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

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…
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by: The Guardian – May 29, 2014

WWF Staff Receive Death Threats for Opposing Virunga Oil Exploitation

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…
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by: The Guardian – May 13, 2014

Climate Change Making Food Crops Less Nutritious, Research Finds

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…
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by: The Guardian – May 8, 2014

Why US Fracking Companies are Licking their Lips Over Ukraine

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…
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by: The Guardian – April 10, 2014

Call climate change what it is: violence

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…
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by: The Guardian – April 8, 2014

Exxon Mobil’s Response to Climate Change is Consummate Arrogance

Oil and gas giant say climate policies are highly unlikely to stop it digging up fossil fuels. So what are we going to do about it?

Monday saw the release of the latest climate report from the planet’s scientists. Predictions of famine, flood, and so on – mostly what we already knew, in even more striking language. Photo © Copyright Richard Webb/ Licensed for reuse under this Creative…
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by: The Guardian – April 3, 2014

Climate Change Report ‘Should Jolt People into Action,’ says IPCC Chief

UN science panel's chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, says report on impacts of rising temperatures should push leaders to act

The head of the United Nations climate panel said he hoped its report on the rising threat of climate change would “jolt people into action”. Photo by Kris Krüg for PopTechRajendra Pachauri, who has headed the IPCC for 12 years, said he…
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by: The Guardian – March 31, 2014

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