Comments on: Did human activities cause the Mississippi River flood? http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/05/10/did-human-activities-cause-the-mississippi-river-flood/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: coyotle http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/05/10/did-human-activities-cause-the-mississippi-river-flood/comment-page-1/#comment-348142 Sun, 26 Jun 2011 04:57:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=19784#comment-348142 The 1927 flood was man made. It was an attempt by some New Orleans bankers to grab land. There is some anecdotal and documented evidence that suggest the levee was destroyed by work crews. None the less the destruction they caused was far greater than they had expected.

The fertile crescent(Mesopotamia) was the richest farm land the planet has seen in 10,000 years. Yet Sumerian and Babylonian societies set it firmly on the path to desertification over 4000 years ago. The need for firewood and lumber in Africa and South America has expanded the Sahara and created new deserts in Brazil. Looking at the Midwest of the U.S. by Satellite(Google Earth) will show just how much the Dakotas, Nebraska and Kansas are already desert. Water tiles for irrigation drainage has exacerbated flooding as well as inundate the Mississippi river systems with fertilizer that has spawned giant algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. These blooms prevent oxygen from entering the waters thus preventing marine life from living under them. Interestingly, the menhaden who feed on algae are a threatened species as most of them have been over fished for industrial fertilizer.

Mountain top removal for extracting coal and failed fly ash containment has devastated the Appalachian mountain region destroying whole towns and fresh water. The introduction by man of alien marine and land species has altered the environment around the world adversely affecting fishing and agriculture. Fresh water is also a resource that is in decline around the world.

No one talks about the ecological disasters caused by decaying WWII nuclear production facilities in Georgia, Tennessee and Washington State. These sites are impossible to clean up and are monitored by the federal government(NRC and EPA). It is simply not credible to believe the Congress is not aware. Still many of our elected representatives claim nuclear fission generated electricity is safe and necessary. Remember the nuclear reactors in Japan were designed by General Electric and these same designs are in use here in the States.

Perhaps if our government wasn’t in the business of lying to the People about such conditions(to protect corporate interests/re-election campaign donors), there would be overwhelming public consensus to move in a different direction regarding power generation. Clearly the activities of man have been changing the face of our planet in epic fashion.

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By: Bogsucker http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/05/10/did-human-activities-cause-the-mississippi-river-flood/comment-page-1/#comment-348049 Tue, 17 May 2011 13:05:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=19784#comment-348049 What a HOOT! This flood will break a 1927 record. And was that 1927 flood caused by man made global warming? Over thousands of years Louisiana was created as an alluvial delta for the Mississippi River. Every 100 years or so the main channel changed. Man comes along and decides to restrict the river to provide for his desires. Mom nature says… “Hey, you guys are fussing with the wrong river in the wrong spot.” Of course this flood is the result of man’s interference. Man’s interference with trying to control the river channel. Reminds me of the folks that build the million dollar beach front home in hurricane alley then cry Global Warming when the inevitable happens. Common sense is what was washed away when man built New Orleans 6 feet below sea level. “Those who ignore the flood lessons of history and doomed to repeat them”… Ma Nature, 2011

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By: Joe6210 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/05/10/did-human-activities-cause-the-mississippi-river-flood/comment-page-1/#comment-348012 Wed, 11 May 2011 03:51:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=19784#comment-348012 I don’t think this flood just came out of nowhere – there was definitely a human influence behind it. I just hope that larger companies make the best of it; Immediate Response Group and other centrally located companies specialize in disaster response and asset recovery.

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By: Docrandyl http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2011/05/10/did-human-activities-cause-the-mississippi-river-flood/comment-page-1/#comment-347996 Tue, 10 May 2011 21:08:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=19784#comment-347996 For the latest flood footage, please browse to:
http://www.youtube.com/camerafire

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