The tipping point of climate change

Recently a conference on environmental and energy policy was held at the Clinton Presidential Center to discuss some of the most important problems facing the environment of Arkansas and the nation. Subjects such as the decline in aquifers in eastern and southern Arkansas due to overuse by agricultural activities; the development of confined animal feeding operations (such as C&H Hog Farms in the Buffalo River watershed), the future of solar energy in Arkansas, and changes in environmental laws and regulations proposed or being implemented by the Trump administration were discussed before a crowd of some 200 people.

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Jfish says...

Good column Richard, this statement pretty much sums it up, Human nature is such that a cataclysmic event is usually required for us to react to an environmental danger, particularly one that we cannot see, taste or smell. We have a mentality that if it isn't in our backyard, or doesn't affect our pocketbook or our sensibilities, we don't care. In Arkansas, if it is related to agriculture (aquifer depletion, nitrogen and phosphorus in our streams, wetland regulations, burning rice fields, etc.) and you question it, you are labeled as being against farmers. Others say it is none of their business and many say they just do not have the time to worry about these issues. So, in the end, there is usually only a very small percentage of the population that is concerned about long-term environmental impacts locally, and far less when you talk globally.

Posted 12 November 2017, 6:38 a.m. Suggest removal

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