From the Editor
Take a good look at your partner. A real good LOOK. Do you want to spend the rest of your life with this person. If your answer is no or I’m not sure, get a divorce as soon as possible. Getting divorced will have a huge impact on GLOBAL WARMING and you will carry that knowledge for the rest of your life. But, if you hurry and get divorced now you will likely avoid the impending carbon tax on your divorce. So, don’t delay, call your divorce lawyer today. I’m glad the media keeps me so well informed on Global Warming. The same clowns that write this crap think wind farms will save the day.
What a bunch of asses
A new scientific study deduces divorce pollutes the environment, because it splits households in two, doubling the demand for electricity and even water.
“More households mean more houses,” said Jianguo Liu, professor of fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University, who co-authored the report published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“To build more houses, you need more land, more construction material and more energy.”
Four people living under one roof will share light, heat, air conditioning and a humming fridge, Liu said. One person living alone needs all those things too.
In the United States, divorced households required an extra 38.5 million rooms in 2005, costing the country an additional 73 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity – more than Ontario households use in a year, the report states.
They also used an extra 627 billion gallons of water – more than four times what Toronto uses in a year, according to Liu’s research.
The study analyzed data from 12 countries, including Cambodia and Greece, but not Canada.
While no country had the U.S. rate of 14.8 per cent divorced households, all showed a climbing number – a trend that presents a “global challenge,” according to Liu, who began studying the issue while researching the impact of humans on a panda reserve in China.
“If people really can’t get along and have to get divorced, maybe they could consider getting remarried with somebody else, or staying together with somebody they like – their relatives, or whatever,” said Liu.
“There are some potential solutions to this problem.”
Separation, prolonged singledom and empty nesters present the same environmental challenges, Liu said.
But they won’t have wasted electricity and consumer goods on a big wedding.
Liu’s next study is on the increased waste divorced households send to landfill, and their carbon emissions.