Sunday, June 14, 2015

Making Sense out of Nature


Making Sense out of Nature (Ten or More Statements that need my attention)

I wanted to make the title 'Zeroing with CO2 and My Simple Attempt to contribute at Zeroing' but it makes no sense scientifically.
The alternative title was to make 20 or more statements on Nature.
That itself is a daunting task.
Could I make 10 to begin with.
Let us see.

Let me try the Zero CO2 emission.
1. I have to kick the bucket immediately, so I want breath out CO2.
But my dead body will rot at burial site or if cremated by my immediate family producing enough CO2 in the process and many other ozone depleting products.
Even at my death there is no zeroing.
2. If I do not travel by motor vehicle (I boycott Colombo as a way of zeroing CO2 and only visit there if there is a desperate need. Last time when I visited Colombo, the 1 and ½ hour delay at Kaleniya bridge contributed more to CO2 emission. 
I told the driver to switch off the engine have a nap on the wheel) and only walk, still I am not zeroing.
3. If I do not procreate (I have to try in the next birth, better still not have another life) but I have not kept that promise.
4. I cannot resist burning all the paper and plastic since there is no recycling machinery in this Buddhist city called Kandy.
That produce more unwanted products both solid and vapour. 

5. Worst even in my sleep and dream state I produce CO2.
This zeroing of CO2 is an insult to science in particular and even worse than a political statements of Mahinda Chinthanya converts.

They play a lip service but trade more and more CO2 with more coal power installed.
In any case Mahinda Chinthanaya was never a scientific endeavor.
So I am lost after 5 statements, unlike a politician, my tongue does not bend to adversary.
This CO2 scenario is bunkum and purely hypothetical.
But on a second thought, my water garden does a better job mopping off CO2, the algae problem, I am trying to stop is winning by a big margin but taking CO2in.
I give up. 
 
Let me try the nature statements.

1. One cannot reproduce nature, how ever much one tries.
Eg. My lillie pond and my fish tank.
They only simulate nature but nowhere near the exact nature

2. The nature reciprocate your kindness with vigor.
Just water the garden or throw the waste water not on the drain pipe but under the foot of a tree.
They will grow.
They will bloom and the flowers are laid on your footpath.
3. The nature does not talk but it always reciprocate kindness with kindness.
4. Plant can sense me but I cannot sense them with all my senses.
5. Their secrets are hidden in the garden or on my foot path.
I try discover them.
6. One cannot get a seed to germinate the way way you want it to be.
But still all the seeds that I scattered in my garden refuse to grow under my foot but years later they are growing successfully a distance away, sometime in my neighbor's garden rail, or on the foot path I walk.
I make a bow for their gratitude.
They have got washed away to a new location after heavy rain.
 
7. My mini garden refuse to take my command but the little rock left to its own devices has more biodiversity and make a beautiful rock garden.
8. The garden tap leaking is not a welcome site for my purse but the roots of potted plants burst through the plastic and find their way to where the leaking tap is located.
9. My dog has better sense than me and spray its wonder nutrients and they bloom better for its efforts.
10. One cannot kill a weed by glycophate.
They will hibernate till the sprayer has none left or the planter has gone bust by poor prices of his products.
They are watching you by the minute.
My daughter brought some weeds along with the young rose plants from Nuwara Eliya 10 years ago and they are still with me.
I am losing my battle to get the roses to flower.
11. The orchid Vanda (cultivar) I spent a fortune failed to grow since I refuse to follow the instruction. They were eaten by slugs or died a natural death but one bulb remained for two years dormant and sprouted two leaves.
I have found a safe place for it to grow albeit slowly.
12. Vanilla plants are all over taller than me but they refuse to flower.
13. Dragon plant has many “bulbs” or branches, but they refuse to flower.
14. Whatever you do to pineapples they (remain for hundred years in the wild) bloom when the time is right but the fruit is microscopic and gigantic.
15. The lillies my latest attraction are always ready to greet me with a flower but not when I need one.
So if one wants to be a gardener one has to tune with the plants s/he owns not the other way round.
Nature reciprocates always kindness with kindness with their own clock work, one cannot slow or accelerate its finer tuning with its fellow beings.
The dog will wag its tail but the plants including weeds are very patient and never aggressive.

16. The piple trees (Bo trees) I ill treated as an experiment are still among the dragon plant but better indicator of horrible dry weather than the Mexican dragon plant.

17. Nature has bounty when that is the order of the day but equally thrifty when the demand is less favorable.

I guess the economics cannot fine tune our stock market with such precision.

18. Flowers are ther to entice you when one is least expected.

19. I do not need to go for them but they come looking for me when I am in tune with them.

The array of ferns all around our garden refuse to settle in the neighbor's garden
I wonder why?

They know how to entice. 

20. The palm trees, three left out of the 20 I tried to plant, decided to bloom for the second time.

I have over 100 nuts for the next generation.

21. The beauty is that it stands as a wind breaker and lets through only the gentle breeze towards our veranda.

How on earth it works out its physics of wind breaking is intriguing.

22. How on earth those blind albino barbs I have detect me in the vicinity and feed themselves are the nature's secrets waiting to be discovered.
They do have a sixth sense in captivity and would not have survived a day in the wild!


Facts
The planet's carbon sinks, the oceans and plant life, have taken up more than half of the CO2 emissions since we started using fossil fuels.
The oceans are the ultra long carbon sink. Plankton convert carbon into calcium carbonate. As plankton die, they fall to the ocean bottom. Pressure and time combine to create limestone and dolomite, effectively removing carbon indefinitely.
Plant life is the short-term, temporary carbon sink. As plants grow, they remove the carbon from carbon dioxide and use it to make cellulose, the building block of plant structures. But as these plants decompose, or are burned, the carbon is released back into the atmosphere. This process takes as little as a few months, and as much as a few hundred years. Not enough time to be an effective tool for cleaning the atmosphere of carbon dioxide.

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