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govegan Donating Member (661 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-12-07 02:41 PM
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99. And so it is . . .
But let us not be carried away in hyperbole that obscures the root of the problem.

To be brief, Rachel Carson penned The Sea Around Us in 1950. 1950. 1950. That is over a half century ago now.

Okay, so what?

As the chill of the northern waters has abated and the fish have moved poleward, the fisheries around Iceland have expanded enormously, and it has become profitable for trawlers to push on to Bear Island, Spitsbergen, and the Barents Sea. .....

But for the present, the evidence that the top of the world is growing warmer is to be found on every hand. The recession of the northern glaciers is going on at such a rate that many smaller ones have already disappeared. If the present rate of melting continues others will soon follow them.

The melting away of the snowfields in the Opdal Mountains in Norway has exposed wooden-shafted arrows of a type used around A.D. 400 to 500. This suggests that the snow cover in this region must now be less than it has been at any time within the past 1400 to 1500 years.
The continents themselves dissolve and pass to the sea, in grain after grain of eroded land. So the rains that rose from it return again in rivers. In its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life and receives in the end, after, it may be, many transmutations, the dead husks of that same life. For all at last return to the seato Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever-flowing stream of time, the beginning and the end.

So is climate change, an altered atmosphere, the root of the problem which confronts today all of life on this planet, or might it be merely a symptom? And if a symptom, wherein lies the malady, the heart of the disease?

From 1961:

Freedom to waste began in North America's colonial days, when resources were deemed inexhaustible. Men burned trees to get rid of them, shot to near-extinction bison and pigeons for the joy of killing, used the land until it was exhausted, abandoned it to water and wind erosion, and moved onto new free land. If Professor Paul Sears, in Deserts on the March, is right in assuming that civilized man has converted fertile land masses into deserts by deforestation, over-grazing and open cultivation, and that modern man has carried the process faster and further than his predecessors, then waste of natural resources under free enterprise is robbing mankind of the foundation upon which life and well-being depend.... Again freedom to exploit and compete has been converted from a promise into a menace on a scale so vast that it threatens the well-being and survival of the entire human race.

(and for the sake of brevity)

Freedom is not enough. The power age is in desperate need not so much of free men and women as of disciplined, responsible, dedicated citizens. Its future, nay, its very survival requires not free nations but nations and peoples willing and able to subordinate fatherland defense to the requirements of peace, justice and the common welfare.

From Scott Nearing in Freedom: Promise and Menace, A Critique on the Cult of Freedom.

A will not evidenced in the USA today, obviously.

You must not only aim aright,
But draw the bow with all your might. -- HD Thoreau

Strength Through Peace Kucinich 2008
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  -2 Pictures, 1 Graph --> Focus everyone; for the sake of humanity understandinglife  Oct-11-07 04:35 PM   #0 
  - But isn't it really just more fun to bitch about Hillary, Tweety, DINOs and Bush?  hatrack   Oct-11-07 04:41 PM   #1 
  - All that bitching...  Juniperx   Oct-11-07 04:44 PM   #3 
  - But if we elect another POTUS that supports the corporations...  superkia   Oct-11-07 04:55 PM   #9 
  - I think you're entirely correct; however . . .  hatrack   Oct-11-07 06:20 PM   #33 
     - Did you see Gore's  Admiral Loinpresser   Oct-12-07 06:56 AM   #71 
  - Thank you for posting those. I read them and so does my  tnlefty   Oct-11-07 05:37 PM   #27 
  - This jetty, the whales, and the little snap who let it escape the tank....  lips   Oct-11-07 07:01 PM   #39 
  - Hillary, Tweety, DINOs and Bush are responsible for global warming  L0oniX   Oct-11-07 06:54 PM   #37 
  - I think this is all going a lot faster than most realize...  Juniperx   Oct-11-07 04:43 PM   #2 
  - They're now projecting no summer Arctic sea ice by 2013  hatrack   Oct-11-07 04:45 PM   #5 
  - That's just around the corner...  Juniperx   Oct-11-07 05:06 PM   #17 
  - Way, way, way faster ... and, now it's no longer a "modeling" issue ...  understandinglife   Oct-11-07 04:45 PM   #6 
  - There's a domino effect to consider in this...  Juniperx   Oct-11-07 05:05 PM   #16 
  - That's been in a few X-Files episodes  krispos42   Oct-12-07 12:34 PM   #86 
     - Life imitates art?  Juniperx   Oct-12-07 12:51 PM   #89 
        - Well, science fiction eventually becomes science fact  krispos42   Oct-12-07 01:30 PM   #92 
           - I should be flying my car now...  Juniperx   Oct-12-07 02:05 PM   #95 
              - The immortal Lewis Black...  krispos42   Oct-12-07 02:33 PM   #97 
  - the ice loss this year  Tuesday_Morning   Oct-11-07 05:10 PM   #20 
  - Yes. And, yes. .... we're soon to learn just how small the planet is and how connected ...  understandinglife   Oct-11-07 05:40 PM   #28 
  - how Ul could Gore not run for president..he knows damn well Hillary will not do what is nessesary  flyarm   Oct-12-07 02:35 PM   #98 
  - I can testify to that!  rucognizant   Oct-12-07 07:14 AM   #72 
     - The best tomatoes I ever tasted were grown in South Jersey!  Juniperx   Oct-12-07 10:23 AM   #77 
     - 84degrees in mid October in So Jersey..i watched the NYYankess playoff game  flyarm   Oct-12-07 02:43 PM   #100 
  - I ride my bike when possible, grow my own veggies, have bonsia trees  DJ MEW   Oct-11-07 04:45 PM   #4 
  - Learn to can & preserve, save seeds, get out of debt ASAP  hatrack   Oct-11-07 04:46 PM   #7 
  - A few thoughts off the top of my head.  Gregorian   Oct-11-07 05:00 PM   #11 
     - Define not long  DJ MEW   Oct-11-07 08:41 PM   #42 
        - It depends on a lot of factors.  Gregorian   Oct-11-07 09:37 PM   #46 
  - I'm dedicated to THAT also, am I only allowed one area of devotion?  melody   Oct-11-07 04:52 PM   #8 
  - Took the bus, renewed my AGU membership, and when I get home . . .  hatrack   Oct-11-07 04:55 PM   #10 
     - But I could well stand here and insist you do more  melody   Oct-11-07 05:00 PM   #12 
        - "The vast majority of Americans aren't even being told the truth." Precisely.  understandinglife   Oct-11-07 05:25 PM   #24 
        - Exactly - unless you happened to be in front of the tee-vee at just the right time . . .  hatrack   Oct-11-07 05:58 PM   #30 
  - This is fucking terrifying.  Odin2005   Oct-11-07 05:01 PM   #13 
  - This shocked the hell out of me.  Sugar Smack   Oct-11-07 06:03 PM   #31 
  - I cannot agree more. nt  motocicleta   Oct-11-07 10:47 PM   #50 
  - Telecommuting vegan, here. I don't even turn my lights on before 8pm  flvegan   Oct-11-07 05:02 PM   #14 
  - That's just plain scary  knight_of_the_star   Oct-11-07 05:04 PM   #15 
  - our hands are not letting go of the steering wheel  zippy890   Oct-11-07 05:07 PM   #18 
  - Hijacked  rucognizant   Oct-12-07 07:24 AM   #73 
  - Behold the REAL threat to National Security.  Artiechoke   Oct-11-07 05:08 PM   #19 
  - Yes it does  knight_of_the_star   Oct-11-07 05:10 PM   #21 
  - K&R. (nt)  Kurovski   Oct-11-07 05:11 PM   #22 
  - I should cut back on the bourbon, rocks...  JackintheGreen   Oct-11-07 05:17 PM   #23 
  - It is humbling. n/t  flashl   Oct-11-07 05:33 PM   #25 
  - Fluorescent bulbs, LCD sets, don't need an overpowered PC, walk when possible... walk to work...  HypnoToad   Oct-11-07 05:34 PM   #26 
  - Exactly -- we learn to live simply n/t  melody   Oct-11-07 06:28 PM   #34 
  - Perhaps we can alter a 50 year time frame from now, however  hedgetrimmer   Oct-11-07 05:46 PM   #29 
  - But this is good news!  slutticus   Oct-11-07 06:06 PM   #32 
  - K&R  hatrack   Oct-11-07 06:30 PM   #35 
  - a thousand R's (if I had them)  Duppers   Oct-11-07 06:48 PM   #36 
  - Thank you.  understandinglife   Oct-11-07 11:35 PM   #56 
  - K & R  malaise   Oct-11-07 06:58 PM   #38 
  - but we're still just coming out of an ice age!  toadzilla   Oct-11-07 07:03 PM   #40 
  - Wow, that graph is...  Canuckistanian   Oct-11-07 07:10 PM   #41 
  - In_deed. Simply, it is a "black swan" environmental event.  understandinglife   Oct-11-07 08:54 PM   #43 
  - We have to nationalize our OIL and all natural resources -- if you understand GW . . .  defendandprotect   Oct-11-07 08:55 PM   #44 
  - I believe the neocons are aware of this, want the truth hidden from the people so that they  mod mom   Oct-11-07 09:01 PM   #45 
  - "private army-check. control of aquifer-check. fema camps-check." That's their fantasy ...  understandinglife   Oct-11-07 09:46 PM   #47 
  - Of course they know.....  absyntheminded   Oct-12-07 10:01 AM   #76 
  - ain't that the truth.  Warren Stupidity   Oct-12-07 10:33 AM   #78 
  - Amen, brother. But how many people out there are even truly aware, much less  codjh9   Oct-11-07 10:33 PM   #48 
  - it's too late to start caring now...  QuestionAll   Oct-11-07 10:37 PM   #49 
  - And so then a question...  malakai2   Oct-11-07 11:13 PM   #53 
  - exactly.  QuestionAll   Oct-12-07 06:14 AM   #69 
  - Moral Purtity!  rucognizant   Oct-12-07 07:29 AM   #74 
  - NO. It is time to begin leading and caring, truly, on a scale ...  understandinglife   Oct-11-07 11:34 PM   #55 
  - Gore on 11 Oct 2007: ""We have everything we need to get started," he said. "We have the capacity ..  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 12:19 AM   #57 
  - "It's never too late to be what you might have been."  puebloknot   Oct-12-07 01:24 AM   #60 
     - And, Al Gore is now a Nobel Laurette for Peace because of his "love for Earth ...  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 04:14 AM   #64 
        - And may he find his highest calling in furthering the work he has already done.  puebloknot   Oct-12-07 04:16 PM   #109 
  - words and thoughts aren't going to change the facts-  QuestionAll   Oct-12-07 06:17 AM   #70 
  - NO! It is too late to avoid disaster, not too late to mitigate its scope.  Warren Stupidity   Oct-12-07 10:34 AM   #79 
     - that's your opinion- mine differs.  QuestionAll   Oct-12-07 02:49 PM   #101 
  - Everyone brace yourselves.  Dr_eldritch   Oct-11-07 10:58 PM   #51 
  - holy crapola- there is the Northwest Passage!  kineneb   Oct-11-07 11:08 PM   #52 
  - "Looks like it may be a little late to start, but start we must." In_DEED!!  understandinglife   Oct-11-07 11:14 PM   #54 
  - Well that graph made my night.  Colorado Progressive   Oct-12-07 12:24 AM   #58 
  - For starters, way, way less than half the population are freepers ...  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 12:29 AM   #59 
     - Just remember I live west of Colorado Springs, freepers rule here!  Colorado Progressive   Oct-12-07 01:27 AM   #61 
        - Soon, you will lead them to knowledge. Go for it!  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 04:20 AM   #65 
        - print out those pictures and the graph in color on a 1-page flier, make copies  0rganism   Oct-12-07 03:20 PM   #104 
  - Thank you.  emilyg   Oct-12-07 01:48 AM   #62 
  - Wonderful!!  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 04:25 AM   #67 
  - Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, and Sixty Days and Counting  gateley   Oct-12-07 02:19 AM   #63 
  - Thank you and I agree - "we can't harness the earth." We can stop destroying it.  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 04:25 AM   #66 
  - ""It is a question of war and peace," said Egeland, now director of the Norwegian Institute ...  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 04:42 AM   #68 
  - FEAR is an excellent motivator...n/t  saddlesore   Oct-12-07 09:07 AM   #75 
  - these pictures do not lie, we must come to grips what is happening  alyce douglas   Oct-12-07 10:37 AM   #80 
  - Yes and Exactly ...  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 10:44 AM   #81 
  - This is intense  f the letter   Oct-12-07 10:57 AM   #82 
  - Global warming is just a theory.  Enthusiast   Oct-12-07 10:58 AM   #83 
  - UN panel chairman hopes to work with Al Gore in combatting climate change  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 11:04 AM   #84 
  - this is THE single issue of our time  Neo   Oct-12-07 11:41 AM   #85 
  - "Why The Pundits Are Wrong About A Gore Run"  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 12:43 PM   #87 
  - "Breaking down the sleazy 'Source: Gore thinks Hillary is Unstoppable' meme"  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 02:05 PM   #94 
     - sounds like Mark Penn to me!!..the Hillary Karl ROVE OPERATIVE..  flyarm   Oct-12-07 03:20 PM   #103 
  - Gore: "My wife, Tipper, and I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the award to the ...  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 12:45 PM   #88 
  - These are Good Images to Have  ribofunk   Oct-12-07 01:06 PM   #90 
  - A picture really IS worth a thousand words  hatrack   Oct-12-07 01:14 PM   #91 
  - "No need to say a word -- just look at the photo."  understandinglife   Oct-12-07 01:59 PM   #93 
  - And behind all of out petty hopes and fears, our momentous refighting of WWII  tom_paine   Oct-12-07 02:06 PM   #96 
  - And so it is . . .  govegan   Oct-12-07 02:41 PM   #99 
  - This is the beginning of the endgame, and we're still playing our opening moves  0rganism   Oct-12-07 03:10 PM   #102 
  - NOW IS THE TIME  Sufficient Voice   Oct-12-07 03:24 PM   #105 
  - Welcome to DU.  understandinglife   Oct-13-07 10:48 AM   #111 
  - fuel base has got to be changed. waterpoweredcars. crazy? kick.  dogindia   Oct-12-07 03:31 PM   #106 
  - K&R.nt  nam78_two   Oct-12-07 03:31 PM   #107 
  - k/r  Fridays Child   Oct-12-07 03:49 PM   #108 
  - kick  noexcuseforgeorge   Oct-13-07 08:59 AM   #110 
  - kick n/t  Lorien   Oct-13-07 12:02 PM   #112 

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