Friday, June 10, 2005

Open Thread: Anxiety Index

Apparently it will take decades to repair the ozone hole above Antarctica. Remember the Ozone hole? Still there. I think about it all the time in the Summer when I am out in the sun.
From the same website, you'll find this information:

# Over the past 100 years global mean temperature has increased by 0.6 degrees Celsius and in Europe by about 1.2 degrees Celsius
# The 1990s was the warmest decade over the past 150 years (EU environ site)
# Temperatures are projected to increase further by 1.4 to 5.8 C by 2100
# The UK, with one per cent of the world's population, produces 2.3% of the world's C02

Statistics 1 and 2: (Source: EU Environment Agency); Statistic 3: (Source: Friends of the Earth, 2003)


"Global warming, caused by burning fossil fuels, is the worst environmental problem we face today."
# Greenpeace, 2003

"In my view, climate change is the most severe problem we are facing today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism."
# David King, UK Government's Chief Scientist, 2003

"The parties should protect the climate for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind, on the basis of equity, and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities."
# Article 3, UN convention on Climate Change, 1992 End of item

And what does our govt. have to say?
Even when they're caught red-handed fixing the scientific reports, the Bush admin stays on message. This time, at least they got caught.
And your favorite anxiety producing stories. Let's see if we can drive up the anxiety index along with the temperature.


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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Local news - Gay-bash victim in coma

A frail Brooklyn man was in a coma late yesterday after being savagely beaten and kicked by three men screaming anti-gay slurs, police said.

Witnesses rushed to help Dwan Prince as he lay bleeding outside his building on E. 94th St. and Kings Highway in Brownsville - but they could not stop one of the attackers from rushing back and kicking the 32-year-old again in his head.

"He circled back and kicked the guy in the face," said a horrified Omar Bascombe, 28, who lives next door. "Then, blood started flowing from his mouth, and he wasn't breathing."

Prince, who is HIV-positive, has been in intensive care at Brookdale Hospital since the Wednesday night attack. Though he remained unconscious last night, officials said his condition was improving and he was breathing on his own.

reb said...

jesus, that's fucking horrible.

Anonymous said...

Everything will be OK if you just fly this new American Christian Flag (via Pandagon)

Anonymous said...

Fascism marches on in the USA

from via AmericaBlog

The leader of a conservative Christian lobby group says that gays should be required to wear warning labels.

"We put warning labels on cigarette packs because we know that smoking takes one to two years off the average life span, yet we 'celebrate' a lifestyle that we know spreads every kind of sexually transmitted disease and takes at least 20 years off the average life span...

the "study" in question was done by Paul Cameron, the head of a hate group - literally, the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled Cameron's group a "hate group" - Cameron was thrown out of the scientific profession twenty years ago for his hate research. But that doesn't stop the Christian Coalition from using hate literature and proposing Nazi solutions to brand gays.