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Paris Climate Accord Response a Mixed Bag A windstorm of media coverage over the weekend announced an accord was reached in the Paris climate talks. The reviews were mixed. Today’s USA Today quotes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: "The result will be a very clear signal to the marketplace of the world that people are moving into low-carbon, no-carbon, alternative, renewable energy, and I think it's going to create millions of jobs, enormous investments into R&D, and that R&D is going to create the solutions…." Kerry MAY realize the total global economy needs to shrink if we are to come anywhere close to the temperature-rise goals of the...
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The Devil's Handshake, Unveiled When a major national newspaper that is recognized internationally gets it right when it comes to the link between economic growth and environmental pollution, my little heart swoons. It is a rare occurrence, but The New York Times did just that with their December 8, 2015 article Smog So Thick, Beijing Comes to a Standstill by Edward Wong. This last week the air quality in Beijing was so bad that the government issued a “red alert” and cautioned people to stay inside. School was cancelled, businesses closed and factories were shut down as people found themselves in a foggy haze of...
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Animal (and Article) Cloning Recent announcements coming out of China are disturbing. According to a press release from November 24, 2015, released by Boyalife, the Chinese company outside of Beijing is building an expansive cloning facility in order to provide enough cattle for the billions in residence in the country to eat. Media coverage surrounding the announcement lacks the most basic understanding of the environmental effect of this move, the social effect of the shift towards red meat for the Chinese people, the ethical consideration surrounding cloning, and the acknowledgement that a facility claiming to produce “more than 6 times the size of the largest...
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A Short and Sweet Letter to the Editor Makes our Wall of Fame The media might not always cover economic growth appropriately. Often leaving out the ramifications, regularly touting benefits without explaining disastrous consequences and pushing for higher than sustainable numbers leaves the public disconnected from what’s happening. The basic cause and effect is left out of the equation. However, we regular citizens can raise some awareness of our own and one way to do so is the Letter to the Editor. One such letter, published by the Las Vegas Sun, is a good example. It is so short that I am tempted to quote the whole thing right here. Jeb Bush Can’t Keep...
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Gold Somewhere Over the Growth Rainbow Here’s an editorial that appeared last month in the Decatur, Illinois Herald & Review. I’ve been saving it for a slow Monday, because it deserves a little slow roasting. Council Votes Against Growth Ugh. Yes, this piece is over-the-top boosterism. In bemoaning a council decision not to enable a big store to locate in a neighborhood, it offers textbook examples of unexamined assumptions about the goodness, and universal worship, of growth. “All seven members of the Decatur City Council have expressed interest in helping the community grow and prosper.” That’s our first clue, the all-too-common growth mania trifecta: “grow and prosper.”...
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