Sunday, June 2, 2019

#153 / I Didn't Want To Have To Phone In The News

The cartoon at the head of today's blog posting comes from the May 20, 2019, edition of The New Yorker. In that same issue, as the very first item in "The Talk of the Town" section, the editors have published a commentary by Elizabeth Kolbert. The magazine titled Kolbert's contribution: "Last Chances." Kolbert begins her commentary by noting that the very first documented extinction of 2019 occurred on New Years's Day, with the death of a Hawaiian tree snail named George.

Mainly, Kolbert comments on a recent report issued by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, a group which she affectionally calls, "I.P.B.E.S."

Here is a telling statement from the report, which Kolbert quotes: 

"Nature is essential for human existence."

Hey, this may be a real revelation to some of you! Please pay attention to this news flash! I didn't want to just phone this in!

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