We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Arctic melting feeds on itself

Click here to access article by Tim Radford from Climate News Network.

This article reports that scientific research suggests that we are entering a period of runaway climate destabilization.
Climate change is happening, being driven by the human combustion of fossil fuels at unprecedented rates for more than a century. But how the climate will change is harder to guess. The suspicion is that – if the Arctic amplification process works in the way that scientists think it must do – then climate change in the Arctic can only accelerate. But right now, all researchers can do is watch, record and measure.
On the same subject you might want to read this article from Inside Climate News entitled "Wobbly Jet Stream Is Sending the Melting Arctic into 'Uncharted Territory'".

Meanwhile, the capitalist ruling class employees in the U.S. House of Representatives recently voted against taxes on carbon emissions and oil production.