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Playing for Keeps — Derrick Jensen

Would we listen to nature if our lives depended on it?

PEOPLE WHO READ MY WORK often say, “Okay, so it’s clear you don’t like this culture, but what do you want to replace it?” The answer is that I don’t want any one culture to replace this culture. I want ten thousand cultures to replace this culture, each one arising organically from its own place. That’s how humans inhabited the planet (or, more precisely, their landbases, since each group inhabited a place, and not the whole world, which is precisely the point), before this culture set about reducing all cultures to one….

Playing for Keeps | Derrick Jensen | Orion Magazine

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Take the Plunge

Take the Plunge | Bill McKibben | Orion Magazine

On October 24, the people of the Maldives will hold the largest underwater political demonstration in history, a momentary intrusion of the noisy outside world into the quiet timelessness of the reef. I doubt the floating stingrays will mind, or the green sea turtles, or the clouds of parrotfish—they seem to look on with mild interest at everything that happens. But this will be a scene: 350 divers descending beneath the waves with signs and banners. A local photographer will snap a picture and swim to the surface and plug in his MacBook Pro and upload that image to a server. And there it will join thousands of other images piling in from all the other local places around the planet: …

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Fed Takes 2nd Look at Threat to Desert Tortoise

Japan’s annual dolphin cull disrupted by activists

China Gradually Improves Environmental Transparency

U.N. Reports on Developing Nations’ Energy Needs

Monkeys Appreciate Monkey Music and Metallica

A Bad Mix: Exposure May be “Safe” Only With One Chemical at a Time.

People won’t change lifestyle for planet: straw poll

Consumers Backlash Against Ban on Incandescent Light Bulbs

Our best guess about global warming may be wrong

Wolves Are Set to Become Fair Game in the West

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls for Trial of Climate Science

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls for Trial of Climate Science

WASHINGTON, DC, August 26, 2009 (ENS) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation, wants to put climate change science on trial.

In an attempt to head off a U.S. EPA finding that climate change endangers public health and welfare in the United States, the Chamber Tuesday petitioned the federal agency for a trial-like hearing of the scientific evidence before an administrative judge or EPA official.

These people are absolutely shameless!   They will do anything to keep making money, and to hell with the planet.  Literally.

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World at Gunpoint

World at Gunpoint | Derrick Jensen | Orion Magazine

A FEW MONTHS AGO at a gathering of activist friends someone asked, “If our world is really looking down the barrel of environmental catastrophe, how do I live my life right now?”

The question stuck with me for a few reasons. The first is that it’s the world, not our world. The notion that the world belongs to us—instead of us belonging to the world—is a good part of the problem.

The second is that this is pretty much the only question that’s asked in mainstream media (and even among some environmentalists) about the state of the world and our response to it. The phrase “green living” brings up 7,250,000 Google hits, or more than Mick Jagger and Keith Richards combined (or, to look at it another way, more than a thousand times more than the crucial environmental philosophers John A. Livingston and Neil Evernden combined). If you click on the websites that come up, you find just what you’d expect, stuff like “The Green Guide: Shop, Save, Conserve,” “Personal Solutions for All of Us,” and “Tissue Paper Guide for Consumers.”

The third and most important reason the question stuck with me is that it’s precisely the wrong question. By looking at how it’s the wrong question, we can start looking for some of the right questions. This is terribly important, because coming up with right answers to wrong questions isn’t particularly helpful. More…

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Climate Change and Conservatives

Climate Change and Conservatives | Bill McKibben | Orion Magazine

…some people believe libertarians and other conservatives have punted on climate change simply because they’re in bed with the fossil fuel companies—that they’ve taken lots of money from dirty energy and now do the bidding of their masters. This is undoubtedly true of plenty of individual politicians, but one hopes—fervently—that it isn’t true of the millions of thoughtful people and groups that need to be a part of a crucial debate. …

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Major Economies ‘Ignored’ UN Climate Science

Major Economies ‘Ignored’ UN Climate Science

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, who chairs the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, told reporters Monday it is important that leaders of the Group of Eight, G8 and nine other nations at the Major Economies Forum in Italy recognized that the global average temperature should not increase by more than two degrees Celsius, an “aspirational goal” which they had not agreed on or discussed earlier.

But, he said, they disregarded the IPCC’s findings that emissions will have to peak in 2015 and then rapidly decline to avert the worst consequences of global warming….

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Green News

273 Whole Foods Stores Earn Organic Certification

Rubber Sidewalks Give the Bounce to Concrete

Illegal Pangolin Trade Threatens Rare Species

Ocean current switch due to warming could be slower than feared

Book Review: Andrew Winston’s Green Recovery

Hydrofluorocarbons, Once a Solution, Now a Problem?

Fertilizer’s Contamination Legacy

Mystery of Los Angeles Methane Emissions Probed

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EPA Examines Health Impact of Shredded Tires
U.S. Cement Industry Protests EPA’s Proposal to Regulate Kiln Emissions
Sun: Just Warming Up Now
Can Captured Carbon Save Coal-Fired Power?
Mekong dolphins on the brink of extinction
Artificial Sweeteners May Contaminate Water Downstream Of Sewage Treatment Plants And Even Drinking Water
Senate Panel Approves Energy Bill
Government report shows climate change is happening now and impacting entire U.S.
Common Fish Species Has ‘Human’ Ability To Learn
New Russian Arctic Park to protect key polar bear habitat

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Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

Government officials held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the third report of the United States Global Change Research Program.

Some Key findings include:

* Climate changes are underway in the United States and are projected to grow. Climate-related changes are already observed in the United States and its coastal waters. These include increases in heavy downpours, rising temperature and sea level, rapidly retreating glaciers, thawing permafrost, lengthening growing seasons, lengthening ice-free seasons in the ocean and on lakes and rivers, earlier snowmelt, and alterations in river flows. These changes are projected to grow.
* Crop and livestock production will be increasingly challenged. Agriculture is considered one of the sectors most adaptable to changes in climate. However, increased heat, pests, water stress, diseases, and weather extremes will pose adaptation challenges for crop and livestock production.
* Threats to human health will increase. Health impacts of climate change are related to heat stress, waterborne diseases, poor air quality, extreme weather events, and diseases transmitted by insects and rodents. Robust public health infrastructure can reduce the potential for negative impacts.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States – Home

Of course, people who haven’t read it, or don’t understand the science, or don’t want to understand, will pooh-pooh the whole thing.  All sorts of experts who aren’t climate scientists will chime in.  Fox News will have a field day dragging up unemployed experts to refute it.  And the beat goes on…  (This, by the way, is the same outfit that issued the report that Bush withheld a few years back.)

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UCS Petition: a good thing, but OMG!

I just got an online petition from the Union of Concerned Scientists, via a friend. They want me to help convince the Senate that they should ratify the Nuclear Arms Nonproliferation Treaty.

I suppose petitions are better than nothing, but this one ends with a line that makes me question the entire UCS, at least when it comes to their understanding of syntax.  Taken literally, it would make you question their concept of reality as well.  Maybe it has something to do with quantum theory.

These steps will reduce the likelihood that more nations and terrorists will acquire nuclear weapons and make the world safer.

Next thing you know, we’ll have a petition by the Union of Concerned English Teachers.

Anyway, if you want to sign — I did, and it’s not a bad idea — you can find it here.

BTW: If you really want to influence your senator, write a snail mail letter (I am). Then they know that you really care, as opposed to taking 90 seconds of your valuable time to do an online petition that anyone could have done in your name. You could even print out the scientists’ letter and mail it. It’s like the difference between an e-card and one from Hallmark. Really.