Is This The Decade We Stop Burning Shit Like A Bunch Of Neanderthals? Area Man Says “Naargh” — The Out And Abouter

As the largest human civilization in the history of the planet burns its way into a new year, like passengers on a ship in the middle of the ocean torching the vessel’s hull planks to power the hot tub, many are asking the same question: Am I pregnant? But those who aren’t one of the […] [...]

Climate Stripes

A great graphic and wonderful Science website to help see the immediacy of our current situation.

I can't believe it!

I’m obviously not keeping up. Fortuitously, son slipped me the ‘climate’ issue of The Economist from September 2019, which features these ‘climate stripes’. (Our children are of course there to educate us!)

Each stripe in the featured image represents the global temperature averaged over a year, from 1850 to 2018. You can see that the stripes “turn from mainly blue to mainly red in more recent years, illustrating the rise in average temperatures”.

As well as being informative, this presentation is aesthetically pleasing. What a wonderful way of communicating the reality of global temperature change. It was created by scientist: Ed Hawkins of Reading University, using data from Berkeley Earth, NOAA, UK Met Office, MeteoSwiss, DWD. The stripes have been widely used worldwide for some time, see the story.

The show your stripes website enables you to download the stripes for your own country. For example here’s England and…

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Thinking about one’s birth is as uncanny as thinking of death | Aeon Ideas

Many people feel anxious about the prospect of their death. Indeed, some philosophers have argued that death anxiety is universal and that this anxiety bounds and organises human existence. But do we also suffer from birth anxiety? Perhaps. After all, we are all beings that are born as well as beings that die. Whereas philosophers [...]

Wrapping up a tumultuous year

Matthew Wright

It’s almost the end of 2019, and I am wrapping up my blog for the year with a few thoughts; some joyous, some sombre.

The joy is that, for some, Christmas is upon is, as is the New Year. It is a time for family, and to enjoy a brief respite from the labours of the world. As has been earned, and as we should.

But for me this year is also set against a sombre darkness. When I look around at what is happening globally; at the ugly end-game of greed and entitlement into which the neo-liberal revolution of the 1980s has fallen; at the way certain social media platforms amplify polemic and reduce reason to asserted slogans – a litmus test, perhaps, for human nature; and when I look at the way national sentiments around the globe are becoming polarised for deeper-running socio-economic reasons, I have to wonder…

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Water, Conserving a Miraculous Sustenance of Life (2 images)

Simple but doable steps.

Magical Elements Nature Photography

Water is crystalline, water is energy, it is memory, it is life, the single most important ingredient to the potion of life. (Informed Water Bottle)

Not far from my home is the Pumphouse County Natural Area a 128-acre natural area that includes a spring-fed wetland, and forms the headwaters of Oak Creek, a major tributary of the Verde River, one of the desert’s last free-flowing rivers. It attracts a wide variety of wildlife, including elk, fox, deer, waterfowl, wading birds, migratory birds, wintering bald eagles, elk, garter snakes, songbirds, and small mammals.

The Wind River (pictured above) is located in a canyon that has been around for millions of years. The river is protected, but now faces degradation because there are pollutants that flow into creeks above Boysen Reservoir, which discharge into the Wind River, the local EPA is looking into resolutions to return this magnificent river…

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The climate crisis is like a world war. So let’s talk about rationing

The climate crisis is like a world war. So let’s talk about rationing It’s time for mandatory cutbacks on the kinds of consumption that threaten all of us Eleanor Boyle Special to The Globe and Mail Published 3 days ago Updated December 13, 2019 809 Comments Open this photo in gallery Appeals for rationing through [...]

24 Acts on Climate Change: What I Can Change

I don’t think any of us can do all of these but if we just did a few consistently we could make a difference,


(Photo: YPCCC)

The average human releases around 5 tonnes of CO2 per year. Is it different in each country? Yes, even just between two people. Developing countries like Pakistan and the Philippines have around 1 tonne per person each. Compared with developed nations that have higher national averages like the US (16.5 tonnes) and South Korea (11.5 tonnes). It’s about where we are, who we are, and what we do.

By considering our daily decisions within our reach. Climate change issues won’t be solved effectively by your eating, buying or driving habits alone. Or even by a country alone. It needs a system-wide changes.

As the IPCC report says, “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” “Everyone is going to have to be involved,” says Debra Robert, co-chair of the IPCC.

Before we go to the “what to do’s” we should know first the “why we do’s”.

Change what and…

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If it's free, you're the product – again

A tough discussion but one I think we should be having.

Matthew Wright

As the twenty-first century approaches its third decade I am deeply worried about the nature of how social media is served to us. It didn’t really exist twenty years ago when everybody was worried about the ‘millennium bug’ destroying everything.

Today it’s engaged by a really significant chunk of every human alive on the planet, but the services are dominated by faceless monoliths that don’t engage with their customers (yes, I’m talking about YOU, Facebook, and is your name really the oxymoron it appears to be?).

That’s the thing. Social media is a great way to connect with people globally, but the service frameworks around which it’s offered are those of amoral corporates who have monetised the system to their own benefit. And that is quite without considering the way that their ‘algorithms’ work – mathematical tools designed to take the place of human judgement. These don’t just create ‘validation…

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