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A Third of the Nation’s Honeybee Colonies Died Last Year

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America’s beekeepers watched as a third of the country’s honeybee colonies were lost over the last year, part of a decade-long die-off experts said may threaten our food supply. The annual survey of roughly 5,000 beekeepers showed the 33% dip from April 2016 to April 2017. The decrease is small compared to the survey’s previous 10 years, when […]


Nuclear nightmare worse than Fukushima could hit US because of ignored risks

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The US has underestimated the risks to its nuclear safety as a single nuclear fuel fire could lead to fallout “much greater than Fukushima,” according to a new study. Researches slammed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for ignoring the potential danger. If spent fuel at one of the dozens of US nuclear sites sets alight, it […]


How Did We Get Here, and Why Is It So Hard to Fix?

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Activities that cause emissions are ubiquitous, diverse and deeply embedded in modern life. The world’s energy system is huge and long-lived. This makes emissions tough to deal with. This post is the first of two stepping back a little from the specific topics I usually cover to take a very high level look at why […]


High Levels of Cesium Radioactive Material Migrating Down into Soil Around Fukushima

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High levels of radioactive cesium remain in the soil near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and these radionuclides have migrated at least 5 centimeters down into the ground at several areas since the nuclear accident five years ago, according to preliminary results of a massive sampling project being presented at the JpGU-AGU joint meeting […]


Air Pollution is a serious problem for children

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The Problem Unhealthy levels of air pollution in many American cities are harming the health of residents, especially those who have asthma. Although clear air laws that regulate industrial smokestacks, car engines and other sources of pollution have resulted in cleaner air, primary sources of air pollution remain. Among the largest remaining sources of harmful […]


The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests

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The world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world’s largest tropical forest – the Amazon – increased 29 per cent from last year’s numbers. And some of the most precious ecosystems in […]


Fukushima, a land where few return

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IITATE, FUKUSHIMA PREF. – Some day when I have done what I set out to do, I’ll return home one of these days, where the mountains are green, my old country home, where the waters are clear, my old country home. — “Furusato,” Tatsuyuki Takano A cherry tree is blooming in the spring sunshine outside […]


Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Radiation Affected Everyone On Earth

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Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster had an impact on every single person on Earth, according to scientists. The meltdown hit everyone on the planet with a dose of radiation, but fortunately, not enough to have a real impact. The disaster dosed everyone on Earth with radiation equivalent to that of a single x-ray, according to […]


Limits to Economic Growth

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On April 3 in the Guardian there was an article about Christine Lagarde of the IMF concerned that the growth of productivity in many “developed countries” has been falling. There is a problem for the finance sector if growth falls away since additional income is needed for people to be able to service and repay […]


East River Oil Spill: ‘Catastrophic’ Con Ed Fail Spews 37,000 Gallons Of Transformer Oil

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Wondering what to make of that oily sheen coating an increasingly large surface of the East River? According to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Coast Guard, a “catastrophic transformer failure” at the Con Edison station along the Brooklyn coastline two full days ago (!), around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, caused 37,000 gallons of “dielectric fluid,” or […]


The Doomsday Glacier

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In the farthest reaches of Antarctica, a nightmare scenario of crumbling ice – and rapidly rising seas – could spell disaster for a warming planet. Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is so remote that only 28 human beings have ever set foot on it. Knut Christianson, a 33-year-old glaciologist at the University of Washington, has […]


We would need 1.7 Earths to make our consumption sustainable

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President Trump has acted on his campaign promises to reverse Obama’s environmental policies and proposed a budget that would significantly slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding in an effort to take federal responsibility out of environmental regulations. More recently, White House officials have met to discuss whether the United States should leave the Paris climate agreement. [Local programs […]


Change Agents

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  For at least the past 45 years, (from publication of the Club of Rome’s Limits To Growth), we have been watching a debate rage over the concept of sustainability. That word gets overused and misused so we need to be clear what we mean — the ability to maintain for an indefinite period of […]


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 […]


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It isn't going to be #PeakOil or #PeakCoal that kills the fossil fuel industry; it's #FreeWind and #FreeWater. And, #ClimatChange. twitter.com/jricole/status…

It isn't going to be #PeakOil or #PeakCoal that kills the fossil fuel industry; it's #FreeWind and #FreeWater. And, #ClimatChange. twitter.com/jricole/status…

#PeakOil demand is coming, despite naysayers: bit.ly/2qrZDiU Only question is how soon Alternative fuels will speed the process up