The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund : Index Global Philosophy: Ashok Gangadean at TEDxWilmington “There is nothing we can do” – Meadows | Damn the Matrix FORMAT interviews Dennis Meadows, author of “The Limits to Growth”, about the shocking position of the planet. 40 years ago, Dennis Meadows presented the best seller “The Limits to Growth”. In it, he predicted, not the exact date of the apocalypse, but the U.S. researchers showed by means of computational models, that by mid-century, the resources of planet Earth will be depleted. The book sold 30 million copies and Meadows is now regarded as the most famous “Sunset prophet” of the world. FORMAT’s writer Rainer Himmelfreundpointner met Meadows on a visit to Vienna for an exclusive interview. The message of the nearly 70-year-old is now no more optimistic as then, and is not for the faint of heart. FORMAT: Mr. Meadows: What we meant in 1972 in “The Limits to Growth”, and what is still true, is that there is simply no endless physical growth on a finite planet. Meadows: You cannot compare our current situation that way. FORMAT: cancer as a metaphor for uncontrolled growth? Meadows: Yeah.
La crisis de los medios tradicionales y el futuro digital del periodismo El periodismo de la era post-industrial es una realidad ineludible marcada por el impacto de la explosión de las redes sociales, la cual ha dado paso a una nueva lógica comunicacional, muy distinta a la anterior, tal como lo afirma el destacado periodista y académico brasileño- estadounidense Rosental Calmon Alves. Calmon Alves, que preside el programa de Periodismo para las Américas de la Fundación Knight en la Universidad de Texas, en Austin, visitó Santiago la semana pasada para participar como conferencista principal en el cierre del Seminario sobre Periodismo Digital organizado por la Instituto de Comunicación y Nuevas Tecnologías de la Universidad Mayor y la Sociedad Española Americana de Periodistas, los días 4, 5, y 6 de septiembre. “¡Vivimos en la red!” Calmon Alves dice tajantemente que las empresas de “media” tienen que transformarse en empresas de tecnología.
Fracking and Local Referendums Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, New York City Voters in at least three more Colorado municipalities, as well as another in Ohio, approved anti-fracking measures in Tuesday's elections, continuing a trend whereby local communities are standing up in support of their right to self-determination in the face of rapidly expanding oil and gas development nationwide. In Colorado, residents of Fort Collins approved a 5-year moratorium on any new fracking "in order to fully study the impacts of this process on property values and human health." As I wrote in a letter to the editor of the Denver Post last month: "Communities should have the right to weigh in on what happens in their backyards. Around the country, we're increasingly seeing communities stand up for themselves when their state and/or the federal government has not. Unfortunately, as with prior similar measures in both states, industry lawsuits seem likely. Photo Credit: Fracking Referendums/shutterstock
A New Dawn 13th Jun 2013; 13:00 Listen to the audio (full recording including audience Q&A) Please right-click link and choose "Save Link As..." to download audio file onto your computer. There will an edited high-res video version of the talk available in a couple of weeks time, and if you subscribe to our channel on YouTube - you'll get automatically notified whenever there's a new video. RSA Thursdays Award-winning Hollywood film producer Simon Lewis’ life was turned upside down when a serious car accident left him severely injured. In a special talk at the RSA, Simon Lewis shares his remarkable personal story of recovery, and explores what he sees as society’s most urgent problem - the many threats to learning and consciousness - revealing what is already possible to nurture minds and change lives. Speaker: Simon Lewis, film and television producer and author of Rise and Shine Chair: Dr Suzy Walton, RSA Trustee
Limits to growth Debaten el futuro de los medios de comunicación online Expertos con voz y voto en el mundo de los medios digitales se sentaron en torno a una mesa para debatir el futuro de los medios de comunicación en tiempos de Internet. Entre ellos, estuvieron Yago Castillo, director general de Terra, e introductor del tema de debate. Guillermo Rodríguez subdirector de The Huffington Post, quien habló de cómo otra forma de informar es posible, y José Suárez de Lezo, director general de MediosOn abordó el reto de la apuesta por la marca informativa. Todos los medios no son calco unos de otros. Que el ciudadano, en su rol de usuario, sea el nuevo prescriptor de la noticia es ya una realidad perfectamente implementada en Terra que permite además, que se vaya analizando en tiempo real mientras está ocurriendo. “Todos los medios no son un calco unos de otros, sostuvo Guillermo Fernández, tomado la posta de Yago, ni todo es igual en Internet”. Para Fernández no alcanza con decir que te preocupan los lectores.
fracking ban - eLetters A woman collects signatures for a Broomfield anti-fracking petition on July 27. (David R. Jennings, Broomfield Enterprise) Re: “Municipal fracking bans in Colorado should be voted down,” Oct. 17 editorial endorsement. In its editorial, The Post argues that several Colorado municipalities should reject ballot measures that would establish local moratoriums or bans on fracking. Communities should have the right to weigh in on what happens in their backyards. The residents of these places will have to live with the consequences if fracking moves in. After all, we’re still assessing the damage from recent flooding in Colorado’s oil and gas fields. Kate Sinding, New York City The writer is director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Community Fracking Defense Project.
Indian man single-handedly plants a 1,360-acre forest A little more than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India's Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site so he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that Payeng planted — single-handedly. The Times of India recently caught up with Payeng in his remote forest lodge to learn more about how he came to leave such an indelible mark on the landscape. It all started way back in 1979, when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar. "The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. While it's taken years for Payeng's remarkable dedication to planting to receive some well-deserved recognition internationally, it didn't take long for wildlife in the region to benefit from the manufactured forest.
Retort: The 147 Companies That Run The World? They're You. Fascinating post by colleague Bruce Upbin on the dominant ownership position of the “147 companies that control everything.” But I think there is basic flaw in the thinking of the underlying study, which as Bruce notes comes from three systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and which was picked up by the magazine New Scientist. So, here’s the issue. Most of the companies on the top 50 list are simply investment companies – they aren’t operating companies. Consider a few tidbits: According to the Investment Company Institute, a trade group for the mutual funds industry, as of the end of August, mutual funds held $11.6 trillion in assets. And wait, a few more stats: 51.6 million U.S. households own mutual funds; they are held by 90.2 million individuals. 44% of U.S. households are fund investors.
El futuro de los medios de comunicación - FayerWayer El Foro Mundial de Editores de prensa que se termina hoy en Hamburgo ha sido el lugar elegido para presentar un informe sobre el estado y valoración de las redacciones de prensa. La consultora McKinsey & Company ha sido al encargada de realizar este estudio, para el cual han contado con más de quinientos medios de comunicación y en él que se recogen tanto valoraciones sobre la situación general de los medios como sus perspectivas de futuro. Se echa en falta alguna valoración sobre el valor de la inmediatez y las actualizaciones constantes que suponen los medios en Internet y sobre el papel de la tecnología personal que usa el periodista (el redactor que puede complementar su labor informativa con soportes audiovisuales capturados y emitidos desde su smartphone, por ejemplo). Sorprende el dato sobre las redacciones digitales. Otro dato interesante es el papel del fenómeno de las redes sociales. Link: ¿Es este el futuro de las redacciones?
Big Money Doesn't Always Win: Fracking Bans, No Coal Exports This is an archived story. The information and any links may no longer be accurate. Following up on our article, Key Votes to Watch: Climate, Fracking, Coal Exports, here are the results from the 2013 election. Fracking Votes in Colorado There's great news from Colorado, where three of four cities voting on fracking moratoriums approved them. Most importantly, Lafayette voters passed a Community Bill of Rights, which permanently bans oil and gas drilling. Voters in Fort Collins and Boulder passed five year moratoriums on fracking with strong margins. Proponents were outspent 40-1, with the oil and gas industry pouring in a whopping $900,000 in contrast to $26,000 raised by activists. Community Bill of Rights were also on the ballet in three cities in Ohio. Coal Exports in Washington State Here too, fossil fuel interests took a licking. All four progressive candidates for Whatcom County Council won. The race was the most expensive ever for this tiny county of 200,000 people.