This is an archived newsroll page on A Socialist In Canada, consisting of headlines and weblinks, with occasional news summary and brief analysis, for the months indicated. For the current, ‘Ecology newsroll’ website page, go here.
Ecology newsroll headlines on A Socialist In Canada, March 2021
Critics warn that $2 trillion infrastructure plan by Biden regime ‘falls woefully short’ on climate crisis, Common Dreams, Mar 31, 2021 ‘Biden has pledged to cut carbon emissions 50% and decarbonize our electricity sector, but this proposal won’t even come close.’
Tens of thousands take to the streets of France on March 28 demanding tougher legislation to slow global warming. Two reports, by Radio France internationale, Mar 28, 2021 and by Common Dreams, Mar 29, 2021
How liberal environmentalists are organizing to push the Biden regime along the path of green capitalism as a response to ‘climate change’. Report by Kate Aronoff, staff writer, The New Republic, Mar 29, 2021
We’re hurtling toward global suicide, by Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, Mar 18, 2021 …As innocuous as it may sound, ‘growth’ should be understood to describe the frenzied ruination of nearly every ecosystem on the planet so that its richest human inhabitants can hold on to their privileges for another generation or two. Rejecting the idolatry of growth means tilting the organization of our societies toward other social goods–health, for instance, and the freedom to exist on a planet that is not on fire. This should not be unimaginable…
The stranding of the container mega-ship in the Suez Canal, blocking 12 per cent of world trade traffic, is a metaphor for the chokehold of the out-of-control, expansionist system of capitalism on the world’s future See March 28 report in The Guardian titled, ‘Stranding of Ever Given in Suez Canal was foreseen by many’: …Over the past decade, out of the sight of most consumers, the world’s container ships have been quietly ballooning in size. A class of vessels that carried a maximum of about 5,000 shipping containers in 2000 has doubled in size every few years since, with dozens of megaships now traversing the ocean laden with upwards of 20,000 boxes … More than 150 ships are waiting to pass through the 120 mile canal, according to estimates from research firm StoneX. Each day of blockage disrupts more than $9 billion worth of goods, according to The Associated Press, citing estimates from Lloyd’s List. Research firm StoneX noted that 24 of the 150 vessels held up are carrying crude oil, 15 are refined product tankers and 16 are liquified natural gas/liquified petroleum gas product carriers…
Public transit riders are abandoning buses and trains, New York Times, Mar 25, 2021 [The sub-headline of this New York Times article is ‘That’s a problem for climate change’. But ‘more transit’, or in this case a return to pre-pandemic ridership levels, will not ease the planetary global warming emergency. That has its roots in the relentless expansionism of the capitalist economic system. ‘Public transit’ serves that expansionism; it does not attenuate it. The path to reducing planet-killing greenhouse gas emissions lies in breaking the chokehold of capitalism over the world’s economic system by embarking on a path of degrowth.]
The global warming emergency is not relenting, but The Leap project founded by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein is packing it in. Statement by The Leap Project, March 2021 [The Leap Project was founded in 2015 with the goal of bringing liberal, green capitalist environmental ideas on the global warming emergency into the mainstream of liberal and social-democratic politics in Canada. But even something as timid as that proved too much for Canada’s social-democratic party the NDP, never mind the country’s governing Liberal Party. Both parties are pillars of the fossil fuel death cult that reigns in Canada’s ruling class and halls of power.]
Proposed tax credit in Canada favouring ‘carbon capture and storage’ will drive higher emissions and could mislead investors, written and published by The Energy Mix, Mar 24, 2021
(The Energy Mix is published by Energy Mix Productions Inc., a Canadian non-profit that promotes community awareness of, engagement in, and action on climate change, energy, and carbon-free solutions.)
Stealth chemicals: A call to action on a threat to human fertility, interview with epidemiologist Shanna Swan, in Yale Environment 360, Mar 18, 2021 In an interview with Yale e360, epidemiologist Shanna Swan talks about how falling sperm counts and other fertility problems are linked to chemicals in consumer products and explains why the Biden administration needs to follow Europe’s lead in restricting these substances.
The everyday chemicals that might be leading to human extinction, book review in New York Times, Mar 5, 2021 Reviewing: Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, Threatening Sperm Counts, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race, by Shanna H. Swan with Stacey Colino, publisher Simon & Schuster, 292 pp
A forgotten Cold War experiment has revealed its icy secret about Greenland’s ice sheet. It’s bad news for the planet, Washington Post, Mar 15, 2021 …In soil taken from the bottom of the Greenland ice sheet 60 years ago, Andrew Christ, a geologist at the University of Vermont, discovered the remains of ancient plants. Only one other team of researchers had ever found greenery beneath the mile-high ice mass… The findings, published on March 15 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicate that the biggest reservoir of ice in the Northern Hemisphere can collapse due to relatively small increases in temperature over a long period of time…
On Lake Baikal, Russia’s hockey greats play ‘last game’ for threatened environment, Washington Post, Mar 11, 2021 and watch: The hockey game to save Russia’s legendary Lake Baikal, video report of ‘The Last Game’ on Lake Baikal, CNN, Mar 10, 2021 (two minute report)
[‘The Last Game’ hockey match was played on Lake Baikal on March 8, International Womens Day. That day is a national holiday in Russia.]
New research by environmental group in Norway shows humanity has degraded or destroyed a ‘frightening’ two-thirds of the world’s rainforest, Common Dreams, Mar 8, 2021 and read: report by Reuters, Mar 8, 2021
Global obsession with economic growth will increase risk of deadly pandemics in future, feature essay by Tom Pegram and Julia Kreienkamp (University College London), in The Conversation, Mar 5, 2021 ‘Human civilization is on a collision course with the laws of ecology’
[This informative analysis echoes the analysis of forthright advocates of degrowth but fails to spell out exactly what is required to reverse humanity’s worsening collision course with ecological limits. It fails to sketch a path forward for human civilization, especially for the most industrialized and most-polluting countries in North America, Europe and Australasia. Using Yale University’s highly dubious ‘Environmental Performance Index’, the analysis lists Botswana and Zambia as being first and second in the world for biodiversity and habitat protection. But these are among the least industrialized and least populated countries of the world. The same index lists the high, coal-extracting and burning countries of Poland and Germany as #3 and #4 on its list, while the acknowledged, biodiverse countries of Costa Rica and Cuba earn #61 and #117, respectively.]
How to blow up a movement: Andreas Malm’s new book dreams of sabotage but ignores consequences, book review by James Wilt, published in Canadian Dimension, Mar 3, 2021 Reviewing: How To Blow Up A Pipeline: Why Resisting Climate Change Means Combatting The Fossil Fuel Industry, by Andreas Malm, Verso Books, January 2021
Related: Andreas Malm’s new pamphlet on climate, corona, and communism fails to ignite, book review by James Wilt, published in Canadian Dimension, Nov 19, 2021 Reviewing: Corona, Climate and Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the 21st Century, by Andreas Malm, Verso Books, 2020
Background: Andreas Malm’s ‘Fossil Capital’ unearths the origin of capitalism’s attachment to fossil fuels but finishes with the shallow outlook of ecosocialism, by Roger Annis, published in A Socialist In Canada, May 12, 2018
The world is running out of sand, a crucial but under-appreciated commodity, CNBC, Mar 5, 2021
Ten years ago, 241 Texas power plants couldn’t take the cold. Dozens of them failed again this year, Washington Post, Mar 6, 2021 …The full list of plants that malfunction during a weather emergency is not routinely released until 60 days later, according to state rules, in order to protect confidential business information and prevent companies from colluding with one another. Given the international interest in last month’s freeze, state utility agency ERCOT agreed to release the list earlier… It’s still unclear which companies in the natural gas industry may have contributed to problems during the freeze. Unlike for power generators, there is no rule requiring regulators to release the names or the details of any malfunctions experienced by natural gas drillers, processors or transporters…
Mining of rare earth minerals: Greenland finds ‘green power’ can be a curse. Report by Reuters news agency, Mar 1, 2021
How fast are oceans rising? The answer may be in century-old shipping logs, National Public Radio, Mar 1, 2021
Ecology newsroll headlines on A Socialist In Canada, February 2021
New UN report shows radically bolder action needed to hit 1.5°C target, report in Common Dreams, Feb 26, 2021
* Greater climate ambition urged as initial report on Nationally Determined Contributions is published, report published on the website of United Nations Climate Change, Feb 26, 2021
19 Australian ecosystems, extending to Antarctica, already collapsing, report by four authors at Australian universities, published in The Converssation, Feb 26, 2021
Deadly floods in India point to a looming climate emergency in the Himalayas, Washington Post, Feb 21, 2021
Related: Rising heat and snow-bare peaks chill Nepal’s mountain economy, Reuters, Feb 8, 2021
Texas blackouts point to coast-to-coast crises waiting to happen, New York Times, Feb 20, 2021 Even as Texas struggled to restore electricity and water over the past week, signs of the risks posed by increasingly extreme weather to America’s aging infrastructure were cropping up across the country… The crisis carries a profound warning. As climate change brings more frequent and intense storms, floods, heat waves, wildfires and other extreme events, it is placing growing stress on the foundations of the country’s economy: Its network of roads and railways, drinking-water systems, power plants, electrical grids, industrial waste sites and even homes. Failures in just one sector can set off a domino effect of breakdowns in hard-to-predict ways…
* Many Texans have died because of the winter storm. Just how many won’t be known for weeks or months, Texas Tribune, Feb 19, 2021 …Across Texas, deaths related to the winter storm continued to mount this week amid freezing temperatures, widespread power outages and a scarcity of clean water. While there have been reports that dozens of deaths are tied to the storm in Texas, experts say the death toll is likely far larger and it could be weeks or months before the true magnitude is known…
* A boy who fell through ice, a woman who lost power: 47 deaths tied to winter storms — and counting, Washington Post, Feb 18, 2021
* No surprise that Texas’ electricity system is a national laughingstock. Only customers cared, until now, ‘Watchdog’ column by Dave Lieber, in Dallas Morning News, Feb 20, 2021
Degrowth: Socialism without growth, by Timothée Parrique and Giorgos Kallis, first published in Brave New Europe, Feb 9, 2021 (Giorgos Kallis is an environmental scientist working on ecological economics, political ecology, and water policy. He teaches political ecology and ecological economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and recently co-edited the book The Case for Degrowth. Timothée Parrique holds a PhD in economics from the Centre d’Études et de Recherches sur le Développement, University of Clermont Auvergne, France, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, Sweden).
Notable (eco)socialists have recently criticized the idea of degrowth. Here we want to argue that such criticism is misplaced. Growth is a problem over and above capitalism. A sustainable eco-socialism should reject any association with the ideology and terminology of growth. 21st century socialists should start thinking how we can plan for societies that prosper without growth. Like it not, growth is bound to come to an end, the question is how; and whether this will happen soon or too late to avert planetary disasters…
Read an introduction to this article by Parrique and Kallis, here, written by Roger Annis, editor and publisher of A Socialist In Canada.
Ecosocialism is the horizon, degrowth is the way, book review and interview with Jason Hickel, sociologist and degrowth advocate at the University of London, review and interview published in The Trouble, Feb 11, 2021 (Jason Hickel is an economics anthropologist at the University of London and a leading researcher and writer in the degrowth school of environmental politics. He is the author of the 2020 book Less Is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World. Read a review of the book here in the LA Review of Books.) ‘…What I like about degrowth is that it offers a critique of capitalism that makes sense to people who are not already anti-capitalist. It gets to the nub of what capitalism is really about. Most people assume capitalism is about markets and trade; and what could possibly be wrong with that? But markets and trade were around for thousands of years prior to capitalism; what makes capitalism distinctive is that it is organized around, and dependent on, perpetual expansion for the sake of elite accumulation… There is a tendency within ecosocialism that assumes growth can and should continue, with the goal of achieving some kind of automated, millionaire-style luxury for all, while hoping that state policy and publicly-funded technological innovations will make this vision compatible with ecology. In other words, a kind of left-wing ecomodernism. Degrowth rejects this approach on the grounds that it is ecologically illiterate…’
The Texas electricity grid got crushed because its operators didn’t see the need to prepare for cold weather, Washington Post, Feb 16, 2021 The widespread failure in Texas and, to a lesser extent, Oklahoma and Louisiana in the face of a winter cold snap shines a light on what some see as the derelict state of America’s power infrastructure, a mirror reflection of the chaos that struck California last summer.
* 100 million Americans brace for more cold, ice and snow, Associated Press, Feb 17, 2021 and from Vox.com, Feb 17, 2021: More than 4.2 million customers in Texas had lost power as of the morning of February 16, when temperatures dipped as low as four degrees Fahrenheit (minus 16 Celsius) in cities like Dallas, lower than Anchorage, Alaska… [A list of the record-low temperatures for Feb 14-16 in the largest cities in Texas is here.].
* What went wrong with the Texas power grid?, Houston Chronicle, Feb. 15, 2021 …An estimated 34,000 megawatts of power generation — more than a third of the system’s total generating capacity — had been knocked offline by the extreme winter weather amid soaring demand as residents crank up heating systems…
* No, frozen wind turbines aren’t the main culprit for Texas’ power outages, Texas Tribune, Feb 16, 2021 and read: No, wind farms aren’t the main cause of the Texas blackouts, New York Times, Feb 17, 2021
[More than four million Texans lost power in recent days, including 1.4 million in the Houston area. Nearly 20 have died. For many, it will take days,maybe weeks, to restore power. Right-wing politicians and commentators are blaming electricity sources such as wind and solar for the breakdown of electricity supply that has left more than four million residents of Texas without power as temperatures hit minus double-digits Celsius. But according to the above Post article: “Wind accounts for just ten per cent of the power in Texas generated during the winter. The loss of power to the grid caused by shutdowns of thermal power plants, primarily those relying on natural gas, dwarfed the dent caused by frozen wind turbines, by a factor of five or six.”]
Green Party MP in Germany calls for ban on new urban single-family houses, The Guardian, Feb 16, 2021 …“Single-family homes consume a large surface area, a lot of construction material and energy and they lead to urban sprawl and therefore generate more traffic,” Anton Hofreiter told Der Spiegel magazine in an interview…
Planting crops — and carbon, too, photo essay by Gabriel Popkin, Washington Post, Jan 22, 2021 read the article here in pdf format: Cover crops and global warming …Tim Searchinger, a researcher at Princeton University and senior fellow at WRI who was the lead author of both posts, says cover cropping and other regenerative practices are good for soil and the environment generally, but their carbon drawdown rates are too low to play a major role in averting climate disaster. “An overfocus on soil carbon is a diversion from the climate strategies that can have a bigger impact,” Searchinger said in an interview. These include restoring carbon-absorbing peatlands, reducing methane emissions from cattle and other ruminants, and increasing the productivity of existing farmland to discourage deforestation…
The avocado in your Super Bowl guacamole is bad for the environment. You can make it better, by Suzanne OConnell, Washington Post, Feb 4, 2021 (Suzanne OConnell is a professor of earth and environmental sciences at Wesleyan University.) read the article here in pdf format: Avocado
Interview with climate journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the newly published ‘Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future’, interview by Jeff Goodell, published in Rolling Stone, Feb 4, 2021 (and read: ‘Under A White Sky’ examines what it might take for humans to continue to exist, book review by Adam Frank, published on NPR, Feb 8, 2021
* Elizabeth Kolbert on why we’ll never stop messing with nature, interview in Grist Magazine, Feb 8, 2021 [Elizabeth Kolbert is a writer who draws attention to the global warming emergency but provides few answers as to how it can be safely mitigated and even fewer answers to how it can ultimately be vanquished. An example is in this interview with Grist, a publishing outlet for the ideology of green capitalism, in which she offers mere agnosticism toward dangerous geo-engineering measures to limit global warming. This is described clearly in this interview with Inside Climate News in which she provides this answer to a question about geoengineering: “One of the things I’ll say about the book is it tries to walk a fine line and not take a stance so much on whether these [geoengineering] technologies are promising or not…”] * For discussion of Elizabeth Kolbert’s Pulitzer Prize winning 2014 book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, see: Has the world entered a sixth, great extinction era? If not, could capitalism soon take us there?, by Roger Annis, published in A Socialist In Canada, Jan 24, 2018 (reviewing the 2017 book The Ends Of The World, by Peter Brannen)
Shell’s ‘delusional’ net zero strategy commits $8 billion to fossil fuels, by Phoebe Cooke, Desmog, Feb 11, 2021
Water warning: The looming threat of the world’s aging dams, by Fred Pearce, Yale Environment 360, Feb 3, 2021 Tens of thousands of large dams across the globe are reaching the end of their expected lifespans, leading to a dramatic rise in failures and collapses, a new UN study finds. These deteriorating structures pose a serious threat to hundreds of millions of people living downstream.
* Rescuers in India digging for 37 power plant workers trapped in glacier flood, Associated Press, Feb 8, 2021 (update here on Associated Press, Feb 10, 2021) Eighteen people are dead and 165 are missing after a part of the disintegrating Nanda Devi Glacier collapsed, sending floodwaters into the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers in the northern state of Uttarakhand which then slammed into two hydroelectric plants.
* Why glaciers burst and send floods downstream, Al Jazeera, Dec 8, 2021
Salt power: We’re running out of lithium for batteries, Here’s how common salt may be an alternative, by Katharine Sanderson, New Scientist, Jan 20, 2021
Canadian PM Trudeau pledges $3 billion in annual funding for public transit expansion; spending won’t start until 2026. Report by CBC News, Feb 10, 2021 [Expansion of ‘public transit’ systems has long been proposed by liberal environmentalists as a means to alleviate global warming. But ‘public transit’ in a system of expansionist capitalism has little to do environmentalism or reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Rather, it serves to fuel runaway urban sprawl and other forms of intensified commodity production and consumption. The global pandemic further complicates the picture because ridership on ‘public transit’ systems is way down with little sign of whether and when it will return to pre-pandemic levels. So hold the ‘hurrahs’ about more ‘public transit’ spending–under expansionist capitalism, such spending will only accelerate global warming.].
* Rapid transit debacle in Toronto, by Matt Elliot, columnist, Toronto Star, Feb 8, 2021
* Eglinton West rapid transit debate shows that subway boosters have learned nothing from their epic failure in Scarborough, by Matt Elliot, columnist, Toronto Star, Dec 15, 2020
Millions of U.S. subway riders and workers at risk for severe side effects from air pollution, study warns, CBS News, Feb 10, 2021 Millions of people in the northeast U.S. ride or work on subway systems every day. But while they’re doing so, they are breathing in dangerously high levels of particles that may cause heart attacks, aggravate asthma or even lead to premature death, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives…
Study shows fossil fuel pollution killed 8.7 million people in 2018, almost one-fifth of global deaths, Common Dreams, Feb 9, 2021
The global warming lawsuits that threaten Big Oil, by Daniel Farber, The Appeal, Jan 29, 2021 The most consequential phase of the more than a dozen climate lawsuits underway in the U.S. may be discovery, where courts require the oil companies to turn over documents and other information relevant to the suits. If the plaintiffs are successful in forcing the secrets and conduct of the oil companies into the public eye, they will potentially create a tide of negative publicity that could permanently weaken these companies, similar to what happened with the tobacco industry. The real stakes of the litigation thus may rely not so much on outcomes, but rather on the facts brought to light in the process…
Degrowth: The only way to grow, interview with economic anthropologist Jason Hickel and global justice activist Asad Rehman, broadcast on ‘Renegade Inc.’ on RT America (host Ross Ashcroft), Feb 1, 2021 (29-minute broadcast)
Obsession with GDP and disregard of nature is leading towards ecosystem collapse, says ‘Dasgupta’ report commissioned by UK gov’t, but critics says the report is an effort to ‘commodify’ global warming policy. Report in Common Dreams, Feb 2, 2021
Embrittlement in nuclear power plants: Another compelling reason to shut them all down, by Karl Grossman and Harvey Wasserman, CounterPunch, Feb 1, 2021
Related: Nuclear backers already like Joe Biden. His pro-nuclear policies differ little from predecessor Trump, Popular Mechanics, Feb 1, 2021 …Biden’s energy platform mentions advanced nuclear as part of “critical clean energy technologies” and lists “reclaiming” domestic uranium mining as a goal…
Ecology newsroll headlines on A Socialist In Canada, January 2021
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Another commodity supercycle is coming, this time driven by renewable energy and electric vehicles, by Peter Tertzakian, National Post, Jan 28, 2021
Earth has lost more than 28 trillion tons of ice since the mid-1990s, Scientific American, Jan 26, 2021
On day one, Biden cancels Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and halts drilling in Arctic refuge, Inside Climate News, Jan 21, 2021
* What the Keystone XL Pipeline cancellatoin means for the future fight against fossil fuels, DeSmog Blog, Jan 20, 2021 …While the defeat of Keystone XL is historically momentous, it raises questions about other routes for Canadian tar sands. After sitting on the drawing board for years, Canada’s oil industry has already turned to alternative pipelines, such as Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement through Minnesota and, even more importantly, the Trans Mountain Expansion from Alberta to the port of Vancouver, British Columbia. “With Line 3 and the Trans Mountain Expansion, Alberta has sufficient capacity to get its oil to market,” Werner Antweiler, a business professor at the University of British Columbia, told DeSmog. In fact, scrapping Keystone XL arguably makes these other projects more urgent…
* Justin Trudeau said Canadians could have tar sands expansion and action on global warming. It isn’t working, report in Toronto Star, Jan 21, 2021 …What does Biden’s decision say about the Canadian government’s government’s oft-heard claim that Canada can protect the environment and develop fossil fuels — already the country’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions — at the same time? For Jason MacLean, an assistant professor in law at the University of New Brunswick… this claim was never believable, or even honest. It was more of a “neat rhetorical strategy” to bring oil-producing provinces — namely Alberta and Saskatchewan — on board with Trudeau’s climate plan. They would agree to a carbon price and other climate measures, and Ottawa would champion pipeline development to get a better price for landlocked Prairie oil…
* ‘Humiliated’ Alberta premier Kenney demands trade sanctions, could sell pipeline for scrap as TC Energy shuts down Keystone XL construction, The Energy Mix, Jan 21, 2021 A “humiliated” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has demanded trade sanctions against the United States, TC Energy has cut 1,000 construction jobs, Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal have falsely claimed 10,000 to 11,000 jobs lost, and the Keystone XL pipeline is at risk of being sold off for scrap after President Joe Biden signed a Day One executive order cancelling the presidential permit for the intensely controversial fossil megaproject. “The Canadian province that invested US$1.1 billion (or C$7.42 billion including loan guarantees) of taxpayers’ money in the controversial Keystone XL project is now considering the sale of pipe and materials to try to recoup some funds,” Bloomberg News reported on January 19…
An exhausted planet limps into 2021, by Robert Hunziker, published in Dissident Voice, Jan 12, 2021
* 2020 ties 2016 as Earth’s hottest year on record, even without El Niño to supercharge it, by Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News, Jan 8, 2021
* 2020 rivals hottest year on record, pushing Earth closer to a critical climate threshold, Washington Post, Jan 14, 2021 Escalating temperatures poise planet to breach 1.5 C for the first time, possibly later this decade
Biden team breaks with greens over U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact, by Adam Aton, Energy & Environment News, Jan 13, 2021 read the article here in PDF format: Biden and Greens at odds over trade
Related: Oil companies rush to lock in drilling, challenging Biden on climate policy, Associated Press, Jan 11, 2021
Global warming deniers cheer Trump’s murderous mob while rights campaigners decry preferential treatment, by Mitchell Beer, founder and managing editor, The Energy Mix (Canada), Jan 11, 2021
Related: Climate deniers moved rapidly to spread misinformation during and after attack on U.S. Capitol, by Sharon Kelly, DeSmog, Jan 8, 2021
Climate change is turning cities into ovens, by Matt Simon, Wired Magazine, Jan 7, 2021 A new model estimates that by 2100, cities across the world could warm as much as 4.4 degrees Celsius. It’s a deadly consequence of the heat-island effect.
Climate change raises the risk from failing sewage systems. U.S. scientist and researcher Catherine Coleman Flowers is partnering with others for a new way to deal with waste, Washington Post, Dec 17, 2021
The population debate: Are there too many people on the planet?, essay by Richard Webb, published in New Scientist (UK weekly), print issue of Nov 14, 2020 The world population is 7.7 billion. What do our growing numbers mean for economic security, climate change, environmental destruction and the likelihood of pandemics? Read the essay here in pdf format: The population debate
Related: ‘There are too many super-consumers on the planet’, interview with Paul Erlich, New Scientist, Nov 11, 2020 (Paul Erlich is the co-author of the 1968 book The Population Bomb.) ‘The Population Bomb is not the book I would write today. I would put more emphasis on consumption, particularly because we know we can change consumption very fast.’
…We should have started reducing births a long time ago and done it gradually. There are a whole series of factors why we didn’t. One is that we didn’t focus enough on giving full rights and opportunities to women. Another is that we are fighting against economic growth mania, which has become built into our culture…
Twenty reasons to prefer degrowth to the Green New Deal (as a political option to address the collapse of civilization), by Manuel Casal Lodeiro, translated from the original in Spanish and published in Resilience.org, Dec 16, 2020
Many scientists now say global warming could stop relatively quickly after emissions go to zero, by Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News, Jan 3, 2020 That’s one of several recent conclusions about climate change that came more sharply into focus in 2020