Monthly Archives: January 2012

Middle East, the beginning of the end

With not only roughly two-thirds of the world’s remaining oil, but also the easiest and cheapest to get at, with the highest EROEI, any major disruption instantly throws the world into hard times and a die-off if nations don’t share … Continue reading

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The Onion (satire): Scientists: ‘Look, One-Third Of The Human Race Has To Die For Civilization To Be Sustainable, So How Do We Want To Do This?’

26 Jan 2012.  Scientists: ‘Look, One-Third Of The Human Race Has To Die For Civilization To Be Sustainable, So How Do We Want To Do This?‘ WASHINGTON—Saying there’s no way around it at this point, a coalition of scientists announced … Continue reading

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Deforestation increases carbon dioxide release

The Amazon rain forest may be on the cusp of releasing more carbon than it stores.  Until now, the Amazon basin has cooled the planet by removing CO2.  Drought and deforestation has led to enormous numbers of trees dying, pushing … Continue reading

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Why Collapse is Inevitable (but hard to see)

Gregor Macdonald explains very well Why we will be Returning to Simplicity (Whether We Want To or Not) that we depend on continuing growth to function.  We’ve all existed at a time when technology got better and better at extracting … Continue reading

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Fishery destruction

From increased carbon dioxide By the end of this century, carbon dioxide levels in the ocean are likely reach levels that will interfere with fishes’ ability to escape from predators, hear, and smell.  Carbon dioxide is already affecting fish brains … Continue reading

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Analyzing energy breakthroughs: a skeptical look at kelp and seaweed ethanol

There is a constant barrage of positive news stories about breakthroughs in alternative energy resources — batteries, biofuels, wind, and so on.  This lulls the majority of people into complacency, even those who know about the energy crisis, because it … Continue reading

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Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. 2012. Doomsday Clock 1 minute closer to Midnight

It is Now 5 Minutes to Midnight. Doomsday Clock Moves 1 minute closer to midnight. 10 January 2012. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Faced with inadequate progress on nuclear weapons reduction and proliferation, continuing inaction on climate change, and the … Continue reading

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World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity 1992

On November 18, 1992 approximately 1700 scientists from around the world, and the majority of the Nobel Prize laureates in the sciences, signed the document titled ‘World Scientist’s Warning to Humanity‘. WORLD SCIENTISTS’ WARNING TO HUMANITY Human beings and the … Continue reading

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Yevgeny Chazov, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

11 Dec 1985. Nobel Lecture by Yevgeny Chazov, Nobel Peace prize winner in 1985. Nuclear war, unless it is prevented, would lead to the extinction of life on Earth and possibly in the Universe. Can we take such a risk? … Continue reading

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Michael Smith, Nobel Prize winner

10 Dec 1993. Michael Smith, winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1993, speech at the Nobel Banquet. I believe that Alfred Nobel, in contemplating this munificent act of the Bank and in contemplating what might happen in the next 100 … Continue reading

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