2000 Indonesian islands underwater by 2030

Officials in Indonesia expect to lose 2000 of their 18,000 islands to rising water levels by the year 2030.

The assessment by Rachmat Witoelar was the government’s bleakest yet of the effects of global warming on the Southeast Asian nation that is made up of some 18,000 islands, most of them unpopulated.

“It is very, very serious,” he said at a media conference attended by Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. climate treaty secretariat.

Witoelar said respected scientific studies showed around 2,000 islands would be swallowed by 2030. He did not say whether the threatened islands were inhabited or not.

After delivering this bombshell news to his nation,  Witoelar added this at the end of his report. Oh yea, by the way…

 The environment minister also said rice shortages are forecast for next year because of wild weather blamed on climate change.

“It is feared there will be a lack of rice production next year because of the changes in the weather and because the farmers are not used to this,” he said.

Looks like a rough ride ahead.  Maybe the climate change deniers could go preach to the 200+ million Indonesians in a few years.

Smart people eat better than dumb people

In a strange news coincidence I came across these 2 items almost simultaneously. They are related in my mind.

Firstly, the BMJ Group researchers have found that higher scores for IQ in childhood are associated with an increased likelihood of being a vegetarian as an adult [source].

The counterpoint to this (aka coincidence) is that New Jersey had to issue this warning:

Don’t eat too much squirrel from the woods near Ford’s toxic waste dumps in Upper Ringwood.

There really isn’t anything left to say that the warning doesn’t cover. I would have worded it somewhat differently though. Maybe more along the lines of, “Hello Jackasses! Free buffet weekend at the toxic waste dump! All you can eat paint and mystery foam!” [source]

Ed Markowski, president of the state Federation of Sportsmen’s Club, was confident that small-game hunters would soon learn of the advisory: “Word-of-mouth works really well among hunters.”

Toxic squirrel eaters can’t read, Ed!

Pig farms found to be both disgusting and worst polluters

PigsRolling Stone has published a fascinating and horrifying report on America’s pork farms. I imagine most people will avoid this article, but it really is amazing. If you can’t be bothered to read the article at least know that bacon is probably the worst thing you could eat.

America’s top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history. Welcome to the dark side of the other white meat.

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2008 Prius is Sexy!?

The site worldcarfans.com somehow wrangled an exclusive sketch of the 2008 Prius along with details on specs. Check out the image on their site . For my taste the looks of the current Prius aren’t anything special in any regard. However, this 2008 looks pretty hot! Combine that hotness with increased power and 80 mpg in the city and all of a sudden I’m a fan.

spotted at: ecogeek

Top 25 Censored News Stories of 2007

Project Censored has published their top 25 censored stories of 2007. I’m not sure why it isn’t called the top 25 of 2006, but it’s not my list. Anyways, these are the stories the major media news companies downplayed or outright ignored. The full list with summaries is here: http://www.projectcensored.org/censored_2007/index.htm. Recommended reading unless oblivious was a new years resolution for you. Continue reading “Top 25 Censored News Stories of 2007”

The silent screams of women and girls

The Jerusalem Post has an interesting article they posted a couple of days ago entitled, “The silent screams of women and girls”. It seems several Islamic countries are becoming well known for their mistreatment of women, but this article focuses on Iran. Here is a snippet from the article about their sigheh system. The whole article is a good, yet depressing read and can be found here: Jerusalem Post. Continue reading “The silent screams of women and girls”

UN climate panel to step up warnings on climate

It was announced today that the UN will soon have a new climate report that they consider to be rather comprehensive. It has some pretty strong information in it that supports global warming theorists. What will be interesting to see is what this does to the different sides of the climate debate. It really seems to be at the point where many balk at any mention of global warming. Maybe global warming needs a marketing team to make it more palatable to the masses.

Personally, I have a hard time really getting a solid understanding of the sheer scope of climatology so I am left to rely on reports and experts. Regardless of my understanding or the specifics on the global scene, I know that there are more tangible results to be had from improving our lifestyles. Save such and such wildlife area or animal, save money, improve our quality of life in this way and that.

Anyways, here is the Reuters article on the impending report if you want some preview action.

Confusion about whose speech is free from what.

I think reading this really helped me get off my ass (figuratively) and create this site. Not that I am anti-senate as a theme or anything. It’s the thought that counts.

“Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists. Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever.”

Who in their right mind would want a law that sends you to jail for disagreeing with the government? Continue reading “Confusion about whose speech is free from what.”

10 Foods You Should Never Eat, and 29 You Probably Should.

The center for science in the public interest, whatever that is, posted this list of 10 horror foods. This is mostly name brand stuff, so it’s quick and depressing to recognize foods you know on there.

: Ten Foods You Should NEVER Eat!

Alternately, this belly themed site tells us which 29 foods we should eat. So if you’re letting the internet tell you what to eat, this is probably a good read for you.

: The 29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

If you couldn’t manage the link to the 10 worst foods, here they are minus the explanations:

1. Pepperidge Farm Original Flaky Crust Roasted Chicken Pot Pie
2. McDonald’s Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips
3. The Cheesecake Factory’s 6 Carb Cheesecake
4. Dove Ice Cream
5. Mrs. Fields Milk Chocolate & Walnuts cookie
6. Starbucks Venti (20 oz.) Caffè Mocha
7. Burger King Quad Stacker
8. Campbell’s Chunky, Select, and red-and-white-label condensed soups
9. Chipotle Chicken Burrito
10. Häagen-Dazs Mint Chip Dazzler