard time rousing, feeling dizzy and disoriented. We surmise that because of the atmospheric conditions, VOCs rose to hazardous levels around the house and settled into the interior. The alarms quite possible saved their lives.

    Ozone levels, common in our national atmosphere, decrease plant productivity by 20%. Our environment is only 80% effective at converting sunlight to food energy this year. But that’s without the droughts and floods. Higher ozone levels can only kill more of our environment.

    Pesticides, fertilizers and combination lawn treatments contribute to the problem.


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