Engaged Buddhism/Current Events --- SPECIES THREATS
There are many groups, sites, links on this subject. Check out 350 dot org
3-10-14 - Reflections on Traditions Cafe - near term extinction talk -
2-28-14 - Andy Ferguson - Since we installed our green energy changes we’ve easily learned how to use them to minimize energy. - read more on Andy's cuke page.
2-17-14 - They did do a bit this Sunday but still, cuke dot com's irresponsible irrelevance award goes to mainstream TV news for their coverage of climate change:
TV news shows almost never cover climate change, which ought to be one of the most aggressively-reported issues around, given that, y'know, it's a dire threat to the planet and everyone on it. A recent study from Media Matters found that the Sunday shows on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox spent a combined 27 minutes on the topic in the whole of 2013. Meet the Press was singled out as "failing to offer a single substantial mention of climate change" for the entire year. - Media Matters
2-16-12 - The jet stream is meandering
2-05-14 - The Last Time Co2 Levels were at 400 parts per Million, Humans didn't exist - Science Blogs with arguments by others and a place for all debating and links to more.
2-04-14 - Andy Ferguson comments on yesterday's mention of 350.org and him.
Thanks for the donation to 350 and plug for action. It really isn’t too late, I think. I believe that that radical palliative measures, including geo-engineering will likely be necessary, but these must be complemented with the cheapest and correct path which is to think globally and act locally to the best of our abilities. - posting in Climate Change
2-03-14 - Made a tiny donation today to 350.org and when it was through it opened up to a page thanking me, giving me the opportunity to make a comment, with previous comments below. The top one was Andy Ferguson. Check out 350 - for those with hope that it's not too late and those without hope who think doing something is good form, a right thing to do - in my case giving it that good old college drop out try. - dc
2-01-14 - Another positive feedback loop increasing co2 in the atmosphere - Tropical drought
1-23-14 - Cuke's Most Important Thing in the World Award goes to:
International Dharma Teachers’ Statement on Climate Change
Endorsement Sought by Dharma Teachers and Sangha Members Worldwide
"Climate change is the most serious issue facing humanity today. It is already seriously impacting economies, ecosystems, and people worldwide. Left unchecked, it will cause tremendous suffering for all living beings."
I signed it and I hate to sign things or belong to anything. I'd say the quote above was an understatement. - DC
1-19-14 - Lee Temple in Crestone, CO, has a blog centering around Climate Change and environmental issues. - thanks Paul Shippee
1-04-14 - In this, the official cuke Year of Climate Change Denial, let it be noted that we walk without resistance into the oven, stoking the fires on our way in.
1-03-14 - One positive result of Climate Change is to disprove that old adage, "Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it." Ha ha! Showed them!
1-02-14 - Maybe we should make 2014 the year of Climate Change Denial. Need a motto. How about: Climate Change? Borrrrrrrrring!
12-30-13 - Andy Ferguson on Climate Change and What He's Doing About It
12-29-13 - And then there's overpopulation - at the root. - - thanks Michael Katz -
12-25-13 - Merry Christmas.
Give everyone in the world a Christmas present. Join 350 dot org. - dc
12-24-13 - Put all the prior cuke posts on Climate Change on its own page in the Species Threat Section. Ten years ago I didn't think it was a species threat. Now I think it's moved from threat to likelihood. At lunch with a couple of friends in Stinson Beach last month, asked what I thought about climate change, my response was geared not to spoil the meal. The most positive comment I can come up with, I said, is that everything I believe always turns out to be wrong. - dc
12-23-13 - The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ - from the Nation which got it from Tom's Dispatch which comes with an intro by Tom. Sorta puts everything else in an interesting perspective. - DC - Thanks Kelly. -
12-21-13 - Who's to Blame for Climate Change?
11-03-13 - Climate Change Report Sees Violent, Sicker, Poorer Future - Are we including possible scenarios of climate change in our long term planning? Are we preparing for various eventualities? Or are we marching along with the governments, corporations, masses, ignoring the warnings? That's what we here at cukeville do. What, us worry?
10-25-13 - Arctic Temperatures Reach Highest Levels In 44,000 Years, Study Finds - This is placed last as item 3 in today's What's New posts because my brain is ill equipped to deal with such a slow moving threat, especially one that doesn't focus on a smaller group and demands so many changes in the money flow and in our habits. By smaller group how about our tribe or my child or my teacher as a subject that could grab my attention. But a threat to the species, to higher forms of life, to the biosphere as we know it? And some ice melting far away? All too vague. Too bad. - dc - posted in Species Threats
10-11-13 - Union of Concerned Scientists on Global Warming Solutions - those who still have hope
10-09-13 - Guy McPhearson on near term extincion and seeing all of us as in a global hospice
His site: Nature Bats Last - thanks Brigid Meier
10-07-13 - We're Addicted to Economic Growth and It Will Be the Death of Us - thanks Gregory - posted in Engaged Buddhism/Current Events
According to our spies, the steering committee of those planning a global military coup to force the human race to deal with climate change, plan on immediately shutting down all coal plants world wide. More reports on this soon. - dc
9-21-13 - In CA's Marin County today: Climate Action: Draw the Line on the Keystone XL Pipeline in San Anselmo, Saturday, September 21st,1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
9-20-13 - Met a man collecting cans to sell. He used to be in banking. He said he'd been thinking about climate change and how the human race is bringing it on and doesn't seem to be able to make the sorts of changes necessary to avert calamity, that it seems that neither democratic or undemocratic states are capable of dealing with it and it's coming on in a way that we're not mentally prepared for. He said he knows some folks who have run some computer models on responses to climate change and that the only one that worked out well for humans and the most other species involved a global military takeover working with artificial intelligence. More will surely be revealed. - dc
9-19-13 - Chasing Ice
9-18-13 - Got this strange message: Read your Jr Hi article. Try pickleball. You'd b a natural. Good conditioner, low stress & sociable sport. You can play anywhere in country. Great low impact exercise for old(and young) monks and Zen priests. Check out in your area. "Have paddle, will travel". Searched and found this: Pickleball is a highly contagious, progressive and incurable disease. How could I resist with a come-on like that?
Brett writes his band Everest Cale wrote a song about Nuclear War titled 'Fossils'. It is
We can play Pickleball as we wait to see which threat gets us first. Good luck human race. - dc
7-16-13 - [from TruthDig] Sea Levels ‘Are Set for Continuing Rise’ -Predictions of possible global temperature rise by the end of this century suggest that sea levels could rise by more than two meters, much further than scientists had thought. (DC's italics. Something I keep pointing out - climate change news frequently has this sort of comment with it - either much further than thought before or much faster or much worse or some new factor that makes it worse or faster.)
6-03-13 - Old Data Reveals Warming Oceans - just another article on climate change. An early sentence in the article is characteristic of reporting on this topic, not just now but way back - it's worse, happening faster than scientists previously thought, or some new factor that accelerates it.
A main finding is that the impact of global warming on the oceans might have been significantly underestimated: the oceans are absorbing far more heat than previously realized.
5-11-13 - The human race for reaching the 400 parts per million for the first time in four million years or so. The World Suicide Club is delighted.
4-22-13 - Happy Earth Day
2-21-13 - A note from Taigen Dan Leighton on the importance of stopping the Keystone XL pipeline with a link to a talk he gave on this. He just returned from demonstrating in front of the White House with 50,000 others. - filed on Taigen's Peace and Justice Page.
Related to this, Shudo Spring sends a link to Compassionate Earth Walk
1-27-12 - First saw this in today's Fort Worth paper from Carolyn Lochhead, the San Francisco Chronicle's Washington correspondent.: Climate change may be irreversible, scientists say
Googled "global warming" and got a string of more encouraging links such as
Checked science sites and got more dire results.
Have not noticed Buddhist groups including this subject in their projections and plans. Like the government. Like almost every institution and everyone. Individual and local actions are good I think but only massive global action it seems will help. All I do is mention it, link to it, watch and wait. Good luck to us all. - dc
1-14-13 - So 2012 was the hottest year on record in the US with a one degree spike that was unprecedented, usually it's one tenth this way or that. I recall Dennis Miller on some talk show a few years ago saying he could live with a world that was one degree warmer and I'm sure that's what a lot of people think. But it seems to me that thinking about the significance of the world's average temperature in terms of what it's like outside is not useful. Better to liken it to the temperature of a human, one's child or parent might bring it home better for some. We could look at the world as our mother who is running a bit of a fever with signs that the fever is going to get worse. But that analogy also doesn't quite work. The mother is fine - as George Carlin pointed out - it's her children that will suffer from her running a temperature, not her. She runs a few degrees and catastrophes happen, world order is threatened. Stephen Hawken warned that too many degrees could tip us into a Jurassic type climate not suitable for humans. Mother earth would just have different children. Meanwhile the smartest pundits like Zakaria whom I admire greatly, host conversations with authorities whom speak of the necessity of every country having continued growth, the benefits of all this cheap gas that wasn't figured on. We hear all sorts of interesting ideas and learn important facts but there seems to be a factor or two missing. We don't seem to be able to focus on serious impending problems or prepare for and do everything we can to avert catastrophe. See Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Are our leaders to blame? Again I refer to George Carlin who didn't blame the elected leaders but the electorate.
11-24-12 - UNEP Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Finds Climate Change Goals Growing More Elusive
10-13-12 - Diss Information: Is There a Way to Stop Popular Falsehoods from Morphing into "Facts"? - Scientific American
7-25-12 - Greenland Ice Melting liquidy split.
Why haven’t we rallied our collective power to mitigate climate change? - Columbia U blog
6-07-12 - While we're fiddling:
Earth Tipping Point Study In Nature Journal Predicts Disturbing And Unpredictable Changes
4-22-12 - Happy Earth Day.
Cuke staff takes day off to honor our interconnectivity with the land, sky, water, animals, and plants. We will go forth into the world to hug rocks, dance with trees, dissolve into the earth body. reflect on public policy, sing to the crushing treads of corporate and governmental robots which tower over us, crush our dreams, and disappear as we awaken. - dc
5/05/04 - So far I can think of only two species threats. Other suggestions are welcome. Andrew Atkinson suggested climate change but I'm not convinced that there's anything on the horizon there that the human race wouldn't adapt to, at least some of us. But there are two dangers that seem to be serious threats to the survival of the species and, avoiding that, major threats to any imaginable lesser degree. Carl Sagan was hip to this and he will be remembered here later. For now, here are the big two as seen by cuke.com. - DC. [Changed my mind 0n this. See Species Threat #3 above]