Reflections on the Surface

August 8, 2007

One more Nail in the Coffin

London, England

As we learn that the only freshwater dolphin species in China is now offically extinct, news comes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which informs us that coral reefs in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean have disappeared at the rate of 1% per year, more than twice the rate at which rainforests are receding.

Oh, precious Earth, how much more can you take?

James Hansen advises us that the rate of ice-melt in the Northern Hemisphere will be far greater this century than had been predicted,
with the prospect of a sea level rise of about 3 metres by 2100. But you will find any number of climate-change denialists out there who are itching to take him on.

Unfortunately, they are not seeing the wood for the trees in their increasingly desperate efforts to prove themselves right. Quite how any sane person can stand witness to the current rate of biosphere degradation and genuinely argue that the planet is safe, simply beggars belief.

Meanwhile, astronomers have discovered the largest planet yet, some 1500 light years away; it is 70% bigger than Jupiter.

Just imagine what a mess the human race would make of that, when we can’t even be trusted with the stewardship of our own planet, or for that matter, the life of  the freshwater dolphin.





  1. This is so sad 😦 Where did you read that this freshwater dolphin is now extinct?

    Comment by Alisha — August 8, 2007 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  2. The original article was in the Guardian Newspaper, UK on Wednesday, 8th August.

    Comment by asharpminor — August 10, 2007 @ 7:58 am | Reply

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