- Ecological Sustainability, Inequality and Social Class (February 19, 2018)
Raju Das connect sustainability to metabolism, reproduction, and value of labour power.
- Andreas Malm: 'Without a mass movement we dont stand a chance against fossil capital' (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.
- 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.
- 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.
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