In 1992, 20 containers of almost 30,000 little yellow rubber duckies, were released into the wild due to a particularly violent storm in the Pacific. Over the years, the bleached and bloated toys have been washing up on beaches all over the world... and now they are showing up on the shores of the UK. .What hasn’t been reported is that that the duckies have been breeding. And there are mutants. Some are reportedly as big as hounds, horses, hippos and houses, blocking docks, ports and shipping routes. Dockworker’s unions all around the UK are celebrating... “Work’s light, they can’t fire us, and the pubs are open. Cheers!” .Meanwhile, the rubber duckies keep coming, unabated, with no end in sight...
Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journey by Ben Clerkin, 27 June 2007 :The Daily Mail article ...The toys have helped researchers to chart the great ocean currents because when they are spotted bobbing on the waves they are much more likely to be reported to the authorities than the floats which scientists normally use. Boxes of the bathtime toys - made in China for the U.S. firm The First Years Inc - were washed overboard in the eastern Pacific Ocean one stormy January night in 1992 and broke open. .In the intervening time an oceanographer, Curtis Ebbesmeyer, has devoted his retirement to tracking the little yellow ducks and their friends over 17,000 miles... Read more SING-A-LONG :YouTube "Quack" emoticon by Camilla, a Care2 member (millan.net)
The fact of the matter is that children are sick and dying in these polluted places, and it's not rocket science to fix them. And despite more focus on pollution in the media, there hasn't been much happening to improve conditions.
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Scale and toxicity of the pollution and the numbers of people at risk were the deciding factors in choosing the worst ten polluted places in the world, the conservation groups said.
The report identified 3 key factors:
Cold War era pollution
The areas were not tourist areas or capitals, rather remote areas where pollution controls don't exist or enforcement is considered weak.
e.g. Tianying was cited because of lead poisoning ... Tianying city produces half of China's lead.
Vapi was described as a region overwhelmed by over 50 industrial estates — which poison the local soils and groundwater with pesticides, PCBs, chromium, mercury, lead, and cadmium......
Mercury in Vapi’s groundwater
is 96 times higher than
World Health Organization
Sukinda has more than 97% of India’s chromite ore deposits. "Twelve mines operate without environmental controls, leaching hexavalent chromium into drinking water supplies."
Sumgayit - a former Soviet industrial base is polluting the area with industrial chemicals and heavy metals. Cancer rates are 22%-51% higher than the national average, while genetic mutations and birth defects are commonplace.
On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Beijing Olympic Committee issued an ominous threat:
"The command centre has given its order for the final assault tomorrow."
He was referring to the Chinese climbing team that took the Olympic torch to the summit of Mt. Everest late yesterday.
But never before has the mountaineering term 'assault' been used more appropriately.
China's assault on Mount Everest - sacred Mount Chomolungma to Tibetans - is in fact an assault on Tibet and the Tibetan people, not to mention the Olympic ideals.
After an Olympic torch relay that has already been met with free Tibet protests and heavy-handed security everywhere it's gone, China's ascent of the Everest summit with the torch is a transparent attempt to underscore its claims to Tibet.
Desperate to ensure a successful propaganda exercise, the Chinese team staged its assault on the sacred peak, surrounded by armed police and amidst threats by Nepal to shoot anyone who might protest on its side of the mountain!
Because of China's intense secrecy, we learned of its "final assault" on Everest just hours before the team summited with the torch. Nonetheless, Tibetans and supporters immediately began planning protest vigils to mourn those Tibetans killed in the recent crackdown while the Chinese government celebrates its hollow victory.
Please join a vigil today - CLICK HERE to see if there is a gathering planned for your area, or if there is an organizer who can help you get involved.
If there is no vigil planned for your area, please consider organizing one. Gather some friends or family. Even a vigil of one in a busy place in your community is an inspiring act of solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet.
Don't forget, the Tibet movement beat their tainted torch to Everest by more than a year when SFT's Tenzin Dorjee and several courageous supporterslit the Tibetan Freedom Torch at Everest base camp in April 2007. And the fire of Tibetan freedom is still raging in the hearts of Tibetans and their supporters everywhere. Together, we'll show the world that the Chinese government's propaganda victory on Everest is as hollow as its rule in Tibet, which depends on brutal repression of millions of Tibetans whose desire for freedom cannot be extinguished.
ATC would like to thank all of our members and supporters who are standing up for Tibet in unprecedented numbers at this crucial time. You can show your support in many ways - from getting to a rally or vigil, wearing your Free Tibet t-shirt, writing to your local politicians or simply asking your friends to have a look at www.atc.org.au
Here is some of the latest news ...
Our Man In Beijing ... & The Prime Minister
Australia's Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has spoken up about Tibet during his visit to China. An ATC representative is in Beijing to brief media and ensure that Tibet remains high on the agenda. Visit www.atc.org.au to read his daily reports and video blogs.
Tutu Inspires In San Francisco
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has brought the house down with an inspirational speech in support of Tibet, the Dalai Lama and human rights. Visit www.atc.org.au to view the YouTube footage.
Olympic Torch Farce
A last minute change to the torch route has reduced the San Francisco leg of the Olympic torch relay to a game of hide and seek. Visit www.atc.org.au to read more.
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