Scary, Scary, Climate Change

The Observer carries a seris of pictures about how awfully we\’re all treating the environment. One picture:

A girl carrying mangoes on her head descends to a village on the Olusosun landfill site in Nigeria. The Olusosun dump is Africa’s largest, comprising 100 acres of garbage and collecting 2,400 metric tonnes of rubbish every day from Lagos, one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Lagos’s population has tripled in the past 15 years and the infrastructure can’t cope. Roughly 1,000 homes have been built on Olusosun – the residents collect scrap from the dump and sell it.

Umm, Lagos has some 8 million people. A 100 acre site to dispose of their wastes sounds pretty small to me. For example, at that rate, we\’d need 1,000 acres (out of a total of some 6 million or so) to deal with al wastes for the UK. Sounds like a pretty good solution actually, especially asyou\’ve got those 1,000 households doing all the recycling for you. Then:

A plane skims the parasols as it lands on the Dutch island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean.

If I remember correctly, the airport is on the French side of the Dutch/French island of St. Maarten/St Martin. And:

AES Drax in Yorkshire pumps smoke out of the tallest chimneys in the country.

No, that\’s steam.

5 comments on “Scary, Scary, Climate Change

  1. “If I remember correctly, the airport is on the French side of the Dutch/French island of St. Maarten/St Martin.”

    I remember sitting on the beach in the Dutch half next to the airport and looking up to see a Haiti Airways DC3 come in overhead with one propeller spinning. So, no, it’s not on the French side.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Saint-Martin_map_detailed-fr.svg

    Tim adds: Long time since I’ve been there….that airport on Dutch side is post my visit.

  2. “Long time since I’ve been there….that airport on Dutch side is post my visit.”

    Blimey. I was last there more than 15 years ago (so much for my James Bond lifestyle, eh?). You must be ancient!

    Tim adds: I was there mid-80s, while a student. Hitch hiking on yachts….

  3. And tall chimneys are a bad thing??

    The taller the chimney, the more dispersed the pollutants are and the less damage they do. Its basic engineering.

    By the way Tim, whilst the most visible of the protuberances sprouting from a power station are in deed punping our water vapour, there is certainly a chimney pumping out smoke. Its fitted with flue gas desulphurisation and static particle capture, but it still does produce CO2.

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