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By Robert Hunziker / 07 August 2019
Greenland is one of the biggest targets for global warming, in part because it’s so big it’s hard to miss. And sure enough, only recently crazy halting weather with inordinate hot temperatures hit Greenland bull’s-eye, dead-on with one helluva meltdown.  That’s bad news for pretty much everybody on the planet. On the hottest days, the melt-off could fill 3 million Olympic-sized pools end-to-end, extending from California to Maine, back and forth, 17 times. That’s only one day. It’s staggering... Read more
By Henry Robertson / 30 July 2019
Venice. Photo by Wolfgang Moroder via Wikimedia commons. Travel is a wonderful thing. Climate breakdown is not. As in so many other areas of life, we have to reconcile that latter harsh reality with the strange normality that has briefly existed in the time of cheap and abundant oil. In a matter of hours we can fly over an ocean that it used to take perilous months to cross. That’s a trivial statement, but not for much longer. You might say I’m here to, almost literally, bring you down.... Read more
By Ellen Brown / 28 July 2019
Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the cheapest and most efficient way to tackle the climate crisis. So states a July 4 article in The Guardian, citing a new analysis published in the journal Science. The author explains: As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions that have been pumped into the atmosphere by human... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 15 July 2019
Better Fruit
Book Review: Food or War “The most destructive object on the planet… is the human jawbone.” (Food or War, Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 177) Whether by sight, taste, touch, feel, or smell, it’s only too obvious that “food” affects every aspect of life and is key to crucial life-supporting ecosystems. Day in, day out, every living thing needs food. Perchance ecosystems cease to function, the human jawbone would plop open and remain plopped open, gaping and over time morph into a... Read more

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By Caitlin Manning / 24 August 2019
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By Naveena Sadasivam / 22 August 2019
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By Kris De Decker / 21 August 2019
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By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume / 19 August 2019
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By Lauren Kaori Gurley / 14 August 2019
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By Eoin Higgins / 07 August 2019
The climate crisis is rapidly warming the Arctic, and the effects are being felt from Alaska to Greenland. The northernmost point on the planet is heating up more quickly than any other region in the world. The reason for this warming is ice–albedo feedback: as ice melts it opens up land and sea to the sun, which then absorb more heat that would have been bounced off by the ice, leading to more... Read more
By Promise Li / 06 August 2019
 In response to a murder case committed by a Hong Kong man in Taiwan, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo) proposed a bill that would establish the transfer of fugitives between the city, Taiwan, Mainland China, and Macau. As protesters argue, this would legally allow the Hong Kong government to transfer political prisoners to China, a huge step forward for China and Hong Kong government to... Read more

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