(Source: Mother Jones)
Sustainability on the Mind: ‘Externalities’
From Sustainable Man:
David Suzuki explains the fallacy of conventional economics, in an interview done for the BBC. The song is “Outro” by M83.
American Responce to Climate Change
america is not the only one too, several countries leading in industrial use are kicking climate change warnings down the road, so it’ll be someone elses more severe problem…
Drew Sheneman (02/25/2013)
I just signed this WH petition. The White House will have to respond to it if it reaches the 25,000 mark.
Fracking, or drilling for natural gas, is as of 2005 exempt from a major environmental regulation called the Clean Water Act. Drillers pump a water/chemical mixture into the ground under pressure, which fractures certain rocks that hold natural gas. The gas is piped out and the water and chemicals remain in the ground. Here’s an excellent video explainer. And here are some background on how fracking became exempt from pollution controls. Basically, drillers got the exemption by claiming that the chemical mixture they use are proprietary information - an industry secret.
Now, there are about 500,000 fracking wells in the U.S.Tens of thousands are being opened right now. The petition asks that frackers show how their chemicals affect water in rivers, lakes, streams, wells, and aquifers.
I don’t think it’s controversial for the public, farmers, cities, beer and softdrink manufacturers, or anyone to know which chemicals are in their water. I know petitions are a pain. Please give this one your two minutes. Here’s the link:
Among a growing number of scientists, social innovators, community leaders, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropies, governments and corporations, a new dialogue is emerging around a new idea, resilience: how to help vulnerable people, organizations and systems persist, perhaps even thrive, amid unforeseeable disruptions. Where sustainability aims to put the world back into balance, resilience looks for ways to manage in an imbalanced world.
Andrew Zolli, Learning to Bounce Back
In my line of work, we no longer use the word “sustainability” very often. These days, it’s all about “resilience.”
Despite what the GOP is trying to sell you, global warming and its devastating effects are very real, and they’re only going to get worse. For the people who do the actual work to keep cities and populations on track, the focus is now on dealing with it — and thriving in spite of it.
Coincidentally, the Climate Desk is hosting its second Climate Desk Live event, featuring Kevin Knobloch—the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and an expert on climate—and Mike Castle, the former governor of Delaware and a nine-term Republican congressman from the state. You can watch them talk about the question of the day—In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, to what extent can science, and climate science in particular, shape US policy?—right here.