Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Beijing, Oregon

letter to the editor :                        aug 23 2017

your planet is burning up people.
figure it out: all this smoke is NOT normal.  fires in summer?, yes, but not on this scale.
The state of oregon has been turned into beijing oregon.
Its GLOBAL WARMING, remember?

To put it mildly, You are destroying your state and civilization folks.  In your desperation and insanity, you have created an unsustainable, utterly polluted, congested and 'out of control' urban sprawl of staggering proportions in every city and municipality you inhabit.

Your children are losing their future because of your idiocy.

you have GOT to get out of your gas guzzling trucks and SUV's.  You need to stop procreating like flies and you have GOT to STOP eating meat.  why is it that almost every single restaurant in the state of oregon serves meat?  Yours is a failed lifestyle, its killing our planet and it cannot and will not survive the future simply because it is NOT sustainable.

So, get rid of your chinese made american blood drenched flags, STOP supporting the US military and the domestic spy and surveillance american nazi police state, and learn to go vegan, ride bicycles and fly an EARTH FLAG on your front porch.

STOP voting for the war mongering republicrats and demoblicans and VOTE GREEN PARTY at the next round of voting.  Perhaps then, and ONLY then, will we have a chance of surviving the 21st century.

steve jones
bend, oregon

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A World in Trouble: Drought, War, Food, Flight

The disruptions of climate and conflict are sparking perilous global insecurity
'What seems to be most significant today, and increasingly accepted within the FAO and other agencies, is that climate change is becoming a permanent reality affecting food supplies in many parts of the world. It is not something for the future, but is happening now.' (Photo: Asian Development Bank/flickr/cc)
Six years ago there were fears of a transnational famine developing across much of eastern Africa. At least 11 million people were at risk in what might have been the worst disaster of its kind since the early 1970s (see "A world in hunger: east Africa and beyond", 21 July 2011). 
This impending crisis was not unforeseen.
This impending crisis was not unforeseen. An analysis of several interlocking factors, already evident several years earlier, had anticipated such an outcome (see "The world's food insecurity", 24 April 2008). These factors included higher oil prices, the early impact of climate change, increased demand for feed grains to boost meat production for the richer countries, and the diversion of land to grow biofuels.
These recent moments of urgent concern from ten and six years ago mirror the near-disaster of the world food crisis of 1973-74, when multiple elements put at least 22 million people at risk. The danger then was narrowly avoided by emergency financial aid to enable the most crisis-ridden states to purchase grain from the international markets.
But that very success pointed to an underlying feature of all such crises, which needs to be better understood: namely, there has never been too little food to go round, for (at least since 1945) world grain resources have not been anywhere near complete depletion. The problem, instead, has been much more one of poverty. In short, people are unable for many reasons to grow their own food and far too poor to buy food when harvests fail.
There has never been too little food to go round.
Now there is a new international food crisis, as reported by the director-general of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation at the organisation's biennial conference. Jose Graziano da Silva said that the FAO "has identified nineteen countries facing severe food crises due to a combination of conflict and climate change, including South Sudan, northeast Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, where nearly 20 million are at risk.”
In broad terms, da Silva and the FAO specialists see the current predicament as a reversal of the previous trend in which there has been a slow improvement in food availability across the world – the two recent periods cited above being the exception. Now there is a real problem, with the FAO calculating that some 60% people across the world who face hunger live in countries experiencing conflict or climate change, or both at once.
The effect of conflict on food availability, as in the many irregular wars of recent years, is clear enough. Here, some countries are able eventually to see a degree of peace restored, while others continue to be consumed by violence and as a result suffer deep food insecurity (see Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins [IB Tauris, 2016]).
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But what seems to be most significant today, and increasingly accepted within the FAO and other agencies, is that climate change is becoming a permanent reality affecting food supplies in many parts of the world. It is not something for the future, but is happening now (see "Climate disruption, the new reality", 19 May 2016).

Time to act

Since the early 1990s It has been recognised that climate change is an asymmetric process, which is likely to lead to a progressive drying out of the tropical and sub-tropical regions. David Rind’s seminal article was a vital early contribution for the non-specialist, in emphasising less that global rainfall was decreasing and more that this rainfall was tending to fall over the oceans and polar regions (see "Drying out the Tropics", New Scientist, 6 May 1995). Since the tropics and sub-tropics provide much of the food for the whole world, the implications of a fall in the carrying-capacity of the croplands would be progressive and, ultimately, catastrophic (see "Climate change and global security", 2 January 2003).
Climate change is an asymmetric process, which is likely to lead to a progressive drying out of the tropical and sub-tropical regions.
As with so many aspects of climate change, little was done at a global level in light of this knowledge. The world is now witnessing the results. The degree of vulnerability is shown by the relative availability of renewable water resources in different parts of the world. An FAO analysis puts it bluntly:
“In the Near East and North Africa region, the per capita renewable water availability is around 600 cubic metres per person per year – only 10 per cent of the world average –and drops to just 100 cubic metres in some countries…”  
With financial support and political commitment, there are many ways for food-producing communities to adapt in some degree to a decline in rainfall. The tactics might include really substantial improvements in water conservation, changes in the crops being grown and greater use of drought-tolerant varieties. These are necessary and buy time, but only up to a point. They will only realise their potential in the long term if the root cause of climate change – carbon emissions – is addressed. There is no escape from the need for a rapid reduction in such emissions. 
The increasing migratory flows across the Mediterranean towards southern Europe, and through other routes, are already featuring on the news agenda. These will become a familiar daily story in the coming months. Yet there is currently little evidence that western governments recognise their long-term significance and growing connection to climate change (see "Mediterranean dreams, climate realities", 23 April 2015).  
What is happening now is a marker for much greater pressures as climate change translates into climate disruption. If that is grasped in a strategic way, the urgent need to curb carbon emissions will become unavoidable.
Paul Rogers
Paul Rogers is professor in the department of peace studies at Bradford University, northern England. He is OpenDemocracy's international-security editor, and has been writing a weekly column on global security since 28 September 2001; he also writes a monthly briefing for the Oxford Research Group. His books include Why We’re Losing the War on Terror (Polity, 2007), and Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century (Pluto Press, 3rd edition, 2010). He is on twitter at: @ProfPRogers

To Protect Our Planet and Revitalize Our Economy, We Need a Climate Conservation Corps

To Protect Our Planet and Revitalize Our Economy, We Need a Climate Conservation Corps

Bob Dylan famously sang that “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”  We could update Dylan’s adage to say that in 2017, you don’t need a climatologist to see we’re in the midst of an ecological crisis.  By way of review:  2016 was the hottest year on record.  Before that, the hottest year was 2015.  Before that, it was 2014.  In fact, 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have occurred since the year 2000. The warming is having dramatic consequences.  At the poles, sea ice coverage is at a record low.  The world’s coral reefs are experiencing a dramatic die-off.  In my home state of New Mexico, we are experiencing record high temperatures, deadly dust storms, and wildfire evacuations.
As serious as these environmental challenges are, they understandably take a back seat to more immediate economic concerns.  Unemployment is still a major concern in many parts of our country.  Middle class incomes have stagnated even as college tuition has skyrocketed.  Families are increasingly living paycheck-to-paycheck.  
In an age of drones and self-driving cars, the situation is only going to get worse.  According to one study, 47 percent of jobs in the United States are at risk from automation in the next 20 years.  No less a technophile than Bill Gates has suggested a “robot tax” to slow automation, fund worker retraining efforts, and expand public employment.
Faced with these enormous economic and environmental challenges, we need to think big. Luckily, there is an elegant solution to both problems, with precedent in U.S. history.  The solution is to create a Climate Conservation Corps to put Americans to work fighting climate change.
In 1933, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office, the Great Depression was at its nadir.  Less often remembered is that the nation was experiencing an ecological crisis.  Forest coverage was at all time lows. Overplanting and overgrazing were contributing to dramatic soil erosion, foreshadowing the Dust Bowl.  President Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps in response to these exigencies.  Between 1933 and 1942, the CCC employed more than 3 million young men, who planted nearly 3 billion trees, developed 800 new state parks, and constructed 13,000 miles of hiking trails.  Many historians rank the CCC as the most popular of all the New Deal programs.  Nonetheless, Congress terminated it upon the onset of World War II.  
Since the Great Recession, a number of prominent commentators have argued for bringing it back.  Progressive members of Congress have also shown an interest in the idea.  Unsurprisingly, commentators have argued that a reconstituted CCC should focus on the battle against climate change.  
The obvious place for such a program to begin would be with energy efficiency.  Energy efficiency has the potential to save consumers a tremendous amount of money while greatly reducing emissions.  In 2009, the McKinsey consulting firm estimated that an aggressive approach to energy efficiency could save U.S. consumers nearly $600 billion while preventing 1.1 billion tons of CO2 (the annual emissions of 320 coal-fired power plants).  Investing in energy efficiency makes particular sense because it is rapidly growing sector of the economy that is limited by employers’ difficulty finding qualified employees.  According to the Department of Energy, the U.S economy could support an additional 3 million construction jobs in this sector, but over 80 percent of employers reported difficulty finding qualified employees.  A Climate Conservation Corps could remove a key impediment to this sector’s growth by training and deploying a new generation of workers.
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State and local governments are leading the way.  Since 2013, the California Conservation Corps has employed young adults and recently returned veterans to perform energy audits and simple retrofits at schools, low-income homes, and national forest facilities.  Minnesota had put AmeriCorps participants to work in residences, installing smart thermostats and power strips, CFL light bulbs, door weather stripping, and other energy-saving technologies.  A number of cities and states have employed corps members to perform similar tasks, or to educate members of the public about energy efficiency.  The Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program provides another model.  Since 1976, the DOE has worked with state and local governments to perform audits and retrofits in low-income homes, saving homeowners $340 million in a typical year while supporting 8,500 jobs.  A Climate Conservation Corps could build upon this work on a much larger scale.
Such a program would more than pay for itself in energy savings.  It would also stimulate the economy as a whole.  A 2009 study found a ten-fold increase in economic activity for every dollar invested in energy efficiency in New England.  This stimulus effect was a result of lower energy costs, which lead to increased consumer spending and a reduction in the cost of doing business.
The scope of the energy efficiency opportunity is such that there would be little need to focus on anything else in the near term.  But the new CCC should be designed with sufficient flexibility to take on other projects that contribute meaningfully to the fight against climate change, have low capital costs, and are not being undertaken by the private sector with sufficient alacrity.  Projects like solar panel manufacturing and installation, reforestation, and wetland restoration might fit the bill.
A public works program is not the only way to reduce emissions while creating jobs:  traditional pollution control programs like the Clean Power Plan would also create hundreds of thousands of jobs.  If more familiar mechanisms are capable of producing similar economic and environmental benefits, one might question the need for a Climate Conservation Corps.  That would be misguided.  Behavioral economists have shown that the framing of policy options matters greatly.  If a policy is presented in a way that emphasizes its benefits, people are more likely to favor it than if the same policy is presented in a way that emphasizes its cost.
Although programs like the Clean Power Plan would create hundreds of thousands of jobs, they are not framed as job-creating measures, and are not understood by the public as such.  In fact, many people incorrectly assume that regulations lead to reduced employment.  The Climate Conservation Corps avoids this pitfall by emphasizing both environmental and employment benefits.  
We should continue to advocate for measures like the Clean Power Plan.  But in the face of an existential crisis, we need to try everything we can think of.  We could do a lot worse than to emulate the most popular program of the New Deal.

'Earth Is Exhausted': Humans Have Already Consumed the Planet's Annual Resources

"The costs of this global ecological overspending are becoming increasingly evident around the world."
"This means that in seven months, we emitted more carbon than the oceans and forests can absorb in a year, we caught more fish, felled more trees, harvested more, and consumed more water than the Earth was able to produce in the same period," World Wildlife Fund and Global Footprint Network said in a statement.
"This means that in seven months, we emitted more carbon than the oceans and forests can absorb in a year, we caught more fish, felled more trees, harvested more, and consumed more water than the Earth was able to produce in the same period," World Wildlife Fund and Global Footprint Network said in a statement. (Photo: Guy Gorek/Flickr/cc)
With several months left until the end of 2017, humans have already used up more natural resources than the planet can regenerate in a year, making today Earth Overshoot Day. For the rest of the year, humanity is "living on credit."
"Humanity's carbon footprint alone more than doubled since the early 1970s."
—Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network
"This means that in seven months, we emitted more carbon than the oceans and forests can absorb in a year, we caught more fish, felled more trees, harvested more, and consumed more water than the Earth was able to produce in the same period," World Wildlife Fund and Global Footprint Network said in a statement.
"The costs of this global ecological overspending are becoming increasingly evident around the world," the groups added, "in the form of deforestation, drought, fresh-water scarcity, soil erosion, biodiversity loss, and the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere."
Last year, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 8, an indication that the world's population is accelerating the pace with which it blows through the planet's annual resource budget from year to year.
When viewed over the longer-term—Earth Overshoot Day has been marked annually since 1983—the acceleration becomes even more glaring.
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According to environmental groups and climate scientists, Earth Overshoot Day is just one of many urgent indicators that only rapid and systemic restructuring of our energy systems can reverse the trends that continue to deplete and degrade the planet.
"Humanity's carbon footprint alone more than doubled since the early 1970s and remains the fastest growing component of the widening gap between the Ecological Footprint and the planet's biocapacity," Mathis Wackernagel, CEO of Global Footprint Network, said in a statement. "To achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Accord, humanity would need to exit the fossil fuel economy before 2050."
But recent moves by U.S. President Donald Trump have significantly undercut hopes that the global community can work together to accomplish this necessarily ambitious transformation.
"Imperfect as it may be, the Paris Climate Accord generated global goodwill and hope that humanity was ready at last to tackle its biggest challenge yet," writes The Telegraph's Patrick Scott. "However, the deal suffered a huge blow in June when Trump announced his plans to withdraw from the agreement."
According to the Global Footprint Network, if everyone lived like the U.S. population, we would need five Earths to sustain the level of consumption.
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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Flags at Half Mast???

FLAGS AT HALF MAST???       RE: lemmings over the cliff.....        july 114 20016
letter to the editor:

So, 5 fat, donut eating fascist texas pigs (and lets call them 'pigs', for that's what they are..)
get killed in dallas, texas recently and we fly all the flags at half mast???
Gimme a break!  How many americans die of bee stings, lightning strikes and car crashes in this country every day?  hundreds, thousands, perhaps??

And what of the 150,000 men, women and children who die EVERY DAY on this planet
from hunger, starvation, disease and malnutrition due primarily to AMERICAN corporate
and governmental policy and exploitation worldwide?

Why don't we just fly the flag at half mast ALL THE FUCKING TIME???

Bet yet, why don't we just BURN all these chinese made red, white and blue blood drenched
symbols of death and destruction?  Most of you american brain dead idiot scum fucking morons allow the the New NAZI GESTAPO (the Dept of Homeland Security's TSA) to sexually molest your wives and your daughters at our airports and enter their naked biometric full body scans into their national security state databases anyways.  Goodbye 4th amendment,.

Most of you jellyfish wouldn't know the first thing about preserving, upholding  and protecting
true freedom and liberty in this country!

How many of you cowering, peanut brained, wishy washy, idiot Americans allow the federal government to run ILLEGAL background checks on your firearm purchases, when the 2nd amendment clearly states that the right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!?!?
Goodbye 2nd amendment...

How many of you "soccer moms" allow local, state and federal police state goons to turn your libraries and your schools into prison camps, complete with prison style surveillance cameras, locked gates and steel bar perimeter fences (all in the name of "safety" and "security" for the children, of course...)

Most of you sick, perverted, pathetic American flag waving idiot scum are so diseased you keep voting in the same corporate duopololistic, militarized mafia police state filth whose sole intent is to enslave you and your family and confiscate everything you own, leaving you impoverished and in debt to them for the rest of your lives...

You're finished America.  Gone is your 2nd and 4th amendments that kept you free from state tyranny. Gone now is your 1st amendment right to free speech, proven by the fact that this little editorial letter will be duly censored and crushed by the fascist corporate media complex.  It is precisely this failure to provide balance, justice and correction into the national consciousness that has led to the current judgement and damnation of this nation and most of its people...
Bye, bye miss american pie.  May you rust in peace.

renee dupree
lone pine, california

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sedona Arizona Desecration

1 March 2016

It's time to put an END to the balloons, helicopters, fleets of pink jeeps
And ATV,s  that are desecrating Sedona,s wilderness areas.
The wilderness commons are being abused by money hungry tourist
Outfits that our filling our skies with noisy planes, repeated helicopter fly- overs and invasive morning balloon flights.  There are so many helicopters flying over our red rock country that it feels like we,re in Vietnam.  There,s no place one can hike or bike in Sedona,s sacred wilderness without being visually and auditorially assaulted by noisy
Tourist fly-overs and jeep/ATV incursions.
If this desecration and insanity is not put to an END willingly, then it will
Be put to an END by force.  By force, I mean by an economic collapse, which is now quickly coming down the pike in America.  The town of Sedona needs to radically scale back the invasive tourist industry here and instead work to build a local economy based on renewable solar energy (we have lots of sun) and locally produced organic food (we can plant fruit and nuts trees everywhere).  Let's us also work to completely terminate all gas-guzzling cars and SUV,s from our streets.
It's time for the town of Sedona to shift to a car-free transportation grid within its city limits.  That means shifting to walking, bicycling, electric vehicles and frequent electric free shuttles up and down main st.  In the municipality of Zermatt, Switzerland, they have banned all cars from their town.  Automobiles are parked 5 miles away in large parking lots with easy access to Zermatt via frequent rail service.  There,s no reason Sedona can,t do the same and end the insanity on main St that only causes gridlock, congestion, frustration, chaos and pollution of our local environment.
Who wouldn't,t like to stroll down main st in peace, solitude and quiet reverence, while enjoying the trees, the birds singing, talking to our neighbors, taking in the sun and enjoying the spectacular red rock beauty of nature all around us, without all the noise, chaos and insanity that the automobile brings to our environment?
This invasive tourist based industry needs to terminated.  Our nation and our world are being transformed into intelligently designed transportation
Grids and green, sustainable modalities of living and being.  The quantum shift towards the establishment of ecologically based communities is already underway.  Clean water, clean and abundant locally produced organic food, free energy and healthy, upright communities are our birthright on this planet.  Let's us all now work to put an end to the tourist cancer that is destroying our local community and learn to build the sustainable, green, wilderness protecting community we all are longing to live-in.

Steve Jones
Global environmentalist
Sedona Arizona

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