Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Global Warming Wednesday

Global Warming Kills Women, Causes STDs and Is Sexually Discriminatory says UN

Here are some of my favorite excerpts:

1. The negative fallout from climate change is having a devastatingly lopsided impact on women compared to men, from higher death rates during natural disasters to heavier household and care burdens.

In the 1991 cyclone disasters that killed 140,000 in Bangladesh, 90 percent of victims were reportedly women; in the 2004 Asian Tsunami, an estimated 70 to 80 percent of overall deaths were women.

And following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina in the United States, African-American women, who were the poorest population in some of the affected States in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, faced the greatest obstacles to survival, according to the New York-based Women’s Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO).

The 2007 Human Development Report, issued by the U.N. Development Programme, points out that women are particularly affected by climate change because they are the largest percentage – accounting for about 70 percent – of the poor population.

2. As[]resources become scarcer in the face of increasingly erratic rainfall, they must spend more time looking for and collecting them, further reducing the time they have available to engaging in economic activities, or attending school, she said.

3. In[]Uganda, the food crises associated with climate change have been linked to higher rates of early marriage for girls, as they are exchanged for dowry or bride price.

These “famine marriages” – as they are called – not only lead to girls dropping out of school, but also make them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections and related reproductive complications.

4. [Stefan Wallin, Finland’s minister of culture and sport,} said climate change does not affect women and men in the same way. “It has gender-differentiated impact,” he noted.

5. Moreover, serious attention must also be given to addressing the underlying gender inequalities that make women more vulnerable to the effects of climate change in the first place.

Warning, side effects of reading this blog can include: Nausea, vomiting, water weight-gain, lower back pain, receding hairline, eczema, seborrhea-psoriasis, itching, chafing, bloating, liver spots, blood clots, ringworm, excessive body odor, uneven tire wear, pyorrhea, gonorrhea, diarrhea, halitosis, scoliosis, loss of bladder control, hammertoe, the shanks, low sperm count, warped-floors, cluttered drawers, hunchback, heart attack, low resale value on your home, feline leukemia, athlete's foot, head-lice, clubfoot, M.S., M.D., V.D., fleas, anxiety, sleeplessness, drowsiness, poor gas mileage, tooth decay, split ends, parvo, warts, unibrow, lazy eye, fruit flies, chest pains, clogged drains, hemhorroids, dry heaving, and sexual dysfunction. (Side Effects courtesy of Jeff Foxworthy's Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered)

That warning made more sense than the article. Now a fictional pogrom is gender biased and spreading STDs? Brothers and sisters, remind me to not have unprotected sex with Global Warming, I might get the Bangkok Drippy Drippy from that skank.


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