February 26, 2004

A Big Hole in One - -

[Sabbatical Break]

I couldn't resist . . . I got an email from Worldwatch this morning. I'm posting the following in its entirety. I'm probably in violation of Fair Use laws, but I don't think they'll mind.

Number of photos in the January/ February issue of Coastal Living that showed coastal wildlife (seabirds, crustaceans, turtles, or other fauna) 1
Number of photos in the same issue showing golf courses 61

Amount of water it would take, per day, to support 4.7 billion people at the UN daily minimum 2.5 billion gallons
Amount of water used, per day, to irrigate the world’s golf courses 2.5 billion gallons

Number of golf courses in Japan before World War I 23
Number in operation or soon to open in 2004 3,030

Average amount of pesticides used per acre, per year, on golf courses 18 pounds
Average amount of pesticides used, per acre, per year, in agriculture 2.7 pounds

Amount of water used by 60,000 villagers in Thailand, on average, per day 6,500 cubic meters
Amount of water used by one golf course in Thailand, on average, per day 6,500 cubic meters

Current area of the wetlands of the Colorado River Delta, which now receives just 0.1 percent of the river water that once flowed through it 150,000 acres
Area that could be covered to a depth of 2 feet with waterdrawn from the Colorado River by the city of Las Vegas, which uses much of that allotment to water its more than 60 golf courses 150,000 acres

[I'm "officially" on sabbatical until Monday, 3/1 - so posts will be sparse. To stay informed. I recommend The Agonist, truthout, Information Clearing House, and War in Iraq for news; Axis of Logic, Dissident Voice, Democratic Underground, and Left End of the Dial for commentary. There are links to all these sites on the sidebar.]

Be at peace.