Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot
Container City: Shipping containers, indispensable tool of the globalized consumer economy, reflect the skyline in Singapore, one of the world’s busiest ports.
There were reports of clashes between riot police and demonstrators, according to CNN, with the police firing tear gas and charging at protesters who threw stones. CNN said the police arrested many demonstrators, beating some.
The protesters, nearly 200,000 of them, filled Tahrir Square from Tuesday night into Wednesday. Observers said the crowds were the biggest since former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power last year.
Reuters reported that two of Egypt’s top courts also stopped work in protest of the decree.
State TV reported that judges from the high and lower courts of appeal said they would not return to work until Morsi rescinds his decree. The constitutional declaration places Morsi above oversight of any kind, including the courts, said the Associated Press. It also places the assembly writing the new constitution above judicial oversight.
Egypt’s Cabinet chief, Mohamed Refa’a al-Tahtawi, said there would be no retreating from the decree, according to CNN. He said Morsi would not back down, because his actions were motivated by democratic aims.
The BBC noted that the Egyptian state TV channels have been inconsistent in their coverage of the protests and decree, despite trying to shed the image of being tools of propaganda.
The two main state-owned channels have featured guests supporting and criticizing the decree, but the BBC said they have dedicated more time to those supporting the decree.
Meanwhile, a Muslim Brotherhood official said the assembly working on a new constitution could complete a final draft by Wednesday, which would then go to a popular referendum by mid-December, according to Reuters. If approved, the new constitution would cancel Morsi’s decree, which has fueled the protests.
The Brotherhood and other Islamists have called for a rally backing the president on Saturday.
Man Covering His Mouth: A shepherd by the Yellow River cannot stand the smell, Inner Mongolia, China
Angry Crowd: People jostle for food relief distribution following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
“Black Friday” Shoppers: Aggressive bargain hunters push through the front doors of the Boise Towne Square mall as they are opened at 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2007, Boise, Idaho, USA
Suburban Sprawl: aerial view of landscape outside Miami, Florida, shows 13 golf courses amongst track homes on the edge of the Everglades.
Toxic Landscape: Aerial view of the tar sands region, where mining operations and tailings ponds are so vast they can be seen from outer space; Alberta, Canada
Ice Waterfall: In both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, ice is retreating. Melting water on icecap, North East Land, Svalbard, Norway
Satellite Dishes: The rooftops of Aleppo, Syria, one of the world’s oldest cities, are covered with satellite dishes, linking residents to a globalized consumer culture.
Child Brides: Tahani, 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada, 8, and her husband in Hajjah, Yemen, July 26, 2010.
Megalopolis: Shanghai, China, a sprawling megacity of 24 Million
Big Hole: The Mir Mine in Russia is the world’s largest diamond mine.
Clear-cut: Industrial forestry degrading public lands, Willamette National Forest, Oregon
Computer Dump: Massive quantities of waste from obsolete computers and other electronics are typically shipped to the developing world for sorting and/or disposal. Photo from Accra, Ghana.
Oil Spill Fire: Aerial view of an oil fire following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Gulf of Mexico
Airplane Contrails: Globalized transportation networks, especially commercial aviation, are a major contributor of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Photo of contrails in the west London sky over the River Thames, London, England.
Fire: More frequent and more intense wildfires (such as this one in Colorado, USA) are another consequence of a warming planet.
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