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Event: Age of Stupid

Upcoming screening event: Age of Stupid

22nd August 2009, 8pm
On the roof of the Bootstrap building in Dalston – backdropped by the largest solar panel installation in London.
FREE in, popcorn and cheap bar.

Entrance to roof through reception (beside Cafe Oto)
The Print House
18 Ashwin St
London E8 3DL

The movie is about climate change. A man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looks back at “archive” footage from 2007 and asks: why didn’t we do something when we had the chance?

more info here: http://www.ageofstupid.net/

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Article: This stock collapse is petty when compared to the nature crunch

This stock collapse is petty when compared to the nature crunch
The financial crisis at least affords us an opportunity to now rethink our catastrophic ecological trajectory

The Guardian
14 October 2008
George Monbiot

“This is nothing. Well, nothing by comparison to what’s coming. The financial crisis for which we must now pay so heavily prefigures the real collapse, when humanity bumps against its ecological limits.

As we goggle at the fluttering financial figures, a different set of numbers passes us by. On Friday, Pavan Sukhdev, the Deutsche Bank economist leading a European study on ecosystems, reported that we are losing natural capital worth between $2 trillion and $5 trillion every year as a result of deforestation alone. The losses incurred so far by the financial sector amount to between $1 trillion and $1.5 trillion. Sukhdev arrived at his figure by estimating the value of the services – such as locking up carbon and providing fresh water – that forests perform, and calculating the cost of either replacing them or living without them. The credit crunch is petty when compared to the nature crunch.”


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Article: Four harsh truths about climatic change

Four harsh truths about climatic change

Japan Times
7 December 2008
Gwynne Dyer

“About two years ago, I realized that the military in various countries were starting to do climate-change scenarios in-house — scenarios that started with the scientific predictions about rising temperatures, falling crop yields and other physical effects, and examined what that would do to politics and strategy.

The scenarios predicted the proliferation of failed states because governments could not feed their people; waves of climate refugees washing up against the borders of more fortunate countries; even wars between countries that shared the same rivers.”


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Article: Obama climate adviser open to geo-engineering to tackle global warming

Obama climate adviser open to geo-engineering to tackle global warming

Guardian, UK
8 April 2009
Alok Jha, green technology correspondent

“The global warming situation has become so dire that Barack Obama’s chief scientific adviser has raised with the president the possibility of massive-scale technological fixes to alter the climate known as ‘geo-engineering’.

John Holdren, who is a member of the president’s cabinet, said today the drastic measures should not be “off the table” in discussions on how best to tackle climate change. While his office insisted that he was not proposing a dramatic switch in policy, Holdren said geo-engineering could not be ruled out.”


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Article/Link: The Road to Copenhagen

The Road to Copenhagen

nature.com, 2009

“In December this year, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will descend on Copenhagen to wrangle over the details of a new global climate deal — a potential successor to the Kyoto Protocol.

As the world moves along the road to Copenhagen, Nature will be covering every aspect of the science and politics of climate change in articles that will be collected here.”

Link includes articles, research, audio/video:

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