Is capitalism to blame for global warming?

Consumer capitalism can hardly be blamed for all manmade pollution. However, an economic system

that bases value on "growth" necessarily taxes a heavy toll on wildlife, wilderness and natural resources. "Growth" is best explained as growth of services, goods bought and sold, and production; keeping in mind we live on a planet with millions of other species with limited resources for this 'growth', it does not take an "intellectual" to understand capitalism and the future of the planet are incompatible.

Discussion of this issue is difficult. Marxism has been effectively erased from Americans' collective memory (indeed, this site features no labor or Marxist scholars), and capitalism's focus on wealth creation eclipses all debate. Corporate media continues to whitewash environmental issues as "green consumerism", while extreme weather events threaten more human and animal life.

But as a little boy once asked a naked emperor,

why don't we just get rid of consumer capitalism?

A dark matter hurricane is crashing into Earth

Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."

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  • A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
  • It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
  • Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
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We are heading for a New Cretaceous, not for a new normal

The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.

Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from Greenbelt, MD, USA
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A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.

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New study reveals what time we burn the most calories

Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.

Photo: Victor Freitas / Unsplash
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  • Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
  • While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
  • Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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