In 1992, world leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Earth Summit, in an air of enthusiasm, optimistic about ameliorating environmental degradation and creating a fairer, cleaner planet. Beginning tomorrow, more than 115 presidents, prime ministers and other officials are scheduled to attend Rio+20, a discussion of how badly we screwed things up.
Barack Obama has no plans to attend the conference and Hillary Rodham Clinton will lead the American delegation, along with EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Todd Stern, a special envoy for climate change. Though little progress is expected, due in part to the intransigence of developed nations like the U.S., some environmental activists tried to look on the bright, increasingly uncomfortably warm side…
"We are facing two likely scenarios — an agreement so weak it is meaningless, or complete collapse. Neither of these options would give the world what it needs. Country positions are still too entrenched and too far apart to provide a meaningful draft agreement for approval by an expected 120 heads of state", said WWF director general Jim Leape.
Well, good. Thanks for the pep talk. Is there any good news out there?
The struggle for the world's remaining natural resources is becoming more murderous, according to a new report that reveals that environmental activists were killed at the rate of one a week in 2011.
The death toll of campaigners, community leaders and journalists involved in the protection of forests, rivers and land has risen dramatically in the past three years, said Global Witness.
Finally, someone comes up with a solution to that satisfied both Western multinationals and developing states! Just solve the overpopulation problem by murdering all those clean air-breathing, freshwater-drinking, quinoa-eating environmental activists.
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