For a great long time, I’ve been talking about how we must dump the oil, gas, fracking, tankers, pipelines, coal…all the carbon-based energy systems because of climate breakdown [aka climate change, aka global warming, aka the greenhouse effect]. We need to transform our society to a post-carbon energy infrastructure. The lie that there are billions […]
2015, we’re told, is the year the developed world (that’s us) and the emerging economies (China, India, etc., etc., etc.) will close ranks to formulate an effective plan of action to fight climate change. It’s going to be Kyoto on steroids, a true hallelujah moment, a meeting of minds, a global joining of hands, a flexing of collective muscle and sinew.
2015 is probably our final chance to reach some sort of meaningful, global consensus. In case you haven’t noticed we’re already being overtaken by climate change impacts, and this is the ‘early (Read more…)
NOT actually science-fiction.
In your science-fiction news today:
Imagine a power system that could harness the energy of 2,000 suns and provide fresh water and air conditioning in remote locations.
Not only that but it would be completely renewable, be able to provide the entire world’s energy supplies and only take up two per cent of the Sahara Desert’s land area.
via IBM’s New Solar Collector Power System (HCPVT) Could Power The Earth.
But it’s not actually science-fiction.
I recall debates with friends in the 1980s who went on and on about how technology will save us from the greenhouse (Read more…)
In your science-fiction news today: Imagine a power system that could harness the energy of 2,000 suns and provide fresh water and air conditioning in remote locations. Not only that but it would be completely renewable, be able to provide the entire world’s energy supplies and only take up two per cent of the Sahara […]
Google has partnered with more than 40 other organizations to create a sobering deforestation-monitoring tool. Called Global Forest Watch, the tool enables visitors to witness worldwide deforestation as it happens, in near-realtime. Read more… &…
The Nicaraguan government has approved a plan that would see the country cut in half by a 177-mile-long canal. The new route would boost the country’s economy and rival the one in Panama — but scientists say it would be an environmental and social catastrophe.
Calgary’s massive flood.
Let’s stop saying “global warming” because whenever climate breakdown events occur that are COLD, deniers try to say global warming isn’t happening. Sigh.
Let’s also stop saying “climate change” because that sometimes makes people feel that yes, we’d like a climate more like Palm Springs. Especially in Vancouver on a pouringrainwindcold day like today.
Let’s recognize that systems theory and positive and negative feedback loops are highly complex, which means that our carbon use is leading to a breakdown of our climate such that it will not be sustainable for us human people.
And if you’d like (Read more…)
Let’s stop saying “global warming” because whenever climate breakdown events occur that are COLD, deniers try to say global warming isn’t happening. Sigh. Let’s also stop saying “climate change” because that sometimes makes people feel that yes, we’d like a climate more like Palm Springs. Especially in Vancouver on a pouringrainwindcold day like today. Let’s […]
There’s an arms race going on right now between two species of invading ants, the tawny crazy ant and the fire ant. These arch-rivals are currently warring for dominance in the southern U.S., but it now appears the crazies are going to win — the result of a remarkable chemical defensive measure.
As our planet warms, certain plants and animals will no longer be able to live in their accustomed locations. By tracking a half-century’s worth of data, scientists from CSIRO have determined where these species will need to go to find new homes.Read m…
Today is Friday. Let’s make it “think for ourselves Friday.”
It’ll work: the government/corporations/1% won’t see it coming!
Twitter / occupythemob: http://t.co/doHx1xWO4l.
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Traffic inches along the connector of Interstate’s 75 and 85 as snow blankets Metro Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2014 as seen from the Pryor Street overpass. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is preparing to declare a state of emergency as a winter storm coats the region with snow and ice. State transportation officials said […]
High 5′s to people are aren’t old men! [on average, 19 times out of 20, +/- 3.6% of the time.]
My apologies if you’re a man, or over 55, but those two demographics love the Big Oil, and they’re giving you all a bad name!
I know lots of men and people over 55 who know that moving to a post-carbon energy infrastructure is the only sustainable future. The problem is convincing their peers that getting rid of their Lexus [it used to be Hummer] is in everyone’s best interest.
Maybe it’s because some of those (Read more…)
Drones are popularly associated with American air strikes on civilians and thus have a negative reputation. The technology underlying the drones can be used for good though. One example of a good use of drones is for aerial surveillance of plants and animals in hard to access/expensive areas.
What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: To save our ecosystems, we (Read more…)
On the same day we learn that lions are all but extinct in West Africa, a new study points to the devastating ecological and environmental impacts of losing large carnivores across the globe.Read more…
Sean Devlin, of ShitHarperDid.ca, had the temerity to interact with our employee, Mr. Stephen Harper.
Yesterday, we saw a new level of action against climate destruction policy. In the style of co-conspirator Brigette DePape, two protesters crashed Harper’s contemptuous public appearance. Harper holds the media and the general public of the nation of Canada in open contempt: he won’t talk with the press except under extraordinarily tightly controlled circumstances, and he actively avoids any opportunity to mingle with his 35 million employers. He must think we’re stupid or dirty.
Even at the event at Vancouver’s Board of Trade yesterday, (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Yesterday’s Climate Justice Protest #SpinAlert
Economic growth suggests that infinite growth is possible. Even with a growing earth population and increasing climate breakdown, people still think we can continue growing.
I like using the seasons analogy to describe that human economic activity ought follow the cycle of seasons, with a steadying imperative. This is why I like the Steady State folks.: “ Perpetual economic growth is neither possible nor desirable. Growth, especially in wealthy nations, is already causing more problems than it solves. Recession isn’t sustainable or healthy either. The positive, sustainable alternative is a steady state economy.”
Here’s Kai Nagata’s excellent analogy (Read more…)
Climate models are now predicting a “staggering” catastrophe for deep sea marine life — a stark warning that even our planet’s most remote ecosystems are not immune from the ravages of climate change.
Naomi Klein urges unions to join climate change fight
Many groups are calling for significant and sufficient action to address climate change, which is fantastic. But unions have not been loud enough. This is significant because they often have more money than many other progressive groups to fight for the social good, particularly when rapacious corporations and rampant consumerism are the core impediments to change.
This whole article is worth your time to read, but here are some key bits that should help you fix your focus for your union for 2014:
There is nothing more important than a healthy (Read more…)
Humans often rear their children with help from family and friends. But why would such a strategy evolve? What could we possibly get out of rearing somebody else’s child? Now, scientists believe that they’ve unraveled this mystery — at least when it comes to birds. In some species, birds temporarily forgo having chicks so that they can help their family members raise their children. Here’s why this “cooperative breeding” strategy might have evolved.
Paul Klaver’s simply titled film Winter mixes time-lapse and real-time footage to evoke the chill of one of the coldest recorded winters Holland has ever seen. Sit back, turn up your speakers, and meditate on the beauty of ice forming, sunlight dancin…
WASHINGTON – This just in: U.S. rejects Santa is Canadian. While the United States has refused to comment on Canada’s recent claim that it owns the North Pole, it has rejected the idea that the claim could mean Santa Claus is Canadian. U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Thursday the United States won’t comment […]
It seems like fruit flies will target any fruit that’s lying around in your kitchen. But when given the choice, these annoying pests actually prefer citrus like oranges, limes, and lemons. And there’s a good reason for it, too. Read more… …
This scary looking beastie is the European Green Crab. It’s not native to Maine, but they started coming over attached to the hulls of wooden trading ships a hundred years ago. But it’s only just in the last two years that there’s been a massive spike …
Science fiction has always commented on the present, and today’s present is very science-fictional. All around, we see inventions that could transform the world within a decade or two. So why don’t more science fiction writers speculate about them? Her…
Don’t look too surprised, giant kitty — you’re live on candid camera trap! Zoologists and ecologists these days use “camera traps,” or motion-activated cameras hidden in natural habitats, to observe wildlife without harming them. The resulting pictures are often heartbreakingly gorgeous, occasionally goofy, and reveal animals we never knew existed.
The more we learn about ecosystems, the more obvious it becomes that we won’t save the Earth until we admit that our planet is a giant, incredibly complex machine that can be programmed. And, with enough study, it can be reprogrammed, too. Read more……
There is no question: this generation will be held responsible for our actions, and even more, for our inaction. Apathy, complacency and denial are morally unacceptable. In fact, at this time in human history, they are nothing less than complicity in the worst of collective atrocities. We must act now. There are no more excuses. […]
“Twenty years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed into law. At the time, advocates painted a rosy picture of booming U.S. exports creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and economic development in Mexico, which would bring the struggling country in line with its wealthier northern neighbors. Two decades later, those […]
The Aztec word for avocado, ahuacatl, means “testicle” (probably because the fruit typically grows in pairs). But that’s only the the second-most interesting thing you’ll learn about avocados today. The first? Wild avocados are sort of an evolutionary anachronism; as Smithsonian’s K. Annabelle Smith points out, they really should have gone the way of the dodo.
An article in The Atlantic speaks to the growing death-fetish that is gripping more and more youth. It is a bad omen for the state of modern industrial civilization as a whole, I would contend, and it indicates a broader trend toward anxiety, hopeless and despair, which must be confronted and overcome – if, that […]
pablo lopez luz photographs the concrete waves (or carpet, as he puts it) of Mexico City The unbelievably sprawling concrete carpet of Mexico City seen in these photos make me think… Gorgeous country, beautiful culture and people, horrible government, amazing capital city – but utterly unsustainable, as most cities are. Watch for the ruins […]
Paul Klaver’s timelapse short film Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle takes us swiftly through Alaska’s ecological cycles, where salmon crowd the rivers, spawn, get themselves eaten, and rot into the ground.Read more…
Migrations occur in every major branch of the animal kingdom, from birds and crustaceans to insects and whales. But some of these journeys are amazing feats of endurance, spanning thousands of miles and deadly terrain without rest. Here’s what science …
Our climate is changing, no doubt about it. The festering controversy we’re in has been about whether humans have anything to do with it. A comprehensive report by a UN-sponsored climate panel may now finally put the issue to rest — and we’re most certainly to blame.
In this, the first (and last) installment in our Motivational Metaphor Monday Series, nature, red in beak and talon, descends upon a sika deer in the form of an exceptionally ambitious golden eagle. Daunted by the work week ahead? Look to this eagle fo…
You’ve probably heard that killing apex predators is bad for ecosystems. But how does that really work? Now we know. The story begins with a lot of dead sharks.Read more…