Deforested regions in Indonesia, US and Canada
49 million acres of forest gone in 2015
We’ve screwed up the coasts so badly that an invasive species is a plus – Ars Technica
Scientists Can See Zika Coming by Tracking the Climate – Scientific American
Won’t allow driverless cars that take away jobs: Nitin Gadkari – Hindustan Times
Russia Registers Three Ceasefire Violations in Syria Over Past 24 Hours – Sputnik, same ol’ same o’
Climate change might prevent airlines from flying full planes
Europe Battling with devastating wildfires
Sea level warning as Greenland darkens – BBC News
Climate change could make turbulence worse
The Pentagon has contaminated nearly 40 million US acres by burning old munitions
Alien species invasions and global warming a ‘deadly duo’
Second heat alert: 40.2 degrees Celsius ( 107 F ) in Shanghai
Warmer 2080s Climate: Mixed Outcome for Wildlife
Climate Change, Sugarcane: Hantavirus
Distant Winds Causing Antarctic Meltdown
Food and Drug Companies Ensure We Get Sick So They Make Money
The Biotech Industry Is Taking Over Regulation From the Inside
Sewage Sludge Is Endangering Our Food Supply
Ohio Politician Pushes “Let Them Die” Proposal in Response to Opioid Overdoses
Paul Beckwith Videos – Walking a tightrope of bloom and gloom.
Paul Beckwith talks about Drawdown.org in his latest video, a website that details 15 top things we can do to lower emissions. The #1 thing is refrigeration. 90% of fridge gases are released during a fridge’s end of life-cycle. Two other top ones are, stop wasting food, and go vegan. Can even you imagine that happening? Some of these ideas are heavily promoted in the media, while others are ignored. We have to reduce emissions or die. It’s like when Naomi Klein flies around promoting her book, she thinks her precious words are worth the emissions, when believe me, nothing could be further from the truth.
Don’t bother to watch the Paul Beckwith comedy, unless you like having knives thrown in your eyes. I was hoping he would provide a critical conclusion on how we’re not living up to our responsibilities. Responsibility comes from the word, respond, which means you do something about a situation because it’s the right thing to do. We are acting as if emissions reductions are like items on a menu we get to pick and choose. “I’ll take 3 wind turbines, 6 solar panels and 3 electric cars please. I’ll skip the carbon charring.”
McDonald’s could sell fake soy burgers indistinguishable from the real thing. It would be the right thing to do because they’re only like 50% meat now. I promise you, they won’t. The Drawdown.org list doesn’t even mention nuclear power, like as if they had a choice, because it doesn’t jive with the can-do tone of its feel-good message. What about the wars? Wouldn’t that drawdown emissions? Just from pollution alone, the Pentagon is the biggest killer in the world. Why is world peace not on the list?
So let’s say the real list goes up to 20. We’re not even doing half the list as is, let alone all of the all-inclusive one. I’m sick of these false-hope, pick-and-choose solution narratives.
China is eating up the world. They are building a giant road, rail and pipeline system across the whole other side of our planet. They build whole cities by mistake for fuck sakes. Yet, we praise them for making 80% of the world’s solar panels, which is stupid because they pretty well make 80% of everything, including hydro dams, coal gasification plants and nuclear power stations.
I don’t blame Paul for backtracking into positive territory after him blasting climate scientists recently, but please God, save me from another one. It’s like going to a strip cub on Sunday morning.