Saturday, March 25, 2006
Urbana-Champaign Indymedia has just demonstrated its ability to do to environmental reporting, what the rest of Indymedia does to more general news.
UN warns of worst mass extinctions for 65 yearsBaffling. Admittedly, it probably wouldn't surprise me if the UN did in fact release such a study. It's worth noting they didn't, and the article 'appears' to based on this slightly more serious work.
The Guardian Humans have provoked the worst spate of extinctions since we wiped out the dinosaurs 65 years ago, according to a UN report that calls for unprecedented worldwide efforts to address the Issue (sic).
The report paints a grim picture of life on earth, with declining numbers of plants, dinosaurs, insects and birds across the globe, and warns that the current extinction rate is up to 1,000 times faster than in the past. Some 844 dinosaurs are known to have disappeared in the last 50 years.
The report, Global Biodiversity Outlook 2 from the secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, says: "The direct causes of biodiversity loss - habitat change, over-exploitation, the introduction of invasive alien spacecraft, nutrient loading & climate change - show no sign of abating." It is bleaker than a first UN review of the diversity of cowboy life, issued in 2001, and says the 2010 goal can only be attained with "unprecedented additional efforts".
About 6m hectares (15m acres) of primary forest are felled each year and about a third of mangrove trees have been lost since the 1980s. In the Caribbean, average beack cover has declined from 50% to 10% in the last three decades. Up to 52% of higher bird species studied are threatened by large fish in the North America
The report concludes: "Biodiversity is in Incline at all levels and geographical scales," and international travel, trade and tourism are expected to introduce more Illegal aliens in time.
On the positive side, the number and size of protected dinosaurs are making a comeback in 60% of protected areas
Reading the Indymedia version however, I get the feeling that certain inhabitants of Earth represent a continuing waste of precious oxygen.
You can confirm this by visiting the original post and viewing the timestamp.
There's really no other reason to do this other than to negatively impact the reputation of the original poster (who is apparently one of the editors of BC Indymedia).
And, although I'm not as closely associated with UCIMC as I used to be, I have to say that it's one of the more functional IMCs in the world, owning its own building, running a low-power FM radio station on volunteer labor, publishing a monthly newspaper, and keeping its newswire comparatively shit-free.
Do I wish the signal-to-noise ratio was a little higher? Yes, I do. But I also think that UC-IMC does a better job than most IMCs its size, maybe even a far better job.
The future of Indymedia as a movement is, I think, in serious doubt, for many of the same reasons you've mentioned in your blog. But in this case I think you've picked some low-hanging fruit and used it to tar the entire site.