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Ecological Facts and Fiction

Posted by feww on November 6, 2008

Submitted by CASF Members – Edited for brevity by FEWW

Acquiring Cognizance of Ecological Reality – Part 1

Acquiring Cognizance of Ecological Reality, ACER, is the thorough understanding of how the ecosystems are faring: How poorly they are functioning, which ones are collapsing.

In short, ACER provides you with a series of yardsticks to make an informed opinion about the state of our planets ecosystems and enables you to distinguish fact from fiction.

The root of all ecological problems: Exponential growth

Exponential Growth is the root of all ecological systems failures. Earth’s resources and the ecosystems services on which life depends are finite. When the demand on natural resources nears the physical limits imposed by nature, ecosystems begin to experience stress and their functions deteriorate progressively until they collapse.

As they begin to collapse, species are committed to extinction.

The problem of exponential growth is further exacerbated by human greed: The insatiable urge to make more and more profit, forcing the mechanisms of collapse into “double exponential” territory.

The Current Economic System

The current economic system, which has an inherently violent nature, thrives on exponential growth. It transforms more and more of the planets natural resources into merchandise into waste. The mechanisms of exponential growth are unsophisticated. They demand more and more of the planets natural resources made into consumer products that must necessarily have progressively more ephemeral lives in each successive economic cycle.

The vehicle used for the maximization of monetary profits by the exponential growth consumption system is the carbon-intensive political economy.

ACER FACT # 1. ‘Green’ energy alone cannot prevent the imminent collapse of ecosystems, which is caused by exponential growth; an immediate radical transformation to ‘zero growth’ could help mitigate the looming mass extinction.

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That’s Mars’ Sister!

Posted by feww on April 7, 2008

WILD FACTS SERIES

[Updated] Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN) March 2008

As of End March 2008, the MSRB-CASF Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN), an index for calculating the full impact of human consumption and activities on the Earth’s life support systems, stood at a terminally high level of 177.43, a rise of about 3.5 percent over the previous year. In other words, the full human impact including the ecological footprint and the damage inflicted on the living environment by his activities in the 12-month period ending March 2008 was 77.43 percent higher than the load which the planet’s ecosystems in their current state can cope with.

Components of HIoN
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The HIoN Index integrates updated data and methodology used by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report for Global Status of Provisioning, Regulating, and Cultural Ecosystem services.

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Before and After [Top : Blue Marble composite images generated by NASA. Bottom (left), Mars from Hubble Space Telescope, (right) “Late spring on Mars” portrait taken with the HST Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 by NASA. Final composite image by FEWW.]

According to HIoN projections, our cities and population centers would become almost entirely unsustainable by as early as 2015.

 

Source: Index of Human Impact on Nature

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