- Climate Advocates Underestimate Power of Fossil Fueled Misinformation Campaigns, Say Top Researchers (January 18, 2019)
The "climate countermovement" direct massive resources towards denying the reality of climate change. Climate advocates need to address their opposition's tactics to be able to combat this misinformation.
- Old Mother Forest (January 2, 2019)
A poignant look at the ecosystem of a rainforest from a conservationist in India.
- Climate justice and migration in the media (December 12, 2018)
A climate justice narrative is needed to communicate and enhance public understanding of migration induced by climate change. Key components must include human rights protection, greater equity in burdens sharing, and participation in decision-making processes.
- Climate litigation looms (December 11, 2018)
Nick Breeze interviews Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), who explains why we must stay below 1.5C, and why loss and damage compensation, and litigation, are the next big agenda items at COP24.
- Climate Jobs for All (December 3, 2018)
A federal climate jobs guarantee (CJG) is a proposed program similar to the New Deal's WPA that would prioritize jobs that protect and improve the environment. Polls show that the program has popular support and could be a major political force in 2020.
- Oil Industry Cleanup Costs Vastly Exceed Alberta Governments Estimates (November 25, 2018)
Transcript of interview with Regan Boychuk of Reclaim Alberta on the cost to clean up after Alberta's tar sand industry.
- Climate Change Drives Up Rural Poverty in Latin America (November 24, 2018)
In Latin America and the Caribbean region's first meeting of Week of Agriculture and Food, held in November 2018, more than 1,000 officials and experts agreed that the fall in agricultural yields and increasing migration from the countryside are consequences of global warming.
- Extinction Rebellion: From the UK to Ghana and the US, Climate Activists Take Civil Disobedience World-Wide (November 24, 2018)
A look at the Extinction Rebellion, an international movement that calls for peaceful mass economic disruption around the world in order to bring awareness to the growing environmental crisis.
- Air pollution now 'largest health crisis' (November 23, 2018)
The WHO estimates that seven million premature deaths are linked to air pollution every year, of which nearly 600,000 are children who are uniquely vulnerable.
- Herbicides undermine antibiotics, threaten medical care (November 20, 2018)
A New Zealand study adds to the body of evidence that industrial herbicides, not intended to be antibiotics, can have profound effects on bacteria, with potentially negative implications for medicine's ability to treat infectious diseases.
- New maps of land destruction show why caravans flee Central America (November 20, 2018)
A new map developed at the University of Cincinnati illustrates the extent of worldwide land degradation, including the deforestation that is now forcing migrants to leave Guatemala and Honduras.
- Over 90% of the world's children breathe toxic air every day (October 30, 2018)
A look at the WHO report on "Air pollution and child health: Prescribing clean air", a study of the heavy toll of both outdoor and household air pollution on the health of the world's children, particularly those living in low and middle-income nations.
- Climate-Driven 'Bugpocalypse' (October 16, 2018)
An alarming report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that in addition to annihilating hundreds of mammal species, the climate crisis has also sparked a global "bugpocalypse" that will only continue to accelerate in the absence of action to stop planetary warming.
- A Marxist History of Capitalism (Book Review) (October 16, 2018)
A book review of Henry Heller's "A Marxist History of Capitalism" which restores class struggle to a central place in explaining how capitalism arose and grew, and can eventually be overcome.
- US plastic waste is causing global environmental crisis (October 15, 2018)
A recent ban in China, which normally takes in the largest proportion of US plastic waste, has left the US dumping plastic in other over-burdened countries, while waste still continues to pile up in the States. US plastic scrap exports dropped by almost a third in the first six months of 2018, as waste firms struggled to find a home for their plastic scrap.
- Plastic plague intensifies on remote southern islands (October 9, 2018)
A look at a report titled " Marine plastics threaten giant Atlantic Marine Protected Areas", which examines the alarmingly high concentrations of plastic on southern Atlantic islands and throughout the food chain.
- 'This is murder': French islanders want Paris to own up to poisoning their land with pesticide (October 9, 2018)
The French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean want France to take responsibility for polluting their land with a toxic pesticide. This article looks at the effects of Kepone, also called chlordecone, on the people of the islands, who now suffer from alarmingly high cancer rates and fertility problems.
- The Omega Principle: A vicious circle of fish, cattle and capitalism (Book review) (September 9, 2018)
A review of Paul Greenberg's book "The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet", which examines how the fishing industry that plunders the seas for tiny fish is supporting unsustainable industrial agriculture.
- To overcome climate paralysis, unite for system change (September 4, 2018)
A look at how to break through the climate paralysis that has led to the environmental crisis that mankind is currently facing. Wallis indicates that by having identified who the enemy is, we know who our potential allies are- the other 99%.
- Engineering the climate could cost us the earth (August 30, 2018)
Political scientist Gareth Dale takes a look at Geoengineering as a "political technology" and institutional apparatus that is preventing effective climate action, and actually serves to reduce the sense of urgency needed for genuine and more effective structural change.
- The deadly flood in Kerala may be only a gentle warning (August 21, 2018)
Arundhati Roy comments on the disasterous flooding in the Indian state of Kerala. While acknowleding various forces lead to the disaster, Roy also places blame on government mismanagement and ignoring the needs of the state's most disadvanted people.
- Australia: Worst drought ever, but don't mention climate change! (August 11, 2018)
Despite record drought conditions in Australia and the numerous climate related disasters around the globe, the Australian goverment still refuses to acknowledge human-induced climate change.
- Eternity, nature, society and the absurd fantasies of the rich (August 5, 2018)
The wealthier they are, the more they fear that others will try to take their wealth. No wonder the super-rich are building bunkers to escape the apocalypse.
- The Belem Ecosocialist Declaration: An historic document (July 22, 2018)
In 2008 more than 400 activists from 37 countries endorsed this statement of ecosocialist principles and goals. Today the Belem Ecosocialist Declaration remains an important consensus statement of ecosocialist principles and goals.
- A New Native-Led Strategy for Fighting Keystone XL (July 18, 2018)
Sacred crops planted by the Poca represent another legal barrier for the construction of the Keystone pipeline, as its intended path must now cross sacred historic sites owned by a sovereign tribal nation.
- Just Transition: Let Detroit Breathe! (July 1, 2018)
William Copeland presents the campaign, Let Detroit Breathe. The campaign's prinicipal aim is to help Detroiters win their right to breathe clean air.
- Democracy and Ecological Crisis (June 17, 2018)
In view of the global ecological problems which have arisen from aggressive market driven economies, the author examines what democracy and socialism really mean, and what a more environmentally responsible Post-Capitalism society might look like.
- Local Autonomy: A Key to Protection of the Ecosystem (May 29, 2018)
In his book, The Plundered Seas, Michael Berrill called the Grand Banks and Georges Bank maybe the saddest story of overfishing.Berrills solution was the management of Large Marine Ecosystems.
- 'Our Rivers are Black with Coal' - living with Siberia's mines (May 29, 2018)
A look at the aggressive coal mining industry in Siberia where local opposition and human rights are ignored, and indigenous communities and ecosystems are being destroyed.
- 13 protesters against copper plant in India killed after police open fire (May 25, 2018)
Public protests at the copper smelter plant of Sterlite Industries in the town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu, India, were met with police fire during the last two days, with 13 protesters killed and and hundreds injured.
- A Faustian Bargain with the Climate Crisis (May 23, 2018)
Take as our inspiration the temptations of capitalist individualism set before us, we make the exact same bargain. The difference in this case however is that we know the disaster is coming; we don't even need to worry about what our spidey senses say, 97% of all climate scientists agree that the capitalist mentality that sees the world as an infinite resource and infinite garbage dump is warming the atmosphere. We have even less excuse.
- When Covering Up a Crime Takes Precedence Over Human Health: BP's Toxic Gulf Coast Legacy (May 14, 2018)
On April 20, 2010, BPs Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Over the next 87 days, it gushed at least 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, creating the worst human-made environmental disaster in US history and afflicting the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
- The Attack on Wilderness From Environmentalists (April 26, 2018)
Wildlands are being lost across the globe, and some conservation groups are assisting in that loss by proposing lesser protective status.
- Misleading figures on greenhouse gas emissions (April 12, 2018)
A letter to the editor from an oil industry apologist (April 12) tries to excuse the Alberta oilsands growing carbon emissions with the argument that Canada accounts for just 1.6 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Even if that figure were accurate, it would mean that Canada is producing emissions which are more than three times as large as its proportion of the worlds population.
- Illegal logging: An organized crime that is destroying Latin American forests (March 14, 2018)
A recent report indicates that Illegal wood trafficking is the most profitable crime against natural resources, and allows other crimes to flourish, including deforestation, labor exploitation, land invasions, tax evasion, document forgery and state corruption.
- Illegal logging: An organized crime that is destroying Latin American forests (March 14, 2018)
Illegal timber trafficking is a complex type or ogranized crime that involves other crimes such as tax evasion, labor exploitation, and land invasion. Countries in Latin America need to work together to fight this crime.
- The Curse of Energy Efficiency (February 26, 2018)
The more 'efficient' our technology, the more resources we consume in a downward spiral of catastrophe.
- Ecological Sustainability, Inequality and Social Class (February 19, 2018)
Raju Das connect sustainability to metabolism, reproduction, and value of labour power.
- 'They stole the beach' - the major mafia that almost nobody wants to talk about (February 18, 2018)
Increasing demand for sand has led to targeting of sandy beaches by organised crime. Community members who speak out or protest the destruction of beaches are often victims of intimidation, harrassment and violence.
- Kenya's 'Erin Brockovich' defies harassment to bring anti-pollution case to courts (February 14, 2018)
Phyllis Omido is leading a landmark class action demanding a clean-up and compensation from a lead-smelting factory accused of poisoning local residents - including her own son.
- Lissa Lucas Dragged Out of West Virginia House Judiciary Hearing For Listing Oil and Gas Contributions (February 12, 2018)
Mokhiber's article summarizes the case of political candidate Lissa Lucas, whose testimony against a bill "that would allow companies to drill on minority mineral owners' land without their consent" was censored by the court.
- How to Use Critical Thinking to Spot False Climate Claims (February 10, 2018)
This article outlines ways to address common climate-contrarian arguments, all of which contain errors in reasoning that are independent of the science itself.
- Without a Popular Movement We Don't Stand a Chance: Andreas Malm on Climate Change (February 5, 2018)
An interview with the author of "Fossil Capital and The Progress of This Storm", who says there are reasons to be hopeful but significant progress will require a global movement of unprecedented scale.
- How to create an ecological society (February 1, 2018)
A review of the book "Creating an Ecological Society: Towards A Revolutionary Transformation" by Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, which addresses different aspects of the debate on the politics of the environment.
- How the 'free' media dupe us on climate change (January 29, 2018)
Commentary on a segment of Al Jazeera's programme The Listening Post on why climate scepticism persists only in what it terms the "Anglosphere media", that is, those in the United States, UK, Australia and Canada.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 21, 2018 (January 21, 2018)
What are we eating? A simple question which opens up a labyrinth of devilishly complex issues about production and distribution, access to land, control of water, prices, health and safety, migrant labour, and much else.
For millions of people, the answer is brutally simple: not enough to survive. UNICEF estimates that 300 million children go to bed hungry each night, and that more than 8,000 children under the age of five die of malnutrition every day. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 12% of the world's population is chronically malnourished.
How is this possible in a world where there is an enormous surplus of food, where farmers are paid not to grow food?
A short answer is that food production and distribution are driven by the need to make profits, rather than by human needs.
- The Collaboration Trap (January 17, 2018)
Most of environmental/conservation groups in the West are participants in various public land collaboratives.Most participating collaborative members are made up of people who generally believe in exploiting natural landscapes for human benefit. As a generalization, there is overwhelming representation in such collaboratives by people who speak for the resource extraction industry or their sympathizers like rural county commissioners, ORV enthusiasts, and so forth.
- As the World Burns (2018)
A two essay report that examines the causes and costs of large wildfires. The first essay titled "Combustion Engines" takes a look at a 'mega-fire' that raged across Montana in 2017, placing blame on global warmimg, mismanagement by authorities, and the building of houses in high rish areas. The second essay, "There Will Always Be Fires", describes the conditions that led to huge blazes in Portugal which are largely attributed to the introduction of of the highly flammable eucalyptus.
- Drinking Poblems (2018)
A look at the health crisis in Pretty Prairie, Kansas, where Nitrate from farms has polluted the water supply for three decades. Elizabeth Royte takes a look at the town's history and social climate in order to understand why the problem was left for so long.
- The End of Eden (2018)
A look at the devastating environmental outlook in Iraq, where climate change has led to rising temperatures and a dramatic drop in precipitation. Further exacerbating the environmental problems are decades of mismanagement, war, and regional politics.
- Harvey's Toxic Aftermath in Houston (January 1, 2018)
Wingard exposes the enviromental devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane caused chemical spills and explosions which Wingard says forecast a pending enviromental crisis.
- Israel uses Palestinian land to illegally dump toxic waste (December 7, 2017)
Israel dumps unknown waste and military garbage in a disposal site in Kisan village, in the occupied West Bank.
- How Israel is digitally policing Palestinian minds (December 5, 2017)
Israeli authorities have been arresting and holding hundreds of Palestinians it accuses of fanning the flames of violence in the occupied West Bank and Israel.
- Fighting for Their Water and Their Lives, Communities Take Direct Action Against Barrick Gold in the Dominican Republic (November 30, 2017)
People who live near the Pueblo Viejo gold mine iin Dominican Republic struggle to gain accountabilty from the Canadian-owned companies running it. Their environment has been poisoned and they want funds for 600 families to be relocated.
- Major study shows species loss destroys essential ecosystems (November 30, 2017)
Long term research by German ecologists proves that loss of biodiversity has "direct, unpleasant consequences for mankind."
- Can You Say "Conflict of Interest"? Not at the UN (November 3, 2017)
Exposing the ways that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) allows oil giants to shape negotiations.
- Ecuadoreans Won't Back Down in Fighting Chevron-Texaco Over Amazon Oil Disaster (November 1, 2017)
A class-action lawsuit first filed in 1993 against Chevron-Texaco has taken its toll on the lawyers and Ecuadorean people seeking justice for environmental damage. Hope for justice and healing drives people to not give up.
- Goodbye to Golden Rice? GM Trait Leads to Drastic Yield Loss and "Metabolic Meltdown" (October 25, 2017)
While proponents of Golden rice have blamed its failure to reach the market on "over-regulation" of GMOs and on "anti-GMO" opposition, the latest research suggests that problems intrinsic to GMO breeding are what have prevented researchers from developing Golden Rice suitable for commercialization.
- In Sarnia's Chemical Valley, is 'toxic soup' making people sick? (October 14, 2017)
Experts and documents cast doubts on whether industry and Ontario government are revealing levels of benzene in areas where residents live right near oil and gas facilities.
- That rotten stench in the air? Its the smell of deadly gas and secrecy (October 1, 2017)
Documents obtained through freedom-of-information requests and from whistleblowers, including internal correspondence and inspection reports, disclose serious infractions and failures in performance by oil and gas companies; yet regulatory standards remain largely unchanged and H2S incidents and risks remain hidden from the public.
- 'There's no sense in speaking up' despite deadly gas risks (October 1, 2017)
An investigation into oil industry in Saskatchewan reveals a culture of secrecy fuelled by oil industry money, the province's reliance on that money, and the threats and intimidation that have followed those who have spoken out.
- Drowning in the waste of Israeli settlers (September 18, 2017)
Several decades ago, the al-Matwa spring in Salfit city would often be crowded with Palestinians hiking in the valley and families picnicking alongside the clear, flowing stream. Now, however, the sewage flowing through the spring, the rancid smell that engulfs the valley, and the mosquitoes swarming the area have left the valley largely deserted.
- U.S. real estate lobbyists turn blind eye to rising sea level threats to waterfront properties (September 15, 2017)
All along the coast of the southeast United States, the real estate industry confronts a hurricane. Not the kind that swirls in the Atlantic, but a storm of scientific information about sea-level rise that threatens the most lucrative, commission-boosting properties.
- Sources News Releases (September 11, 2017)
News releases from organizations and companies on a wide range of topics. Includes an extensive topic index, an archive of releases going back to the 1970s, and links to experts and organizations knowledgeable about the issues covered in the releases. Available via RSS feed as well as on the Sources.com website.
- The Stomach-churning Violence of Monsanto, Bayer and the Argrochemical Oligopoly (August 30, 2017)
Companies like Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta, which make up the oligopoly that controls an increasingly globalised system of modern food and agriculture, have successfully instituted the notion that the mass application of biocides, monocropping and industrial agriculture are necessary and desirable.
- The Economy of an Ecological Society Will Be at the Service of Humanity (August 20, 2017)
What would a truly just, equal and ecologically sustainable future look like? Why would it require a change in our economic system, namely the end of capitalism? Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams answer these questions in Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation.
- Nutrient Runoff is Killing American Waters and Voluntary Actions Aren't Working (August 1, 2017)
The ongoing causes and devastating effects of nutrient pollution on American lakes, bays and waterways is examined.
- Marx and Engels on ecology: A reply to radical critics (July 31, 2017)
A review of the book "Marx and the Earth: An Anti-Critique" authored by Paul Burkett and John Bellamy Foster, who respond to critics of ecological Marxism with a comprehensive examination of what the founders of historical materialism wrote and thought about mankind's relationship to the earth.
- Poison Papers Snapshot: HOJO Transcript Illustrates EPA Collusion With Chemical Industry (July 27, 2017)
A commentary on the "Poison papers", chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back decades, which shed light on what was known about chemical toxicity and practices in the often-incriminating words of the participants themselves, and which still have implications for us today.
- The financial system killing environmental activists (July 13, 2017)
A Global Witness report reveals 2016 as the deadliest year yet for environmental defenders. International investors are accused of bankrolling the projects that hundreds of people have been killed protesting.
- One Half-Cheer for Trump? (July 1, 2017)
June 1, 2017, Donald Trump announced that "The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord," setting off alarm bells and outraged protests in U.S. cities and around the world. We would suggest that under present circumstances, he chose the better - well, less bad - of the existing options.
- No One Has the Data to Prevent the Next Flint (June 23, 2017)
Data gaps in testing and regulations of water safety in America can potentially put many citizens at risk.
- The Challenge of Defining Fossil Fuel Subsidies (June 16, 2017)
An examination of the ways fossil fuel subsidies are measured and why semantic arguments over definitions may be missing the point.
- Oil and Water (May 27, 2017)
A collection of articles charting how leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
- Restoring the Heartland and Rustbelt through Clean Energy Democracy: an Organizing Proposal (May 16, 2017)
A proposal to end capitalism and fight climate change at the same time.
- Concrete, or beaches? World's sand running out as global construction booms (May 9, 2017)
A crucial component of concrete, sand is vital to the global construction industry. China alone is importing a billion tonnes of sand a year, and its increasing scarcity is leading to large scale illegal mining and deadly conflicts. With ever more sand fetched from riverbeds, shorelines and sandbanks, roads and bridges are being undermined and beaches eroded. And the world's sand wars are only set to worsen.
- Winner of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia: Prafulla Samantara (May 2, 2017)
Prafulla Samantara, winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his relentless efforts, has made it his life's work to fight injustice by lending a voice to Indigenous communities and small scale farmers.
- Changing minds on a changing climate (April 26, 2017)
Reddit commenters point to reasons they went from being climate contrarians to having confidence in mainstream climate science.
- Coal Miners' Futures in Renewable Energy (April 26, 2017)
If President Trump wants to earn a rare legislative victory and take political credit for reviving hard-hit regions of rural America, he should take a close look at how one Kentucky coal company is creating jobs.
- Only one bear in a hundred bites, but they don't come in order (April 26, 2017)
Bob Bossin talked about oil tanks in a Youtube video
- Newspaper Owned By Fracking Billionaire Leaks Memo Calling Pipeline Opponents Potential "Terrorists" (April 23, 2017)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has produced a report titled, "Potential Domestic Terrorist Threats to Multi-State Diamond Pipeline Construction Project," dated April 7, 2017. The DHS field analysis report points to lessons from policing the Dakota Access pipeline, saying they can be applied to the ongoing controversy over the Diamond pipeline, which, when complete, will stretch from Cushing, Oklahoma to Memphis, Tennessee. While lacking "credible information" of such a potential threat, DHS concluded that "the most likely potential domestic terrorist threat to the Diamond Pipeline
is from environmental rights extremists motivated by resentment over perceived environmental destruction."
- Climate Change As Genocide (April 22, 2017)
Is this what a world battered by climate change will be likeone in which tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of people perish from disease, starvation, and heat prostration while the rest of us, living in less exposed areas, essentially do nothing to prevent their annihilation?
- Jobs for Climate and Justice: A Worker Alternative to the Trump Agenda (April 1, 2017)
Jobs for Climate and Justice exposes and challenges the Trump agenda and proposes the kind of economic program we must fight for. It also offers examples of the great organizing efforts around the country led by working people that provide the foundation for the a transition to a just and climate-safe economy.
- Global Gathering Takes Aim at Genetically Engineered Trees (March 27, 2017)
Members of the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees from around the world are gathered in Chile for 2 weeks to investigate impacts of industrial tree plantations & the potential future impacts of genetically engineered tree plantatations.
- Impacts of mass coral die-off on Indian Ocean reefs revealed (March 27, 2017)
New research by the University of Exeter shows that increased surface ocean temperatures during the strong 2016 El Niño led to a major coral die-off event in the Maldives, and that this has caused reef growth rates to collapse. They also found that the rates at which some reefs species, in particular parrotfish, are eroding the reefs had increased following this coral die-off event.
- Nepalese journalist attacked for timber smuggling report (March 27, 2017)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Nepal Press Union (NPU) and the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in condemning the attempted attack of a journalist by government employees in Bara district of Nepal on March 21, 2017.
- The Plant Next Door (March 24, 2017)
When the Environmental Protection Agency informed people in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, last July that the local neoprene plant was emitting a chemical that gave them the highest risk of cancer from air pollution in the country, the information was received not just with horror and sadness but also with a certain sense of validation.
- Scientists: protect vast Amazon peatland to avoid palm oil 'environmental disaster' (March 23, 2017)
The peatland in Pastaza-Marañón Foreland Basin in northeast Peru - discovered in 2009 by Finnish scientist Outi Lähteenoja - is said to contain 3.14 gigatons of carbon, roughly equivalent to two years of CO2 emissions from the United States. Scientists have said that economic development in the region, like road-building and the arrival of commercial agriculture threatens the important ecosystem.
- FAO: Plantations are not forests! (March 21, 2017)
The FAO definition considers forests to be basically just 'a bunch of trees', while ignoring other fundamental aspects of forests, including their many other life-forms such as other types of plants, as well as animals, and forest-dependent human communities. Equally, it ignores the vital contribution of forests to natural processes that provide soil, water and oxygen.
- Noise, the 'ignored pollutant': health, nature and ecopsychology (March 9, 2017)
For those who like to enjoy the natural environment, noise is something to be escaped from within the relative sanctuary of the landscape. These days that's getting harder and harder to accomplish. That's not only because of noise from all around - in particular from urban areas, roads and the increasing mechanisation of agriculture - but also due to the increasing level of air traffic overhead.
- Heatwave frequency rises twice as fast in the poorest countries (March 8, 2017)
A feature of most statements about climate change is the use of the future tense: the poorest countries will be worse-hit than the rich ones. But new research shows that the predicted unequal climate future has actually been with us for decades. The poorest countries have already experienced twice as great an increase in extreme temperatures as the rich ones, and the gap has been widening for more than thirty years.
- 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.
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