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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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By the Way, Your Home Is on Fire: Climate Change and the Dangers of Stasis

By the Way, Your Home Is on Fire: Climate Change and the Dangers of Stasis | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
"Sometimes the right thing to do in ordinary times is exactly the wrong thing to do in extraordinary times."

 

A high-powered financial executive, he had just arrived on the 66th floor of his office building and entered his office carrying his coffee, when he saw what looked like confetti falling everywhere — not a typical 66th floor spectacle. Moments later, one of his friends ran out of a meeting room shouting, “They’re back.”

 

It was, of course, the morning of September 11th and his friend had seen a plane crash into the north tower of the World Trade Center. My interviewee and his colleagues in the south tower got on the elevator. In another 15 minutes or so, that was going to be a fast way to die, but they managed to ride down to the 44th floor lobby safely. A guy with a bullhorn was there, telling people to go back to their offices.

 

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Fracking Vs. The Drought: They Call It Texas Tea, But You Can’t Drink Oil

Fracking Vs. The Drought: They Call It Texas Tea, But You Can’t Drink Oil | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
How dry is it in Texas? So dry that many Texans are now against using water to frack for oil.

 

Every fracking job requires several million gallons of water. “Only about 20 percent to 25 percent on average of the water is recovered, while the rest disappears underground, never to be seen again.” Fracking is probably not the wisest use of water anywhere, but in a drought it’s downright self-destructive.

 

In one South Texas county, fracking was nearly one quarter of total water use in 2011, a fraction that is expected to hit one third soon. The Texas Water Development Board estimates frackers used 13.5 billion gallons water used in 2010, a number they project to more than double by 2020!... (Click title for more)

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Nearly half of fracking happens in places short on water

Nearly half of fracking happens in places short on water | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Fracking for oil and gas is a thirsty business.

 

Hydraulic fracturing uses large amounts of pressurized water — mixed with sand and chemicals — to crack subterranean rocks and release oil or natural gas. Up to 10 million gallons of water can go into a single well.

And according to a new study, it’s happening in many places where water supplies are already stretched perilously thin.

 

The study, released today by the nonprofit group Ceres, examined 25,450 fracked wells across the United States and found that 47 percent lie in areas that face high or extremely high “water stress.” In those areas, at least 80 percent of the available fresh water is already being used in homes, farms or businesses.

 

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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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Amazon Indians unite against Canadian oil giant

Amazon Indians unite against Canadian oil giant | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Amazon Indians from Peru and Brazil have joined together to stop a Canadian oil company destroying their land and threatening the lives of uncontacted tribes.

 

Hundreds of Matsés Indians gathered on the border of Peru and Brazil last Saturday and called on their governments to stop the exploration, warning that the work will devastate their forest home. (Click title for more)

 

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Chernobyl 25 years on: a poisoned landscape

Chernobyl 25 years on: a poisoned landscape | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Yuri Tatarchuk has a disconcerting way of demonstrating Chernobyl's grim radioactive legacy. An official guide at the wrecked nuclear powerplant, he waves his radiation counter at a group of abandoned Soviet army vehicles that were used in the battle to clean up the contamination created by the reactor explosion in 1986.

 

"Some of these trucks are quite clean, but some of them not," he announces. A sweep of his counter reveals only a few clicks from their doors and roofs. Then he passes the device over one vehicle's tracks. A sudden angry chatter reveals significant levels of radiation.

 

"Wheels and tracks pick contamination from the soil," he tells the group that has gathered round him. "There is still plenty of radioactive isotopes – caesium, strontium, even some plutonium – in the ground and we cannot get rid of them." Twenty-five years on, Chernobyl remains a poisoned landscape...

 

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We'll save energy if the neighbours do first

We'll save energy if the neighbours do first | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Across America, a number of homeowners are beginning to reduce their household energy usage. But why?

 

It seems like a simple question with an obvious answer:  those who conserve energy are probably doing so either to save money or to reduce their impact on the environment. But, as with many issues involving human decision-making, the reality is not that simple.

 

Researcher Robert Cialdini and colleagues wanted to find out the real reasons why homeowners conserved energy. To do so, they conducted a telephone survey in which they asked people to rank how important four different factors were in their decision to conserve. Those who answered the survey ranked the four factors in this order of most to least important:  environmental concern; helping society; saving money; and because others do it. Yet when... (click title for more)

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Peru declares environmental state of emergency in its rainforest

Peru declares environmental state of emergency in its rainforest | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Government reports high levels of barium, lead, chrome and petroleum-related compounds in region that is home to oil field

 

Peru has declared an environmental state of emergency in a remote part of its northern Amazon rainforest, home for decades to one of the country's biggest oil fields, currently operated by the Argentinian company Pluspetrol.

 

Achuar and Kichwa indigenous people living in the Pastaza river basin near Peru's border with Ecuador have complained for decades about thepollution, while successive governments have failed to deal with it. Officials indicate that for years the state lacked the required environmental quality standards... (click title for more)

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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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