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When Bill McKibben and spear-headed a campaign to divest from fossil fuels and go 100 percent renewables as part of a multi-pronged strategy to confront ramping harms from global climate change in 2012, the big push-back was “divestment doesn’t work, it’s just feel-good, someone else will just buy the stocks when prices drop.”

The Green Mouse That Roared

As if where individuals, banks, investment firms and governments put their money doesn’t matter. As if monetary policy at all levels isn’t an enabler of energy and climate policy. As if the world were awash in an infinite flood of money. As if capital just magically grows on trees.

The detractors clearly didn’t get it. They’d already lost the argument. But the ultimate realization would take years to materialize.

The divestment movement wasn’t so much about the short-term, day to day, flux of money on the financial markets. It was…

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Bharata Bharati

The Debaters

Prof Michel DaninoIt is not Right or Left that India’s intellectual life needs, but a revival of the ancient spirit of free inquiry. … Politically inflected ideologies have run their course. – Prof Michel Danino

Any student of India’s ancient intellectual traditions knows how they valued debate and questioning. Indeed, they often turned it into a preferred mode of teaching. The Upanishads delight in dialectics, as the dialogues of Yama with Nachiketas, Yajñavalkya with Janaka and Gargi, or Uddalaka Aruni with his son Shvetaketu illustrate. Ashtavakra, son of Kahoda, defeats Vandin in a debate to avenge his father’s earlier defeat. Buddhist scholarship depends largely on the art of discussion, as does Charaka’s fundamental text of Ayurveda.

The Mahabharata’s Yakshaprashna, Yudhishthira’s dialogue with his own father, Dharma, disguised as a demon, easily outdoes our shallow quizzes. Hsuan Tsang testifies that students wishing to enter the famed Nalanda University were confronted with probing “discussions” intended to filter out…

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is about a bittern male singing.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Swallowtail butterflies and bitterns mark national park success

Friday 8th December 2017

PETER FROST reports some excellent news from the Broads national park

SINCE 2010 Britain’s family of national parks have experienced cut upon cut in funding from a Tory government that made the hollow pledge to be “the greenest government ever”.

Now Michael Gove has been given the post of environment secretary it is unlikely that we will see any better treatment of these bastions of excellent environmental practice in our green and pleasant land.

Gove’s previous voting record suggests he is not very green at all. He has generally voted against measures to prevent climate change, protect wildlife and reduce emissions.

We know he would be happy to sell off our state-owned woodland. He voted in 2011 in favour of selling…

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Rashid's Blog

The solar revolution on India’s rooftops is gaining momentum. The country added more rooftop solar power capacity in the last financial year than in the previous four years combined, making it the fastest-growing segment in the country’s clean energy space. During the financial year 2017, some 715 megawatts (MW) of systems were added, up from…

via India’s rooftop solar market is on fire — Quartz

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Protect Our Public Lands

That Science Chick

With a heavy heart, I have decided to write briefly about my views on the current environmental (governmental) issues our country is facing — hoping that it will create some spark of energy in a least one of my readers to join the fight. Without further adieu —

BBC2 This week the president called for the largest reduction in PUBLIC PROTECTED LANDS in the history of the United States. Why do I care? Well, this reduction includes shrinking Bears Ears National Monument by 85% and Escalante National Monument by 50%! This move is a reversal of protections put in place by the president’s Democratic predecessors. This is just the tip of the iceberg — Mr. Trump has proposed to have the secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke, “review” 27 national monuments. What does this mean? MILLIONS of public and protected acres are under threat of big business & bureaucrats who hope to develop this…

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The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

There is no city in the world as contentious as Jerusalem.  If someone wanted to start a war, or to inflame deadly conflict between peoples, they couldn’t choose a more efficacious thing to politicize.  And, that is precisely what the megalomaniac resident of the White House appears to be doing.  President Trump has announced his intention to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  If you do not understand the significance of this symbolism, please read on.

Jerusalem is a sacred place for the three main Abrahamic religions (i.e. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).  Since the State of Israel was recognized by the United Nations in 1949, foreign embassies were typically located in Tel Aviv as a matter of diplomatic course.  When Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War, Zionist pressures to reclaim the entire city began to intensify.  In…

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Natural History Wanderings

Center for Biological Diversity News Release

Lawsuit Targets Trump’s Slashing of Protections at Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante

WASHINGTON —Hours after President Donald Trump issued a proclamation taking an axe to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, conservation organizations today filed a lawsuit attacking the order as an abuse of the president’s power. Earthjustice is representing eight organizations in a suit charging that the president violated the 1906 Antiquities Act by stripping monument protections from this national treasure: The Wilderness Society, the Grand Canyon Trust, the Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and Western Watersheds Project. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and Natural Resources Defense Council are co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit and represented by in-house counsel.

“President Trump has perpetrated a terrible violation of America’s public lands and heritage by going after this dinosaur treasure trove,” said Heidi McIntosh, managing attorney in…

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Dream Temples

Dec.2, 2017

It has been raining continuously for the past two days as cyclone Ockhi battered the southern most Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, with Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu being the worst hit and left without power. Early this morning it was cold with a light drizzle, but by mid-morning the rains stopped and the sky cleared up. Late afternoon I went to the Poompuhar showroom which is a state- run crafts emporium, to see the latest models of brass lamps on display.

Stepping into a Poompuhar showroom is always like stepping into a museum. The handicrafts on display differ according to the festivals at various times of the year. The present display of lamps is for Karthigai Deepam, a festival of lights that is celebrated in Tamil Nadu.

The traditional brass oil lamp of Tamil Nadu is called Kuthu Vilakku. It is lit before deities in homes…

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Dutch red fox family video