Thursday, July 27, 2006
By evaluating the role of a species in an ecosystem such as its position within the network of species in the community/ecosystem and thus the stability that it provides to the community, we could evaluate the importance of that species. The loss of some species on the periphery of the food web might have a much lower impact than central species that are interconnected with large numbers of other species. This still makes it bloody hard to put a £ value on a species but at least they species could be ranked in order of importance within the ecosystem. Then again maybe not?
I think it is great that someone in the government, i.e. Margaret Beckett, is standing up to the US and lets hope that we continue to distance ourselves from the terrible US foreign policy. I think that we should publicly deny the US request for 2 further stopovers at Prestwick in the weeks to come. This would demonstrate that we are not their lap dog and that we do not support their foreign policy. Also, we would not be seen as hypocrites, helping Israel bomb Lebanon while sending humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Only 22% of Brits believe Israel has reacted proportionately to the kidnapping of soldiers..
64% of Canadians back Israel's unjuste war in Lebanon.
43% of web opinion think Israel's war on Lebanon is unjustified.
28% of British voters back Palestinians versus 14% supporting Israel
Israelis still overwhelmingly back the war, with 90 percent wanting it to go on until Hizbollah is driven from southern Lebanon
59% of Europeans interviewed describe Israel as the top threat to world peace ahead of North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran.
69% of Lebanese and 98% of Egyptians are against the United States policies and the country as a whole.
20 out of 23 countries think that Europe would do a better job than the US in world affairs.
66% of a French opinin poll was against the invasion of Iraq before the war started.