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Humanity Well On Its Way to Destroying Our Home World Wildlife Fund got the world’s attention yesterday with shocking news about how many animals human beings have edged off the planet over the past 40 years. It appears none of the world’s major news organizations chose to ignore the tragic news revealed in WWF’s 2014 Living Planet Report: CNN: WWF: World has lost more than half its wildlife in 40 years“The world's animal population has halved in 40 years as humans put unsustainable demands on Earth, a new report warns.” BBC: World wildlife populations halved in 40 years – report“The report shows that the biggest recorded threat to biodiversity comes from the...
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Fastest Growing Cities Celebrated - No Critical Thought Today’s example of unexamined assumptions in the media about the goodness of growth is one of those very painful ones. I just want to reach out and slap Richie Bernardo for writing 2014s Fastest Growing Cities without thinking critically about the mythology it celebrates. A story like this could be approached factually, without any of the common assumptions that population growth is a wise goal for all or most cities. I look for that whenever I see a headline like this. But, sadly, that is not the case here: “Some cities have it all: the jobs, the schools, the museums, the nightlife,...
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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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