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Covid, climate, and ‘dual metabolic rupture’

Editor’s note: While it’s true that “it is the profit machine that is polluting our atmosphere, warming our planet, and destroying our ecosystems”, the real root of human destructiveness lies further back in history, when groups of people started agriculture, building cities and forming human supremist ideologies that disconnected human cultures from all other living … Continue reading Covid, climate, and ‘dual metabolic rupture’

What Jeff Merkley Gets Wrong About Forests and Fire

This article originally appeared on Counterpunch. BY GEORGE WUERTHNER In a recent May 29 Bend Bulletin article, Senator Merkley asserted he “wants to boost spending on forest management by $1 billion annually through work, such as thinning and prescribed burning, to reduce the prospects of catastrophic wildfires.” An unexamined assumption is that thinning/logging work significantly reduces the … Continue reading What Jeff Merkley Gets Wrong About Forests and Fire

The Rush For White Gold [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

by Austin Price, for Earth Island Journal SIXTEEN MILLION YEARS AGO, a volcano erupted over the Yellowstone hotspot near the present-day border of Oregon and Nevada. The blast expelled 1,000 cubic kilometers of rhyolite lava as the land collapsed into a 30-mile-long, keyhole-shaped caldera. Magma, ash, and other sediments entered the keyhole, and for the … Continue reading The Rush For White Gold [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

Despite Risks, Climate Activists Lead Fight Against Oil Giant’s Drilling Projects in Uganda

Editor’s note: The company has already sold a handful of its onshore oil blocks over the past 10 years, citing the need to cut risk due to community unrest and continued sabotage attacks on its oil installations. These blocks had been snapped up by Nigerian indigenous operators including Seplat Petroleum, Aiteo E&P, First Hydrocarbons and … Continue reading Despite Risks, Climate Activists Lead Fight Against Oil Giant’s Drilling Projects in Uganda

Antarctica is headed for a climate tipping point by 2060, with catastrophic melting if carbon emissions aren’t cut quickly

This article originally appeared in The Conversation. Featured image: The big wildcard for sea level rise is Antarctica. James Eades/Unsplash Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Andrea Dutton, University of Wisconsin-Madison While U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken draws attention to climate change in the Arctic at meetings with other national officials this week … Continue reading Antarctica is headed for a climate tipping point by 2060, with catastrophic melting if carbon emissions aren’t cut quickly

Not just another drought: The American West moves from dry to bone dry

Originally published in Resource Insights Featured image: Colorado river floating into Lake Mead NASA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons By Kurt Cobb The American West is having a drought. So, what else is new? And, that’s just the point. The American West has been in an extended drought since 2000, so far the second worst … Continue reading Not just another drought: The American West moves from dry to bone dry

We Should All Be Worried About The United Nations Food Systems Summit.

Editor’s note: Large scale agriculture, especially the industrial form with its dependence on heavy machinery, highly toxic chemicals and genetically modified crops is incredibly destructive. It’s also remarkably undemocratic since it is pushed by large multinational cooperations and their exclusive institutions like the World Economic Forum and the UN. If we as humans want to … Continue reading We Should All Be Worried About The United Nations Food Systems Summit.

The Green Flame: Four Months at Protect Thacker Pass

The protection camp at Thacker Pass, Peehee mu’huh, has been in place for more than four months. This episode is an update starting with a new recording from May 18th, as well as audio from recent video updates recorded on-site by Max Wilbert over the past month or so. Poem “Newspeak” by Trinity La Fey. … Continue reading The Green Flame: Four Months at Protect Thacker Pass

Friday essay: searching for sanity in a world hell-bent on destruction

Editor’s note: This essay reminds me of premise ten from Derrick Jensen’s book Endgame: “The culture as a whole and most of its members are insane. The culture is driven by a death urge, an urge to destroy life.”  Samuel Alexander, The University of Melbourne According to The Parable of the Poisoned Well, there once … Continue reading Friday essay: searching for sanity in a world hell-bent on destruction

We have no answers; we have questions. Urgent ones

This article originally appeared on Roarmag. Editor’s note: Asking questions, questions that emerge from your empathy if you care for life on the planet, and questions that emerge from your confusion if you see that so many things are going so badly wrong, is a very important, crucial step. We completely agree with the last … Continue reading We have no answers; we have questions. Urgent ones