We face a defining choice. We can hold to course with an economy that grows GDP to provide a few with the opportunity to make a killing as they prepare to escape to outer space. Or we can embrace the current opportunity to transition to an ecological civilization, with a living economy dedicated to supporting us all in making a secure and fulfilling living on a thriving living Earth. Awakening to the reality that we cannot eat money and there are no winners on a dead Earth points us to the latter as the clearly better choice.
Source: A Viable Human Future Depends on Living With Less | The Smirking Chimp
So, even with the inherent uncertainty in the pace and potency of these overwhelmingly negative effects of climate change, safety from it all is only likely in a handful of countries – those that currently have mild climates, that are wealthy and resource-rich, that have good healthcare systems, that aren’t politically unstable, and aren’t likely to experience dangerous weather extremes on a regular basis.
That leaves us with a pretty short list, then: Canada, Northern Europe, New Zealand, and perhaps Japan, for example. Wait, what about the Land of the Free – the wealthiest, perhaps most resourceful nation on Earth? Isn’t this a safe haven? Actually, no, not quite.
via As The Climate Changes And The Earth Warms, Where’s The Safest Place On Earth To Live? | IFLScience
Even Murdoch is buying into it. “I read this week about my Australian friends at Westfield. They can see what Amazon is doing to bricks and mortar retail,” he told the Financial Times over the weekend.
The enormous deals signify the end of an era. But they were also fitting because 2017 was a year when technological disruption (a buzzword that is often misused, but that will have to suffice for the purposes of this column) was everywhere in corporate Australia.
via The relentless, unstoppable force that spooked Murdoch and Lowy