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Climate Change Denial (the Other Sort) is Alive and Well

I leave it to readers to decide which is the more deplorable, the politician who refuses to accept the science or the politician who accepts the science but then behaves as if the science is a hoax. There is, however, clearly a different kind of climate change denial going on here; one that plays dangerously to the narrative of right wing false populists.

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Burnout: The Toll of Studying Climate Change

Studying climate change can take its emotional toll. Some scientists and activists have experienced grief, depression, and anxiety. Some have received death threats. The Agenda looks beyond the science to the psychological strain climate change can have on those that know it best.

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3 Tips for New Vegans

Making the decision to transition away from animal foods and products can present a few challenges, as can any serious life transition. Mic the Vegan offers us a few of his own tips in this process (along with some of his unique humour).

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2018: A Year of Climate Extremes

This year we learned, once again, that climate change is not a distant phenomenon—it is here right now. Extreme weather hit communities around the globe, ice and glaciers shrunk and global greenhouse gas emissions grew. Many of these events are in line with projections of a warming world. At the same time, our understanding of climate science greatly improved, allowing us to better understand past impacts and what the future holds.

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9 States Sue ‘Flat-Out Wrong’ Trump Administration Over Seismic Blasting in Atlantic

During these seismic surveys, ships fire blasts of air to the bottom of the sea every 10 to 12 seconds for weeks or months at a time to map the contours of the ocean floor in search of oil and gas deposits. The loud, continuous and far-reaching noise can damage the hearing and potentially disorientate and kill marine life, displace fish, devastate zooplankton and cause whales to beach.

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The Bee Crisis

With less bees, less pollen will be transferred, resulting in less developed fruit, and less food for us. If the bees dies out, then so will our supply of fruits and vegetables.

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(Ted Talk – Angel Hsu) How China is (and isn’t) fighting pollution and climate change

China is the world’s biggest polluter — and now one of its largest producers of clean energy. Which way will China go in the future, and how will it affect the global environment? Data scientist Angel Hsu describes how the most populous country on earth is creating a future based on alternative energy — and facing up to the environmental catastrophe it created as it rapidly industrialized.

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Joanna Macy – The Hidden Promise of Our Dark Age | Bioneers

One of the great activists and spiritual teachers of our era, Joanna Macy, brings a hopeful message: If we can free ourselves from the delusions and dependencies bred by the “industrial growth society,” something wonderful can happen. If we manage to steer clear of panic, we may well find, at last, the wild power of our creativity and solidarity.

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A Marine Ecological Crisis in Southeast Asia

Across the globe, marine habitats are in a state of dramatic decline. According to a recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, only 13 percent of the planet’s oceans are untouched by human activity. The only unaffected portions are in remote protected parts of the Pacific Ocean and around the poles; even there, apparently, the tide is turning, making the waters unsafe for marine life.

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The Fountain of Youth is Made of Fruits and Veggies, Not $100 Moisturizers

Choices made about nutrition are the most powerful environmental factors that influence gene activity, followed by fitness, quality of sleep, toxins including smoking, and stress. Our genes may load the “longevity and health” gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger, or not. A brief description of some of the ground-breaking experiments that can impact your chances of a long and healthy life, called your healthspan, follows.

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

We can’t splurge anymore as individuals, but more critically, as industries and as societies. In fact, we couldn’t afford to overindulge decades ago, and we should have never done so in the first place. We don’t need science to understand this, and we don’t need an ecological footprint calculator. We need empathy and a sense of connection with all life on the planet.

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Plant-based Health: The Doctors Tell All

Heard The Word On The Street That Plant-Based Lifestyles Are Good For You? Well these five Kiwi Doctors certainly think so! From preventing long term diseases to helping treat them, they explain how eating plants is “actually the best thing you can do for your health!”

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Humanity’s True Purpose

Is humanity nothing more than a cancer on the planet, consuming its host until it is gone, guaranteeing its own destruction in the process? A quick glance at the effects of our behavior might lead us to say yes.But looks can be deceiving. Nature shows us that what is destructive on one level can also be part of a larger process of change that creates new forms of value at another level.

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Big Pharma Paid Millions in Secret Settlements After Antidepressants Linked to Mass Murder

While history has shown that the most notorious mass shooters in this century were taking antidepressants or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) before they carried out the deadly rampages, there are a number of killings that have been linked directly to the dangerous drugs. In fact, the pharmaceutical companies behind the most popular SSRI’s have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in damages

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Animal Agriculture is Choking the Earth and Making Us Sick – We Must Act Now

Our collective minds are stuck on this idea that talking about food’s environmental impact risks taking something very intimate away from us. In fact it’s just the opposite. Reconsidering how we eat offers us hope, and empowers us with choice over what our future planet will look like. And we can ask our local leaders – from city mayors to school district boards to hospital management – to help, by widening our food options.

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(Ted Talk – Sean Davis) Lessons from the World Avoided

30 years after signing of The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the “World’s most successful environmental treaty”, the ozone layer is beginning to heal. Climate scientist Sean Davis reflects on this environmental success story and the world we’ve avoided by our efforts to save the ozone layer, and offers lessons we can carry forward in addressing the environmental crisis of our time – global warming.

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Inter-species Love…

Whether you need a reminder about how humans are not the only animals capable (and in need of) love, or if you just need a quick dose of heartfelt warmth and hope, then this little video should do the trick.

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The Curtain Comes Down on Ringling

Circuses around the world that beat Ringling to the punch in making the decision to stop using animals are thriving. But Ringling stonewalled for decades, hoping that the mounting protests by people who care about animals’ welfare—PETA members and supporters, other animal rights organizations and grassroots groups that challenged the circus at every stop in every city—would somehow disappear. It was a terrible miscalculation.

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From Apartheid to Ecovillages | Kosha Joubert | TEDxFindhorn

“Apartheid is not an old issue that died in the nineties”, Kosha tells us. “Apartheid means ‘to be in a state of separation’” and it is still with us as many live in a state of separation from nature. Kosha sees Ecovillages as engaged in, “finding local solutions to global challenges, creating healthy, fulfilling and meaningful lifestyles yet be able to tread softly on the earth”.

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