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The Environment

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Capitalism produces ecological crisis for the same reason it produces inequality: because the fundamental mechanism of capitalist growth is that capital must extract (from nature and labour) more than it gives in return. ~ @jasonhickel

The Environment: Capitalism

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Annual kilowatt-hours of electricity consumed per capita, 2017 Source: International Energy Agency and Energy for Growth Hub
It's a bit cold outside this morning in middle America... Aren't you glad you aren't heating your home with a solar panel like nitwit Socialist @AOC is demanding? ~ @gatewaypundit Do Solar Panels work in the cold? YES! Solar Panels work by absorbing LIGHT from the sun, not heat. In fact, the chemical reactions that occur within the solar panels are more efficient at cooler temperatures. Also, white snow can act like a mirror to reflect MORE light onto them. ~ @TheSpaceGal
(as a % of total electricity production)  Source: lowdowndata

The Environment: Energy

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The Environment: Greenhouse Gases

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Stop asking candidates if they "believe in" climate change and start asking if they understand it. It's science, not Santa Claus. ~ @TheValorieClark

The Environment: Climate Change Denial

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Devotees offer prayers to the rising sun as toxic foam floats on the surface of polluted Yamuna river during Chhath Puja celebrations in New Delhi, 2019.  Photo credit: PTI — at Kalindi Kunj.
- 35% has had brown water come out of the taps at home. - 29% has had water that smelled unsafe from the taps at home. - 35% has had to boil water at home before drinking it. - 55% said yes to any.  Source: Perry Undem Research/Communication

The Environment: Water Pollution & Scarcity

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- Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth 4 times! - 35 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away every year - One million sea birds & 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans - Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all the trash floating on the ocean. - The average American throws away approximately 185 lbs of plastic per year - 50% of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
So, it looks like we're going to ban straws  Artist: Lily Padula

The Environment: Plastic Pollution

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The Environment: Urban Ecology

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Large majorities say federal government has responsibility for providing clean air and water, high-quality K-12 education Source: Pew Research Center
Source: Air quality data from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; population data from U.S. Census Bureau

The Environment: Air Pollution

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Source: 2019. "Broken: Deadly Dressers," Netflix.
Of the countries that lost the most forest since 2001, four are located in South America. The World Resources Institute, which tracks global forest cover, reports deforestation is increasing in Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia.  Sources: Hansen / UMD / Google / USGS / NASA
"Forest"  Artist: Jamie Mills  By creating a room of encased fragments of the landscape, Jamie Mills suggests both the commodification of the "natural" environment and its hyper-management.  [follow this link to find a short clip and analysis of a new geological epic known as the anthropocene, which denotes the human impact on the Earth's systems: http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/1/post/2012/05/welcome-to-the-anthropocene.html]

The Environment: Deforestation

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Causes of Wildlife Declines Globally: WWF's "Living Planet Index" Categorises the Causes of Wildlife Declines Based on Analysis of 3,430 Species' Populations  Source: WWF
(2 of 2) Are We in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction?  Other Threatened Life: The Tip of a Vast Unknown. Only fractions of known species in these nine groups have been evaluated. Because assessments have focused on species likely to be in danger, the proportion of each group that is threatened may be overstated. Meanwhile, the number of unknown species may be in the millions, or tens of millions--many times that of what has been discovered.
(1 of 2) Are We in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction?  A Tally of Life Under Threat. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has evaluated 52,205 species, depicted here, for their ability to survive. Each symbol represents 100 species assessed (red is threatened, black is not threatened):  13% of birds assessed are threatened. 25% of mammals assessed are threatened. 41% of amphibians assessed are threatened.

The Environment: Wildlife Decline & Extinction

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