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  •  Meanwhile in Brasil (1+ / 0-)
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    the forest disappears to make a profit on soybeans to replace the soybeans that fried in the Midwest this summer.

    There are alarming signs that the Amazon is caught in a vicious circle and the more this great climate regulator is cleared, the less predictable global weather systems will become. That increases the risk of droughts and floods, ruining crops across the world. This in turn, adds to the pressure to clear the forest.

    "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

    by northsylvania on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 09:05:11 AM PST

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    •  yeah... the whole planet is Easter Island... (1+ / 0-)
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      the more we change things we destabilize things and the more we are driven to change more things to compensate and keep doing that until we can no longer compensate in any meaningful way... unless we get ahead of the curve, understand what we have been doing and find ways to stop doing as much harm and compensate in more balanced ways.

      Be interesting to do a study of Easter Island again, Make a theoretical lab out of their experiences, challenges and declines..... reexamine the things they were doing and try to see if they could have stopped or modified what they were doing before they made all the large tree species extinct among other things... theoretically speaking only since the closed system would have demanded severe sustainability limits... (of course if they had maintained their seagoing capacity via still having trees to make boats from the could have had a somewhat more open human ecology... escape, migration of surplus population...)

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

      by IreGyre on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 09:45:02 AM PST

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