Published On: Fri, Oct 4th, 2013

Is it time we stopped shitting in the bath?

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The thought of actually shitting in the bath makes most people squeamish.  It feels so wrong and, lets face it, gross.

And yet we do exactly that everyday, at least metaphorically.

Our planet is a gigantic bathtub.

It has oceans that we dump full of sewage, agricultural run off that causes algae blooms and dead zones, and carbon dioxide that acidifies the water which destroys coral reefs and disrupts the ability of all shell fish to create their calcium carbonate based shells. Additional heat, caused by global warming, is mainly absorbed by the oceans which is resulting in higher sea levels and more powerful storms and flooding on land. Sea ice covering the Arctic in the north is thinning and shrinking, disrupting its fragile ecosystem and enabling more oil and gas drilling, factory fishing and global shipping.

The atmosphere, which appears from space as a thin whisp of life covering the Earth’s surface, is being heated up by emissions from our cars and gas and coal power plants. While 90% of the heat is absorbed by the oceans below, enough CO2 stays trapped in the atmosphere to drive extreme weather events, floods and droughts.

So as you are lying in your warm bath, thinking how nice and relaxing it is, perhaps you should open your eyes and take a peak.

You should ask: “Why is the water so brown?”  And “why is it so thick?”

If this disgusts you, that is good: it is time we stopped this habit.

What we are doing to our environment is worse and will leave a lasting impact on not just our older selves, but on our children and on our children’s children.

 

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The latest IPCC report on climate change is now out and reiterates what it has said for the past 25 years – global warming is happening and humans are the cause. Click here for the IPCC climate change report summary.

 

 

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