Civilization, Extinction Crisis, Sustainability

Progress or Apocalypse?

In the last 400 years, all evidence suggests that human knowledge and technological skill have increased more rapidly than in all of the approximately one million prior years of human existence. Over the same few centuries, the health of all biological communities has been in an ever-accelerating decline. This is no coincidence, for every facet of human “progress” has direct…

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Civilization, Extinction Crisis, Sustainability

Facts to Ponder

Over the years, I have occasionally retained some facts that reflect the magnitude of damage to the living world by this modern way of living. The facts below are a little old at this point, but still relevant today. From The Hydrogen Economy by Jeremy Rifkin: • Every day, an average city of 1 million people requires over 4 million…

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More on Honey Bees, Birds and the Insecticides that Kill Them

“A single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid can kill a songbird. Even a tiny grain of wheat or canola treated with the oldest neonicotinoid—called imidacloprid—can fatally poison a bird. And as little as 1/10th of a neonicotinoid-coated corn seed per day during egg-laying season is all that is needed to affect reproduction.” Please read this article. May it move…

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Extinction Crisis

Biodiversity Plummeting: Crises Further Quantified

Globally, the loss of amphibian species has far exceeded crises state, according to U.S. Geological Survey scientists, who recently set out to measure amphibian losses in the United States. They found that even species of amphibians presumed to be relatively stable and widespread are declining. And these declines are occurring in amphibian populations everywhere, even “protected” areas. At the current…

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EPA Needs a Shove: US Killing Honey Bees

The following article comes from the Organic Consumers Association. I’ve bolded the text that really jumps out at me. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is weighing approval of a new pesticide, sulfoxaflor, which the EPA itself admits is “very highly toxic” to honeybees. The EPA previously approved sulfoxaflor, brought to us by Dow Chemical Co., for use on cotton.…

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Civilization, Extinction Crisis

“Progress” is Worse Than Mega-Drought

The effects of 150 years of normal activities of the civilized on the Sacramento Valley are worse than the effects of two mega-droughts totaling about 400 years out of a 450-year period. Put another way, the biological communities of this region today are far less resilient than they were after nearly five centuries of climatic shifts toward more aridity. Said…

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