11/10/2009

The new environmental terror:

Should we be really scared of this?

Research teams at the Danish Golf Union have discovered it takes between 100 to 1,000 years for a golf ball to decompose naturally. A startling fact when it is also estimated 300 million balls are lost or discarded in the United States alone, every year. It seems the simple plastic golf ball is increasingly becoming a major litter problem.
The scale of the dilemma was underlined recently in Scotland, where scientists -- who scoured the watery depths in a submarine hoping to discover evidence of the prehistoric Loch Ness monster -- were surprised to find hundreds of thousands of golf balls lining the bed of the loch. . . .


My response is: so? What is the big deal? Rocks also last a long, but why does it matter. The biggest question is whether the material is inert.

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2 Comments:

Blogger OldSouth said...

Well, I know I've certainly contributed my fair share to the lost golf ball inventory.

Sounds to me like the politically correct want to find a way to:

1. Impose an 'environmental tax' on golf balls, gear, greens fees, club dues, etc.


2. Discourage participation in the game. People have fun on golf courses, and they talk to one another candidly, out of earshot of the world. Mustn't have that sort of behaviour, you know!

11/10/2009 11:29 PM  
Blogger Hypnagogue said...

Lost golf balls are an effective carbon sequestration technology. Golfers should receive carbon credits for each golf ball they lose.

11/11/2009 12:32 AM  

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