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ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL: New Rules for Lifeboat Earth

Publié le 26 juillet, 2011 | Pas de commentaires
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ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL:  New Rules for Lifeboat Earth

Corporate billionaires and war-profiteers of all countries depend on our ignorant allegiances to the ideologies that keep them in power – but there is no hope of survival if we continue to play their perverse lifeboat-game.

IF YOU THINK THIS IS ALARMIST, YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION: SOLIDARITY IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

Publié le 27 février, 2011 | 4 commentaires
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IF YOU THINK THIS IS ALARMIST, YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION:  SOLIDARITY IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD

For thirty years, the U.S. citizen has been conditioned little by little, to accept less. Less protection from unions, less protection from polluters, less protection from bankers and the financial sector, less actual work from the government, less leadership from elected officials, less transparency, less employment opportunity, less in medical and preventative health care, less […]

Interview with Bill McKibben of 350.org

Publié le 1 décembre, 2009 | Pas de commentaires
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Interview with Bill McKibben of 350.org

As the world prepares for December’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, I talked with Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org, an international climate campaign that helped organize events in countries around the world, including Canada, for the international day of action on climate change on October 24. In the interview, McKibben discusses […]

Can the Poor be Insured Against Climate Change?

Publié le 1 février, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Can the Poor be Insured Against Climate Change?

Moving into the XXI century, images of lives devastated by floods in Asia, droughts in Africa and cyclones in Central America are becoming increasingly familiar, reminding us of how vulnerable people in developing countries are to climate change. Considering the hardships these people face every time a catastrophe dawns on them, could they not perhaps […]

The Nobel Prize and the ‘Wicked’ Challenge of Climate Change

Publié le 1 décembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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The Nobel Prize and the ‘Wicked’ Challenge of Climate Change

As recognized by the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore’s style of science communication reflect complimentary approaches to global capacity-building in the face of ‘wicked planetary environmental issues’. How do these initiatives work to strengthen communication between science, politics and people? Might their effects be enhanced by […]

A Technological Fix for the Environment: The Virgin Earth Challenge

Publié le 1 septembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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A Technological Fix for the Environment: The Virgin Earth Challenge

Last February Al Gore and British billionaire Richard Branson presented the Virgin Earth Challenge. It operates on the assumption that there is a technological solution to the climate change crisis. Technology materializes a particular relationship to the world. Does modifying our technology change this relationship? And how do technological innovations help or hinder our attempts […]

Developing Deforestation: The REDD Initiative

Publié le 1 septembre, 2007 | Pas de commentaires
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Developing Deforestation: The REDD Initiative

The Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries (REDD) is being touted by industrialized nations as a way to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 25 percent within the span of the next decade, with the added benefits of forest conservation and capacity building in the developing world. Among the serious […]