The Palms and The World
- Impressive construction projecte in the United Arab Emirates,
and something for us to contemplate.
- I didn't look at the website you posted, but we have to be careful about changing the environment of the islands. If we fill in, dam, or whatever, we might damage the coral. This would be the surest way to bring world opinion down on us. I beieve that opinion will get us farther than all the other ploys.
Soap box is gone.....
now using a podium
- --- In email@example.com, Jaix99@a... wrote:
> I didn't look at the website you posted, but we have to becareful about
> changing the environment of the islands. If we fill in, dam, orwhatever, we
> might damage the coral. This would be the surest way to bringworld opinion down
> on us. I beieve that opinion will get us farther than all the otherploys.
> Soap box is gone.....
> now using a podium
I must address this and an earlier comment by another poster
about "shampoo" harming coral.
Consider the hull of a sunken ship. Shouldn't we get rid of it?
Isn't it unhealthy for the coral? Experienced divers will tell you that
corals (and other life) will grow easily at a shipwreck.
And most shampoo is bidegradable - the least of our worries re
pollutants. I have heard that ships loaded with otherwise
undisposable nuclear fuel and reactors themselvves are sunk in
the deep and remote parts of the ocean. THAT's scary.
If we wish to be wise advocates for life, we must learn a bit of
biology. Ecologist David Suzuki's work is a good place to start.
Corals: not looking good
International experts calculate that 70% of the planet's coral
reefs are threatened or destroyed.
The Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2004) reports that 20
percent of the world's coral reefs are badly damaged and
showing no signs of recovery, 24 percent are in danger of
imminent destruction and 26 percent face further degradation.
East Africa, Southern and Southeastern Asia and the Caribbean
are the regions most seriously threatened.
According to the report, the main threats to corals are global
warming and rising levels of carbon dioxide. (Rising
temperatures cause coral bleaching and CO2 slows coral
calcification.) Other contributory human activities include
over-fishing and destructive fishing techniques, chemical
pollution and coastal development.
All the news is not bad: 16 percent of the reefs that were
categorized as damaged in 1998 are showing signs of
KM and CLM
- yes very interesting, but please remember that the Shiek building the
Palm is a multi billionaire! But it does spark the imagination, and
gawd knows we have lots of that! ;)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "yank_canuck" <yank_canuck@y...> wrote:
> Impressive construction projecte in the United Arab Emirates,
> and something for us to contemplate.
- --- In email@example.com, "Woody" <catatized@y...> wrote:
>Indeed. And thirty years ago or less, that same Sheik was probably sitting in
> yes very interesting, but please remember that the Shiek building the
> Palm is a multi billionaire!
the desert beside a tent, tending his goats and camels :)