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How divorce harms the environment

post #1 of 14
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http://green.yahoo.com/news/ap/20071...vironment.html
at least, that's what the Yahoo articled announces.
It makes so much sense to me - houses, at least here in the US, are so large, even for just a single person or couples.
Sometimes I feel guilty that we have 2 houses, although 1 is so dilapidated only the cats & I stay there at this point.
post #2 of 14
It makes a lot of sense, but I doubt it'll stop people from buying or renting homes that are far too large for their needs, or from wanting their "own space".
post #3 of 14
I can see alot of holes in that so called study. Larger households have more televisions, more computers, more bathrooms, more people to keep opening and closing the fridge, more people home at any given time, etc and so forth. I grew up in a large household, and there was always someone in the fridge, using the toilet, messing with the AC or the heater depending on the time of year, someone using the microwave, the stove going every evening and on the weekend, someone always leaving the light on, etc and so forth again. There are so many variables to include that I put my faith in the article being bunk and just something to fill space.

Now, what I can kind of see is that with divided households effecting the environment is that we are more spread out than ever (which means clearing of land and woods and more buildings), BUT at the same time the population is ever increasing with people living longer and reproduction being easier.
post #4 of 14
Everything harms the environment. Maybe we should all just commit mass suicide to prevent any further use of natural resources!
post #5 of 14
Not every larger household has more TVs etc.

My house when we were teenagers (3 teenage girls, my mum and dad) had one TV, one computer and one bathroom. We ate as a family so the cooker/microwave was not used more than if one person was home. We didn't touch the heat/AC, it was on a timer.

It just depends how you live.

Now there is just the two of us and the cats, we have two TVs (although one is unused, sits in the guest bedroom) and two computers etc
post #6 of 14
If we continue to harm the environment, destroying the air, water, and land, not to mention the atmosphere, we will commit mass suicide.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
Not every larger household has more TVs etc.

My house when we were teenagers (3 teenage girls, my mum and dad) had one TV, one computer and one bathroom. We ate as a family so the cooker/microwave was not used more than if one person was home. We didn't touch the heat/AC, it was on a timer.

It just depends how you live.

Now there is just the two of us and the cats, we have two TVs (although one is unused, sits in the guest bedroom) and two computers etc
It also depends on how many boys are in the house. I grew up with 4 brothers (I was the only girl in the house). As soon as they each got home (all at different times), they hit the fridge and put something in the microwave. We still ate together as a family in the evening. We had 5 televisions in the house, 3 bathrooms, and someone was always complaining about the temp.
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It also depends on how many boys are in the house. I grew up with 4 brothers (I was the only girl in the house). As soon as they each got home (all at different times), they hit the fridge and put something in the microwave. We still ate together as a family in the evening. We had 5 televisions in the house, 3 bathrooms, and someone was always complaining about the temp.
wow, my dad would have just told us to behave and sent us to our rooms
post #9 of 14
That's the thing. 3 of my brothers were his. I should have mentioned that this was my step family. The way they saw things, boys can do whatever they want, and since they were HIS boys, well, they just ruled the world alongside him. If me or my brother touched the thermostat, then yeah, we were sent to our rooms. They were all about waste.
post #10 of 14
I look at it as balanced out.

Most likely the woman got the $400,000 house to raise their 2 offsprings inside of it. The ex husband is now renting a tiny apartment because he can't support 2 mortgages.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
Everything harms the environment. Maybe we should all just commit mass suicide to prevent any further use of natural resources!
oh, you sound so discouraged and it wouldn't work anyway - with all the laws, we'd have to be "perpetually embalmed" (use up valuable habitat for the graves) or "cremated" (think of the air pollution).
No, there will be a balance, one way or another. The droughts in the US are a good example of Mother Nature working on it
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oh, you sound so discouraged and it wouldn't work anyway - with all the laws, we'd have to be "perpetually embalmed" (use up valuable habitat for the graves) or "cremated" (think of the air pollution).
No, there will be a balance, one way or another. The droughts in the US are a good example of Mother Nature working on it
We could just turn to canabalizing each other, or throwing ourselves to the lions or sharks.
post #13 of 14
Or we use a tissue digester for our bodies - much better on the environment. http://www.news.wisc.edu/9276
post #14 of 14
Looks cool. I do see one really bad flaw with it though: there is no window to view the tissue...to make sure it's digested properly.

When I kick the bucket, I just want to be fed to the lions and tigers at the zoo.
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