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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Earth

A new report by 1,360 experts in 95 countries says that humans are damaging the planet at an unprecedented rate and raising risks of abrupt collapses in nature that could spur disease, deforestation or "dead zones" in the seas.

Not exactly news, but its kind of scary that some of the world’s most richest and powerful government’s do not seem to be even a little bit worried. According to this report, over the past 50 years, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable time in human history. Apparently, more land was changed to cropland since 1945, than in the 18th and 19th centuries combined. The study suggests that big changes in consumption, better education, new technology and higher prices for exploiting ecosystems could halt the damage.

This brings to mind a poignant quote from
U.Thant circa 1970: “As we watch the sun go down, evening after evening, through the smog across the poisoned waters of our native earth, we must ask ourselves seriously whether we really wish some future universal historian on another planet to say about us: "With all their genius and with all their skill, they ran out of foresight and air and food and water and ideas," or, "They went on playing politics until their world collapsed around them."

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