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How to talk about climate change at a party

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Her: Ugo, did you hear what Trump is doing? He wants to destroy the climate data! Me: I heard something about that. Her. But it is awful! How can they allow him to do that? Destroying the work of the climate scientists! Me. You know this joke about Trump? The one that goes, “What happens […]


Climate Change As Genocide, By Michael Klare

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Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries—Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan—as well as in Yemen […]


See TOMORROW Today

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On Sunday April 16th Cyril Dion, the inspired filmmaker of TOMORROW joined us at our local theater in Sebastopol, California. It was Easter evening and still we had an impassioned turnout (about 130 people) who came out to see TOMORROW then stayed for a very engaging Q&A with the very engaging director.  Cyril was joined […]


‘Drawdown’ and global warming’s hopeful new math

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This week marks the publication of an ambitious new book with the audacious goal of showing how to reverse the warming of the planet through a myriad of innovations, many of them led by business for profit. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin Books), was edited by the author […]


Oil well leaking out of control on Arctic Alaska North Slope

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By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post A BP oil and gas production well in Alaska’s North Slope blew out Friday morning, and on Saturday afternoon, the well was still not under control as responders fought subfreezing temperatures and winds gusting up to 38 mph. Efforts to get the well under control were also being hampered […]


Make our soil great again

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Most of us don’t think much about soil, let alone its health. But as Earth Day approaches, it’s time to recommend some skin care for Mother Nature. Restoring soil fertility is one of humanity’s best options for making progress on three daunting challenges: Feeding everyone, weathering climate change and conserving biodiversity. Widespread mechanization and adoption […]


Did You Know that the Oceans Have It All?

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Perhaps you are not aware enough of the fact the oceans have it all! What is “all”? Well, oceans have from microscopic life to the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth, from the colourless to the shimmering, from the frozen to the boiling and from the sunlit to the mysterious dark of the […]


Exiting The Anthropocene

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The beginning of the Anthropocene, the period when humanity became the predominant driver of changes in the Earth Systems, has been open to debate. Some argue for the period of the post-WW2 Great Acceleration, others for the beginning of industrialization, and some would perhaps go back as far as the European conquest and colonization of […]


Return to Fukushima: Eerie pictures show nuclear disaster aftermath

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Return to Fukushima: Eerie pictures show the abandoned streets and buildings six years after 100,000 fled Japanese nuclear disaster zone By Dave Burke For Mailonline © Rebecca Bathroy The fascinating images were taken in the red zone, which was the scene of a mass exodus in March 2011 For years the streets of Fukushima have […]


Our Cataclysmic Planet

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How mass extinctions inform our understanding of human-caused climate change If you could have been there, somewhere in Siberia at the end of the Paleozoic Era nearly 252 million years ago, you would have witnessed an apocalyptic horror that rarely visits our planet.Also, I mean, you would have been doomed. Almost certainly. It was a […]


The Cool Lab

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“Is it possible that technology no more complicated than an Easy Bake Oven — one that pays for itself — can reverse climate change?“ Permaculturally, the first stage of any design is protracted observation. What does a biological system have in over-abundance? What is scarce? How will it restore balance? What are the obstacles? Let […]


The Externality of Avoiding Fossil Fuels

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Capital-intensive clean energy technology is not well suited to developing world growth. Reduced growth rates in poor countries have indirect costs in terms of slower gains in life expectancy and well-being. Large costs were calculated in a hypothetical scenario where coal power plant growth is replaced by nuclear or solar PV; Nuclear replaces coal: $312/ton CO2 […]


Environmentalists need to “end the charade” against oil sands

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According to the Canada West Foundation, keeping the oil sands in the ground and stopping new pipelines “will actually increase greenhouse gas emissions” – wait, what? At an energy conference deep in American oil country earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received an award for his global energy and environmental leadership. “No country would […]


The Dark Legacy of China’s Drive for Global Resources

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As China pursues a startling array of energy, mining, logging, agricultural, and infrastructure projects on virtually every continent, it is having an unprecedented environmental impact on the planet. For the past 35 years, I’ve worked as an ecologist in the Amazon, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region on an array of environmental issues, mostly revolving around […]


Fukushima nuke radiation POISONING world’s water

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Salmon caught in the Pacific Ocean, which are imported for sale as a luxury product in UK shops, were found to contain worrying amounts of radiation. Highly toxic Cesium-134, the nuclear fallout from Fukushima, was recently found in Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach, in the US state of Oregon. The terrifying discovery was reported by […]


How Do We Know That Humans Are Causing Climate Change? These Nine Lines of Evidence

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While most Americans acknowledge that climate change is happening, some are still unsure about the causes. They are often labeled “climate skeptics,” but that label can cause confusion or even anger. Isn’t the nature of science to be skeptical? Isn’t it good to question everything? Yes, but — Here’s what is getting lost in the […]


Does the World Have a Carrying Capacity?

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A carrying capacity has been described as the number of organisms a region can support before environmental degradation begins to occur. Our activities at present will determine the future of the coming generations on Earth. The world’s carrying capacity is a theory which states that the world has equilibrium in the biosphere it can sustain […]


Radiation Levels Cause Robot Failures To Mount At Power Plant

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This was the latest in the spate of robot failures in the process of decommissioning the plant. Last month, a Toshiba “scorpion” robot, built to tolerate up to 1,000 sieverts of radiation, was unable to withstand the high levels of nuclear toxicity in nuclear reactor No. 2. There have been a number of other instances, causing […]


Beware of killer water

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Although water has remained with mankind for ages, the quantity and quality is  a matter of concern to many.   The question on the lips of people, particularly in Nigeria where meeting water needs has  remained a mirage, is how safe is the little available.  Nigerians are said to be surrounded by water yet they find it  […]


Fukushima Is A Nuclear Radiation Nightmare

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It’s been an uphill battle for the coastal prefecture of Fukushima, Japan, since an earthquake and tsunami devastated the region in 2011, causing a nuclear disaster at its power plant. Six years later, workers are still battling to decommission the plant, where radiation is deadly. Officials expect the cleaning won’t be finished for decades. “This […]


Six Years After Fukushima, Much of Japan Has Lost Faith in Nuclear Power

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  The Japanese government should consider a fundamental change in its current nuclear energy policy if it wants to recover the public’s trust in nuclear power, writes Tatsujiro Suzuki, Director of the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition at Nagasaki University. According to Suzuki, staying on the current path will undermine Japan’s economic and political […]


Asia’s Water Politics Near the Boiling Point

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In Asia, it likely will not be straightforward water wars. Prolonged water scarcity might lead to security situations that are more nuanced, giving rise to a complex set of cascading but unpredictable consequences, with communities and nations reacting in ways that we have not seen in the past because climate change will alter the reliability […]


We need to protect the world’s soil before it’s too late

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The following is an excerpt from The Ground Beneath Us by Paul Bogard. It’s hard to believe that American society could possibly collapse because of a lack of soil. And it’s true that we in the States are blessed to live in a country so rich in this life-giving source. But in a small world […]


Deadly nuclear radiation levels detected in Fukushima

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Extremely high radiation levels were detected using cameras and robots in tainted water inside a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Japan Times reported Tuesday, citing Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. (Tepco). The latest readings, taken six years after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, showed 11 sieverts per hour, according […]


Robot Successfully Reports Killer Radiation Levels Inside Fukushima Reactor

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Tokyo Electric on Sunday confirmed lethally high radiation levels inside the primary containment vessel (PCV) of the heavily damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. A magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 resulted in the meltdown of three of Fukushima’s six reactors. The disaster in Japan left around 19,000 people dead and more than 100,000 homeless. In the largest […]


Oleo sponge invented at Argonne National Laboratory can sop up oil in a spill

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A group of researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory have developed a sponge that will collect oil from bodies of water, which could improve how harbors and ports are cleaned, as well as how oil spills are managed. The Oleo Sponge is made of a polyurethane foam whose interior surfaces are covered with oleophilic molecules […]


California Has Some Of The World’s Dirtiest Oil

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California is home to some of the world’s dirtiest oil, according to a study from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington, D.C., based think tank. The report looked at the entire life cycle of oil, from production to end use, and found some oils emit as much or more greenhouse gases as Canada’s […]


Hans Rosling, population prophet: Five final thoughts

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Hans Rosling, the Swedish professor who made global health statistics compelling viewing, died from cancer in February. Co-founder of Gapminder.org, which continues his work, he was enthusiastically trying to change old-fashioned notions of the world even as his illness took hold. In his final BBC interview – for the BBC World Service series Economic Tectonics […]


Overpopulation: the life and death of a meme

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The real problem with overpopulation seems to have to do with the fact that the human information dissemination and processing system (the “Cybersphere”) is unable to deal with long-range planning. A single human brain is larger than a walnut, but that makes no difference. The system reacts to new information but doesn’t really process it. […]


‘We’re going to be okay’: Humans not destined for extinction

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Between melting ice caps, water scarcity. and a warming climate, the future of humanity can sometimes look grim. Scientists have long warned of a mass human extinction event and many believe that things have taken a turn for the worst. The iconic doomsday clock currently sits at  2½ minutes to midnight (the closest its been since the beginning of the Cold […]


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