The human addiction to fossil fuels, means we are literally butchering the planet as we go about extraction of gas and oil to fuel our endless consumption led societies. Much of this goes on un-noticed in some of the most distant parts of the earth. These shots of the earth at night from space by NASA, led this smart chap to wonder what the large areas of light in the uninhabited parts of the planet are. Answer: Massive oil and gas extraction sites.
Warbling about Smart Energy
Energy is the gigatrend of the 21st century. Just turn off your lights, heating and power and see what happens.
The uber challenge is that our entire energy system is powered by fossil fuels which rule the economic story and rapidly disrupt climates with devestating effects. There's a good reason nature buried them deep underground. We need new diverse forms of renewable energy, distributed, owned by communities, independant, flourishing, smart. Power for the people.
Jeez - this is a dark film. The sky is actually pink....
Worth a watch to understand fracking's impact on homes out West in the States and what it could do to NY.
'June 2012 broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average. So far, we've raised the average temperature of the planet just under 0.8 degrees Celsius, and that has caused far more damage than most scientists expected.
Copenhagen failed spectacularly. Neither China nor the United States, which between them are responsible for 40 percent of global carbon emissions, was prepared to offer dramatic concessions, and so the conference drifted aimlessly for two weeks until world leaders jetted in for the final day.'
The Post Carbon Institute has produced an illustrated guide to how we have become so reliant on fossil fuels and how we could shake off that addiction
Fossil fuels have been the driving force behind the industrialisation of much of the world over the past two centuries. But as we reach the end of the era of cheap coal and oil it is time to look towards a post-fossil fuel future.