diaThe Southeast Asian nation was once a leader in the drive for cleaner sweatshops. How did mass faintings and union busting become the new normal?
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Want to know which cities suffer from water stress? The Nature Conservancy has published a list of the top 20 of cities with water stress. Over 500 cities around the world were investigated. In (big) cities like Tokio, Shanghai and LA, a large number of people in a relatively small area puts a lot of pressure on water supplies, especially during times of drought.
We often hear about how efficient our cities are, with low per capita carbon footprints and energy consumption. But hidden in here is the simple fact that with these masses of humanity, we need to supply huge amounts of materials and energy flows to sustain the often many millions of individuals and all their associated activities.
"We must recognize that we shot past the opportunity to stabilize our population at a sustainable level of 2 billion about 80 years ago. We must now focus on humanely reducing population on the planet. Some recognize this harsh truth, but most are focused on symptoms. The issue of overpopulation is feared, ignored, misunderstood, falsely represented and demonized by people from all political and religious persuasions. The concept of too many people using up the earth’s limited resources lies outside the parameters of the typical activist’s world. It flies in the face of current norms and doesn’t fit into society’s dominant anthropocentric worldview.
"Bindi [the photograph] is the precocious animal-loving daughter of the late Australian “crocodile hunter,” conservationist and personality Steve Irwin. Bindi was invited to submit an essay on wildlife conservation to Hillary Clinton’s e-journal. She chose to focus on the threat human overpopulation poses to wildlife. “How is it possible that our fragile planet can sustain these masses of people?” Bindi wrote. She used the analogy of too many people showing up for a party and not having enough food to go around.
"Clinton or her lackeys heavily edited the piece before publication, censoring the overpopulation angle, but the feisty Bindi would have none of it. She refused to allow the gutted essay to appear in Clinton’s journal, and instead went about publicizing how Clinton had tried to silence her."
When it comes to the environment, most of us are tired of perpetual bad news. Melting ice caps, oil spills, climate change and deforestation are not the paths we want to travel down. On the contrary, renewable energy is the cost-effective solution to our ever-surging power needs.
San Francisco's first Passive House apartment complex and California's first microgrid building is rising in the Mission Creek neighborhood of San Francisco
Very cool. This is the type of micrgeneration that we need so much more of.
The open directory of supply chains and carbon footprints
This is down at the moment, but the examples and ideas look awesome!
“With 90 percent of the world’s investments currently managed by the private sector, the best way to make real progress in sustainability and reduce the impact of climate change is to act through the supply chain and get the world’s top companies to implement a sustainable procurement program,”
“Solar fuels”—basically, liquid sunshine—could make a big dent in future greenhouse-gas emissions, if they take off
Let's make fuel from atmospheric CO2!
This is the second part of DeSmog UK’s series mapping Exxon’s ties to EU think tanks and lobby groups. Here we explore what happened to Exxon’s EU think tank ties after it pledged to stop funding climate denial.
Interesting that some of the European "think" tanks seem to be folding and/or having a much harder time getting started. Contrast this to the situation in the mid-1990s.
From fake horns to relocation, today’s wildlife protectors enlist new — and often unproven — strategies to save endangered species.
Let's 3D print some fake rhino horns to flood the market!
The state of Texas’ sustained campaign against Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics affiliated with abortion providers appears to have led to an increase in births among low-income women who lost access to affordable and effective birth control, a new study says.The analysis, published...
A valuable data point in the debate about access to women's health providers. Often we have shown reduced mortality, greater reproductive space, etc. when women are provided access to family planning resources. We have far fewer examples showing the consequences of removing such resources once they have been established.
This tranquil ranching valley lies 15 miles west of the Sacramento River. A one-lane bridge spans a dried-up creek at the valley entrance. But when Jeff Sutton stands there, he imagines water, lots of it.
Never mind that talk of flooding the Antelope Valley north of Sacramento and turning it into...
After getting a “major wake-up call” from the U.S. government in its rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the leader of the Canadian province of Alberta announced an aggressive climate-change plan Sunday that sets emission limits for the oil sands and begins the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources.
Wow. To be sure a press conference is not a policy and words are much cheaper than action. But for the first time in a decade, the central government ministries and provincial offices in Canada (save for Quebec, which has been pushing this for a while) seem to actually be taking climate change seriously.
Let's congratulate our Canadian friends for taking this action.
Fingers crossed that this isn't just a collection of empty promises.
Whether she's driving a hybrid car, installing solar panels on her roof or tearing up her beloved front lawn and replacing it with mulch, Carrie Wassenaar said, she wants to do her part for the environment.
Clearly, we don't all need computer controlled flushing our our rain barrel systems, but the idea is a sound one for larger systems (think apartments, office buildings, etc.). Again, the cost will be huge for the early adopters but pave the way for more affordable systems in the future.