Thursday, April 07, 2005

Two-thirds of world's resources 'used up'

Caught this at The Guardian a couple of days ago. Obviously I was so shocked I immediately felt the need to comment on this Junk Science. Not.

Anyway here is the lead in (with Mongo's Emphasis added):

The human race is living beyond its means. A report backed by 1,360 scientists from 95 countries - some of them world leaders in their fields - today warns that the almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth is being degraded by human pressure.
Okay we are living beyond our means... so says 1,360 scientist whose careers depend on keeping this story alive, otherwise who needs them? Oh, by the way "some of them" are world leaders (on a level with Kofi? Mugabe? Fidel?).

The headline says "used up", the body of the story says "being degraded". Which is true?

The study contains what its authors call "a stark warning" for the entire world. The wetlands, forests, savannahs, estuaries, coastal fisheries and other habitats that recycle air, water and nutrients for all living creatures are being irretrievably damaged. In effect, one species is now a hazard to the other 10 million or so on the planet, and to itself.
Yep, let's sing Kumbaya to Gaia. The nasty humans are "a hazard".

Let's outlaw DDT so we can slaughter millions of them by malaria (just the black and brown ones, please.) The hits just keep coming. These "experts" want humans to stop whatever we are doing and sit and starve so the snail darter can live free.

Tom Clancy had a wonderful ending to one of his "Rainbow Six" books (I can't remember which one, and this is a spoiler if you plan to read him) where the tree huggers are left naked in the Amazon Jungle to survive. Maybe we can start out with the 1,360 scientists in this article to see if it works (okay less the "world leaders")...1359?

"Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet's ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted," it says.
Okay. Humans bad Earth good.

The report, prepared in Washington under the supervision of a board chaired by Robert Watson, the British-born chief scientist at the World Bank and a former scientific adviser to the White House, will be launched today at the Royal Society in London. It warns that...

Okay here is Robert T. Watson.

Former Clinton Administration advisor (go figure). Here is his title at the World Bank "Chief Scientist and Director, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Network -- Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" Wow. Take a look at this Libtard and ask yourself one question. "Does this look like a man who knows the fate of the world?" Maybe ask another question ... "Are his Birkenstocks clean?"


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