If our civilization requires the resource equivalent of three earths to be sustainable, then we have to stop drawing on ecosystem services that are overstretched. In fact, maybe we should start acting like there are no ecosystem services available to us at all.
What’s an ecosystem service? Here's Wikipedia’s definition:Ecosystem services are distinct from other ecosystem products and functions because there is human demand for these natural assets. Services can be subdivided into five categories: provisioning such as the production of food and water; regulating, such as the control of climate and disease; supporting, such as nutrient cycles and crop pollination; cultural, such as spiritual and recreational benefits; and preserving, which includes guarding against uncertainty through the maintenance of diversity.Economically, ecosystem services provide us with assets that we would otherwise have to produce ourselves. The simplest example is water treatment, which is done for free by our aquifers. It’s possible to directly measure the equivalent cost of a water treatment plant for a given set of wetlands or aquifer, which means you can exactly quantify the value of many ecosystem services. Pollination is another hugely important ecosystem service, which is provided largely for free by bees.
There’s a lot of discussion about ecosystem services these days, and about our ecological footprint. The usual line is this: we’re using three earths worth of resources, so we have to find a way to cut back or we’re all sunk. This is true, but as I’ve pointed out before, there’s a dramatic difference in terms of motivating people, between framing something as a positive, or as a negative. The “three earths” metaphor is good for scaring people, but it’s a negative: it evokes images of austerity and sacrifice. If we want to motivate people to change things, it’s always better to frame the change in terms of opportunity.
…when we hear Israel – which is as least as responsible as any American policymakers for destabilization of the Middle East and destabilization of Syria – say that they will protect the Syrian people by firing missiles into Syria to try to warn the government not to use chemical weapons, this is just bizarre.
Israel has no interest in protecting civilians. Israel has been massacring civilians all over the Arab world, practically ever since it began as the leading terrorist nation in the world, at least per capita population.
Dr. Kevin Barrett, “War on Syria, Western attempt to recolonize Arab World”
as a coda to that last post, I should mention that my husband–after waiting nearly a month to get the formal offer letter from the school where he’ll be teaching this fall & then a few days of having the letter just sit out in our living room–made a big show of countersigning the contract on Saturday. “there,” he said, showing it to me when it was finished, “now April 13th is the day when I officially accepted my first tenure-track job.”
& so it is recoded, & a little bit of the melancholy gets diluted. to quote again from that email I wrote two years ago–
I’m sure our experience of [the anniversary], & of this annual period, will evolve over time, & if it reaches a point where we’ve all but forgotten when I was in the hospital, I won’t complain. but as long as it remains a vivid memory for us, I like having an excuse to really revel in the joy & the beauty of being with each other, doing the things we do, in a world of near-infinite possibility.
I’ve finally reached the point where I don’t actually regret what happened to me, because the chance to stare mortality in the face & survive with few serious repercussions is a really rare gift, especially for someone in their 20s. the above perspective is one of the sub-benefits of that gift.
but at the same time, I’m happiest when I actually do forget for a moment. & I’ll be glad if, over time, the new significance of April 13th eventually eclipses the old one.
‘Western corporate-financiers have plotted since at least 1991 to overturn not only Syria’s government, but to topple and co-opt the governments of every nation previously in the Soviet sphere of influence. US Army General Wesley Clark made it known during a 2007 speech given to the Commonwealth Club of California, that in 1991, then Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Paul Wolfowitz said the US had 5-10 years to clean up the old Soviet “client regimes” before the next super power rose up and challenged western hegemony.’
Malheur occupation could set conservation efforts back years Invasive carp may recolonize areas they were once eradicated from, depending on how long the occupation lasts.
Militiamen aren’t the only thing occupying the Malheur wildlife refuge. Biologists had been working on eradicating invasive carp, but every day that Ammon Bundy remain deals another blow to carp suppression.
Pick your race, breed a powerful army and dominate the battlefield. Features new stage and new boss.Click your colonies individually or click and drag to select multiple colonies. Click a neutral or enemy colony to attack.
Cerberus Presence Rumored in Omega: There have been rumors that a recent firefight was had between Cerberus agents and an unknown party. The legitimacy of these claims are ambiguous, and it seems regardless that both parties have dissolved at the particular moment.
Cerberus Agents Compromise the Security of the Migrant Fleet: Agents of Cerberus had boarded a quarian ship in the Flotilla and the fight that ensued had seen many lives lost. Two Grissom Academy employees were responsible for helping rid the Fleet of Cerberus’s wrongful presence.
Efforts to Recolonize Mindoir Become Middling at Best: The human colony on the Terminus Systems sees hesitance in the form of a lack of volunteers, no doubt the result of fears regarding the batarian slaver attacks that had caused its destruction. However, they have won the right to use the deceased Commander Shepard’s likeness in future efforts.
Aria Flushes Block of District in Omega: A massive riot formed in the Gozu District as two gangs fought for a large shipment of potent drugs that spilled in the ensuing chaos. Aria chose to space the entire district at the peak of its fighting.
Nam Ha and Empyrinus gathered the unwanted items looted in missions and has sold them and divided the credits among the crew.
Each member of the Bulwark receives 3531 credits to do with as they see fit.
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth par Stan Lupo Via Flickr : They are the only members of the Genus, Bradypus (slow moving), and are similar to but phylogenetically different than the larger Two-toed (Hoffman’) sloths. They both developed an arboreal life style independent of each other.
The greenish tint to their fur is due to algae, not pigmentation. The algae live in a symbiotic relationship with the sloth, providing nutrients and camouflage in return for shelter and moisture. There is also a specific moth that inhabits the fur and is involved in this relationship. The moth lays eggs in the feces of the sloth, when the sloth descends once a week to defecate on the forest floor. The moths reascend, after metamorphosing, to recolonize the sloth’s fur again.
Charges Against Angela Merkel Over Migration Policy
The Federal Prosecutors office in Karlsruhe, Germany, has received over 400 letters
Hundreds of Germans are attempting to bring criminal charges
against Chancellor Angela Merkel, accusing her of treason by opening the
borders of Germany to mass migration.
The Federal Prosecutors office in Karlsruhe, Germany, has received
over 400 letters calling for it to open an investigation into Chancellor
Merkel, the elected leader of the German government for high treason.
The complaints cite the chancellor’s decision to open the borders of the
nation to all comers in September, since when they claim “an unhindered
flow of refugees have poured into Germany”.
Biafra: MASSOB Debunks Bid To ‘Recolonize’ S/South
The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday, dismissed insinuation that it was championing the cause of Biafra to colonise the south-south geopolitical zone given its