From Cleanbiz.Asia: The obsession of many ethnic Chinese for shark fin soup, primarily consumed as an ostentatious display of wealth, is the main reasons that many shark species have become a global endangered species. Pollution and habitat loss have also contributed to the problem which has led to about a third of ocean-going sharks being placed on the internationally-recognised Red List of Threatened Species.
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Meanwhile in Germany, they have TOO MUCH WIND POWER!
From Grist: High winds — although not that high, only 15 mph — led to negative-price wind energy for nine hours on July 24, bringing Germany’s total to 31 hours of below-zero-cost energy this year.
“Earlier this week, the Senate voted with the bill, helping get the bill one step closer to becoming law. AB376 will ban on the sale, trade, possession, and distribution of shark fins in the state – but it must be signed by Governor Jerry Brown by October 9, 2011 in order to become law.”
Yes, it’s election fever in Singapore, and if you’re like me, you’ve probably been semi obsessively glued to the #sgelections twitter feed. So far, it’s been extremely exciting, but I got even more excited when I came across The Workers Party Manifesto‘s Sustainable Development Portion (on pg 55).
From Yale environment 360:
By Christian Schwägerl.
“A Forbidding, 870-mile network of fences and guard towers once ran the length of Germany, separating East and West. Now, one of the world’s most unique nature reserves is being created along the old “Death Strip,” turning a monument to repression into a symbol of renewal.”