We’re Living at the Expense of Others

天津 神様

I saw a documentary program on TV yesterday entitled “Big Change of the North Pole.” The program reported that in recent years, glaciers and icebergs in the North Pole, which have been formed for tens of thousands of years, have been melting much faster than was predicted. The speed of melting is quite different from what scientists predicted twenty years ago.

  • the North Pole 北極
  • glacier 氷河
  • iceberg 氷山
  • melt 溶ける
  • predict 予想する

It is animals there that have been suffering the damage most. Especially, white bears are having trouble hunting fish for lack of water. They have no choice but to catch fish which happened to be put on the ice, for white bears are no match for seals in the sea in speed. The ice in the North Pole has come apart because of global warming. White bears have to feed on one another or wait for carcasses of animals to be washed ashore.

  • especially 特に
  • have trouble ~ing 〜するのに苦労する
  • lack 欠如
  • have no choice but to~ 〜するより仕方がない
  • no match for A Aには敵わない
  • come apart バラバラになる
  • global warming 地球温暖化
  • feed on A  Aを食べる
  • carcass 死骸
  • washed ashore 岸に打ちつけられる

In a scene of the program, a young white bear with innocent look was dying of hunger. In another, a member of the research team was giving anesthetic to a mother white bear with two baby ones to attach a transmitter to her neck. In the meantime, the two baby bears with lovely round eyes were lying meekly side by side on the belly of their mother. A couple of months later, the signal of the white bear stopped moving on the radar. Maybe the mother bear and her baby ones starved to death.

  • innocent 無垢な
  • anesthetic
  • attach  取り付ける
  • transmitter 発信器
  • in the meantime その間
  • side by side 横に並んで
  • belly 腹部
  • meekly おとなしく
  • maybe おそらく
  • starve to death 餓死する

According to the program, the carbon dioxide emitted from human societies causes global warming, melting the ice of the North Pole (but I have a different opinion about this. I feel that this is because the earth is heated from within due to electromagnetic waves from the sun, just like a microwave oven). The extremely low temperature in the North Pole covered with icebergs, which would never melt under normal conditions,  has circulated oceanic currents and helped the oceans to absorb a lot of carbon dioxide.

  • carbon dioxide 二酸化炭素
  • emit 放出する
  • from within 内側から
  • electromagnetic waves 電磁波
  • oceanic current 海流
  • circulate 循環する
  • absorb 吸収する

I didn’t know that the low-temperature region has been playing such an important role on a gobal scale. The ice world as well as forests helps to absorb carbon dioxide. This important function has been destroyed due to global warming, which causes  the carbon dioxide to increase more and more, resulting in a vicious circle. I drove my car today as usual. Without a car, I couldn’t live. Thinking about the baby bears, I thought I have to live my life at least with gratitude. The age is coming to an end when human beings are allowed to complain.

  • on a global scale 地球規模で
  • as well as A   Aだけでなく
  • destroy 破壊する
  • cause A to~ Aが〜する原因となる
  • vicious circle 悪循環
  • complain 不平を言う
  • be allowed to~ ~するのを許される

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I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.