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International Olympic Committee And Dow Chemical Looking To Green Up Olympics
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  Jan-27-2011     nerdbarry

If the United States wins the 2022 bid for the Winter Olympics, there is already a lot of talk about increased athletic victories but more importantly there is talk of a lot of environmental changes. The United States Olympic Committee is not only looking to further the athletic accomplishments but to make sustainable environmental changes to the Winter Games. This began with naming Dow Chemical as the worldwide partner in the US Olympics efforts for the next decade.

During the last Winter Olympic Games (the Vancouver 2010 games), the United States won the most medals, with 9 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze. With dominance in the areas of snowboarding and skiing, it only makes sense that the United States considers itself...  See entire


Paul Krugman's Errors And Omissions
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Blog item  Sep-25-2014 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window     GuestWriter GuestWriter

 Paul Krugman, EconomistBy Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute

In a New York Times op-ed published September 18 titled "Errors and Emissions," economist-columnist Paul Krugman took a swipe at my organization, Post Carbon Institute, lumping us together with the Koch brothers as purveyors of "climate despair." No, the Koch brothers are not in despair about the climate; apparently our shared error is that we say fighting climate change and growing the economy are incompatible. And, according to Krugman, a new report from the New Climate Economy Project (NCEP) and a working paper from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) show that the falling cost of renewable energy means this is happily not the case.

But in our view Krugman himself is guilty of five critical errors, and three equally serious omissions....  See entire blog item


Why Climate Change Is An 'Everybody Issue' Now
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Blog item  Sep-21-2014 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window     GuestWriter GuestWriter

People's Climate March, Sept 21, 2014 in NYC, USABy Ricken Patel, Exec. Director of Avaaz, co-organizers of People's Climate March 

Scientists are normally a pretty measured bunch. But in recent months, they've been resorting to some unusual language to get our attention. One top climatologist recently tweeted: "If even a small fraction of Arctic sea floor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we're f'd." When scientists start swearing in public, it is time for everyone to start worrying.
 
It's not just the scientists that are raising the alarm. This Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets around the world in the largest climate mobilization in history. If they weren't listening before, our leaders should tune in now. The voice of global concern for action on climate change is back, and this time it's no longer an environmental issue, it's an everybody issue.
 
And time is short. The world is rushing towards a series of potentially catastrophic feedback loops and tipping points in the climate system, which could see the support system of life itself irrecoverably disrupted. From the release of gigantic amounts of arctic...  See entire blog item

The Peak Oil Crisis: When?
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Blog item  Aug-29-2014 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window     GuestWriter GuestWriter

Aerial view via amymyou/flickr. Creative Commons 2.0 SA license.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2014 by Tom Whipple, Post Carbon Institute

For those following the world oil production situation, it has been clear for some time that the only factor keeping global crude output from moving lower is the continuing increase in U.S. shale oil production, mostly from Texas and North Dakota. Needless to say, once the fabled "peak" comes oil and gasoline prices are certain to move higher, triggering a series of economic events – most of which will not be good for the global economy.

Thus the key question is just how many more months or years production of U.S. shale oil (more accurately call light tight oil) will continue to grow. Many have answers to this question ranging from...  See entire blog item

You Can't Kill A Planet And Live On It, Too
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Blog item  Jul-19-2011     GuestWriter GuestWriter

 

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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


The Shrinking Pie: Post-Growth Geopolitics
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Blog item  Jul-7-2011     GuestWriter GuestWriter

US soldier in Afghanistan

By Richard Heinberg (June 16, 2011)

Post-Growth Geopolitics

As nations compete for currency advantages, they are also eyeing the world's diminishing resources—fossil fuels, minerals, agricultural land, and water. Resource wars have been fought since the dawn of history, but today the competition is entering a new phase.

Nations need increasing amounts of energy and materials to produce economic growth, but—as we have seen—the costs of supplying new increments of energy and materials are increasing. In many cases all that remains are lower-quality resources that have high extraction costs. In some instances, securing access to these resources requires military expenditures as well. Meanwhile the struggle for the control of resources is re-aligning...  See entire blog item


Peak Oil - The Clear And Present Danger
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Blog item  Jul-3-2011     GuestWriter GuestWriter

 

By Euan Mearns

 

Global oil production as shown by various methods of measuring; agreement among these methods is clear in this graphic. Click for full-sized display.

 

Global oil production (crude oil plus condensate) has been on a plateau / in decline for 7 years, resulting in high energy prices that are feeding inflation, eroding family budgets and crippling the World economy. It is time for the international political community to awaken to the risks posed by Peak Oil. A British Government report published last week under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request makes clear that civil servants working at the UK department of...  See entire blog item


Global Youth Uprising: Dashed Hopes, Anger, And Realism
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Blog item  Jun-26-2011     GuestWriter GuestWriter

By Richard Heinberg

Madrid protestsMedia reports often fail to connect recurring demonstrations in Greece and Spain with those in the Middle East and North Africa (Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain). After all, the MENA demonstrations are ostensibly about democracy, while European countries already have functioning electoral systems. Protestors in Greece and Spain are instead decrying austerity programs resulting from governmental efforts to rein in deficits and debt burdens.

At the core, though, all of these uprisings are about the simultaneous failure of modern economics and modern politics—even though systems differ somewhat from country to country. People in all of the nations mentioned have one thing in common: crushed expectations. Economists and politicians have promised jobs and growth, but instead citizens are seeing spreading unemployment, rising food and...  See entire blog item


A World Of Plastic (Article And InfoGraphic)
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Blog item  Aug-2-2011     GuestWriter GuestWriter

Portion of plastic cycle infographic – see full version at bottom, or click now for larger versionBy Zachary Shahan

Plastic — can you imagine a day without it? It has come to be a component of nearly everything we buy and use, it seems. On the one hand, plastic has made things possible that might not have been possible. On the other hand, there are a few major problems (at least) with its widespread use:

  1. It lasts longer than we can adequately comprehend.
  2. It causes harm to countless animals and fish that try to consume it or get entangled in it.
  3. Much of it contains hormone-disrupting chemicals that negatively affect humans.

With such a...  See entire blog item


Keep Calm And Carry On
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Blog item  May-24-2011     GuestWriter GuestWriter

The British mantra from World War II – good today as well?By Bill McKibben

Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections. When you see pictures of rubble like this week's shots from Joplin, Missouri, you should not ask yourself: I wonder if this is somehow related to the huge tornado outbreak three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, or the enormous outbreak a couple of weeks before that — together they comprised the most active April for tornadoes in our history. But that doesn't mean a thing. 

It is far better to think of these as isolated,...  See entire blog item


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