The alarm bells of the climate crisis have been ringing in our ears for years and are getting louder all the time – yet humanity has failed to change course. What is wrong with us?
A new paper shows that the Earth’s climate has continued to warm rapidly in recent years
“The good news is that we can take action that reduces the rate of climate change and promotes economic growth, ultimately stopping our journey down this dangerous path”—World Bank
This statement is unlikely to be true as scientific studies have shown that over 60% of the increase in GHG emissions is caused by global economic growth. We simply can’t have a healthy environment and a healthy growing economy.—Qualicum Institute
Scientists Confirm: 2014 Set to Be Hottest Year in Recorded Human History | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Don’t let the winter cold spell fool you. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed Thursday that 2014 is set to be the hottest year in recorded history, with October setting another record for monthly temperatures.
CO2, birth and death rates by country
This real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.
What 35,000 Walruses Forced to the Beach Tell Us About Global Warming | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
What 35,000 Walruses Tell Us About Global Warming
Pacific walruses, who live in the Bering Sea during winter, require floating sea ice to meet their survival needs, using them for rest in between journeys to forage for food, such as clam, snails, and worms, as well as for giving birth and caring for their young. But as the oceans warm, this sea ice is receding, especially near coastal areas, forcing these walruses to take to the beach for resting and foraging, according to an explanation from the NOAA.
The global predicament
We used to live on a planet that was relatively empty of humans; today it is full to overflowing, with more people consuming more resources. We would need one and a half Earths to sustain the existing economy into the future. Every year this ecological overshoot continues, the foundations of our existence, and that of other species, are undermined.
At the same time, there are great multitudes around the world who are, by any humane standard, under-consuming, and the humanitarian challenge of eliminating global poverty is likely to increase the burden on ecosystems still further.
Meanwhile the population is set to hit 11 billion this century. Despite this, the richest nations still seek to grow their economies without apparent limit.
Like a snake eating its own tail, our growth-orientated civilisation suffers from the delusion that there are no environmental limits to growth. But rethinking growth in an age of limits cannot be avoided. The only question is whether it will be by design or disaster.
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The global warming goal that nearly 200 governments have agreed on should be ditched, say scientists writing in Nature
Sharing a (Not So) Living Planet | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
Sharing a (Not So) Living Planet
As further evidence comes to light of how our economic systems are decimating the natural world, sharing is fast emerging as the central theme in the discourse on how to ensure prosperity for all within planetary boundaries.
Floods, forest fires, expanding deserts: the future has arrived
Climate change is no longer viewed by mainstream scientists as a future threat to our planet and our species. It is a palpable phenomenon that already affects the world, they insist. And a brief look round the globe certainly provides no lack of evidence to support this gloomy assertion.