Another Week in the Ecological Crises, September 22, 2013

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Equinox Edition

September 22, 2013

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Yes we have no jokes this week. Hope you had an equable equinox:

Looking ahead to COP19 at
(Warsaw) and future international climate negotiations:

The IPCC Climate Change 2013 report [AR5] is coming out next week, with all the usual back talk:

A largely unreported High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy went down this week:

Remember the Millennium Development Goals?

There was a lot of yelling about that EDF+ study:

This week in the potash fandango:

A new wrinkle in the Maldives saga:

How is the German Energy Transition [Energiewende] doing?

And on the Bottom Line:

So, If we put a price on nature, will it deal with externalities and lead to greater conservation
or will it lead to greater exploitation or what?

John Cook and friends continue their point-counterpoint articles:

Various psychological angles arise in considerations of the ecological crisis:

A note on theFukushima disaster:

It is evident that the Fukushima disaster is going to persist for some time.
TEPCO says 6 to 9 months. The previous Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, said decades.
Now the Japanese government is talking about 30 years.
[Whoops, that has now been updated to 40 years.]
And the IAEA is now saying 40 years too.
[Now some people are talking about a century or more. Sealing it in concrete for 500 years.]
We'll see.
At any rate this situation is not going to be resolved any time soon
and deserves its own section.
It is very difficult to know for sure what is really going on at Fukushima.
Between the company [TEPCO], the Japanese government, the Japanese regulator [NISA], the international monitor [IAEA], as well as independent analysts and commentators, there is a confusing mish-mash of information.
One has to evaluate both the content and the source of propagated information.
How knowledgeable are they [about nuclear power and about Japan]?
Do they have an agenda?
Are they pro-nuclear or anti-nuclear?
Do they want to write a good news story?
Do they want to write a bad news story?
Where do they rate on a scale of sensationalism?
Where do they rate on a scale of play-it-down-ness?
One fundamental question I would like to see answered:
If the reactors are in meltdown, how can they be in cold shutdown?

Not much good news coming out of Fukushima:


The Arctic melt continues to garner attention:

As for the charismatic megafauna:

That Damoclean sword still hangs overhead:

As for the geopolitics of Arctic resources:

While in Antarctica:

The food crisis is ongoing:

So, are these land grabs Colonialism V2.0?

Regarding the genetic modification of food:

And how are we going to feed 9 billion, 10 billion, 15 billion?

In the Western Pacific, 600 km. wide Super Typhoon Usagi (17W) barreled through the Luzon Straight, zinging Taiwan and the Philippines, heading for Hong Kong:

Last weekend Typhoon Man-yi zapped Japan:




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And where are we to find discussions of the ecological science of human population dynamics/overpopulation of Earth? The AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population was founded in 2001. Since that moment I have seen it as a moral imperative to continue the work I’ve been doing for many years now: getting the message out and explaining to as many people as possible that human overpopulation of the Earth is occurring on our watch, that it poses profound existential risks for future human well being, life as we know it and environmental health, and that robust action is required starting here, starting now to honestly acknowledge, humanely address and eventually overcome.

By Steven Earl Salmony (not verified) on 25 Sep 2013 #permalink