Vegetarian Threat

“Moral obligation towards animals varies widely as a function of how an animal is perceived, its functional role in society, and its relationship with humans. The vast majority of respondents (90%) felt morally obliged to show concern for the welfare and interests of dogs (a companion animal), but only 51% felt the same about pigs (a food animal). …
The stronger the dominance [human supremacy] beliefs the more likely appealing (e.g., chimps) and unappealing (e.g., snakes) wild animals, companion animals (e.g., dogs), and food animals (e.g., pigs) would be morally excluded. …
However, the effects of vegetarianism threat [if people perceive the rise of vegetarianism as a threat to their way of life] were more specific and only emerged for certain animal categories. Stronger vegetarianism threat predicted lesser moral inclusion of food animals, but not of companion animals and unappealing animals.” https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/science/18514/people-who-feel-threatened-by-vegetarianism-more-likely-to-care-less-about-animals

Cognitive dissonance proved to be a very strong predictor of caring less, i.e. I care less about people who fear a lifestyle based on compassion.

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Sites of Special Sporting Interest

““Construction of the new golf course [formerly known as Foveran Dunes SSSI] involved earthworks, planting of trees, greens and fairways, drainage, irrigation and grass planting,” states one of the reports released by Scottish Natural Heritage inspectors. “This has affected the natural morphology of the dunes and interfered with natural processes. Most of its important geomorphological features have been lost or reduced to fragments. Nearby marine terraces have also been reduced to fragments.”” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/29/donald-trump-golf-environment-sssi-damaged-broken-promises

The promised 6000 jobs haven’t materialised, nor the amenities. On the plus side, Highland Council has recently approved a similar golf course at Coul Links, a designated UK Site of Special Scientific Interest, European Special Protection Area & Ramsar international wetland.
We should wait to ‘see what happens’ and welcome further information to the evidence base. We should avoid drawing any parallels or prematurely concluding that short-term mercenary proposals always trump legal conservation protection.

The Growth of Growth

“Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which consumption exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate – has moved forward two days to 1 August, the earliest date ever recorded. To maintain our current appetite for resources, we would need the equivalent of 1.7 Earths. …
Thirty years ago, the overshoot was on 15 October. Twenty years ago, 30 September. Ten years ago, 15 August. There was a brief slowdown, but the pace has picked back up in the past two years. On current trends, next year could mark the first time, the planet’s budget is busted in July. …
Replacing 50% of meat consumption with a vegetarian diet would push back the overshoot date by five days. Efficiency improvements in building and industry could make a difference of three weeks, and a 50% reduction of the carbon component of the footprint would give an extra three months of breathing space.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/23/earths-resources-consumed-in-ever-greater-destructive-volumes

A proud day as our growth in guzzling has so overgrown that for the next five months we are in the red. Fear not, resource intensive work, leaving no stone unturned, has already begun to grow a spare earth.

Facefrack

“Fracking companies are using social media surveillance carried out by a private firm to strengthen their cases in court by discrediting activists using personal information to justify banning their protests. …
By applying for injunctions against “persons unknown,” the fracking companies prevent individual protesters from being able to defend their case in court as individuals. This potentially gives the companies a litigious advantage.” https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbj4qb/how-fracking-companies-use-facebook-surveillance-to-ban-protest

Fracking companies tried to infiltrate the groups with a high pressure mix of water, sand and corrosive chemicals, but didn’t even succeed in creating any splinter groups.

Fire and Ice

“Climate scientists said the Arctic and other areas that were once relatively fire-free are likely to become more vulnerable.
“What we’re seeing with this global heatwave is that these areas of fire susceptibility are now broadening, with the moors in north-west England and now these Swedish fires a consequence of that. …
Both these areas are typically mild and wet which allows forests and peatlands to develop quite large carbon stores. … When such carbon-dense ecosystems experience aridity and heat and there is a source of ignition – lightning or people – fires will happen.”” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/18/sweden-calls-for-help-as-arctic-circle-hit-by-wildfires

When your deep freeze is on fire, it’s time to stop guzzling.

Basmati Rules

“The EU’s limits on the amount of chemical residue found in food products is clearly a source of aggravation to Indian businesses, who describe complications complying with rules on a range of exports:
• Trace amounts of of fungicide in basmati rice
• Growth retarding chemicals in grapes
• Aflatoxins in chillies and spices
• Antibiotics in fish products
• Food hygiene standards at processing plants involved in milk products such as paneer
… The report cites an assortment of other complaints with a range of EU rules, such as lead limits in jewellery.” https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/07/12/brexit-uk-india-trade-review-out-of-reach/

European directives may seem to be lagging in the drive toward renewable energy generation, but at least they have banned jewel-fuelled vehicles.

Massive

“The mass of humans – the sum of the body weights of all 7.5 billion people on Earth – now comprises 32% of the total mass of all vertebrates (mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians) on land. Our domesticated animals, such as cattle, pigs and sheep, comprise another 65%. That is, humans and our domesticates comprise 97% of the mass of all terrestrial vertebrates – leaving only 3% for all of the Earth’s wild terrestrial vertebrates.”

Hell of an obesity problem.