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Friday, March 29, 2019

#Globalization Destroying Working Class #Incomes


"macroeconomic management has operated on the basis that any increase in wages is a danger signal requiring a tightening of fiscal and monetary policy". 

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Ultra low wage growth isn’t accidental. It is the intended outcome of government policies

The long debate over the causes of wage stagnation took an unexpected turn last week, when Finance Minister Matthias Cormann described (downward) flexibility in the rate of wage growth as “a deliberate design feature of our economic architecture”.
It was a position that was endorsed in a flurry of confusion 16 seconds after it had been rejected by Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds.

Cormann had said policies aimed at pushing wages up could cause “massive spikes in unemployment”.


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GROWING INCOME INEQUALITIES


Thursday, March 28, 2019

#Venezuela Emergency Also Ecological #Crisis


"Water is not being properly purified or pumped; garbage piles up in the streets; power outages are random and frequent. The mega-blackout was just the most recent injury added to years of insult. Many fear worse to come."




  • Venezuela, once a shining star of economic prosperity in Latin America, continues its plummet into chaos — a cauldron of human suffering in which the environment is also a victim.
  • This month’s nationwide blackout, according to eyewitness accounts, saw courageous Venezuelans coming together to help each other as their government failed to respond effectively. It was the nation’s most recent crisis, though likely not its last.

  • News reports from inside the country remain sketchy. But with the lights back on, his Internet connection restored, Venezuelan contributor Jeanfreddy GutiĆ©rrez Torres offers Mongabay readers an exclusive firsthand account of Venezuela’s days of darkness.


On the fifth day of the longest nationwide electrical blackout in Venezuelan history, an estimated 20 million people were without water because the public infrastructure had stopped working.



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UN EMERGENCY SESSION




Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Coca Cola's #Plastic #Waste Equals 28,000 Blue Whales


"According to the 2018 edition of Kantar Worldpanel’s Brand Footprint reportCoca-Cola remains the most chosen FMCG brand in the world for the sixth year running."


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Plastic Waste Piles Up for These Companies



Coca-Cola produced 3,000,000 metric tons of plastic waste in 2017, about the same size as 28,000 Blue Whales. It was the first time the company released their estimate for how much plastic waste they produce. They did so in association with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which released a report detailing the amount of plastic major companies produce and their corporate social responsibility programs in place to address this waste. Overall, 150 companies have made a commitment to reducing their plastic usage through this campaign. 

Infographic: Plastic Waste Piles Up for These Companies | Statista


Nestle, another packaged food company, produced around 1.7 million metric tons of plastic in 2018 alone. Last month, the company eliminated plastic straws from its products and will only use paper straws going forward. This move comes amid growing international outcries over single-use plastics.




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OCEANS OF PLASTIC



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Extreme #Weather Means #Climate Past Tipping Point?



"The powers to be are now presiding over the greatest calamity that has ever befell on humanity and on much of nature."




The Advent of Extreme Weather Events and Climate Tipping Points


According to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, chief climate advisor to the European Union, “We’re simply talking about the very life support system of this planet”. As fascism and the horror of murderous hate crimes are on the rise, governments are presiding over runaway climate change leading toward mass extinctions of species, costing the lives of billions and the demise of much of nature, while children are protesting against the betrayal of their future.

Evidence based on early climates and on current global warming requires revision of the mostly-linear IPCC climate change trajectories proposed for the 21st to 23rd centuries (Figure 3). The polar ice sheets, acting as thermostats of the climate, are melting at an accelerated rate.
Polar temperatures have been rising at twice the rate of lower latitude zones, weakening the jet stream and the Arctic boundary, which are becoming increasingly undulated (Figure 4). This allows cold air masses to breach the boundary as they move southward, as happened recently in North America and Europe, while warm air masses migrate northward. As the large ice sheets are melting large pools of cold ice melt water are forming in the North Atlantic Ocean south and east of Greenland (Rahmstorf et al. 2015) (See this). The AMOC (Atlantic Meridional Ocean Circulation) is slowing down and the probability of future transient freeze event/s (stadials) lasting few decades or longer (Hansen et al. 2016) is increasing. The juxtaposition of polar-derived freezing fronts and tropics-derived warm air masses leads to a rise in extreme weather events (Figure 1).
Figure 1.  Tipping points in the Earth system (Lenton et al., 2008) (see this) Creative Commons BY-ND 3.0 DE license.


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EXTREME WEATHER IN A WARMING WORLD


Monday, March 25, 2019

#Cancer-Causing Pesticides May Taint 70% of #Produce


"Overall, the USDA found 225 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on popular fruits and vegetables Americans eat every day"
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Over Half of Samples of Kale Tainted With Possible Cancer-Causing Chemical


Nearly 70 percent of the produce sold in the U.S. comes with pesticide residues, according to EWG’s analysis of test data from the Department of Agriculture for our 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™.

The most surprising news from the USDA tests reveals that the popular health food kale is among the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. More than 92 percent of kale samples had two or more pesticide residues detected, and a single sample could contain up to 18 different residues. The most frequently detected pesticide, found on nearly 60 percent of kale samples, was Dacthal, or DCPA – classified by the Environmental Protection Agency since 1995 as a possible human carcinogen, and prohibited for use in Europe since 2009.

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Overall, the USDA found 225 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on popular fruits and vegetables Americans eat every day. Before testing, all produce was washed and peeled, just as people would prepare food for themselves, which shows that simple washing does not remove all pesticides.


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Friday, March 22, 2019

ALERT: #China May NOT Survive Coming #Heatwave

The most populous region of the biggest polluter on Earth – China’s northern plain – will become uninhabitable in places if climate change is not curbed

Residents cool off at a pool in Jinan in eastern ChinaĆ¢€™s Shandong province.

Unsurvivable heatwaves could strike heart of China by end of century

The deadliest place on the planet for extreme future heatwaves will be the north China plain, one of the most densely populated regions in the world and the most important food-producing area in the huge nation.
New scientific research shows that humid heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike the area repeatedly towards the end of the century thanks to climate change, unless there are heavy cuts in carbon emissions.

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“This spot is going to be the hottest spot for deadly heatwaves in the future,” said Prof Elfatih Eltahir, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, who led the new study. The projections for China’s northern plain are particularly worrying because many of the region’s 400 million people are farmers and have little alternative to working outside.


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CHINA'S DEADLY HEATWAVES


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Thursday, March 21, 2019

UN Report: #SOCIETY AT RISK; URGENT #CLIMATE ACTION NEEDED

"What's at stake is life, and society, as the majority of us know it and enjoy it today. We have no time to lose."





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A comprehensive United Nations report released on Wednesday found that while global human health is under dire threat from the climate crisis and industrial pollution, there is still a window for bold and urgent action if world leaders would but seize it.




"We are at a crossroads. Do we continue on our current path, which will lead to a bleak future for humankind, or do we pivot to a more sustainable development pathway? That is the choice our political leaders must make, now." 
—Joyce Msuya, U.N. Environment

The United Nations Environment Programme's Sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6), described as the most rigorous climate assessment released by the international body in the last five years, warned that continued inaction from policy-makers could result in millions of premature deaths from air pollution and other factors throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Africa by mid-century.




The report also highlighted rapidly increasing rates of species extinction.


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