Confronting consumption: an interview with Mohan Munasinghe 

by Noah M. Sachs-  May 23,  2014   You can actually be better off, healthier and happier with less consumption, says Munasinghe. And it’s not just rich countries that need to change, he told Noah Sachs – poor countries too must develop sustainably, or the Earth’s resources will simply run out. http://www.theecologist.org/Interviews/2408513/confronting_consumption_an_interview_with_mohan_munasinghe.html Mohan Munasingheshared the […]

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How Dust On Colorado’s Snow Could Ruin Your Salad 

By Thom Kenworthy-  JUNE 19, 2014 AT 9:54 AM http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/19/3447621/dust-on-snow-colorado/ Dust on snow in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. CREDIT: JEFFREY DEEMS GOLDEN, COLORADO — The deep snow cover in Colorado’s mountains, well above average this year everywhere except the southern part of the state, is melting and running off veryquickly in June. It’s an annual […]

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Evangelical and Mormon Groups Now Calling for Climate Action 

http://environews.tv/evangelical-and-mormon-groups-now-calling-for-climate-action/ Evangelical and Mormon Groups Now Calling for Climate Action bureau EnviroNews DC News Bureau, by Shad Engkilterra on June 16, 2014 — Washington D.C. — Richard Cizik, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, has called for people of faith to search their scriptures and find out what God wants for the planet and for the […]

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Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? 

Natural and social scientists develop new model of how ‘perfect storm’ of crises could unravel global system This Nasa Earth Observatory image shows a storm system circling around an area of extreme low pressure in 2010, which many scientists attribute to climate change. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images A new study partly-sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight […]

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The Beetle That’s Chewing Up America 

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-05/pine-beetles-chew-up-forests-local-economies-in-western-u-dot-s Photograph by Brian Howell/USFS Rocky Mountain Region Colorado’s Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest The western U.S., already suffering an historic drought, is also battling another Old Testament-worthy plague: a tiny insect with a monster appetite. Pine beetles, each the size of a grain of rice, are obliterating forests, ravaging towns, draining city budgets, and threatening […]

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An inconvenient truth: US proposed emission cuts too little too late 

An inconvenient truth: US proposed emission cuts too little too late June 2014  A response to the US draft mandate to cut carbon emissions from its power sector by 30% by 2030 (c.f. 2005) Kevin Anderson1 and Dr Maria Sharmina2 1  Professor of energy and climate change Deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for climate change research 2  Research Associate Tyndall […]

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Berlin ‘borrowing shop’ promotes the benefits of sharing 

“Leila Project”, billed as a ‘library of things’, has proved so popular it has spawned similar initiatives across the country. By Philip Ottermann – The Guardian Nikolai Wolfert, who started the Leila ‘borrowing shop’ in Berlin, says drills are among the most popular items. Photograph: Christian Jungeblodt The most popular items in Berlin’s first “borrowing […]

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The Impossibility of Growth: why collapse and salvation are hard to distinguish from each other 

Why collapse and salvation are hard to distinguish from each other. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian- 28th May 2014 Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by 4.5% a year. How big would that stash […]

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Solar Cooperatives Are On The Rise 

By Laurie Guevara-Stone- April 27, 2014   (at http://www.popularresistance.org/solar-cooperatives-are-on-the-rise/) While many people associate cooperatives with a place for hippies to buy organic food, the cooperative movement has actually grown far and wide, creating sustainable enterprises that generate jobs and strengthen local economies. Today, there are nearly 30,000 cooperatives in the U.S., with more than 100 million members. From […]

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Meet The Surprising Star Of Showtime’s New Climate Change Series 

By Kiley Kroh – Published in Climate Progress- April 14, 2014 On a recent Washington, DC evening, a few hundred people gathered to catch a sneak peak of Showtime’s new star-studded series on climate change. The surprisingly action-packed first episode of  “Years Of Living Dangerously” featured big names doing bigger things: In one scene, Harrison Ford helicopters […]

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Purdue and Cornell Researchers Find 1,000 Times More Methane Emissions Than Estimated in Drilling Phase 

By Brandon  Baker, published in Ecowatch News Report on April 16, 2014 Because natural gas has less carbon than dirty coal, gas producers and even the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have applauded it as a cleaner alternative. Hopefully, a joint study from researchers at two universities will change that. Purdue and Cornell universities on Monday released a study in […]

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Grand County’s “Grand Bargain” Alternatives Threaten Utah Watersheds, Wildlands & Economic Driver 

(photo by Scott Myers;  the following information was published by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, April 13, 2014) On April 9, 2014, the Grand County Council Public Lands Working Committee identified three alternative proposals, along with maps, for long term designations of public lands in Grand County, as part of Representative Rob Bishop’s proposed “Land Use Bill” […]

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Grand County’s “Grand Bargain” Alternatives Threaten Utah Watersheds, Wildlands & Economic Driver 

(photo by Scott Myers) On April 9, 2014, the Grand County Council Public Lands Working Committee identified three alternative proposals, along with maps, for long term designations of public lands in Grand County, as part of Representative Rob Bishop’s proposed “Land Use Bill” for eastern Utah. Unfortunately, even the best of the alternatives (Alternative Three) proposed […]

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Greenland Ice Sheet Samples Show That US Clean Air Act Had ‘Dramatic Impact’ On Air Pollution Emissions 

By Philip Ross, Published in International Business Times , April 12, 2014 (see http://www.ibtimes.com/greenland-ice-sheet-samples-show-us-clean-air-act-had-dramatic-impact-air-pollution-1570931) The Greenland ice sheet covers roughly 80 percent of the surface of the island. C ore samples of its ice can provide clues about changes in the chemical makeup of Earth’s atmosphere.  Greenland’s ice sheet is like a time capsule that chronicles […]

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Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come 

By JUSTIN GILLIS – published in the NY Times, March 30, 2014  YOKOHAMA, Japan — Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on […]

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