Archive for the 'Environment' Category

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

May 5th, 2016

End Racism in America… Stop Global Warming… Free Raif Badawi…

YOU’RE NOT PARANOID IF THEY ARE AFTER YOU…

May 4th, 2016

Bill McKibben writes: Late last week, I got the interesting news that right wing operatives from the fossil fuel industry are mounting an impressive campaign against me (as well as a handful of other high-profile climate activists). Apparently I’ll now have video trackers following me wherever I go; hired researchers are digging through fifty cartons […]

DISOBEY, BREAK FREE, NOW… NO, REALLY, NOW…!

April 30th, 2016

Take an ax to the prison wall. Escape. Walk out like someone suddenly born into color. Do it now. — Rumi, Quietness Learn more about Break Free… And where Civil Disobedience began…

BLAH, BLAH, RECORD TEMPERATURES, BLAH, BLAH…

April 16th, 2016

That’s the way the drumbeat of record temperatures has come to feel, but the drummer can be made to stumble and, in time, Sarah Palin and her ilk notwithstanding, fall silent. Damian Carrington, reporting in March temperature smashes 100-year global record for The Guardian, writes:The global temperature in March has shattered a century-long record and […]

GLOBAL MURDER FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY…

April 14th, 2016

In 19687 I was a geeky 8th grader with special science privileges at a rural school in rural Southeastern Ohio. I and my friends spent long days outside and in the surrounding woodlands of Warren Township. We got to see up close and personal some of the air and water pollution that came from the […]

WHAT I’M READING: HOW POISONED IS MY VALLEY…

April 9th, 2016

I’m catching up on a trio of stories that directly affect my family in what is known locally as The Mid-Ohio Valley. I grew up in and around Marietta, Ohio and left the region after graduating from Warren High School in 1973. During high school, a combination of factors—my involvement with Scouting, Mr. Smith’s and […]

MAY ACTION TO BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS…

April 9th, 2016

Matt Leonard emails: Friends, In 2016, the fossil fuel industry faces an existential crisis. Every country in the world has now agreed to tackle the issue of climate change, historically low prices have sent the industry into a financial tailspin, and two consecutive years of record global temperatures have galvanized support for climate action. There […]

WHEN HILLARY LIES DOWN WITH DOGS…

April 8th, 2016

…she gets fleas, and try as she might, Hillary Clinton can’t pick off all the huge, blood-sucking fleas from the fossil fuels industry that’s she acquired during her political life. Naomi Klein, writing in We’re out of time on climate change. And Hillary Clinton helped get us here elaborates: There aren’t a lot of certainties […]

JUST WHAT, EXACTLY, IS HILLARY SO SICK ABOUT…?

April 1st, 2016

My take is that she’s sick of liberals/progressives who keep asking embarrassing questions and won’t shut the fuck up so that the Democratic National Committee can anoint her President of the United States of America. Well, we’re going to keep asking those questions until she starts acting like she wants to represent We The People […]

NATURAL GAS PROVES TO BE A NATURAL DISASTER…

March 24th, 2016

Jokes about cattle burping and farting greenhouse gases notwithstanding, a study published in Geophysical Research Letters titled A large increase in U.S. methane emissions over the past decade inferred from satellite data and surface observations shows a far more dangerous source: methane leaks from fracking. The paper’s abstract warns: The global burden of atmospheric methane […]

FEBRUARY TEMPS TAKE GREAT LEAP UPWARD…

March 14th, 2016

Michael Slezak, in February breaks global temperature records by ‘shocking’ amount for The Guardian, writes: Global temperatures in February smashed previous monthly records by an unprecedented amount, according to Nasa data, sparking warnings of a climate emergency. The result was “a true shocker, and yet another reminder of the incessant long-term rise in global temperature […]

TEFLON ISN’T THE PROBLEM…

March 4th, 2016

The poisons used to make Teflon are. I have a personal connection with this story. My youngest brother and his family lived downriver from the Dupont’s Washington Bottom plant on the Ohio River south of Parkersburg, West Virginia. (They’ve since moved up river to our hometown of Marietta, Ohio.) Teflon appears in our lives in […]

JON CONNOR SPEAKS OUT AND RAPS ON FLINT, MI…

March 3rd, 2016

ENERGY COMPANIES TELL LIES, LIES & MORE LIES…

February 24th, 2016

Big energy, in the guise of the American Petroleum Institute, is reeling from the revelations of Exxon’s Global Warming cover-up and the shutting down of the disastrous Keystone Pipeline, has gone back to the duplicitous Vote4Energy commercials in the desperate move to convince American voters that we can drill our way to cheaper energy and […]

TIME NOW TO BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS…

January 23rd, 2016

Will Bates of 350.org writes: Dear friend, It’s official: this week NASA confirmed that 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded. And it’s not just warmer weather that people have been feeling. The impacts of a climate being cooked by a reckless fossil fuel industry are being felt right around the world. From devastating flooding […]

2015 WAS THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD…

January 21st, 2016

Damian Carrington, writing in 2015 smashes record for hottest year, final figures confirm for The Guardian ledes: 2015 smashed the record for the hottest year since reporting began in 1850, according to the first full-year figures from the world’s three principal temperature estimates. Data released on Wednesday by the UK Met Office shows the average […]

IN ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY, ONLY 24 MEN HAVE…

December 14th, 2015

Maybe this is why we continue to be so full of ourselves.

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE PROTESTS BEGIN…

November 29th, 2015

The Guardian emails: Dear Jeff, With the crucial UN climate summit in Paris beginning on Monday, I wanted to give you a heads up about what you can expect from Guardian reporters and editors over the next two weeks. We will have a team of reporters inside the Paris talks cutting through the spin and […]

THIS IS HOW ISIS KEEPS WINNING…

November 20th, 2015

Two stories showed up in my inbox this morning highlighting once again how those in power use the latest boogieman to scare the bejesus out of the sheep that pass for masses of citizens of the United States (and the rest of the free world). First, an email from Payal Parekh at 350.org: Friends, Yesterday, […]

DECROISSANCE, MINIMALISM FOR A SMALL PLANET…

November 16th, 2015

A great deal of thought in recent years has gone into how reducing our use of material resources could be managed in ways that actually improve quality of life overall—what the French call selective degrowth. [In French, decroissance has the double meaning of challenging both growth, croissance, and croire, to believe—invoking the idea of choosing […]

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