Friday, September 07, 2007

One Woman Tells the Truth About Iraq

Blogger Riverbend of Baghdad Burning has fled the country, with her family.

This is what we did to Iraq:

Made armed incursions and death at the hands of masked men "normal".
Made roadblocks, checkpoints, and vehicle explosions commonplace.
Ripped families apart.
Denied women any autonomy.
And Killed.
And Killed A Nation.

Leaving Home, by Riverbend, who had to leave her home, because of what George Bush did to it. What *you* and *I*, and every American, let him do to it.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Newsflash: Global Warming is Real, and We Cause It

NOAA Study Says Greenhouse Warming Was Main Cause of Unusual Heat in 2006

Warming caused by human activity was the biggest factor in unusually high temperatures recorded in 2006 in the United States, according to a report by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The analysis, released Tuesday, is being published in the September issue of Geophysical Research Letters, published by the American Geophysical Union.

Mankind to blame for warming but can slow damage

The report gives a first overview of 3,000 pages of research by the U.N.'s climate panel already published in three installments this year about the science, the likely impacts and the costs of slowing climate change.

The authoritative summary, obtained by Reuters and meant to guide governments in working out how to slow warming, reiterates that humans are to blame for climate change but that clean technologies are available to offset the most harmful emissions.

"Most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic (from human activities) greenhouse gas concentrations," it says.

UN Issues Desertification Warning

UN issues desertification warning

"Desertification has emerged as an environmental crisis of global proportions, currently affecting an estimated 100 to 200 million people, and threatening the lives and livelihoods of a much larger number," the study said.

The overexploitation of land and unsustainable irrigation practices are making matters worse, while climate change is also a major factor degrading the soil, it says.

The report can be found at the BBC website (PDF).