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A hotter, more extreme climate can mean more profits in cooling homes, managing scarce water, building seawalls against rising water levels, and coaxing food crops to grow in drier, less fertile soil. Disgusting.
"Schumacher's emphasis on what he called "intermediate technology" (neither basic nor large-scale) as the solution to many of the world's problems… "A crank", he said, "is a piece of simple technology that creates revolutions". Nice."
Bizarrely, emissions from global trade do not appear in any nation’s carbon accounting.…in 2007, Britain imported 15,000 tons of chocolate-covered waffles, while exporting 14,000 tons. In 2017, the US both imported and exported nearly 1.5 million tons of beef, and nearly half a million tons of potatoes. In 2016, 213,000 ...Read More
What could possibly go wrong? Unless it doesn’t work. Scientists propose dumping 7,400 gigatons of 'artificial snow' on Antarctica ...Read More
"It’s no coincidence that US military emissions tend to be overlooked in climate change studies. It’s very difficult to get consistent data from the Pentagon and across US government departments. In fact, the United States insisted on an exemption for reporting military emissions in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. This loophole "Our study shows that action on climate change demands shuttering vast sections of the military machine. There are few activities on Earth as environmentally catastrophic as waging war. Significant reductions to the Pentagon’s budget and shrinking its capacity to wage war would cause a huge drop in demand from the ...Read More
Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America's dirty secret
Erin McCormick, Jamie Fullerton, Alastair Gee, Charlotte Simmonds, Bennett Murray, Carmela Fonbuena, Leonie Kijewski, Gökçe Saraçoğ ↗︎
“People don’t know what’s happening to their trash,” said Andrew Spicer, who teaches corporate social responsibility at the University of South Carolina and sits on his state’s recycling advisory board. “They think they’re saving the world. But the international recycling business sees it as a way of making money. There ...Read More
Notes on the STUFF GLUT: 'Given the volume of consumer choices now available, the retail machine has come to require a ghost - whether algorithm, influencer, or snazzy ad tech - to help a product follow [its consumer] around the web.'
The characteristic of the shift over the past half-century is that of a structural change that despite provoking a series of crises, has not been effectively addressed. The result has been a widespread increase in inequality, interlinked with stagnation or even a decrease of purchasing power and living standards for ...Read More
Putin wants to make Russia's internet sovereign. What would it take to pull off this massive technical challenge? ...Read More
An examination of labor-value commodity chains therefore reveals the exploitation hidden in today’s international transactions. The labor-value commodity chains approach acknowledges various components largely missing from the other global-chain frameworks, or not previously brought into systematic relation, namely: (1) global capital-labor relations; (2) the deep wage inequalities between the global ...Read More
Interesting that after some more discourse on this sensitive issue perhaps the rush to a motion was premature
Major soy suppliers Cargill and Bunge are caught in continued deforestation linked to fast food and supermarket giants like Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, Kraft Heinz, and more... DESPITE the tens of millions spent on advertising campaigns to tell the world how much it "cares" about the environment. ...Read More