Russians opt for private enrichment

After a summer of drought which forced Russians to suspend export of grains and after deadly fires that ravaged their capital — both of which can be traced to climate degradation associated with private exploitation of oil and mankind’s refusal to address the consequences, Russia has decided that it has still not had its fill of trading the public weal for private profit. So in this International Year of Biodiversity, Moscow’s arbitration court rejected an appeal by the Pavlovsk Experiment Station and thereby gives its blessing to the government’s decision to allow private interests to destroy one of the monuments to disinterested foresight. You can read the background here. You can read the AAAS’s account of the result of the court proceeding here. There really isn’t more to say, except:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
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