As we see more and more outcomes of what were only formerly predictions, more and more people are fearing what lies ahead, I found Collapse, a research-based book describing how past civilizations on Earth have flourished then collapsed and vanished.

The intent:

Elucidate a set of principles that caused those societies to collapse … so that we might learn how we might avoid a similar outcome.

The book is thick, with researcher-like long compound sentences and half-page paragraphs.  But the data is solid, not “doom-and-gloom.” … Keep reading

4 in 10 Fear Having Children

The problem with climate change is increasingly shifting from “something future generations will need to address” to what we’re going to do … now.  Imagine being a U.S. Senator, and wanting to enact some legislation you believe, with all your heart, will be extremely good for many, many people.

What are your chances of having that legislation enacted?

Your ideas might either be ignored or will stir debates and discussions in some committee.  But your chances for achieving the vision you cherish may be near zero.… Keep reading

U.N. Climate Report

There are so many reports and announcements, from so wide a range of sources, that knowing what’s real can be confusing – especially as it involves predicting our likely future.  The U.N. assembled a large and diverse number of the world’s best scientists to do a collective assessment.  They just produced the “IPCC Report.”  Reuters, the employer of journalists around the world – from whom most of our new services get their news – just produced this summary.  I’ll add “What to do” comments afterwards.… Keep reading

Insanely Cheap Energy

You probably keep hearing about the shift to renewable energy. It’s not new.  And yet many, if not most, people are playing a “wait & see” game.

For centuries, coal was the cheapest source of power, and it enabled the industrial evolution, from which we’re all benefitting. But a few years ago, solar power actually became cheaper then coal … which also brings benefits of cleaner air, and no residuals to dispose of, which is a problem for coal and an even bigger problem for nuclear.  … Keep reading

A Mind for Sustainable Living

Here’s an unusual aspect of sustainable living that’s rarely, if ever, in any of the media: How our adult minds work, and how that affects sustainability.

It’s an item from Arlington Institutes’ FUTUREdition Volume 24, Number 9, and may be crucial in how we solve many of the global problems we face, as well as how we might enjoy a higher quality-of-life experience … what I consider an essential part of “Sustainable Living.”  I’ll add comments afterwards.

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Why Adults Lose ‘Beginner’s Mind’ – (New York Times – April 16, 2021)

Here’s a sobering thought:

The older we get, the harder it is for us

to learn, to question, to reimagine.Keep reading