Floods, forest fires, expanding deserts: the future has arrived | Environment | The Observer

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.

via Floods, forest fires, expanding deserts: the future has arrived | Environment | The Observer.

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Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF | Environment | The Guardian

The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research by scientists at WWF and the Zoological Society of London found.

Read more… Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF | Environment | The Guardian.

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2014 on Track to be Hottest Year on Record | Climate Central

Just days after NASA data showed that August 2014 was the warmest August on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed the ranking and raised the ante: There’s a good chance 2014 could become the warmest year on record.

via 2014 on Track to be Hottest Year on Record | Climate Central.

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OK, we get it! But are we being effective? | MAHB

MAHB has joined the ranks of the environmental movement, which, for over 50 years has been hard at work telling us that the global environment is a mess. We get it! The trouble is that even a glance in the rear-view mirror reveals a natural world increasingly spoiled by humans with societal collapse now a very real possibility. We need a new approach and are convinced that the leaders of MAHB have the expertise, resources, and contacts needed to replace our old methods with revolutionary actions.

via OK, we get it! But are we being effective? | MAHB.

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Climate change isn’t the problem. A population bomb is killing us – MarketWatch

Climate change isn’t the problem. A population bomb is killing us

The human race is in a suicidal rush to self-destruction. We can’t blame some grand conspiracy of climate-science deniers, Big Oil, Koch Bros, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, GOP governors and Congress.

We are the problem. You. Me. Too many of us. Population is out of control worldwide. Seven billion today. Ten billion by 2050, in one generation. Too many babies. Too many old folks. An out-of-control civilization committing mass suicide. We are responsible for destroying the planet.

via Climate change isn’t the problem. A population bomb is killing us – MarketWatch.

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Low Oil Prices: Sign of a Debt Bubble Collapse, Leading to the End of Oil Supply? | Our Finite World

Low Oil Prices: Sign of a Debt Bubble Collapse, Leading to the End of Oil Supply?

Posted on September 21, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Oil and other commodity prices have recently been dropping. Is this good news, or bad? Gail Tverberg argues that falling commodity prices are bad news. She thinks it likely means that the debt bubble which has been holding up the world economy for a very long time–since World War II, at least–is failing to expand sufficiently. If the debt bubble collapses, we will be in huge difficulty.

Many people have the impression that falling oil prices mean that the cost of production is falling, and thus that the feared “peak oil” is far in the distance. This is not the correct interpretation…

via Low Oil Prices: Sign of a Debt Bubble Collapse, Leading to the End of Oil Supply? | Our Finite World.

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