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Quarter of the World’s Population Facing Extremely High Water Stress

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Data compiled by the WRI’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas has revealed that 17 countries representing one quarter of the world’s population are facing “extremely high” water stress, with most located in the Middle East and North Africa. A new generation of solutions is emerging, but nowhere near fast enough. Failure to act will be massively […]


Nuclear-powered Cruise Missile Likely Source of Russian Explosion

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Last Thursday, an eruption at a missile test site on Russia’s Arctic coast released radiation and killed at least seven people, including five nuclear workers. Authorities took days to admit what happened, first spreading disinformation to the public before conceding that there was some kind of malfunction with a nuclear reactor. It appears that the […]


‘Unprecedented’ fires spread through the Arctic

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Wildfires are spreading through parts of the Arctic, including Siberia, Alaska, Greenland and Canada at “unprecedented levels,” according to wildfire expert Mark Parrington from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service. According to BBC, the increasing number of wildfires affects air quality as well as conditions on the ground. Fires release toxic pollutants and gases into the […]


Warnings Grow of Threats to Food and Water Supplies

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Separate reports released this week that warn of looming food and water supply crises are the latest calls for countries to act with greater urgency in the face of climate change and the exploitation of natural resources. The planet’s ability to feed humanity is being threatened by the increasing use of land and water resources, […]


Putin covering up nuclear disaster?

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Putin’s top secret war missile ‘may have exploded during tests’ in Nyonoska Radiation levels higher in city 18 miles from military accident, causing civil panic Iodine tablets sold out at pharmacies after hospitals advised their consumption   Zircon hypersonic missile capable of hitting US target cities in five minutes Reports claim six casualties had suffered from […]


Water scarcity is inevitable, up to 270 million people at risk

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Even if the world reduces its population to seven billion by 2100, reduces inequalities, carries out effective land-use regulation, limits intensive consumption of resources and adopts environmentally-friendly technologies and lifestyles, the planet will still face water scarcity. That is the conclusion reached in the final draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report […]


Global Waste Limit Surpassed for 2019

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – This is Earth Overshoot Day, the day of the year that environmental activists say humanity has used up more natural resources than the planet can replenish each year. The ecological deficit can be blamed on pollution of the air and water, over fishing, deforestation, excess waste, and above all, overloading the atmosphere […]


I Chose Not To Have Kids Because I’m Afraid For The Planet

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When I first made the decision not to have a baby, in 2008, I did it because I couldn’t imagine bringing another human into a world already so overheated and overcrowded. I didn’t know anyone like me at the time. But in the intervening decade, the world’s climate change problem has escalated to a crisis, […]


world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050

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A new UN report estimates the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050… up two billion from today. The report says half of the world’s population will be concentrated in just nine countries – one of which is the Democratic Republic of Congo. The growth forecast comes amid a humanitarian crisis and an Ebola […]


New Finnish Study Finds No Evidence For Man-Made Climate Change

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A new study by researchers at Turku University in Finland found that the human contribution to a rise of 0.1°C in global temperatures over the last century is just 0.01°C. The paper, titled ‘No experimental evidence for the significant anthropogenic climate change’ was published by Jyrki Kauppinen and Pekka Malmi. The study found that, “During […]


The Human Predicament

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We face a “perfect storm” of interacting global stressors. Is resilience a possible response? What does real resilience look like? Join some of the foremost thinkers in a discussion on resilience and civilizational collapse.


There’s A 50% Chance Humans Die-Off Within 760 Years

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The author of “The Doomsday Calculation” estimates that there is a 50 percent chance the human race will die off within the next 760 years. In the book, author William Poundstone applies the mathematical approach of Princeton University astrophysicist J. Richard Gott III to estimate when humans will officially die off. According to The Daily Mail, this mathematical method […]


The Poisons Released by Melting Arctic Ice

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In 2012, Sue Natali arrived in Duvanny Yar, Siberia, for the first time. Then a postdoctoral research fellow studying the effects of thawing permafrost due to climate change, she had seen photos of this site many times. Rapid thawing at Duvanny Yar had caused a massive ground collapse – a “mega slump” – like a […]


A Surprising Idea About the Risks of Extinction

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Isle Royale is 200 square miles of land in the watery expanse of Lake Superior. One cold winter 70 years ago, wolves came over an ice bridge and settled into a largely isolated island existence. Unfortunately, island life has not been good for them. By 2016, the number of wolves on Isle Royale declined from […]


Planetary salvation; science or by committee?

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The proverb goes a camel is a horse designed by a committee. The analogy is group decision making leads to ineffectiveness due to the incorporation of too many conflicting opinions into a single project through compromise. As noted a few days ago by the BBC, UN delegates, after two weeks of talks in Bonn, Germany, […]


“Climate Apartheid” Is Imminent. Only the Rich Will Survive.

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If our global climate change catastrophe continues unchecked, vast swaths of the world will likely become harsher and far less hospitable for humanity. When that happens, an even greater rift will appear between the global haves and have-nots, as many people will be left without the means to escape the worst effects of the climate […]


Global Population Could Peak Sooner Than We Think

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Since the days of Thomas Malthus, we’ve worried that overpopulation is about to overwhelm our planet. Those fears haven’t gone away. A further two billion people will be added to the current world population of 7.7 billion by 2050, the United Nations Population Division said in a report this week. Numbers will still be rising […]


Elon Musk forecasts grim future of human race

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San Francisco, June 22 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 […]


In The Face of Climate Collapse, We Need The Wisdom Of Elders

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I am steadily on the lookout for leveraging forces that can lift us out of heavy stuck loops, onto new ground. Often these are less obvious elements. One that has been underestimated is the presence of “elders,” whose presence calls us back to a bedrock sense of self and right relationship to the Earth. We […]


The UN revises down its population forecasts

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THE UNITED NATIONS is the world’s most important watcher of human tides. Its demographers have a good record of predicting global population change, although they have made mistakes about individual countries. So it is worth paying attention when the UN revises its figures, as it does every few years. The latest bulletin is especially surprising. […]


The Dangers of Overpopulation

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In the 20th century alone, the human population soared from 2.5 billion to 6.1 billion, an increase spurned by advances during the industrial revolution. In that time, we have developed an immense need for resources, including food, water, raw materials, and energy. Now, we are closing in on a global population of eight billion people. […]


Farewell to the Fishes

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“Ninety percent of the world’s marine fish stocks are now fully exploited, overexploited or depleted.“ Jianping Fish Market, photo by author And scales full of the sunset Twitch on the rocks, no more to wander at will The wild Pacific pasture nor wanton and spawning Race up into fresh water. — Robinson Jeffers, Salmon Fishing […]


Michael Bloomberg gives $500M to campaign to kill coal

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Former New York City mayor and climate change crusader Michael Bloomberg announced Friday he is giving $500 million to a campaign to finish killing coal and start killing oil and gas. “The largest coordinated campaign to tackle climate change” ever to occur in the U.S., Bloomberg says, aims to close all of the nation’s coal […]


The Accelerating Ecological Genocide

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In May 2019, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its latest assessment of the accelerating extinction rates of our global biodiversity. The report was compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years. It has inputs from another 310 contributing authors and is based […]


Overpopulation – The Deadly Myth behind the Other Modern Myths

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Who says the world is overpopulated? And what does that mean anyway? Hunger?  Crowding? Environmental harm?  For over 200 years we’ve been told that the world is overpopulated. But is it? Check this out. In 1798, Thomas Malthus thought the world was overpopulated when world population was under one billion. In his book, An Essay […]


Global sea levels could rise far more than predicted

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Global sea levels could rise by two metres and displace tens of millions of people by the end of the century if greenhouse emissions remain unchecked, according to a new study. The authors of the report, released on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, said this outcome is the worst-case […]


Nature On The Eve Of Destruction — The UN Extinction Report

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One million species are close to extinction, thanks to Homo sapiens. Thus warns a landmark new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), presented at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary meeting earlier this month in Paris. Sir Robert Watson, Chair of the IPBES, said, “The health […]


Secret Exxon Research from 1982 Reveals Some Startlingly Accurate Predictions for Today

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A document entitled CO2 “Greenhouse” Effect, A Technical Review, Prepared by the Coordination and Planning Division, Exxon Research and Engineering Company, April 1, 1982, which is accompanied by a covering letter authored by Marvin B. Glaser, Manager of Environmental Affairs Programs, and dated November 12, 1982, begins stating: “The material has been given wide circulation to […]


There’s a 49 Percent Chance the World As We Know It Will End by 2050

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Jared Diamond’s new book, Upheaval, addresses itself to a world very obviously in crisis, and tries to lift some lessons for what do about it from the distant past. In that way, it’s not so different from all the other books that have made the UCLA geographer a sort of don of “big think” history […]


Human Extinction: An Idea Whose Time had to Come.

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A few years ago, a political movement that took the name of “extinction rebellion” would have been wholly unthinkable. On the other hand, after more than forty years of warnings on climate change and ecosystem collapse from the world’s best scientists, the message had to start going through, somehow. One consequence is the appearance on […]


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@aeberman12--at that 1.37 MMbbl/day production rate, if produced every day for a year, that's 490 MMbbl/year. If Dennis Coyne's old estimate of 5.2 bn bbl total resource for the Bakken were true, the Bakken must be damn near at its peak per the old Hubbert theory? #peakoil