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Invasive Species

  • > 50,000 invasive animal, plant, and microbe species
    • Estimated annual cost = 5% of the world’s economy
    • Cost to U.S. economy = $120 billion
  • Second biggest threat to endangered animals after habitat loss

Invasive Species

  • Examples:
    • Rabbits and cane toads in Australia
    • Brown tree snakes in Guam
    • Pacific rats in Polynesia
    • Kudzu in the U.S.

Invasive Species

  • Examples:
    • Zebra mussels in U.S. (but have filtered pollution in Lake Erie and other waterways, promoting revival of aquatic plants, and feeds a growing population of smallmouth bass and lake sturgeon

Invasive Species

  • Examples:
    • Asian carp - threatening U.S. Great Lakes
    • Huanglongbing (“citrus greening”) – devastating Florida orange crops
    • Jellyfish (“cockroaches of the sea”)

Invasive Species

  • HOWEVER, many scientists find the term specious, recognize that most species were at one time “invasive”, and note certain benefits associated with “invasive species”, and find fault with studies estimating damaging effects on environment
  • Question corporate role in exacerbating threats, since invasive species fought with “chain saws, bulldozers, and poisons (e.g., pesticides).”

Worrisome Trends

  • Environmental Audit Laws
  • Increased federal pre-emption of state laws
  • WTO/World Bank/IMF Policies
  • MAI
  • Food Disparagement Laws
  • SLAPP Lawsuits

Trade Agreements, International Bodies Promote Corporate Interests

  • NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP anti-democratic, secretive
  • IMF, World Bank, and WTO structural adjustment programs exacerbate hunger in the developing world by forcing debtor nations to restructure their agricultural base toward export crops and away from nutritional foodstuffs for local consumption

Worrisome Trends

  • Corruption of judiciary by campaign contributions
  • Many federal judgeships remain vacant, as Senate refuses to confirm nominees

Bush Administration

  • Key administrators/committee members/regulators former industry representatives and/or lobbyists
  • Corporate profit before public good
  • Unsound/distorted/suppressed science
    • “Climategate”

Bush Administration

  • Eco-harassment
    • Criminalizing activists
  • Rollbacks of key environmental laws
  • Lax enforcement of existing laws
    • OMB estimates annual benefits of major federal regulations between 1996 and 2006 = $99 billion - $484 billion, annual costs = $40 billion - $46 billion

Bush Administration

  • American exceptionalism:
    • “The American lifestyle is non-negotiable”
  • Huge tax cuts primarily benefit wealthy

Obama Administration

  • Large industry influence
  • Very slow progress

Obama Administration

  • Overturns global gag rule
  • Some improvements in FDA, EPA
  • Withdrawal (partial) from Iraq
  • Failure to consider single payer health care
  • Supports genetically-modified crops
  • Appointees holdovers (philosophically and personally) from prior administrations
  • Trump - ecocidal

Status of Women in the Third World

  • Poverty
  • Impaired access to employment and education
  • Lack of reproductive health services, early childbearing, large families

Status of Women in the Third World

  • Political marginalization
  • Discriminatory and “cultural practices” -forced prostitution, female genital mutilation, etc.
  • Trafficking, sex slavery

Status of Women

  • Economic discrimination
    • women do 67% of the world’s work
    • receive 10% of global income
    • own 1% of all property
  • Poverty
    • Women make up 45% of the global employed workforce, yet are 70% of the world’s poor

Status of Women

  • Women in the U.S. working full-time make $0.77 - $0.81/$1.00 males
    • Those in unions have higher salaries, better benefits
    • Part-time salary balanced $1.04/$1.00
    • 60% of differential due to women’s choosing lower-paying and more portable careers in order to support a spouse or allow for more time to care for children or elders

Gender Pay Gap (US)

Education Worldwide

  • More education = longer life (for mother and her child)
  • Less education = worse health
  • Infant mortality rates vary by mother’s education
  • Parents’ education is linked with children’s health

Education Worldwide

  • Education increases health knowledge and healthy behaviors
  • Greater educational attainment leads to better employment opportunities and higher income, which are linked with better health

Public Education in Disarray

  • Inadequate funding, decaying infrastructure
  • National HS graduation rate 65-70%
    • No change from 1970s
    • Lower incomes youths 6X as likely to drop out
  • 25% of Americans functionally illiterate

Public Education in Disarray

  • College tuition costs rising; state funding decreasing
    • Increasingly marginalizes poor, minorities
    • 70% of students come from wealthiest ¼ of US families
    • 14% from the poorest half
      • But 39% of highest-achieving students from poorest half

Would You Sign a Petition to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide?

  • 1. It can cause excessive sweating and vomiting 2. It is a major component in acid rain 3. It can cause severe burns in its gaseous state 4. It can kill you if accidentally inhaled 5. It contributes to erosion 6. It decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes 7. It has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients


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