WWF’s Inconsistent Climate and Forest Messages

Primary forests are needed to hold carbon, WWF wants them loggedWWF has released a new report entitled “Climate Change: faster, stronger, sooner“, which concludes what many of us have known for some time, that “global warming is accelerating [ark] at a faster rate than climate change experts had previously predicted”.
Ever since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [search] (IPCC) released their Fourth Assessment Report in 2007, the latest science shows the Arctic Ocean is losing sea ice 30 years earlier than expected, sea level rise is double the previous maximum estimates, and temperature increases are already leading to a reduction in global yields of wheat, maize and barley. WWF notes that “even with a 2

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  1. Recognizing that which is a product of arrogance and also shameful behavior.
    Our lexicon of business activities is being expanded daily, thanks to the “wonder boys” on Wall Street. We are learning about derivatives, collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps, recapitalization, puts, short selling and so on. We are gaining a new vocabulary from the recent meltdown of the financial system and expected slowdown of the real economy worldwide.
    Where did this debacle begin? Well, it began in the center of human community's banking and investment houses in the financial district of NYC. Supposedly, the “brightest and best” among us go to Wall Street, know what they are doing and do the right thing. Unfortunately, such assumptions turn out to be colossal mistakes.
    How did this calamity occur and why is the human family in such dire economic straits? It appears that grotesque greed and a culture of corruption have come to dominate significant operating systems of the global political economy.
    Powerful people in high offices within huge business institutions with access to great wealth are recklessly and deleteriously manipulating the unbridled expansion of the global economy in the small, finite planetary home God blesses us to inhabit.
    Self-proclaimed Masters of the Universe have surreptitiously “manufactured” a sub prime “asset bubble” and perversely fostered its uneconomic growth within the world economy. Not unexpectedly, this asset bubble did what bubbles do. The sub prime bubble burst and made a mess. Global credit markets have frozen, stock prices are tumbling and the value of the dollar is gyrating.
    Evidently organizers, managers and whiz kids overseeing the global economy, and the unraveling {ie, deleveraging} of the worldwide sub prime swindle, are running the artificially designed financial system of the global economy as a pyramid scheme. This is to say that the international financial system is being operated so that most of the wealth funneled pyramidally into the hands of a small minority of people at the top of the world economy where this wealth is accumulated and consolidated. Note that thirty percent of annual corporate profits end up in the accounts of a tiny number of people. At the same time, the vast majority of people on Earth, near the bottom of the global economic pyramid, are left with very little wealth. Does the economy of the family of humanity exist primarily to provide wealth to the already stupendously wealthy? The “bankstas” among us evidently think so.
    In the 1980s, this extremely inequitable method of distributing wealth and arranging business activities was called a “trickle down” economy. We have been repeatedly told how this 'rational' economic scheme is good because it “raises all ships.” And yet, from my limited scope of observation, the billion people living on resources valued at less than one dollar per day and the additional 2.7 billion people being sustained on two dollars per day of resources now appear to be stuck in squalid conditions. The 'ships' carrying these billions of less fortunate people {ie, more people than lived on Earth in the year of my birth} do not appear to be lifting them out of poverty.
    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population, established 2001

  2. jon evans says:

    I am an avid reader of your emails especially in objection to FSC, however it maybe would be helpful if alternatives could be given. I appreciate totally the need to reuse/recycle resources but there are times when new products are needed, how are these sourced viably ?, here in the UK, the FSC mark is the ultimate in the 'its ok to buy new furniture/paper/card etc etc' marketing…..
    Your thoughts would be apprdciated
    jon evans
    wing, bucks UK

  3. Dr. Glen Barry says:

    Hi Jon,
    Thank you for your email. Yes, we have done this campaign for a long time, and need to bring up alternatives again as we have previously. Of course start with use less wood, then into re-used timbers, then local timbers and finally plantations. We have no problem with the concept of certifying best ecological management practices for mix-species, non-toxic plantations and secondary, regenerating natural forests. Just don't tell us cutting down and selling consumer items made from ancient forests is good for the environment!
    Warm regards,
    Dr. Glen Barry

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