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President Trump’s climate inaction sells the future short

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:28:50 +0000

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In the cacophony of bad climate stories recently, you’d be forgiven for missing the news that one casualty of Trump’s order was the social cost of carbon (SCC), a measure that’s been called “the most important number you’ve never heard of.” The SCC captures the estimated costs of climate disruption from things like sea-level rise, storms, fires, crop failures and rising death rates.

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Climate change as genocide

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:26:13 +0000

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Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. About 20 million people in three African countries — Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan — as well as in Yemen were likely to die if not provided with emergency food and medical aid.

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Light posting from 20 April to 5th May

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:23:44 +0000

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There will be light posting from 20th April to 5th May due to editorial vacations. Regular posting will resume on 8th May.     Teaser photo credit: By ClemRutter, Rochester, Kent. – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2163988

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Limits to Economic Growth?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:21:08 +0000

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Growth of production is central to the core ideology of the current economic system, to the idea of “development” and “progress”. It is central to the legitimacy of the people who run the global economy. Without it there is a legitimacy crisis.

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Warming Limit of 1.5C Would ‘Save’ Huge Expanses of Permafrost, Study Says

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:11:20 +0000

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The cost of allowing global temperature to rise to 2C, rather than capping warming at 1.5C, is an area of permafrost the size of Mexico, according to new research. The study, carried out by a team of scientists from Sweden, Norway and the UK, is the first to work out what the ambitious targets contained in the Paris Agreement mean for permafrost loss.

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Climate Politics: Environmentalists Need to Think Globally, But Act Locally

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:22:13 +0000

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We study environmental politics, and believe the health care debate holds an important lesson for green advocates: Policies that create concrete benefits for specific constituencies are hard to discontinue.

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Recapturing the Inverted Systems of Our Civilization

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:37:16 +0000

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What is concerning is that it is ever more apparent that many of our civilization’s structural systems, many of which resemble the pyramid archetype, seem more and more dysfunctional or “captured”.

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The Paris Climate Agreement: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:55:27 +0000

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I realize I may be an outlier on this. The fact is I can’t imagine any good coming from the U.S. continuing to have a place at the table. Let me rephrase that—only the Trump administration stands to benefit.

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Noni’s Sheep

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:26:17 +0000

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By living and grazing on land that is managed with Carbon Farming techniques, Stemple Creek’s wool draws down more carbon out of the atmosphere than is produced in its raising and processing.

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Sand Mining Part 2: The Story of a Conflict Mineral

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:04:07 +0000

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The expanding economies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East are placing such great demands on global sand supplies that scarcity could soon prove to be an hyperbole. The sand spoken of here is that used for fracking, construction and industrial processes, e.g. glass and silicone manufacture.

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Split personalities: We like some science, but not all of it

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:40:57 +0000

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We modern folk are in a bind. We embrace what the sciences and the technology that flows from them have to offer, but we refuse to believe that we live in the world described by those very sciences. Here I’m not merely talking about climate change deniers who, of course, fit this description.

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