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Amplification Loops on Fault Lines

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“We have paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology — E.O. Wilson”     Last week I began untangling a string about how we as a species have evolved in the past two centuries into behaviors that run counter to our own survival. I described how modern public relations magicians had been able to capture […]


Limits to Growth: Where We Stand Today

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Sometime in the 1960’s a group of prominent businessmen in Europe decided it was time to face up to the contra di ction that l ies at the heart of mode rn capitalism: it is a system based on infinite growth in a world with finite limits to growth: in input (resources, including food), throughput (population), output (pollution), and a likely collapse if any […]


Flying insect numbers have plunged by 60% since 2004, GB survey finds

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The number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004, according to a survey that counted splats on car registration plates. The scientists behind the survey said the drop was “terrifying”, as life on Earth depends on insects. The results from many thousands of journeys by members of the public […]


Ocean animals face a mass extinction

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Not since an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs — along with at least half of all other beings on Earth — has life in the ocean been so at risk. Warming waters are cooking creatures in their own habitats. Many species are slowly suffocating as oxygen leaches out of the seas. Even populations that have […]


After 53 Earth Days, Society Still Hasn’t Collapsed

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Cassandra in Greek mythology was the Trojan priestess who was cursed to utter true prophecies but never to be believed. Ideological environmentalism features a cohort of reverse Cassandras: They make false prophecies that are widely believed. Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich in his 1968 classic, The Population Bomb, prophesied, “The battle to feed all of humanity is […]


‘Too many people, not enough food’ isn’t the cause of hunger

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Nearly one in three people in the world did not have access to enough food in 2020. That’s an increase of almost 320 million people in one year and it’s expected to get worse with rising food prices and the war trapping wheat, barley and corn in Ukraine and Russia. Climate change related floods, fires […]


What if We Blotted Out the Sun to Fight Global Warming?

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We like to think we cover the Big Stories around here, so today’s newsletter is leading with the one question on everyone’s mind: What is Tom Brady going to do in retirement? What can be done to stop or slow climate change? One of the great hopes is something called solar geoengineering, notes Clara Ferreira […]


The Unmanageable Futureby John Michael Greer

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Explorers into unknown territory face plenty of risks. One that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves is the possibility that they know less about the country ahead than they think. Inaccurate maps, jumbled records, travelers’ tales that got garbled in transmission or were made up in the first place:  all these and more have […]


Declining births: is civilisation going to crumble?

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The richest man in the world wants us to have more babies, said Sam Shead on CNBC. Speaking at a corporate event last week, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk lamented that too many “good, smart people” were worried about the global population growing out of control. The real problem, he insisted, was quite the […]


Why having more children will save the world

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He has a history of saying the unsayable; thinking the unthinkable; doing the undoable. But that is why we are all enthralled by Elon Musk – the entrepreneur-contrarian who has defied naysayers, short-sellers and tech-sceptics to buck trends and realise vast dreams, from clean cars to rocket ships. Now, though, he seems to have grasped […]


U.S. Is World’s Biggest Producer of Plastic Waste

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The United States is the world’s leader in the generation of plastic waste, nearly all from fossil fuels, and must develop a plan to curb its destructive impacts on the health of oceans and marine wildlife, concludes a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The first recommendation of the committee […]


‘Peak virgin plastics’ and climate change

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The concept of peak oil has been widely debated. Now we may start to talk about the idea of “peak virgin plastic.” The Ellen MacArthur Foundation put the idea out there this week, that at least among major consumer product companies and retailers and their packaging, they’ve peaked on their use of virgin plastic. Are […]


Capitalism is killing the planet

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There is a myth about human beings that withstands all evidence. It’s that we always put our survival first. This is true of other species. When confronted by an impending threat, such as winter, they invest great resources into avoiding or withstanding it: migrating or hibernating, for example. Humans are a different matter. When faced […]


‘Code red for humanity’

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As the COP26 climate change conference gets under way in Glasgow on Sunday, world leaders will likely have their last chance to curtail the deadliest consequences of human-induced planetary warming.Time is of the essence for unified global action as studies suggest as little as nine years remain before the most catastrophic effects of climate change […]


Massive oil spill off Orange County coast

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The final day of a popular air show in Huntington Beach has been canceled because of a massive oil spill off the Orange County coast. © Provided by The LA Times A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey banks over the Huntington Beach Pier during the Pacific Airshow on Friday. (Brian van der Brug / Los […]


Why and how they plan to kill seven billion

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<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Dr. Vernon Coleman explains why it is important to see the big picture rather than to concentrate on small issues, and why we are now all in the “killing fields”. He discusses Sustainable Development Goals, genocide, the various ways governments are killing people, and […]


A 1,000 Year Drought is Hitting the West

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The United States and many other parts of the world are reeling under the impacts of severe drought. One possible solution is the desalination of seawater, but is it a silver bullet? The Western United States is currently experiencing what one paleoclimatologist called “potentially the worst drought in 1,200 years.” The region has had many […]


IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’

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Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways, a major UN scientific report has said. The landmark study warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade. The report “is a code red for humanity”, says the UN chief. But […]


Welcome to the Climate Apocalypse. (It will get worse.)

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Maybe it was the unprecedented floods in Europe and China that did it. Perhaps it was the deathly heat dome in the Pacific Northwest, or the massive wildfires stretching across more than a million acres of the West. Or maybe it was closer to home — the record-hot June; the rain-soaked July; the smoke-tinged skies […]


India, China most vulnerable to joint risks of climate change, air pollution

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India and China are among the world’s top five countries that are most vulnerable to climate change and air pollution with the capacity to deal with the risks, a first of its kind research assessing the combined risks of air pollution and climate change, said on Thursday. The world’s two fastest developing economies with 2.5 […]


Oil and gas holds key to cleaner environment

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Mike Sommers promised straight talk to his audience in the heart of the nation’s energy exporting, refining and petrochemicals industry. Remotely addressing the Houston Economics Club on Wednesday, Sommers, president and chief executive officer of the American Petroleum Institute, offered what he called straight talk about the world’s energy needs as debate swirls around just […]


‘Ocean on fire’: Flames erupt in Gulf of Mexico after gas pipeline ruptures

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A fire on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico erupted after a gas leak from an underwater pipeline sparked a blaze, according to Mexico’s state-owned Pemex petrol company.


Everyone Wants to Sell the Last Barrel of Oil

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A final victory last week over the Keystone XL pipeline is a reminder that fighting particular fossil-fuel projects is a necessary strategy if the climate is to be saved. The defeat of Keystone XL doesn’t mean that Canada’s vast tar-sands project, which is generally regarded as the largest industrial project in the world, is over, […]


Why the Earth needs a course correction now

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The massive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on lives and economies underscores that our collective survival and well-being hinges on our willingness to confront environmental threats that have global consequences. Key to protecting lives and making communities more resilient to such threats will be an emphasis on proactive, science-based decision-making at all levels of society. […]


China Insists Taishan Nuclear Plant Radiation Levels Normal

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Beijing says the safety of its nuclear power plant in southern China is “guaranteed,” following alarming reports about a fission gas leak in recent weeks. Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, told reporters on Tuesday that the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong province met all technical requirements. “No abnormalities in radiation levels […]


U.N. declares decade of ecosystem restoration to ‘make peace with nature’

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The U.N. has declared the coming decade a time for ecosystem restoration, highlighting in a new report the importance of preventing, halting and reversing ecosystem degradation worldwide. It calls on the world to restore at least 1 billion hectares (2.5 billion acres) of degraded land in the next decade — an area larger than China […]


An Inconvenient Truth: EVs May Offer A “Negligible” CO2 Difference From ICE Vehicles

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Are the carbon footprints of EVs really as drastically lower than that of internal combustion engine vehicles? When considering the amount of carbon and CO2 created from assembling lithium ion batteries, one firm thinks the difference could be “negligible”. Such was the topic of a new blog post by natural resource investors Goehring & Rozencwajg (G&R), a “fundamental […]


Brazil on drought alert, faces worst dry spell in 91 years

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Brazil’s government agencies warned of droughts this week as the country faces its worst dry spell in 91 years, increasing fears of energy rationing, hitting hydroelectric power generation and agriculture while raising the risk of Amazon fires. Late on Thursday, the Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE), which is linked to Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry, […]


‘Time is running out’: Planet on course to hit a critical temperature limit soon

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The likelihood of the planet reaching a key temperature limit within the next five years has doubled, according to a study by climate scientists, with the world on track to witness the hottest year on record in that same time frame. “There is about a 40% chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching […]


Humans Are Quietly Going Extinct

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It’s not the hostage situation of climate change, racial equality, or police reform. It isn’t merely a new coronavirus or nuclear war. This overlooked research makes all of those issues meaningless. The end of human procreation is right around the bend with a target date of 2045 if human fertility continues its race to the […]


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