“The clear and present danger of climate change means we cannot burn our way to prosperity. We already rely too heavily on fossil fuels. We need to find a new, sustainable path to the future we want. We need a clean industrial revolution.” Ban Ki-moon
By Alex P. Vidal
NEW YORK CITY – We have been repeatedly told that carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases affect our climate change.That larger emissions of greenhouse gases lead to higher concentrations in the atmosphere.
According to environmental experts, greenhouse gas concentrations are measured in parts per million, parts per billion, and even parts per trillion.
One part per million is equivalent to one drop of water diluted into about 13 gallons of liquid (roughly the fuel tank of a compact car).
Like Filipino-American environmentalist, Dr. Emilio Quines, we also advocate a green Philippines.
It will only be possible if we minimize greenhouse gas emissions, if we know how to dispose of our garbage properly, if we plant more trees, eliminate smoke-belching vehicles in streets among other moves to save the environment.
A vehicle fuel in the United States is more commonly called as renewable natural gas (RNG), also called biomethane.
RNG is produced from biogas, also known as swamp gas, landfill gas, or digester gas, which is the gaseous product of anaerobic digestion of organic matter.
With minor cleanup, biogas can be used to generate electricity and heat. When processed to a higher purity standard, biogas is called RNG and can be used as an alternative fuel for natural gas vehicles.
With traces of gases such as hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen, Biogas is usually 50 percent-80 percent methane and 20 percent-50 percent carbon dioxide.
In contrast, natural gas is usually more than 70 percent methane, with most of the rest being other hydrocarbons (such as propane and butane) and traces of carbon dioxide and other contaminants.
In an article called “It’s a Quines thing you wouldn't understand,” Dr. Quines narrated:
Once upon a time, there was a country so green.
It was dubbed Pearl of the Orient! Quietly and happily the people enjoyed its bounty.
Then natural disasters hit.
Mt Pinatubo erupted! First known tsunamis surfaced! Yolanda/Haiyan struck!
Unguided souls, exploiters, some blinded politicians, souls supposed to understand how it feels to go to bed with empty stomach's and extreme poverty while others couldn't even consume what they have in their lifetime flourished.
Disasters caught the world's attention and wept with our Philippines!
The very green country with its complement of some misguided politicians and exploiters continue to bear the brunt of caring for its impoverished populace.
Then there after came the denuded brown instead of green mountains and "smokey mountains".
Now came the Quines thing hard to understand.We have dreams of getting you all to plant couple of trees all can afford with a few sweat affordable to anybody to grow and nurture.
Leave a legacy that outlasts us, a green Philippines, a handful of trees from every Rizalistas, overseas friends and believers.
If all overseas brain drained and kind hearts exported from the country can join the Quines Miracle Bus, assist the youth Rizal's hope you have dreamed of, then the Miracle Bus can roll and keep on rolling.
Let's all leave a legacy, let us help to make our country green again- "The Pearl of the Orient Seas."
It's a good initial move affordable, doable to any compatriots and believers!
Next bus move - a clean Philippines. Use of modern technology--bio gas. Dream of those who can afford, help those who can't---share their bounty from our Lord.
A dream of green and clean Philippines.
It's a Quines thing for all you know.