Humans force earthquakes

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’):

The foresight of some geologists has adjusted our treatment of politicians on several energy extractions and reservoir projects. They seem to be correct in blaming…
EARTHTIMES.ORG|BY JW DOWEY

Deforestation in South America

This was what mainstream dietary preferences coupled to the growing number of mouths are doing in terms of tropical deforestation

https://news.mongabay.com/…/heres-whats-driving-deforesta…/…:

Halting deforestation is such a critical part of combating climate change that it was enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement as a standalone article — yet few countries systematically monitor the drivers of deforestation within their borders. So…
NEWS.MONGABAY.COM|BY MIKE GAWORECKI

Deforestation in India

More data about the ecocide that is deforestation, this time from India:

http://www.indiaspend.com/…/23716-industrial-projects-repla…

‘Green growth’ would have the same ultimate effect, albeir not as fast or as direct.

Indian villagers walk towards the Mahan forest during a protest against a coal mining project in Singrauli district, Madhya Pradesh. Of the 14,000 sq km of forests cleared over the past three decades in India, the largest area was given to mining (4,947 sq…
INDIASPEND.COM|BY INDIASPEND

Air pollution in world cities

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.

http://www.theguardian.com/…/air-pollution-rising-at-an-ala….

See also: http://www.nature.com/…/jo…/v525/n7569/full/nature15371.html

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’.

Outdoor pollution has risen 8% in five years with fast-growing cities in the developing world worst affected, WHO data shows
THEGUARDIAN.COM|BY JOHN VIDAL

Ecocide – drivers of deforestation

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)

http://www.ucsusa.org/…/stop-d…/whats-driving-deforestation…

Of course there would be less beef, palm oil and other such unsustainable consumption if human numbers weren’t so high.

Just four commodities—beef, soy, palm oil, and wood products—drive the majority of global deforestation. And consumers can help stop it.
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