Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dolphin News

Some good news and some bad news.

First of all, it's good to see this guy is useful for something other than cleaning out gutters.

The world's tallest man has saved two dolphins by using his long arms to reach into their stomachs and pull out dangerous plastic shards.

But, also in China, on the Yangtze River:

Rare White Dolphin Declared As Extinct

The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is probably a factor in this dolphin's demise, along with the heavy human traffic on the river. Damn shame, but inevitable.

That Three Gorges Dam is an environmental disaster happening as we speak. Over four thousand years of history will be lost when the valley starts filling up. Originally planned to deliver power to 10% of China's population, it now will most likely only supply to 3%. A 3% of over a billion is nothing. Is it really worth it?

My grandparents were lucky enough to visit the area some 20 years ago. I only wish I could.

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