You would have to be a fool to reject the notion that we are polluting and damaging our planet.
The great dust bowl which swept across our nation is a great example of this. When all was said and done it was the depletion of the top soil by improper farming which caused that great disaster. I don't know how those people survived but they did and we learned from our mistakes.
The problem is that most of the pollution comes from third world countries which have no requirement to meet any standards, making it difficult for our manufacturing sector to be competitive. For this reason, global warming has become politicized which tarnished the value of the science. Ridiculous movies like 'The Inconvenient Truth' have clouded the issue even further, if you will excuse the pun.
And the U.S. has done a great dealt to cut down on polluting factors but it's like the old days before smoking was banned in public places and half the room was reserved for non-smokers. It didn't do much good because the smoke still drifted to the non-smoking area. Sadly a psuedo-science has arisen for global warming and the real science has gotten lost. Our government seems to be listening to the fanatics rather than the real scientists.
As LDS we do have a responsibility to take care of our resources and to protect the earth. But that doesn't mean we should fall for every false claim made about the imminent disaster of our planet. I also find it amusing that someone would claim that "there is a lot of anti-science in LDS culture" given the great scientists produced by the church and the scientific studies going on at BYU and the many educated people found in the wards and stakes. Just because someone doesn't panic at the cries of the fanatics doesn't mean that he doesn't understand our part in preserving the beauty of our world.
Judges 4:4 And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet
"The amount of floating ice in the Arctic's Bering Sea - which had long been expected to retreat disastrously by climate-Cassandra organisations such as Greenpeace - reached all-time record high levels last month, according to US researchers monitoring the area using satellites.
The US National Snow and Ice Data Center announced last week that ice extent in the Bering for the month of March has now been collated and compared, and is the highest seen since records began. The NSIDC boffins said in a statement:"
Two great American Christian civilizations, the Jaredites and the Nephites, were swept off this land because they did not serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ. (Ether 2:12) What will become of our civilization?" - President Benson, October Conference, 1987
"It is my meditation all the day, and more than my meat and drink, to know how I shall make the Saints of God comprehend the visions that roll like an overflowing surge before my mind." - Joseph Smith
In spite of the world's arguments against the historicity of the Flood, and despite the supposed lack of geologic evidence, we Latter-day Saints believe that Noah was an actual man, a prophet of God, who preached repentance and raised a voice of warning, built an ark, gathered his family and a host of animals onto the ark, and floated safely away as waters covered the entire earth. We are assured that these events actually occurred by the multiple testimonies of God's prophets.
Arctic sea ice extent is now more than two million square kilometres less than it was in the late twentieth century, with important consequences for the climate, the ocean and traditional lifestyles in the Arctic1, 2
Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 18, after reaching an initial peak early in the month and declining briefly. Ice extent for the month as a whole was higher than in recent years, but still below average.
As the melt season begins, researchers look at a variety of factors that may contribute to summer ice melt. While the maximum extent occurred slightly later than average, the new ice growth is very thin and likely to melt quickly. Ice age data indicate that despite the higher extent compared to recent years, the winter sea ice continues to be dominated by younger and thinner sea ice.
You do know what volume is?
Edited by thesometimesaint, 15 April 2012 - 09:45 AM.