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What's Possible? I’m honoring on the Wall of Fame today a very inspirational short film. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and populated with footage from the world’s best filmmakers and stock footage libraries, in less than 4 minutes What’s Possible inspires us to want to make a difference. It makes you want to make the big changes necessary to leave the next generation a world worth inheriting. It is truly inspiring. The words, written by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum), are scrumptious. The Hans Zimmer music score is spot on. Something about the film did trouble me, a little. What bothered me is...
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Crawley Tackles Population Taboo Few people write comprehensively, accurately and candidly about the subject of human overpopulation. Sean Crawley has done exactly that, and done it with flair. His column in the latest issue of Shift magazine is required reading for all 7,207,155,993 of us. “The general consensus is there is no need to worry, because if we just stick to the current plan until we all have university degrees, are all millionaires, and all live to 120 years of age, then the population will magically stabilise and we will all live happily ever after. If you find that a bit hard to swallow and want...
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Romm and Klein: Kinder Capitalism Needed We’ll continue on the climate change topic today, since that is on everyone’s mind this week (usually it’s only on the minds of those who are awake). Joseph Romm makes the Wall of Fame today for his review of Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate. I’m pretty sure we should be honoring Klein here and recommending her book, however I’ve not had time to pick it up and read it. It sounds irresistible, as the book jacket declares that it “tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against...
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Heinberg and Williams Rout Krugman on Economic Growth vs. Livable Climate Today the UN holds a one-day Climate Summit, and that has sparked a spate of activity lately around that issue. Worth sharing is some public debate over a recent report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. The report, which I’ve not read, apparently concludes that we can intensify efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions AND have significant economic growth. You can just hear the sighs of relief in corporate boardrooms and cabinet meetings. For a while there it looked like we were going to have to make the planet the biggest slow-cooker in history. In Errors and Emissions:...
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Study: 95% Chance We are Stupid You might think a new study just confirms the obvious. There is a 95% probability the human race is not going to wise up and get serious about ending population growth in this century. It’s not good news, but when the news is bad, we need it, and we need it delivered factually and honestly. Applause this morning goes to the UK Guardian for judging this story to be newsworthy, and to reporter Damian Carrington for reporting about population growth without the pro-growth biases we too often see. This is especially noteworthy when you consider the fact that this story has so...
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