3. Sep 2018
by manu

The Pain You Feel is Capitalism Dying

© Manuela Ewers

There is no such thing as an economy that exists without the physical world. The delusional idea that markets are separate from nature has guided mainstream economic policy for a long time — and now we are seeing the consequences in mass extinctions, loss of topsoils, climate change, collapse of fish stocks in the world ocean, rising levels of pollution, and more.
Quelle: medium.com

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15. Aug 2018
by manu

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

© Manuela Ewers

This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by George Steinmetz. With support from the Pulitzer Center, this two-part article is based on 18 months of reporting and well over a hundred interviews. It tracks the efforts of a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians to raise the alarm and stave off catastrophe. It will come as a revelation to many readers — an agonizing revelation — to understand how thoroughly they grasped the problem and how close they came to solving it.
Source: nytimes.com

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12. Aug 2018
by manu

Abolish summertime/wintertime arrangements?

Following a number of requests from citizens, from the European Parliament, and from certain EU Member States, the Commission has decided to investigate the functioning of the current EU summertime arrangements and to assess whether or not they should be changed.
 
In this context, the Commission is interested in gathering the views of European citizens, stakeholders and Member States on the current EU summertime arrangements and on any potential change to those arrangements.
 
More background information on the summertime arrangements can be found on the consultation webpage.

→ Take the poll at europa.eu

4. Aug 2018
by manu

What our planet looks like from space

We really challenge our eco-system – and that’s visible from space…

 

USA, Las Vegas

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Left 1973, Right 2000; ©sueddeutsche.de
From 1950 to 2005 the number of inhibitants of Las Vegas has increased from 25.000 to over 1 million. Also the ground water level has decreased more than 1.5m because of the need for water to keep gulf courses etc (in a desert) green…

 

Spain, Almeria

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Left 1974, Right 2004; ©sueddeutsche.de
Green houses and plantations have taken the place of what was mostly nature. A lot of water is needed to grow food for the European Union..

 

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