User: irge304 Topic: Urban Waste
Category: Assorted :: Waste and Consumerism
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Cool and close to home for the April 13-15 weekend 8.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

You’ll find Africanized ballet, flowers aplenty, heavy-duty exercise and art, animation and dance next weekend in Southern California.

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African dance and classical ballet combine in South African choreographer Dada Masilo’s Johannesburg dance troupe’s performance of “Giselle” at the...

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The ‘100-yen’ answers to all of life’s needs 3.2.2018 Hindu: International
Shopping in Tokyo conjures up images of swanky boutiques and equally swanky price tags. But the Japanese capital’s real retail engine thrums in the tiny, crammed and endlessly inventive environs of th...
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10 Albums to Help You Heal From the Trauma of 2017 16.12.2017 Mother Jones
Reality has been pretty hard to handle—and impossible to escape—this past year. But sometimes we just need a break, a pause to refresh the spirit for the challenges ahead or to remind us that this too shall pass, however dire things may seem. In that spirit, and in no particular order, here are 10 albums […]
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The Latest: Macy's says it's fixed gift, credit card issue 25.11.2017 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on Black Friday (all times local):...
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The Latest: Some shoppers find a lower-key Black Friday 25.11.2017 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on Black Friday (all times local):...
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Conference on ‘The Organic Movement: The Way Forward’ 4.11.2017 Voice of Sikkim
04 Nov, Gangtok (IPR) : A conference ‘The Organic Movement: The Way Forward’ was held at Chintan Bhawan today amidst presence of distinguished visiting delegates from leading global Organic bodies. The conference was graced by Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling as the chief guest. Mr Markus Arbenz, Director, IFOAM, Germany, made a brief presentation on […]
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Survey: Millennials Less Likely to Recycle, But More Likely to Buy From Companies that Go Green 25.9.2017 New Kerala: World News
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 25, 2017 : Millennials are less likely to recycle than other generations, but more likely to buy from companies making a positive impact on the world, a new survey finds.
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A big weekend for visual arts 25.5.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Three art shows take on the environment, consumerism and police brutality.
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Economies should not just focus on consumption: Pope 25.7.2016 New Kerala: World News
Vatican City, July 25 : Economic systems should not focus solely on consumerism but also on "the full realisation of each individual and genuine development", Pope Francis said on Monday.
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Hunger used as 'weapon of war', says Pope 14.6.2016 New Kerala: World News
Roma, June 14 : Pope Francis on Monday decried starvation in the world, saying it is being used as a weapon of war in conflict zones, in violation of international law.
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'High-Rise' is a towering display of destruction 12.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The final scene of “High-Rise,” Ben Wheatley’s exuberantly nasty screen adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel, plays over an excerpt of one of Margaret Thatcher’s recorded speeches, extolling the capitalist values she would later implement as prime minister of Britain. Coming as an abrupt punchline...

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What happens when fashion becomes fast, disposable and cheap? 10.4.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Fashion styles are churned out more frequently than ever, giving us more opportunities to buy. But this "fast fashion" trend increases trash -- and some groups are trying to slow down the cycle.
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What Happens When Fashion Becomes Fast, Disposable And Cheap? 10.4.2016 NPR News
Fashion styles are churned out more frequently than ever, giving us more opportunities to buy. But this "fast fashion" trend increases trash — and some groups are trying to slow down the cycle.
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Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers by Frank Trentmann review – buying into the material world 9.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Our role as obedient customers is put under the spotlight in an ambitious 600-year history of global economics JG Ballard’s last published novel, Kingdom Come , unfolds in a fictional London suburb called Brooklands, where a vast shopping mall fosters a bovine social docility. In the book’s wayward conceit, consumerism is a totalitarian device used to control people and their artificial wants. Fired up by dreams of wealth, Brooklanders indulge in Black Friday-style bargain hunting in their local Metro-Centre. Ballard was not the first to see shopping as a secular religion. Émile Zola, in his 1883 novel The Ladies’ Paradise, tells the rise of a department store in late 19th-century Paris and its role in the new mass consumption. With its silk counters and perfume department, the store looks forward to our age of indiscriminate purchase and credit binge. Far from aiding the French economy, Zola’s cathedral of commerce heralds a new retail Europe of consumer anxiety, boom and ...
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Why eco-austerity won’t save us from climate change 4.11.2015 Guardian: Science
Progressives need to rediscover their Promethean ambitions and counter green ideologies that hold us back and won’t save the planet Despite the anti-capitalist rhetoric of green-left writers like Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben , and the anti-corporate street protests of environmental NGOs, could it be that their small-is-beautiful , degrowth , localist , organic, anti-GMO and anti-nuclear approach to solving climate change and biodiversity loss is in fact working in service of neoliberalism (while not even doing much to help the planet either)? Ever since The Population Bomb , the 1968 bestseller by serial-Chicken-Little and anti-natalist Paul Ehrlich, warning that four billion would die of starvation by the end of the 1980s, and the Club of Rome’s 1972 report Limits to Growth that predicted civilizational “ overshoot and collapse” within decades, neo-Malthusians have been telling us we need to degrow the economy and retreat from a Western, consumerist, high-technology, unsustainable way of life, or else ...
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New climate negotiator: Pope fights for science, denouncing consumerism (Comment: Special to ) 24.9.2015 New Kerala: World News
Pope Francis is on the way to address the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development that begins on September 25 in New York. He has emerged, in a way, the most effective negotiator and the leading environmental diplomat for developing countries.
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Readers recommend: songs about trash – results 30.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Richman to Wonder, beachcombing at the coast to the city dump or ghetto, RR’s sonofwebcore finds some true treasures in a big clear up from last week’s topic The trashball effect; one little wrapper dropped in the street caught Jonathan Richman’s eye in the gathering litter. Faded by the rain, dried by the sun, he was entranced by its transmogrified colouration. Corroded, cruddy little thing, full of dirt and grit, but colours like that you just can’t git. Must have been one of Owsley’s. In Chewing Gum Wrapper, Jojo wants to take it home, save it from the dump. Hope he did, because badness starts small. A windy beach, a skittering dead leaf hitching the wind. Robert Wyatt discovers a plastic bag caught on a rail, bloated with breeze, raring to go. Should he set it free? He does, and it takes off to join a page of last week’s news. Otherwise the beach is completely deserted; the invisible flying sand brushing the beach clean. In The Sight Of The Wind, it is “a day for the rubbish to ...
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Climate scientist makes the most of his parking-lot meeting with Pope Francis 20.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Pope Francis's new encyclical urging humanity to wean itself off fossil fuels "without delay" was particularly meaningful to Veerabhadran Ramanathan.
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Pope's climate change encyclical glosses over role of population growth | John Vidal 19.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
In ignoring family planning – and overlooking women’s development role – the pope may have weakened his case on links between poverty and ecological crisis It’s more than 150 pages long with lots of commentary on climate, water scarcity, waste, the state of humanity, poverty, consumption, justice, morality and technology. But for all the papal encyclical’s reliance on peer-reviewed science and state of the art environmental analysis, there is only one brief mention by Pope Francis of the massive population growth that has overwhelmed many countries in the last 50 years as a direct result of Catholic teaching; and there are just 11 mentions of women. These two whopping elephants in the Basilica of St Peter throw some doubt on whether the encyclical is really a radical analysis of the state of the world intended to speak to everyone, as Francis has said he wants it to be, or is aimed at the upper echelons of a divided church in need of fresh ...
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Pope tilts to mainstream science 19.6.2015 Telegraph: International
June 18: The new papal encyclical on the environment is a ringing call to action, a critique of consumerism and a prophetic warning about the dangers of ignoring what Pope Francis calls "the ecological crisis."
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