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Entropy and Empire: The crisis of over-development Counterpunch 2014-11-08
Living systems, organisms, and civilizations maintain structures that both store and dissapate energy. There are costs to these that increase with size. ... Entropy hits us twice, not only in the form of garbage and pollution from current activity but decaying infrastructure left over from prior development. Infrastructure yields huge returns at first but gradually transforms into a cost. In the fight against entropy, we never stop paying for prior development. The bigger our cities and power grids and irrigation systems and networks of roads, levies, sewer lines and aqueducts, the bigger the drag. A never-ending succession of problems is met with ever more complex solutions involving new technologies, specialties and bureaucracies. In the end we’re running just to stay in place. ....
Paul Krugman and The Tortoise: Why the Limits to Growth Are Real Common Dreams Remote 2014-11-08

Global economic growth in terms of GDP is slowing down. Some like Paul Krugman think further growth is both desirable and possible. Ugo Bardi, author of "Limits to Growth Revisited" and "Extracted", says why growth will not continue, no matter how efficiently we use our non-renewable resources.

Paradise Lost and Future Pending Collapse of Industrial Civilization Remote 2014-11-08

... Capitalist carbon man acted like a bull in a china shop, throwing his weight around and blindly destroying everything in his path. .... He treated the biosphere like a buyosphere, and money was his God. His epitaph was inscribed long ago by Oscar Wilde who perceptively said, “They know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Tragically, humans had their chance in a magnificent paradise and they blew it in spades.

Governments the Missing Link for Climate Action Climate Action Network International Remote 2014-11-07

Let’s face it - the science is in and it’s game over for fossil fuels. The IPCC spells out the benefits of scaling up the transition to renewable energy, such as affordability, better public health and more jobs. What started with a decade of coal will be known as the century of renewables -economics and co-benefits are on their side, while the opposite is true for nuclear and carbon capture and storage. - Kaisa Kosonen, Greenpeace climate policy advisor.

Oil Industry Set to Ignore "Final Warning" on Climate Change Oil Change International Remote 2014-11-04

...Let’s not forget we have been here before and that the scientists have been warning for years – decades even – that we have to disinvest from fossil fuels if we have any chance of avoiding 2 degrees warming.

Drought Takes Hold as Amazon’s ‘Flying Rivers’ Dry Up Climate Central 2014-11-03
... Some Brazilian scientists say the absence of rain that has dried up rivers and reservoirs in central and southeast Brazil is not just a quirk of nature, but a change brought about by a combination of the continuing deforestation of the Amazon and global warming.
IPCC Synthesis Report Synthesis Report of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Remote 2014-11-03
It does not get any more certain than this.
Greg Hunt plain wrong on targets: IPCC confirms globe running out of time Australian Greens Remote 2014-11-03
...The IPCC makes it clear that the total carbon budget is 1 trillion tonnes, that half has gone already and that it will be exhausted entirely by 2043 if nothing changes. This highlights why coal from Galilee and Bowen Basins should stay in the ground.