By Dady Chery, News Junkie Post | Haiti Chery. “‘Why fight?’ Some ask, when we have probably passed the tipping point in climate change…. One might as well ask: Why live the best lives we can, although we will all die?…. But on accepting the human condition, we also discover that there is pleasure in cherishing what we cannot possess.”
By D. H. Lawrence | Introduction by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery | David Herbert Richards Lawrence (born September 11, 1885) is best known for his novels and the persecution he endured for them, but he also wrote some 800 equally subversive poems. His 1923 collection “Birds, Beasts and Flowers” is a contemplation of the natural world and man’s relation to it. “Snake” is a favorite.
By Mark Johanson, International Business Times. The South Pacific Ocean’s Cook Islands, a country with a combined landmass slightly larger than Washington, D.C., announced on Tuesday August 28 the creation of a more than 600,000 square mile reserve. With the collaboration of Conservation International, the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum has laid out a plan to protect 25 million square miles of ocean: an area larger than the lunar surface.
By Brenda Ekwurzel, Union of Concerned Scientists | NOAA | Haiti Chery. Scientific evidence links the destructive power of hurricanes to higher ocean temperatures driven by global warming. Expansion of the oceans due to warming, combined with the inflow of water from melting land ice, have raised global sea levels more than one inch over the last decade. In addition, the water vapor content of the atmosphere over the oceans has increased four percent since 1970.
By Jason deCaires Taylor | CoHabitaire | YouTube | Introduction by Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater sculptures are created in areas where the coral reefs have been destroyed. They are meant to develop into artificial reefs that offer human viewers and reef animals alike an ever-changing experience.
By Stephen Leahy, IPS | Envolverde. Threats to coral reefs have gone from worrisome to dire. Bleaching, overfishing, pollution and disease have largely wiped out the fabulous coral communities of the Caribbean, which has lost 80 percent of its corals since the 1970s, say scientists at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS). (English | Spanish | Portuguese)
By shaman Black Elk, as told through John Neihardt, from: Black Elk Speaks, Washington Square Press, 1972, originally published in 1932. Introductory chapter of a great classic on spirituality. The book is a translation and transcription by John Neihardt of oral history, as told to him in 1931 by shaman Black Elk of the Oglala Sioux.
Interview of Captain Paul Watson with Jerry Cope, OpEd News | Paul Watson was arrested by German authorities on May 14 on charges stemming from a confrontation 10 years ago with shark fin poachers in Costa Rica. At the time the charges were dismissed. Watson has put in a motion to dismiss the case. No decision has been forthcoming from Germany, which does not have an extradition treaty with Costa Rica.
PRESS RELEASE, Center for Biological Diversity. TUCSON, Arizona, USA — The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit on June 29th against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the agency’s failure to protect Coleman’s coralroot under the Endangered Species Act. Coleman’s coralroot is an extremely rare purple orchid found on national forest land in the footprint of the proposed Rosemont copper mine outside Tucson, Arizona USA. If protected, this orchid would become one of at least 10 endangered species that would be harmed by the proposed mine.
By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers | Haiti Chery. Days before a global summit that would have focused attention on Baja California, Mexico’s president on Friday June 15 canceled a mammoth development (Cabo Cortes) project on the peninsula – next to a pristine coral reef – that had enraged environmental groups.