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The Gluttonous 20

Posted by msrb on September 25, 2009

The Gluttonous 20 Summit Pittsburgh 2009

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Pittsburgh Police fired tear gas, pepper spray and smoke at demonstrators. Photo: EPA. Imge may be subject to copyright.

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Image of the Day: Rape of Proserpina

Posted by msrb on April 20, 2009

Nature’s capacity to support life could fall by a half!

Mass Rape of Proserpina, her mom, Ceres, goddess of agriculture and crops, and dad, Jupiter, the god of sky


Rape of Proserpina. Fresco by Luca Giordano (1634 -1705)

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2nd Best News of the Week for Environment?

Posted by msrb on October 10, 2008

The global auto market faces an “outright collapse” in 2009

General economic stress and credit availability may lead to an “outright collapse” of the auto market in 2009, J.D. Power and Associates, an industry tracking company said.

“J.D. Power and Associates forecast U.S. light vehicle sales would fall to 13.2 million units in 2009 after likely settling at 13.6 million units this year, adding that a pronounced recovery is more than 18 months away.” Reuters reported.

A Chevrolet on display at an auto show in Shanghai – 2005 file photo. [newsphoto] Source: China Daily. Image may be subject to copyright.

“While the global automotive industry is clearly experiencing a slowdown in 2008, the global market in 2009 may experience an outright collapse,” said Jeff Schuster, executive director of automotive forecasting for J.D. Power.

“While mature markets are being impacted more severely than emerging markets, no country or region is completely immune to the turmoil,” he said.

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500 Weather-Related Disasters A Year

Posted by msrb on November 27, 2007

According to a report by British “charity” Oxfam, weather-related disasters, caused by global warming, have quadrupled over the last twenty years reaching a record 500 per year.

“This year we have seen floods in South Asia, across the breadth of Africa and Mexico that have affected more than 250 million people,” Oxfam reports.

“This is no freak year. It follows a pattern of more frequent, more erratic, more unpredictable and more extreme weather events that are affecting more people. The number of people affected by disasters has risen by 68 percent, from an average of 174 million a year between 1985 to 1994 to 254 million a year [4% of world population] between 1995 to 2004. Earlier this year the Asian floods alone affected 248 million people.

“Action is needed now to prepare for more disasters otherwise humanitarian assistance will be overwhelmed and recent advances in human development will go into reverse,” the report says.

“There has been a six-fold increase in floods since 1980. The number of floods and wind-storms has risen from 60 in 1980 to 240 last year. Meanwhile the number of geothermal events, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, has stayed relatively static.”

Oxfam is urging the UN conference on Climate Change in Bali in December to negotiate a global deal that would assist developing countries against the adverse effects of global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

There are no estimates available yet concerning the carbon footprint for the UN conference on Climate Change in Bali.

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Climate Alarm: Disasters increase as climate change bites (pdf 296.8 kb)

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