The Population-Climate Change Bomb: Can We Finally Talk Seriously?

The Population-Climate Change Bomb: Can We Finally Talk Seriously? Queries Chris Mooney to Alan Weisman, author of the new book Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth  in an audio podcast as part of a new series by Mooney called Inquiring Minds at Climate Desk. It’s certainly time for a serious conversation. “Population is a loaded topic, and people who otherwise know better, great environmentalists, often times are very, very timid about going there,” Weisman explained. “And I decided as a journalist, I should go there, and find out, is it really a problem, and if so, is there anything acceptable that we can do about it?” He traveled to 21 countriesfrom Israel to Mexico, and from Pakistan to Nigerto report on how different cultures are responding to booming populations and the strain this is putting on their governments and resources. Different nations are growing at dramatically different rates, but human expansion is driving climate change, destruction of our life-support ecosystems, and extinction of plants and animals. The solution? Make reproductive resources and choices available to women worldwide.  

 

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

 

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Oceans Decline Speeds Up Alarmingly, Massive Extinctions Likely Underway

Oceans Declining  Alarmingly Faster Than Thought, in terms of a deadly trio of factors, becoming warmer, more acidic AND losing ever more oxygen, say marine scientists of two reputable international scientific organizations in a new review, reports Mariette Le Roux at Agence France Presse. The scientific review by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature cautioned of unprecedented ocean acidification as humans keep burning fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide, about a third of which is absorbed by the sea. Today’s rate of carbon release, about 30 gigatonnes of CO2 annually, was at least 10 times faster than that which preceded the last major species extinction on Earth 55 million years ago. The level of ocean acidification is unparallelled in at least 300 million years, it added.  Meanwhile, fertilizer and sewage runoff worldwide create gigantic plankton booms that deplete oxygen, resulting in large, spreading coastal dead zones. “We are… exposing organisms to intolerable evolutionary pressure,” the report said, adding “The next mass (species) extinction event may have already begun.”  The authors urged a dramatic cut in carbon emissions.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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