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April 17 2008

Good Karma Awards and time to panic

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been nominated for MTV Australia 2008 Good Karma Award for their efforts defending whales in Antarctica. Go here and vote for Sea Shepherd.

The Canadian delegation to the European Union have just returned from what they described as a frustrating series of meetings in their attempt to convince Europeans that the slaughter of seals in Canada is humane.

While, in London, climate change expert Nicholas Stern says he under-estimated the threat from global warming in a major report 18 months ago [The Stern Report] when he compared the economic risk to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Latest climate science showed global emissions of planet-heating gases were rising faster and upsetting the climate more than previously thought, Stern said in a Reuters interview on Wednesday. For example, evidence was growing that the planet's oceans -- an important 'carbon sink' - were increasingly saturated and couldn't absorb as much as previously of the main greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2).

'Emissions are growing much faster than we'd thought, the absorptive capacity of the planet is less than we'd thought, the risks of greenhouse gases are potentially bigger than more cautious estimates, and the speed of climate change seems to be faster,' he told Reuters at a conference in London. More

Meanwhile, it's been found that global oceans are soaking up less carbon dioxide, a development that could speed up the greenhouse effect and have an impact for the next 1,500 years, scientists said on Wednesday. Research from a five-year project funded by the European Union showed the North Atlantic, which along with the Antarctic is one of the world's two vital ocean carbon sinks, is absorbing only half the amount of CO2 that it did in the mid-1990s.

So emissions growing faster than was thought and the seas absorbing less than was expected. Sounds like a few people are waking up to what I've been warning about for over ten years. All the reassurances and backtracking, the dismissive denials and business as usual are exposed as time wasters. When humanity should have been taking it very seriously indeed, it was looking for ways to comfort itself, and now it's becoming increasingly on top. Best thing for the planet is the impending global recession. The rich need to become poor, consume less and pay attention to what they've done. I think it's time to panic.


April 10 2008

I must have been busy

I just noticed I hadn't wtitten anything here since last month, 10 days! I've almost blogged several times, but somehow something always gets in the way and pushes it from my mind.

I could have been commenting on the frankly ludicrous spectacle of blue track suited Chinese security thugs pushing British police around, and being allowed to do so, assaulting British protesters, and manhandling minor TV presenters who were seduced by the thought of publicity which overrode any question of solidarity with Tibetans or dogs and cats. I could have commented on Brown's odious toadying to the vile Chinese governement suits when in China, oilily agreeing he was going to be at the Olympics but only if he was invited - heavy handed cue for the whole [Chinese hand picked] audience to burst out into carefully stage managed hilarity at this outstanding joke [Moron Gordon could have a future in China as a stand-up once he's chucked out at the next election].

But Tibetans are big and tough enough to stand up for themselves with some help from Richard Gere and other Hollywood Buddhists not to mention all the worthies jumping on the Free Tibet bandwagon now they see it's 'important', the dogs and cats of China can't. When undercover investigators made their way onto Chinese fur farms recently, they found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them. When workers on these farms begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal's leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut. When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals' heads, their naked, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly. Some of the animals' hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare into the camera.

To an animal lover it's terribly distressing, but we can't just block it out and pretend it's not happening. All we can do is continue to tell any representative of China what we think of their obscene behaviour. Which isn't being racist as there are animal-rights groups in China, and many people have dogs and cats as pets, as long as they aren't stolen by the state-supported fur trade. Until eating dogs is banned in China, and until the fur trade no longer finds it profitable because it can't sell the skins to the west for ugly bitches to drape over themselves, it will continue. And one way we can do something is continue to remind those in the fashion industry what they are supporting. Feel free to copy anything here to use in this vital campaign. The emails of the chief offenders are down the page which I'll leave here a while as well as archiving as March 2008 before I forget.



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The time to move to higher ground link [above] will change from time to time, illustrating how this phrase has become more and more common of late; from New Orleans, to Fiji to East Anglia to Holland.
I moved to higher ground in 2000 when it was clear that flooding was becoming the norm and climate change was happening now.
On the journey west, we passed flooded fields right across the midlands, it felt almost apocalyptic.
Since then, floods have become common in the UK and many other countries.

Fadhel Al-Sa'd: The sun circles the Earth because it is smaller than the Earth, as is evident in Koranic verses...No verse in the Koran indicates that the Earth is round or that it rotates. Anything that has no indication in the Koran is false.


The scenes from this war will create thousands maybe even millions of militants intent on inflicting damage on the only superpower. The war will be waged across America and in any American outpost and embassy. It will be brutal and messy and will continue for decades. Bush doesn't know what he has unleashed.
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