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Adani is Cleared to Start Digging its Coal Mine – Six Key Questions Answered

Jerri-Lynn here. Last week Queensland gave approval to Indian mining company Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine – reminding us that it’s not just in the United States where fossil fuels interests hold sway. Make sure you click on the interactive graphic, which includes considerably more detail than the text of this short post. By Adrian Werner, Professor of Hydrogeology, Flinders University and Matthew Currell, Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering,...

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Food Security: Largest Animal Epidemic in History Is Due to Industrial Farming

Jerri-Lynn here. This Real News Network interview with Rob Wallace of the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps discusses what’s caused the current outbreak of African swine flu – the largest animal epidemic in history –  which is currently rampaging throughout China and other parts of Asia. Pork prices have shot up 40% globally. This epidemic is just one pressure on food prices; others include India’s drought and the US midwest floods (which Lambert has posted about here and here)....

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Breakfast of Champions: New Tests Reveal Unsafe Levels of Glyphosate in Children’s Cereals

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Confession: I hate breakfast cereal. I grew up in a 1960s Wonderbread US home. My Mom – a teacher – was big on making sure we each had a proper breakfast before walking down the street to the bus stop and catching the bus to school. But I simply hated all the options on offer: usually some form of dried cereal, such as Kellogg’s corn flakes (or...

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Adding to Planetary Alarm Bells, Top US Finance Official Warns Climate Crisis a Recipe for Global Economic Collapse

By Jessica Corbett, a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow her on Twitter: @corbett_jessica. Originally published at Common Dreams Demanding action from industries and government, a top federal regulator warned this week that the human-caused climate emergency poses a threat to the economy which rivals the subprime mortgage meltdown that led to the 2008 financial crisis. “As most of the world’s markets and market regulators are taking steps towards assessing and mitigating the current and...

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Is Geoengineering the Answer to the Climate Crisis?

Yves here. It’s not hard to anticipate that geoengineering will be the answer to the climate crisis, whether it is adequately tested or not. There isn’t enough time to reach a consensus in the US, let alone other big carbon-spewing nations, to implement the massive economic reordering that would need to take place (including cutting a lot of current consumption). Given how difficult it will foresee knock-on effects, along with high odds that some types of geoengineering aren’t easily...

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$1 Trillion: The Cost Of Climate Change For Corporations

By Alex Kimani, a veteran finance writer, investor, engineer and researcher for SafeHaven. Originally published at Safehaven The United States is poised to take a powerful economic hit with the real cost of a disturbed climate beginning to become abundantly clear. Rising sea levels, wildfires, heat waves and extreme weather events are set to cost trillions of dollars over the next couple of decades in crumbling infrastructure, reduced crop yields, health problems and lost labor. According to...

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The Economic Cost of Devastating Hurricanes and Other Extreme Weather Events Is Even Worse Than We Thought

By Gary W. Yohe, Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, Wesleyan University. Originally published at The Conversation June marks the official start of hurricane season. If recent history is any guide, it will prove to be another destructive year thanks to the worsening impact of climate change. But beyond more intense hurricanes and explosive wildfires, the warming climate has been blamed for causing a sharp uptick in all types of extreme weather events across...

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Brexit Dithering

With the Tory Party leadership contest set to dominate British political news for the next few weeks, Brexit is going on hold. Not only does this mean no forward motion on the UK side (even if it were capable of that), but by the time the dust settles, with the Tory membership vote set to start on July 22, is when everyone who matters in the EU is about to go on holiday. So that leaves only two months to get anything done, charitably assuming the UK will prove capable of that. I’m at risk of...

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Ecological Importance and Human Rights Be Damned, Trump Admin Says Fossil Fuel Pillaging in Arctic Refuge Coming Soon

Jerri-Lynn here. Trump has pledged to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel drilling, and as this post describes, Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash told an industry gathering last week in Alaska that leases will be offered for sale later this year. This move will undoubtedly be subject to a legal challenge – which would at minimum delay the administration’s  timeline to offer leases for sale.  US federal district court judge Sharon...

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The Intergenerational Effects of a Large Wealth Shock: Evidence from the US Civil War

Yves here. Even if I knew Birmingham better, it would not serve as a point of reference for this study. Birmingham was incorporated in 1871 and its wealthy was based on industry, not agriculture. I wonder what Harry Shearer would By Philipp Ager, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Southern Denmark,Leah Boustan, Professor of Economics at Princeton and Katherine Eriksson, Assistant Professor of Economics, UC-Davis. Cross posted from VoxEU One striking feature of many...

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