How scientific causation came to be solidified in the tobacco use vs. lung cancer death rates era, relevance to climate skeptics now

By Seth Miller, see Newsfeed for the whole article, June 2017 Data credit: cancer.org, original image slightly reformatted by me in Tableau Long before research exposed evidence that humans cause global warming, science made another sensational claim — that smoking caused lung cancer.  That case has been proven beyond doubt. But there is a science story from this era that is mostly forgotten: The battle …

Diesel pollution tied directly to heart damage. Also GM’s pickup trucks emit NOx pollutants at 2 to 5 times levels legally allowed in the US

GM’s Duramax-equipped pickup trucks emit NOx pollutants at levels 2 to 5 times higher than is legally allowed in the US, and that these vehicles achieve this through the use of at least 3 illegal “defeat devices.”  “The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Detroit on behalf of people who own or lease more than 705,000 Chevrolet Silverado …

Little time left to make a rapid shift; Alex Steffan on “The Last Decade and You”

By Alex Steffen, The Last Decade and You, 5 June 2017 We all know that at the very center of that crisis is growing climate chaos. Most people living on Earth know this now. What fewer of us know — and even fewer have deeply explored — is the spring driving the mechanism of our greenhouse disaster.  That tight-wound spring is time; specifically, how little of …

Alternative batteries/storage techniques being tested

By Diane Cardwell and Andrew Roberts (illustrations), NYTimes, 3 June 2017 It’s a question that inventors have been tackling for decades. No one wants the fridge, or the hospital, going on the blink when demand surges or the power plant needs repairs.It turns out to be a surprisingly tricky question to answer. Today, with the rise of green energy sources …

Paramilitary security tracked and targeted DAPL opponents as “jihadists,” docs show

Grist Special Report – By Antonia Juhasz on Jun 1, 2017 As people nationwide rallied last year to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s attempts to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, a private security firm with experience fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan launched an intrusive military-style surveillance and counterintelligence campaign against the activists and their allies, according to internal company documents. Its surveillance …

Climate stabilization: Planting trees cannot replace cutting carbon dioxide emissions: We need to cut fossil fuel emissions dramatically, now

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). “Climate stabilization: Planting trees cannot replace cutting carbon dioxide emissions.” ScienceDaily, 18 May 2017 “In the climate drama currently unfolding on that big stage we call Earth, CO2 removal is not the hero who finally saves the day after everything else has failed. It is rather a supporting actor that has to come …

State-Corporate-Fossil Fuel domination system has caused many millions of deaths

America’s historic role as the principal shaper of global capitalism means that the globalization of capitalism enabled the emergence and expansion of a US-dominated transnational network and within this, Dr. Nafeez Ahmed says a US-dominated transnational financial elite has become inherently entangled with criminal networks.  The expansion of global capitalism since 1945 was not an automated process. On the contrary, …

“Yes, and” core values and the next system

By Ben Roberts ● ben@conversationcollaborative.com ● Facebook ● LinkedIn ● Twitter from our Leading for Well-Being Consortium Yes, freedom is a core value that is essential to a prosperous society., and… Our highest calling is to use that freedom in service to our fellow human beings, and to all life, based on values of compassion, love, and generosity. Yes, prosperity can be …

SUDOCIENCE INCOMING, MAKE SURE TO CHECK ALL FACTS BEFORE YOU CONSIDER!!! By Luke Dormehl While plenty of attention is focused on the growing popularity of electric cars, far too little is paid to the roads the cars themselves are actually driving on. Sure, we get to cover an innovative new surface material every now and then but for the most …