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1% of the world’s population is responsible for the most carbon emissions

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The richest 1% of the world’s population was responsible for emissions of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new research published by the Guardian. Carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 60% over a period of 25 years, but the increase in […]


What went right this week: Lego’s plastic pledge, peak oil and more positive news

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Children inspired Lego to axe plastic packaging, BP predicted we had reached peak oil and green hydrogen was given a boost, plus other positive news Lego pledged to ditch plastic packaging A slew of letters from children concerned about plastic pollution has prompted Lego to pledge to switch to cardboard packaging for its products from […]


The Raw Materials Challenge of the Green Energy Transition

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My friend Simon Michaux has been burning the midnight candle, doing some amazing research. THIS could be the most important video on why complex civilization will NOT see a green energy transition you’re ever likely to see. share widely…..  


Matthew Yglesias Thinks There Should Be ‘One Billion Americans’

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There will never be one billion Americans. Matthew Yglesias, the author of “One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger,” thinks it would be great if America were that populous. He also admits that there’s no real political constituency for such a policy. Conservatives think the country is already full, he notes, while liberals tend […]


Humans exploiting and destroying nature on unprecedented scale

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Animal populations have plunged an average of 68% since 1970, as humanity pushes the planet’s life support systems to the edge Mass soybean harvesting in Campo Verde, Brazil. Intensive agricultures has contributed to the collapse of some animal populations. Photograph: Alffoto/WWF Wildlife populations are in freefall around the world, driven by human overconsumption, population growth […]


How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled

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Note: An audio version of this story aired on NPR’s Planet Money. Listen to the episode here. Laura Leebrick, a manager at Rogue Disposal & Recycling in southern Oregon, is standing on the end of its landfill watching an avalanche of plastic trash pour out of a semitrailer: containers, bags, packaging, strawberry containers, yogurt cups. […]


As much as half of the world’s water supply is being stolen

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Global water supplies are under stress from rising populations. Agriculture is mainly to blame for illegal water abstraction. Climate change is adding to the number of water crises across the globe. As much as half the world’s water supply is being stolen, with agriculture responsible for much of that, according to a new study. Writing […]


Elon Musk forecasts grim future of human race

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s grim forecast of humanity suggests that a “population bomb” would lead to a worldwide collapse in humans in the coming decades and everybody would start to see the evident effects by 2050. Musk’s prediction was triggered by a tweet from a page called World of Engineering that said: “1950 (historical) world […]


The US is in a water crisis far worse than most people imagine

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When I was a little girl, my father would sing songs to me all the time about water. Sometimes, we would be playing down at the creeks and he would make up little tunes: “See that lovely water, trickling down the stream, don’t take it for granted, someday it might not be seen.” My dad […]


The End of Oil Is Near

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THIS PAST SPRING, coastlines around the globe took on the feel of an enemy invasion as hundreds of massive oil tankers overwhelmed seaports from South Africa to Singapore. Locals and industry analysts alike used the word armada—typically applied to fleets of warships—to describe scenes such as when a group of tankers left Saudi Arabia en […]


How much growth is enough for human need?

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Seven Olympic-sized swimming pools. That’s what the water from the melting ice sheet in Greenland last year would have filled every second. In absolute terms the Greenland ice sheet shrank by 532 billion tons in 2019, equivalent to a million tons per minute. Scientists led by Ingo Sasgen, of the Alfred Wagener Institute in Bremerhaven, […]


Amid COVID-19, Americans don’t care about climate change anymore

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Battered by pandemic and economic collapse, do Americans have the capacity to care about the environment? Not so much, judging by a national poll we just conducted. We asked a panel of U.S. adults a series of questions about today’s most crucial issues, environmental policy options, and their own behavior. In all three categories, I […]


Extractivism

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One could simply define extractivism as a productive process where natural resources are removed from the land or the underground and then put up for sale as commodities on the global market. But defining extractivism is not really this easy. Extractivism is related to existing geopolitical, economic and social relations produced throughout history. It is […]


Are children going out of fashion?

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When footballer Mesut Özil married model Amine Gülse last year, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan served as a witness at the ceremony. In his speech, Erdogan asked the couple to have at least four children. Why? More than 200 years ago, the Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus hypothesised that when population grows exponentially, it rapidly outpaces our capacity […]


Richard Heinberg: Avalanche

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How bad could it get? For the United States, it seems there is no bottom. Back in March, I wrote that the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic would likely shape its economic, political, and geopolitical fortunes for years or decades to come. Four months later, it’s time for a check-in. How’s that pandemic response going? Not […]


Fears devastating fungus could starve world’s population to death in global famine

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A little-known yet devastating fungus could starve the world’s population to death if it spreads far enough, scientists fear. Stem rust, caused by the Puccinia graminis fungus, is considered a serious disease that affects cereal crops such as bread wheat, durum wheat and barley. It has been blamed for crop failures and devastating famine in […]


Fewer people, or less consumption?

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It’s one of the great ironies of 2020 that in a year spent trying to save so many people, we’ve come to the conclusion we have too many on the planet. That was the gist of a large number of emails (our inbox was certainly overpopulated) that Upside readers sent in on the subject of […]


The Arc Of Our Future

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In last week’s open post, I noted that I didn’t have anything in particular planned for this fifth Wednesday of the month, and asked my readers what they wanted to hear about. Quite a few subjects got brought up for discussion—among others, the novels of Hermann Hesse, Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity, and the metaphysics […]


Fighting Overpopulation: Ten methods to exterminate most of humankind

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  First of all, a disclaimer: I am not advocating the extermination of anyone! This post is just an attempt of mine to place myself in the boots of the bad guys who could think of doing such a thing and examine how they could do it. Could these scenarios occur for real? I don’t […]


Heinberg: Doom or denial: Is there another path?

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I was recently asked to comment on a dustup between some members of Extinction Rebellion (see Thomas Nicholas, Galen Hall, and Colleen Schmidt, “The Faulty Science, Doomism, and Flawed Conclusions of Deep Adaptation”) and Jem Bendell, founder of Deep Adaptation (see his “Letter to Deep Adaptation Advocate Volunteers about Misrepresentations of the Agenda and Movement”). […]


So It Turns Out ‘Overpopulation’ Was Always A Stupid Patriarchal Myth

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A new study published in the Lancet confirms what people like myself have been saying over and over again for years: that the human population is unlikely to get much bigger than it is right now, and will in fact begin declining in the latter half of this century as more and more women obtain […]


If you can’t stand the heat…get off of the planet!

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As I sit in 90-degree heat typical of Washington, D.C. in midsummer and a so-called “heat dome” hovers over much of the United States, I am reading the following: At 11 or 12 degrees [Fahrenheit] of [global] warming, more than half the world’s population, as distributed today, would die of direct heat. Things almost certainly […]


Researchers Warn Of “Jaw Dropping” Crash In Global Fertility Rate

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Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation have warned that the planet is not prepared for an ongoing global population crash, and that the impact will be “jaw dropping”. The BBC reports that the research, published in the Lancet highlights that the global fertility rate almost halved to 2.4 in 2017, and projections […]


We need a new way of seeing the world

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Long-term predictive models don’t have a very good record, but some turned out to be prophetic. One case is that of Hubbert’s 1956 prediction of a peak in the production of fossil energy shortly after the start of the 21st century. He was optimistic about the possibility of replacing fossil fuels with nuclear energy, but, […]


The free market: Our secret weapon for protecting the environment

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Free markets are our secret weapon against environmental challenges. This is not something we hear very often. We are more likely to hear the opposite, as when Greta Thunberg lectures us about “fairy tales of eternal economic growth” and David Attenborough remarks, “Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth in a finite environment […]


China reports case of bubonic plague

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While China appears to have reduced coronavirus cases to near zero, other infectious threats remain, with local health authorities announcing a suspected bubonic plague case in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Authorities in the Bayannur district raised the plague warning on Sunday, ordered residents not to hunt wild animals such as marmots and to send […]


An Archdruid’s Tales by John Michael Greer

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John Michael Greer is a longtime scholar of civilizational decline, and he’s noticed that when most people try to make sense of our current civilization’s inevitable fall, they succumb to an odd fallacy. A fair number of those who accept the impermanence of modern industrial society somehow seem to expect its demise to be abrupt […]


On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare

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The author in Maranhão, Brazil, 1995 On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem. I may seem like a strange person […]


Why Oil Didn’t Save the Whales – and Why it Matters

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A widely aired talking point among those who believe that new technological developments are the key to solving our environmental problems is that “oil saved the whales”. In this view, the emergence of petroleum products in the mid-19th century undercut the price of whale oil, prompting the decline of the whaling industry and thus reprieve for […]


Earth’s Rapidly Degrading Soil Is Bad News For Human Health

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“If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy,” says soil advocate, Holly Arbuckle… “In order to have nutrient dense food, [and healthy people] we need healthy soil.” Given that 95 per cent of per capita calorie consumption worldwide comes from crops that grow directly in the soil or from food sources that indirectly rely on it, the […]


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