SOURCE: CounterPunch

DATE: January 3, 2020

The ultimate Faster Than Expected (or perhaps Worse Than You Can Possibly Imagine) list to sum up the awfulness of 2019. READ IT!

A sampler:

+ There are fewer North Atlantic Right Whales left in the world than sitting members of Congress. They may well go extinct in our lifetimes.

+ The Arctic is now warming so quickly that 14,000 tons of melted ice is gushing into the oceans every second.

+ At least 305 wolves were killed in Montana in 2017-18, nearly 36% of the entire population. Now a pair of bills offering bounties to encourage people to kill even more wolves.

+ In 2018, USDA’s Wildlife “Services,” mercenaries for Big Ag, killed 22,000 beavers, 515,000 red-winged black birds, 19,000 mourning doves, 17,000 black tailed prairie dogs, 552 great blue herons, 357 wolves, scores of owls and much more.

+ At least 500,000 Texans live in communities with contaminated ground water.

+ 45 million gallons: the amount of water Nestle takes each from the San Bernardino National Forest.

+ $0: the amount of money Nestle pays for taking 45 million gallons of water each year from the San Bernardino National Forest.

+ By 2070, Joshua Tree National Park won’t have any Joshua trees and Glacier National Park won’t have any glaciers. But there’ll still be cannonballs and headstones at Gettysburg–if they don’t build condos over them

+ The loss of the reflective cover provided by Arctic Sea will accelerate the pace of global warming by at least 25 years: “Losing the remaining Arctic sea ice and its ability to reflect incoming solar energy back to space would be equivalent to adding one trillion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, on top of the 2.4 trillion tons emitted since the Industrial Age.”

+ Key West shatters record with 232 straight days with temps of 80 and above…

+ The Brazilian Cerrado loses an area the size of London in vegetative cover every three months…

+ A rhino is killed every 10 hours in Africa.

and much much more.

READ IT and weep.