Changing diet could help environment
Recently, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, involving dozens of experts, provided a more detailed assessment of the effects of global warming on North America. Erratic weather fluctuations are likely to increase human and animal casualties from heat, storms, pollution and infectious diseases.
A U.N. report last November blamed animal agriculture for 18 percent (more than automobiles) of greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to operate farm machinery, trucks, refrigeration equipment, factory farms and slaughterhouses. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from the digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.
The annual observance of Earth Day today provides a great opportunity to start saving our planet by dropping animal products from our diet. More details are available at www.coolyourdiet.org.
- Louie Gilverstine
Lawrenceville Gore no hypocrite
About the only thing with any basis in Deryl Duncan's letter to the editor ("Gore should heed his own words," April 18) is that Al Gore is overweight. Duncan also slammed him for living in a mansion and using more electricity than downtown Lawrenceville at Christmastime.
Gore is one of the world's leading authorities on the science of global warming. Yes, it is science, not voodoo. He has been trying to outfit his 70-year-old home with solar panels but was blocked by law, which was recently amended.
In the meantime, Gore has purchased enough energy from renewable energy sources to balance 100 percent of his commercial electricity purchases. Does Lawrenceville do that?
- Mike Bence
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