In the Case Focus area we present dossiers on events and issues that reveal both the problems we face as well as, if possible, solutions to these problems, or at least a new way of understanding them. If you or your organization would like to submit a Case Focus dossier for publication, use this email.
Fracking for the Last Gas Hydraulic fracturing is a process used in nine out of 10 natural gas wells in the United States, where millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to break apart the rock and release the gas.
"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking", or hydraulic fracturing, has unlocked a 'Saudia Arabia of natural gas' just beneath us." - Josh Fox, Gasland.
Read the reports and watch the interviews at Case Focus: Fracking for Gas.
Food Supply Jitters as Prices Spike Concerns were raised at Davos 2011 over the world's food supply. The American Advancement of Science just held a symposium on the effect of climate change on the food supply. Commodity food prices have been spiking. And there is a growing realization that meat-eating is a big part of the food problem, as well as a big part of the problems of pollution and climate change. Where are we heading, and what can we do about it? Read Case Focus: Food Supply Jitters
World Peoples' Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth Reports from Tiquipaya, Bolivia, the site of the 'World Peoples' Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth', hosted by Bolivian President Evo Morales in April, 2010. (...read on)
COP15- The Copenhagen Conference Reports filed leading up to, during, and following the unfortunately rather disappointing COP15 Copenhagen Climate Conference, Dec. 2009. (...read on)
The Ocean Planet This is an ocean planet, and this ocean, like the atmosphere, is a single thing, one biological broth from Asia to the Caribbean; and the ocean creates the atmosphere we breath and play in, wherever we live. But we have been treating this ocean like a cesspool, dumping garbage and wastes and toxins into its waters of life, while strip-mining the ocean's own life systems which might have helped keep it clean and healthy... recent updates and reports on ocean health. (...read on)
Biocosm: A Universe Alive With Life? We May Soon Find Out.. With the launch of the Kepler planet-finder satellite, we may soon be seeing some answers to a great riddle: is Earth and it's vigorous biosphere a biochemical accident, a statistical fluke in a vast dead universe? Or does life, and intelligent life, arise naturally in our cosmos?
"That's 500 billion planets out there, and bear in mind there are 100 billion other galaxies. To think this [Earth] is the only place where anything interesting is happening, well, you have got to be really audacious to take that point of view." - Seth Shostak, SETI senior astronomer
Report From the Forest A special report on the Shipibo-Conibo forest people of the Amazon at the dawn of the 21st century
The Shipibo-Conibo are living with one foot in the 21st century and one foot in an unfathomably deep past, spanning many millenia in the Amazonian rain forest. They still practice many of their own unique traditions such as the Anisheati ceremony and ayahuasca shamanism. They have a very distinct artistic tradition; their decorative and geometric designs, inspired by shamanic songs (icaros), are found in their clothing, pottery, tools, and traditional textiles... (...read on)
Algae: Not Only The Best BioFuel... The biofuels boom, subsidized by government and the source of expected lucrative profits for agro-industry, turns out to be disastrous for the climate and for the food supply. But there is hope- biofuel from algae. What's more, the process also rapidly produces food. We take a closer look at this promising technology which we are demonstrating at Ecoversity this year, and give you references for further research.
2010: A Year of Record Heat
2010 was a very hot year. All in all, the first 6 months of 2010 were the warmest on record, and June was the warmest on record. Then July broke those records, in fact broke high temperature records in 17 countries.
Much of north America and Eurasia baked in triple digits, forest fires swept 27 regions of Russia, and Moscow was shrouded in smoke. By August we had headlines like "Heat Wave of 2010 in Eurasia Has Toppled Historic Records" and "Russia Heat Wave Statistics Stagger the Imagination". Russian President Medvedev: "What's happening with the planet's climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us, meaning all heads of state, all heads of social organizations, in order to take a more energetic approach to countering the global changes to the climate." Case Focus: 2010 Record Heat
Arctic Warming Speeding Up; Large-Scale Methane Releases Detected Updated, February 22 2009 with new videos... "The situation at the top of the world has taken a sharp turn for the worse just in the last few weeks."
An update on alarming climate news from the Arctic and the scramble for it's thawing resources, with original video of the endangered polar bear from Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson. (...read on)
Global Warming and Climate Chaos Updated, February 20 2009
Following one of the the hottest years of the last century, this winter has seen extremely severe storms, record cold, and record snowfalls from China to Wisconsin; global-warming skeptics are all abuzz. But the danger we face from our modifications to the atmosphere is not a gradual increase in temperature, but climate chaos. Record cold spells and snowfall, to the extent they represent something more than transient weather extremes, may be a sign of growing instability, rather than counter-indications of a simplistic linear warming. (...read on)