Ecology and Environment

22.05.2019

Custer’s Last Stand Meets Global Warming

Custer’s Last Stand Meets Global Warming

By Robert Hunziker A recent article in Arctic News on the outlook for global warming foresees a frightening scenario lurking right around the corner. Hopefully, the article’s premise of impending runaway global warming (“RGW”) is off the mark, by a lot. More to the point, off by really a lot… »

18.05.2019

Long Life to Their Majesties, The Bees!

Long Life to Their Majesties, The Bees!

By Baher Kamal* Amazingly organised social communities, bees ensure food chain. ‘Bee’ grateful to them… at least in their Wold Day! While the (surprisingly) still called homo sapiens continues to destroy Mother Nature, bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, carry on performing their vital role as… »

16.05.2019

Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation – here’s how to make it climate-friendly

Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation – here’s how to make it climate-friendly

Laurie Wright, Solent University for The Conversation We’re all too aware of the consequences of plastics in the oceans and on land. However, beyond the visible pollution of our once pristine habitats, plastics are having a grave impact on the climate too. Newly published research… »

16.05.2019

The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth

The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth

Like many people who have struggled to understand why human beings are driving the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history, which now threatens imminent human extinction as well, over many decades I have explored the research and efforts of a great many activists and scholars to secure this understanding. »

16.05.2019

Pompeo’s Arctic Shipping Lanes

Pompeo’s Arctic Shipping Lanes

America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at the prestigious Arctic Council biannual meeting in Finland, christened the Arctic meltdown: “A wonderful economic opportunity for international trade.” In a nutshell, here’s a critique of the Secretary’s advice: An ice-free Arctic reduces travel time for shipping lanes between Asia and the… »

16.05.2019

Silent Spring’s Encore

Silent Spring’s Encore

Rachel Carson’s famous and brilliant book Silent Spring (1962), which single-handedly ignited the environmental movement, has never been more relevant than it is today. A mimeo of Silent Spring is scheduled for publication by the UN, as the most comprehensive study of life on the planet ever undertaken, a 1,800-page… »

13.05.2019

IV Latin American Humanist Forum 2019: day 2

IV Latin American Humanist Forum 2019: day 2

IV Latin American Humanist Forum 2019 Building Convergence “The aim of the Humanist Forum is to study and establish a position on the global problems of today’s world. From that point of view, it is a cultural organisation in a broad sense that is concerned with structurally relating the… »

09.05.2019

Climate emergency: turning words into action

Climate emergency: turning words into action

The UK Parliament became the first in the world to declare a climate and environment emergency this May Day. What next? A declaration of climate emergency has been a long time coming. Too long. There is frighteningly little time left to prevent an ecological and human catastrophe.  But for the thousands… »

07.05.2019

One million species face extinction, world is on notice, says major UN report

One million species face extinction, world is on notice, says major UN report

Nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely fail if radical action is not taken, says a major UN report on the impact of humans on nature. Speaking in Paris at the launch of the 2019 Global Assessment Report… »

06.05.2019

To Huawei or not to Huawei. Is the wrong question

To Huawei or not to Huawei. Is the wrong question

The almighty geopolitical and technological row going on about allowing or not the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to set up the 5G infrastructure in Western countries, for fear of backdoor espionage by the Chinese government, has already cost his post to the UK Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson. »

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