We stand now where two roads diverge... The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road... offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
How the holiday season has changed over time? Furthermore, how can we tie the environment into religious holidays? Chanukah, and more noticeably Christmas has been a holiday that has drastically transformed in the course of history. It is mainly about the gift giving than celebrating the religious aspect of both these holidays.
Christmas and Chanukah feed a unique consumerist experience. Money is rapidly shaping the course of history. Even with the economic setbacks we have seen in America in the last five years, this holiday is going strong. "A Gallup Poll found that Americans expect to spend an average of $764 on Christmas gifts, $50 more than a year ago" (Keen, 2011). Those who predict spending during the holidays estimated spending on Christmas to increase... See entire blog item
When I was young, I said to God, "God, tell me the mystery of the universe." But God answered, "that knowledge is for me alone."
So I said, "God, tell me the mystery of the peanut." Then God said, "Well George, that's more nearly your size."
Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 18, after reaching an initial peak early in the month and declining briefly. Ice extent for the month as a whole was higher than in recent years, but still below average.
As the melt season begins, researchers look at a variety of factors that may contribute to summer ice melt. While the maximum extent occurred slightly later than average, the new ice growth is very thin and likely to melt quickly. Ice age data indicate that despite the higher extent compared to recent years, the winter sea ice continues to be dominated by younger and thinner sea ice.
By Zachary Shahan
The only way global warming deniers (or, "science deniers," as I think I'm going to start calling them) can claim that the effects of global warming aren't already hitting us is if they can prove that climate scientists are somehow coordinating to influence our weather and cause an unprecedented number of extreme 'natural' disasters.
The latest extreme weather event, quite disastrously and very sadly, has killed over 1,000 people in the Philippines.
"Tropical storm Washi, known locally in the Philippines as Sendong, has killed over 1,000 people in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, dumping ... See entire blog item
With populations dangerously low for a number of fish species, environmentalists set standards for how many fish could be caught each year. For awhile, these regulations seemed to work, and the populations of endangered fish remained stable. However, it appears that fishers have been trying to get around fishing regulations in the last several years. They report far lower numbers of fish caught than numbers of fish sold.
This tactic is used with alarming frequency in the bluefin tuna industry. According to a recent study by the Pew Environment Group, over two times as many tons of bluefin were caught as recorded. Trade figures of bluefin catches in ... See entire blog item
By Frank Joseph Smecker and Derrick Jensen, Truthout | Op-Ed
Let's expose the structure of violence that keeps the world economy running.
With an entire planet being slaughtered before our eyes, it's terrifying to watch the very culture responsible for this - the culture of industrial civilization, fueled by a finite source of fossil fuels, primarily a dwindling supply of oil - thrust forward wantonly to fuel its insatiable appetite for "growth."
Deluded by myths of progress and suffering from the psychosis of technomania complicated by addiction to depleting oil reserves, industrial society leaves a crescendo of atrocities in its wake.
A very partial list would include the Bhopal chemical disaster, numerous oil spills, the illegal depleted uranium-spewing occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, the nuclear meltdown of Fukushima,... See entire blog item
By Heather Carr
Last week, Lima, the capitol of Peru, became a GMO-free zone. Several other municipalities in Peru have already declared themselves free of transgenic and genetically-modified organisms.
Earlier in the month, Peru's congress passed a bill prohibiting the import of genetically modified organisms for cultivation, breeding, or any transgenic production for the next ten years. The bill is awaiting the signature of the president.
The GMO-free sentiment rose up because of a regulation announced in April which... See entire news item