Humans restoring pollinator paths to support nature and our food system

“Reproduction for about 90 per cent of flowering plant species depends on pollinators, from bees and butterflies to hummingbirds and bats. We have pollinators to thank for one of every three bites of food we eat. Sadly, threats like development, pesticides and climate change are dramatically reducing pollinator diversity and numbers. A 2016 UN report found 40 per cent of all insect pollinators worldwide are under threat. More than 50 butterfly and moth species and a quarter of all bumblebee species in North America are threatened, and six species of native bees await protection under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.” 

Finally, enlightened and dedicated humans are working to restore pollinator paths and bumblebee highways in support of nature and our food system.  See:  Butterflyways blooming throughout the land.

I bought organic Milkweed seeds from a local farm and planted seedlings this spring in our yard.  Coming together, concerned citizens are restoring critical habitat areas.  Good idea:

Residents of Toronto and Richmond, B.C., recently celebrated official designation of neighbourhood Butterflyways… recruiting more than 150 residents in five Canadian cities as the first Butterflyway Rangers. These volunteers learned how to help local pollinators flourish. They returned to their neighbourhoods with a mission: create a local Butterflyway by planting at least a dozen pollinator patches filled with native wildflowers that support these essential critters…What happened next is inspiring.

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Weed killer in our food and cancer

Good summary update in this clip.

It’s in everything from bread, to berries, to breast milk. It’s called glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s top weed killer Roundup, and whether glyphosate is harmful to humans or not will most likely be decided by Trump’s EPA. Here is a direct video link.

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Affordable electric vehicles are a paradigm shift for transportation

Gene Munster, co-founder of Loup Ventures, and Brian Johnson, Barclays U.S. auto analyst, debate the outlook for Tesla Inc. Here is a direct video link.

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Shilling on Fed policy, oil and stocks

Gary Shilling, A. Gary Shilling & Co. president and a Bloomberg View columnist, discusses Federal Reserve monetary policy. Here is a direct video link.

Gary Shilling, A. Gary Shilling & Co. president and a Bloomberg View columnist, discusses the correlation between oil prices and stocks. Here is a direct video link.

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Pitchforks coming for central bankers

As central banks have pumped trillions of QE liquidity into the financial system since 2008, money supply (green) increased along with household debt (in red), but economic output (blue) has maintained its downward trend along with wages and salaries (black).

This is a big problem, because credit bubbles have always burst–every one (see chart below)–evaporating the appearance of wealth as asset prices collapse and debts remain.

When the Canadian debt bubble is finished mean reverting, this chart showing the relative overshoot in Canadian home prices versus the US since 2008 gives a sense of how far prices are likely to retrace.


A similar story is told in this chart of the amount of hours of work required at current average wage rates to purchase one share of the US S&P 500 stock index.  Today we are at peak price madness, as we were last in 2000.

This is a financial mess of biblical proportions, led and enabled by a reckless, ungoverned financial sector and risk-blind central bankers.  The coming repricing cycle will reveal once more the extent of the hubris and harm which has cost humanity so dearly.

Societe Generale’s Albert Edwards has expressed this well in Theft redux:  the citizens will soon turn their rage toward central bankers:

Evidence of the impact of monetary madness on assets prices is all around if we care to look…Is it just me or can I hear echoes of the mechanics of the CDO crisis? But no one cares when the party is still raging and investors, drunk with the liquor of loose money, are blind to the inevitable catastrophe that lies ahead.

There is a lot of anger out on the streets, as demonstrated most visibly in recent elections…I am not completely alone in thinking it is the unelected and virtually unaccountable central bankers who are primarily responsible for the poverty of working people and who will be ultimately held to account in the next crisis.

 

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EV’s to drive global oil demand lower

With electric car sales now booming, how is the oil industry prepping for life after gas guzzlers? Emily Wither reports from the the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul.  Here is a direct video link.

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