asterisk2a + extinction   73

Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life | Environment | The Guardian
big problem European CAP common ag policy. as it subsidieses scale and destruction not conservation and harmony.

Scientists reveal one million species at risk of extinction in damning UN report

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/06/uk-urged-to-take-lead-on-biodiversity-as-un-issues-urgent-warning-global-assessment-dasgupta - Ministers announce report on economic case for biodiversity, but activists insist actions, not studies, are needed

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/12/what-is-biodiversity-and-why-does-it-matter-to-us - The air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat all rely on biodiversity, but right now it is in crisis – because of us. What does this mean for our future and can we stop it?

Artensterben - https://www.spiegel.de/plus/darum-ist-das-artensterben-bedrohlicher-als-der-klimawandel-a-00000000-0002-0001-0000-000163724182
biodiversity  ecological  collapse  extinction  mass  disorder  climate  change  human  anthropocene  beecolony  insects  herbicide  pesticide  fungicide  environment  CAP  Artensterben 
may 2019 by asterisk2a
Butterfly numbers fall by 84% in Netherlands over 130 years – study | Environment | The Guardian
Europes CAP
According to Van Swaay, the study, published in Biological Conservation, confirms that “industrial agriculture is simply leaving hardly any room for nature” across the EU and in developed nations such as the US.
mass  extinction  ecological  disaster  crisis  insects  butterflies  biodiversity  Europe  CAP  industrial  agriculture 
april 2019 by asterisk2a
Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn | Environment | The Guardian
Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn
The deforestation it causes is decimating species such as orangutans and tigers - but the alternatives could be worse, finds authoritative report
palm  oil  deforestation  mass  extinction  ecological  environmental  disaster  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  Klimakatastrophe  monoculture  agriculture 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction | Environment | The Guardian
Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report
palm  oil  deforestation  soil  erosion  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  drought  Brazil  Amazon  rain  forest  rainforest  Sumatra  Congo  Afrika  Asia  Amazonas  profit  maximisation  sustainability  sustainable  mass  extinction 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Sustainability or Prosperity? Why Not Both? | PolicyCast
describes the rapidly growing field of sustainability science, which combines a variety of disciplines in both the hard and social sciences to find paths towards a sustainable future. //&! Book Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice – (2016) by Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson. //&! http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/publications/insight/international/william-clark &! https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=LkLCmQwAAAAJ&hl=en &! http://earthsky.org/human-world/william-c-clark-defines-sustainable-development &! Jeffrey Sachs - Global Cooperation and Sustainable Development - youtu.be/cRWtRh3yLI0 &! "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet." - youtu.be/n3kzzVP2c7w &! Jeffrey Sachs: "The Price of Civilization" - youtu.be/_G6SYmQ0swg - profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects: jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Greenpeace reveals Indonesia's forests at risk as multiple companies claim rights to same land​
Collusion between private sector and government exacerbating problems, says corruption official. Indonesia’s palm oil, mining and logging industries are enmeshed in a cat’s cradle of overlapping land claims and corruption that are hampering attempts to stop deforestation and fires, newly released maps reveal. [...] many officials exchange land rights to raise money for election campaigns or to curry influence with powerful business owners, and bribes for concessions are commonplace. &! Indonesia 'may blacklist Leonardo DiCaprio over palm oil comments' - bbc.in/237AOqT
Palm  Oil  deforestation  shareholder  capitalism  mass  extinction  ecological  damage  ecological  disaster  environmental  damage  environmental  disaster  corruption  bribery  governance  Indonesia  sustainability  sustainable  climate  change  global  warming  carbonfootprint  crony  capitalism  Schwarze  Kassen  Schwarzkasse  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Poland approves large-scale logging in Europe's last primeval forest
Greenpeace accuses government of ignoring scientists over fate of Bialowieza woodland, home to 20,000 animal species and Europe’s tallest trees.
deforestation  carbon  tax  COP21  ecological  damage  ecological  disaster  environmental  damage  environmental  disaster  mass  extinction 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Rate of carbon emissions put in context
We are now putting carbon into the atmosphere at a rate unprecedented since at least the age of the dinosaurs, scientists say.
The researchers have examined ocean sediments laid down during the so-called Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum - a dramatic warming event some 56 million years ago.
They find the amount of CO2 going into the air at its onset was four billion tonnes a year at most.
Today's figure is 10 times as big. [...] But the team argues that the scale of human-produced carbon emissions means that the lessons we could learn from the ancient event may actually have limited relevance.
"We have effectively entered an era of a no-analogue state, which represents a fundamental challenge to constraining future climate projections," they write in their paper. [...] "The rate of change is as important as the magnitude of an event for determining particularly terrestrial ecosystem disruptions," &! bit.ly/1Uyfrgz
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
To Stave Off Extinction, Protect Half-Earth by SciFri | Sci Fri | Free Listening on SoundCloud
In his new book, Half-Earth, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson argues that we must set aside half the planet for nature. // National Parks - places off limits for humans.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate stirring change beneath the waves - BBC News
Human-induced climate change is triggering changes beneath the waves that could have a long-term effect on marine food webs, a study suggests. An assessment of phytoplankton in the North Atlantic found the microscopic organisms' pole-ward shift was faster than previously reported. It observed that the ocean's tiny plant community was "poised for marked shift and shuffle". [...] "The main results of the study were that we found that when the climate changes it was not just the temperature that was changing and impacting phytoplankton but it was also all the ocean circulation and the conditions in the ocean surface, such as nutrients and light, that have an ecological impact," Dr Barton observed. "Generally, the whole physical environment is altered; in some cases, quite substantially."
ocean  warming  climate  change  environmental  disaster  ecological  disaster  global  warming  climate  crisis  mass  extinction  unknown  unkown  unintended  consequences  science  complexity  nature 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Eurasia Group - 2/3 of the global population face severe water...
2/3 of the global population face severe water scarcity at least 1 month of year // even the south of UK.
water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  food  security  National  drought  global  warming  climate  change  climate  crisis  mass  extinction  Wildfire  UK  USA  California  Australia  Africa  Asia 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Whale CSI: why sperm whales are washing up dead on British shores | Environment | The Guardian
Heavy metals are now so concentrated in fish that pregnant women and small children are advised to eat no more than two portions of affected fish in a week.
Fish  Industry  food  Politics  public  health  policy  public  health  public  safety  heavy  metal  pollution  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  water  pollution  Meat  Industry  livestock  farming  COP21  Massentierhaltung  mass  extinction  industrial  agriculture 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Bolivia's second-largest lake dries up and may be gone forever, lost to climate change | World news | The Guardian
Lake Poopó was officially declared evaporated in December. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have lost their livelihoods and gone. High on Bolivia’s semi-arid Andean plains at 3,700 metres (more than 12,000 feet) and long subject to climatic whims, the shallow saline lake has essentially dried up before only to rebound to twice the area of Los Angeles. But recovery may no longer be possible, scientists say. “This is a picture of the future of climate change,” says Dirk Hoffman, a German glaciologist who studies how rising temperatures from the burning of fossil fuels has accelerated glacial melting in Bolivia. As Andean glaciers disappear, so do the sources of Poopó’s water. [... + water management - agriculture and mining ... + thus the water pollution! ] [...] “inhospitable arid climates” [ Bolivia's capital La Paz ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal 'own goal' - BBC News
Humanity is at risk from a series of dangers of our own making, according to Prof Stephen Hawking. Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses are among the scenarios which he singles out. And he says that further progress in science and technology will create "new ways things can go wrong". Prof Hawking is giving this year's BBC Reith Lectures, which explore research into black holes, and his warning came in answer to audience questions. He says that assuming humanity eventually establishes colonies on other worlds, it will be able to survive. "Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years. [...] But he also said that future generations of researchers should be aware of how scientific and technological progress is changing the world, and to help the wider public understand it. //&! bit.ly/1RwS7yA
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Meet the conservationists who believe that burning is good for wildlife | George Monbiot | Environment | The Guardian
Why is it that practices we recognise as destructive when we see them elsewhere in the world are judged “environmentally friendly” here? When we see land being burnt in Indonesia or Brazil, do we call it conservation, or do we call it destruction? Because it damages soil and hydrology, incinerates wildlife and simplifies ecosystems, destruction is the correct term. Burning on Dartmoor has the same impacts. It’s about as environmentally friendly as tipping bleach into a river. [...] I happen to believe that too much weight is given to sheep farming, and too little to wildlife. But where there are no tenants and no grazing, instead of using this as an opportunity for ecological restoration, the Exmoor authority is bringing in its own sheep to ensure that seedlings can’t grow and wildlife can’t recover. It’s utter madness.
Environmental  Movement  disaster  ecology  ecological  disaster  Conservation  National  Park  Livestock  farming  diversity  mass  extinction  deforestation  soil  erosion  coastal  erosion 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate Scientist James Hansen Warns World is on Wrong Track to Prevent Runaway Global Warming - YouTube
"total fraud [...] if we let fossil fuel be the cheapest form of energy [...] price should reflect cost to society and the planet. [...] COP21 resolutions are jump change versus realities. [...] helps to stop to subsidies renewable bc renewable will be more favorable because fossil fuels will be more expensive."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Whoa...The Climate Crisis at the North Pole - YouTube
Storm Frank/Storm Eva/Storm Desmond. High temps @North Pole. This will go down into the history books! Destabalising of Polar Vortex (colder winters) vs El Nino effect (warmer wetter winters) + Jet Stream wobbly (<< still cutting edge science.) [...] 'Destable Polar Vortex due to global warming.' Wobbly Jet Stream = chaotic weather (ie warm arctic like california warm). Coming Decades more extremes, more events. //&! Civilization's rise based on fossil fuel = also it's demise, mass extinction - youtu.be/XhkpsyT3mDc //&! Pre-COP21 France Foreign Minister "We Are on the Edge of a Climatic Abyss" - youtu.be/jfeS5k1518o //&! Crisis is Worse Than We Think & Scientists Are Self-Censoring to Downplay Risk - youtu.be/NmL4t8TclGU - public collectively comfortably aware. and hoping for carbon capture tech. youtu.be/svlU6p0gHgo //&! Naomi Klein on Why Climate Change is ‘Incredibly Threatening To Our Elites’ - youtu.be/g_2GjzS576A
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
'Almost too late': fears of global superbug crisis in wake of antibiotic misuse | Society | The Guardian
Despite European Union regulations aiming to cut back on the unnecessary use of antibiotics, Dr Brown believes it will take more than just legislation to tackle the superbug crisis. Market forces will need to be compelled to cut usage, perhaps when prompted by a shift in public opinion, he said. “Those with a vested interest find ways around legislation. So, in addition to public policy we will need also the power of market forces,” he added. “When the public start demanding meat that has not seen antibiotics - because they understand that the meat may contain antibiotic resistant bacteria - only then will real progress be made. We need education about the threat.”
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Wetter vor Weihnachten: Süßer die Büsche nie blühen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ mild winter ] Schal und Mütze liegen wieder im Schrank - und da können sie noch eine Weile bleiben: Deutschland stehen warme Feiertage bevor. Das irritiert nicht nur Weihnachtsromantiker, sondern auch Pflanzen und Tiere.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Fischfangquoten: Weniger Makrelen für deutsche Fischer - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Mehr Hering für deutsche Fischer - und weniger Makrelen: Die EU-Staaten haben sich auf die Fischfangquoten für die Nordsee im Jahr 2016 geeinigt. Umweltschützer zeigen sich unzufrieden. [...] Grundlage für die Quoten sind Vorschläge der EU-Kommission, die sich wiederum auf die Empfehlungen von Wissenschaftlern stützt. Die Umweltorganisation Oceana zeigte sich mit dem Ergebnis allerdings unzufrieden. "Die Lücke zwischen Politik und Wissenschaft bleibt bestehen", teilte sie mit. Damit sei die nachhaltige Nutzung der Fischbestände bedroht. [ wenn selbst Oceana kritik uebt, und in Cowspiracy schlecht weg kommt, dann klafft da eine weite luecke. Wer sind ueberhaupt die Wissenschaftler? bezahlt von der lobby? ]
Fish  Industry  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Overfishing  mass  extinction  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
What people get wrong about climate change - YouTube
- climate change is not preserving the planet per se, it is 100% about making sure humanity as we know it, can survive 2100. this is not about being generous. this is about being selfish to survive. in the long-run.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Tracking and protecting Mongolia's snow leopard - BBC News
Mongolia's temperature has risen by two degrees Celsius, and scientists in the landlocked country are warning it could heat up by another four degrees by 2080, unless urgent action is taken. The number of snow leopards is in rapid decline in Mongolia as their natural habitat is encroached upon more and more. Film-makers William Davies and Hereward Holland have joined a World Wildlife Fund expedition in the Altai-Sayan mountain range in the west of the country, to see what can be done to protect and conserve them.
mass  extinction  climate  change  global  warming  climate  crisis  Biodiversity 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Migratory birds 'lack world protection' - BBC News
Most migratory birds have declined in past decades, from threats such as habitat loss and hunting (ie +3m high nets on the coast of Egypt to the Mediterranean sea)
Egypt  mass  extinction  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  bird  population  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  Food  Chain 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
An increase in the water temperature of the world's oceans of around 6 °C could stop oxygen production by phytoplankton : Futurology
To get an idea of what lower temperatures will bring us: "A 4 degrees C future is incompatible with an organized global community, is likely to be beyond 'adaptation', is devastating to the majority of ecosystems, and has a high probability of not being stable. "
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris climate summit: world leaders told to iron out differences before talks end | Environment | The Guardian
France steps up diplomatic efforts to get consensus [among nations concerned about economic growth (employment - capitalism - keep the ghost in the machine), living on a planet with finite resources] on a global deal six days before official talks conclude. //&! Mekong: a river rising The fate of 70 million people rests on what happens to the Mekong river. With world leaders meeting in Paris next week for crucial UN climate talks, John Vidal journeys down south-east Asia’s vast waterway - a place that encapsulates some of the dilemmas they must solve. He meets people struggling to deal with the impacts of climate change as well as the ecological havoc created by giant dams, deforestation, coastal erosion and fast-growing cities - bit.ly/1LAYGHX //&!
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
COP21 primer: A brief history of climate talks - BBC News
Inside Bonn climate change talks - bbc.in/1W8KaTh //&! COP21: Malawi's battle to hold on to forests - bbc.in/1Lywt4t //&! COP21: Why does Paris climate change conference matter? - bbc.in/1WrtGpl //&! Paris climate summit: Major oil producers back 'effective' deal - bbc.in/1MQtJRZ - define effective. as if they (aka money) has a they in this. the only people who should have a say in this, attending COP21 are millenials. - should make a video "COP21 run by Scottish Millenials." //&! UN: Climate plans must go further to prevent dangerous warming - bbc.in/21f4Qci //&! World must reach agreement over climate change, says Obama - bbc.in/1NOnWfy //&! Obama: Climate change is 'greatest threat' - bbc.in/21f56rN & bbc.in/1P7QgiX & bbc.in/1Ncd66I (obamas target: coal) //&! Can Obama persuade India to act on climate change? - bbc.in/1T2kfqp //&! Climate change: Poorest most vulnerable - bbc.in/1N774A3 - food price = national security - IPPC Report - bbc.in/1rYSZ0r & bbc.in/1gfw2ws //&!
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Bees and pesticides 'missing link' found - BBC News
they just die quicker, just like any other livestock animal you know. like cows living max 5 years vs 20-25 years normally.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Land degradation costs the world up to $10.6tn a year, report says | Global development | The Guardian
More than half of the world’s arable land is moderately or severely degraded, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative (pdf). The report estimates the cost of this environmental destruction, not only from lost agricultural production and diminished livelihoods, but also from the lost value of ecosystem services formerly provided by the land, including water filtration, erosion prevention, nutrient cycling and the provision of clean air. [...] “We should look at realigning the incentive structure that we have away from incentives that degrade the land to those that promote sustainable management,” [...] reduction in biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Farming News - Pesticides have bigger impact on invertebrates than climate change new study reports
This is one of the first studies to investigate the impact such factors have on farmland invertebrates in the UK and it is hoped that the findings will encourage the creation of new measures to mitigate the loss of these organisms. Results suggest that increasing pesticide use has had more of a direct effect on abundance of some invertebrates than temperature change, with the main driver of change in an agricultural environment being human behaviour. Climate change will, in the long term, cause changes in certain groups of organisms, some of which are cereal pests whose abundance may increase. Any subsequent increase in the use of insecticides will negatively affect the abundance of all invertebrate groups, many of which are beneficial.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cornel West and Richard Wolff talk about Capitalism and White Supremacy - YouTube
individualism tends to capitalism (each their own coloured widget) vs individuality of the individual. don't mistake the one for the other and you can't achieve the same happiness and well-being with just individualism because it is also based on constant consumption. // what people leave out of socialism and the pundits decry over it. is democracy. democratic socialism. // Plutocracy is undercutting its ability to survive! Problem, the system will take us down with it. // We got ecological catastrophe on our doorstep. Nuclear catastrophe. And Capitalisms catastrophe. //&! Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. - Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 - youtu.be/iA41ggsdeXE - capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastikmüll erreicht Arktis: 2,7 Millionen Tonnen im Meer vermutet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eigentlich wollten die Polarforscher Meeressäuger und Seevögel beobachten - doch dann zählten sie auch Müll. Selbst im Hohen Norden treibt Kunststoffschrott im Wasser und wird zur Gefahr für die dort lebenden Arten.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How Soviet pollution destroyed the Aral Sea - BBC News
[ one example. doesn't mean its the last one ] In October 1990 Western scientists confirmed the virtual disappearance of the Aral Sea in Soviet Central Asia, formerly the fourth largest inland sea in the world.The loss of sea water was the result of 60 years of intensive agriculture and pollution by the Soviet authorities. It is considered the biggest manmade loss of water in recorded history. The surrounding areas were devastated. Local fisherman watched as the shore gradually receded and fish stocks ran out. Local children fell victim to respiratory illnesses. Professor Denys Brunsden, of London's King's College, was one of the first Western scientists to visit the Aral Sea in 1990. //&! Volunteers map UK coastline for industrial damage - bbc.in/1GSy6ZT - science led management; new artificial strip on coast changed things and beach stripped itself of sand ... //&! Beach litter 'increasing', says Marine Conservation Society - bbc.in/1xat2Q6
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction | Environment | The Guardian
Scientists have been warning for decades that human actions are pushing life on our shared planet toward mass extinction. Such extinction events have occurred five times in the past, but a bold new paper finds that this time would be fundamentally different. Fortunately, there’s still time to stop it.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scotland's environment in 'serious trouble' - BBC News
The report is a follow up to the 2013 State Of Nature UK-wide report, which warned that 60% of 3,148 species studied had declined in past 50 years, and 31% had declined strongly. More than one in 10 of all species assessed were under threat of disappearing from the UK's shores altogether. [...] "As NGOs, we naturally asked ourselves 'What should be done about that?' "This report seeks to answer that question, and is based on a year's interactive research with a wide range of experts - both in wildlife ecology and in policy development and delivery. "The conclusion is not one of despair, but we must act with urgency to create a common course to save wildlife and the natural environment."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
SEASPIRACY: What You Should Know About Fish, The Ocean, and More! - YouTube
fish pellets (heavy metals) are fed to on land livestock. ... do you know what is fed to your beef? fish pellets?! GMO crop!? what you piece of meat has been treated with (antibiotics, medication, supplements, etc)?! no. no disclosure. no transparency. no accountability. //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=fish
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
World's coral reefs under threat from bleaching - BBC News
[ economic damage: tourism ] Scientists in the United States say the world's coral reefs are being attacked by a phenomenon that's only occurred twice before in recorded history. Bleaching is something that happens when water becomes too warm, and it's now happening to reefs from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How can plastic bag addiction be cured? - BBC News
From Monday large shops in England will charge 5p for each plastic bag. But how did shoppers get so used to free carrier bags in the first place, asks Chris Stokel-Walker. //&! bit.ly/1RgOTfj - Perhaps the crisis of conscience has eased and people have got used to the idea of their wastefulness again. The charge is clearly needed. But will it work? And does it go far enough? [ 5p isn't a pain, 50p probably. because then its seen (perceived) as overpriced/rip-off. but the consumer does not see, is not aware of the actual current cost and long-term cost to the environment, ecology, and knock-on economic damage of cleaning it up in 20-30 years because we have to to save the planet! where are the behavioural economic experiments when you need them? ] - make video arguing for a 50p price tag and study from dan ariely to conduct such a study.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Q&A With Durianrider & Freelee - YouTube
MAKE BETTER CHOICES. not abt being perfect. living in the woods running arnd naked // we just have 1 planet but we live like we have 1.4-1.6 // make common sense (science peer reviewed) educated decisions. self-awareness. consciousness. mindfulness // bullshit excuses; comfortably unaware, inconvenient truth. white lies. PR/spin doctor - reframing. denialists. denial. apathy, Perspektivlosigkeit (boogie and co). GIVEN UP ON URSELF, WHEN U ARE STILL IN CHARGE. &! youtu.be/7yovAflZrN4 SMALL CHANGES! remember; there is an addiction component to it & forming new habits is hard! // like to hear, being sold, consuming advice abt keeping bad habits. // long-term cost, economic damage, people cant see (project exponential/linear) (ie retirement savings, compound) // there is an alternative. // its for each an individual personal journey. there is no straight line. // &! youtu.be/W7mqWcSM8ts #2 - FOCUS ON LONG-TERM HEALTH & FITNESS! NOT MICRO MANAGING. &! water weight (low sodium intake).
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
OECD: leading countries spend $200bn a year subsidising fossil fuels | Environment | The Guardian
Thinktank says member states and six biggest emerging economies should use sum to tackle climate change instead //&! Company emerges as Europe’s worst climate policy wrecker, according to a new table ranking firms by their records on lobbying and opposition - bit.ly/1Qtfq8j //&! 'its always about jobs' how about reframe it and retrain these people vs putting them directly on the dole, funded by government - long-term investment! duh. there is always an alternative. //&! nyr.kr/1W8YWpH - What Exxon Knew About Climate Change - The influence of the oil industry is essentially undiminished, even now. The Obama Administration may have stood up to Big Coal, but the richer Big Oil got permission this summer to drill in the Arctic;
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
FunForLouis & Mr Ben Brown go Vegan! Call me boys! Cowspiracy - YouTube
- each one has their own path to discovery, self, world, enlightenment, sooner or later, or never. dying with bliss as they themselves say, into the camera, in denial, given up on themselves (like boogie), sick. dying sick and in chronic pain. // Cowspiracy, Earthlings, Forks over Knives (Docus), China Study (book), nutritionfacts.org, Proteinaholic (book)
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Tesla Will Change The World
[ 2C target is the most stupid experiment even run in human history, comes before nuclear fallout. fukushima, chernobyl - still dealing with the consequences. ] This is Part 2 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies. For an explanation of why this series is happening and how Musk is involved, start with Part 1.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Dawn timber-laundering raids cast doubt on 'sustainable' Brazilian wood | Environment | The Guardian
Police investigating suspected environmental scams swoop on state officials and businessmen in Amazon area known for woods used in furniture and decking // Kyoto protocol's carbon credit scheme ‘increased emissions by 600m tonnes’ - Major UNFCCC carbon trading scheme hit by serious corruption allegations involving organised crime in Russia and Ukraine - bit.ly/1ERfAA6 - &! bit.ly/1hDsjlm - Klimaschutz-Zertifikate: Die Gelddruckmaschine - Der Zertifikate-Handel war mal eine gute Idee: Das Klima sollte davon profitieren. Doch tatsächlich bereicherten sich oft nur Geschäftemacher. Eine Studie zeigt, wie dreist bei internationalen Klimaschutzprojekten getrickst wurde.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Our environmental deficit is now beyond nature’s ability to regenerate | Environment | The Guardian
We are heading fast in the wrong direction despite the world gearing up to approve new sustainable development goals and a new climate accord [...] The world enters ecological ‘overshoot’ this year on 13 August, six days earlier than last year. All the world’s production and consumption for the rest of the year, this suggests, then runs up an environmental deficit beyond nature’s ability to regenerate itself and safely absorb our economic waste. It’s a highly conservative estimate, based on the best data available. // no amount of profits/money can't buy us a 2nd earth in 30 years. // Stop burning fossil fuels now: there is no CO2 'technofix', scientists warn - bit.ly/1UiJmqB - Researchers have demonstrated that even if a geoengineering solution to CO2 emissions could be found, it wouldn’t be enough to save the oceans
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Noam Chomsky: US is world's biggest terrorist - YouTube
self-inflicted extinction event. USA and Israel rouge states, and greatest threats to world peace. // // Greece debt owed to EU banks - advocates for haircut/debt jubilee. // Europes problems - no actual political and fiscal union. - technocrats failoure as well as leadership, policy and career politicians failure - symptoms; Protest Partei and no solidarity and "everyone for himself" mentality // Europe racist!!! xenophobic and antisemitic, // hope only in form by Syriza and Podemos, << protest party and rechtsruck right wingers wins in European Election 2014.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
The Fermi Paradox — Where Are All The Aliens? (1/2) - YouTube
The Fermi Paradox II — Solutions and Ideas – Where Are All The Aliens? - https://youtu.be/1fQkVqno-uI // &! Earth is on the brink of a "mass extinction event" which could be equivalent in scale to the one that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, a landmark study by an international group of scientists has concluded. Researchers warned that deforestation, climate change, and overfishing have driven extinction rates to 1,000 times their normal level, Reuters reports. Duke University biologist and conversation expert Stuart Pimm says that "time is running out" to avert the threat of mass extinction. ADVERTISING If the crisis is to be avoided, humans need to make large scale changes immediately, Pimm says. - uk.reuters.com/video/2014/06/18/study-says-earth-on-brink-of-mass-extinc?videoId=316465389&videoChannel=82 // WE HAVE A DECADE OR TWO till tipping point of no return!
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
This Legendary Accounting Firm Just Ran the Numbers on Climate Change | Mother Jones
This accounting firm confirms what we've been saying for a while. We don't have to choose between the the environment and the economy. In fact, we can't afford NOT to stop climate change. [...] We're 20 years away from catastrophe, says PricewaterhouseCoopers. [...] Overall, PricewaterhouseCoopers paints a bleak picture of a world that's rapidly running out of time; the required effort to curb global emissions will continue to grow each year. "The timeline is also unforgiving. [...] The pressure will be on the world's governments to come up with a solution to this enormous challenge at the much-anticipated climate talks in Paris next year. [ Capitalism/Corporations is playing a Game of Chicken. + Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything. ]
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event
In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data published in Science, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. [...] And while previous extinctions have been driven by natural planetary transformations or catastrophic asteroid strikes, the current die-off can be associated to human activity, a situation that the lead author Rodolfo Dirzo, a professor of biology at Stanford, designates an era of "Anthropocene defaunation." // Book http://bit.ly/M47bEd "our own downfall at our own hands. Domino's are falling." - Guardian Series: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/series/sixth-extinction || http://bit.ly/1jzy1Ol Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
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july 2014 by asterisk2a

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