Global riot epidemic due to demise of cheap fossil fuels | Nafeez Ahmed
From South America to South Asia, a new age of unrest is in full swing as industrial civilisation transitions to post-carbon realityIf anyone had hoped that the Arab Spring and Occupy protests a few years back were one-off episodes that would soon give way to more stability, they have another thing coming. The hope was that ongoing economic recovery would return to pre-crash levels of growth, alleviating the grievances fueling the fires of civil unrest, stoked by years of recession. But this hasn't happened. And it won't.Instead the post-2008 crash era, including 2013 and early 2014, has seen a persistence and proliferation of civil unrest on a scale that has never been seen before in human history. This month alone has seen riots kick-off in Venezuela, Bosnia, Ukraine, Iceland, and Thailand. This is not a coincidence. The riots are of course rooted in common, regressive economic forces playing out across every continent of the planet - but those forces themselves are symptomatic of a deeper, protracted process of global system failure as we transition from the old industrial era of dirty fossil fuels, towards something else.Even before the Arab Spring erupted in Tunisia in December 2010, analysts at the New England Complex Systems Institute warned of the danger of civil unrest due to escalating food prices. If the Food &Agricultural Organisation (FAO) food price index rises above 210, they warned, it could trigger riots across large areas of the world. Hunger gamesThe pa...
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The measles outbreak in the United States continues to grow, with the number of cases this year now reaching 1,044 as of Friday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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This report from a respected media source can be expected to fuel more animated discussions about internet or social media addiction in the public square.As I pointed out in a recent article at Reason.com, a meticulous examination of the evidence is crucial before concluding internet/social media addiction is an actual disorder. Such a determination may not just impact the fiscal stability of the health care system but, more importantly, may pose a potential threat to freedom of speec h.
One common strategy of denialists is to point to spells of unusually cool weather in some particular place. This has certainly been available to them lately, with notable outbreaks of arctic cold last winter in parts of the northern hemisphere mid-latitudes. This included the beloved home of Cervantes by the way. Trying to explain that is happeningbecause of global warming is very difficult when you are confronting motivated reasoning combined with lack of knowledge and complete disinterest in obtaining any.The first point people need to get into their heads is that it's a big planet -- well, at least by the standards of u...
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