Today’s forecast for Whitewater calls for a day of thunderstorms with a high temperature of eighty-four degrees.
In the City of Whitewater, the Urban Forestry Commission meets this afternoon, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The agenda is available online. Later, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a meeting of Whitewater’s Common Council. The agenda is available online, also.
Over at Wired, there’s a video that shows how destructive shark finning — killing sharks for fins — has been. In Video: Shark-Finning Puts Species on Verge Extinction, Annaliza Savage describes the problem:
Shark-finning has increased over the past decade for a number of reasons, including increasing demand for shark-fin soup and traditional cures, improved fishing technology and improved market economics, according to the conservation group Shark Water.
Shark fins go for big money. A single dried fin can fetch up to $300.
A growing Asian middle class now has access to shark-fin soup, a dish once reserved for royalty. Cities like Shanghai have multistory shopping centers dedicated to fish and animal sales, which include bin after bin of shark fins.
Here’s an accompanying video: