From Earth Day to Sex and Evolution and back to the Climate Change conference in Boliva… ah, what a day for environmental news : – )
Earth day: most ironic that in Lebanon, one of the “celebrations” for Earth Day will be held in a mall. A shopping mall. Hmm.. celebrate the Earth by consuming more? Greenwashing in its most vivid form. However, it is this article on Earth Day that I want to bring to your attention, particularly to all you intelligent students who foolishly choose to continue to smoke.
- Go green this Earth Day: Quit smoking … What is the relationship you may ask between smoking and taking care of our environment? ….”Surprisingly, many of us don’t know that quitting smoking is another way to help combat climate change, and to significantly reduce the incredible amount of waste and litter due to carelessly discarded cigarettes butts in streets, waterways, and public areas like parks and beaches. …. According to data from the Ocean Conservancy, in 2009 more than 3 million cigarettes or butts were picked up internationally from beaches and inland waterways as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup…On the climate front, which most people believe to be the biggest environmental threat facing the planet, cigarette production and consumption contribute to global warming. For example, deforestation in order to grow tobacco and provide wood for curing it means fewer trees available to absorb carbon dioxide.
Smokers may be tossing their butts without even realizing their impact on the environment. It’s possible that smokers think that because tobacco is organic, its waste is harmless. However, that’s not the case. Both the plastic filters and the remnants of the tobacco are poisonous to children and other living organisms. They contain nicotine, heavy metals and other toxic compounds.” Hmm….
Now to the second topic: Sex and Evolution
‘Human evolution is looking more tangled than ever. A new genetic study of nearly two thousand people from around the world suggests that some of our ancestors bred with other species of humans, such as Neanderthals, at least twice.
“The researchers suggest the interbreeding happened about 60,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean and, more recently, about 45,000 years ago in eastern Asia,” Nature News reports from the annual meeting of the American Society of Physical Anthropologists in Albuquerque, New Mexico.’
Meanwhile, let’s take a look at Bolivia and at the start of the other Climate Change conference…
- Check this site for some roundup on the news on the people’s Climate Change conference. I want to second what Galeano stated at the conference, and what was quoted by Food First on that site: ‘An essay from legendary Latin American writer Eduard Galleano concluded “…we celebrate this Summit of the Mother Earth. And if only the deaf do listen: human rights and the rights of Nature are two names of the same dignity.” ‘
Human rights and the rights of Nature: two names of the same dignity.