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Weekly News Update Nov 7th

Tony Hoagland passed away on October 23. The poet hoped for humankind’s peaceful transition in the world it has diminished. We are diminished:  The World Wildlife Fund released a report that found a 60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in the just over 40 years. The WWF report preceded the UN Convention […]

Available Data and Reason Tell Us

Statistics from the United States government and the United Nations show us that we are bringing about dramatic changes in our Earth’s environment. Projecting these changes into the future shows that unless they are stopped, or mitigated humanity will be in serious trouble as time moves on. Our planet, and even our species, has been […]

HELP WANTED: A PLEA TO ECONOMISTS

Many civilizations have disappeared in the past, but today for the first time a global civilization is threatened with collapse (Ehrlich, Paul R. and Ehrlich 2009).  Individually, or in combination, nuclear war, climate disruption, loss of biodiversity, erosion of soils, global toxification, massive famine, or a nasty pandemic, could in the near future end rich-nation […]

Love Polar Bears? Then Have Fewer Children

We are now experiencing unsustainability at all levels, ranging from deforestation, habitat destruction, species extinction, atmospheric and marine pollution to climate change. Yet most efforts to mitigate environmental degradation focus only on consumption and technology, which are still too slow and insufficient to have the required effect. This article therefore highlights the link between resource […]

The Earth Armistice

ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL AS A FUNDAMENTAL THREAT TO LIFE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY ON THE EARTH. The following article outlines a call for the UN Security Council (UNSC), consistent with Articles 25 and 26 of the UN Charter, to pass a resolution that is legally binding on all member-states to […]

The Ecological Crisis is a Political Crisis

With each passing day, reports on global climate change become increasingly bleak. Recent research has affirmed that the glaciers are melting faster than anticipated1, and that acidification, with its catastrophic effect on ocean ecosystems, is also proceeding faster than feared2.  As the concentration of atmospheric carbon continues to rise, so does the likelihood we’ve passed […]

The Restoration and Rebirth of the Earth Atmosphere

The need to mobilize the world’s states, peoples, and resource to restore the global atmosphere to levels of 400 ppm as the immediate challenge of humanity in order to survive climate change. This can be done using a variety of mitigation methods, including negative emissions, but we are rapidly running out of time to make […]

The Fox News Effect

Join Paul and Anne Ehrlich on Thursday, September 20th at 5pm PT/8pm ET for a Live Webinar to discuss The Fox News Effect and its significant impact on discourse and politics worldwide.  Register for the webinar here. “One of the most remarkable threats to watercourses in the United States are concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). For example, […]

Juliana v US: Getting Ready to Rumble

Supreme Court Tells White House ‘No,’ As A Buncha Kids Sue The Government Over Global Warming                                                                 —from an article by Alex Parker This is […]

Nature, Gender, and Social Democracy- A Dialogue with Political Scientist Sheri Berman

This the first in what will be an ongoing Q&A blog series focused on the need to embrace our common planetary citizenship.   “What distinguishes social democracy is not government control of the economy or businesses; it is how government deals with citizens. “- Professor Sheri Berman   Geoffrey Holland – What nation states on […]

The Earth Armistice

THE EARTH ARMISTICE: ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL AS A FUNDAMENTAL THREAT TO LIFE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY ON THE EARTH. In order to address and reverse climate change, The Earth Armistice requires that all states, following the appropriate UN Security Council Resolution (UNSC),[1] to set aside from 10% to 20% of […]

Beyond Paris: The Next Step, The Earth’s Atmosphere as A Global Trust Part II

The following article outlines a call for a United Nations General Assembly Nonbinding Resolution recognizing the Earth’s Atmosphere as a Global Trust. In Part I, I described how and why the Earth’s Atmosphere should be recognized as a Global Trust. In Part II, I will expand on this approach to show how it can be […]

Beyond Paris: The Next Step, The Earth’s Atmosphere as A Global Trust Part I

The following article outlines a call for a United Nations General Assembly Nonbinding Resolution recognizing the Earth’s Atmosphere as a Global Trust. In Part I, I describe how and why the Earth’s Atmosphere should be recognized as a Global Trust. In Part II, I will expand on this approach to show how it can be used […]

Humanity’s Dysfunctional Nervous System

In the modern world we know, the mass media – television, radio, and the internet – function as humanity’s collective nervous system linking billions of people worldwide. The problem is these media are failing big time when it comes to serving the public as honest brokers of information and understanding. Some perspective…. At the end […]

The Silver Gun Hypothesis: New Model for a Sustainable Carbon Economy

Introduction Many people are hoping that civilization will undergo an economic transformation for the objective of becoming ‘sustainable’ over the long run. It seems reasonable to assume that a transformational change—if it does occur—will be accompanied by a paradigm shift in economic philosophy. A paradigm shift seems reasonable in the face of the environmental and […]

If I had Jeff Bezos’ Money

At this moment in time, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, is the richest man in the world.  According to Forbes, Bezos alone has a net worth of $131 billion… that’s billion with a B. Let’s put that in perspective. A hundred billion is 1,000 million times 100.  If you spent $10 million every passing day, it […]

David Suzuki Is Right: Neoliberal Economics Are ‘Pretend Science’

How a National Post column attacking environmental activist misses the mark. This opinion piece was first published by The Tyee and is republished here with permission from the author and publisher. In a recent article in the National Post, University of Alberta economist Andrew Leach roundly criticizes geneticist and eco-activist David Suzuki — about to be awarded an […]

The Connection Between Environment, Conflict and Security

This article was originally published by Planet Experts. The original post is available here. There are two directions the connection between conflict and the environment can take that influence security.  The degradation of the environment can cause conflict and a reduction in security; or conflict can destroy the resources and services provided by the environment, […]

Pessimism on the Food Front

Introduction Virtually all trends, biophysical and socioeconomic, suggest that levels of hunger, already high, will only increase as the human population grows and its life-support systems are degraded. Steps that might ameliorate the situation are, unhappily, nowhere in sight. Is it likely humanity will satisfactorily feed 11 billion people around the end of this century? […]

A New Nature: Discussion of The Theoretical Individual

Geoffrey Holland speaks with Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison about their latest book, The Theoretical Individual Geoffrey Holland: You write that the myth of the human individual is etymologically, psychologically, and emotionally ingrained in who we are, yet every minute this myth is violated by humans.   What is this myth of the individual? […]

How the rich can save the poor and themselves: lessons from the global warming

Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich delivered this special address during the International Conference on Global Warming and Climate Change: Perspectives from developing countries, which took place 21-23 February 1989 in New Delhi. ABSTRACT: Humanity faces an imposing array of environmental problems on a worldwide scale, including catastrophic loss of biotic diversity (especially because of […]

Unprecedented Crime: Review

This review was first published by Resilience.org on February 16, 2018. The original article can be found here. It is republished with permission from the author. Seldom are missed books truly missed opportunities — but nothing could possibly be worse than missing an opportunity that could have saved your life, and those of your family […]

Why our obsession with GDP ignores harm done to welfare and the world

One of the first things economics students learn about is Gross Domestic Product (GDP). GDP is also a central concept in many political debates, including Brexit. Will it rise? Will it fall? What effect will this have on our lives? Gross Domestic Product measures the total value of goods produced and services provided in a […]

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