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It’s Simple. If We Can’t Change Our Economic System, Our Number’s Up – May 29, 2014

It's the great taboo of our age — and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity's undoing

Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic meter. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5 percent a year. How big would that stash have been by the Battle of Actium in 30BC? This is the calculation performed by the investment banker Jeremy Grantham.

Yasuni national parkPhoto by Joshua BouselOn Friday, a few days after scientists announced that the collapse of the west Antarctic ice sheet is now inevitable, the Ecuadorean government decided to allow oil drilling in the heart of the Yasuni national park.

Go on, take a guess. Ten… more

by: The Guardian

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WWF Staff Receive Death Threats for Opposing Virunga Oil Exploitation – May 13, 2014

Phone calls follow attempted assassination of Congolese national park's chief warden and increased reports of intimidation

World Wildlife Fund staff members have been telephoned with death threats for opposing oil exploitation in Africa’s oldest national park, which is home to one in four of the world's estimated 800 remaining mountain gorillas. It follows the attempted assassination of the Virunga national park's chief warden last month and the death of two Congolese park wardens in the last few months.

Park Rangers on a dirt road Photo by Wildlife DirectTwo Congolese park wardens were killed in the last few months, and park director, Emmanuel De
Merode, was shot in an ambush while driving alone in a park vehicle.

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by: The Guardian

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Climate Change Making Food Crops Less Nutritious, Research Finds – May 8, 2014

High CO2 levels significantly reduces essential nutrients in wheat, rice, maize and soyabeans, Nature paper reveals

by Damian Carrington

Rising carbon dioxide emissions are set to make the world's staple food crops less nutritious, according to new scientific research, worsening the serious ill health already suffered by billions of malnourished people.

The surprise consequence of fossil fuel burning is linked directly to the rise in CO2 levels which, unlike some of the predicted impacts of climate change, are undisputed. The field trials of wheat, rice, maize and soybeans showed that higher CO2 levels significantly reduced the levels of the essential nutrients iron and zinc, as well as cutting protein levels.

photo of rice paddiesphoto by jankie on FlickrRice being… more

by: The Guardian

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Why US Fracking Companies are Licking their Lips Over Ukraine – April 10, 2014

From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine, writes Naomi Klein

The way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the US Congress – one in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6), one in the Senate (S. 2083) – that attempt to fast-track liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, all in the name of helping Europe to wean itself from Putin's fossil fuels, and enhancing US national security.

Aerial view of a natural gas fieldPhoto by Peter Aengst/The Wilderness SocietyAerial view of the Jonah natural… more

by: The Guardian

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Call climate change what it is: violence – April 8, 2014

Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings – none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth

If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.

But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you’re the leader of a country, you can… more

by: The Guardian

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