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Economic Globalization....
A fish served in a California restaurant was caught illegally on a Thai fishing vessel manned by slaves. A t-shirt bought in Germany was sewn in a Bangladeshi sweatshop, where workers labor in unsafe conditions for starvation wages. The rising consumption levels of India’s middle class are contributing to climate chaos thousands of miles away, while the hunger of Americans for consumer goods from China is exacerbating the Chinese air-pollution crisis...These are just a few of the many faces of the global economy.

Corporate-friendly think tanks and media outlets promote the idea that economic deregulation has made the world into one global village, defined by the free flow of ideas and technology, international collaboration, interdependence, and a worldwide sense of community.

But the reality falls far short of this ideal. Our global economic system is so large and complex – with producers and consumers, CEOs and workers, and cause and effect all far removed from each other – that ethical choices become almost impossible, and environmental and human rights disasters all but inevitable.

It can be challenging to make sense of the workings of a system that is so vast, out-of-control, and deeply ingrained into the fabric of our daily lives. But the global economy can be understood, by starting with its origins in European colonialism, moving through its key drivers and structural elements, and tracing its consequences for people and the planet.

#Economic #Globalization #media #deregulation #technology #CEO #environment #colonialism #corruption #conspiracy #fraud
Learn About Globalization

Local Futures: Learn About Globalization - Local Futures (morktron)

 
Economic Globalization....
A fish served in a California restaurant was caught illegally on a Thai fishing vessel manned by slaves. A t-shirt bought in Germany was sewn in a Bangladeshi sweatshop, where workers labor in unsafe conditions for starvation wages. The rising consumption levels of India’s middle class are contributing to climate chaos thousands of miles away, while the hunger of Americans for consumer goods from China is exacerbating the Chinese air-pollution crisis...These are just a few of the many faces of the global economy.

Corporate-friendly think tanks and media outlets promote the idea that economic deregulation has made the world into one global village, defined by the free flow of ideas and technology, international collaboration, interdependence, and a worldwide sense of community.

But the reality falls far short of this ideal. Our global economic system is so large and complex – with producers and consumers, CEOs and workers, and cause and effect all far removed from each other – that ethical choices become almost impossible, and environmental and human rights disasters all but inevitable.

It can be challenging to make sense of the workings of a system that is so vast, out-of-control, and deeply ingrained into the fabric of our daily lives. But the global economy can be understood, by starting with its origins in European colonialism, moving through its key drivers and structural elements, and tracing its consequences for people and the planet.

#Economic #Globalization #media #deregulation #technology #CEO #environment #colonialism #corruption #conspiracy #fraud
Learn About Globalization

Local Futures: Learn About Globalization - Local Futures (morktron)

 
How the waters off Catalina became a DDT dumping ground https://phys.org/news/2020-10-catalina-ddt-dumping-ground.html

Fuck
As many as half a million of these barrels could still be underwater right now, according to interviews and a Los Angeles Times review of historical records, manifests and undigitized research. From 1947 to 1982, the nation's largest manufacturer of DDT—a pesticide so powerful that it poisoned birds and fish—was based in Los Angeles
#ddt #environment #LA
 
Nautical not nice: how fibreglass boats have become a global pollution problem | Environment | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/06/nautical-not-nice-how-fibreglass-boats-have-become-a-global-pollution-problem

Screw humanity.
#environment #capitalism
 

Rising temperatures will cause more deaths than all infectious diseases – study


Rising temperatures are set to cause particular devastation in poorer, hotter parts of the world that will struggle to adapt to unbearable conditions that will kill increasing numbers of people, the research has found.

The economic loss from the climate crisis, as well as the cost of adaptation, will be felt around the world, including in wealthy countries.
#climate change #environment #world #rising temperature
 

Rising temperatures will cause more deaths than all infectious diseases – study


Rising temperatures are set to cause particular devastation in poorer, hotter parts of the world that will struggle to adapt to unbearable conditions that will kill increasing numbers of people, the research has found.

The economic loss from the climate crisis, as well as the cost of adaptation, will be felt around the world, including in wealthy countries.
#climate change #environment #world #rising temperature
 

Dogs may use Earth’s magnetic field to take shortcuts | Science | AAAS

Dogs are renowned for their world-class noses, but a new study suggests they may have an additional—albeit hidden—sensory talent: a magnetic compass. The sense appears to allow them to use Earth’s magnetic field to calculate shortcuts in unfamiliar terrain.
#science #wildlife #animals #environment #nature
 

Dogs may use Earth’s magnetic field to take shortcuts | Science | AAAS

Dogs are renowned for their world-class noses, but a new study suggests they may have an additional—albeit hidden—sensory talent: a magnetic compass. The sense appears to allow them to use Earth’s magnetic field to calculate shortcuts in unfamiliar terrain.
#science #wildlife #animals #environment #nature
 

Green is the Color of Money - YouTube


via Art For Culture Change
Green is the color of money. From 2010. We've known for a long time we are on the wrong path. And yet here we are, still on the wrong path.


#green #greenwashing #environment #pollution #logging
 

Green is the Color of Money - YouTube


via Art For Culture Change
Green is the color of money. From 2010. We've known for a long time we are on the wrong path. And yet here we are, still on the wrong path.


#green #greenwashing #environment #pollution #logging
 
'We've never seen this': wildlife thrives in closed US national parks

"Earlier this month, for the first time in recent memory, pronghorn antelope ventured into the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley national park. Undeterred by temperatures that climbed to over 110F, the animals were observed by park staff browsing on a hillside not far from Furnace Creek visitor center."

"'This is something we haven’t seen in our lifetimes', said Kati Schmidt, a spokesperson for the National Parks Conservation Association. 'We’ve known they’re in some of the higher elevation areas of Death Valley but as far as we’re aware they’ve never been documented this low in the park, near park headquarters'."

"The return of pronghorns to Death Valley is but one of many stories of wildlife thriving on public lands since the coronavirus closures went into effect a month and a half ago."

"In Yosemite national park, closed since 20 March, wildlife have flocked in large numbers to a virtually abandoned Yosemite Valley."




#environment #wildlife
 
'We've never seen this': wildlife thrives in closed US national parks

"Earlier this month, for the first time in recent memory, pronghorn antelope ventured into the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley national park. Undeterred by temperatures that climbed to over 110F, the animals were observed by park staff browsing on a hillside not far from Furnace Creek visitor center."

"'This is something we haven’t seen in our lifetimes', said Kati Schmidt, a spokesperson for the National Parks Conservation Association. 'We’ve known they’re in some of the higher elevation areas of Death Valley but as far as we’re aware they’ve never been documented this low in the park, near park headquarters'."

"The return of pronghorns to Death Valley is but one of many stories of wildlife thriving on public lands since the coronavirus closures went into effect a month and a half ago."

"In Yosemite national park, closed since 20 March, wildlife have flocked in large numbers to a virtually abandoned Yosemite Valley."




#environment #wildlife
 

Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown | World news | The Guardian

Milan is to introduce one of Europe’s most ambitious schemes reallocating street space from cars to cycling and walking, in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The northern Italian city and surrounding Lombardy region are among Europe’s most polluted, and have also been especially hard hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Under the nationwide lockdown, motor traffic congestion has dropped by 30-75%, and air pollution with it. City officials hope to fend off a resurgence in car use as residents return to work looking to avoid busy public transport.
#science #environment #pollution #transport
 

Milan announces ambitious scheme to reduce car use after lockdown | World news | The Guardian

Milan is to introduce one of Europe’s most ambitious schemes reallocating street space from cars to cycling and walking, in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The northern Italian city and surrounding Lombardy region are among Europe’s most polluted, and have also been especially hard hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Under the nationwide lockdown, motor traffic congestion has dropped by 30-75%, and air pollution with it. City officials hope to fend off a resurgence in car use as residents return to work looking to avoid busy public transport.
#science #environment #pollution #transport
 

On the verge: a quiet roadside revolution is boosting wildflowers | Environment | The Guardian

Projects to reduce grass cutting and increase the diversity of plants and wildlife along Britain’s roads are having dramatic results
A little bit of good news in a worrisome world.

#science #environment #nature #diversity
 

On the verge: a quiet roadside revolution is boosting wildflowers | Environment | The Guardian

Projects to reduce grass cutting and increase the diversity of plants and wildlife along Britain’s roads are having dramatic results
A little bit of good news in a worrisome world.

#science #environment #nature #diversity
 
Quote of note:

"He was surfing the wake of a big tanker and eating a nice sea lion lunch."

Via Injured transient orca appears healthy near Washington state

#PugetSound #Orcas #science #WashingtonState #environment
Injured transient orca appears healthy near Washington state
 
Quote of note:

"He was surfing the wake of a big tanker and eating a nice sea lion lunch."

Via Injured transient orca appears healthy near Washington state

#PugetSound #Orcas #science #WashingtonState #environment
Injured transient orca appears healthy near Washington state
 
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Food from Scraps

Last Fall and Winter we did an experiment for fun to re-grow different food plants from the cut off pieces that we would normally just compost. Here are some of the results.


Plants we used: #Celery, #Romaine Lettuce, #Bok-Choy, #Beet Tops, #Parsley, #Leek
#diy #gardening #garden #sustainability #food #vegan #zerowaste #recycle #reuse #salad #compost #kitchengarden #nature #environment #jardin #cooking #vegetarian #recyclage #umwelt #cuisine #zerodechet
 
#Environment. (4 photos)
Holland Turns Over 300 Bus Stops into Green Roof Ecosystems for Bees
Holland Turns Over 300 Bus Stops into Green Roof Ecosystems for Bees
 
#Environment. (4 photos)
Holland Turns Over 300 Bus Stops into Green Roof Ecosystems for Bees
Holland Turns Over 300 Bus Stops into Green Roof Ecosystems for Bees
 
And yet we're going to waste a decade or more on a political vanity project called Brexit (where one of the slogans supporters often repeat is that Britain needs to grow more of its own food....). The children and grandchildren and grand-grandchildren of today's Brexiteers will one day ask, "why did you waste your time on Brexit instead of stopping the destruction of our environment?

Climate change could leave southern Britain ‘unable’ to support crops

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #environment #climatechange
 
THIS is how we win, people.

Solar and Wind Power So Cheap They’re Outgrowing Subsidies

"For years, wind and solar power were derided as boondoggles. They were too expensive, the argument went, to build without government handouts."

"Today, renewable energy is so cheap that the handouts they once needed are disappearing."

"On sun-drenched fields across Spain and Italy, developers are building solar farms without subsidies or tax-breaks, betting they can profit without them. In China, the government plans to stop financially supporting new wind farms. And in the U.S., developers are signing shorter sales contracts, opting to depend on competitive markets for revenue once the agreements expire."

#RenewableEnergy #ClimateChange #environment
 
THIS is how we win, people.

Solar and Wind Power So Cheap They’re Outgrowing Subsidies

"For years, wind and solar power were derided as boondoggles. They were too expensive, the argument went, to build without government handouts."

"Today, renewable energy is so cheap that the handouts they once needed are disappearing."

"On sun-drenched fields across Spain and Italy, developers are building solar farms without subsidies or tax-breaks, betting they can profit without them. In China, the government plans to stop financially supporting new wind farms. And in the U.S., developers are signing shorter sales contracts, opting to depend on competitive markets for revenue once the agreements expire."

#RenewableEnergy #ClimateChange #environment
 

Greta Thunberg to US politicians: 'Sorry, you're not trying hard enough' | BBC News

"Don't invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it

...[this is] not about youth activism. This is not about us... we don't want to be heard. We want the science to be heard."

Instead of submitting a personal statement... she sent Congress a major report on global warming along with eight sentences of her own.

"I am submitting this report as my testimony because I don't want you to listen to me," she said. "I want you to listen to the scientists. And I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take action."

In some places, like Victoria in Australia, students and public workers are being actively encouraged to walk out of school and work.

"We want our kids to be engaged in the world around them, so we don't think it's fair to criticise students for holding a peaceful protest about an issue as important as this" [government spokesman to Melbourne-based newspaper].
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-49738225

#environment #pollution #carbon #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #GlobalWarming #science #USPolitics #politics #GretaThunberg
 

Greta Thunberg to US politicians: 'Sorry, you're not trying hard enough' | BBC News

"Don't invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it

...[this is] not about youth activism. This is not about us... we don't want to be heard. We want the science to be heard."

Instead of submitting a personal statement... she sent Congress a major report on global warming along with eight sentences of her own.

"I am submitting this report as my testimony because I don't want you to listen to me," she said. "I want you to listen to the scientists. And I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take action."

In some places, like Victoria in Australia, students and public workers are being actively encouraged to walk out of school and work.

"We want our kids to be engaged in the world around them, so we don't think it's fair to criticise students for holding a peaceful protest about an issue as important as this" [government spokesman to Melbourne-based newspaper].
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-49738225

#environment #pollution #carbon #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #GlobalWarming #science #USPolitics #politics #GretaThunberg
 

How would you explain your basic #life #philosophy?


Have fun but don't harm anybody. Anybody is including #nature, #earth, #environment, plants, animals, #climate and you.
#askme #question
 

There was worldwide outcry when the Notre Dame cathedral was on fire. Why is there not the same level of outrage for the fires destroying the #AmazonRainforest?


#environment #globalwarming #climatechange #Brazil #forestfire #AmazonFires

Twitter: WWF UK on Twitter (WWF UK)

 

There was worldwide outcry when the Notre Dame cathedral was on fire. Why is there not the same level of outrage for the fires destroying the #AmazonRainforest?


#environment #globalwarming #climatechange #Brazil #forestfire #AmazonFires

Twitter: WWF UK on Twitter (WWF UK)

 

Human Thermal Limits — and when we exceed them


The human body relies primarily upon sweat to cool itself. But if the air is hot enough and humid enough, your sweat no longer evaporates, and sweating for cooling no longer works.

The critical point is a wet-bulb temperature of 35°C. Beyond that, fans don't help. Drinking doesn't help. Shade doesn't help. Rest doesn't help. When the wet-bulb temperature exceeds 35°C, unprotected humans die.

Some areas of the Earth are getting alarmingly close to this limit.
Wetbulb temperatures of 35°C have not yet been widely reported, but there is some evidence that they are starting to occur in Southwest Asia. Climate change then offers the prospect that some of the most densely populated regions on Earth could pass this threshold by the end of the century, with the Persian Gulf, South Asia, and most recently the North China Plain on the front line. These regions are, together, home to billions of people.
When regions cross the 35°C wetbulb limit, they will quite simply become uninhabitable by humans outside of air-conditioned environments. And we simply do not have sufficient power to air-condition that much of the world ... and trying to generate it will only make the problem worse unless we can do so using non-carbon-emitting means.
By 2050, cooling systems are expected to increase electricity demand by an amount equivalent to the present capacity of the US, EU, and Japan combined.
Even then, that heat doesn't just go nowhere; remember, we cool buildings by moving the unwanted heat outside. The more we cool the inside, the hotter the outside gets. Which means we need to turn up the air conditioning to keep the building cool, dumping even more heat outside...

You can see where that's going.

The short version is that if we keep on our current path, in as little as another few decades large areas of our planet are on track to become uninhabitable. And the people who live there now are going to have to either find a new place to live, or die.

Finding new places is going to be very hard. Look at all the resistance to the relatively tiny refugee movements happening today. If we pass 35°C wet-bulb, entire nations may need to relocate. And a LOT of them are going to die.

https://www.sciencealert.com/think-it-s-hot-in-europe-in-these-places-the-human-body-is-close-to-its-thermal-limit

Hat tip @Cass M

#science #environment #climate
 

Human Thermal Limits — and when we exceed them


The human body relies primarily upon sweat to cool itself. But if the air is hot enough and humid enough, your sweat no longer evaporates, and sweating for cooling no longer works.

The critical point is a wet-bulb temperature of 35°C. Beyond that, fans don't help. Drinking doesn't help. Shade doesn't help. Rest doesn't help. When the wet-bulb temperature exceeds 35°C, unprotected humans die.

Some areas of the Earth are getting alarmingly close to this limit.
Wetbulb temperatures of 35°C have not yet been widely reported, but there is some evidence that they are starting to occur in Southwest Asia. Climate change then offers the prospect that some of the most densely populated regions on Earth could pass this threshold by the end of the century, with the Persian Gulf, South Asia, and most recently the North China Plain on the front line. These regions are, together, home to billions of people.
When regions cross the 35°C wetbulb limit, they will quite simply become uninhabitable by humans outside of air-conditioned environments. And we simply do not have sufficient power to air-condition that much of the world ... and trying to generate it will only make the problem worse unless we can do so using non-carbon-emitting means.
By 2050, cooling systems are expected to increase electricity demand by an amount equivalent to the present capacity of the US, EU, and Japan combined.
Even then, that heat doesn't just go nowhere; remember, we cool buildings by moving the unwanted heat outside. The more we cool the inside, the hotter the outside gets. Which means we need to turn up the air conditioning to keep the building cool, dumping even more heat outside...

You can see where that's going.

The short version is that if we keep on our current path, in as little as another few decades large areas of our planet are on track to become uninhabitable. And the people who live there now are going to have to either find a new place to live, or die.

Finding new places is going to be very hard. Look at all the resistance to the relatively tiny refugee movements happening today. If we pass 35°C wet-bulb, entire nations may need to relocate. And a LOT of them are going to die.

https://www.sciencealert.com/think-it-s-hot-in-europe-in-these-places-the-human-body-is-close-to-its-thermal-limit

Hat tip @Cass M

#science #environment #climate
 
Iceland to lay a plaque marking it's first glacier to be lost to climate change.
The first of Iceland’s 400 glaciers to be lost to the climate crisis will be remembered with a memorial plaque – and a sombre warning for the future – to be unveiled by scientists and local people next month.

The former Okjökull glacier, which a century ago covered 15 sq km (5.8 sq miles) of mountainside in western Iceland and measured 50 metres thick, has shrunk to barely 1 sq km of ice less than 15 metres deep and lost its status as a glacier.

Researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas, a leading Icelandic author, Andri Snær Magnason, and the geologist Oddur Sigurðsson will lead the unveiling ceremony at the site in Borgarfjörður on 18 August, local media said.

“In the next 200 years, all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path,” the plaque reads, in Icelandic and English. “This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

The memorial is dated August 2019 and also carries the words “415ppm CO2”, referring to the record-breaking level of 415 parts per million of carbon dioxide recorded in the atmosphere in May this year.
#GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #Glaciers #Environment #Iceland
 
Iceland to lay a plaque marking it's first glacier to be lost to climate change.
The first of Iceland’s 400 glaciers to be lost to the climate crisis will be remembered with a memorial plaque – and a sombre warning for the future – to be unveiled by scientists and local people next month.

The former Okjökull glacier, which a century ago covered 15 sq km (5.8 sq miles) of mountainside in western Iceland and measured 50 metres thick, has shrunk to barely 1 sq km of ice less than 15 metres deep and lost its status as a glacier.

Researchers from Rice University in Houston, Texas, a leading Icelandic author, Andri Snær Magnason, and the geologist Oddur Sigurðsson will lead the unveiling ceremony at the site in Borgarfjörður on 18 August, local media said.

“In the next 200 years, all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path,” the plaque reads, in Icelandic and English. “This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

The memorial is dated August 2019 and also carries the words “415ppm CO2”, referring to the record-breaking level of 415 parts per million of carbon dioxide recorded in the atmosphere in May this year.
#GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #Glaciers #Environment #Iceland
 
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