This map shows the flow of black carbon pollution from China to the Americas.
The picture above from Weather.com is worth a million words, obviously our consumer culture's pollution footprint, unlike fun in Vegas, doesn't stay in China. Truth is it's our consumer culture's Karma that's 'Blowing Back to Haunt Us'.
In the last few years we've done our best ostrich impression while ignoring the disastrous images of chunky air in northern China, especially around Bejing. This despite many other reports including those about how the Southern Chinese, on average, have lived at least five years longer than their northern counterparts in recent decades because of the destructive health effects of pollution from the widespread use of coal in the north.
check out this list of just some of the tragedies being caused by our over-consumption of needless crap and a few details about each.
What goes around, comes around we used to say in hippier days. Another 'fact' that the ostriches refuse to acknowledge is that there are no green alternatives to fossil fuels only Green Illusions. When these truths are added to the fact the demand drives every market exchange with supply simply rising and falling to meet it, it becomes obvious why the ostrich approach is mandatory for cancer like capitalism to keep growing.
As Adam Brandt, an energy expert at Stanford University, pointed out recently, "So long as the demand is there, energy producers are going to search for new supplies of fossil fuel — many of them using unconventional means like tar sands extraction. “With growing global demand, the economic pressure to develop unconventional resources is enormous and not going away,” he said. “Can environmental groups expect to win a series of fights for decades to come, when the economic forces are aligned very strongly against them in each round?” The answer is obvious: no. The emphasis should be on demand, not supply."