Category Archives: Eco

Pesticide Drift and the Politics of Scale

“California’s Central Valley is a bread basket of America. It is the source of much of the country’s grapes, tree fruit, nuts, and vegetables. Many of the farms are massive, requiring large amounts of capital, land, and labor.

In the nearby small towns are the homes of the state’s farm laborers. They are primarily Latino. About half are undocumented. Most are poor and few have health care. Politically and economically weak, they are the primary human victims of pesticide drift.”

via Pesticide Drift and the Politics of Scale » Sociological Images.

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Doomsday Clock set to 11:57: Scientists say apocalypse is getting closer

“In 1947, the specter of nuclear holocaust prompted the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to come up with a “Doomsday Clock.” The clock was meant to highlight just how close humans had come to wiping ourselves off the map. Midnight on the clock represented global catastrophe—the end of civilization as we know it.

Back then, the Bulletin set the clock to 11:53 p.m. The group has revisited the setting each year since, occasionally adjusting it forward or backward to reflect changes in world events.

On Thursday, it moved the clock forward two minutes, to 11:57 p.m.”

via Doomsday Clock set to 11:57: Scientists say apocalypse is getting closer..

Working Conditions in Modern Agriculture

“If you are worried about the abuse and exploitation of non-human animals, you can become a vegetarian or a vegan. But if you worry about the abuse and exploitation of humans, there is no morally upright consumer choice you can make, short of growing 100% of your food yourself.”

via Working Conditions in Modern Agriculture » Sociological Images.

Are Tiny-House Villages The Solution To Homelessness?

“In the Pacific Northwest, people with nowhere else to go are forming micro-communities with communal kitchens and toilets but teeny, individual sleeping units. Could tiny homes, once the provenance of design blogs, help curb homelessness nationwide?” via Are Tiny-House Villages The Solution To Homelessness – BuzzFeed News.

The Uncommon Good

“Did you know that bees pollinate one out of every bite of food we eat? Rob and Chelsea McFarland founded HoneyLove.org to inspire and educate people about becoming urban beekeepers.”

via The Uncommon Good | Honey Love – YouTube.

How economic growth has become anti-life

“An obsession with growth has eclipsed our concern for sustainability, justice and human dignity. But people are not disposable – the value of life lies outside economic development.”

via How economic growth has become anti-life | Vandana Shiva | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

Leaked report: More hunger, sickness and violence expected as world warms

“Head’s up: We’re not officially supposed to know this yet, but there’s some very pessimistic news coming our way via the world’s leading experts on climate change. A leaked summary of the next report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), due out in March, relies heavily on the word “exacerbate” to describe what increased warming is likely to do the majority of the world’s ills.”

via Leaked report: More hunger, sickness and violence expected as world warms – Salon.com.

What’s the Connection Between Foster Care and the Ecological Stuff?

“A reader sends me a letter and gives me permission to reprint it here, because I suspect he’s not the only one with this question:“I think what you are doing with your family is great, but I feel like you’ve moved away from peak oil and climate change to write about foster care, and I don’t see a connection.  I feel bad saying it, but I miss the old stuff.  Is there a connection I’m not seeing?”

via What’s the Connection Between Foster Care and the Ecological Stuff? – Casaubons Book.

Joe Bageant: Escape from the Zombie Food Court

“I just returned from several months in Central America. And the day I returned I had iguana eggs for breakfast, airline pretzels for lunch and a $7 shot of Jack Daniels for dinner at the Houston Airport, where I spent two hours listening to a Christian religious fanatic tell about Obama running a worldwide child porn ring out of the White House. Entering the country shoeless through airport homeland security, holding up my pants because they don’t let old men wear suspenders through security, well, I knew I was back home in the land of the free. ”

via Joe Bageant: Escape from the Zombie Food Court.

Womens Knowledge: Three Reasons We Wont Solve Climate Change Without It

“Women’s equality goes hand-in-hand with finding real solutions to climate change. Here are three reasons why.”

via Womens Knowledge: Three Reasons We Wont Solve Climate Change Without It by Katrina Rabeler — YES! Magazine.