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    So you put solace and sense of place and social value and personal goals and supportive personal relationships and strong and inclusive communities all together into one figure and you come out with £290 per household per year.

    All we require now is for the Cabinet Office to give us a price for love and a true value for society and we will have a single figure for the meaning of life.

    I know what you’re thinking: it’s 42. But Deep Thought failed to anticipate the advent of Strictly Come Dancing, which has depreciated the will to live to the extent that it’s now been downgraded to 41.

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  3. dakotapuma:

    We’re in the early days of Earth’s sixth great extinction, say biologists

    An international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet’s sixth mass biological extinction event.

    Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life…

    EarthSky.org (July 29, 2014)

    Depressing…

     

  4. dakotapuma:

    lostdollsclub:

    An important point.  Language and emphasis matters.

    "We’ve tended to assume people are more selfish than they really are. Surveys across 60 countries show that most people consistently hold concern for others, tolerance, kindness and thinking for themselves to be more important than wealth, image and power. But those whose voices are loudest belong to a small minority with the opposite set of values. And often, idiotically, we have sought to appease them.”

     
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  6. The smaller islands of the Pacific are our siblings and cousins.  Our size compared to Europe, US or China is irrelevant.  Our size in comparison to these smaller nations, so often overlooked by so much of the rest of the world, is what matters.  They need us to not only do what we can - & we can - but to raise our voice in their cause.

    From the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand:

    Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is everywhere at the 45th Pacific Islands Forum. John Key cannot hide behind the flawed logic of ‘NZ is too small to effect change’ when Pacific Leaders are explicitly calling NZ out for his lack of action.

    Our plan will carbon neutrality for New Zealand, cut taxes for business and put money back into households - but also help the Pacific. greens.org.nz/climateplan ‪#‎Green2014‬

     

  7. It is truly terrifying that these people cling to the ideological creed of profit, even while global temperatures rise; ice caps melt; seas acidify; mounting numbers of plants & animals tumble toward extinction; weather becomes more extreme - in all directions; forests shrink & deserts grow; rising numbers of people are, or are threatened with displacement; and food production is threatened.

    That’s not pragmatic.  It’s not sound, sensible governance. It’s dangerous.

     
  8. micdotcom:

    A mysterious 250-ft hole has appeared at the “end of the world”

    The slightly-terrifying maw has emerged in the peninsula of Yamal, whose name roughly translates to “the end of the world” (yes, reality is stranger than fiction). According to the Siberian Times, an oil company’s helicopter crew discovered the hole in this gas-rich region. It’s located less than 20 miles from Russia’s largest gas field, Bovanenkovo, and seems like an entrance to a massive cavern.

    And it’s got an all too familiar cause

    Follow micdotcom

    (via climate-changing)

     
  9. progressiveauspol:

    Back in 2010, the Greens Senators sharing a moment of intimacy after fighting so hard to see the passing of the Carbon Tax.

    The repeal today is a sad step back.  Over the world there are more than 1000 climate change policies, including:

    Saudia Arabia: $100b investment in solar energy

    South Korea: Carbon Pricing which it got through with bipartisan support

    China: Clean Coal Technology and trialing ETS in select cities as well as massive investment in renewable

    NZ: Emission Trading Scheme well before anyone else

    Germany: $263 billion investment in renewables and a goal to be 100% renewable by 2050

    European Union: ETS Scheme

    The list goes on. Even the US is moving forward. It is sad that a country as rich as Australia does not have a clear climate change policy and a leadership that steadfastly refuses to listen to literally every leading scientific body. This is beyond embarrassing.

    (via climate-changing)

     

  10. At no stage have these organisations allied themselves with any particular party or set of policies. They are advocating for the issue of climate change to be taken seriously by all political parties. That some parties choose to ignore these calls doesn’t mean that the Climate Voter campaign is therefore promoting the other parties.

    Advocacy groups must be allowed to raise the importance of issues in an election year. It’s part of their job, whether they are environmental, social, health, agricultural or business orientated.