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Daily Digest 9/27 - Beyond Neonics, An Unforeseen Climate Beast Awakens

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10:14 AM

Economy

At least 80,000 people died of flu last winter in U.S., CDC says (Adam)

CDC officials do not have exact counts of how many people die from flu each year. Flu is so common that not all flu cases are reported, and flu is not always listed on death certificates. So the CDC uses statistical models, which are periodically revised, to make estimates.

CDC officials called the 80,000 figure preliminary, and it can be slightly revised. But they said it is not expected to go down.

What’s the True Cost of Unreported Sexual Harassment? (jdargis)

It’s an undisputed fact that women often don’t report sexual violence; the Department of Justice estimates that two out of every three sexual assaults aren’t reported to the police. That makes it hard to understand the full toll of these events on individuals and on society as a whole. Using data on crime victims, several studies put the cost of rape and sexual violence somewhere between $100,000 and $200,000 per victim. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2016 that the national economic burden is $263 billion a year. More than half is attributed to a general loss of workplace productivity, with medical costs, criminal justice fees, and property loss and damage each accounting for a portion. About one-third of the cost is borne by taxpayers.

Invisible Swarms Of Particles Envelop Us All. Come Have A Look. (tmn)

For a study recounted in this week's issue of Cell, Snyder and 14 other research participants donned the devices—some for a week, others for a month, one for a year, and Snyder for 890 days—as they passed through more than 60 distinct locations. Every so often, Snyder and his team collected the exposometers, sequenced the biological material in their traps, and analyzed the abiotic bits with a mass spectrometer. Finally, they translated their tens of billions of readouts into a colossal database of environmental exposures some 40,000 entries strong—the first such catalogue of its kind.

Merk Research: Fed Chart Book (Axel M.)

As part of Merk's in-house research we regularly evaluate a consistent set of charts covering the economy, equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies. The aim is to keep our eyes open and to look through the noise of the headlines, avoiding the distractions of sensationalized click-bait. In sharing this content, we offer a cross-check to your own thinking and aim to add value to your own process.

Sherlock Holmes Investigates Magnitsky's Death (Afridev)

Sherlock Holmes investigates the death of Sergei Magnitsky, as well as looks into the possible role his associates, first of all Bill Browder, might have in his passing.

Don't Underestimate The Trade War Impact On Oil Demand (Michael S.)

The International Energy Agency, on the other hand, has kept its 2019 demand forecast unchanged in the latest fundamentals update, at 1.5 million bpd, up from this year’s projected 1.4 million bpd. Yet the agency noted that demand could be stronger were it not for the trade war and signs of stalling economic growth in emerging economies.

An Unforeseen Climate Beast Awakens (Paul D.)

Time and again the same storylines about “scientists surprised by how much faster the climate system is changing… way ahead of the models,” should start sinking in that anthropogenic climate change is on the march in a big way. Yet, leadership, especially in America, is as cavalier about the risks as General Custer was when informing his courier: “It looks like we caught’em sleeping.” It is axiomatic that wipeouts are never anticipated!

New Climate Debate: How to Adapt to the End of the World (Paul D.)

Jem Bendell, a professor at the University of Cumbria who popularized the term deep adaptation, calls it a mix of physical changes—pulling back from the coast, closing climate-exposed industrial facilities, planning for food rationing, letting landscapes return to their natural state—with cultural shifts, including “giving up expectations for certain types of consumption” and learning to rely more on the people around us.

Monsanto's Glyphosate Linked To Global Decline In Honey Bees (Alex M.)

The report titled "Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees," was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) on September 24. It provides enough evidence that glyphosate could be seen as the contributing factor to the rapid decline of honey bees around the world, otherwise known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind the queen.

Beyond Neonics: New Study Shows Glyphosate Also Major Threat to World's Honey Bee Population (Paul D.)

While it has been widely established by the scientific community that the class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids(or neonics) have had devastating impacts on honey bees and other pollinators, new research shows that Monsanto's glyphosate—the world's most widely used chemical weed-killer—is also extremely harmful to the health of bees and their ability to fend off disease.

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It’s the Growth!

It’s good to see George Monbiot continuing to speak up for the world’s living systems.  Very few in MSM are doing this.

In this article he points out the obvious.  “Green” is meaningless if its offered within the larger context of growth, and it’s our failure to talk about these things that is really holding us all back. 

You all experience this in this and other areas.  People just don’t want to talk about “hard stuff” but why not?

Well, the explanation lies in a self-fulfilling loop of doom.  People don’t like to engage in discussions of things about which they feel powerless.  As long as they don’t talk about them that powerlessness will persist.  Wash, rinse, repeat until failure.

While economic growth continues we’ll never kick our fossil fuels habit

We’re getting there, aren’t we? We’re making the transition towards an all-electric future. We can now leave fossil fuels in the ground and thwart climate breakdown. Or so you might imagine, if you follow the technology news.

So how come oil production, for the first time in history, is about to hit 100m barrels a day? How come the oil industry expects demand to climb until the 2030s? How is it that in Germany, whose energy transition (Energiewende) was supposed to be a model for the world, protesters are being beaten up by police as they try to defend the 12,000-year-old Hambacher forest from an opencast mine extracting lignite – the dirtiest form of coal? Why have investments in Canadian tar sands – the dirtiest source of oil – doubled in a year?

The answer is, growth. There may be more electric vehicles on the world’s roads, but there are also more internal combustion engines. There be more bicycles, but there are also more planes. It doesn’t matter how many good things we do: preventing climate breakdown means ceasing to do bad things. Given that economic growth, in nations that are already rich enough to meet the needs of all, requires an increase in pointless consumption, it is hard to see how it can ever be decoupled from the assault on the living planet.

When a low-carbon industry expands within a growing economy, the money it generates stimulates high-carbon industry. Anyone who works in this field knows environmental entrepreneurs, eco-consultants and green business managers who use their earnings to pay for holidays in distant parts of the world and the flights required to get there. Electric vehicles have driven a new resource rush, particularly for lithium, that is already polluting rivers and trashing precious wild places. Clean growth is as much of an oxymoron as clean coal. But making this obvious statement in public life is treated as political suicide.

The worst denial is not the claim that this existential crisis isn’t happening. It is the failure to talk about it at all. Not talking about our greatest predicament, even as it starts to bite, requires a constant and determined effort. Taken as a whole (of course there are exceptions), the media are a threat to humanity. They claim to speak on our behalf, but they either speak against us or do not speak at all.

So what do we do? We talk. As the climate writer Joe Romm argued in ThinkProgress this year, a crucial factor in the remarkable shift in attitudes towards LGBT people was the determination of activists to break the silence. They overcame social embarrassment to broach issues that other people found uncomfortable. We need, Romm argues, to do the same for climate breakdown. A recent survey suggests that 65% of Americans rarely or never discuss it with friends or family, while only one in five hear people they know mention the subject at least once a month. Like the media, we subconsciously invest great psychological effort into not discussing an issue that threatens almost every aspect of our lives.

Let’s be embarrassing. Let’s break the silence, however uncomfortable it makes us and others feel. Let’s talk about the great unmentionables: not just climate breakdown, but also growth and consumerism. Let’s create the political space in which well-intentioned parties can act. Let us talk a better world into being.

Great stuff George!  Keep it up!

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I just wasted a beautiful day watching the Kavanaugh hearing...

There is a tremendous amount of energy spent on the trivial. Dr. Ford fears flying but continues to fly. Why not stop? I'm not afraid of flying but I know that it has a tremendous impact. Just stop. Get your gun handling skills within 5 miles of where you live... The experts are there. Seek and yee shall find...

On another topic -- more important in my world -- how do you keep deer in your suburban neighborhood from stripping the branches from young fruit trees? 

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Fencing

A 6' high circular fence around each tree.  Simple, effective, but unsightly and inconvenient.  My fruit trees would be toast without them.

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Poop In The Cobbler, Com'n Up

Rick Dove, a founding member of Waterkeeper Alliance, lives in New Bern, North Carolina. From small planes, he and some of his colleagues have been been monitoring the millions of gallons of untreated animal waste overflowing across the state since Hurricane Florence struck the area.

Dove wrote about what he’s seen, in a piece for the Washington Post:

Though the skies were rough at first, we’ve had beautiful flying weather for the past few mornings. I’m a Marine vet who did two tours in Vietnam, but the devastation I’ve witnessed here still shocks and grieves me.

According to Dove, the 2.2 million hogs in North Carolina’s Duplin County alone produce twice as much manure as the waste produced by the entire New York City metro area—and not one ounce goes to a sewer plant. 

Hog farms aren’t the only scourge on North Carolina. The state is also a favorite location for industrial chicken farms. Dove writes:

I also saw how the industrial chicken production facilities had flooded. Water had gone over the chicken barns, washing the waste from their floors down our streams. I didn’t see the corpses of animals, though I knew they were inside. In the past, the facilities used to open the doors during storms to let the animals out, but the images we collected were so horrific that the practice ended.

As global warming rages on largely unchecked, more hurricanes and more floods will lead to more environmental disasters, especially in areas populated by industrial factory farms. That’s a good reason to end industrial factory farming. But it’s hardly the only reason.

As we speak, companies like Costco are looking to expand industrial meat production, not curb it. And while Costco has its sights set on Nebraska, not North Carolina, the damage to Nebraska’s already impaired waterways will be just as devastating.

Factory farms must go. What can you do? Eat less meat—and choose meat produced by farmers who use organic regenerative practices. 

Read ‘I Saw Florence Sending Millions of Gallons of Animal Poop Flooding Across North Carolina’

https://www.organicconsumers.org/newsletter/organic-bytes-601-were-you-deceived/rough-skies

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