Beyond the Oil Spill: The Rape of a Planet

The oil spill is only the latest, albeit one of the biggest, of horrendous atrocities brought upon this planet by us. Some are catastrophic as the oil spill, some are just going on and on for decades, like mining.  This blog has already reported on some and I am reposting them here. But there are many more examples of how we blatantly disregard the very basis of our own existence. The planet we share is destroyed by our way of living. I must warn you, some of the videos linked to contain graphic and heartbreaking material, I put up an alert on those. Please just ignore those videos if you want, I am not out for hurting you.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The West Papua Grasberg Mine

Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

Bhopal (Video contains very graphic pictures)

Chernobyl (Video contains very graphic content)

West Virginia and other Open Pit Mining

Tar Sands

You know I could go on forever. The Niger Delta, Linfen (the most polluted city in the world), Russia’s  Dzerzhinsk ( the most chemically polluted city in the world) and many more. I have not even started on the rainforests and the overfishing of the oceans. It is maybe not to late to change gear, but we have to do it quickly.So, please add information, links or videos on this subject in the comments section to this post, this will only help to make the picture more clear and the urgency more visible. Thanks.

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The Watering Hole: June 1 – It’s Hurricane Season

Hurricane Katrina

The National Hurricane Center

Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is projecting a 70 percent probability of the following ranges:

  • 14 to 23 Named Storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including:
  • 8 to 14 Hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which:
  • 3 to 7 could be Major Hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)

“If this outlook holds true, this season could be one of the more active on record,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “The greater likelihood of storms brings an increased risk of a landfall. In short, we urge everyone to be prepared.” (read more)

Here’s the NHC’s fact sheet on Hurricanes and the Oil Spill. I feel so much better now. /sarc