Daily Archives: April 29, 2017

Pete Smith: The 2 degree Emissions Target and Carbon Capture and Storage (EGU 2017)

Climate State

Published on Apr 28, 2017

Pete Smith talk on, Is 2 degrees possible without relying on carbon storage and capture, part of the European Geosciences Union
General Assembly 2017. You can watch the full session at http://client.cntv.at/egu2017/gdb3



*Biophysical and economic limits to negative CO2 emissions* https://www.nature.com/nclimate/journ…

Carbon capture and storage https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_…

Solar radiation management https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_r…

The Paris climate negotiations, explained

Ira Helfand about Threats to Civilization (Climate March 2017)

Senator Merkley: Most Important Steps for People on Climate Change

Protesters to gather in Washington to voice concerns over climate change

Corporations go overseas to avoid U.S. taxes

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge: Vandana Shiva

Genetic engineering and the cloning of organisms are “the ultimate expression of the commercialization of science and the commodification of nature.… Life itself is being colonized,” according to renowned environmentalist Vandana Shiva. The resistance to this biopiracy, she argues, is the struggle to conserve both cultural and biological diversity.

As the land, forests, oceans, and atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, corporations are now looking for new colonies to exploit and invade for further accumulation—in Shiva’s view, the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants, and animals. Featuring a new introduction by the author, this edition of Biopiracy is a learned, clear, and passionately stated objection to the ways in which Western businesses are being allowed to expropriate natural processes and traditional forms of knowledge.

Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit: Vandana Shiva

Acclaimed author and award-winning scientist and activist Vandana Shiva lucidly details the severity of the global water shortage, calling the water crisis “the most pervasive, most severe, and most invisible dimension of the ecological devastation of the earth.” She sheds light on the activists who are fighting corporate maneuvers to convert the life-sustaining resource of water into more gold for the elites and uses her knowledge of science and society to outline the emergence of corporate culture and the historical erosion of communal water rights.

Using the international water trade and industrial activities such as damming, mining, and aquafarming as her lens, Shiva exposes the destruction of the earth and the disenfranchisement of the world’s poor as they are stripped of rights to a precious common good.

Revealing how many of the most important conflicts of our time, most often camouflaged as ethnic wars or religious wars, are in fact conflicts over scarce but vital natural resources, she calls for a movement to preserve water access for all and offers a blueprint for global resistance based on examples of successful campaigns.

Featuring a new introduction by the author, this edition of Water Wars celebrates the spiritual and traditional role water has played in communities throughout history and warns that water privatization threatens cultures and livelihoods worldwide.

Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis: Vandana Shiva

In Soil Not Oil, Vandana Shiva explains that a world beyond dependence on fossil fuels and globalization is both possible and necessary. Condemning industrial agriculture as a recipe for ecological and economic disaster, Shiva champions the small, independent farm: their greater productivity, their greater potential for social justice as they put more resources into the hands of the poor, and the biodiversity that is inherent to the traditional farming practiced in small-scale agriculture.

What we need most in a time of changing climates and millions who are hungry, she argues, is sustainable, biologically diverse farms that are more resistant to disease, drought, and flood. “The solution to climate change,” she observes, “and the solution to poverty are the same.” Soil Not Oil proposes a solution based on self-organization, sustainability, and community rather than corporate power and profits.

See other work of Vandana Shiva on “soil not oil.”

The Danakil Depression : Salt mining in one of the hottest places on earth