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Politics and its Discontents: Sadly, I Am Inclined To Agree With Sir David Attenborough

His logic seems impeccable:

Or, to put it another way:

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The Disaffected Lib: As I Stare at My Smoke-Clouded Sky, a Thought or Two About Tipping Points

A tipping point isn’t that instant when water begins pouring over the canoe’s gunwale.  The tipping point is actually before that, when the canoe is heeling over and can’t be stopped.  It’s summer time. Get in a canoe and try it.  There’s a brief moment, perhaps not more than a second or two, when . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: As I Stare at My Smoke-Clouded Sky, a Thought or Two About Tipping Points

The Disaffected Lib: And the Band Played On

It’s generally accepted in the scientific community that it takes one to several centuries, on average, for species to truly adapt to a 1 degree Celsius shift in temperature, up or down.

Look around today and you’ll see species “running” for their lives, continually migrating ever further away from the equatorial zone.  Some species, particularly . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: And the Band Played On

The Disaffected Lib: Connecting the Dots on Climate Change

One of the biggest failures in climate change reporting is the tendency to focus on particular aspects without considering the bigger picture.  What does sea level rise have to do with droughts or floods?  What is the role of changing ocean circulation patterns?  How do these impacts all factor into our rapidly changing jet stream . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Connecting the Dots on Climate Change

The Disaffected Lib: The Unholy Trinity

The Unholy Trinity, the Three O’s – Overpopulation, Overconsumption and Overshoot – are mankind’s plague on the Earth.

Surf’s Up, Indonesia

Despite claims that, with just a bit more efficiency, we can grow our species to nine, perhaps even twelve billion, there are already far too many of our species attacking, devouring and contaminating our . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Unholy Trinity

The Disaffected Lib: The Big Question Now is When?

Several years ago a non-governmental organization, the Global Footprint Network, came to my attention.  GFN’s purpose was to monitor the state of the biomass around the world on a global, regional and national basis.

GFN published this annual report marking what they called “World Overshoot Day.”  This was the date each year by which mankind . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Big Question Now is When?

The Disaffected Lib: Shove Down. We Need to Set a Lot More Places at the Table.

It seemed like a grim consolation prize in the global overpopulation sweepstakes, the notion that mankind’s numbers would peak at somewhere in the vicinity of 9-billion before eventually ebbing to a more sustainable level.

Well, so much for that.

A new study says we’re heading for 11-billion by 2100 and it could just keep . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Shove Down. We Need to Set a Lot More Places at the Table.

The Ranting Canadian: Canada’s annual protest against women’s rights was…

Canada’s annual protest against women’s rights was held at Parliament Hill on May 9, 2013, drawing thousands of right-wing busybodies who can’t keep their authoritarianism in their pants.

The name of the yearly “March For Life” is misleading, because most of the religious fanatics who attend these events are very selective about . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Canada’s annual protest against women’s rights was…

The Disaffected Lib: A Turbulent Sea of People

Around the world nations are being seriously destabilized by the combined impacts of climate change and food insecurity.   One factor in this is population density, the number of people a nation must somehow provide for within a fixed area.Ca… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Turbulent Sea of People