Various molecules of gas in the air, especially water
vapor and carbon dioxide, absorb some of this infrared
energy. They, in turn, radiate energy away in all
directions, including back to Earth.
The equivalent of more than 40 tractor-trailers full of
radioactive trash from 39 states was buried there each year
before South Carolina lawmakers in 2000 ordered the place
to scale back because they no longer wanted the state to be
the nation's dumping ground.
By the end of 2004 a total of 1,704 kiosks had been set up,
each of which served its host village and four others within a
five-kilometre (three-mile) radius.
The infrastructure needed to make a large dent in the
world's emissions is daunting. What is unusual is not the
scale of investment, but that much of it has to be spent on
A National Park Service spokesman said last year that
the statue's designer, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, never
intended for visitors to ascend to the crown.
Weaker states will be less resilient and more likely
to descend into chaos and violence when faced with
droughts, floods, crop failures, rising sea levels, salination of
freshwater reserves, storm damage, and so on.
But this was it, I was in the car making my way
through bits of Peckham I didn't know existed, thanking
my lucky stars that a mobile phone can now can server as
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