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Japan’s War on Nature Continues

Posted by feww on February 19, 2011

Japan’s War on Nature Continues Despite Apparently Losing One Battle

“Obstruction by a hardline anti-whaling group has forced Japan to cut short its Antarctic whale hunt, the fisheries minister said on Friday,” media reported.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been instrumental in forcing the Japanese fleet to turn back. However, Japan remains one of only three countries—along with Norway and Iceland—still hunting whales. Japanese government insists that hunting whales is an important cultural tradition.

The whales question the blood culture!

Japanese whaling fleet vessel Yushin Maru No. 3 sprays water cannons at Sea Shepherd activists in a dinghy boat during their clashes in the Southern Ocean in this February 4, 2011 file photo. Obstruction by hardline anti-whaling group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has forced Japan to cut short its Antarctic whale hunt, the fisheries minister said on Friday, the first time the fleet is heading home early due to clashes with activists. Credit: Gary Stokes/Sea Shepherd/via Reuters.

“It has become difficult to secure the fleet’s safety,” Fisheries Minister Michihiko Kano told a news conference. “We have no choice but to cut short our research.”

Sea Shepherd considers the early return of the whaling fleet “as a victory for whales” and that “the movement was proving increasingly effective at disrupting the Japanese fleet’s operations.” Reuters reported.

“We didn’t do much differently, but got there early and intercepted them and disrupted them early before they could really begin,” Jeff Hansen, Sea Shepherd’s Australian director, said by telephone.

“Each year we’re costing them more and more money. It’s a heavily subsidized hunt and they’re spending and losing millions so we’re very much hurting them in the pocket.

“We’ll stay down there in the Southern Ocean, and if they return next season, we’ll be there to escort them northward.”

Threats and Intimidation by Japan

The Japanese government described the obstruction by Sea Shepherd as “unforgivable” and has “vowed to continue its whaling activities from next year.” Said the report.

“Sabotage like this is a dangerous, unlawful act that threatens the lives and property of the crew, who were engaging in legal research activities on the high seas, and the safety of sea traffic,” Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara told a news conference. “This is totally unforgivable.”

“The Foreign Ministry summoned ambassadors from the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand—the Sea Shepherd vessels’ flag states or port call states—to express regret and ask them to take effective measures to prevent obstruction by the Sea Shepherd happening again.” Reuters said.

“From next year, we will not give this up. We plan to discuss across the government how whaling can be conducted safely,” Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.

What about Renewable Energy?

Japanese establishment’s brutality against nature doesn’t end at viciously killing defenseless whales and dolphins at sea. The country is also one of the least environmentally conscious members of the so-called developed nations.

About 81 percent of Japan’s primary energy comes from hydrocarbon sources: Oil, coal and natural gas.

The nuclear energy mafia supplies just under 15 percent through 53 nuclear reactors (2009), third after U-S and France.

Just over 0.5 percent of the land of Rising Sun’s primary energy comes from solar and wind sources.

Japan’s renewable power generation by type and by proportion of total power generated (FY 2008}. Source


As for Norway and Iceland …

“Oil from an Icelandic container ship that ran aground Thursday night has come ashore on the coast of southern Norway near the country’s only marine national park, Norwegian authorities said Friday.”

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British Scientists Are Politicians First

Posted by feww on December 3, 2009

Thought For the Day:

The Main Stream British Scientists Are Brainwashed by Big Brother!

The prospects of prestigious, lucrative government positions with four-letter titles after their names would often persuade them to swear the earth was flat.

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Amazing Images: Coking Plant, Shanxi Province

Posted by feww on September 6, 2009

“It’s got to get worse, before it could get better [sic]”

A worker walks along a railway track at a coking factory in Changzhi, Shanxi province August 28, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer. Image may be subject to copyright.

Chairman Mao (1940 speech):

For the purpose of attaining freedom in the world of nature, man must use natural science to understand, conquer, and change nature, and thus attain freedom from nature.


There is, indeed, another and a better path: that of becoming a member of human community, and, with the help of a technique guided by science, going over to attack against nature and subjecting her to human will.

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Image of the Day: Clean Energy Demo

Posted by feww on March 4, 2009

Clean Energy, Same Insane Economy?

What’s the upper limit to how much ‘Clean Energy’ you could pump into the putrid corpse of the  economic monster?

Demonstrators for clean energy hold a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington March 2, 2009. The rally was organized by the group Powershift 09, which seeks to hold elected officials accountable for rebuilding the economy and reclaiming the future through bold climate and clean energy policy. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque. Image may be subject to copyright.

What’s the point of ‘clean energy,’ without a new ‘radical’ economy?

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China birth defects rise steeply

Posted by feww on February 2, 2009

China’s rapid development comes at an unaffordable cost

The number of birth defects in China rose by at least 40 % since 2001

Chinese media quoting a senior family planning official report that the number of birth defects in China is increasing rapidly.

China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission official, Jiang Fan, stated that environmental pollution was a cause of the increase.

“The number of newborns with birth defects is constantly increasing in both urban and rural areas,” Mr Jiang said to China Daily newspaper.

Benxi: Pollution from steel mills blows over residential buildings [July, 2007.] Photo:
Gilles Sabrie/Corbis. Image may be subject to copyright.

According to the report:

  • The coal-mining Shanxi province recorded the largest number of birth defects.
  • A 2007 commission report covering the five-year period from 2001 to 2006 recorded a 40% rise in the rate of defects from about 105 per 10,000 births to 146.
  • A child is born with physical defects every 30 seconds because of the environmental pollution. [See NOTE below.]

Researchers believe emissions from Shanxi’s massive coal and chemical industry, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulates, is responsible for the problems. Mr Jiang said a child was born with physical defects every 30 seconds because of the degrading environment.

“The problem of birth defects is related to environmental pollution, especially in eight main coal zones,” said An Huanxiao, the director of Shanxi family planning office.

[NOTE: Estimated Population of China in 2008 was 1,330,044,544; birthrate 13.71 per 1,000 population, according to CIA World Factbook. If the true defect rate for China is about 146 per 10,000 births, then a child is born with physical defects every two minutes not every 30 seconds, though that’s hardly any relief.]

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Orchids from ‘Hell’ for Obama Inauguration

Posted by feww on December 15, 2008

news submitted by Te2Ataria

Green President, green jobs, green energy; orange, pink and red orchids from 14,400 km (9,000 mi) away

A few orchids too far: The compassionate, environmentally conscious President-elect Obama will have orchids flown in from half away across the world for his inauguration

Barely days after President-elect Obama met with the former Vice-president Gore [the man who would have been a president,] to discuss the environmental imperatives of green jobs, energy and economy, it has been revealed that he will have orchids flown in from New Zealand for his inauguration on January 20, 2009.

Importing orchids from New Zealand: Flying in the face of environmental commonsense!

Thousands of stems of Disa orchids in a mixture of oranges, pinks and reds will be flown in to Washington DC within 24 hours of being cut in Taranaki, New Zealand.

The total weight of the consignment remains undisclosed, so we haven’t been able  to calculate the carbon footprint for the “orchid orgy.”

However,  each kilogram (2.2 lbs.) of goods flown from Taranaki (Wellington), New Zealand, to Washington DC, a total distance of about 14,400km  (9,000 miles), produces about 100kg (220 lbs.) of greenhouse gases (CO2e).  [The total amount of emission (kg) is equal to the gross weight of the orchids consignment (kg) multiplied by 100.]

The orchid grower, Mrs Coils, said if she lived in the US she would have voted for Obama. Bet you would, Mrs Coils!

President-elect Obama’s inauguration carbon footprint, Disa orchids, exotic chow, cocktails, security and all,  estimated at $100million, may exceed 58,400 metric tons of CO2.

On the eve of a major ecological collapse, and at a time when so many Americans live on the precipice of abject poverty, would a caring President-elect indulge in such unbridled extravagance?

Orchids from New Zealand? Yes, sure, why not? Go ahead! No one is looking, Mr President-elect.

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