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The Internet May Be Underwater in 15 Years
Cities like New York, Miami, and Seattle are likely to see up to 12 inches of extra water by 2030—well inside the time range of a mortgage on a house, or the planning horizon for big public infrastructure projects. A foot of extra water wending through some of those cities, the researchers say, would put about 20 percent of the nation’s key internet infrastructure underwater.

“The 15-year predictions are really kind of locked in,” Carol Barford says. There’s so much inertia in the climate system that there’s nothing humans can to do stop the seas from rising within that time frame.
infrastructure  climate-change  internet  climate_diaspora 
14 days ago by perich
How much will the US Way of Life © have to change? – Uneven Earth
Labour has not been erased from the food chain, but only from some links of the food chain visible in the core states. Contemporary imperialism engineers prices, under- and de-develops the periphery, maintains massive labour reserves, and suppresses wages. As a result, consumers in the core command enough social power that people in other societies must labour to produce our food. Eurocentrism makes such labour invisible.

Where capital has replaced labour in commodity export sectors, the consequences have been disastrous. Land concentrates in the hands of the bourgeoisie, poor people flee to slums, debt-driven suicides mount in India, and the Tunisian semi-proletariat immolates itself. As the poor’s capacity to demand a share of the social product decreases, consumption decreases, and they go hungry. If capitalism has produced a society where some ‘need not work’ in agriculture, it has also produced a society where consumption in the core—such as it is, given widespread malnutrition and obesity—turns on immiseration in the periphery.
climate-change  degrowth  environmentalism  agriculture  climate_diaspora 
6 weeks ago by perich
It doesn't take the end of the world to kill you
On January 12, 2010, I was living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where I was correspondent for the Associated Press. At 4:53 p.m., the city and the house I was standing in got hit by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake. In forty seconds I got the most terrifying glimpse of the Earth’s raw power that I ever want to see. Any wishful thinking I’d harbored about a guarantee of human permanence on this planet was shattered along with my windows and walls.

Somewhere between 100,000 and 316,000 people were killed—roughly one in ten residents of the metro area. If you haven’t seen what ninety percent survival looks like, it’s almost impossible to convey the horror. Bodies rotted in the streets for weeks because there was no way to bury all of them. Those of us lucky enough to survive will live with the emotional and physical scars for the rest of our lives.

That was not the end of the world.

Something like half a million people have died in the war in Syria. The conflict has also sparked the exodus of millions of refugees, a crisis which, in addition to the horrors visited upon those forced to flee, helped spark the revival of fascism in Europe and the United States. It isn’t the end of the world either.
climate-change  climate_diaspora  jonathan_katz  syria  environmentalism 
6 weeks ago by perich

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