Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Good news on global warming--UPDATED MAY 10



A lot of people have been worried about global warming, and we can see why by looking at this graph. It's obvious that as the number of pirates in the world has been going down, the average global temperature has been going up.

Now people who are concerned about global warming can take heart. You may have seen this story: US, France Push UN to Tackle Pirates. It was precipitated by a recent incident in which pirates off the coast of Somalia, a country with no navy, and essentially no government, had taken over a fishing boat. Fortunately the incident was resolved nonviolently, but there is an important point here:

According to a report from the International Maritime Bureau, piracy is on the rise, with seafarers suffering 49 attacks between January and March - up 20 percent from the period last year.

Pirates boarded 36 vessels and hijacked one, the report said. Seven crew members were taken hostage, six were kidnapped, three were killed and one went missing. Most of the attackers were heavily armed with guns or knives, the report said.

Nigeria ranked as the No. 1 trouble spot. India and the Gulf of Aden tied for second, with each reporting five incidents. Nearly two dozen piracy incidents were recorded off the coast of Somalia since January 2007, according to Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya-based Seafarers Assistance Program.


That's right--piracy is on the rise! And you know what that means: polar bears, narwhals, and people living in coastal areas can breathe a sigh of relief.

If the pirates are back, don't we all feel a little safer?

UPDATE--

At least one guy is trying to do what he can:


Man refuses to take down pirate flag

ASHTEAD, England, May 6 (UPI) -- A suburban London man said he will not take down a pirate flag he erected for his daughter's birthday party, despite threats of legal action.

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