K-k-k-killah: The United Nations is calling smog, which can cause pneumonia and cancer, an “underestimated scourge,” saying air pollution kills more people per year worldwide than AIDS and malaria combined. (More bad news for people in Beijing). The solution? Brace yourself, this one’s a shocker: increase investment in renewable energy. Leave it to the UN to provide radical insight. But the organization’s data, originally compiled by the World Health Organization, are nothing to scoff at — indoor and outdoor pollution contribute to more than 6 million deaths annually.
There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Jeju Island, even though it’s a newly named “Wonder of Nature,” a UNESCO Global Geosite, and an incredible spiritual, culturally and ecologically unique land.
It’s also “cursed” with the geostrategic disadvantage of being just about the perfect place for the U.S. military to build an anti-ballistics missile defense base, to keep us safe from China.
Locals are protesting the construction, but they’re running out of time.
Read Robert Redford’s plea to save Jeju Island, and then visit SaveJejuIsland.org to help.