Infectious spillovers and climate change have the same driver: humans

UNEP On this (UN) World Environment Day (5 June), a global stock-taking is due. Most of us who analyze and fear the predicament in which progress has landed us were certain that climate change would be the big wake-up call. But no. The Covid-19 viral spillover has issued a more sudden and brutal reminder: we exploit Nature at our peril.

Handwashing? Crazy! Dr. Semmelweis and the ugly power of peer pressure.

do no harmJune 2020. The findings and fate of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis are increasingly well known, given the ease with which infectious diseases are transmitted by human hands. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the role of handwashing into sharp focus..

8. A two-sided story

sense versus reason versus logic?Summary Chapter 8: Seeing how cultures move toward a technical mode and lose sight of the less structured, natural way of living helps explain how societies seldom recover, once they have collapsed. Recent brain research provides clues...

What it takes to end an environmental crisis

Progress Trap - health crisisCholera epidemic in London, 1858 (pandemic 1846–1860)
It takes hardship, observation, data, and in the case of London's cholera epidemic - a stench from the River Thames so foul that Parliament ceased functioning. The next order of business was for the members of Parliament to quickly enact legislation ordering the overhaul of London's sewerage system.

Pentagon accepts climate change (2010)

solar tent"Climate change is happening, and there is a large amount of evidence that this is in fact man-made...Climate change is a certainty" - Rear Admiral David Tetley, Oceanographer, US Navy

"A powerful analysis of our situation"

This book shows how societies and individuals can be victims of their own success, often unconscious of the effects of ingenuity on their environment. When changes are man-made and harmful, a downward spiral begins: development that excludes solutions to problems that arise from development.

Research: The inner workings of progress

Ongoing research into the "progress trap" syndrome focuses on a more scientific than historic analysis of the behavioural aspect.

An analysis of the behavioural stages of counter-productive progress. January 25, 2012
(Research paper, preliminary notes)

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