Tag Archives: climate change

  • Podcast

    Lester Brown: The Sobering Facts on Global Resource Scarcity

    Food & water supplies will be the weakest links
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, October 7, 2013, 4:02 PM


    Environmental analyst Lester Brown has made a lifetime career of tracking declining supplies of global resources. He is the founder of the Earth Policy Institute and author of the book Plan B 4.0 Mobilizing to Save Civilization, both of which provide massive data sets on the precipitous drop in key natural resources as well as urgent policy recommendations for addressing them.

    In today's podcast, Chris and Lester discuss the global depletion themes that concern Lester most greatly, including population growth, water usage, limits to food production, and climate changes. In many of these areas, the picture painted by the data is alarming.  Our future choices are quickly being limited to when these constraints will limit our way of life, not if.

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    Daily Digest 8/12 – Waves of Trash in Indonesia, Sharp Rise In Antarctic Ocean Acidity

    by DailyDigest

    Monday, August 12, 2013, 2:33 PM

    • Gold bull or bear? Pick your timeline!
    • Meet the Low-Key, Low-Cost Grocery Chain Being Called ‘Walmart’s Worst Nightmare’
    • Economic Expansion Slows Down in Japan
    • Technology Industry Extends a Hand to Struggling Print Media
    • U.S. Energy Independence Doesn't Mean a Thing
    • Sharp rise in Antarctic seawater’s acidity
    • Photographer Captures Waves of Trash in Indonesia
    • New video: Jules Dervaes and his family at their Urban Homestead in Pasadena, California

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  • Podcast

    Mark Cochrane: The Scientific Argument for Climate Change

    Is it happening? And what can we do?
    by Adam Taggart

    Saturday, July 20, 2013, 5:12 PM


    In this week's podcast, Chris sits down with Mark Cochrane to discuss global climate change.

    Mark is a professor and senior research scientist at the Geospatial Science Center of Excellence (the GSCE) at South Dakota State University. He is also the creator of Peak Prosperity's excellent forum thread on climate change.

    In this interview, Chris and Mark explore the science behind the study of climate change, what it tells us, and what steps individuals concerned about the trend can take.

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    Daily Digest 7/15 – Oil May Determine South Sudan’s Future, UK Charges 2 Brokers In Libor Inquiry

    by DailyDigest

    Monday, July 15, 2013, 4:57 PM

    • Precious Metals Stocks: The Most Undervalued Asset Class
    • China Wealth Eludes Investors as Stocks Earn 1%
    • What Sweden Can Tell Us About Obamacare
    • It’s Amazing to Be a Working Mom in France—Unless You Want a Job
    • Britain Charges 2 Former Brokers in Libor Inquiry
    • Oil May Determine South Sudan's Future
    • Climate change is a bigger threat to the Tour de France than doping

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    Daily Digest 7/11 – Greece’s Life-Saving Austerity Medics, Urban Flooding Likely To Worsen

    by DailyDigest

    Thursday, July 11, 2013, 3:11 PM

    • Greece's life-saving austerity medics 
    • World’s Biggest Challenge: ‘Ignorance in the Face of Change’ – Paul Hawken
    • Who is affected by big currency movements?
    • “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control
    • Fail And Fail Well
    • Dear Leader Dreams Of Sushi
    • Battle lines harden over Detroit pension cuts
    • NAVY LENR Patent Granted – Transmutes Radioactive Waste
    • The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster is a Corporate Crime
    • Lac-Mégantic's Disaster is the Poster Child for Fossil Fuel Folly
    • Politics of Climate Change: A Well-Oiled Machine
    • Urban flooding likely to worsen, say experts
    • Scientists Invented New Way of Seawater Desalination

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    Daily Digest 6/15 – Ghosts Of Shopping Past, Coal Industry Pins Hopes On Exports

    by DailyDigest

    Saturday, June 15, 2013, 2:28 PM

    • US Silver Eagle Sales Best First Half Year Ever
    • Google launches Internet-beaming balloons
    • Justices, 9-0, Bar Patenting Human Genes
    • After Patent Ruling, Availability of Gene Tests Could Broaden
    • The Number: 2.5%
    • Ghosts Of Shopping Past
    • Coal Industry Pins Hopes on Exports as U.S. Market Shrinks
    • Strange, Glowing Night Clouds Continue to Spread

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  • Blog
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    America the Vulnerable

    History warns we're sleepwalking towards collapse
    by JHK

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:13 AM


    For most people, the collapse of civilizations is a subject much more appetizingly viewed in the rearview mirror than straight ahead down whatever path or roadway we are on.

    Jared Diamond wrote about the collapse of earlier civilizations to great acclaim and brisk sales, in a nimbus of unimpeachable respectability. The stories he told about bygone cultures gone to seed were, above all, dramatic. No reviewers or other intellectual auditors dissed him for suggesting that empires inevitably run aground on the shoals of resource depletion, population overshoot, changes in the weather, and the diminishing returns of complexity.

    Yet these are exactly the same problems that industrial-technocratic societies face today, and those of us who venture to discuss them are consigned to a tin-foil-hat brigade, along with the UFO abductees and Bigfoot trackers. This is unfortunate, but completely predictable, since the sunk costs in all the stuff of daily life (freeways, malls, tract houses) are so grotesquely huge that letting go of them is strictly unthinkable. We’re stuck with a very elaborate setup that has no future, but we refuse to consider the consequences…

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    Daily Digest 5/20 – Market Boom Or Bubble, Fertile Plains Turn to Dust In TX

    by DailyDigest

    Monday, May 20, 2013, 4:02 PM

    • Canada Jobs Grant: Harper Government Buying Ads To Promote Program That Doesn't Yet Exist
    • Motive, Means, & Opportunity in the Gold Market
    • The Spreading Consequences Of Syria's Civil War
    • Boom Or Bubble?
    • Natural Gas – The “Slow Process that's Gathering Speed”
    • Lines In The Sand
    • Tornadoes Level Homes in Okla., Killing One Person
    • Wells Dry, Fertile Plains Turn to Dust

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    Daily Digest 4/14 – Don’t Depend On Bank Deposit Insurance, The Strange Beauty Of Salt Mines

    by DailyDigest

    Sunday, April 14, 2013, 3:01 PM

    • Obama’s Budget Revives Benefits as Divisive Issue
    • Don’t Depend on Bank Deposit Insurance: Mike Shedlock
    • Faltering Courts, Mired in Delays
    • The Scary Risks of Safety Bubble Up
    • The Strange Beauty Of Salt Mines
    • Bingham Landslide
    • Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists

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    Daily Digest 3/17 – Bank Runs In Cyprus, The Facts On Fracking

    by DailyDigest

    Sunday, March 17, 2013, 3:30 PM

    • Shock in Cyprus as savers face bailout levy
    • Why Cyprus' Rescue Matters To Us
    • Europe Does It Again: Cyprus Depositor Haircut "Bailout" Turns Into Saver "Panic", Frozen Assets, Bank Runs, Broken ATMs
    • Facing Bailout Tax, Cypriots Try to Get Cash Out of Banks
    • Financial Pearl Harbor, Gold to hit $10,000 per ounce in 21st century?
    • Financialization of Justice: SEC Settles Insider Trading Case With SAC Capital For $600 Million
    • A ‘massive intrusion’: Promise and peril in Trans Mountain pipeline ambitions through B.C. mainland
    • North Dakota's Oil Boom
    • The Facts On Fracking
    • The Dangers Of Fracking
    • Obama Will Use Nixon-Era Law to Fight Climate Change
    • Great Lakes Experiencing 'New Stresses'

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