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Assisted Tree Migration

Connie Barlow is a leading advocate for the “assisted migration” of native trees poleward in this time of rapid climate change. Beginning in 2004 in a paper cowritten with Pleistocene ecologist Paul S. Martin titled, “Bring Torreya taxifolia North — Now,” Barlow’s advocacy subsequently expanded to include even common native trees of North America. The … Continue reading Assisted Tree Migration

Techno-Utopian Visions Will Not Save Us

This is the fourth part in the series. In the previous essays, we have explored the need for a collapse, the relationship between a Dyson sphere and overcomsumption, and our blind pursuit for ‘progress.’ In this piece, Elisabeth describes how the Dyson sphere is an extension of the drive for so-called “green energy.” By Elisabeth … Continue reading Techno-Utopian Visions Will Not Save Us

High Speed Rail: The Insanity of Civilisation

In this writing Ben asks questions about a rail development that is destroying the natural world. He asks what it would take to stop the development  and why we are not all talking about it. Is high speed rail the pinnacle of civilisations’ insanity? By Ben Warner Probably not, unfortunately, but it is an excellent … Continue reading High Speed Rail: The Insanity of Civilisation

Peril In The Hills: Extreme Weather A Danger For Nilgiri Ecosystem

Godwin Vasanth Bosco reports on extreme precipitation that has fallen on the Nilgiri plateau of southern India the last few years. These extreme and unprecedented rain events have led to massive landslides and other ecological damage. Little has been done to address the crisis. Featured image: A massive landslide in one of the largest sholas … Continue reading Peril In The Hills: Extreme Weather A Danger For Nilgiri Ecosystem

90% Chance of Civilization Collapsing Within 20-40 Years

This is the first in a series of articles reflecting on a recent study which predicts collapse of industrial society within a few decades. By destroying the ecological foundation on which all life depends, civilization makes collapse inevitable. Max Wilbert describes the destruction caused by the industrial civilization, and what we can do for a … Continue reading 90% Chance of Civilization Collapsing Within 20-40 Years

World On Track For “Worst Case” IPCC Climate Change Scenario

This article, originally posted by the Woods Hole Research Centre on August 3rd 2020, states that the “Worst case” for CO2 emissions scenario is actually the best match for assessing the climate risk, impact by 2050.  The RCP 8.5 CO2 emissions pathway, long considered a “worst case scenario” by the international science community, is the most … Continue reading World On Track For “Worst Case” IPCC Climate Change Scenario

Arctic Ice Hits Record Low as Extreme Heat Accelerates Melting

Siberian heat drives Arctic ice extent to record low for early July by Gloria Dickie / Mongabay On June 17, 2020, a Siberian town registered a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest ever recorded above the Arctic Circle. High temps across the region are driving impacts of great concern to scientists, firefighters, and those … Continue reading Arctic Ice Hits Record Low as Extreme Heat Accelerates Melting

Forest and Drought: Hanging by a Thread

Forests hold the climate together. They are also at extreme risk due to global warming, drought, and other ecological stresses created by industrial civilization. New research shows that forests may be “hanging by a thread.” This excerpt from a recent peer-reviewed article in Science magazine details some of the threats to forests. Despite the academic … Continue reading Forest and Drought: Hanging by a Thread

Coal Plant Accident Kills Six in India

What is electric power worth? The coal power industry is responsible for an incredible amount of suffering and death via air, soil, water pollution and land destruction. This is not to mention the gathering climate crisis apocalypse. This piece, by DGR South Asia organizer Salonika, discusses the cost of coal. Reliance Power Accident in India … Continue reading Coal Plant Accident Kills Six in India

Anthropogenic Climate Disruption and The End of Ice

This excerpt comes from the Introduction to Dahr Jamail‘s book, The End of Ice. Dahr Jamail is an award winning journalist and author who is a full-time staff reporter for Truthout.org. His work is currently focusing on Anthropogenic Climate Disruption. Featured image: a rapidly melting glacier on Tahoma (Mt. Rainier), by Max Wilbert. By Dahr … Continue reading Anthropogenic Climate Disruption and The End of Ice