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Never ask a nut case this question … and a 129F scorcher creates heat hell in Pakistan

Every so often, someone who sees this nut case clutch bags jammed full with trash will summon the nerve to ask what’s behind this sordid practice.

Their standard query: Why do you do this?

There are a lot of reasons: social responsibility, atonement and penance, clean streets, environmental concerns, hold myself accountable and make myself useful. That sort of thing.

But really, it’s the wrong question to ask.

What these good hearted souls ought to pose is, Why wouldn’t any of us do this? That really gets to the heart of the matter.

IMG_3262Those of you who stoop to conquer litter know where this rant is headed. It’s how concerned citizens should act; when there’s junk on the ground, it shouldn’t be there. Pure and simple. We accept that we collectively bear the yoke of responsibility even if it means we effectively clean up after others.

So bless the hearts of those who ask Why? Even if there’s a better question to be asked.

129.2F in Pakistan: ‘… no difference between Turbat and hell.’

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Asia – a blast furnace-like 129.2F – turned Turbat, Pakistan into a broiler.

And climatologists lay the sizzler at the feet of man-caused global warming.

It was so hot “… there is no difference between Turbat and hell,” said one resident in a new story in the non-failing New York Times. Turban’s private agony mirrors heat records shattered in other parts of Asia.

And Asia isn’t alone in it’s suffering. Indeed, 16 of the 17 hottest years ever recorded have occurred since 2000, and scientists say the troublesome trend is especially hard on poorer nations at low latitudes. Upward spiraling heat tests the outer limits of what humans can tolerate, so much so a new term has been coined as an index to gauge that tolerance: “thermal comfort.”

Greenhouse gas emissions are pegged at the heart of recent warming but are far from the only factor. “Too much concrete, fewer lakes than we used to have, and all the air-conditioners raise the temperature,” said one climate change expert at a non-profit agency in Hanoi, Vietnam who is studying the impact of climate change in Asia.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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