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Climate Code Red: If we need a war footing to rebuild the physical economy, why can't we talk about it?

Climate Code Red: If we need a war footing to rebuild the physical economy, why can't we talk about it? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

At the end of last year a very useful discussion was opened up by a number of climate scientists in different parts of the world calling for climate change action to be put onto a war footing. 
    John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute, questioned the desirability of pursuing this approach. But how valid was John's critique? And is there a better response to the call from the climate scientists to go onto a war footing?

This is what John said in the Climate Institute's 13 December 2012 newsletter (emphasis added):

If you are not scared or getting scared, you are not paying attention. Yet another rollercoaster year for climate policy and investment is ending as a remarkable chorus of conservative voices from the World Bank, the World Meteorological Organisation, the International Energy Agency and others state that climate change is happening and on track to get much worse in terms of danger and expense. These are realities, not just risks.

     That the UN talks in Doha didn’t reflect that urgency was frustrating.
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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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Snowpocalypse: How Global Warming Creates Gargantuan Blizzards

Snowpocalypse: How Global Warming Creates Gargantuan Blizzards | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Storms like ‘Juno’ are the new normal, say climate scientists.
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Attempts to Predict Terrorist Attacks Hit Limits

Attempts to Predict Terrorist Attacks Hit Limits | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Erratic human behavior and incomplete information plague efforts to model this risk
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Canada Faces Tough Tar Sands Pipeline Options after Keystone XL

Canada Faces Tough Tar Sands Pipeline Options after Keystone XL | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The drawn out debate over approving Keystone XL leaves Canada with tough choices for alternatives
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Doomsday Clock Set at 3 Minutes to Midnight

Doomsday Clock Set at 3 Minutes to Midnight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Humanity's failure to reduce global nuclear arsenals as well as climate change prompted the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to advance their warning about our proximity to a potentially civilization-ending catastrophe
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Anthropologist Seeks the Roots of Terrorism

Anthropologist Seeks the Roots of Terrorism | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In spite of massive challenges, Scott Atran has managed to conduct extensive field interviews with would-be and convicted terrorists
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Asia Times Online :: Final push to open high seas pact talks

Asia Times Online. The Asia News Hub providing the latest news and analysis regarding economics, events and trends in business, economy and politics throughout Asia.
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Now - India

Now - India | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Bloomberg: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Indiais ready to expand its use of renewable energy as a way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, a signal that his government is moving toward joining a...
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Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free? | The Japan Times

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free? | The Japan Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japan has long held a reputation of being something of a paradise for smokers. Tobacco is, at least by Western standards, relatively cheap and people can s
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Dry January starts familiar feeling of dread among farm water leaders | Water and the Valley | FresnoBee.com

Dry January starts familiar feeling of dread among farm water leaders | Water and the Valley | FresnoBee.com | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The desperation is beginning to build again in farm country as January turns dry and a fourth year of drought begins to unwind. One water leader says: “If things don’t change, this year could be a catastrophe.”
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No prospect of relief from constant nuclear headache - Climate News Network

No prospect of relief from constant nuclear headache - Climate News Network | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
24 January, 2015 − Keeping nuclear waste safe costs billions of dollars a year, but what to do with it in the long-term is still no nearer being resolved.
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New Ebola cases rapidly fall in West Africa

New Ebola cases rapidly fall in West Africa | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
LIBERIA said tonight it had just five remaining cases of Ebola, confirming it was close to eradicating an epidemic which has left thousands dead.
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Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In

Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The nets, with holes smaller than mosquitoes, trap much more than traditional fishing nets do and could wipe out stressed fish populations in Africa.
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Robert Reich Reality Checks GOP's Absurd Ideas About Addressing Income Inequality

Robert Reich Reality Checks GOP's Absurd Ideas About Addressing Income Inequality | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
You have to go pretty far back in history to find a Republican president who brought broad-based prosperity.
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Huge Price Gaps Found for Hip, Knee Replacement Surgery

Huge Price Gaps Found for Hip, Knee Replacement Surgery | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
These two medical procedures, among the fastest-growing in the U.S., are subject to huge and apparently random price variations within the same geographical areas, an insurance industry study said
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Measles Vaccinations Urged amid Disneyland Outbreak

Measles Vaccinations Urged amid Disneyland Outbreak | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The leading U.S. pediatrician group on Friday urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December
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China Says Its Gender Imbalance "Most Serious" in the World

China Says Its Gender Imbalance "Most Serious" in the World | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Chinese health authorities described the gender imbalance among newborns as "the most serious and prolonged" in the world, a direct ramification of the country's strict one-child policy
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Will Falling Oil Prices Kill Wind and Solar Power?

Will Falling Oil Prices Kill Wind and Solar Power? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu weighs in on the future of energy
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Obama, Modi Move Closer With Nuclear Liability Breakthrough

Obama, Modi Move Closer With Nuclear Liability Breakthrough | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday that they had achieved a breakthrough on long-stalled cooperation on civilian nuclear projects, reflecting warming ties between the nations.
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Greece Chooses Anti-Austerity Party in Major Shift

Greece Chooses Anti-Austerity Party in Major Shift | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Syriza’s victory, which positions Alexis Tsipras as prime minister, comes as Europe’s economic crisis has stirred populist anger.
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New Research Suggests Sea Level Could Rise Faster, Sooner

New Research Suggests Sea Level Could Rise Faster, Sooner | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
From the Abstract - "Potential Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat driven by hydrofracturing and ice cliff failure": In response to atmospheric and ocean temperatures typical of past warm periods, floating...
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Wisconsin’s frac sand industry is big business—and big trouble for the state’s waterways

Wisconsin’s frac sand industry is big business—and big trouble for the state’s waterways | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The frac sand business is booming in Wisconsin. Too bad the state can’t get a handle on the industry’s water pollution.
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U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty | The Japan Times

U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty | The Japan Times | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.N. member states Saturday agreed to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, a m
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No state or federal aid for handling bird-killing goo emergency

No state or federal aid for handling bird-killing goo emergency | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The deaths of birds from a sticky goo on San Francisco Bay this past week signaled an environmental emergency, but the network of skilled government agencies trained to swiftly respond to bay disasters was nowhere to be found. More than 150 birds have died and more than 300 have been undergoing cleaning and treatment by a nonprofit wildlife rescue group. [...] no state money has been made available for cleanup, rescue work, feeding or rehabilitation. “We are bearing the entire cost of the ani
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Research: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria May Travel Via Feedlot Dust | Food Safety News

Research: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria May Travel Via Feedlot Dust | Food Safety News | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

There have been many concerns raised in recent years about the overuse of antibiotics on farms, but the effect such uses have on human health is not fully understood.

 

Researchers at Texas Tech University are now suggesting that airborne dust could be a pathway for antibiotic-resistance bacteria to travel from feedlots to human environments.

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‘Fifty miles out we could smell the pollution’: sailing amid the ocean litter

‘Fifty miles out we could smell the pollution’: sailing amid the ocean litter | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Justin Chisholm asks the sailors racing around the world about the state of the seas
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