Collective Intelligence May Be Humanity’s Best Bet to Stave off an Uninhabitable Planet

Humanity needs new tools to overcome the global crisis of collective insanity

A large flock of starlings fly illuminated by the setting sun near Bacau, north eastern Romania, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP/Vadim Ghirda)

The world faces an unprecedented convergence of crises. The ecological crisis, which points to a nearly uninhabitable planet by the end of the century if business-as-usual continues, is perhaps its most apocalyptic dimension. But the ecological crisis is intimately bound up with the business-as-usual political, economic, and cultural structures

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Louisianans Fight Oil Pipeline Through Cancer Alley

“Fruit is falling off the tree before it gets ripe … It doesn’t matter what you’ve planted, it doesn’t grow. If this was a problem we caused ourselves, that would be one thing. But this is not a problem we caused.”

An oil facility is seen in the middle of canals dug for oil pipelines on the coast of Louisiana, Wednesday, July 28, 2010. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

The trees are dying, the grasses are dying. The birds we have are all crows – no hummingbirds left, no songbirds, a lifelong resident of Freetown, Louisiana, said as Hurricane Nate approached and plans continued to build a controversial oil pipeline that will end nearby. Opponents of the pipeline, now that it has received the go-ahead from the

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California Communities Facing Rising Sea Level Sue Big Oil For Damage Done

According to the lawsuit, fossil fuel companies “engaged in a coordinated, multi-front effort to conceal and deny their own knowledge of climate-change related threats.

Surfers on a beach near the NRG El Segundo power plant in El Segundo, Calif. One study predicts that with limited human intervention, 31 percent to 67 percent of Southern California beaches could completely erode back to coastal infrastructure or sea cliffs by the year 2100, with sea-level rises of 3.3 feet to 6.5 feet. (AP/John Antczak)

Published in partnership with Shadowproof. Two counties in California, Marin and San Mateo Counties, as well as the city of Imperial Beach, sued 37 fossil fuel corporations for damage they claim the companies allegedly knew would occur as a result of their contribution to rising sea level and global warming. “Major corporate members of the

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DOJ Lawyers Continue Battle To Block Climate Change Records

“What we have right now with the Trump administration is an ongoing violation of plaintiffs’ rights under the Constitution,” Olson told U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin. “However, what has caused climate change we are seeing is the historic actions of government that knew relying on fossil fuels would lead to catastrophe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson shake hands at a signing ceremony of an agreement between state-controlled Russian oil company Rosneft and Exxon Mobil corporation at the Black Sea port of Tuapse, southern Russia, Friday, June 15, 2012. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

A federal judge grilled challengers Wednesday about their demand for emails written under a pseudonym by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who they believe has guided government energy policy toward fossil fuels and away from renewable resources. The 2015 federal lawsuit, filed by two dozen children in the District of Oregon, accuses the

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UK’s Coalition Government Is Finally Kicking Coal To The Curb

The UK’s electricity mix looks very different today than it did seven years ago, when the Conservatives first entered a coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

Contractors work on Europe's biggest floating solar panel array on the Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir near Walton-on-Thames in south west London, Monday, March 21, 2016. (AP/Matt Dunham)

Wind, solar and energy efficiency have replaced the vast majority of power previously provided by the UK’s coal fleet, a new analysis shows. Since the start of the coalition government in 2010, coal’s role in the generation mix has fallen to historic lows, culminating in the country’s first coal-free day since the 19th century earlier this

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On Climate, Justin Trudeau’s Is ‘No Better Than Trump’

Environmentalist Bill McKibben calls BS on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a new op-ed.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured here visiting an urban greenhouse in Montreal last month, "sure is cute, the planet's only sovereign leader who appears to have recently quit a boy band," writes Bill McKibben. But don't be fooled. (Photo: Lufa Farms/flickr/cc)

Environmentalist Bill McKibben is sick of people glossing over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's climate record just because he's nice to look at. To be sure, McKibben writes in a Guardian op-ed published Monday, Trudeau has "mastered so beautifully the politics of inclusion: compassionate to immigrants, insistent on including women at

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