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Europe Reverts 100 Years

by Oui Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 12:16:38 PM EST

Fascism is once again roaming the globe and Europe has no immunity of this scourge ... history repeating itself. SHAME

Jack London's Racial Lives -- A Critical Biography

Although he promoted white superiority in novels and nonfiction, London sharply satirized racism and meaningfully portrayed racial others--most often as protagonists--in his short fiction.

Why the disparity? For London, racial and class identity were intertwined: his formation as an artist began with the mixed "heritage" of his family. His mother taught him racism, but he learned something different from his African American foster mother, Virginia Prentiss. Childhood poverty, shifting racial allegiances, and a "psychology of want" helped construct the many "houses" of race and identity he imagined. Reesman also examines London's socialism, his study of Darwin and Jung, and the illnesses he suffered in the South Seas.

With new readings of The Call of the Wild, Martin Eden, and many other works, such as the explosive Pacific stories, Reesman reveals that London employed many of the same literary tropes of race used by African American writers of his period: the slave narrative, double-consciousness, the tragic mulatto, and ethnic diaspora. Hawaii seemed to inspire his most memorable visions of a common humanity.

Greek government under fire after video shows 'pushback' of asylum seekers | The Guardian - May 2023 |

Days before general election, footage emerges showing `illegal' deportation of refugees out of country's border

The Greek government is facing fresh condemnation of its migration policies, days before general elections, after the release of video footage depicting the forcible expulsion of asylum seekers who had sought sanctuary in the country.

Barely 48 hours before polls open, the prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' centre-right administration has been put on the defensive by extraordinary documentation of the illegal "pushback". The footage, taken by an Austrian activist on Lesbos last month, was brought to light by the New York Times, which published the material on Friday, after being "verified and corroborated" by the US outlet.

"For years, activists and journalists have dug into claims that the Greek authorities are illegally pushing migrants out of Greece's borders, but hard evidence has been fragmentary," the paper said in a statement. "The Greek government has consistently denied the mistreatment of migrants. The video may be the most damning evidence yet of its violations of international laws and EU rules governing how asylum seekers must be treated," it added.

The footage amounts to a shocking indictment of policies the Mitsotakis government has long denied. In evidence that is likely to ignite an excoriating response in other EU capitals, a group of 12 asylum seekers, including children and a six-month-old baby, are filmed being summarily expelled by Hellenic coast guard officers from Lesbos, where they had arrived from Turkey.

The refugees, described as Somalis, Eritreans and Ethiopians, are shown being driven in an "unmarked" white van to a remote spot on the Aegean island before being forced into a high-speed inflatable boat by men whose facial features are concealed by balaclavas.

The 24 hours News cycle limits events sinking in to make archangel for the better ...

Image of dead 3-year-old boy on Turkish beach haunts, frustrates the world | Sept. 3, 2015 |

The photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach is haunting.
It captures everything we don't want to see when we tap our phones or open our newspapers: a vicious civil war, a refugee crisis, the death of an innocent.

Largely because of social media, the image of little Aylan Kurdi is hammering home the Syrian migrant crisis to the world. Aylan died along with his 5-year-old brother and their mother when their small rubber boat capsized as it headed for Greece.

The same month, at the request of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, ally Russia would enter the civil conflict entertained by the U.S. and NATO allies to end the slaughter. At the time the damage had been done with millions of displaced Syrians in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon and Turkey with 400,000 people dead. From the consequences of America's Iraq War, Abu Ghraib torture and detention of tens of thousands, the Islamic State terror was born and would enter Syria through the Euphrates valley and settle its HQ in Raqqa. NATO aerial bombardement would last a decade.

Dutch supported terror groups in Syria ... as did Israel and Western allies

Dutch Prosecution Service cases against individuals

In the spring of 2011, sparked by the Arab Spring, the Syrian people revolted against the regime of its President, Bashar al-Asad. The protests were violently crushed by the government, and in the fall of 2011 the Free Syrian Army was created to provide armed support to the uprising. From 2012 onward, the conflict developed into a long-running sectarian civil war, with the international community providing military support to both parties. Gradually, terrorist organizations like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra became involved in the armed conflict as well. From the start of the conflict, a total number of approximately 280 Dutch nationals have travelled to Syria.

Pushback Greece coastguard refugees boat capsized hundreds drowned

A Closer Look At the Migrant Boat Disaster Off Greece | July 2023 |

NATO Policy: Countering terrorism

Terrorism is the most direct asymmetric threat to the security of the citizens of NATO countries, and to international stability and prosperity. A persistent global issue that knows no border, nationality or religion, terrorism is a challenge that the international community must tackle together. NATO will continue to fight this threat with determination and in full solidarity. NATO's work on counter-terrorism focuses on improving awareness of the threat, developing capabilities to prepare and respond, and enhancing engagement with partner countries and other international actors.

America's War on Terror initiated by the George W. Bush administration filled with Neocons had exponentially multiplied the number of terrorists across the globe. Further it has opened Pandora's Box for an extreme tight wing backlash across Red States and fascist individuals and groups across the Western hemisphere. Enduring Wars with no end in sight for the coming decades. Pax American in the 21st Century.


Italy election: Giorgia Meloni's far-right party Brothers of Italy has won

Will Europe's centre-right parties accept defeat or sell their souls to the hard right? | The Guardian Opinion- Aug. 28, 2023 |

Progressive policies are at stake as conservatives attempt to forge alliances in the European parliament with extreme nationalists

There was a time when clear blue water separated Europe's mainstream centre-right from the Eurosceptic populists and xenophobes of the hard right. A Christian Democrat such as Helmut Kohl or Angela Merkel would have had nothing in common with - and nothing to do with - a nativist such as Marine Le Pen or Geert Wilders.

No longer. In the run-up to the 2024 European Parliament elections, once-sharp lines between pro-European conservative parties and the nationalist far right are blurring as both seek to tap into public anger or anxiety over migration, the cost of living, the green transition and gender diversity.

The longstanding "cordon sanitaire" against cooperation with the hard right is fast crumbling, first at local and national level and now potentially in Brussels too. That matters because the European parliament must approve all the EU's net zero climate and energy legislation, and the right is already trying to water it down.

In recent weeks, Spain's conservative People's party has fallen just short of victory in a general election despite declaring its readiness to govern with the anti-immigration Vox party, which has intellectual roots in Franco's fascist ideology.

The leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) opposition, Friedrich Merz, suggested his party should work locally - though not at national or European level - with the extreme-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), which has soared to second place in national opinion polls. However, Merz had to row back after protests from within his party.

And the successor to Dutch prime minister Marc Rutte as leader of the centre-right liberal VVD party, Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius, (Rutte resigned in July triggering a snap election that will be held in November) has ditched a longstanding refusal to work with Wilders' anti-immigrant [biased pro-Israel] PVV party.

Mainstream conservative governments in Sweden and Finland meanwhile have taken office thanks to the support of hard-right nationalists in, respectively, the Sweden Democrats and the Finns party.

In France, the conservative Gaullists of Les Républicains are vying to outdo Le Pen and her extreme-right rival Éric Zemmour in demonising Islam and proposing new ways to stop asylum seekers. Party leader Éric Ciotti wants to officially declare that the French constitution has primacy over European law in order to impose quotas of asylum seekers.

Above some links added are from my diaries and earlier writing.

Islamophobia and Scourge Rightwing Fascist Terror

Hitler arms manufacturing 1930s

Lessons Learned: Hitler's Rearmament of Germany | CFR - video |

Fu*kers ... Russia didn't want NATO at its borders ... existential threat ... 4Ever Wars #JoeBiden&Co ... people suffer ... way beyond point of no return ... 4Ever division.

The only priority of true global leaders should be sustainability of human life on our Blue Planet Earth. Not cutting funds for Third World countries in half. Tackle extreme poverty and hunger.

IMF must abandon demands for austerity as cost-of-living crisis drives up hunger and poverty worldwide

Ukraine Is Crowding Out the World's Foreign Aid | Foreign Policy |

Europe is diverting much of the money it used to send abroad to care for refugees at home.


'Off-the-charts records': has humanity finally broken the climate? | The Guardian |

Extreme weather is 'smacking us in the face' with worse to come, but a 'tiny window' of hope remains, say leading climate scientists

'Living the predictions'

While the scientists were clear that overall global heating was playing out as predicted, their views on whether the extreme weather impacts were hitting faster and harder than expected were more varied as they encompassed a wider range of factors.

"The impacts are frighteningly more impactful than I - and many climate scientists I know - expected," said Prof Krishna AchutaRao, of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Prof Francisco Eliseu Aquino, of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, said: "I have also been scared by these extreme events in the last weeks and months. They are more intense and going beyond what we expected for this decade."

"My expertise is in heatwaves, and I'm not surprised most of the northern hemisphere has had heatwaves this summer, but the intensity is greater than I expected," said Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, an associate professor at UNSW. "We are hitting record-breaking extremes much sooner than I expected. That's frightening, scary and concerning, and it really suggests that we're not as aware of what's coming as we thought we were."

Chinese farmers hit by floods and drought say extreme weather is getting worse | NBC News |


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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 06:56:55 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 06:57:44 PM EST
'A fighting war with the main enemy': How the CIA helped land a mortal blow to the Soviets in Afghanistan 32 years ago

President Ronald Reagan meeting with members of the Afghan mujahideen in the White House Oval Office in 1983 Photo credit: Reagan Library / Wikimedia Commons  

Source Reagan Library: President Reagan, Burhanuddin Rabbani head Northern Alliance, assassinated † 2011, Selwa Roosevelt, George Shultz, Don Regan, Admiral Poindexter, Ahmad Gailani † 2017, Mohammad Nabi religious leader Taliban † 2002, Sebghatullah Mojaddedi founder Afghan mujahideen † 2019.

Fact Check-Photo caption is wrong: Ronald  Reagan 'meeting with the Taliban or Mujahideen fighters' in the 80s

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 07:04:59 PM EST
CIA program buying back Stinger missiles from terrorists in AfPak region

In 1993, the CIA approached Congress noting that they required an additional $55 million to buy back the weapons, noting that a failure to secure the missiles could result in attacks against American civil aircraft.

In 1998, Felix Sater [plea deal criminal case in 2009] provided the CIA with the location and serial numbers of approximately 10 Stingers held by the Northern Alliance.

Covered his person in an extended diary - All American, Spy Felix Sater Working All Sides

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 07:06:22 PM EST
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Diamonds and diplomacy: How ex-US Ambassador Richard Olson fell from grace | BBC News |

Ambassador Olson handled the assignment with skill - the hard-earned product of his 30-plus year career in the foreign service.

When he retired four years later, in 2016, then-Secretary of State John Kerry gushed that Olson, "quite simply one of our most distinguished diplomats", had left a "lasting impact" on US diplomacy.

But behind the scenes, Olson's arrival in Islamabad marked the beginning of a scandal-filled few years, US court documents have shown - extramarital affairs, unreported gifts of diamond jewelry [failing to report a $60,000 gift of diamond jewelry to his mother-in-law from the emir of Dubai], and accusations of lies and illegal lobbying.

UAE - Qatargate

Last year, Olson admitted to lying in ethics paperwork and violating so-called "revolving door" laws by lobbying for Qatar within one year of retiring from federal service. On Friday, he was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $93,400.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 16th, 2023 at 05:33:26 PM EST
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Ex-US ambassador in Islamabad dated Pakistani journalist: report | The Express Tribune |

One aspect of the investigation centered around Olson's failure to report a $60,000 gift of diamond jewelry from the emir of Dubai to his mother-in-law while he was serving as the head of the US Consulate in Dubai. Additionally, the FBI probed his involvement in arranging for a Pakistani American businessman, Imaad Zuberi, to pay $25,000 in tuition bills for Muna Habib, enabling her to attend the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Olson's complicated romantic life also came under scrutiny. While stationed in Pakistan from 2012 to 2015, he dated multiple women despite being married to another US diplomat, who was serving as the ambassador to Libya at the time. He did not report these liaisons to US diplomatic security officials, as required by State Department counterintelligence rules.

The former ambassador pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors, admitting to failing to disclose an $18,000 first-class ticket he received for a job interview and illegally lobbying on behalf of Qatar after his retirement. While he was not charged in connection with the diamond gift or Habib's tuition, the Justice Department argued that these episodes demonstrated a pattern of unethical behavior.

DOJ Press Release: Political Donor Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Lobbying and Campaign Contribution Crimes, Tax Evasion, and Obstruction of Justice

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 16th, 2023 at 05:34:27 PM EST
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Dark side of the CIA in extra-marital affairs in Pakistan 🤣

Ex-US ambassador had a relationship with Pakistani journalist, CIA funded her scholarship, 'coincidentally' she is against Imran Khan/PTI!

An ex US ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, had a relationship with journalist (press-titute) of media company, Naya Daur, Muna Habib, who can be seen taking an openly and aggressive anti-Imran Khan and anti-PTI stance.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 16th, 2023 at 05:35:02 PM EST
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LA Businessman Imprisoned In Connection With Massive Political Influence Scheme | Global Influence Operations Report - March 16, 2021 |

According to a POLITICO report, Zuberi's violations included unregistered lobbying for governments such as Sri Lanka and Turkey as well as a Ukrainian oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The POLITICO report goes on to detail Zuberi's influence network:

    These documents also demonstrate how Zuberi built a widespread network of contacts, thanks in part to his prodigious political giving. That included six-figure donations to the Obama-Biden ticket in 2012 (Lindsey Graham) and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016. No one who accepted tainted money from Zuberi has been accused of wrongdoing, and Biden, through a spokesman, has said he had no knowledge of Zuberi's illegal acts when they met, mostly at donor roundtables when Biden was vice president. The new records show that Zuberi donated to or hired several Washington advocacy groups, lobbying shops, and public relations firms. He also had well-connected people on his payroll for various business projects, including former NATO supreme commander Gen. Wesley Clark.

POLITICO also notes Zuberi's ties to Qatar:

    Prosecutors revealed last year that there is an investigation into Zuberi's ties to Qatar. Zuberi secretly lobbied the Trump White House and Congress on behalf of the small gas-rich monarchy, which has paid him $9.8 million, prosecutors have alleged in court papers.

Finally, the Justice Depart announcement raises questions about Zuberi's possible ties to Iran:

    Zuberi also siphoned money invested in U.S. Cares, a company set up to export humanitarian aid to Iran. In 2013 and 2014, investors deposited approximately $7 million into U.S. Cares, but Zuberi used more than 90 percent of investor funds for his personal benefit, which included purchasing real estate, paying down debt such as mortgages and credit card bills, remodeling properties, investing in brokerage accounts, and donating $250,000 to a non-profit organization established by a former high-ranking elected official.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 16th, 2023 at 05:36:28 PM EST
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'Mercenary' donor sold access for millions in foreign money | AP News |

As an elite political fundraiser, Imaad Zuberi had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike -- a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump's inauguration.

He lived a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle, staying at fine hotels and hosting lawmakers and diplomats at four-star restaurants. Foreign ambassadors turned to Zuberi to get face time in Congress. A CIA officer called him the "best connected person I know," marveling at the depth of his Rolodex.

He was a charming networker and an inveterate namedropper. His Facebook account was filled with pictures of him next to the powerful and famous: having dinner with Hillary Clinton and Robert De Niro and rubbing shoulders with Trump's then-chief of staff Reince Priebus outside Mar-A-Lago. Zuberi raised huge amounts for Clinton in the 2016 election before becoming a top donor to the Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 16th, 2023 at 05:37:25 PM EST
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Taleban delegation in Texas for talks on Unocal gas pipeline | Dec. 4, 1997 |

A senior delegation from the Taleban movement in Afghanistan is in the United States for talks with an international energy company [ENRON] that wants to construct a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to Pakistan [UNOCAL and lobbyist Zalmay Khalilzad]

A spokesman for the company, Unocal, said the Taleban were expected to spend several days at the company's headquarters in Sugarland, Texas. [Taleban delegation got a VIP treatment, also visited Gov. George Bush's ranch at Midland] Unocal says it has agreements both with Turkmenistan to sell its gas and with Pakistan to buy it].

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 07:08:04 PM EST
The time of realism in Taliban-US relations

Although we have dealt extensively with developments in Afghanistan since August 15 and the bloody occupation of Kabul - and power - by the Taliban, little attention has been paid to how we reached the US agreement with the Taliban in February 2020. which to a large extent was the starting point of the developments that followed.

That agreement recognized a reality that had already taken shape in the "field" itself. Not only had the Taliban not been defeated but they had gained considerable power. They could therefore not be excluded from any political process. The United States was no longer willing to spend huge sums of money to allow Afghan government forces to take over the Taliban militarily, as this proved virtually impossible.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 07:09:33 PM EST
A new page in relationship with Norway and EU talks ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 07:12:41 PM EST
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Translation (Persian):
The fate of all those who distanced themselves from their people and were happy to be a "NATO strategic ally" is the same! But in the end, it is the people who pay the price for the wrong decisions of the foolish political leaders.

Modernization of warfare 1979 to 2022 ... power games from a chessboard to video drone games ... how to gain the edge in great destruction.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 07:13:54 PM EST
NATO can fulfil Libya mission, says Biden | FT - April 20, 2011 |

Joe Biden, US vice-president, has declared NATO can fulfil its mission in Libya without US help, arguing that Washington has far more important strategic concerns elsewhere, particularly Egypt.

Speaking to the Financial Times after US allies tried to persuade Washington to help more with the conflict, Mr Biden suggested the problem was not with other NATO countries' capabilities, but with their political will.

"If the Lord Almighty extricated the US out of NATO and dropped it on the planet of Mars so we were no longer participating, it is bizarre to suggest that Nato and the rest of the world lacks the capacity to deal with Libya - it does not," he said. "Occasionally other countries lack the will, but this is not about capacity."

European countries such as Italy and the Netherlands have not to date taken part in air strikes on Libyan government forces, despite pressure from Britain and France, which are leading the Nato operation.

After spearheading the initial assault, the US has taken a supporting role, pulling back its highly capable A-10 Tankbuster aircraft and AC-130 gunships and focusing on services such as aerial refuelling, intelligence and jamming.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 08:08:26 PM EST
Gaddafi death: Joe Biden says `NATO got it right' in Libya | Atlantic Council - Oct. 20, 2011 |

From the Los Angeles Times: VP Joe Biden said developments in Libya show the U.S. approach to dealing with Moammar Gaddafi was the right one.

"Whether he's alive or dead, he's gone. The people of Libya have gotten rid of a dictator," Biden said at an event in New Hampshire, seeming to want to avoid a definitive statement on Gaddafi. President Obama is due to address his death at 2 p.m. EDT from the White House.

Biden also seemed to compare the regime change unfolding in Libya with the Bush administration's approach to Iraq.

"NATO got it right," he said. "In this case, America spent $2 billion and didn't lose a single life. This is more the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go forward than it has in the past."  (photo: AP)

No American lives lost 😠

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 08:09:40 PM EST
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Biden: I Was For Before I Was Against

Joe Biden suggested that his worst fears and suspicions about what would happen once dictator Muammar Qadhafi was ousted have come to pass | Politico - June 21, 2016 |

Intervening in Libya was the wrong decision, Vice President Joe Biden said in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, suggesting that his worst fears and suspicions about what would happen once dictator Muammar Qadhafi was ousted have come to pass.

"My -- my question was, 'OK, tell me what happens?,'" Biden recalled. "'He's gone. What happens? Doesn't the country disintegrate? What happens then? Doesn't it become a place where it becomes a -- Petri dish for the growth of extremism? Tell me. Tell me what we're gonna do."

Rose responded, "And it has."

"And it has," Biden said, going on to say that the United States should not use force unless the interests of the country or its allies are directly threatened, whether it can be done "efficaciously" and whether it can be sustained.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 29th, 2023 at 08:11:43 PM EST
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Earth 'well outside safe operating space for humanity', scientists find

Earth's life support systems have been so damaged that the planet is "well outside the safe operating space for humanity", scientists have warned.

Their assessment found that six out of nine "planetary boundaries" had been broken because of human-caused pollution and destruction of the natural world. The planetary boundaries are the limits of key global systems - such as climate, water and wildlife diversity - beyond which their ability to maintain a healthy planet is in danger of failing.

The broken boundaries mean the systems have been driven far from the safe and stable state that existed from the end of the last ice age, 10,000 years ago, to the start of the industrial revolution. The whole of modern civilisation arose in this time period, called the Holocene.

The assessment was the first of all nine planetary boundaries and represented the "first scientific health check for the entire planet", the researchers said. Six boundaries have been passed and two are judged to be close to being broken: air pollution and ocean acidification. The one boundary that is not threatened is atmospheric ozone, after action to phase out destructive chemicals in recent decades led to the ozone hole shrinking.

The scientists said the "most worrying" finding was that all four of the biological boundaries, which cover the living world, were at, or close to, the highest risk level. The living world is particularly vital to the Earth as it provides resilience by compensating for some physical changes, for example, trees absorbing carbon dioxide pollution.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 13th, 2023 at 10:09:17 PM EST

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