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  • 25 September 2010 - Global warming? Gays are the cause of it!

    Well, this is apparently what some Samoan clerics have stated: “Clerics in the South Pacific have fingered the key cause of climate change – homosexuals. The revelation came at a conference at the University of the South Pacific considering the implications of Climate Change and Creativity.” The clerics haven’t explained the rationale of their arguments though – although the Register suspects “their latching onto climate change as a consequence of gayness is informed by a more biblical sense of cause and effect.”

    Or maybe, as a blogger funnily posted elsewhere “Global warming is a gay issue. […]  The heat generated in discos, bath houses, the manufacture of interior furnishings, leather tanning and the result of … um …. friction, is a major contributor to the global rise in mean temperature. There are also lifestyle issues, such as homosexuals’ liking for gas-guzzling Jeeps and the environmental impact of frequent vacations … Read the rest

  • 18 September 2010 - Enough already!

    Yesterday, I was emphasising the need for a systemic economic change. There is nothing original about that, as it seems that an increasing number of people understand the limitations and self-destruction of our current social and economic models. As a matter of fact, the Chronicle.com has asked scholars’ views on what will be the defining question of the coming decade and why. It offers a variety of worthwhile reading answers, and one in particular has struck me. According to Professor Pat Shipman, “the defining idea of the next decade is ‘enough.’ […] The day of ‘enough’ is coming. “Enough” is part of a reaction against the overwhelming greed, violence, dishonesty, and petty meanness of the last decades. I believe that people in America, perhaps in all of Western culture, are tired of the adversarial system of law, government, and behavior that has held sway for so long. … Read the rest

  • 16 September 2010 - Neoliberalism? I’m tired of this shit. Let’s push for a systemic economic change

    A friend of mine sent me yesterday a very very interesting document, titled Manifesto on Global Economic Transitions. Published in September 2007 by the International Forum on Globalization, it had foreseen the need for a systemic change even before the (latest) GFC (global financial crisis). In opposition to the current unsustainable neoliberal dogma, it rightly argues that “less and local” are the way forward. Indeed, in light of the current resource depletion and destruction, climate change, financial crisis, socio-economic inequalities, and societies which overarching values are driven by profit rather than well-being, we need a systemic economic change – along a systemic change in our values, but that’s another story. So, if you too understand all too well that the neoliberal doctrine is in its deathbed, you’ll be thrilled to read that the authors of the Manifesto push for “Economies of Ecological Sustainability, Equity, Sufficiency and Peace”. Sustainability, what … Read the rest

  • 15 September 2010 - Five daunting climate change scenarios

    Iraq: where the desert starts

    The UNFPA 2009 State of the World Population report recalls that “Walter Kälin, Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, has identified five climate change scenarios, each of which has a different impact on the pace or scale of migration or displacement:

    • Hydro-meteorological disasters, including extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding and mudslides, which may lead to sudden-onset displacement.

    • Environmental degradation, including desertification, water scarcity and soil exhaustion, which may result in gradual migration or displacement.

    • Losses in state territory, including erosion and coastal flooding resulting from rising sea levels. Persons living in low-lying coastal areas and the so-called “sinking” small island developing states, such as the Maldives, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, will be most affected by this scenario. It may lead to gradual migration and displacement, and possibly even to statelessness.

    • Designation … Read the rest

  • 9 September 2010 - Why aren’t you composting?

    According to compostweek.com.au around 60% of the rubbish Australians put in their everyday garbage bin (destined for landfill) could actually be composted.

    So why don’t more people compost? This isn’t a new idea… Are they unsure how to compost? Don’t they realise the benefits? Or maybe they don’t know the negatives? Or are they just too lazy? Or maybe they think they don’t have the space?

    Composting

    Here are just a few of the benefits of composting:

    • Reduces landfill which also means reduced methane production. Did you know that when our waste is buried without air it doesn’t breakdown? It actually creates a large amount of methane which contributes to our total greenhouse gas emmissions!
    • Is a fertiliser for your garden.
    • Keeps soil cool in summer and warm in winter.
    • Helps aerate compacted soils.
    • … and much more…

    There are so many ways to compost.  Here are just 4:

    Try … Read the rest

  • 9 September 2010 - Daunting: Arsenic in water poisoned 77 million Bangladeshis!!!

    Following a publication in the Lancet Journal, news recently reported that “up to 77 million [out of 162m] Bangladeshis have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic from contaminated drinking water”. The water was mainly originating from wells that are said to have been built in the 70s, including by aid agencies. Gosh, 77 millions people!

    Source: sos-arsenic.net

    A well in Noakhali, Bangladesh - May 2004

    Although I’ve heard of this news for the first time only recently, it’s not a recent discovery – nor did it happen just in Bangladesh. The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) was already concerned by the problem in 1997. According to a paper published in the Bulletin of the WHO in 2000, ” the contamination of groundwater by arsenic in Bangladesh is the largest poisoning of a population in history, with millions of people exposed. […]  1 in 10 people who drink water containing 500 … Read the rest

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