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'Reality Check': Report Shows 'Staggering' Failure to Protect Biodiversity as Humans Threaten Third of Nature Reserves


'Reality Check': Report Shows 'Staggering' Failure to Protect Biodiversity as Humans Threaten Third of Nature Reserves

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

In what's being called a "stunning reality check," a new study published in the journal Science reveals that despite global efforts to safeguard biodiversity by establishing nature reserves, nearly a third of the world's "protected land is under intense human pressure."


When the last grey squirrel chokes on a straw outside of the Starbucks on the last nature preserve, perhaps, just perhaps, someone will pull up a YouTube video to remind themselves about what grey squirrels were like.


A great film on the stupidity of mankind.


Three days ago the call went out for JPMorgan and others to cease funding of extreme fossil fuel extraction
This is a good way to cross-check ways to support what is in motion
Dozens of Indigenous and Frontline Community Representatives Call for an End to Bank Financing of Extreme Fossil Fuels

Bank holdings in “extreme” fossil fuels skyrocketed globally to $115bn during Donald Trump’s first year as US president, with holdings in tar sands oil more than doubling, a new report has found.

What is Morgan Stanley advising its investors (short version)?

Ask the people who are directly impacted by the REDD+ (carbon trading schemes) what happens when the forest you depend on is subjected to the splinter notion of ‘carbon sink for polluters’ thousands of miles away - as in California from the Amazon. What you never hear about is that the peoples who live in the ‘carbon sink’ being traded, are denied access to their way of life.

Most investors interested in establishing a fossil-fuel aware portfolio can follow a four step roadmap to evaluate and apply this framework:

Assess: In other words, “know what you own” by assessing your portfolio exposure to fossil fuels and companies with large carbon reserves.
Evaluate: Take a close look at the feasibility of investment solutions, including any factors that may limit implementation options; for example, existing exposure to illiquid alternatives or comingled funds.
Define: Consider your overall climate change and fossil fuel aware objectives, then to integrate these goals into the overall investment strategy.
Implement: For individual investments this can take the form of an investment plan—or, for institutional clients, an Investment Policy Statement. This step helps to clarify and formalize the investor’s priorities, risk tolerance, return objectives and time horizon.

Wells Fargo and JPMorgan renew CREDIT FOR TAR SANDS

Heres Kinder Morgan’s “white paper” not dated but judging from footnotes 2016/7(approved sales pitch) on fossil fuel need.


The study focuses on the 15% of land considered “protected” - mainly because it’s so inaccessible anyhow - one-third of which, it turns out, isn’t protected at all. The whole conservation concept was a dodge from the git-go. You can’t preserve the global ecosystem by keeping maybe one tenth of it going. At some point even scientists catch wise to the scam what am.


We are living into the consequences of the Newtonian ‘machine’ model. Capitalism tap dances all over this but is incapable to walking with nature, because nature was one of the very first “externalizations” of this model. Trump and US capital are nothing but highly honed splinters off a fractured looking glass - also utterly devoid of even seeing nature.

We now accept that boycotting (dropping out) of abusive concentrations of capital in production is an ethical choice. This opens the window onto realizing that are in need of an “architecture” with which to move in concert with other humans working to consciously reintegrate with nature. To see our countless actions every day as impacting countless times over, we also need to be providing our children with the physical, psychological, economic [oikos] structures to draw our lives back into centrality of nature.

Researchers are looking at this and other similar questions. Here is one example:
Five Narratives To solve the Climate Crisis by Design


Too late. Past the tipping points. Brace for impact.


This article makes standing up for ANWR in Alaska, much more important.


Human overpopulation, consumer capitalism, eating animals, development, and technoindustrialism threaten life on earth.
Our species is a mass extinction event.
This cute, short, accurate video shows what we are doing to our living planet:


…we also need to be providing our children with the physical, psychological, economic [oikos] structures …

How about we just stop having children? First step to lessen the human imprint is to have fewer humans!


Where societies are structured so that human needs conflict with environmental needs, humans will destroy environment. There’s nothing particularly necessary about these structures, however.

The answers, then, involve ways of providing for human needs in regenerative ways. This can be done effectively, taking better care of people and burning fewer resources–if (big IF) people can be convinced and educated to partake. Methods of gardening, livestock management, and construction are worked out to an adequate degree, though they can still advance. People are complicated–as usual.

It’s all ecosystem. Setting a tenth or whatever aside is not going to solve this.