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Kenya: UN Says Lake Turkana is Endangered

Featured image: Lake Turkana and the River Omo, a lifeline to many tribal peoples, are drying up due to mega dam. © Nicola Bailey/ Survival International, 2015      by Survival International UNESCO added Kenya’s Lake Turkana to its World Heritage Site Endangered List in June, a sign it believes the iconic lake’s survival is at … Continue reading Kenya: UN Says Lake Turkana is Endangered

52 Percent of World’s Birds of Prey Populations in Decline

Featured image: Griffon vulture. Pierre Dalous/ Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0       by Lorraine Chow / Ecowatch Grim news for the world’s raptors—an iconic group of birds consisting of hawks, falcons, kites, eagles, vultures and owls. After analyzing the status of all 557 raptor species, biologists discovered that 18 percent of these birds are threatened … Continue reading 52 Percent of World’s Birds of Prey Populations in Decline

What Happened to Bill McKibben?

     by Suzanna Jones / Counterpunch Walden, Vermont–In his 2008 book Deep Economy, Bill McKibben concludes that economic growth is the source of the ecological crises we face today.  He explains that when the economy grows larger than necessary to meet our basic needs – when it grows for the sake of growth, automatically striving for … Continue reading What Happened to Bill McKibben?

Gilgamesh vs. Noah: The Epic Battle for the Future

     by Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. / Transition Times We are living in epic times. Mighty planetary changes are underway, and perhaps our pop culture is so obsessed with superheroes because only legendary heroes could successfully battle the dragons we face today. I have been writing Transition Times for seven years now. When I started this blog, … Continue reading Gilgamesh vs. Noah: The Epic Battle for the Future

46% of Forests Have Been Destroyed by Civilization…and Counting

     by Max Wilbert / Deep Green Resistance “Forests precede civilizations and deserts follow them.” – François-René de Chateaubriand New research in the prestigious journal Nature estimates that “the global number of trees has fallen by approximately 46% since the start of human civilization.” The study also suggests that about 15 billion trees are … Continue reading 46% of Forests Have Been Destroyed by Civilization…and Counting

Trump Administration Targets Endangered Species Act

Featured image: critically endangered red wolves. Trump’s unprecedented rollback could doom hundreds of animals and plants to extinction.      by Center for Biological Diversity WASHINGTON— In a massive attack on imperiled wildlife, the Trump administration announced a series of rollbacks today to the regulations implementing key provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The three … Continue reading Trump Administration Targets Endangered Species Act

A Manifesto for a World in Crisis

THE SITUATION Our world is in crisis. Species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation, rising seas, ocean acidification, global warming. It’s no exaggeration to say that the dominant culture is killing the planet. At the same time, societies around the world are staggeringly unjust. Neocolonialism builds up empires on the backs of indigenous peoples, sweatshop workers, unpaid … Continue reading A Manifesto for a World in Crisis

Massive Utah Oil Shale Project Threatens Public Health, Water Supply

Featured image: Uintah Basin oil field      by Center for Biological Diversity SALT LAKE CITY— Conservation groups today formally opposed the Trump administration’s plan to facilitate the first commercial oil shale development in the United States, a massive Utah project that would generate enormous greenhouse gas and deadly ozone pollution in regions already exceeding federal air-pollution … Continue reading Massive Utah Oil Shale Project Threatens Public Health, Water Supply