‘Every person requires a third more land for his or her needs than the earth can supply.’
This stark message was contained in a five-year study by the United Nations Environment Programme. The fourth Global Environment Outlook Report (GEO-4) was prepared by 390 scientists and reviewed by more than 1,000 across the world, making it one of the most comprehensive studies in decades.
· 45 thousand square miles of forest are lost across the world each year
· 60% of the world’s major rivers have been dammed or diverted
· 34%: the amount by which the world’s population has grown in the last 20 years
· 75 thousand people a year are killed by natural disasters
· 50%: The percentage by which populations of fresh fish have declined in 20 years
· 20%: How much the energy requirements of developed countries such as the United States have increased in the period
To read reports on the report please go to:
However the GEO 4 report says this:
The report is ‘not to present a dark and gloomy scenario but an urgent call to action’
If every one person of 6 billion on the planet had one thought – leading to one action – on how to reduce their CARBON FOOTPRINT that would amount to an awful lot of action……..
And as this report suggests: MOST ARE READY FOR GREEN SACRIFICES
Note the opinion of the Chinese people polled.
This OXFAM REPORT offers hard evidence suggesting climate change is most definitely having an effect.
As Leo Hickman of The Guardian suggests:
‘THE REPORT LEAVES ME FEELING WE’RE 3-0 DOWN AT HALF TIME’
However who can forget the 2005 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: Liverpool 3-0 down at half time to the great AC Milan….
(Standing in a pub in North London cheering on Liverpool was a strange experience, to make up for that aberration, a reminder of one of the GREAT ENDS TO A FOOTBALL SEASON – 1989 of course)
As more oil reserves around the world are sought out consider the plight of the LAST REMAINING NOMADIC TRIBES OF PERU, and the pressure placed on the Peruvian government to displace these people for the sake of oil exploration.
And THE RUSH FOR ANTARCTICA: Perhaps another chance for Argentina and England to butt heads.
One can only imagine as oil reserves diminish, and governments claim them as their own, the potential for greater conflict increases.
Logic suggests the pursuit of alternative fuels may be beneficial – for environmental AND political reasons
Especially in light of reports regarding the PEAK OF OUTPUT.
And the LAST OIL SHOCK.
Cars tend to hog the pollution headlines but consider the POLLUTION OF THE WORLD’S SHIPS criss-crossing the oceans:
Who would have thought that Australia is currently the BIGGEST POLLUTER PER CAPITA in the world.
However the recently elected Kevin Rudd talks of SHIFTING POLICIES.
Thanks to Teresa for GOOD GREEN CAR INFO courtesy of the New York Times.
The Green Carpet:
Al Gore suggests winning the Nobel peace prize was ‘EVEN BETTER THAN AN OSCAR’
Hollywood is making efforts to reduce it’s carbon output, given that it currently stands as the 2ND HIGHEST POLLUTER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, after the Oil industry.
Why not roll up to the green carpet in a BIODIESEL FUELED LIMO
Or roll down Sunset Blvd in a BIO BEETLE
Or for the stylish rather sporty electric option: TESLA CARS
A little less Hollywood, a little more pragmatic: the valiant efforts of MYERS MOTORS
Mr Schwarzenegger seems to believe REGULATING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS is necessary in California.
Thanks to Chris Noth for the evening presented recently raising money for the RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK.
The Green House:
And the comments of Sir Ian Mckellen:
“I just put solar panels on my house in London. You wouldn’t think there was enough sunshine would you? But there is enough sunshine to provide my house with electricity. I sell electricity back to the national grid that I get for free from my roof. Now shouldn’t everybody be doing that?” – Ian McKellen (Real Time with Bill Maher)
For more clean green house building options:
MICHELLE KAUFMAN DESIGNS
And now you can have CLEAN GREEN SEX in your clean green home
On BAMBOO SHEETS of course.
Four Legged Friends:
An update on JESSICA THE HIPPO, last seen cavorting around the house:
Since that report, the vet has been round to monitor her and attempts to introduce her to the opposite sex haven’t really worked out…..
Attempts to introduce her to the new puppies in the house did work out – just.
Watch an amazing 8 minutes in Africa – BATTLE AT THE KRUGER.
And last week Stuart Henderson asked:
WOULD A DEAD GECKO STICK TO THE CEILING?
An interview with MICHAEL CAINE in the Los Angeles Times.
Dodging the divinity bullet:
Melvyn Bragg discusses THE FIBONACCI SEQUENCE with Oxford professors.
PICTURES OF INDIA taken by fellow cricketer; Raj
And good luck to the real ENGLAND CRICKETERS TOURING SRI LANKA.
Once again thank you to Stephanie Brail (FEEL GOOD GIRL) for all her help with the website.
And apologies for not having replied as yet to questions sent in – this will be done very soon.
And finally thank you for the links being sent in to the ‘SHARE YOUR RESOURCES’ page
I have enjoyed them all, as I’m sure others have too.
Please – keep them coming!
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