Category: Global Warming/Climate Change

Britain’s Private Militias

The Ratcliffe miscarriage of justice shows that we need a sweeping reform of the police. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Here, so far, are the results of the undercover surveillance operation the police conducted against a group of climate change activists: one trial abandoned, after great expense 20 people subject to what looks like a miscarriage of justice, at even greater expense […]

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The War on Africa’s Family Farmers

Proposing ‘grandiose solutions without first diagnosing the causes of what ails Africa and her people has never stopped the World Bank, corporations and the odd billionaire from prescribing the wrong medicine for the continent,’ writes Joan Baxter, as the Bank makes plans to ‘unlock’ the future of African agriculture. by Joan Baxter, originally published on Pambazuka News A vivid image of rural poverty? Photo: ILRI The opening line in the […]

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Let No Man Say It Cannot Be Done

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute We need an economy for the twenty-first century, one that is in sync with the earth and its natural support systems, not one that is destroying them. The fossil fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy that evolved in western industrial societies is no longer a viable model—not for the countries that shaped it or for those that are emulating them. In short, we need to […]

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Earth Policy Institute Video Asks “How Many Failing States Will It Take?”

Watch the full episode. In this PBS-produced video, with actor and philanthropist Matt Damon narrating, Lester Brown gives a good overview of some of the current issues we face as a race. He connects the dots between the world’s rapidly melting glaciers, extreme weather events, and resource depletion, etc., and what it will mean to world food harvests, and the economic and social implications of wealthier countries outbidding poorer nation […]

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Climate Change – Meet the Scientists

It’s tiring hearing some write off many thousands of peer-reviewed studies by climate scientists — by brandishing apparent petitions by ‘thousands of climate skeptics‘ who supposedly say the exact opposite. Now, these thousands aren’t putting forth peer-reviewed studies and thoroughly researched counter-claims. No, they’re just putting forth their signature…. As a sound bite, it sounds pretty convincing, but a little research shows it’s merely smoke and mirrors. So, just to […]

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Keeping Cattle: Cause or Cure for Climate Crisis?

We’ve run posts on Alan Savory’s Holistic Management a few times (here, here and here for example), but for those who can’t get enough, here’s another for good measure. This is a 1-hour lecture given in Dublin at the end of 2009. It’s well worth a listen. Allan Savory argued that while livestock may be part of the problem, they can also be an important part of the solution. He […]

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What To Do With Nuclear Boy?

Given recent events in Japan, I wanted to broach the somewhat controversial topic of nuclear fission power plants, and the following video (thanks Thomas) — making the Fukushima nuclear situation a little easier for even little Japanese children to comprehend — makes a good lead-in to the topic.

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Can the United States Feed China?

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute In 1994, I wrote an article in World Watch magazine entitled “Who Will Feed China?” that was later expanded into a book of the same title. When the article was published in late August, the press conference generated only moderate coverage. But when it was reprinted that weekend on the front of the Washington Post’s Outlook section with the title “How China Could […]

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Climate Change Training Exercise

This is a training exercise that can be done with groups of around 20-25 people of all ages. Feel free to use, expand, or elaborate on it in anyway. Follow the activity with a discussion about climate as it relates to permaculture design. The roles: Poor Farmer Sun Summer Wind Winter Wind Rain River Cyclone Shade Tree Bamboo [X 3 or more] Willows [X 3 or more] Food Forest [X […]

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“Debunking the Stubborn Myth that Only Industrial Ag Can ‘feed the world’”

Image courtesy of Marc Roberts Tom Philpott has been writing great articles covering issues related to agriculture & food security issues for quite some time at Grist. These two are no exception. With the recent global unrest being partially attributed to sky rocketing food costs and widespread environmental & ecological destruction directly tied to abysmal land management methods, and the increasing scarcity of arable land becoming prominent we are drawing […]

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Bill McKibben: Why Climate Change Is the Most Urgent Challenge We Face

Bill McKibben is a writer and environmentalist as well as a co-founder of 350.org. In this interview Bill clearly describes the situation we are currently in, as well as providing a solution to the already damaged reality of our warmer planet. At a time when we are bombarded with conflicting articles, posts, interviews, research and videos on climate change, Bill provides a cohesive and powerful explanation that is worth your […]

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Why World Food Prices May Keep Climbing

Editor’s Note: In addition to the post from Lester below, also check out this: "Warning Of ‘Food Price Riots In The UK’ — A senior economist at the worldwide bank HSBC has warned of civil unrest in Britain if food prices continue to soar." by Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute In February, world food prices reached the highest level on record. Soaring food prices are already a source of spreading […]

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