Young People Tired of Old Economic Models

Young people press for approaches to pursuing progress that can fit on a finite planet.......environmental restraint must be limited and gradual, while social spending must be contained, otherwise the economy will not grow and we will all suffer. This kind of thinking is pervasive, dangerous, and outdated. Infinite growth in a finite world is impossible, growth based on speculative finance is unstable, and since the 1960’s, GDP growth and self-reported well-being have been completely uncorrelated phenomena. In this sense holistic, deep-reaching change of both thought, education and practice is needed....... This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at Dot EarthView original post. Andrew Revkin, April 17, 2012.

By 2050 or so, the human population is expected to reach nine billion, essentially adding two Chinas to the number of people alive today. Those billions will be seeking food, water and other resources on a planet where, scientists say, humans are already shaping climate and the web of life. In Dot Earth, which recentlymoved from the news side of The Times to the Opinion section, Andrew C. Revkin examines efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits......from
The New York Times

Katrina changed everything: New software predicts how flood water will spread

All over the country, millions of Americans still live behind dams or levees, and if these were to fail and unleash catastrophic flooding, as some did in New Orleans in 2005, property and life might once again pay the price. Now there is some remarkable software to help swiftly predict how the water will spread. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at ScienceDaily: Natural Disaster NewsView original post. April 18, 2012. Dr. Uddin's note: University of Mississippi NCCHE's Dr. Mustafa Altinakr and colleagues are the developers of the flood mapping software featured in this DHS story.

First-of-its-kind study reveals surprising ecological effects of earthquake and tsunami

The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet that's exactly what researchers have found on the sandy beaches of south central Chile, after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in 2010. Their study also revealed a preview of the problems brought by sea level rise –– a major symptom of climate change. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at ScienceDaily: Natural Disaster NewsView original post. May 2, 2012.

Volcanoes sound-off on the life-cycles of eruptions

Volcanoes emit a broad spectrum of sonic energy. In the case of basaltic eruptions, most of that acoustical energy in the infrasound range. A new study reveals that this low-frequency sound can give scientists an enhanced understanding of the behavior of volcanoes and a tool to monitor the lifecycles of their eruptions. This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at ScienceDaily: Natural Disaster News. View original post. May 8, 2012.