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Ultimate Green Act We give a shout-out today to Alexander Nathanson, who wrote an excellent essay published in the Vermont Digger on July 17: Why ‘Going Green’ is Not Enough Nathanson, an Environmental Policy major at Champlain College, reminds us we are in climate crisis and we are not yet responding to the degree warranted. “While ‘going green’ certainly can help reduce a family’s carbon output, the fact is this simply is not enough to reverse anything considering the rapid climate changes of recent.” To be clear, he isn’t suggesting we not bother with the typical “green” behaviors. “We as individuals simply cannot give...
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We Don’t Have to Destroy Human Civilization After All A group of executives, economists and politicians have apparently found a way to do what’s necessary to have a survivable climate without giving up economic growth. This is newsworthy, of course, because we’ve all been bracing for impact – since we absolutely, positively cannot give up growth. Pilita Clark brings us this news in Clean Global Economic Growth Now ‘Within Reach, published in today’s Financial Times.  “Halting global warming without denting economic growth can be done more easily than many companies and governments realise, a report from 28 chief executives, economists and political figures shows.” Our big mistake over the past...
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Pope's Absurd Population Position Most media coverage of the encyclical released by the Vatican last week has focused on the pope’s call for action to address climate change and poverty. Some coverage, however, has zeroed in on the encyclical’s take on population. The Population Institute’s Robert Walker writes impressively from an informed perspective on population issues at Huffington Post, so I was anxious to read his take. In The Papal Encyclical: Taking Umbrage, Walker expresses a view shared by many sustainable population advocates. “While I heartily applaud his call to action on climate change, I was struck, and personally so, when he writes that, ‘Instead...
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Most GOP Candidates Laughable on Climate Change Encyclical Pope Francis has put addressing climate change front and center in the news media over the last several days. Apparently there is no other leader on the world stage with enough clout to rivet attention on maintaining a livable planet. Elected leaders would have to band together and agree to put planet first, economy second, to generate as much buzz. Like that is going to happen. Today I honor on the Wall of Fame the most entertaining media coverage of the release of the new encyclical on climate change: Frustrated Republicans Argue Pope Should Leave Science To Scientists Who Deny Climate...
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Limits to Growth: Contrary View and No Spin Korea Times lands on the Wall of Fame today for Global Warming Going from Bad to Worse. It's not every day a newspaper interviews an expert with a view that’s contrary to the mainstream “grow, baby, grow” paradigm. "I'm deeply worried because our future could have been so much better than it is going to be,’ Jorgen Randers, a Norwegian scholar, said in an interview with The Korea Times, Thursday. ‘Climate change will get worse and worse over the next 40 years." Randers was in Korea to deliver a keynote speech to the ICLEI World Congress. He’s a newsmaker, but too...
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