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Hedges writes: "Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems."

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (photo: Truthdig)
Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (photo: Truthdig)

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+17 # reiverpacific 2012-11-26 15:45
mainstream is awash, sucked up greedily by several generations of flick'rin' screen-addicted dough-heads who keep indenturing themselves, even in the current insecure job market, for heavily prompted "Wants" rather than "Needs".
How many throw food or scraps out rather than recycle them discard tinfoil (just for instance) rather than re-using it and cull bones, vegetable clippings and bits for stocks and soups (and their food would taste better too)? And that's just a tiny example.
Over-processing and waste is encouraged in the name of convenience ("Quick meals and shortcuts for your busy lifestyle"!!!) as part of the treadmill towards the Corporate State.
+8 # readerz 2012-11-26 16:12
There are some good recipes that could be cooked overnight in a slow cooker (if with an efficient energy source), as long as you don't expect June Cleaver to do it all. As a woman, I look for short-cuts, but I also read labels, try to buy local, and use bones. It's funny; bones used to be free, and now they are sold per pound like anything else. Using soup stock is good for joints, and some say it is a cancer preventative, although they say that for just about anything that isn't fast food, corn syrup, additives, etc.
+3 # reiverpacific 2012-11-26 18:17
Quoting reiverpacific:
mainstream is awash, sucked up greedily by several generations of flick'rin' screen-addicted dough-heads who keep indenturing themselves, even in the current insecure job market, for heavily prompted "Wants" rather than "Needs".
How many throw food or scraps out rather than recycle them discard tinfoil (just for instance) rather than re-using it and cull bones, vegetable clippings and bits for stocks and soups (and their food would taste better too)? And that's just a tiny example.
Over-processing and waste is encouraged in the name of convenience ("Quick meals and shortcuts for your busy lifestyle"!!!) as part of the treadmill towards the Corporate State.

-FY'sI, I seem to have lost the first part of my post in transfer. We had a power cut this morning here so I apologize for what was left out.
hell, my typin' is bad enough without this crap happenin' too!
-6 # Mannstein 2012-11-26 20:14
If we would just recycle tin foil imagine how many tin foil hats one could produce.
-27 # MidwestTom 2012-11-26 15:47
While the US has cut it's CO2 emissions back to 1992 levels, the developing world is increasing their emissions by over 8% per year. We are not the problem, and the 100's of millions of deaths will not be here. The rapidly approaching food crises may soften the ecosystem loss of live.
+10 # PGreen 2012-11-26 23:24
The US economy is largely dependent on the resources and cheap labor of the "developing world." We have much to change, here and now, to survive. (It could also be argued that US exploitation influenced their current path to an unsustainable future.)
IF the US survives this environmental crisis through self sufficiency and conservation, it will be ironic. The crisis might have been avoided if we had only adopted a sustainable model of appropriate growth and prosperity earlier.
+12 # Eliza D 2012-11-27 17:12
Aren't you just a bit nervous that desperate, hungry people will find you? If you really live in the Midwest, I think they will, as the middle of the country becomes the dustbowl it was in the 1930's because of drought, and starving people become vicious killers. You don't think that Bill Gates, with his compound built into the side of a mountain to avoid being seen by drones, is going to save you, do you? As for me, I admit I'm no lover of my fellow humans, but my heart breaks for the destruction of this beautiful planet, and the few good souls who try to do right by her.
+3 # PGreen 2012-11-28 11:52
Unfortunately, our capitalism knows no limits. Unless we can tame this beast, there is little hope for the US and the rest of the world-- not to mention the earth.
+14 # Vardoz 2012-11-26 16:02
TPP - NAFTA ON STEROIDS - will not only destroy our nation it will put the nails in our environmental coffin! EVERYONE NEEDS TO CALL OBAMA AND THEIR REPS AND TELL THEM HOW STRONGLY YOU OPPOSE THE TPP - It will be the final destruction of our nation in every way including our envronment! It is a hideously aggressive document that is criminal and we need to get the word out!!! I was tols by my reps and the Obama hot line that they got many calls about the TPP and Global Warming. We should call in big numbers- they want our votes.
+7 # WestWinds 2012-11-26 20:10
It's not going to make any difference. No one in DC is listening; they have all been bought off. This is why we need to Occupy the Green Party and get out in the streets to end this. As long as we sit around wishing and hoping, they are going to continue to take our money and ignore us. Why should they listen? It's been a free and very lucrative ride.
+8 # JoeW 2012-11-26 22:46
Go to: 'Peoples' Visioning' Facebook Group page, Join Us & see what you/we CAN DO in our own communities--if we all start a 'Peoples' Visioning, with our own implementation plans & 'Vision' we CAN make a difference!! We have to stop acting like there's 'nothing we can do'--it's ALL ABOUT what we do at the 'grassroots'--p retty soon when we go to our local gov't, our local gov't will 'be us'- same for the state, before long!! This is part of our 'Peoples' Visioning' to address climate change, bring 'green jobs', educate, ....You can use what we've 'brainstormed' to help your own 'Visioning' get running faster or just 'do your own thing'--just 'step up & get something started--mother nature will keep changing peoples' minds and send them to your effort!! For those who dont' believe the science --or the World Bank...--remind them that our EPA was created to address the pollution we agree is pollution and nobody said they didn't believe the medical science then, enforcing those even stronger laws than today's watered-down versions didn't 'crash the economy', it helped it & improved quality of life & saved millions of other lives--not too bad a track record!! Now if we just obey those laws --because they're the law & were actually 'good' for us we can ALL be 'on the same' page, because that would be 90% what those who DO believe humans are significantly contributing would ask for!! Join us in this grassroots effort--start a 'Peoples' Visioning in your community!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!
+5 # oakes721 2012-11-26 17:33
Trained to be consumers, we sit quietly awaiting the latest commercial stuff to buy to keep in step with the most topical survival fashions and gadgets, leaving the marketplace without obstacle in its race to use it up till it's all gone........... .What is knowable (of this Earth and the Universe) to mankind is limited to our own perspective and experience as human beings. The media shows less and less relationship between man and Nature, dwelling mostly on man-made environments, unless it involves the conquest of some aspect of the natural world.......... ...As consumers, we must BOYCOTT and physically PROTEST these ongoing atrocities that now threaten our Earth.
+2 # dovelane1 2012-11-28 22:54
I've had a bumper sticker on my car for 15 years or so that reads "More jobs? What about less people?" And another one that reads "Overpopulation - too much of a good thing."

People laugh when they read them. And nothing changes.

As I was shoveling snow tonight, it occurred to me that we should just stop buying anything that we, the people, don't absolutely need to survive. And nothing new, if at all possible. Use it up, make do, wear it out. So much of what we consume is simply things we want. Perhaps if we did this, we could drive corporations off a fiscal cliff, and into austerity.

At first, the bull will show up only in the china shops of the poor and third world countries. Perhaps that will make a few people feel uneasy, but probably not enough. The dough-heads will probably continue to languish in front of their tubes.

The dust-bowl era happened because of poor land management practices. That we are able to keep up at all is due to better land management practices. The main problem is that there were only 100 million people in the U.S. at the time. Today there are 300 million.

One thing we need to do is stop growing the kind of corn that is used to feed beef, and create ethanol, because corn is such a water intensive plat. Creating ethanol is also water-intensive . You can grow so many more things if the water was used for other vegetables or grains.
+8 # MendoChuck 2012-11-26 17:34
As long as the General Public believe that they can get "Something For Nothing" this will only get worst.
Don't take any bets on any change coming down the pike any time soon . . . . Especially as long as MONEY elects our public officials.
The "Golden Age" has passed on by folks and the hard times are just beginning. If you do not believe this than so be it.
+2 # Interested Observer 2012-11-26 19:02
"Hundreds of millions of people will be forced to abandon their homes in coastal areas". At least there is fitting irony that Wall Street is in one of these areas.
+2 # Bildo 2012-11-26 19:32
Go take a look at Agenda 21. They already have it all mapped out. They just have to figure out how to kill most of the population. I take that back. They already know how.
+3 # JoeW 2012-11-26 20:05
Please start a 'Peoples' Visioning' in your community to address cc & brainstorm how to quickly move forward in every city in the US & around the world! We need an Apollo-type Project launched immediately to create jobs in efficiency, retrofits, DECENTRALIZED RENEWABLE ENERGY on rooftops everywhere, bicycles, mass transit, everybody plant food, including numerous 'Food Forests' in every community! NO FRACKING for Oil or Gas or any fossil fuel or nuclear energy--shut those nukes down!! Too dangerous & polluting! NO NEW BUILDINGS that are not self-sufficient , 'net-zero'-chan ge ALL international to local building laws/codes to this. This will put lots of people to work & help us get used to better & different lifestyles! For those who still don't think humans are contributing: The US EPA, created 40+ yrs ago to just clean up ozone & air, land & water pollution-pollu tion that we don't argue is BAD & unhealthy-actua lly 'helped' the economy, never 'threatened to crash it', saved millions of lives & improved many others by just 'cleaning up'this 'other' pollution!! We don't have to agree on the science--just see common sense tells us 'this' pollution is BAD & cleaning 'this' pollution up is almost identical to what science tells us to do to deal with climate change-now we can STOP arguing!! NOW we're on the same page-LET'S CREATE JOBS & CLEAN UP THAT 'OTHER' POLLUTION WE AGREE 'KILLS PEOPLE' & OTHER NATURAL LIFE!!! Start 'Peoples Visioning' in your community today! Search Facebook
+3 # fliteshare 2012-11-26 20:59
I agree;
But what bothers me is that this report is made for the WorldBank. If they are so worried, what is keeping them from taking action? All they have done sofar is telling everybody how bad things are going to be, while remaining firmly planted on their fat lard asses themselves.
I could come up with thousands of plans to do something sensible. Like hiring the half billion or so unemployed 3rd world workers to plant 1 tree each week. Imagine that! The only requirement would be the logistical planning.
But even if such would be already too much to ask. There is a complete and detailed plan to rewater the entire Midwest from Southern Canada to Albuquerque NM at a cost of $ 1 Trillion called "NaWaPa" ready and waiting since 1960. But putting plans like that into reality would be too close to Communism and we all know how Bankers think about that. So the best they can come up with, is all these ludicrous idea's about shutting the economy down in the hope that they can deceive the dumbed-down American populous in, "We were merely trying to rescue the environment".
Well I am not falling for it and neither should you.
0 # fliteshare 2012-11-26 21:33
Darn, I forgot the link.
+7 # Peakspecies 2012-11-26 22:10
A key factor for addressing the problem was not mentioned in the article due to it being a taboo subject and off-the-table for discussion. That is human overpopulation. Despite all the warnings during the last 40 years people keep popping out more and more babies. They are driven by the pleasurable feelings that they get when they see the cute faces. Rarely does any one take into consideration what kind of world the children will inherit.

Notice the focus of such articles is the direct threat to the human's way of life since we are so certain we are so very important. The fact is that we are rapidly wiping out the natural world which serves as the planet's life support system. Then again, why would any one of the millions of other species on this planet want to survive without us.

The profound state of denial we find ourselves in is exemplified by the suggestions here to just do things like conserve and recycle more. Such efforts are only capable of doing a tiny percentage of what is needed. The savings are totally wiped out, in short order, by those who believe our youth will be able to save us and the rest of the higher life forms on this planet.
+2 # Interested Observer 2012-11-27 07:47
What possible impact could a nearly four fold increase in population during the 20th century that is expected to increase by half again before mid-21st Century have on anything? I have been assured by libertarians and religion that there is no such thing as overpopulation with many unconvincing arguments to support their position. I am assured by economists that the requirement for endless growth and cheap inexhaustible natural resources required by most accepted theories in no way deprecates their applicability to planning for the future in the real world. Clearly, this is just another alarmist piece serving some agenda or other, as far off the mark as Ehrlich's Population Bomb, and the works of Malthus. That is clear, isn't it? Who should panic with just authoritative assurances that everything will work out fine? Better than gold in the safe deposit box!
+1 # Hey There 2012-11-28 16:36
It's more like birth control isn't available to everyone. I'm sure where near starvation and starvation itself exists that a great desire to have more children isn't present even if under those conditions it would be possible for women to become pregnant and carry a child to term In this country I know of at least two relatives who opted to not have children although married to the same person for years.
+6 # Polar Bear 2012-11-27 05:29
The report greatly underestimates our future demise..The IPCC report does not tell what happens when the Greenland ice sheet melts or the cumulative affects of tipping points being methane release for ice clatherates..1 degree C is the new 2 degree C increase and so on..The Wld Bank report is entirely too optimistic don't you think? and the World Bank is behind 1,000 new coal plants to be built this year??
+6 # Underledge 2012-11-27 06:42
The underlying problem is too many people! A growing population of more than 7 billion is responsible. We are like a cancer to the earth.
+2 # Interested Observer 2012-11-27 08:45
Yes indeed. Mutated in Africa, metastasized to nearly everywhere. The biosphere, what we mainly mean by "the earth", as the earth as a rock in space will continue to exist nicely with no life at all just like (almost?) everywhere else, is now dying of "cancer of the everywhere". However, it is not ultimately lacking an immune system (might global warming be its fever?) and is not at all particular about which life forms survive.
+1 # Peakspecies 2012-11-27 12:50
Most of us are indeed like cancer cells that have been endowed with massive egos that prevent us from comprehending that we are collectively wiping out our host organism, which are most of the other life forms that support us.

Below is a press release article on another, just released, report that indicates a major positive driver of climate weirdness still hasn't been factored into the major computer models.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (environment for development)
UNEP News Centre
Press Release

Thawing of Permafrost Expected to Cause Significant Additional
Global Warming, Not yet Accounted for in Climate Predictions
Tue, Nov 27, 2012, Doha

Policymakers and Climate Scientists Must Monitor and Prepare for Large Carbon Dioxide and Methane Emissions from Permafrost, Says UNEP Report
+1 # genierae 2012-11-27 18:31
I agree that organizing in our communities is a great idea, becoming as self-sufficient as possible, developing a support system, but I also think that there will be outside intervention before we get to the point of collapse. We each must look inside ourselves and find the infinite resources there. We are much more powerful than we know, and we have great friends in high places who are keeping watch over us. We have been asleep for centuries, but now we are waking up.

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