In 2003, Dr. Gilla Family noted in the Creativity Research Journal1 - "Plenty of evidence exists for goodwill, honest effort, and dedication by individuals, groups, and nations...South Africa broke the back of apartheid and is on the road to reconciliation ...Plenty of good reasons exist for realistic optimism that catastrophes can be avoided."
by Martin J. Rosenthal, August 2012
Bill McKibben and James Hansen, the world's leading Climatologist (Goddard/NASA-Climate Center-Columbia University) have each written recent articles on climate change.
(1) Hansen proves we have moved up .8 Celsius in the last two decades.
(2) He has said that 2 degrees Celsius or 4 Fahrenheit is the maximum movement in our temperature for DRASTIC climate change.
This small southwest Pacific island is of special interest because it appears to have achieved sustainable development. An island of 1.8 square miles and 1,200 inhabitants, it is described by Jared Diamond as being "micromanaged for continuous and sustainable food production" 1
(Excerpt from Chapter 12) One interesting case was the discovery of the cause ground-level ozone, or smog. On the PBS television series Race to Save the Planet, chemistry professor Jim Pitts1 discussed smog in the Los Angeles area in the late 1940s: "the crops were being impacted.. and it was not clear what it was.. the public was furious."
The undesirable side-effects of science or technology are rarely illustrated so graphically, or as quickly. Erosion as a result of bad farming, or the loss of stratospheric ozone due to refrigerants may take many years to manifest their destinies. But the partial melting of a luxury car in one day – by sunrays focused and amplified by a concave modern building – gives cause for reflection.
"You won't find them on the fireline in the American West anymore," said a Federal chief of fire operations, interviewed by CBS News at the site of the fatal wildfire in Arizona on July 1st, 2013. Nineteen firefighters lost their lives fighting the fire near Yarnell, Arizona on June 30.
lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.. Genesis
With the successful world-wide March against Monsanto (May 25, 2013) and the US Supreme Court's ruling against the farmer who grew Monsanto's genetically modified soybean seeds instead of buying them, we need to look at the big picture. Especially in light of Monsanto's standard argument that it is dedicated to alleviating hunger. In fact what Monsanto is doing is playing God; abusing its power and harvesting profit under the pretense of planting progress.
Awareness versus detail
Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist describes the real differences between the left and right halves of the human brain. It's not simply "emotion on the right, reason on the left," but something far more complex and interesting.
(from the book's first chapter) Environmental enigmas such as global warming may pose too great a challenge for science as we know it. The worldwide climate change phenomenon has too many variables to be isolated in any laboratory simulation. These variables are constantly shifting, and therefore cannot serve for the verification of hypotheses in repeated experimentation. Climate instability cannot be simulated, even in the most powerful computers.
Wall Street, symbol of investment banking and the stock exchange.
The history of Wall Street institutions reveals a pattern of overconfident exploitation of financial advantages, followed by unexpected setbacks and investor panic. The pattern has characteristics in common with progress traps, most notably the ability of financiers to pursue their activities in a culture that is insulated from the world that lies beyond commerce. As it happens, that world is greatly affected by high finance, but financiers are not aware of their effect until panic sets in.