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by Kim O'Hara
Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:25 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

So what to do? You do what you can, but leave off the rose colored glasses. In these kinds of discussions about such ponderous large scale events that seem to take on a life of their own, I am reminded of a brief story from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's autobiographical memoirs, Blazing Splendor. Here is...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:14 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Ok, you've got to laugh! The irony. BHP Billiton is upgrading its coal export terminal in Queensland to better withstand climate-related extreme weather events. And Exxon is planning to drill for oil in the newly ice-free Arctic. :guns: Where's Greenpeace when you need them?? Umm, here, actually - ...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

A nice, well thought-out and well-researched paper - fresh from the virtual printing press: http://www.zcommunications.org/the-planetary-emergency-by-john-bellamy-foster" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; A bit long and I ended up skimming a bit in the middle but very well documented - ...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Huseng, Nemo, peterpan, Food for thought for you: http://www.alternet.org/environment/are-koch-brothers-single-biggest-obstacle-preventing-disastrous-climate-change Which side are you on? :namaste: Kim A sort of follow-up to this: http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/global_warm...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

As I have said to others, we are doomed if we think we are doomed. The choice is to do what we can, and make some difference to how bad it gets, or do nothing and make it worse. I don't find that a complex choice. Here in Buddhism we believe this is a degenerate age. Things will only get progressiv...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:13 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

I'm not a gloom and doom kind of guy, but I am pragmatist. There are nasty trends in motion that show no signs of abating. In particular, the link between diminishing water supplies and ever increasing land cultivation (per my previous post) is enough to give anyone pause. Of course there are solut...
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:09 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Huseng, Nemo, peterpan,
Food for thought for you: http://www.alternet.org/environment/are ... ate-change
Which side are you on?

:namaste:
Kim
by Kim O'Hara
Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:30 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

One good article deserves another: http://ecowatch.org/2012/scientists-predict-imminent-planetary-collapse/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; From the article, The authors note that studies of small-scale ecosystems show that once 50-90 percent of an area has been altered, the entire e...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

What makes me Mr. Doom is that I knew all this was in the cards when I was an environmentalist in the 1980's. Thank you, Nemo. I am sad for you that your experiences have made you so pessimistic, but I am glad that you realise the origin of your pessimism is not factual but psychological - or at le...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

The same thing can be said about what you and Viniketa have put forth. Could you please point to something I have put forth that appears to be a quarter or half truth? Admittedly most of that is pointed towards Kim (1). I do have issues with the characterization that our stance is doom and gloom. T...
by Kim O'Hara
Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:40 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

I do not ask to be antagonistic nor to play cards. If there is evidence, I would like to be informed. Is it not obvious? I don't need to write a whole monograph on these points. -In complex societies there are almost always working classes, slaves and general grunts who get paid little in terms of ...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:12 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Thanks, viniketa, for being a voice or reason amongst the doom-and-gloom. :thanks: Husing, I haven't got much time this morning so I will just respond to the beginning of your post: If you can't handle that one, perhaps you could start with documented evidence that climate catastrophe is inevitable ...
by Kim O'Hara
Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

There is a big difference between facing reality and "abandon hope, all ye who enter here." A new take on "green building": Lovely, but that doesn't address the fact that almost our entire global industrial infrastructure depends on finite fossil fuels ... The first world greenies think recycling o...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Does your attitude make you happy? Does it encourage you to be a better person, kind to little old ladies and kittens? :meditate: Kim It makes me feel compassion for the immeasurable suffering beings and their horrific karma. But does it encourage you to be a better person, kind to little old ladie...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:43 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

There are still many wonderful things about America, but there are many signs that points to the inexorable slide towards a form of totalitarian regime, which people willingly live in a gilded cage. Yes ... the legal framework and physical apparatus for heavy policing is in place for a reason. Actu...
by Kim O'Hara
Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

There are still many wonderful things about America, but there are many signs that points to the inexorable slide towards a form of totalitarian regime, which people willingly live in a gilded cage.[emphasis added] Another brilliant bit of miserablism!!!! :twothumbsup: :woohoo: :twothumbsup: ... or...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Kim O Hara..can I ask you something ? My question has no agenda btw other than the fact that is often helpful to know where someone is coming from in order to discuss their pov in an informed way, and looking at your profile and Forum Activity does not help in that direction. Are you a Buddhist pra...
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:05 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Here's a sobering article from Der Spiegel about the Doha summit: US Disappoints at Doha Climate Talks Yes, very disappointing - but still not the end of the world. What I find particularly annoying is that the US, in spite of its world-leadership rhetoric, is in so many ways a third-world country....
by Kim O'Hara
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:54 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

A recent Scientific American blog post http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/2012/11/08/the-energy-opportunity-in-wasted-heat/ said ... For every one unit of energy that is converted into electricity in power plants today, two units of energy are thrown away. This wasted energy is primarily...
by Kim O'Hara
Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 81452

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Getting back to the topic ...
Renewable energy growth -
http://www.scribd.com/doc/114384379/Cli ... lia-report

:namaste:
Kim