Search Results: A Plan for the Nations

What goes up: are predictions of a population crisis wrong?

Changing fertility rates challenge dystopian visions and UN projections about the future of our overcrowded planet. She is a well-educated, professional woman, working in an office tower in central Nairobi, Kenya. Because of her status and education, the price required to marry her is bound to be high. Although dowries are often now paid in […]

Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die

This story originally appeared on The New Republic and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Germany was supposed to be a model for solving global warming. In 2007, the country’s government announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020. This was the kind of bold, aggressive climate goal scientists said was […]

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: An Interview with the MAHB to Discuss Resilience

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief has sprung to the aid of victims of climate related disasters in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and, most recently, California. Their template is simple and replicable: What is needed in response to disasters is solidarity, not charity. Frequently, the government and what MADR calls the “nonprofit industrial complex,” has its own […]

The Earth Armistice (updated)

THE EARTH ARMISTICE THE LEGAL ARGUMENT BASED ON THE CHARTER OF THE UNITED NATIONS FOR URGENT ACTION BY THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE AS A FUNDAMENTAL THREAT TO LIFE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY ON THE EARTH. SUMMARY The following article outlines a call for the UN Security Council (UNSC), consistent with Articles […]

What Will It Take to Avert Collapse?

A lot of people are asking the question these days—including serious folks who work full-time on climate and energy policy. How can the world’s nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to forestall climate catastrophe, without undermining either the global economy (which is still 85 percent dependent on fossil fuels) or the hopes of billions […]

If you can’t build well, then build nothing at all

Scientists must call out — not merely greenwash — infrastructure building that will ruin environments, lives and economies, urges William Laurance. Esteemed Brazilian scientist Eneas Salati once said that the best thing that could be done for the Amazon was to blow up all the roads. By 2050, Earth could accumulate another 25 million kilometres […]

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 […]

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