The disastrous Albertan fires aside:
The concept of the Age of Anthropocene stresses the scale of the human impact on planet Earth. It seems that we are now becoming an Earth-shattering force too, with big HEP dams playing their malign part (even though many still count hydro-electricity as ‘sustainable energy’):
This was what mainstream dietary preferences coupled to the growing number of mouths are doing in terms of tropical deforestation
Yet another symptom of ecocide:
Another form of ecocide, large-scale nitrogen pollution of waterways, and a possible way of reducing it
More data about the ecocide that is deforestation, this time from India:
‘Green growth’ would have the same ultimate effect, albeir not as fast or as direct.
The biggest coral reef in the continental U.S. is dissolving into the ocean thanks to human-created ocean acidification. See:
The Great Barrier Reef is going the same way:
In recent years, ‘traditional’ outdoor air pollution has been pushed somewhat into the background by other concerns, not least climate change, civil wars, hunger, poverty and financial turmoil. Yet air pollution causes more than 3 millon deaths a year. It is now the biggest single killer in the world.
The toll is expected to double as urban populations increase and car numbers grow (set to approach 2 billion by 2050). Yet governments continue to fiddle while the Earth chokes. They build more roads, encourage the production of more cars, and subsidise the fossil fuel industries. In a growing number of cases, they are even offering ‘baby bonues’ to raise population levels and/or restricting access to famkly planning.
There is no way that ‘reformed’ growth — ‘green’, ‘sustainable’, ‘smart, what have you — can make a sufficient difference. The issue is the abandonment of the whole ‘growth project’.
These pictures encapsulate so much about the follies of the ‘modern’ world:
Deforestation is skinning the Earth of its protective cover. This new research spotlights the driving forces in an assault that is destroying an absolutely critical life-support system for humans and other species alike, regardless of climate change (though that aggravates the loss of tree cover as well)
Of course there would be less beef, palm oil and other such unsustainable consumption if human numbers weren’t so high.