Climate change debate needs to expand

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Finally, near the end of the 2012 Presidential campaign, the issue of climate change was discussed in the media. Hurricane Sandy forced it into the news cycle, along with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement of President Obama.

I have to once again note that we need more discussion about the causes. The debate too often is consumed by temperature. We are polluting the atmosphere and no one should support polluting the air we put into our lungs or the protective layers that serve as our planet’s lungs – so to speak.

The political phrase is – ‘It’s the economy stupid.’ And we can add to that now – ‘It’s the pollution, stupid.’ We’ve got to raise the threat level on the chart for pollution – for our air, land and water. We’ve got to get more serious about reducing pollution – period.

The climate-change deniers love debating the temperature. They’re on the wrong side, but it doesn’t seem to matter to them. But pollution is not up for debate. It’s happening and if you put it in their backyard, the very people who deny climate change will scream at the top of their chemical-damaged lungs about their backyards.

It’s the pollution, stupid.

3,000 greyhounds killed each year in New South Wales

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The greyhound racing industry in Australia is getting slammed again, on the heels of the admission that 3,000 racing dogs are killed each year in New South Wales alone.

An ABC News article includes the following: “” Animal Welfare League chief executive Tim Vasudeva says often a trainer will have a greyhound put down if it is not making enough money. “” (This, of course, has been a common practice for greyhound racing everywhere.)

In response, Brent Hogan of Greyhound Racing NSW is quoted as saying – “We understand that community attitudes have moved on from where they were 10 and 20 years ago and as a sport we need to reflect those community attitudes.”

So it took a change in “community attitudes” for you to even think about being more compassionate and humane? Most people – especially in 2012 where we have a long history of these issues being reported – could have developed an opinion about the cruelty of racing long ago.