Daily Bread for Whitewater, Wisconsin: 9-21-10

Good morning,

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:


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