State of the planet


Hooray … the powers-that-be have found a solution to the growing number of natural disasters most likely related to climate change: ignore them.

Catastrophic flooding that’s displaced three-quarters of a million people in Pakistan? That’s last year’s news, isn’t it? Must be, considering that media coverage — and international response — has been so hard to find.

But apparently torrential and deadly monsoon rains have been flooding many of the same districts of Pakistan as they did in 2011. And it’s been going on for the past three months. We’re just not hearing about it so much anymore.

If you ignore it, “they” (ie, climate disasters, poor people, inconvenient truths, social injustices, etc.) will go away, it seems.

Jesus, how bad is the biodiversity picture? It’s so bad that the plight of a much-feared, perfect killing-machine predator like the hammerhead shark can make you cry.

If you doubt that, just look at this photograph.

Call me guilty of anthropomorphizing, but tell me you don’t look at this image and feel the same pangs: this hammerhead looks damned sad, beaten even. There’s no doubt it could turn around in the blink of an eye and bite in half the diver behind it, but it looks for all intents and purposes as if it’s completely lost the will to do so. And that’s how bad the biodiversity picture is: “Jaws” doesn’t scare us anymore … not the way it did in 1976. Instead, it breaks our hearts.