climate change

ISC Reasearch Paper: Why Capitalism Can’t Fix Global Warming

A hundred thousand bats fell from the sky when a heat wave struck Australia. In the opposite hemisphere, a polar vortex drove temperatures across the United States to record lows. Last year, a few days before the COP 19 negotiations, a supercharged Typhoon Haiyan killed 6,000 people in the Philippines with thousands still missing. Even as greenhouse gas (GHG) levels near a point of no return where climate disasters will become more frequent and reach even more catastrophic levels, the countries that are responsible do nothing and refuse to take responsibility. Around the world, corporations market green capitalism as the solution. Many in the environmental movement reluctantly agree with using the market to reduce GHG. Yet, capitalism cannot fix global warming because global warming is not a problem of bad policies; rather, it is a direct consequence of capitalism’s fundamental driving forces.

Changes In The Weather

Oceanic, the wind was gushing about the campus yesterday, hurling itself against doors and windows, tearing the last dry yellow leaves from the gingko trees and ripping up carpets of browning foliage from the earth. It was cold, too. Nothing to write home about (as though anyone writes home anymore), not even quite cold enough for snow, but cold enough to redden your nose and put some snot gleaming in that least-appreciated of human canyons, the philtrum.

Dog Meat And Vegetarianism

Dog meat protests are apparently on the rise in Seoul as Koreans struggle to shake the mild reputation they have for turning household pets and endangered animals into soups that are supposed to give men harder erections. I’m willing to bet that most of the people at these protests still prefer to spend a night a week at the local samgyupsal joint, devouring food that Westerners approve of; during the Seoul Olympics the Korean government “closed all restaurants serving Gaejang-guk to better improve the country’s image to Western visitors” according to wikipedia, although naturally they opened up later, and can be found at a safe distance from major tourist destinations.

12 Environmental Movies To Watch (while desk warming)

12 Environmental Movies To Watch 

1. Forks over Knives (2011) Director Lee Fulkerson

Forks over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict modern society can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Great inspiration and fascinating research.

Singer and His Rotten AGW Skepticism

Sometimes writing stinks enough to burn the nose hairs: S. Fred Singer shows how.

Humans have adapted to natural climate changes in the past; we should have no problem doing so in the future.

The weight bearing down on that “should” is enough to make me cringe. Fast forward to a not so cheery future: “Ooops, we should’ve!” says Singer/

Compare Singer and The Economist on melting Arctic ice.

Singer: Glaciers are melting and Arctic sea ice is disappearing. But this is a necessary consequence of warming and says nothing about its cause. Any warming—whether man-made or natural—will melt ice. Confusing cause and effect is faulty logic.


Red Links, 7-31-10

Jon BerkeleyYes, I missed last week – apologies. This week brings disappointment leavened with hope – for carbon taxes, CCT’s, and sorting out the banking system and the world economy in general. I am, however, partial to a counter-terror strategy in Afghanistan. But, maybe I should read the WikiLeaks’ trove of documents now.

Red Links, 07-10-10

KAL's Cartoon, 07-08-10This week’s editorials admonish the various culprits, i.e., President Sarkozy, IPCC, justly. I chose the quickest summary of the East Anglia emails scandal conclusions because brevity accentuates how ridiculously tedious the slander campaign really was. But, The Economist missed a chance to admonish another culprit in every case: US. I mean, how long can readers of The Economist, for one, persist in such blithering naivete? I can forgive non-subscribers. But, most educated readers with at least two years of elementary school on their resume should know the difference between the bluster of public life and the earnestness of the private.

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