I am not one of those who believe that we are in danger of a cataclysmic Global Warming which will doom the Earth. On the other hand, I do believe that destroying rain forests raises the level of CO2 which will be problematic long term. In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York (1).
So wiping with one toilet tissue and using more efficient light bulbs do almost nothing compared to losing one tree in a rain forest.
We are Losing Too Much Rain Forest
And the reason we are losing so much rain forest cover? Too fast a population growth. And the fastest growing population in the world? Muslims. The largest Muslim country in the world, Indonesia, with very little industry, became the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world last week. Similar destruction will happen in the only area of Africa that still has major forests: Central Africa.
As the percentage and number of Muslims increase in those areas it will only get worse. This is not to say that non-Muslims do not destroy rain-forests elsewhere in the world, Brazilians for example are almost as bad. However no one matches Muslims for babies per mother and mothers per husband.
Religion is a key factor in fertility levels (2).
There is no shortage of posts that blame Islam's disrespect for women as a contributor to the high fertility rate (3) among Muslims.
So, my left-wing friends, if you refuse to acknowledge that Islam poses a threat to America, will you at least accept the fact that Islam poses a threat to the world through Global Warming? Will Al Gore ask Pakistan to limit babies per mother? Will liberals stop sending food and money to Africa which only promotes more population growth and more destruction of forests?
Of course, we all know the real cause of global warming:
Cool Earth, The Problem
In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. That’s about 100 acres cleared every minute.
There are many reasons why this happens;
- Cattle ranching accounts for 50 per cent of rainforest destruction. Land is burnt down to make way for cattle due to the high demand on the beef export market.
- Agriculture is another major player in deforestation with tropical trees felled to make way for soybean farms, palm oil, banana, sugar cane, tea, coffee and many other plantations. Rainforest soil is thin and fragile and so farmers have to keep clearing land to sustain crops, pushing cattle ranchers further into the forest.
- Logging is a significant cause of deforestation especially in Peru where much of it is done illegally. Often huge swaths of forest are destroyed just to get at the more precious trees such as mahogany and teak which are sold to make furniture.
A study of fertility behavior among the Thai Muslims and Thai Buddhists was implemented to determine the role of religion as a contributor to differential fertility. A household survey was conducted in June 1980. Stratified and systematic sampling techniques were used to select 514 Buddhist and 521 Muslim households in the Jana district of the Songkhla Province in southern Thailand. 1035 married women between the ages of 15 and 49 currently living with their husbands were interviewed. Fertility for both religious groups is associated indirectly with knowledge and acceptance of birth control.
... Muslim fertility levels tend to be higher than Buddhist fertility levels. It is apparent that religion seems to play an important role in the fertility levels among the Jana population.
Islam's Shame, Case Histories: The Women of Pakistan
Pakistan is one of only four countries in the world where female life expectancy (51 years) is lower than the male (52 years); the average female life expectancy for all poor countries is 61 years. A large number of Pakistani women die in pregnancy or childbirth, six for every 1,000 live births. Despite the fact that contraception has never been banned by orthodox Islam, under Zia the Islamic Ideology Council of Pakistan declared family planning to be un-Islamic. Various mullas condemned family planning as a Western conspiracy to emasculate Islam. As a result, the average fertility rate per woman in Pakistan is 6.9.
N.B. The fertility rate mentioned above is from 1990, by 2010 it was reduced to 3.6 - see my article Fertility Rates of Muslim and Non-Muslim Countries.