Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Staying Married for the Environment

We've all heard that divorce is bad for children. Now we learn that it is bad for the environment as well. New research shows that divorce inevitably increases the number of households ('one' becomes 'two') and that therefore the environmental footprint of the family affected in effect doubles.

As one of the authors put it:
People have been talking about how to protect the environment and combat climate change, but divorce is an overlooked factor that needs to be considered.
Maybe the next IPCC report will encourage governments to restrict access to divorce as part of the response to climate change? Or perhaps as part of the Irish Government's new climate campaign we will see a call to fractious couples to 'stay married for the sake of the environment'?

I doubt it somehow. Still it's a relief to come across research that shifts the focus away from all the harm climate change is apparently causing (some 600 effects and counting), to what is causing climate change.

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