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Special Project | Climate Catastrophe Is Just Around the Corner

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Downtown area of Panama City, Florida after Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018.  Credit: Joe Raedle Getty Images

Story 1: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN * Story 2: New Climate Report Was Too Cautious * Story 3: The Planet Is Doomed—Let's Destroy It Faster! * Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

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Week Ending October 27, 2018|

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Story 1: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN, Jonathan Watts, the Guardian, Monday, 8 Oct, 2018

  • Urgent changes needed tocutrisk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC.
  • Overwhelmed by climate change? Here’s what you can do.

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Story 2 New Climate Report Was Too Cautious, Scott Waldman, E&E News / Scientific American
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11, 2018

Experts cite the important outcomes and cost of climate change left out of the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC} report.

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The Trump administration* establishes the United States government as a death cult.
 

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The Plastic Bag: An American History, Nechama Brodie, piqd
 

  • https://cache.piqd.com/system/portfolio_item_images/production/1v2/o/q/98f7510b-e83c-44a0-8e3c-da64fdd3f66f.pngThe story of the plastic bag—the kind that is so ubiquitous in grocery stores, in gutters, in the branches of trees—is a story of persuasion, one that began with a battle between paper and plastic in the hearts of the American people.
  • Related: Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis
     

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12 Self-Care Tips If You're Struggling To Deal With Everything Today

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The news surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court has been hard for victims of sexual assault and harassment. Gabriella Demczuk-Pool/Getty Images

Experts share what you can do for your mental health amid news that Brett Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed.


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10/05/2018 | Brett Kavanaugh is likely being confirmed to the Supreme Court. And for many, that news feels devastating.

Several women have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexually harassing or assaulting them when he was in high school and college in the 1980s. The discussion surrounding those accusations has been particularly difficult for sexual assault victims, who have heard politicians dismiss survivors’ pain amid a barrage of news coverage and heated conversations about Kavanaugh. The judge’s controversial Supreme Court bid has also triggered memories that many survivors have worked extremely hard to move past.

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Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis

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Mexican environmentalists staged protests to denounce BP’s oil spill in the Gulf.

  • We’re an egoistical, delusional lot, us humans. We’re the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species?
  • Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

Kristine Mattis, Greanville Post

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2018-08-11 | Preservation of our environment remains well toward the bottom of our priorities. Personally and collectively, in our daily lives and in the media, we fixate on career, financial accumulation, economic growth, political performance, consumerism, entertainment, social media, and external validation. None of these aspects of our lives mean anything without a livable planet full of basic resources, and every one of these fixations contribute directly or indirectly to our planetary degradation.

Noam Chomsky has even begun to recognize that our precarious environmental predicament – primarily envisioned as the issue of climate change, though it encompasses so much more – is the most crucial existential threat to human life on the planet. Of late, whenever you see Chomsky interviewed or hear him speak, he tends to emphasize that of many injustices and dire risks to the people of the United States, the people oppressed by U.S. empire, and humanity as a whole, all pale in comparison to the our environmental crisis.

As an interdisciplinary environmental scholar with a background in biology, earth system science, and policy, Kristine Mattis' research focuses on environmental risk information and science communication. Before returning to graduate school, Kristine worked as a medical researcher, as a science reporter for the U.S. Congressional Record, and as a science and health teacher. 

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The Plastic Bag: An American History, Nechama Brodie, piqd

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The story of the plastic bag—the kind that is so ubiquitous in grocery stores, in gutters, in the branches of trees—is a story of persuasion, one that began with a battle between paper and plastic in the hearts of the American people.
 

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The Plastic Bag: An American History

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The story of the plastic bag—the kind that is so ubiquitous in grocery stores, in gutters, in the branches of trees—is a story of persuasion, one that began with a battle between paper and plastic in the hearts of the American people.

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 | Plastic represents both the function and the folly of modern human technology. It is clever, versatile, and virtually ubiquitous. We need plastic, but only once. Most of it is disposed of after a single use, virtually never recycled. We now have a mid-ocean plastic garbage patch that is larger than most countries. In an attempt to mitigate the problem, many restaurants have recently begun to ban single-use plastic straws — only to replace them with ... plastic sippy cups.

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In between the science, the rhetoric, and the economic pros and cons, plastic's history and evolution in human society highlights the tangible connections between all its parts and explains, in part, the deliberate effort to make us into a plastic planet.

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