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Culture Collapse Disorder: The loss & destruction of home (places & planet) due to human impact and our modern consumer mindset
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Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones

Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it's only going to get worse, according to a new study.

 

Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes oxygen and leaves the water depleted of oxygen, harming marine life.

 

Scientists have long known that warmer water increases this problem, but a new study Monday in the journal Global Change Biology by Smithsonian Institution researchers found about two dozen different ways — biologically, chemically and physically — that climate change worsens the oxygen depletion... (Click title for more)

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Earth Democracy and the Rights of Mother Earth - Vandana Shiva

Earth Democracy and the Rights of Mother Earth - Vandana Shiva | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

The collapse of Wall Street in September 2008 and the continuing financial crisis signal the end of the paradigm that put fictitious finance above real wealth created by nature and humans. This paradigm — which put profits above people, and corporations above citizens — can only be kept afloat with limitless bailouts that direct public wealth to private rescue instead of using it to rejuvenate nature and produce economic livelihoods for people. It can only be kept afloat with increasing violence to the earth and people.

 

It can only be kept alive as an economic dictatorship. This is clear in India’s heartland, where the limitless appetite for steel and aluminum for the global consumer economy and the limitless appetite for corporate profits are clashing head on with the rights of tribal communities to their land and homes, their forests and rivers, their cultures and ways of life. Tribal groups are saying a loud and clear “no” to their forced uprooting.

 

The only way to get to the minerals and coal that feed the “limitless growth” model in the face of democratic resistance is the use of militarized violence against tribal people. Operation “Green Hunt” has been launched in the tribal areas of India with precisely this purpose, even though the proclaimed objective is to clear out the “Maoists.” Under Operation Green Hunt, more than 40,000 armed paramilitary forces have been placed in the tribal areas that are rich in minerals and where tribal unrest is growing...

 

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Experts See a New Normal: A Tinderbox West, With More Huge Fires

Experts See a New Normal: A Tinderbox West, With More Huge Fires | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Scientists said the deadly blaze in Arizona and 15 others that remained uncontained from New Mexico to California were part of a warmer trend in the West that would bring more catastrophic fires.

 

One of the deadliest wildfires in a generation vastly expanded Monday to cover more than 8,000 acres, sweeping up sharp slopes through dry scrub and gnarled piñon pines a day after fickle winds and flames killed 19 firefighters.

 

The gusty monsoon winds where the Colorado Plateau begins to drop off into the Sonoran Desert continued to bedevil about 400 firefighters who were defending 500 homes and 200 businesses in the old gold mining villages of Yarnell and Peeples Valley.

 

Scientists said those blazes and 15 others that remained uncontained from New Mexico to California and Idaho were part of the new normal — an increasingly hot and dry West, resulting in more catastrophic fires.

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The Sixth Mass Extinction Is Upon Us. Can Humans Survive?

The Sixth Mass Extinction Is Upon Us. Can Humans Survive? | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Five mass extinctions have nearly wiped out life on earth. The sixth is coming.

 

OVER THE past four years, bee colonies have undergone a disturbing transformation. As helpless beekeepers looked on, the machinelike efficiency of these communal insects devolved into inexplicable disorganization. Worker bees would fly away, never to return; adolescent bees wandered aimlessly in the hive; and the daily jobs in the colony were left undone until honey production stopped and eggs died of neglect. Colony collapse disorder, as it is known, has claimed roughly 30 percent of bee colonies every winter since 2007.

 

If bees go extinct, their loss will trigger an extinction domino effect, because crops from apples to broccoli rely on these insects for pollination. At the same time, over a third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction, and Harvard evolutionary biologist and conservationist E.O. Wilson estimates that 27,000 species of all kinds go extinct per year... (click title for more)

 

 

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Ending the Silence on Climate Change--BillMoyers with Scientist Anthony Leiserowitz

Ending the Silence on Climate Change--BillMoyers with Scientist Anthony Leiserowitz | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Why climate change gets the silent treatment, and what we should do about it.

 

Scientist Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, joins Bill to describe his efforts to galvanize communities over what’s arguably the greatest single threat facing humanity. Leiserowitz, who specializes in the psychology of risk perception, knows better than anyone if people are willing to change their behavior to make a difference.

 

“[A] pervasive sense up to now has been that climate change is distant — distant in time, and distant in space,” Leiserowitz tells Bill. “And what we’re now beginning to see is that it’s not so distant. I have a nine-year-old son — he’s going to be my age in the year 2050. I don’t want him to live in the world that we’re currently hurtling towards...." (Click title for more)

 

 

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As Pollution Worsens in China, Solutions Succumb to Infighting

As Pollution Worsens in China, Solutions Succumb to Infighting | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Even as top officials admit the severity of China’s environmental woes, conflict within the government is one of the biggest obstacles to enacting stronger policies.

 

BEIJING — China’s state leadership transition has taken place this month against an ominous backdrop. More than 16,000 dead pigshave been found floating in rivers that provide drinking water to Shanghai. A haze akin to volcanic fumes cloaked the capital, causing convulsive coughing and obscuring the portrait of Mao Zedong on the gate to the Forbidden City.Two window cleaners ride past the 80th floor of a hotel in Beijing. Officials say vehicle emissions and coal-fired factories account for much of the city's air pollution.

 

So severe are China’s environmental woes, especially the noxious air, that top government officials have been forced to openly acknowledge them. Fu Ying, the spokeswoman for the National People’s Congress, said she checked for smog every morning after opening her curtains and kept at home face masks for her daughter and herself. Li Keqiang, the new prime minister, said the air pollution had made him... (Click title to continue)

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The Documentary Every Climate Change Denier Should Be Forced to Watch

Eco-activist Craig Rosebraugh is the first to admit he took “a sizable gamble” by titling his first film so provocatively—Greedy Lying Bastards.


The hard-hitting documentary is a sophisticated, four-years-in-the-making look at the deviousness ofclimate change deniers using archival footage and new interviews. It was intended to be “a bit more in your face” than most docs, Rosebraugh admits.

 

Now showing across the country in more than 30 cities, it appears that despite the provocative title, audiences are ready for climate change films at cineplexes. (See also James Balog’s Chasing Ice, which continues to screen across the country thanks to phenomenal footage of glaciers in retreat and great word of mouth.)

 

Both filmmaker and his eco-audience have been encouraged by mainstream reviews. “A single-minded attack … may just be the feel-good documentary of the year,” wrote

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Tar Sands Tailings Contaminate Alberta Groundwater

Tar Sands Tailings Contaminate Alberta Groundwater | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

The massive tailings ponds holding billions of litres of tar sands waste are leaking into Alberta's groundwater, according to internal documentsobtained by Postmedia's Mike De Souza.

 

An internal memorandum prepared for Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and obtained through Access to Information legislation says evidence confirms groundwater toxins related to bitumen mining and upgrading are migrating from tailings ponds and are not naturally occurring as government and industry have previously stated.

 

"The studies have, for the first time, detected potentially harmful, mining-related organic acid contaminants in groundwater outside a long-established out-of-pit tailings pond," the memo reads. "This finding is consistent with publicly available technical reports of seepage... Click TITLE for more

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Forever Groundhog Day For Climate?

Forever Groundhog Day For Climate? | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

A spectacular event captured on film in a new documentary, ‘Chasing Ice’, depicts the stark impact of global warming on the Arctic. The stunning sequence shows the largest glacier calving event ever filmed. An on-screen graphic emphasises the huge scale of the ice collapse:

 

‘It’s as if the entire lower tip of Manhattan broke off, except that the thickness, the height of it, is equivalent to buildings that are two-and-a-half or three times higher than they are.’

 

Photographer James Balog, who has been documenting changes in the Arctic and elsewhere under the auspices of the Extreme Ice Survey, explains how rapidly the glacier, Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland, has shrunk in recent years:

 

‘It took a hundred years for it to retreat eight miles from 1900 to 2000. From 2000 to 2010 it retreated nine miles. So in ten years it retreated more than it had in the previous one hundred... (click title for more)

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Nature, Psyche, and Climate Change

Nature, Psyche, and Climate Change | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Nature can be quite terrifying. This observation about Nature and Psyche might also apply to us. Climate change will impact all of us. Carl Gustav Jung carved the following enigmatic quote in a stone at his home in Bollingen.

 

 

"I am an orphan, alone, nevertheless I am found everywhere, I am one, but opposed to myself. I am youth and old man at one and the same time. I have known neither father nor mother, because I have had to be fetched out of the deep like a fish, or fell like a white stone from heaven. In woods and mountains I roam, but I am hidden in the innermost soul of man. I am mortal for every one, yet I am not touched by the cycle of aeons."

 

Jung’s words allude to our connectivity to nature and to each other as human beings embedded in a culture which leaves us feeling separate and disconnected on the surface. Globalization, industrialization, ecocide, and environmental issues seem to be dividing us more and more rapidly, leading to increased feelings of isolation, alienation and to a very real echo of these archetypal aspects in... (click title for more)

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The sky as a ‘sewer’

The sky as a ‘sewer’ | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Society treats the sky as an “open sewer,” pumping carbon waste into the air much as it used to dump bodily waste into waterways, and with the same results.

 

People are getting sick, Al Gore, the former vice president and climate activist, told a packed Memorial Church crowd on Wednesday.

Gore ’69 compared the climate crisis to 19th-century cholera epidemics, including one in London where the outbreak was traced to a single water pump whose source was infected by feces containing the cholera bacterium. The understanding of disease transmission that resulted prompted changes in handling human waste. Dumping carbon waste into the atmosphere needs curbing, Gore said.

 

The climate change resulting from carbon dumping practices harms human health, Gore said. Not only are people adversely affected by droughts, heat waves, and stronger storms, but a warming Earth will see expansion of the range of disease-carrying insects, bacteria, and parasites, Gore said. Last year, the warmest on record in the United States, also saw the worst outbreak of West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.

 

“We’re using the atmosphere as an open sewer. It’s functionally insane. It traps heat,” Gore said. “A lot of communities experience one in 100-year events... (click title to continue)

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Jungian Ecopsychology: A Jungian Perspective on the Most Important Issue of Our Time—Climate Change

Jungian Ecopsychology: A Jungian Perspective on the Most Important Issue of Our Time—Climate Change | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

As Bill Clinton might say, “It's the environment, stupid!” Our devotion to science, technology and the capitalist system has culminated in a unique moment in the human relationship with the environment. Our species is at or near the peak of a prosperity bubble about to burst. We have exceeded the carrying capacity of the biosphere and we are still breeding.

 

(1) We are overusing antibiotics and deadly bacteria are becoming immune to everything we have.

 

(2) We are mining our precious water resources

 

(3), coral reefs are dying as the oceans become warmer and more acidic

 

(4), and most alarming, we are experiencing this as the very beginnings of the negative consequences of climate change. It will include massive droughts and floods, freak storms, the spread of diseases

 

(5), famine, water wars

 

(6), and the elimination of 30 to 50% of the species.

 

(7) Experts tell us we may have but 10 years max to turn the Titanic around with regard to the most devastating aspects of climate change.

 

(8) The apocalyptic conditions we are inexorably moving towards are truly in the archetypal domain, requiring an archetypal analysis and suggestions for dealing with it. Enter Jungian ecopsychology, a topic... (Click title to continue)

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UK Supermarket Asda: 95% of our fresh produce is already at risk from climate change

UK Supermarket Asda: 95% of our fresh produce is already at risk from climate change | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

95% of the entire fresh produce range sold by Asda is already at risk fromclimate change, according to a groundbreaking study by the supermarket giant. The report, which will be published in June, is the first attempt by a food retailer to put hard figures against the impacts global warming will have on the food it buys from across the world.

 

Asda, which is owned by Walmart, brought in consultants PwC to map its entire global fresh produce supply chain against the models being used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

 

The only produce that would remain unaffected by a rise in temperatures would be those with easily moved production, like fresh herbs.

Brown said the results show that it is imperative that supermarkets start to think strategically about how to cope with the impacts of rising emissions...(Click title for more)

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Speaking of Climate Change: Time to Agree on a Language of Defeat?

Speaking of Climate Change: Time to Agree on a Language of Defeat? | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

We should continue to fight for new building codes but only because they offer hope and aspiration in the midst of despair.'

 

The recent doomsday report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provoked a familiar response among environmental advocates. It was a canned blend of pessimism and activism insisting that it’s too late to act but we’d sure as hell better act. Like, now.

 

Such panicked ambivalence is understandable but, on the ground, it propagates a kind of cognitive dissonance. Elizabeth Kolbert, an ace journalist who’s covered climate change as informatively as anyone, captured the essence of this dissonance when, in response to the IPCC document, she wrote, “As we merrily roll along, radically altering the planet, we are … increasingly in danger of committing ourselves to outcomes that will simply overwhelm societies’ ability to adapt...(Click title for more)

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Climate change impacting food supply in Ghana

Climate change impacting food supply in Ghana | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Nearly 700,000 people in Ghana are staring at hunger as climate change has started taking a toll on food security in this West African nation of 25 million people, a survey shows.

 

"Severe warming, floods and drought may reduce crop yields. Livestock may be at risk, both directly from heat stress and indirectly from reduced quality of their food supply, while fisheries would be affected by changes in water temperature," Hans Adu-Dapaah, director of theCrop Research Institute (CRI), told IANS. 

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Maintaining Mental Health In The Age Of Madness, By Carolyn Baker

Maintaining Mental Health In The Age Of Madness, By Carolyn Baker | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” A state of well-being is obviously more than just the absence of disease. It assumes that a human being is reasonably functional mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Similarly, this definition can be applied to healthy communities with the addition of social functionality as another aspect of well-being.

 

However, most readers are aware of the decline in mental health treatment within the past three decades. Whereas thirty years ago many working people had insurance benefits for outpatient psychotherapy as well as in-patient treatment, not only have the benefits dramatically decreased, but massive unemployment makes it virtually impossible for.. (click title for more)

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Study: Climate Activists' 'Worst Case Scenario Approach' Could Backfire

Study: Climate Activists' 'Worst Case Scenario Approach' Could Backfire | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Climate activists' strategy of barraging people with information about the consequences of climate change could end up hurting the cause, according to a benchmark study released Thursday.

 

"If scientists fully confess their uncertainty to the public, this appears to increase trust," said survey director Jon Krosnick, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and professor of communication, of his findings.

 

But when the disclosure regarding sea level is coupled with predictions of climate change's effects on storm intensity, however, that trust didn't hold....(click title for more)

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UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013

UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013 | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned.

Failing harvests in the US, Ukraine and other countries this year have eroded reserves to their lowest level since 1974. The US, which has experienced record heatwaves and droughts in 2012, now holds in reserve a historically low 6.5% of the maize that it expects to consume in the next year, says the UN.

"We've not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no room for unexpected events next year," said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). With food consumption exceeding the amount grown for six of the past 11 years, countries have run down reserves from an average of 107 days of consumption 10 years ago to under 74 days recently.

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The least sustainable city: Phoenix as a harbinger for our hot future

The least sustainable city: Phoenix as a harbinger for our hot future | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Of course, it’s an easy city to pick on. The nation’s 13th largest metropolitan area (nudging out Detroit) crams 4.3 million people into a low bowl in a hot desert, where horrific heat waves and windstorms visit it regularly. It snuggles next to the nation’s largest nuclear plant and, having exhausted local sources, it depends on an improbable infrastructure to suck water from the distant (and dwindling) Colorado River.

 

In Phoenix, you don’t ask: What could go wrong? You ask: What couldn’t?

And that’s the point, really. Phoenix’s multiple vulnerabilities, which are plenty daunting taken one by one, have the capacity to magnify one another, like compounding illnesses. In this regard, it’s a quintessentially modern city, a pyramid of complexities requiring large energy inputs to keep the whole apparatus humming.

 

The urban disasters of our time — New Orleans hit by Katrina, New York City swamped by Sandy — may arise from single storms, but the damage they do is the result of a chain reaction of failures — grids going down, levees failing, backup systems not backing up. As you might expect, academics have come up with a name for such breakdowns... Click title for more

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Pope Francis: The Poor and Climate Change | The Energy Collective

Pope Francis: The Poor and Climate Change | The Energy Collective | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

With a puff of white smoke, the world was greeted this week with the announcement of a new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Argentine Cardinal now known as Pope Francis, named after the patron saint of the poor St. Francis of Assisi.

 

The new pontiff’s role in assisting the world’s disadvantaged will be inextricably linked to the ravages of climate change, the fast-growing global crisis that will hit the rising global impoverished populations hard with increasingly deadly droughts, floods and storms as heat-trapping carbon pollution continues to build in the atmosphere.

 

Just this week, the United Nations released a searing report about the catastrophic impacts climate change will inflict on the world’s rapidly growing population—predicted to hit 8 billion by 2025. The hardest hit will be the poor as the world’s water and food resources are stretched to potential breaking points in many.. (Click title for more)

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New Zealand Suffering Biggest Drought in 30 Years - weather.com

New Zealand Suffering Biggest Drought in 30 Years - weather.com | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
See images of one of the worst droughts in recent memory in New Zealand.

 

Dairy farmer John Rose has sent more than 100 of his cows to the slaughterhouse over recent weeks as a severe drought browned pastures in New Zealand's normally verdant North Island.

 

He had to thin his herd so the remaining 550 cows have enough to eat, and he's supplementing their diet with ground palm kernel as the grass in his fields withers.

 

"We try and make sure they've got water and shade during the day and do the best we can for them," he said. "It's very hard to remember when the last rainfall was... (click title for more)

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Cry of the Earth - Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

"We hear the cry of the world and we respond to that cry." Creation itself is now calling to us, sending us signs of its imbalance. If we acknowledge our sacr role as guardians of the planet we will see the power of our prayers, our capacity to reconnect the earth just as we have cut it off.


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Rationally Speaking, We Are All Apocalyptic Now

Rationally Speaking, We Are All Apocalyptic Now | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

If we are rational and consider objective scientific evidence of environmental collapse including groundwater depletion, topsoil loss, chemical contamination, ocean dead zones, species extinction, bio-diversity reduction and climate disruption, we need to be apocalypticists, argues Robert Jensen.

 

We are all apocalyptic now, or at least we should be, if we are rational.

Because "apocalyptic" is typically associated with religious fanaticism and death cults - things that rational people tend not to take literally or seriously - this claim requires some explanation.

 

First, a definition: The term is most commonly used in reference to the...(Click title to continue)

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