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Except Us

UN scientists estimate 150-200 species going extinct per day. I used the number 175, and assumed a 10% reduction right away to conservatively calculate the number of 574,875.

The UN treaty, signed 10/30/10, was pathetically weak; even then the US did not sign it, because they never ratified the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

More info: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/10/30

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Protect nature for world economic security, warns UN biodiversity chief
John Vidal, Guardian.co.uk
Aug. 16, 2010


“What we are seeing today is a total disaster,” said Ahmed Djoghlaf, the secretary-general of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. “No country has met its targets to protect nature. We are losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate. If current levels [of destruction] go on we will reach a tipping point very soon. The future of the planet now depends on governments taking action in the next few years.”

Industrialisation, population growth, the spread of cities and farms and climate change are all now threatening the fundamentals of life itself, said Djoghlaf, in London before a key UN meeting where governments are expected to sign up to a more ambitious agreement to protect nature.

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Holiday gift for kids

“Mischief in the Forest”
A children’s book written by Derrick Jensen, and illustrated by me.
Hardcover. 40 pages of cuteness. $15.
Free shipping in the US.
(Email me for international shipping charges: [email protected]).

Summary from the back cover:

“Grandma Johnson lives alone in the forest and loves to knit sweaters for her grandchildren in the city. One day, after returning from a visit with them, her solitude comes to an end — someone has taken her yarn! The mystery is solved in a colorful fashion when Grandma Johnson sees the bears, birds, rabbits, trees and other forest dwellers playing with the yarn. Suddenly, the forest doesn’t seem so lonely, and the visiting grandkids take great delight in getting to know its inhabitants.

“This picture book is a lesson for both young and old to connect with one’s surroundings and embrace the role of good neighbors with the rest of the natural world, whether in the city or in the forest.”

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These Are Pradas

Nuke plant hearing in South Florida

Here is a cartoon that I drew for the Sun-Sentinel.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hear arguments for and against FPL’s proposal to build two new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point. The meeting will be held 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, 11/19, at Homestead City Hall, 790 N. Homestead Blvd.

For info about why more nuclear reactors would be a bad idea, see case-fl.org.

Water Sir

The God Promised