/Tag: environment


Here’s a thought experiment.

Climate change is real. The effects of climate change are destructive. People die because of climate change. Businesses lose millions of dollars. Economies lost billions. Some countries are in danger of being completely obliterated.

So, keeping that in mind, should climate change denial be a crime?

It’s amazing how many people will reflexively balk at that idea,1 so let me put it another way. Should it be illegal–for a given definition of “illegal”–for tobacco companies to deny, or at least act as if they deny, smoking causes cancer? Because, spoiler alert: it kind of is, at least in practice (tobacco companies can’t advertise cigarettes as having “health benefits” any more, for example).

So, I ask again: climate change is real and climate change is destructive. Should acting like it isn’t–particularly in the course of enriching ones own interests–be considered criminal negligence?

  1. “Thoughtcrime!” cry the freeze peach bros who’ve never actually read 1984. []
2017-09-12T10:36:36+10:0015th February, 2018|Tags: environment|

100% of scientific papers that aren’t shit agree.

So you know how there’s that whole “97% of scientific papers on climate change agree anthropogenic global warming is real” thing? Which has the corollary that “3% of papers don’t”?

Well. Someone reviewed that outlying 3%. Guess what they found? No, seriously. You’ll be shocked, I’m sure.

Incidentally, I have a childhood friend who moved to the US as an adult and married a climate scientist. She (the climate scientist, also an ex-pat Aussie) got so sick of, basically, people at dinner parties being like “GEORGE SOROS CONSPIRACY!” that she retrained and got a job doing compliance for a Wall Street finance company. Oh, and also opened a hipster cafe in Brooklyn.

So you see? You see what climate denialism does? It makes otherwise perfectly nice academics get jobs in finance and contribute to gentrification! Talk about damaging effects…

2017-09-07T08:10:18+10:002nd February, 2018|Tags: environment, science|

A bite of the Apple.

When one American expat decides to prevent Apple from opening a datacenter in a tiny Irish town. The issue is somewhat complex but, needless to say, most of the town’s residents don’t agree with the activist’s stance…

2018-02-08T08:45:03+10:0021st August, 2017|Tags: apple, environment, tech|

Nothing is profitable.

At least, not if you started making industries pay for natural capital, i.e. things like clean air and water, a stable atmosphere, or even just use of land.

2018-02-08T08:45:02+10:0012th July, 2017|Tags: economics, environment, science|

Fire in the coal mine. Fire in the gates of Hel.

So in February, the coal mine at the town of Morwell caught fire.

True story: minus some artistic licence, Morwell is the Really Real World (and alternate timeline) version of LIESMITH’s Pandemonium City.

I, er… yeah.


2017-09-05T13:27:45+10:006th May, 2014|Tags: environment, liesmith, wyrdverse|