Nature: A wasted decade of climate inaction shows us that incremental shifts that might have been sufficient at one time are no longer enough. A rapid shift with 4x the work or a third the time is necessary now. Some have stopped fossil fuel production and exploration, but not US

04 March 2020, Nature. Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time: New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris. Nature 579, 25-28 (2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00571-x, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00571-x The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dearly. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. …

Pseudo issues and real discourse; e.g. longer work hours lead to more deaths

Excerpt from Hamilton Nolan, In These Times, June 2021 There is much hand-wringing today over the idea that misinformation and conspiracy theories and omnipresent propaganda have created a situation in which Americans don’t seem to have a single set of mutually agreed upon facts. That is true. But it does not capture an even more elementary flaw in what we are doing. We …

Where It’s No Longer Credible To Deny Climate Change, The Fossil Fuel Giant Puts The Focus On ‘Risk’ And Blame On Consumers, In Echo Of Tobacco Industry PR, Researchers Find

Newly published research from Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes and Harvard research associate Geoffrey Supran – the first computational study illustrating how the fossil fuel industry has encouraged and embodied AGW [anthropogenic global warming] narratives fixated on individual responsibility,” the paper says. The study used automated methods to analyze 180 ExxonMobil documents, 32 previously published internal company documents, and 76 New …

Why manufacturing consent “is much easier now”

Chomsky calls himself a “libertarian socialist,” which he defines as a belief that “enterprises ought to be owned and managed in a democratic fashion by the people who participate in them.” His New York Review Of Books article from 1967, “The Responsibility of Intellectuals,” was called “the single most important piece of anti-war literature” from the Vietnam period. That helped launch him …

Depolarizing American voters: Democrats and Republicans are equally susceptible to false attitude feedback

Thomas Strandberg, Jay A. Olson, Lars Hall, Andy Woods, Petter Johansson Published: February 5, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226799 American politics is becoming increasingly polarized, which biases decision-making and reduces open-minded debate. In two experiments, we demonstrate that despite this polarization, a simple manipulation can make people express and endorse less polarized views about competing political candidates. In Study 1, we approached 136 …

Getting past our own and others biases, to effect real change

Center for Action and Contemplation, 3/3/2021 Learning how to see our biases is a psychological exercise, but one with immediate theological and social implications. It demands self-knowledge and the crucial need to recognize (1) when we are in denial about our own shadow and capacity for illusion; (2) our capacity to project our own fears and shadows onto other people …

Anger emerges from a provocation, the person’s interpretation of the provocation, and their mood at the time. Interpret and decide what it means to you first.

Anger emerges from three interacting factors: a provocation, the person’s interpretation of the provocation, and their mood at the time. Before you actually get angry, you interpret that provocation. You decide what it means to you, and whether or not you can cope with it. These thoughts we have when provoked matter a great deal. When you catastrophise (ie, blow things out of proportion), …

54% of Westerners see climate change as a “very serious” problem

The consensus to invest more in conservation is up to 92% of voters now, from 84% in 2011, and is nearly equal across the Western states. Those feelings also cross the partisan spectrum, Metz said, with 98% of Democrats wanting more protection and 87% of Republicans, according to new results from a long-term, eight-state poll run by Colorado College.  Neighborhoods with …

Real, greatly improved citizen engagement

Jan 2021 Michael Baskin, Chief Innovation Officer for Montgomery County, MD and Govlaunch co-founder, Lindsay Pica-Alfano collaborate to share insights to help guide efforts for more meaningful and effective engagement. See: https://www.boston.gov/departments/youth-engagement-and-employment/mayors-youth-council https://cities-today.com/industry/4-guiding-principles-citizen-engagement/ What is real citizen engagement? Most think of citizen engagement as a good turnout and vibrant Q&A to close a meeting. But citizen engagement can be so much …