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Morgana Post number 25687 Posted: 15th June 2019     Subject: Environmental issue- the polluters
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This thread is about the companies, organisations and so on who are known to be the polluters.

This article for example, showing the top 100 companies 'killing the planet' :

Names and Locations of the Top 100 People Killing the Planet
“The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses. ” – Utah Phillips
By Jordan Engel / decolonialatlas. wordpress. com / Jun 13, 2019



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ChristopherBlackwell Post number 25689 Posted: 15th June 2019     Subject: Posted it to my facebook page
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Morgana,

As the subject says I have posted the addy to my face book pages.

Christopher

Wisdom is what is left after you have done all the dumb stuff
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25706 Posted: 26th June 2019     Subject: US military consumes more hydrocarbons than most countries
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US military consumes more hydrocarbons than most countries—massive hidden impact on climate

The US military's carbon footprint is enormous and must be confronted in order to have a substantial effect on battling global warming.

Research by social scientists from Durham University and Lancaster University shows the US military is one of the largest climate polluters in history, consuming more liquid fuels and emitting more CO2e (carbon-dioxide equivalent) than most countries.

The majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting routinely focuses on civilian energy use and fuel consumption, not on the US military. This new study, published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, calculates part of the US military's impact on climate change through critical analysis of its global logistical supply chains.

https://phys.org/news/2 ... -hidden.html
ChristopherBlackwell Post number 25708 Posted: 26th June 2019     Subject: Mike, I crossposted you article
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Mike

I cross posted this one both to my Face Book Page and the Pagan Political Comment page. I also added a post about a city in India of ten million that also is running out of water.

https://www.npr.org/sec ... HKV_2bZZS2r0

Christopher

Wisdom is what is left after you have done all the dumb stuff
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25788 Posted: 1st August 2019     Subject: Eco-hypocrites
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It doesn’t get more hypocritical than A-listers jetting in on private planes to bemoan climate change at Google’s private party in Sicily this week.

The Gulfstreams, mega-yachts and gas-guzzling Maserati SUVs used to ferry the wokerati around the seaside Google Camp have been spewing out greenhouse gases at the rate of small nations.

Former President Barack Obama, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, singer Katy Perry and Prince Harry are said to be among 300 guests invited by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to their luxurious annual shindig which has been dubbed “Davos by the Sea. ”

Either they don’t believe climate change is the big problem they keep saying it is, or they just don’t care enough about saving the planet to give up their perks.

But they can hardly lecture the rest of us on prudent management of the earth’s environment when they’re burning up more than 300 gallons of diesel an hour on their private yachts or spewing tons of CO2 into the air from their private jets.

Whether it’s the megawatts of power consumed by the sound system at a dusk concert or the bright lights illuminating the ruins of the Temple of Hera where the Google Campers dined under the stars on Monday night, their eco-indulgence knows no bounds.

https://nypost.com/2019 ... itical-joke/
ChristopherBlackwell Post number 25792 Posted: 3rd August 2019     Subject: Hyprocrisy is a way of life for the rich and famous
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Mike,
Nothing suprises me when it comes for thexrich and famous. They apparently live on an alternate Earth that bares no resemblance to the one that we experience. They also seem to believe that all can problems can be solved if you hold a conference at an expensive resort, much like our politicians do.

Christopher

Wisdom is what is left after you have done all the dumb stuff
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25803 Posted: 9th August 2019     Subject: Australia pledges to stop exporting its trash
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Australia pledged Friday to stop exporting recyclable waste amid global concerns about plastic polluting the oceans and increasing pushback from Asian nations against accepting trash.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreed with Australian state and territory leaders to prepare a timeline to phase out the exports of recyclables like plastics, paper and glass.

"It's our waste and it's our responsibility," he told reporters on Friday.

"We're laying it out very clearly that there will be no export of plastics and paper and glass to other countries where it runs the risk of ending up floating around in our oceans—whether off the Great Barrier Reef, which we know there's strong evidence of that, or anywhere else," he said.

"We will do everything that is in our remit to achieve that goal," he added.

No deadline has been set but local leaders have been tasked with reducing landfill and boosting the recycling sector in Australia, where just 12 percent of plastics are currently recycled.

Government figures show the country shipped over four million tons, or 12 percent, of its recyclable waste overseas last financial year, largely to Asian countries.

China began restricting imports on foreign plastics in 2017, leaving developed nations seeking new destinations to dump their rubbish.

They started shipping huge amounts of trash to other Asian nations like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

https://phys.org/news/2 ... g-trash.html
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25823 Posted: 22nd August 2019     Subject: Mexican marijuana traffickers poisoning California forest
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California law enforcement has learned that Mexican drug traffickers are using a dangerous pesticide banned in the United States to grow marijuana in remote areas of California's Sierra Nevada mountains, and are going after their operations.

The pesticide, carbofuran, is toxic to wildlife and humans and can cause permanent reproductive damage. Law enforcement took reporters on a tour of one of the illegal grow sites on Tuesday, where a bottle of carbofuran could be seen.

Experts say carbofuran is so hazardous that a teaspoon will kill a full-grown bear. Partly because of illegal grow sites, traces of carbofuran's deadly chemical composition have been detected in streams and rivers, and found in animals—living and dead—including threatened species such as the Pacific fisher.

"It's a web of death that happens," said Mourad Gabriel, co-director of the Integral Ecology Research Center, a natural-resource nonprofit that has spearheaded the effort to track the environmental impacts of trespass grow sites, and also leads the charge to clean them up.

https://phys.org/news/2 ... ifornia.html
Morgana Post number 25896 Posted: 24th September 2019     Subject: Greta Thunberg:
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Greta Thunberg:


'You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,' climate activist Greta Thunberg has told world leaders at the 2019 UN climate action summit in New York.

In an emotionally charged speech, she accused them of ignoring the science behind the climate crisis, saying: 'We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth - how dare you!'

https://www.facebook.co ... ODc4NTY0NjI/

and

Why Greta Makes Adults Uncomfortable
Especially in private, she sounds a lot like … a teenager.
https://www.theatlantic ... wins/598612/
ChristopherBlackwell Post number 25909 Posted: 27th September 2019     Subject: The RightWing in Americanisgoing on full attack of Greta
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and all other youth being active about climate change. It is getting more and more vicious.
Even on one Pagan Political discussion forums that I take part in. I find it sickening.

Christopher

Wisdom is what is left after you have done all the dumb stuff
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25933 Posted: 25th October 2019     Subject:
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Hollywood celebrities and business leaders have carbon footprints up to 300 times bigger than the rest of us, a study reveals, highlighting the hypocrisy of those who promote climate change activism while refusing to set foot on a commercial flight.
Rich and famous “super-emitters” are such constant travelers they could also be encouraging others to follow in their slipstream by boasting of their private jet-setting habits on social media, researchers found.

Topping the list of celebrity greenhouse gas super-emitters is Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, with a whopping carbon footprint of more than 1,600 tons of CO2.

https://www.breitbart.c ... -footprints/
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25987 Posted: 26th November 2019     Subject: Apple Is Destroying The Planet To Maximize Profits
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Darn, This Is Inconvenient: Apple Is Destroying The Planet To Maximize Profits

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Strip-mining the planet to maximize profits isn't progressive or renewable - it's just exploitive and destructive.

How do we describe the finding that the planet's most widely-owned super-corporation is destroying the planet to maximize its smartphone sales and profits? Shall we start with "inconvenient?" Yes, we're talking about Apple, famous for coercing customers to upgrade their Apple phones and other gadgets if not annually then every couple years, as the most effective way to maximize profits.

Unfortunately, smartphones require stripmining the planet, as described in this report, Smartphones Are Killing The Planet Faster Than Anyone Expected Researchers are sounding the alarm after an analysis showed that buying a new smartphone consumes as much energy as using an existing phone for an entire decade.

Smartphones are particularly insidious for a few reasons. With a two-year average life cycle, they're more or less disposable. The problem is that building a new smartphone--and specifically, mining the rare materials inside them--represents 85% to 95% of the device's total CO2 emissions for two years. That means buying one new phone takes as much energy as recharging and operating a smartphone for an entire decade.

despite the recycling programs run by Apple and others, "based on our research and other sources, currently less than 1% of smartphones are being recycled," Lotfi Belkhir, the study's lead author, tells me.

The researchers point out that mobile apps actually reinforce our need for these 24/7 servers in a self-perpetuating energy-hogging cycle. More phones require more servers. And with all this wireless information in the cloud, of course we're going to buy more phones capable of running even better apps.

Google, Facebook, and Apple have all pledged to move to 100% renewable energy in their own operations. In fact, all of Apple's servers are currently run on renewable power. "It's encouraging," says Belkhir of these early corporate efforts. "But I don't think it'd move the needle at all."

As consumers, we have more reason than ever to hesitate when it comes to our next shiny tech splurge. The bottom line is that we need to buy less, and engage less, for the health of this entire planet.

This is true not just for Apple, of course, but for Samsung and other manufacturers, but Apple has the rose-tinted "progressive" reputation, and so we should start with Apple, which has always been particularly aggressive in crippling the functionality of older products with a variety of tried and true tricks to force customers to buy a new device (sorry, Bucko, your old phone can't handle OS X. yz so it's now a useless brick).

It's not just CO2--smartphone components demand the expansion of environmentally destructive mining for essentials such as lithium:

Climate Change's Great Lithium Problem: The future of technology metal mining in South America and elsewhere could look eerily similar to centuries of colonial exploitation, dressed up as environmentalism: American highways could buzz with Teslas traveling between sprawling suburban rooftops and office parks decked out in solar panels, all premised on capitalist profiteering and disregard for indigenous rights.

What would happen to Apple's gargantuan profits were it to design, build and market smartphones and other devices to last a decade or longer? We all know what would happen: sales and profits would fall off a cliff, and hundreds of billions of dollars in stock market "wealth" would vanish as Apple stock declined to align with much lower profits and the end of the "endless growth" story.

(Apple enthusiasts claim Apple TV and other services will replace profits from phones, but at this point that is speculation without much supporting evidence.)

The disastrous environmental, social and political consequences of maximizing sales and profits regardless of "externalities" is not just Apple's problem--it's the entire developed world's problem. As for Apple's vaunted "renewable power"--the alternative energy technologies are not actually renewables, they're actually just "replaceables," in analyst / author Nate Hagens' succinct terminology; solar panels and wind turbines must be replaced every 20 years or so, if not earlier, and as a result their lifecycle costs are permanently high.

What looks "paid for" in year 19 suddenly becomes expensive in year 21.

Stripmining the planet to maximize profits isn't progressive or renewable--it's just exploitive and destructive. "Renewable power," blah blah blah-- corporate PR is no replacement for making truly durable-for-a-decade products that drastically reduce the disastrous environmental, social and political consequences of ever higher growth chasing ever higher profits.

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Morgana Post number 25988 Posted: 26th November 2019     Subject:
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 The future of technology metal mining in South America and elsewhere could look eerily similar to centuries of colonial exploitation, dressed up as environmentalism:

Of course the buzz words are environment, climate change. [Sad]
ChristopherBlackwell Post number 25991 Posted: 26th November 2019     Subject: Incease profits
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Mike,

The sacred goal of the religion of Capitalism. Everything else does not matter, just as long as you have the most wealth in your casket.

Christopher

Wisdom is what is left after you have done all the dumb stuff
Mike The Blacksmith Post number 25997 Posted: 28th November 2019     Subject:
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Christopher,

The most holy revered thing in " Capitalism" is money... Money or comfort for those on top are always the goal in any system. Those soulless individuals that climb over anyone to get to the top are mostly the same. Tell the masses what they want to hear and fill their pockets at the same time. Look at most (all?) governments around the world... those at the top are in it for themselves.

The masses will not change, they will continue to consume Mother Earth till She won't support them anymore. And like locust they will move stripping the planet as they go.

All any of us can do is safeguard our own little corner. I have always produced, recycled, reused others cast-offs. No Black Friday shopping for me.

The Spirits of the Forest will remain after my passing. After the wave of humans pass hopefully in the wake those that remain will learn to live " With the Earth".

Bright Blessings from the Forest,
Mike the Blacksmith
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