To Those Who Think We Can Reform Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis. La mort du progrès nous laisse vides et angoissés. Genève, Grand Hôtel Kempinski, 10 décembre 2018. Les lumières de la Rade et du Jet d’eau coloré de bleu se reflètent en tremblotant dans la noirceur du lac. Derrière les baies vitrées du restaurant panoramique, un banquier privé, un professeur d’université, une doctorante en partance pour Harvard et le dirigeant d’une grande fondation romande devisent sombrement sur l’état du monde en compagnie de l’auteur de ces lignes. Personne, ce soir-là, n’a le cœur de célébrer les 70 ans de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme, prétexte à l’illumination en bleu du Jet d’eau. Ni l’opulence d’une civilisation parvenue à son faîte, que matérialisent bien les fastes du Kempinski. Même les actualités du moment, «gilets jaunes» ou affaire Maudet, ne suscitent qu’une attention distraite. La tonalité de ce dîner est révélatrice du pessimisme qui, en cette fin d’année 2018, s’est emparé de l’Occident.
L’âge des menaces. Scienza e potere. Opinion: Sooner or later, we have to stop economic growth. "Energy Dominance," what does it mean? Decoding a Fashionable Slogan. "Now, I know for a fact that American energy dominance is within our grasp as a nation.”
Si fa presto a dire ricicliamo….3. Elemento per elemento. Letemps. Theory (video) – un-Denial. For explaining why humans are odd To Varki and Brower we applaud A great mystery they solved With denial we evolved And created the Higgs, overshoot, and God Denial not only makes us believe in god, it is god, because denial created us, and denial may destroy us.
The human brain, the God it believes in, and the overshoot it enabled and denies, all resulted from the same improbable genetic adaptation that occurred about 100,000 years ago. Denial is the reality that must be most aggressively denied to avoid collapsing the house of cards that keeps us functioning. Eat the rich, save the planet? – un-Denial. A cursory look at human history or the genetic behavior of monkeys will confirm that it is unwise for societies to permit the wealth gap between the rich and the majority to become too wide.
Especially when the standard of living of the majority is falling. We’ve been warned that to maintain a climate compatible with civilization we have 10 years to cut our CO2 emissions in half and 30 years to reduce them to zero. As Tim Garrett has shown, CO2 emissions are proportional to wealth, so to reduce CO2 emissions we must reduce the total wealth of civilization. Ils sont devenus « décroissants » : quatre citoyens témoignent. - The Washington Post. Extinction – It is Real, It is Now. Our best estimates place the age of the universe at about 14 billion years.
Science tells us that the Earth was formed 4.5 billion years ago. « Cataclysmes » : origine et destruction du grand singe nommé Humain. Vaste fresque palpitante qui retrace l’expansion de l’humanité sous le prisme des changements environnementaux, Cataclysmes (Payot), de Laurent Testot, nous propose de porter un regard nouveau sur notre passé, notre présent et notre futur à l’aune d’une histoire globale.
Ravinol Chambers – Storytelling with purpose. In this episode, I talk to Ravinol Chambers, the founder of Be Inspired Films - a multi award-winning video production company that helps individuals and organisations working as a force for good across business and society to bring their stories to life.
Only last year, Be Inspired Films added to its haul of industry awards as ‘Production Company of the Year’ at the Recommended Agency Awards. Rav is a regular speaker on ‘harnessing the power of storytelling’ and ‘using video to raise funds for positive change’ In this interview we talk about how Rav got here, including his journey from would-be stockbroker to buddhist monk and back again, how he set up his socially-minded small business and some of the challenges he faced – and why criticisms of his current passion project led him to push even harder to make it an effective documentary in the cause of promoting the education of girls in India. Show notes. Low Oil Prices: An Indication of Major Problems Ahead?
Many people, including most Peak Oilers, expect that oil prices will rise endlessly.
They expect rising oil prices because, over time, companies find it necessary to access more difficult-to-extract oil. Accessing such oil tends to be increasingly expensive because it tends to require the use of greater quantities of resources and more advanced technology. This issue is sometimes referred to as diminishing returns. Figure 1 shows how oil prices might be expected to rise, if the higher costs encountered as a result of diminishing returns can be fully recovered from the ultimate customers of this oil.
Peak Oil Review 3 December 2018. Dark Ecology. Take the only tree that’s left, Stuff it up the hole in your culture.
—Leonard Cohen Retreat to the desert, and fight. —D. H. World Energy Outlook 2018: Alguien gritó "peak oil" The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us. It was a moment of the kind that changes lives.
At a press conference held by climate activists Extinction Rebellion last week, two of us journalists pressed the organisers on whether their aims were realistic. They have called, for example, for UK carbon emissions to be reduced to net zero by 2025. Wouldn’t it be better, we asked, to pursue some intermediate aims? A young woman called Lizia Woolf stepped forward. She hadn’t spoken before, but the passion, grief and fury of her response was utterly compelling. How Capitalism Torched the Planet and Left it a Smoking Fascist Greenhouse. Sometimes, when I write scary essays, I encourage you not to read them.
This one’s different. It’s going to be brutal, scary, jarring, and alarming. Rex Weyler on “what to do” about limits to growth, peak energy. Minuit et quart. Steven Mithen reviews ‘Against the Grain’ by James C. Scott · LRB 30 November 2017. When our ancestors began to control fire, most likely somewhere in Africa around 400,000 years ago, the planet was set on a new course. We have little idea and even less evidence of how early humans made fire; perhaps they carried around smouldering bundles of leaves from forest fires, or captured the sparks thrown off when chipping stone or rubbing sticks together. However it happened, the human control of fire made an indelible mark on the earth’s ecosystems, and marked the beginning of the Anthropocene – the epoch in which humans have had a significant impact on the planet.
In Against the Grain James Scott describes these early stages as a ‘“thin” Anthropocene’, but ever since, the Anthropocene has been getting thicker. Steven Mithen reviews ‘Against the Grain’ by James C. Scott · LRB 30 November 2017. Credo: Economic beliefs in a world in crisis. Dw. Whether it's long-lasting sunshine or rain that drags on for days on end, the Northern Hemisphere is experiencing extended stretches of certain kinds of weather — especially in summer. This brings with it more extreme weather events, from heat waves and droughts that cause crop failures to torrential downpours that can flood major cities. Climatologists say one reason for the increase of such protracted extreme weather events is due to lingering fast-moving air currents — more specifically the polar jet stream, which has shifted from its usual patterns as a result of rising temperatures in the Arctic and air pollution. Menace sur la biodiversité : "On ne peut pas à la fois protéger la nature et maintenir un modèle de développement destructeur"
INTERVIEW – Deux chercheurs du CNRS ont analysé pendant deux ans 13.000 études sur l’état de la biodiversité. Europe's Dirty Little Secret: Moroccan Slaves and a 'Sea of Plastic' - EcoWatch. It seemed like a wonderful idea—driving the Spanish coast from Barcelona all the way down to the Straits of Gibraltar. We got there in April, right before tourist season, and happily missed much of the vacationing European onslaught. Our goal was to hit the smaller less-touristy beach towns to do some diving, paddleboarding and beachcombing along the Mediterranean Coast. South of Barcelona, we stayed in L'Ampolla and enjoyed near-deserted beaches, hotels and restaurants. Jason Hickel. Toward a General Theory of Societal Collapse. A Biophysical Examination of Tainter’s Model of the Diminishing Returns of Complexity (Bardi 2018)
L’esplosione del debito pubblico senza un prestatore di ultima istanza. Il grande business del debito italiano – di Andrea Fumagalli. Brexit & the culture of Progress : Paul Kingsnorth. In his introduction to the 1979 edition of his novel Pig Earth – the first in a trilogy chronicling the decline of peasant life in Europe in the 20th century – John Berger makes a distinction between what he calls a ‘culture of progress’ and a ‘culture of survival.’
The culture of progress, he says ‘was born with the bourgeoisie as an ascendant class, and has been taken over by all modern theories of revolution.’ In the contemporary West, virtually every political ideologue – capitalists, communists, liberals, modern conservatives – is in this sense a ‘progressive.’ Italy and energy: a case study. Italy is in trouble. Or more precisely, the country has been “abandonned by growth”. It is one of the few OECD countries that is unable to recover from the “2008 crisis”: its GDP is still lagging below 2007 levels. Would it be the simple result of the unability of the successive governments to make the “appropriate reforms”? It might well be that the explanation lies in something much more different, but much more unpleasant: physics. First, statistics are unequivocal on the fact that growth has vanished, so far.
Year on year change of the GDP in Italy (or “annual growth rate”) since 1961 (blue curve), average per decade (red curve), and trend on the growth rate (green dotted line). Primary data from World Bank. As the two are generally linked in Western countries, the debt on GDP ratio has risen to heights, botbh for public and private debt. How every part of the world has warmed – and could continue to warm. Solar Geo-Engineering: What if It Doesn’t Work? Photo: Pierre Longnus/Getty Images. Interactive: The impacts of climate change at 1.5C, 2C and beyond.
UN Says Climate Genocide Coming. But It’s Worse Than That. #13 - Arthur Keller : déconstruire les faux espoirs pour en construire de nouveaux - Sismique. Déconstruire les faux espoirs pour en construire de nouveaux - Arthur Keller. The Oil Crash: Esperando el golpe. UN climate panel says we can still hit 1.5 degree global warming target. Webdoc: Dove va il pianeta Terra? - Rainews.it. End of the Oilocene: The Roar of the Oil-Fizzle Dragon King. The World’s Fragile Economic Condition – Part 1. The study on collapse they thought you should not read – yet « Professor Jem Bendell. What happened to crude oil production after the first peak in 2005?
L’ombra delle nuove Lehman a dieci anni dal crack del secolo - Cinquantamila.it. Il software bioculturale dell’umanità è obsoleto: rischiamo l’autoestinzione. Polarization in Poland: A Warning From Europe. La fin du monde rimerait-elle avec le retour en force du patriarcat? Sperm Count Zero. Bayer Needs More Than an Aspirin to Cure Its Monsanto-Sized Headache. Il crollo del viadotto Morandi: riflessioni di un ingegnere. The Water Crises Aren’t Coming—They’re Here. The-next-financial-crisis-lurks-underground. Survival of the Richest – Future Human. “Die Early and Often”: Being Attis in the Anthropocene. The Third Industrial Revolution. The face of Australia’s drought crisis. Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth. Perdiendo la guerra antes de la primera batalla. History of oil and gas production from shale in pictures and charts: …
Salon. History of oil and gas production from shale in pictures and charts: … Le savant, l'imposteur et Staline. This graphic explains why 2 degrees of global warming will be way worse than 1.5. Deepadaptation. Un terrible "effet domino" menace de transformer notre planète en une étuve. Effondrement : "Un processus déjà en marche" par La rédaction. Substituting Beans for Beef Would Help the U.S. Meet Climate Goals.
User Data and Cookie Consent. The study on collapse they thought you should not read – yet « Professor Jem Bendell. World Oil 2018-2050: World Energy Annual Report (Part 2) » Peak Oil Barrel. Dave Pollard's chronicle of civilization's collapse, creative works and essays on our culture. A trail of crumbs, runes and exclamations along my path in search of a better way to live and make a living, and a better understanding. Francoisruffin. “La democrazia non esiste, siamo schiavi del denaro, abbiamo bisogno di naufragare nel sogno”: Gianluca Barbera dialoga con Alessandro Pertosa, stratega della sovversione poetica - Pangea. Consumo di suolo, dinamiche territoriali e servizi ecosistemici. Edizione 2018. A bridge to meta-rationality vs. civilizational collapse. Pick a Hill Worth Dying On, America.
Start [Wiki CETA] Terms of Service Violation. The End of Growth. Electric Vehicle Sales Foretell a Big Oil Crash. Five Stages Of Grief - Understanding the Kubler-Ross Model. Are you ready? – Paul Zeitz. The oilparty is over – Norman Pagett. The Manifesto - Dark Mountain. America the Failed State. Derrick Jensen Resistance Radio archives. Meet the Economist Behind the One Percent’s Stealth Takeover of America. What Will the State Look Like in an Era of Ecological Disaster? What Is Sustainable: Guns Germs and Steel. After the End of the World: Restarting Civilization - The Organic Prepper. The Social Benefits of Fossil Fuels Far Outweigh the Costs. Conservativism Now? Market Economies and the Liberal Anti-Culture - Resilience. The Coming Collapse. Mysterious Dolphins. Il capitalismo come patologia storica – Appello al Popolo.