(image: http://sealevel.climatecentral.org) Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway wrote The Collapse of Western Civilization – a View From the Future. In this study they coined a cosmic economic term – “Carbon Combustion Complex” (CCC) which describes the largest economic entity that ever existed. Anthropologists define our past history as the “Holocene” dating back 11,700 years. In 2011, [...]
Historians define “Four cradles of human civilization” as the Tigris & Euphrates, Indus River, Nile Valley and Huang He (China) as vital regions on Earth which indicate clearly our survival is intimately linked to pure, abundant water. Jared Diamond’s scholarly books point out how civilizations collapsed because their water supply dwindled. Cadillac Desert by Marc [...]
Recently, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that it moved its symbolic nuclear doomsday clock minute hand ahead thirty seconds to two and one-half minutes till midnight. Midnight represents nuclear apocalypse. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/01/27/2-12-minutes-midnight-our-world-peril Filmaker Regis Tremblay's new film just released is entitled “Thirty Seconds to Midnight.” See the online version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0bsrFyLz6U Potential nuclear war [...]
Earlier this year our organization, the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF), announced that it would divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies. We mean to do this gradually, but in a public statement we singled out ExxonMobil for immediate divestment because of its “morally reprehensible conduct.” (NY Review of Books, p.31)
In this election year how many money-begging candidates for the Oval Office have pondered the wisdom of Admiral Noel Gaylor (1914-2011) who served in the US Navy for 45 years?
Debates among potential candidates for the Oval Office in 2016 are noted more for embarrassing elementary insults and childish playground fighting rather than rational discussion over how to alleviate climate change or curtail global threats of looming nuclear warfare.
For over twenty years, he answered the phone: “This is Dr. Griff Blakewood, Dept. of Renewable Resources.” With his passing, ULL no longer provides an opening for students to explore renewable energy, a clear, certain global trend.
While some university degree holders and elected officials deny what Mr. Judice and my father sensed as students of nature, these two non-degreed men by simply observing drastic natural changes had “Masters in Earth’s misery.” plus PhD’s in nature’s poverty.
“If it had been the design of human history to bring Earth to the edge of ruin, there is no better mechanism than the free market economy.” The teacher and I were amazed that none of the adult students could return the compound concept.
As carbon dioxide levels approach 400 parts per million (ppm) stressful questions remain about the rise of ocean levels. Earth and billions of people await a gradual transition to an economy that is carbon neutral.