Easter Sunday Talking Head Thread
(guest blog by Taylor Marsh)
Compliments of the Washington Post, a little babble to go with your breakfast.
FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Mitch McConnell; former Speaker Newt Gingrich
THIS WEEK (ABC): Retired General Richard Meyers; Senator Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar; Harry Connick on New Orleans.
FACE THE NATION (CBS): Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D).
MEET THE PRESS (NBC): All Faith Sunday with Joan Chittister, Rabbi Michael Lerner, author Jon Meacham, Prof. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Rev. Richard John Neuhaus & Pastor Joel Osteen.
LATE EDITION (CNN): Senator Diane Feinstein and Rep. Duncan Hunter, Henry Kissinger and Jerry Falwell.
(Note: The above schedule has been modified and updated. Apologies for the mix up.)
The picture this morning is of French grunts swimming off the coast of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. But that’s not all.
They’re among the dozens of species that are being hit hard by global warming. One study says that if we don’t do something to stop it, we will have "mass extinctions by 2050."
It seems one of the most important things we can do, which is to tend to the earth and the planet on which we all preside, isn’t happening. It hasn’t been for years. But the changes occurring now are so massive, one wonders if they’ll ever be reversed. We’ve not got much time left to act. What we do about this global contagion will say what kind of species we are at our heart and soul level.
Of course, if it were up to Rush Limbaugh and the Republicans, as long as there were farmed species and corporations who can supply them, all would be right with the world.
That’s simply not good enough for me. How about you?
"While polar bears and caribou are being harmed, they are not as vulnerable as the species that live in these hot spots because of [the hot spot species’] very narrow geographic ranges."
Other experts warn that it’s not just the hot spots featured in the new study that face an imminent extinction risk.
"Many species are indeed struggling to hold on in locations all over the globe, not just in hot spots," said biologist Terry Root, of Stanford University’s Center for Environmental Science and Policy, who was not involved in the study.
"This is not some activity that will only be occurring ‘overseas.’ The likely extirpations and extinctions will also be occurring within a couple hundred miles of all of our back yards."