Below are couple of shots taken at Lake Tahoe where I vacationed this past week. Generally, I was impressed with how environmentally conscience American society has become, and the pristine waters and clean beaches at the lake reminded me of that. Recycling is in full force. I recall back in the 80’s, recycling was still not a daily vocabulary. It is today.
Certainly, American CO2 emissions per capita is outrageous as compared to the rest of the world. This is due to the lopsided consumption. Also, by relocating factories to developing countries such as China, America gets to enjoy her products without suffering the environmental degradation. We can expect as Chinese society becomes more affluent, it too will want to let others pollute.
Normally, by this time of the year, the grounds in these images should be covered with snow. Last year, the Lake Tahoe region got record snow fall. This year, it looks like the region is going through another record – of no snow. I couldn’t help but wonder if this is climate change.
I took the shot below few years ago when snow was abundant. Perhaps a bit hard to see – the beach was covered.