The Turning Spiral

Monthly Archives: July 2015


How To Support A Scholar Who Has Come Under Attack. by Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman

Originally posted on Conditionally Accepted:
Academics, can we talk seriously about social media for a moment?  Like much of the rest of the world, we use various social media platforms.  Some of us use it strictly for personal reasons, some…

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Stealth legislation on GE Trees in New Zealand? – Global Justice Ecology Project

The government of New Zealand are being accused of legislating by stealth by tearing down local protections that prohibit GMOs and GE Trees. The proposed National Environment Standard on Plantation Forestry (NES-PF) would loosen restrictions on genetically modified pine trees and…

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The Culture of a World Without Oil —by Barry Lord. on Medium

Margaret Atwood’s brilliant contribution to this discussion analyzes the salient features of the climate change that we can now recognize as the inevitable outcome of the culture of consumption that oil and gas made possible. An Encyclical from Pope Francis…

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BBC World Service – The Documentary, Company v Country

We investigate the booming and lucrative business of multinational companies suing governments. The strangely-named investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) system is built into thousands of treaties between… Read more.. via BBC World Service – The Documentary, Company v Country. Russell…

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We need to grow 50% more food yet agriculture causes climate change. How do we get out of this bind? | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian

We are trapped in a vicious cycle: we will need to grow 50% more food by 2050 to feed 9 billion people but agriculture, which is paradoxically vulnerable to climate change, generates 25% of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions that lead…

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FATAL EXTRACTION

Australia is a giant in African mining, but its vast — and in some cases deadly — footprint has never been examined. Australian-listed mining companies are linked to hundreds of deaths and alleged injustices which wouldn’t be tolerated in better-regulated…

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Open letter on the Border Force Act: ‘We challenge the department to prosecute’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Open letter regarding the Border Force Act 2015 Today the Border Force Act comes into force. It includes provision for a two-year jail sentence for “entrusted persons” such as ourselves if we continue to speak out about the deplorable state…

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Continued destruction of Earth’s plant life places humankind in jeopardy, says UGA research | UGA Today

Athens, Ga. – Unless humans slow the destruction of Earth’s declining supply of plant life, civilization like it is now may become completely unsustainable, according to a paper published recently by University of Georgia researchers in the Proceedings of the…

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Global threat interactive: What’s the world scared of? | News | The Guardian

Climate change is what the world’s population perceives as the top global threat, followed by global economic instability and Isis, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center Read more on the datablog via Global threat interactive: What’s the…

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Dutch city of Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional ‘basic income’

Originally posted on Radical Ecological Democracy – RED:
Original Article published at : http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/dutch-city-of-utrecht-to-experiment-with-a-universal-unconditional-income-10345595.html The University College Utrecht has paired with the city to see if a system of welfare without requirements will produce an efficient society The Dutch city…

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