This is a story worth paying attention to – Climate change cut global agricultural productivity 21% since 1960s
That’s a huge drop in productivity, which we’ve managed to avoid dying from in huge numbers by rampant deforestation. Feeding the world has become a question of how much land can we expropriate from its natural habitat (and all the species that used to live there) and how fast we can accomplish this. Billionaires are moving into farming and farm investments for exactly this reason – the opportunities for enormous profits are there. But wherever money like this goes – destruction surely follows. So this is actually bad news for humanity and the world’s species. Extinction (including ours) just gets that much closer as we harvest the planet of habitat and convert it to our exclusive use.
This is interesting: Panic Rooms, Birth Certificates and the Birth of GOP Paranoia
I dislike politics (very much) and dislike even more the rampant stupidity, connedspiracies and asinine behavior we’ve all seen. The GOP become party over country and betrayed Americans of all political persuasion. The enormous damage they’ve done to the country is likely irreparable. Most of these men and women are traitors and have seriously violated their oaths of office. But I don’t say that because they are “Republicans”. There is very little real difference between a Republican and a Democrat. It’s just a label. What matters is what each of these party members says and does.
America has been through a great deal of crazy shit in the past 4+ years, and we’re still not free of the insanity just because there is another party in power. While I like the emphasis on climate change that Biden appears to be considering (hasn’t happened yet), I’m not in support of more growth. Growth always leads to more destruction of the things I want to see preserved and protected. Degrowth and downsizing would actually be better for everything (humans and non-humans) instead of more consumption (growth).
Since we’re going to do what we’ve always done (maintain the status-quo), I do not expect the planetary collapse to be delayed at all. It will be accelerated.
The incrementalism that “climate change” will be addressed will very likely miserably fail (I have 100% certainty about this) as none of what is being proposed will go far enough. However, something is definitely better then nothing and perhaps the ongoing failure will teach the lessons that need to be understood. We should indeed try – but our try should be laser focused on doing the right things and taking the right steps, not on doing what we’ve always done that created this problem in the first place.