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An Expanded Realm of Desire

Over the last 20 years we have been discovering that climate science is not sufficient to properly fix global warming. The history of coal and oil shows a new paradigm: the realm of desire, a new way of thinking about human life. So, what is climate consensus in a world where the desire of the […]

Counting Down: Our addiction to oil may have an end date

There is no question that the world is addicted to oil.  We always have been (for our entire lives, at least), and always will be… Or will we? Given the unquenchable demand from billions of people the world over, oil demand is showing no signs of slowing.  The inter-connected reliance within the majority of our […]

The Unshakeable Habit of Noticing

Like a raindrop falling on the surface of the ocean, the voice of a single person has the power to effect change, rippling outward to touch and comingle with the many voices of our collective consciousness. Looking back over my life, I remember so many individuals, who through their simple words and small actions have […]

Hotspots Exclusive Interview

This interview was originally published by Her Campus on April 22, 2016, and is republished here with permission from the author and interviewee. The original interview is available here. Dr. Michael Charles Tobias is the 2016 Martha Daniel Newell Visiting Scholar at GCSU (Georgia College & State University), and President of the Dancing Star Foundation […]

Active Remedy Ltd. showcases Sacred Groves and Green Corridors for climate adaptation

Since 2003 Active Remedy Ltd. has been researching the relationship between the global water cycle, climate and mixed mountain forests. The group has looked into the extreme imbalances that are presently taking place within the global water cycle and the greatly exacerbating effects that the mass deforestation of mixed mountain forests worldwide is having upon this […]

Did Paris Address the Climate Challenges Faced by African Communities?

This article was originally published by the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat on February 29, 2016, you can find the original article here. Since its adoption after COP-21 in December 2015, the Paris Agreement has received mixed reviews. Some stakeholders, mostly industrialized countries, see the climate deal as a success. Developing countries have generally been more cautiously optimistic, […]

Getting misled by short-term thinking in U.S. presidential debates

This commentary was originally published via Environmental Health News, here. Last week the New York Times published an analysis of most-discussed topics in Republican and Democratic debates. Not surprisingly, vast gulfs exist, with Republicans talking about military power, religious liberty and the Constitution, while Democrats debated education, race and Wall Street, among others. But what […]

World Wildlife Day 2016

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designates […]

Fiji becomes first country in the world to ratify Paris agreement

Fiji has become the first country in the world to formally approve the UN climate deal agreed by 195 nations in Paris in December. To formally take effect, the Paris agreement requires at least 55 countries to ratify the treaty. The ratification process will provide a better sense of nations’ climate action plans.

Per capita consumption: a DON’T list

As Paul Ehrlich has pointed out over decades, the resource consumption equation has 2 components:  population size and per capita consumption.  The former is used by greedy capitalists to point fingers at the developing world, but the latter is a first world (at the moment) problem.  In Australia, for instance, we use around 35 tonnes […]

Could Your Choice of Meat Be Harming the Amazon and Environment?

When you sit down to dig into a burger, what are you thinking about? That tasty, salty flavor that satisfies your cravings? That need to end the hunger that’s gnawing at your gut? The way that the lettuce, tomato and special sauce complement the meat so damn perfectly? Trees? (What?!) Yep, I said trees. When […]

COP21 – Is the jubilation warranted?

This article originally appeared in Patterns of Meaning, a blog that explores the patterns of meaning that shape our world. There was a resounding tone of history being made in Paris. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was close to tears as he declared: “We have entered a new era of global cooperation on one of the most […]

Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie: Australia, America, and the Environment

Hot off the press! “Though separated by thousands of miles, the United States and Australia have much in common. Geographically both countries are expansive—the United States is the fourth largest in land mass and Australia the sixth—and both possess a vast amount of natural biodiversity. At the same time, both nations are on a crash […]

The Nation State is on the skids

The 21st Century will change much that people now take for granted. Among the more shocking possibilities is that it will bring down the curtain on the nation-state as the primary instrument of human governance. The nation state, established in the Americas and in Europe post-Napoleon, is now so firmly ingrained in our identities, customs […]

Faith-Based Economics: The Corporate World and the Survival of Civilization

 In 1966 distinguished economist Kenneth Boulding wrote: “Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.”  Well, the madmen and most economists are still at it.  Even Paul Krugman, smarter than most economists, usually ends up looking to the disease of growth as […]

COP21 -Dolphin Extinction, Hydropower & Climate Change

Scientists for the Mekong offer this article to infomr the public, the delegates at COP21, and decision makers worldwide about the impacts of Hydropower Development on the Lower Mekong River. Particularly, their serious repercussions: the Risk to Food Security of 60 million people in SE Asia, the massive Ecological and Economic losses, and their vast […]

COP 21 Paris: The End of the Beginning

Will Paris be a success or a failure? It will be both. The real question is whether it opens the way to a new future of justice and ambition This is a preview of the upcoming issue of Earth Island Journal, it was first published by the Earth Island Institute. Find the original publication here. […]

 “Woods and Trees”

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and proposed indicators The recently adopted 2030 development agenda, which includes an ambitious set of goals and targets, was hailed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world. The Population and Sustainability Network (PSN) was delighted […]

Weekly Roundup November 7th-13th

Check out some of the recent additions to the MAHB site: “Is the US climate action plan ambitious, equitable or sufficient?” In this week’s post to the MAHB Blog, Chandra Bhushan and Sunita Narain of CSE India introduce the report Capitan America, which provides a close and careful look at the US INDC action plan. How […]

Ecological Challenges in a Global Context

Dancing Star Foundation President Michael Charles Tobias’ Keynote Address at the Plenary Session of the 4th International Scientific Congress in Moscow, Russia, October 26th – “Globalistics – 2015” – held during the week of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations. Abstract: With “treaty congestion,” compassion fatigue, 35 biological hotspots, and oceanic dead-zones, increasing economic […]

Agroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here’s how.

The various incarnations of the sustainable food movement need a science with which to approach a system as complex as food and farming. This article originally appeared in Ensia, an independent publication of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, showcasing environmental solutions in action. Read the original article here. June 17, 2015 […]

Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals

A new report by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development, and Reproductive Health entitled Population Dynamics and the Sustainable Development Goals was launched in early July, coinciding with the celebrations of World Population Day and the preparations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals summit in September. The report calls for greater attention in […]

The Iran Deal

The MAHB addresses the web of interconnected global environmental and social problems that  are destroying the biosphere that supports life. This man-made degradation of our life-support systems threatens humanity and civilization as we know it. Truly, this damage is a potential “weapon of mass destruction” (WMD). However, there are other WMDs, more traditional ones that must not be […]

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