Ecology and Environment

27.12.2019

The Amazon at a Tipping Point

The Amazon at a Tipping Point

The Amazon rainforest is a crucial life-support ecosystem. Without its wondrous strength and power to generate hydrologic systems across the sky (as far north as Iowa), absorb and store carbon (CO2), and its miraculous life-giving endless supply of oxygen, civilization would cease to exist beyond scattered tribes, here and there. »

22.12.2019

In search of a sane economy

In search of a sane economy

Could degrowth, community, and basic income create a sane economy? An interview with one of the godfathers of the basic income movement, Phillippe Van Parijs. Philippe Van Parijs for openDemocracy-Beyond traffic and slavery. Phillippe Van Parijs is a philosopher at the University of Louvain and a founding member… »

21.12.2019

Biosphere Collapse?

Biosphere Collapse?

Five years ago: Nations of the world met in Paris to draft a climate agreement that was subsequently accepted by nearly every country in the world, stating that global temperatures must not exceed +2C pre-industrial. Global emissions must be cut! Fossil fuel usage must be cut! Today: Following Paris ’15,… »

20.12.2019

2019 – A Devastating Year in Review

2019 – A Devastating Year in Review

By Farhana Haque Rahman By any measure this has been a devastating year: fires across the Amazon, the Arctic and beyond; floods and drought in Africa; rising temperatures, carbon emissions and sea levels; accelerating loss of species, and mass forced migrations of people. As seen through the… »

18.12.2019

Our Vanishing World: Birds

Our Vanishing World: Birds

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, it is estimated that the total number of passenger pigeons in the United States was about three billion birds. The bird was immensely abundant, as illustrated by this passage written by the famous ornithologist, naturalist and painter John James Audubon: ‘I dismounted,… »

17.12.2019

COP25. Makoma Lekalakala: We must stand up and demand climate justice

COP25. Makoma Lekalakala: We must stand up and demand climate justice

In this interview during COP25, Makoma Lekalakala (Goldman Environmental Prize 2018) and member of Earthlife Africa, Johannesburg, talks to Pressenza about the role of women in the climate change debate, the nonsense of using nuclear energy in Africa and what civil society expects of northern hemisphere multinational… »

17.12.2019

Permafrost Hits a Grim Threshold

Permafrost Hits a Grim Threshold

For tens of thousands of years, the Arctic’s carbon sink has been a powerful dynamic in the functionality of the Earth System. However, that all-important functionality has been crippled and could be permanently severed. According to new research based upon field observations conducted from 2003 to 2017, a large-scale carbon… »

17.12.2019

Our Vanishing World: Wildlife

Our Vanishing World: Wildlife

Throughout its history, Earth has experienced five mass extinction events. See, for example, ‘Timeline Of Mass Extinction Events On Earth’. It is now experiencing the sixth. The Ordovician-Silurian Extinction, which occurred about 439 million years ago, wiped out 86% of life on Earth at the time. Most scientists believe… »

17.12.2019

COP25 Was a Failure, But Activists’ Collective Organizing at the Talks Was Unprecedented

COP25 Was a Failure, But Activists’ Collective Organizing at the Talks Was Unprecedented

The COP25 United Nations climate summit ended in failure Sunday, after negotiators failed to agree to a deal that would limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — a key goal of the Paris Agreement. Scores of civil society groups condemned governments in the European Union, Australia,… »

16.12.2019

Climate Change – Where Are Our Economic Elites Headed?

Climate Change – Where Are Our Economic Elites Headed?

As William Nordhaus illustrated in his Nobel award address in December last year, the free-rider problem is particularly severe for climate change. Those who do nothing ride free, while those who undertake costly reductions pay dearly. If an important player does not go along, the others could establish a climate… »

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