- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Making Green Jobs Good Jobs (July 1, 2016)
Jobs versus the environment -- it's an old dilemma that pits unions seeking work for their members against activists rallying against projects like the Keystone XL. An expanding renewable energy sector might provide a way out of this quandary. Solar and wind energy projects can put people to work without imperiling the planet. But will these jobs be friendly to workers, as well as the environment?
- 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.
- California Drought and Global Warming (January 1, 2016)
Global warming is not only exacerbating the drought, it has likely transformed the ecology of the state well into the future.
- Climate Change: A Radical Primer (January 1, 2016)
Book review of David Klein's Capitalism and Climate Change: The Science and Politics of Global Warming.
- 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.
- Down on the disappearing bayou (November 1, 2015)
A look at the destruction of wetlands along the Louisiana Coast as a result of rising sea levels and the practices of the hydrocarbon industry.
- 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.
- How Much Does Climate Change Change? (January 1, 2015)
A review of Naomi Klein's book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.
- 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.
- The new conquistadors making their presence felt at COP20 in Peru (December 9, 2014)
A new report released at COP20 by CEO, the Democracy Center and Transnational Institute shows how corporations causing social and environmental destruction in the Andes and Amazon are driving climate change, whilst enjoying influential seats at the climate-negotiating table.
- 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.
- Neonicotinoids are Poisoning Entire Farmland Ecosystems (July 2, 2014)
The widespread use of neonicotinoid insecticides is causing a neurotoxic overload afflicting entire farm ecosystems from earthworms to bees, other pollinators and birds. A collapse in food production may inevitably follow.
- Let England's wild beavers be! (July 1, 2014)
A family of wild of beavers has established on an English river for the first time since Henry VIII. But now the Government has decided to trap them and consign them to captivity in a zoo or wildlife centre. Defenders of wilderness are now demanding: keep our wild beavers free!
- A Fossil Fuel Exit Program (May 1, 2014)
A complete transition away from fossil fuels is necessary within a few decades. The question is how to construct an exit strategy that will accomplish this. James Hansen has provided a starting point for a realistic climate-change exit strategy.
- Glyphosate is a disaster for human health (April 30, 2014)
Extensive, long running evidence for the cancer-causing effects of glyphosate, and other toxic impacts, have been ignored by regulators. Indeed as the evidence has built up, permitted levels in food have been hugely increased.
- Holding The Silent Killers Of Environmental Destruction Accountable (April 29, 2014)
The findings of the most recent IPCC report are sobering. We have 15 years to mitigate climate disaster. It is up to us to make a major transition to a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy economy within that timeframe. Big Energy and our plutocratic government are not going to do it without effective pressure from a people-powered movement.
- Sounding the alarm on environmental issues comes at a steep price (April 23, 2014)
On 20 April 2014 Human Rights Watch issued an urgent call for information on the whereabouts of Thai activist Por Cha Lee Rakchongcharoen, known as "Billy". The prominent ethnic Karen activist has been involved in a lawsuit with authorities over land use at a national park in Thailand. Locals have faced intimidation from park officials, and an activist connected to Billy's network was killed in 2011 after helping Karen villagers report on alleged abuses, illegal logging, and poaching committed by park officials.
- Call Climate Change What It Is: Violence (April 7, 2014)
Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth.
- An Ode To Seasons For Peter Matthiessen (April 7, 2014)
When human survival is continuously being threatened by varieties of anthropogenic injuries (ecological, economic, social), our capacity to think about the non-human animal become very limited indeed. Nevertheless, it is our ethical obligation to also consider their survival as well.
- Alberta - tar sands emissions linked to health damage (April 5, 2014)
A report by Alberta's energy regulator links emissions from tar sands oil production with serious health impacts that have forced families to flee their homes in the Peace River region.
- The Floods of Forgetfulness (March 28, 2014)
In thousands of stories about the recent floods in the U.S. Northwest, only one mentioned any possible connection between logging and floods.
- When Clearcuts Kill (March 26, 2014)
Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn on the linkages between corporate logging and deadly landslides and the broader corporate mantra of privatizing profits and socializing the losses.
- The Rise of Vermont's Fracked Gas Battle: Communities Organize Against Pipeline Plans (March 19, 2014)
Nate and Jane Palmer's farm sits in a clay plain basin adjacent to one of the many wetlands in Monkton, a rural Vermont community known for, among other things, its annual salamander migrations and amphibian road crossings.
- 'Stable' NE Greenland ice sheet is melting away (March 18, 2014)
A new study has found that the NE section of the Greenland ice sheet - thought to be stable due to the extreme cold - has been losing ice since 2006 with increasing speed. And that has huge implications for global sea level rise.
- The Myths of 'Green Capitalism' (March 17, 2014)
Environmental politics in the U.S. appears hopelessly polarized. Liberals and progressives try to sustain and occasionally strengthen environmental legislation, while those on the right are unalterably opposed, even seeking to defund core institutions such as the EPA.
- Debate: Two tactics in the fight against climate change (March 9, 2014)
The question of what demands ecosocialists should put forward in response to the climate crisis is a pressing one. The climate justice movement should demand a cap-and-trade policy, abandoning its traditional stance against carbon trading.
- Rising Tide Toronto launches "Line 9 Pledge of Resistance" (March 6, 2014)
Rising Tide Toronto launches Line 9 Pledge of Resistance. Group encourages civil disobedience to stop pipeline approved by NEB.
- Fracking is the death spasm of a defunct economic order (March 5, 2014)
Political support for fracking is not just about energy, writes Paul Mobbs. It reflects the greater ecological and resource crisis at the root of our current economic woes - and only postpones the essential shift to a new kind of economy.
- God's plan for climate change (March 5, 2014)
How, and why, does the US Right and its evangelical 'Christian' wing campaign for mal-education, ignorance, corporate dominance, and the profligate consumption of fossil fuels?
- GMOs show 'substantial non-equivalence' (March 4, 2014)
New studies document substantial differences of GM maize and GM soybean from their non-GM counterparts, writes Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji - exposing a permissive regulatory regime that has failed miserably in protecting public health and safety.
- America's corporate revolt against clean energy (March 3, 2014)
The US's fossil fuel industry is scared at the growth of solar power, and its ever-declining market cost. So it's fighting back, doing its best to quash solar growth by imposing new costs and restrictions.
- Defender of the Rockies (March 3, 2014)
For sheer guts, vision and results, a single organisation stands out among the US's environmental defenders - the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. Jeffrey St. Clair met its leader, Mike Garrity, winner of 2014's Grassroots Activist Award.
- The chemical dangers in food packaging (March 1, 2014)
The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food could be damaging our health, scientists have warned.
- Fighting fracking in Poland: the farmers resistance movement (March 1, 2014)
When Chevron arrived in Zurawlów, a small village in Poland's rural Grabowiec county, it was like a UFO landing in the open wheat fields. In June last year a high-tech surveillance caravan appeared in the village to stake the firm's claim to the shale gas below.
- The Fateful Collision - Floods, Catastrophe And Climate Denial (February 24, 2014)
An epic struggle is currently taking place that will determine the fate, and perhaps the survival, of our species.
- Challenging Tar Sands at its Source (February 21, 2014)
With fracking changing the US oil-production and consumption numbers so dramatically, it seems time to challenge the notion that tar sands and the carbon released if tar sands production continues to climb is the make or break point, an endgame whose development signifies game over for the climate, as stated several years ago by Dr. James Hansen. Tar sands development is no less extreme, of course, no less destructive, no less genocidal to those living in the affected areas. Shutting down the tar sands completely, and not negotiated as a phase out nor leaving the corporations in power afterward is more important than ever, and on as many fronts as possible.
- Romania - a Peasants' Revolt against Fracking (February 18, 2014)
Earthquakes and poisoned wells are setting off a revolt against fracking in Romania, revealing deep fault lines between the rural heartlands and the urban political elite.
- Poor West Virginia? Think Again (January 27, 2014)
The chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia has once again put Appalachia on the map. This is what it usually takes. People have to not just die at the hands of the coal and chemical industry, they have to die dramatically. The long slow death spiral West Virginia has been in for over a hundred years is not news unless they do.
- The biological basis of resilient cities (January 25, 2014)
Biological systems offer design strategies for successfully adapting to an age of climate change and resource depletion. Insights from nature will be essential in creating a green and sustainable future for humankind.
- Washington and the Oil Industry Know the Truth About Climate Change (January 20, 2014)
Climate skeptics in Congress, and oil and coal industry lobbyists like the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Coal Council (ACC) may be preventing any significant action in the US on reducing this countrys emissions of carbon into the atmosphere, but at the Pentagon, and in the executive suites of the oil industry giants, there is no doubt about the reality of climate change.
- CO2 Emissions are Being 'Outsourced' by Rich Countries to Rising Economies (January 19, 2014)
Greenhouse gas output of China and elsewhere is increased by making goods that are then used in the US and Europe.
- Appalachia Rising (January 17, 2014)
On January 9, 2014, a dangerous toxin, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, leaked from a busted tank and into the Elk River in West Virginia. It is believed that nearly 7,500 gallons of the toxin made its way from the 40,000-gallon tank into the river. This is a story too often told in Appalachia.
- They poisoned the river for a 'clean coal' lie (January 16, 2014)
Thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical used to produce clean coal, spilled into Elk River, leaving 300,000 with no water supply.
- Lack of regulation behind West Virginia water disaster (January 14, 2014)
A chemical spill at the Etowah River Terminal, near Charleston, West Virginia, resulted in nearly 300,000 people in the state losing access to drinkable water. Since then, several reports have been released detailing the decades-long lack of regulation by state or federal agencies of the site responsible.
- Climate Activists Slapped With Terrorism Charges for Devon Energy Protest (January 10, 2014)
Two climate activists who staged a protest at the headquarters of Devon Energy, a Fortune 500 company based in Oklahoma city, have been charged with a terrorism hoax after black powder drifted down from a banner that they unfurled.
- Canada's Science Library Closures Mirror Bush's Playbook (January 9, 2014)
The Harper government is now eliminating seven Department of Fishery libraries containing one of the world's most comprehensive collections of information on fisheries, aquatic sciences and nautical sciences.
- How Greens and Labor can Win ... Together (January 9, 2014)
A review of Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activists and the New South Wales Labourers Federation by Meredith and Verity Burgmann (UNSW Press, 1998).
- Eric Marshall laments closure of namesake Fisheries library (January 6, 2014)
The government seems to be saying 'We want to exploit our natural resources, whether it's natural gas or oil sands, and basically to heck with environmental impacts.'
- Secret Memo Casts Doubt on Feds' Claims for Science Library Closures (December 30, 2013)
A federal document marked "secret" obtained by Postmedia News indicates the closure or destruction of more than half a dozen world famous science libraries has little if anything to do with digitizing books as claimed by the Harper government.
- The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead (December 25, 2013)
2013 has been the nuclear power industry's annus horribilis and the nuclear renaissance can now be pronounced stone cold dead. The industry is finding it increasingly difficult to profitably operate existing reactors - especially ageing reactors requiring refurbishments - let alone build new ones.
- What's Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada's Science Libraries? (December 23, 2013)
Scientists say the closure of some of the world's finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever. Many collections ended up in dumpsters while others such as Winnipeg's historic Freshwater Institute library were scavenged by citizens, scientists and local environmental consultants. Others were burned or went to landfills.
- The Mekong must run free! (December 14, 2013)
The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams.
- The Ecoterrorist and me (December 10, 2013)
Marie Mason is five years into a 22-year sentence for participating in non-violent - but highly destructive - actions with the Earth Liberation Front. David Rovics met with her at the Carswell Federal Women's Prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Dismantling of Fishery Library 'Like a Book Burning,' Say Scientists (December 9, 2013)
The Harper government has dismantled one of the world's top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government as well as limit the role of environmental science in policy decision-making.
- Climate politics must be as radical as the climate crisis (December 8, 2013)
If the climate action movement allows its goals to be shaped by what is permissible in a capitalist economy then it has already failed. To respond to the climate emergency, our politics must be as radical as our reality. Revolutionary changes needed for humankind to survive and thrive.
- On the nature and causes of environmental violence (December 8, 2013)
We need a much broader definition of violence than is allowed for by limiting its meaning to a physical and immediate brutal act of aggression, and one that includes an environmental dimension.
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