Dr. Mike Norton-Griffiths asks whether the Ivory Wars can only end with species extinction, or whether a peace agreement could actually be reached........
The recent resurgence of elephant poaching across Africa has generated much international comment. Blame is being laid primarily on the Chinese who, by getting ever richer, are creating a rising demand for ivory, thus setting off a new wave of poaching, all initiated by the ill considered decision of CITES to allow a one-off sale of ivory stocks.
The solutions on offer are equally familiar: ever stricter trade controls, confiscation and destruction of stocks, more investment in anti-poaching, and stiffer penalties - preferably death - for poachers, middle men and consumers alike.
One of the few things we do know about this immensely... Read More...
Carl Honoré worries that our addiction to superficial, short-term quick fixes is backfiring and presents ideas from his new book on tackling this.........
The other day a woman walked into a doctor’s surgery and issued a demand that summed up why the world is in such a mess:
“Look, I know I have a million things wrong with me, but I really don’t want a lecture,” she announced. “I just want a pill that will make it all go away.”
The doctor, an old friend of mine, waited for the woman to laugh at her own joke. But she didn’t. Because it wasn’t a joke.
Of course, her craving for a quick fix is nothing new. Two thousand... Read More...
We need to move away from short term thinking based on political gain and adopt an approach based on contribution and cooperation.
A new vision is manifesting now, which is growing into a widespread understanding of unity based on wisdom, compassion, cooperation and peace among global communication.
The previous approach was always influenced by the next national election on economic growth but now the public is losing patience because they recognise that this ignorance cannot solve the growing crisis that we face. We urgently need a society where there is a new approach that organically leads everyone to contribute.
When elections take place politicians... Read More...
April 30th, 2013
Lima Curtis asks whether we have no option other than to invest in nuclear energy, or whether the costs - financial and otherwise - are just too great.
We are on the brink of an energy crisis.
If we are to believe the headlines, we will either run out of energy completely - leading to blackouts, or our reliance on expensive foreign supplies will drive already steep prices higher and higher, causing widespread fuel poverty.
It is clear something needs to be done, but is the answer nuclear energy?
For many it is simple; we need energy and we need it now, and not only will nuclear energy provide this energy, it will also bring a much needed boost to our economy.
April 24th, 2013
Charles Eisenstein shares his concerns about how pervasive the 'technology will fix it' mentality has become, and proposes an entirely different approach to healing our current ecological and social crises.
Environmentalists and concerned citizens are increasingly beginning to recognize the delusion of the 'technological fix' – the use of technology to remedy problems caused by previous technology.
It is increasingly obvious that a new pesticide won't finally eliminate the superweeds that evolved to resist the previous pesticide, that new and more powerful antibiotics won't bring final victory over the superbugs that evolved to resist previous antibiotics, and that massive geoengineering projects like seeding the stratosphere with sulphuric acid or the oceans with iron (to combat climate change) will likely cause horrific unanticipated consequences.
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