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Maldives’ Government Hold First Underwater Meeting

By Ted Nelson
October 19, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Economy, Environmental Concerns


It may only be a matter of years before the Maldives is fully submerged underwater; however, a recent government ceremony literally held underwater was not in preparation for future meetings. The event was staged to draw attention to the global fight against climate change before the Copenhagen meetings in December.

The meeting was held Saturday October 16th for Mohammed Nasheed, the Maldives’ President, and his cabinet to sign a document calling for the nations of the world to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions. The Maldives have taken a leadership role in the global fight against climate change largely out of necessity. …read more of Maldives’ Government Hold First Underwater Meeting here

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Politicking with our Future

By Ted Nelson
June 30, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Carbon Emission Reduction, Economy, Environmental Concerns, Environmental Policy, Legislation


A long awaited climate bill made it through the House on Friday June 26th and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

While it’s significant that one house of congress has finally passed a bill to curb greenhouse gases (GHGs), the vote was far too close for comfort: 219 to 212. There is no certainty that the bill will pass the Senate.

There are some beefs with the specifics on the bill and not its intent to curb GHGs (such as a Bush-like approach to clean coal), but the vast majority of the opposition is based on an argument that cap-and-trade will hurt the economy.

This reasoning, however, is faulty: if no changes are made nature is set to do far more damage to our economy than 1,000 climate bills possibly could. …read more of Politicking with our Future here

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Swine Flu Linked to Industrialized Animal Production

By Marie Oser
June 25, 2009
File under: Environmental Concerns


On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus.

A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway.¹ The WHO designation of a pandemic alert Phase 6 reflects the fact that there are now ongoing community level outbreaks in multiple parts of world. The 1918 flu epidemic was the last major global pandemic and killed 20 to 50 million people.

Modern agriculture and industrialized animal production has had a dramatic impact on society, human health and the environment. …read more of Swine Flu Linked to Industrialized Animal Production here

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China’s Green Revolution

By Ted Nelson
June 15, 2009
File under: Economy, Environmental Concerns, Global Initiatives


China’s economic emergence has been the big story in the world economy since the fall of the Soviet Union. While China’s development has brought a lot of good, it has taken an often under-reported toll on the environment.

It’s now becoming popular to say that if China’s not on board in Copenhagen, the rest of the world’s emissions reductions and environmental sustainability pledges will mean nothing.

You’ve probably heard that China is the largest polluter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) at about 7.5 gigatons per year, which makes some sense since 1/5 of the world’s population lives within its borders. …read more of China’s Green Revolution here

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Negative Pop. Growth

By Tracy Crawford
May 21, 2009
File under: Environmental Concerns


Americans seem to have a fascination with parents of multiples these days.

We have TV shows about people with 18 kids going on 19 (or is it 20 now), parents with eight kids and those with 10 kids. We’re still seeing news coverage about the octomom.

It seems we can’t get enough.

All of these multiples, in large part, stem from the growing number of people using fertility drugs in order to conceive and have kids. These drugs can cause pregnancies of multiples.

Unfortunately, not many people think about how human population growth can have a disastrous impact on our planet. …read more of Negative Pop. Growth here

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