Writing Moving the movement of movements from COP to MDG I concluded blogs need scandal, conflict or hype to compete with main stream media. Not too sure I agree - as I for one often find myself looking to blogs for the exact opposite! However, I'll flirt with those elements of communication - as well as two more: pure pathos and naked girls.
#5 From YouTube
Our refrigerator has been on the fritz recently, and last week our landlord replaced it. The new fridge is great -- the only problem is that an entire section of our new refrigerator is devoted to soda cans. […] We've started to stuff it with fruit, but it's designed so specifically to soda cans that it doesn't work very well. Funny how a fridge reflects and may even influence how you eat. I wonder what mass-market refrigerators would look like if everyone only ate real food. What features would be different?
#3 Some good, some bad news from WWF
Polar bears, walruses, sea otters, and other endangered species are all set to benefit from a Russian decision to boost its national protected areas to nearly 3 percent of its territory by 2020, a move which helps the country to meet its international obligations to protect biodiversity. The Russian government’s decision establishes 9 new nature reserves and 13 national parks covering a total area of over 3.8 million ha by 2020. Russia is also introducing marine buffer zones of over 1 million ha.
threatens to open up an additional 85 million hectares for legal clearing in the Amazon, reduce the level of forest cover protecting river and stream banks and steep slopes, and pass much of the control of landclearing into the hands of regional and local authorities much more under the influence of large landowners and agribusiness interests. The bill also proposes amnesties on existing fines for illegal clearing, [...] Research presented at a seminar in May by scientists and NGOs including WWF showed clearing exceeding the legal requirements by over 40 per cent.
#2 Dead animals
Bees are dying. So what you may think, but besides producing honey bees also have an agriculturally important role of pollinators. One of the consequences are that apiculturalists have increasingly begun stealing each others bees! Just read Tuesday's Increased Bee Death Prompts Hive Thefts in Germany at Change.org. March 2008 I blogged a similar story from USA but the video is now offline.
Over at Extinction Countdown two more negative and typical stories this week: North Pacific right whale nearly extinct in Bering Sea and Plan to save endangered squirrels scuttled as too expensive.
Protecting Earth's biodiversity is a tricky cause. Because a lot of people are either hardhearted enough to think they don't need weird animals in far off slimy habitats or are callous about extinction rates just a bit (about 1000 times) higher than naturally. Complexity of topic and inconvenient consequences makes it about as hard to advocate as climate change. But endangered species have a secret weapon: cute baby animal photography!
DONATE TODAY OR THESE BABIES WILL BE BRUTALLY SLAUGHTERED!!1
#1 Sexually attractive women
The official United Nations YouTube channel has about 1.7 million views. PETA's has more than 7 million. Not only do PETA have a cute rabbit in their header they also have beautiful women without clothes on!
This week they released a campaign of actor Jenna Dewan Tatum bodypainted to look like a snake. And it's not just that you can marvel at her alluring curves in the video below - in the same video you can also enjoy disgusting video clips of baby alligatores getting clubbed to semi-unconsciousness before skinning.
Now we're talking about stripping for attention: a classic is YouTube's oilycassandra who talks about our society running out of fossil fuel.
#0 Danish minister illegally employing Philipine girl!?
Try running Minister i tvivl: Er min au pair-pige lovlig? through Google Translate. Earlier this week Danish Minister of Development Søren Pind - whose idea that coal power will solve global warming I already blogged about - stated that hireing an au-pair girl from the 3rd world is the best form of foreign aid. Now it turns out he's probably bending the rules a little bit too much when he's keeping the Philipine girl in his house even after his wife left him and took the kids with her.
Commence smear campaign