Today I’m collating some articles I’ve read over the past little while on climate change, sustainable living and environment. I hope you find them challenging, thoughtful and perhaps life changing or not!
Skeptical Science: Explaining climate change science & rebutting global warming misinformation
Excerpt: Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to improve their understanding. Yet this isn’t what happens with climate change denial. Skeptics vigorously criticise any evidence that supports man-made global warming and yet embrace any argument, op-ed, blog or study that purports to refute global warming. This website gets skeptical about global warming skepticism. Do their arguments have any scientific basis? What does the peer reviewed scientific literature say? A great site to learn from those who know here.
Good Human: The Guardian Greenwashes for Procter & Gamble, Won’t Publish Truth
Excerpt: Procter & Gamble manufacture many of the world’s most popular personal care and household products: Crest, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Pantene, and Tampax, to name a few. They are also the manufacturer of Gillette razors, both the “refillable” kind and the single-use disposable version. The company’s Gillette factory – the World Shaving Headquarters – located in Boston, Massachusetts, was one of the sites in The Guardian story that had recently achieved zero waste status. According to the Zero Waste International Alliance, “Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.” Read more here.
Independent Australia: Renewables can do 24-hour base-load anywhere, anytime
At last, evidence that renewables can do the same job as coal, oil and gas with little or no CO2 pollution.
Excerpt: THE FUTURE of civilisation and much biodiversity hangs to a large degree on whether we can replace fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas — with clean, safe and affordable energy within several decades. The good news is that renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures have advanced with extraordinary speed over the past decade. Read more here.
Common Dreams: Free your (eco) mind
I liked this article because it’s more about our attitude and behaviour as opposed to external events like climate change.
Excerpt: Gradually it’s dawned on me: We humans are creatures of the mind. We perceive the world according to our core, often unacknowledged, assumptions. They determine, literally, what we can see and what we cannot. Nothing so wrong with that, perhaps—except that, in this crucial do-or-die moment, we’re stuck with a mental map that is life-destroying. Read more here.
Sustainable Development Commission: Prosperity without Growth? The transition to a sustainable economy
Finally, someone discussing the possibility that economic growth is not the be all and end all.
Excerpt: this report challenges the assumption of continued economic expansion in rich countries and asks: is it possible to achieve prosperity without growth? This is PDF but well worth the read.
Mashable: What if Environmentalism Were as Big as Social Media?
An Infographic showing how much could be saved if small changes were made in our daily lives