- Three Years Since the Kitty Litter Disaster at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (February 24, 2017)
There is a place in the United States, almost half-a-mile underground, in a salt mine, where radioactive waste leftover from the production of tens of thousands of nuclear bombs was to be held separate from all contact with humanity for 10,000 years, equivalent to the entire history of civilization. This separation of civilization from the byproduct of its folly had lasted one-tenth of one percent of that immense time when on Valentine's Day, three years ago, an explosion sent the deadly contamination back to the world of humans.
- Deranged and Deluded: The Media's Complicity In The Climate Crisis (January 30, 2017)
In an important recent book, the Indian writer Amitav Ghosh refers to the present era of corporate-driven climate crisis as 'The Great Derangement'. For almost 12,000 years, since the last Ice Age, humanity has lived through a period of relative climate stability known as the Holocene. When Homo sapiens shifted, for the most part, from a nomadic hunter-gatherer existence to an agriculture-based life, towns and cities grew, humans went into space and the global population shot up to over seven billion people.
- Industrial Production of Poultry Gives Rise to Deadly Strains of Bird Flu H5Nx (January 30, 2017)
Debunking the claims of industrial poultry producers that multiple outbreaks of bird flu are due to wild waterfowl, instead providing evidence that industrial farming practices are responsible for the outbreak.
- Marxism and the Earth: A defence of the classical tradition (January 3, 2017)
Marxist analyses of the natural world have been the focus of intense debate recently, and the publication of any book that further explores what Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels thought about the subject is something to be welcomed. John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett have proven track records of writing some of the clearest books on the subject, and while Marx and the Earth is not a specific response to some of their recent critics, it is an important defence of Marxs and Engelss original work.
- Dirty Fossil Fuel 'Business-As-Usual' Tactics Spew Out Of The International Maritime Organization At COP22 (November 15, 2016)
The shipping industry needs to clean up its CO2 emissions now. The IMO's own Third IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014 report stated that by 2050, CO2 emissions from international shipping could grow by between 50 percent and 250 percent, depending on future economic growth and energy developments.
- Key to the Leap: Leave the oil in the soil (November 6, 2016)
Ian Angus and John Riddell argue that using the Leap Manifesto as the basis for building a new socialist movement in Canada must include confronting the climate crisis and the power of Big Oil.
- As Pipeline Construction and Repression Grows, DAPL Protest is Looking More Like a Mass Movement (November 2, 2016)
A look at the escalating conflict between the DAPL, Dakota Access Pipeline, and the native tribes and activists who are resisting it. The issue is centered around the construction of a pipeline which risks the destruction of a river that serves as a main water source to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the more than 17 million people downriver.
- Why are our environmental groups supporting weak climate targets? (November 1, 2016)
The federal government's recently announced that all Canadian jurisdictions must adopt a carbon pricing scheme by 2018 with a minimum price of $10 per tonne. The price must rise to reach $50 per tonne by 2022. The goal of reducing emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 will not get Canada anywhere close to its promises to the United Nations. Canadians probably believe that our major environmental groups are busy lobbying and pushing the federal and provincial governments to do much more. But no, this is not the case.
- Corporate climate risk is about profit, not fixing the problem (October 21, 2016)
Corporate 'risk management' is concerned with protecting profits, not with protecting the planet or human beings.
- Marxism and the Dialectics of Ecology (October 1, 2016)
The recovery of the ecological-materialist foundations of Karl Marxs thought, as embodied in his theory of metabolic rift, is redefining both Marxism and ecology in our time, reintegrating the critique of capital with critical natural science. Marx's materialist conception of history is inextricably connected to the materialist conception of nature, encompassing not only the critique of political economy, but also the critical appropriation of the natural-scientific revolutions occurring in his day.
- Is renewable energy really environmentally friendly? (September 30, 2016)
Renewable energy sources may have low CO2 emissions at the point of use, but the mines that make the technology possible are often environmentally destructive.
- Arctic Death Rattle (August 21, 2016)
The warming of the Arctic negatively affects the entire Northern Hemisphere by altering jet streams at 30,000-40,000 feet altitude, which turns normal weather patterns upside down, wreaking havoc throughout the hemisphere. Even more significantly, loss of Arctic ice exposes the planet to risks of a crushing blow to the planetary ecosystem, without warning.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 23, 2016 (July 23, 2016)
Working people and most of us are workers -- are affected by climate change in every aspect of our lives. As climate change worsens, our lives will worsen. If we are successful in bringing about the needed rapid change away from a fossil fuel based economy, working people are the ones who stand to bear most of the costs, including the cost, for millions of workers and their families, of losing their jobs.
Many elements of the environmental movement have been guilty of ignoring working people, while others actually blame ordinary working people for climate change and the injustices associated with it. Yet it is working people who are dying, in many places, even now, from excessive heat in factories, fields, construction sites, and homes. And million of working people stand to lose their jobs, homes, and communities in the transition to a low-carbon or no-carbon economy.
- Green transformation is a political project, not an economic one (July 19, 2016)
There is a need for public policy in order for green initiatives to be tangiblem in-depth projects.
- Why changing our diets won't save the Earth (June 13, 2016)
Received wisdom says that to save the planet we have to change our eating habits. Elaine Graham-Leigh explains why the received wisdom isn't just wrong, it blames working people for a crisis they didnt cause.
- Why Scientists Are Amazed at Oilsands Smog Levels (May 30, 2016)
On any hot day Shell and Syncrude tour guides used to call the gasoline-like vapours that wafted from Fort McMurray's huge open-pit bitumen mines "the smell of money." But a new study in Nature has another name for the stench: air pollution and megacity volumes of it.
- This is What Insurgency Looks Like (May 24, 2016)
The call to Break Free from Fossil Fuels envisioned "tens of thousands of people around the world rising up" to take back control of their own destiny; "sitting down" to "block the business of government and industry that threaten our future"; conducting "peaceful defense of our right to clean energy." That's just what happened.
- The Devil Capitalism Makes Us Destroy Our Planet (April 28, 2016)
Capitalism is asking us to choose between jobs and the future livability of our planet. Capitalism tells us it makes sense to flood some of the best food growing land in B.C. and build a dam to provide electricity for Alberta's tar sands; capitalism says build more pipelines across B.C. and allow hundreds more oil tankers every year to sail through pristine waters; capitalism doesnt care that more carbon extraction will guarantee our planet is cooked.
- Exxon Knew CO2 Pollution Was A Global Threat By Late 1970s (April 27, 2016)
Throughout Exxons global operations, the company knew that CO2 was a harmful pollutant in the atmosphere years earlier than previously reported. Exxon corporate documents from the late 1970s state unequivocally "there is no doubt" that CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels was a growing "problem" well understood within the company.
- How Big Oil seeps into Canadian academia (April 27, 2016)
For years, Royal Dutch Shell has tried to portray itself as one of the good guys in the battle against climate change. It recently completed improvements to an oil upgrader in Fort Saskatchewan, near Edmonton, to capture up to a third of its greenhouse gas emissions - equivalent to removing the annual pollution of about 250,000 cars.
- Getting Serious About Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground Means Getting Serious About a Just Transition (April 22, 2016)
If the climate movement is going to get serious about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, the movement needs to get serious about cultivating a real vision for a just transition. If were going to see coal-fired power plants and oil refineries and chemical plants shut down we need to have a real vision about what the future looks like for those workers, their families and their communities.
- Here's How To Craft A Winning Climate Message (April 21, 2016)
A guide to fighting back against dirty energy industry spin when discussing the climate crisis. The Climate Solutions for a Stronger America messaging guide is based on data from a repeat national survey of likely voters. Researchers examined the data to determine how to successfully communicate climate issues and identified three top-performing messages.
- The Precautionary Principle: the basis of a post-GMO ethic (April 18, 2016)
GMOs have been in our diets for about 20 years. Proof that they are safe? No way - it took much, much longer to discover the dangers of cigarettes and transfats, dangers that are far more visible than those of GMOs. On the scale of nature and ecology, 20 years is a pitifully short time. To sustain our human future, we have to think long term.
- Study: Fracking, Not Just Fracking Wastewater Injection, Causing Earthquakes in Western Canada (March 29, 2016)
A groundbreaking study published in Seismological Research Letters has demonstrated a link between hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for oil and gas and earthquakes.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 26, 2016 (March 26, 2016)
For countless centuries, forests, and the trees in them, have been seen as sources of life, livelihood, and spiritual meaning. For capitalism, however, forests are sites of extraction and profit-making, or obstacles in the way of development. In this issue, we look at some of the threats to forests worldwide, and the ways in which people are resisting and defending the forests.
- While you were distracted climate change warning arrived (March 22, 2016)
With dire warnings of catastrophic sea level rise and superstorms capable of pitching 1,000 tonne mega-boulders onto shorelines, scientist James Hansen sounded an alarm over continued global warming.
- Scandal! Exxon knew about climate change, boosted denialism, misled shareholders, went carbon heavy (March 9, 2016)
One of the world's biggest energy companies has been caught out in what may be the biggest ever climate scandal. Way back in the 1980s ExxonMobil knew of the 'potentially catastrophic' and 'irreversible' effects of increasing fossil fuel consumption, but chose to cover up the findings, spread misinformation on climate change, and go for high carbon energy sources.
- Monarch butterfly decline can only be stopped by a ban on glyphosate (March 2, 2016)
Monarch butterfly numbers are dwindling despite protection of their wintering forests in Mexico, and voluntary schemes to restore their food plant, milkweed, in US field margins, writes Eva Sirinathsinghji. These measures alone are insufficient: no less than an end to the mass spraying of glyphosate on crops, predicated by 'Roundup-ready' GM corn and soy, will do.
- Outrage as plant bosses acquitted over fatal toxic spill in Hungary (January 28, 2016)
Prosecutors had demanded prison terms for those on trial after alumina works disaster killed 10 and wrecked villages.
- Making the Promises Real: Labor and the Paris Climate Agreement (January 26, 2016)
As nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris approved the UN Climate Change Agreement, the AFL-CIO issued a statement that broke new ground on climate. While the AFL-CIO opposed the Kyoto climate agreement and never supported the failed Copenhagen agreement, it applauded the Paris climate change agreement as "a landmark achievement in international cooperation" and called on America "to make the promises real."
- The specter of geoengineering haunts the Paris climate agreement (January 25, 2016)
in a capitalist framework negative emissions technologies appear to offer the only possible way out. Geoengineering is the specter that haunts the text adopted in Paris and gives it meaning. The fact that the Agreement does not mention "energy transition" is not a regrettable lapse in generally good text, but proof by omission that the negotiators have chosen to bet on geoengineering instead of confronting fossil capital.
- Essential reading on the Paris climate agreement (January 10, 2016)
An annotated guide to thirty-four of the best articles on the COP21 Paris Agreement on climate change published in the immediate aftermath of the agreement.
- State of emergency in US city after water poisoned (January 7, 2016)
Flint has faced a lead-saturated drinking water disaster affecting almost 100,000 residents over the past 18 months.
- Humans will be remembered for leaving a 'plastic planet' (January 6, 2016)
- Missing from the Paris Agreement: the Pentagon's monstrous carbon boot print (January 6, 2016)
How much of the mainstream media coverage given to COP21 and the Paris Agreement mentioned the mysterious exemption given to the US's massive military and security machine? None, writes Joyce Nelson. Not only are these emissions entirely outside the UNFCCC process, but a 'cone of sillence' somehow prevents them from even forming part of the climate change discourse.
- A New Wave of Climate Insurgents Defines Itself as Law-Enforcers (2016)
Grassroots movement organizations from every continent will hold a global week of action called Break Free From Fossil Fuels in May 2016. They envision tens of thousands of people mobilizing worldwide to demand a rapid transition to renewable energy. Events will include nonviolent direct actions targeting extraction sites or infrastructure; pressure on political targets to shift policies around fossil fuel development; and support for clean energy alternatives.
- Inside the Paris Climate Agreement: Hope or Hype? (December 30, 2015)
It has become a predictable pattern at the annual UN climate conferences for participants to describe the outcome in widely divergent ways.
- Reversing Enbridge & Big Oil's Pipeline Plans (December 18, 2015)
The National Academy of Sciences is skewering the industry's 'oil is oil' talking point -- making it clear that diluted bitumen is a different beast altogether and needs to be treated as such. The agonizingly slow and costly Kalamazoo River spill cleanup in Michigan made many of these points clear. Yet, the tar sands industry has continued to insist that diluted bitumen creates no deeper environmental threat as they push for unsustainable growth. While Keystone XL is off the table, there are numerous other projects being considered that extend the unique pipeline problems of dilbit into communities across North America.
- At COP21, the world agreed to increase emissions (December 13, 2015)
Some countries will reduce emissions a little, but other countries will increase them a lot. You would never know this from UN and media reports.
- Community groups and First Nations demand the shutdown of Enbridge's Line 9 (December 9, 2015)
More than 80 organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted indigenous communities, as well as national organizations have released a statement letter to the Prime Minister condemning the recent National Energy Board (NEB) approval of Line 9
- The Collaborative Model Takes Root in Alberta's Tar Sands (December 7, 2015)
Relationship between Big Oil, Enviromental Groups and Government in Alberta Tar Sands.
- Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding Line 9 (December 7, 2015)
A letter from community organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted Indigenous communities, and national organizations that would like to express adamant opposition to the recent 'Leave to Open' status granted to the Enbridge Line 9B reversal project by the National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada.
- Why big NGOs won't lead the fight on climate change (December 6, 2015)
The cowardly response of prominent climate organizations like 350.org and Avaaz to the protest ban during COP21 demands accountability.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 5, 2015 (December 5, 2015)
This issue of Other Voices covers a wide range of issues, from the climate crisis and the ecosocialist response, to terrorism and the struggle against religious fundamentalism, as well as items on urban gardening, the destruction of olive trees, and how the police are able to use Google's timeline feature to track you every move, now and years into the past.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 21, 2015 (November 21, 2015)
This issue of Other Voices spotlights climate change, the escalating crisis that the upcoming Paris climate conference is supposed to address. But climate change is not a single problem: it is a product of an economic system whose driving force is the need to grow and accumulate. Nor does it affect everyone equally: those with wealth and power can buy themselves what they need to continue living comfortably for years to come - everything from air conditioning to food to police and soldiers to protect their secure bubbles - while those who are poor and powerless find their lives increasingly impossible. A serious effort to address climate change therefore means social change and economic change.
- Energy Revolution Is Possible... And It Would Only Take 782 Rich People To Pay For It (November 20, 2015)
Fewer than 800 of the world's wealthiest people could power half the world with 100 percent renewable energy within 15 years, report says.
- Prelude to Paris: Four Tragic Tactics by President Obama and Four Climate Justice Proposals He Must Support (November 18, 2015)
In December 2015 the world's governments meet in Paris for a truly historic event -- the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference. (UNFCCC). The objective of the conference is to protect Mother Earth from the assault of its most ungrateful inhabitants. The challenge is whether Homo sapiens, especially those of the ruling classes of the United States and Europe, can be civilized by the rest of the world before it is too late for all of us.
- COP21, Paris: 'Another world is possible, necessary and urgent' (November 17, 2015)
The greatest danger of the Paris conference is that the global South will be bullied into to accepting a terrible deal rather than leave with none at all. That gives civil society an essential role - to support the resistance of developing country representatives inside the summit to an unjust and ineffective agreement imposed on them by the rich, powerful, high-emitting nations.
- A Call For A Fair Shares Agreement: Will Justice Prevail in Paris? (November 12, 2015)
For most people the word justice conjures up images of superheroes and supreme courts. It seems a grand notion with little bearing on the practicalities of daily life. And when applied to the climate crisis it seems even less comprehensible. But the shocking thing about climate justice is that not only can it be calculated -- it can be achieved.
- Marc Morano's Climate Hustle Film Set For Paris Premiere With Same Old Denial Myths (November 12, 2015)
Marc Morano is never short of a superlative or two, but when it has come to promoting his long-gestating documentary Climate Hustle, the climate science denialist extraodinaire has been outdoing himself.
- Lest We Forget: Tar Sands and War (November 11, 2015)
Over the past decade, Canada has been a war profiteer and fuel tank for the US military, who have killed well over a million people since the turn of the new millennium.
- 'Worse Than We Thought': TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare (November 5, 2015)
On issues ranging from climate change to food safety, from open Internet to access to medicines, the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) is a disaster.
- How to Promote a Just Transition and Break out of the jobs vs. environment trap (November 1, 2015)
A strategy has been emerging to protect workers and communities whose livelihoods may be threatened by climate protection policies. Protecting those who lose their jobs due to necessary environmental policies has often been referred to as a "just transition."
- Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away? (October 30, 2015)
Fire is raging across the 5,000km length of Indonesia.It is hard to convey the scale of this inferno, but heres a comparison that might help: it is currently producing more carbon dioxide than the US economy. And in three weeks the fires have released more CO2 than the annual emissions of Germany.
- Why Exxon Executives Deserve the Ultimate Punishment (October 28, 2015)
In a series of articles based on internal documents from Exxon Mobil going back to the 1970s and on interviews with former company scientists and employees, ICN shows that Exxon's "own research confirmed fossil fuels' role in global warming decades ago." Yes, decades ago -- during the late 1970s to be precise.
- Lockdown: the end of growth in the tar sands (October 27, 2015)
Climate change is here and now. And if world leaders had heeded scientific warnings 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago, or even as recently as the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009 -- it's possible we would be well on our way to securing the decarbonized future that the world desperately needs.
- Confronting the Ecological Emergency (October 21, 2015)
In April 2014, two different teams of American glaciologists, specialists in the Antarctic, reached -- by different methods, based on observation -- the same conclusion: because of global warming, a portion of the ice sheet has begun to dislocate, and this dislocation is irreversible.
- Marxism and Ecology: Common Fonts of a Great Transition (October 1, 2015)
Socialist thought is re-emerging at the forefront of the movement for global ecological and social change.
- Harper's Worst Offense against Refugees May Be His Climate Record (September 7, 2015)
The Middle East drought between 2006 and 2011 was without precedent since modern record keeping, killing over 80 per cent of livestock and driving up local food prices. Already poor populations had to contend with higher temperatures that dried soil and failed rains during the normally wet season due to weaker winds from the Mediterranean. A key long-term driver of this unfolding humanitarian catastrophe is climate change. And on that front, Canadas record of contributing to this crisis is far more significant than our wretched record so far in resettling Syrian refugees.
- Fish habitat protection waning under Harper government, analysis finds (September 2, 2015)
A statistical analysis of the Conservative government's changes to environmental laws and procedures suggests Ottawa has "all but abandoned" attempts to protect Canada's lakes and rivers.
- Will climate chaos reign in the Anthropocene? (July 1, 2015)
To judge by many accounts of climate change, the twenty-first century will gradually become a warmer, stormier, and less biodiverse version of the twentieth. There's an unspoken assumption that the Anthropocene will be less pleasant than the Holocene, but not fundamentally different, and that the transition will be smooth.
- Is Canada's government trying to kill off the wild salmon? (June 8, 2015)
Matthews discusses how the Canadian government's actions and legal changes threaten the wild salmon.
- Reclaim the Power! Climate protestors rout security with UK-wide fossil fuel strikes (June 1, 2015)
The fossil fuel industry and its political backers have been left reeling by an unprecedented series of direct action strikes against targets across the country to protest at continuing investment in and official support for fossil fuels, inaction over fuel poverty and the systematic neglect of renewable energy despite the global climate emergency.
- Pipeline Company Paid Pennsylvania Police Department to 'Deter Protests' (May 22, 2015)
Between June and October 2013, Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, paid a local Pennsylvania police department more than $50,000 to patrol a controversial pipeline upgrade. The company requested that the officers, though officially off-duty, be in uniform and marked cars. Kinder Morgan's aim, according to documents obtained by Earth Island Journal, was to use law enforcement to "deter protests" in order to avoid "costly delays."
- Future dustbowl? Fracking ravages Great Plains land and water (May 4, 2015)
The fracking boom has caused massive vegetation loss over North America's rangelands, as 3 million hectares have been occupied by oil and gas infrastructure and 34 billion cubic metres of water have been pumped from semi-arid ecosystems.
- New headaches for tar sands pipeline proponents as oil fouls Vancouver harbour (April 11, 2015)
A bad turn of events for the local environment and for some of the oil barons targeting their entire planet in their climate-wrecking plans. That's an apt summary of the oil spill that has fouled the beaches and harbour of Vancouver BC beginning on April 8, 2015.
- How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Environmentalists (April 10, 2015)
In August 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit distributed an intelligence bulletin to all field offices warning that environmental extremism would likely become an increasing threat to the energy industry. The eight-page document argued that, even though the industry had encountered only low-level vandalism and trespassing, recent "criminal incidents" suggested that environmental extremism was on the rise.
- Ocean 'dead zones' are spreading - and that spells disaster for fish (April 9, 2015)
Oxygen levels in our oceans are falling, producing growing 'dead zones' where only the hardiest organisms can survive. The causes are simple: pollution with nutrient-rich wastes, and global warming. But the only solution is to stop it happening - or wait for 1,000 years.
- Will El Salvador be forced to pay $301 million for valuing clean water over gold? (April 9, 2015)
The Central American state of El Salvador could be forced to pay US$301 million in damages to an Australian-Canadian mining company, OceanaGold, after the company's application for a mining license was rejected on the basis of the projected environmental damage it would cause.
- Global water crisis causing failed harvests, hunger, war and terrorism (March 27, 2015)
The world is already experiencing water scarcity driven by over-use, poor land management and climate change. If we fail to respond to the warnings before us, major food and power shortages will soon afflict large parts of the globe.
- Tar sands campaigners are Canada's new 'terrorists' (March 5, 2015)
Canada's Harper government has targeted as a new crime being a member of an 'anti-Canadian petroleum movement', and equating such a stance with terrorism.
- Blue Betrayal (March 1, 2015)
Canadians have long taken their water heritage for granted. This is largely due to the myth that there is an abundance of water. While it is true that compared to many other parts of the world Canada is blessed with water, it is false that there is water to waste or sell.
- Citizens worldwide mobilize against corporate water grabs (February 15, 2015)
The US and other governments are pushing a failed model of water privatization, but water is a human right, not just a commodity to be traded for profit or monopolized by corporations. Citizens and communities are fighting back to reclaim their water commons.
- Monsanto Crops Pushing Monarch Butterfly to Verge of Extinction (February 5, 2015)
Herbicide-resistant genetically modified crops have brought the iconic monarch butterfly to the brink of extinction, according to a new report by the Center for Food Safety.
- Crossing the River of Fire (February 1, 2015)
A review of Naomi Klein's book "This Changes Everything" on climate change and its political enviroment.
- NAFTA's Chapter 11 Makes Canada Most-Sued Country Under Free Trade Tribunals (January 14, 2015)
According to a new study, Canada is the most-sued country under the North American Free Trade Agreement and a majority of the disputes involve investors challenging the country's environmental laws.
- A Grim Very Tale: The Kehoe Paradigm (January 6, 2015)
In the 1920s two employees of GM working in the research lab discovered that the addition of tetraethyllead - TEL - to gasoline would reduce engine 'knock'. It would take sixty years to stop industry from adding TEL to gasoline. During that time the lead contamination in the environment - globally - was raised by hundreds of times. Billions of tons of lead was dispersed into the environment.
- How Much Does Climate Change Change? (January 1, 2015)
A review Naomi Klein's book This Changes Everything.
- Wind offers a healthy way to generate power (December 11, 2014)
To reduce global greenhouse gas emissions at a pace and scale that experts agree is necessary to avoid increasing catastrophic effects of global warming, we need a mix of renewable energy. Wind power will play a large role.
- Not Worth The Risk (December 1, 2014)
Enbridges Line 9 pipeline a 38 year old pipeline that is almost identical in build and age to the Line 6B pipeline that ruptured into the Kalamazoo river seeks to gain approval to reverse its flow, increase its capacity, and carry a dangerous heavy crude known as dilbit, or diluted bitumen. Line 9 runs through sensitive ecosystems and important farmlands throughout Southern Ontario and Quebec, and passes within 50 km of over 9 million people, including 18 First Nations communities.
- Burnaby Mountain battle: our notes from the courts, the woods and 100 arrests (November 30, 2014)
History unfolded on Burnaby Mountain. This is the Vancouver Observer's account of what we saw.
- Capitalism is failing the planet (November 20, 2014)
If we continue with capitalist business as usual, there will be disastrous consequences for humanity. Capitalism is in unavoidable conflict with environmental sustainability because of three key features that are inherent to the system.
- Ecosocialism: Why greens must be red and reds must be green (November 19, 2014)
Ian Angus argues for a movement based on socialist and ecological principles, to save humanity and the rest of nature from capitalist ecocide.
- Climate Crisis, the Deindustrialization Imperative and the Jobs vs. Environment Dilemma (November 12, 2014)
So long as we live under capitalism, today, tomorrow, next year and every year thereafter, economic growth will always be the overriding priority till we barrel right off the cliff to collapse.
- How Big Oil Plans to Win Ugly in New York (November 12, 2014)
A PR firm well known for its hardball tactics in defense of Big Tobacco will deliver the keynote address at tonights Independent Oil and Gas Association conference.
- Canadian lawyers and Chevron's court battle over environmental damage in Ecuador (October 30, 2014)
A storm of controversy erupted amongst Canadian lawyers when the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) decided to intervene in Chevron's appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The appeal is part of Chevron's battle against Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples who seek to enforce a massive court judgment against the company for environmental damage in Ecuador.
- Reporter shot dead while investigating illegal logging (October 20, 2014)
Cambodian journalist Taing Try was shot dead yesterday while investigating illegal logging in the southern province of Kratie with five other journalists. Three suspects have been arrested.
- Overlooking the Obvious With Naomi Klein (October 17, 2014)
The lesson that Naomi Klein overlooks seems clear. Climate chaos is just one DEVASTATING symptom of our dysfunctional society. To survive catabolic capitalism and germinate an alternative, movement activists will have to anticipate and help people respond to multiple crises while organizing them to recognize and root out their source.
- Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change (September 25, 2014)
Is our inability to tackle climate change the fault of politicians? Corporations? Governments? Or is it because that's the way our brains have evolved, able to hold six contradictory ideas at once, and believe them all?
- The Carbon Underground: reversing global warming (September 21, 2014)
As millions join in climate marches and other actions around the world, the mainstream focus on energy is missing the 55% of emissions that come from mismanaged land and destroyed forests. The key is to replace industrial agriculture worldwide with productive, regenerative organic farming that puts carbon back in the soil.
- Canada more at risk from environmentalists than religiously inspired terrorists: RCMP (September 16, 2014)
Recent RCMP report warns that Canada's energy sector is more at risk from domestic environmental extremists than from religiously inspired terrorist organizations like Al Qaida and ISIS.
- The So-Called Scientific "Consensus": Why the Debate on GMO Safety is Not Over (September 15, 2014)
Biotechnology seed companies, aided by advocates from academia and the blogopsphere, are using their substantial resources to broadcast the myth of a "scientific consensus" on the safety of GMOs, asserting that the data is in and the debate is over. The public relations campaign, helped along by industry groups, has caught the attention of some of the most visible news outlets in the country, with biotech advocates portraying GMO critics as akin to climate change deniers, out of step with science.
- The liberal climate agenda is doomed to failure (August 29, 2014)
Liberal environmentalism represents a dangerous delusion, writes Scott Parkin - that 'playing nice' with Earth-destroying corporations and politicians can yield results worth having. Radical change on climate will only result from bold, confrontational direct actions against the fossil fuel industries and their apologists.
- The Need for Clear Demands at the Peoples' Climate March (August 13, 2014)
In New York City on September 21st, a major climate march is planned. It will take place two days before UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit -- a one-day closed door session where the world's "leaders" will discuss "ambitions" for the upcoming climate conference (COP20) in Lima Peru.
- DAM LINE 9! Occupation of Line 9 Construction Site Begins (August 5, 2014)
Individuals from affected communities throughout south-western Ontario have interrupted work on a section of Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline. Activists stopped the work this morning, asserting that Line 9 poses a danger to people, animals, land, and water
- New Stops Planned for Toronto, Kingston, on 5,000km Unicycle Ride for Climate Action (August 4, 2014)
Joseph Boutilier returns to Canada for home stretch to the Nation's Capital
- Rio Tinto's 'sustainable mining' claims exposed (July 30, 2014)
Global mining giant Rio Tinto markets itself as a 'sustainable company'. But serious failures in its reporting, and its attempt to hold an Australian indigenous group to ransom, reveal a very different truth: the company is driven by a reckless pursuit of profit at any cost.
- Cambodia: indigenous protests repel dam builders - so far (July 28, 2014)
Since the 1980s Cambodia has lost 84% of its primary forests, and the remote Cardamom mountains are the country's last great natural treasure. Just the place for grandiose dam projects? 'No way!" say indigenous people and young eco-activists.
- It's not just the bees! 'Neonic' pesticides linked to bird declines (July 17, 2014)
A study published today in Nature shows a strong correlation between concentrations of a popular neonicotinoid pesticide in water, and bird declines. Regulators are under pressure to tighten up, but the industry still claims there's 'no substantiated evidence'.
- India - Now Nuclear and Environmental Dissent is a Crime (July 4, 2014)
In modern India any form of dissent from the neoliberal corporate model of development is being criminalised. Opponents of nuclear power, coal mines, GMOs, giant dams, are all under attack as enemies of the state and a threat to economic growth.
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