Citizen Action Monitor

Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables will be like going on an energy crash diet: Stan Cox explains

If fossil fuels are rapidly cut in the transition renewables, the pool of energy will shrink, and so will our economic growth. No 2644 Posted by fw, July 20, 2020 … Continue reading

July 20, 2020

“Clouds will determine humanity’s fate,” suggests new body of research evidence

Growing evidence indicates the net effect of clouds is to increase warming, which, if confirmed, increases the urgency to reduce emissions as quickly as possible. No 2634 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

June 16, 2020

Virologist William Haseltine warns: “Don’t count on a vaccine being developed for COVID-19”

There is some good news of sorts — Haseltine emphasizes that “changes in behavior can save us.“ No 2630 Posted by fw, June 4, 2020 — “William Haseltine: People should … Continue reading

June 4, 2020

“What does it mean to live a meaningful life in a meaningless universe?” asks UK physicist Brian Cox

A human being, says Cox, is a collection of atoms that can think and bring meaning to the universe and meaning to one’s place in the universe. No 2617 Posted … Continue reading

April 23, 2020

In a 1955 essay, physicist Richard Feynman explained why humanity keeps failing to realize its potential

And yet here we are, 65 years later, and we remain “channeled into a false and confining blind alley.” How come? No 2616 Posted by fw, April 21, 2020 — … Continue reading

April 21, 2020

Pandemics come in waves so be prepared for on-off periods of social distancing until 2022

On and off periods of social distancing present substantial social, economic, emotional burden say researchers. No 2609 Posted by fw, April 5, 2020 — “Keeping two metres apart in public and … Continue reading

April 5, 2020

Feeling swamped by COVID-19 information? Conversations with three experts yield eight key points

There’s a lot of information about how to protect yourself, but not much about how and why the body responds to the coronavirus. No 2606 Posted by fw, March 25, … Continue reading

March 25, 2020

2.2 million in US could die from COVID-19 without benefit of drastic action, says alarming scientific report

Parallels drawn to 1918 flu outbreak that killed 675,000 in the US and tens of million worldwide No 2602 Posted by fw, March 18, 2020 “An alarming [20-page] scientific report … Continue reading

March 18, 2020

“This madness is about to kill all of us with a climate apocalypse,” says Eric Schechter aka “LeftyMathProf”

To avoid extinction we’ll need two revolutions — long-term one to make the deep changes — quicker one to give us time to develop long-term one. No 2575 Posted by … Continue reading

January 27, 2020

Why is perpetual economic growth the engine of civilization’s inevitable collapse? Tim Garrett explains

Future growth depends on availability of energy and raw materials on a finite planet – and we’re depleting those resources faster than ever. No 2561 Posted by fw, December 21, … Continue reading

December 21, 2019

Alarming 8°C of global warming by 2100 predicted by new Canadian climate model

Even with strong emissions mitigation, the world will experience 2.4°C of global warming by 2100. No 2554 Posted by fw, December 10, 2019 — For The Real News Network, Dimitri … Continue reading

December 10, 2019

How fake news compromises human rationality, posing a grave threat to reasoned discussion and democracy

“Before democratic politics can begin, we must be able to distinguish between opinions and facts, fake news and objective truth.” No 2547 Posted by fw, November 19, 2019 “’Fake news’ … Continue reading

November 19, 2019

“Human nature and our methods of governance are proving incapable of saving the world.”

William Rees says we need to ‘get real’ about climate science, and delivers 11 key steps leading to an effective “Green New Deal” No 2546 Posted by fw, November 13, … Continue reading

November 13, 2019

“The modern world is deeply addicted to fossil fuels and green energy is no substitute.”

Prof lays out the hard facts to support his claim we’re headed toward catastrophe, and he invites anyone to prove him wrong. No 2545 Posted by fw, November 12, 2019 … Continue reading

November 12, 2019

Not one federal party has a climate plan to keep us safely below 1.5°C or 2°C warming, says UBC prof.

With time running out, it would take proven technologies capable of removing CO2 from the air to keep us below 1.5°C. No 2528 Posted by fw, October 6, 2019 “According … Continue reading

October 6, 2019

Why has the shift to renewables stalled despite repeated promotions of the Green New Deal movement?

Conceptually, transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables looks straightforward enough — in reality it’s quite complicated. No 2524 Posted by fw, September 25, 2019 “There is significant talk in the … Continue reading

September 25, 2019

APOCALYPTIC! 5- to 9-billion may die this century if inaction on climate change continues

Prof William Rees provides grim calculations for humanity if climate change, population growth, and consumption fueled by cheap energy goes unchecked. No 2522 Posted by fw, September 19, 2019 “On … Continue reading

September 19, 2019

Without drastic cuts in our consumption, cutting emissions alone won’t halt environmental decline

Even if we transition to renewables, our use of natural resources to make more stuff to consume will continue to grow. No 2517 Posted by fw, September 6, 2019 “Reaching … Continue reading

September 6, 2019

Future heat waves could expose millions of Americans to unprecedented heath risks, says alarming new report

Climate scientist Michael Mann discusses the increasing frequency and severity of heat waves. No 2495 Posted by fw, July 26, 2019 “This summer, the climate news cycle has been dominated … Continue reading

July 26, 2019