- Forest carbon offsets, supposedly worth billions, have no climate benefit (August 26, 2023)
REDD projects combine false emission claims, worthless credits and human rights abuses.
- 'A Death Sentence For People And Ecosystems': The Climate Emergency, Governments And The Public Enemy (July 19, 2023)
Media Lens' reporting on the climate crisis, the refusal of governments and corporations to take accountability, and the failure of the established media to address these rising climate issues.
- Rooftop turbines aim to capture power in windy cities (January 12, 2023)
The design of traditional wind turbines doesn't really work in cities, where densely packed buildings tend to black and redirect wind, making it gusty and variable in speed and direction. However, new designs of wind turbines that allow for urban use have the potential to change the ways cities use energy.
- Starless Sky (December 22, 2022)
As humanity conquered the dark with electricity, a new rhythm regulating daily life emerged. Making the night disappear has affected us in many ways, including the disregulation of our hormones, including Melatonin which regulates sleep, lowers cholesterol, boosts the immune system, and more.
- The Wild American Chestnut is on its Way Back (December 22, 2022)
There is a petition in front of the US Department of Agriculture requesting permission to release genetically engineered American chestnut trees into wild forests. However, naturalist Bernd Heinrich finds clear evidence of a natural revival of the nostalgic chestnut tree, and many fear that GE trees would threaten this natural comeback.
- The Dawn of the Apocalypse (July 24, 2022)
We were warned for decades about the death march we are on because of global warming. And yet, the global ruling class continues to frog-march us towards extinction.
- The Capitalist Solution to 'Save' the Planet: Make It an Asset Class & Sell it (July 16, 2022)
Lynn Fries speaks to John Bellamy Foster on a critically important and underreported topic: how investors are trying to use rapidly moving climate crisis as an opportunity to loot even more of the commons.
- New research shows 50 year binge on chemical fertilisers must end to address the climate crisis (November 1, 2021)
New research shows that synthetic nitrogen fertilisers are a major driver of the climate crisis, responsible for 1 out every 40 tonnes of GHGs currently pumped into the atmosphere. Now is the time for the world to kick its addiction to synthetic nitrogen fertilisers and urgently transition to farming without fossil fuels and chemicals.
- We demand real zero, not net zero! (October 25, 2021)
Net zero emissions and other false solutions allow polluters to continue polluting, says this statement adopted by the Oilwatch International Global Gathering in Nigeria in October 2021.
- Ecosocialism Not Extinction! (October 24, 2021)
Ecosocialist Alliance statement on the opening of 2021 UN climate talks in Glasgow.
- Stop Deep-Sea Mining (August 23, 2021)
Advocates for the end of exploitation of mineral resources through deep-sea mining until sufficent scientific information has been obtained on if deep-sea mining can be done without damage to the marine environment.
- Climate Change: Why we can't trust mainstream media (July 20, 2021)
A Q&A on capitalism, media, and climate. Explains How and why mainstream media minimizes climate change.
- 'Net zero' emissions is a dangerous hoax (June 10, 2021)
- No more plastics in Southeast Asia paradise (May 1, 2021)
Plastic waste has accumulated in Southeast Asia since China stopped importing it for recycling. The region's governments want western exporters to stop using it as a dumping ground.
- Bidens Climate Plan: Its Too Late for Gradualism (April 24, 2021)
The climate emergency demands a radical and rapid decarbonization of the economy with numerical goals and timetables to transform all productive sectors, not only power production (27% of carbon emissions), but also transportation (28%), manufacturing (22%), buildings (12%), and agriculture (10%). That emergency transformation can only be met by an ecosocialist approach using public enterprise and planning. Instead, Biden's plan emphasizes corporate welfare: subsidies and tax incentives for clean energy that will take uncertain effect at a leisurely pace in the markets. Moreover, it does nothing to stop more oil and gas fracking and pipelines for more gas-fired power plants, or to shut down coal-fired power plants. Without out directly saying so, it is a plan to burn fossil fuels for decades to come.
- Climate Scientists: 'Net Zero' is a dangerous trap (April 22, 2021)
The only way to keep humanity safe is by immediately and radically cutting emissions in a socially just way.
- Antidote For Rural Sprawl: Land Use Zoning (April 5, 2021)
There will always be people who will argue that zoning is an infringement upon their freedom to build a home where they choose. Speed limits and traffic lights are an infringement of our freedom to drive at any speed we want, but society recognizes that we would have chaos without such limits. The same principles apply to land use. Most of us recognize that zoning has value. Who doesnt believe keeping structures out of a river's flood plain or keeping a pig farm out of a residential neighborhood isnt reasonable? We need to extend that idea to the entire landscape, or we will lose much of what we consider valuable.
- How the Saami Indigenous People Fended Off Gates-funded Geoengineering Experiment (April 5, 2021)
The first ever stratospheric test of geoengineering technology, funded by Bill Gates, has been suspended under pressure from the indigenous people over whose heads it would take place, the Saami of northern Scandinavia.
- Seaspiracy (April 1, 2021)
A review of Seaspiracy; the film lifts the lid on the fishing industry, described as secretive and corrupt. Seaspiracy scrutinizes ocean conservation groups like Marine Stewardship Council and the Earth Island Institute are complicit in the fishing industry, and educates viewers on the complex relationships found in ocean food chains.
- Threat to Africa's parks (April 1, 2021)
Powerful oil companies have set their sights on the huge potential reserves under Sub-Saharan Africa's wildlife sanctuaries, which will be far cheaper to exploit than deep ofshore desposits.
- The Amazon Chernobyl is a Warning for Us All (March 19, 2021)
From the Athabasca to the Niger Delta to the Ecuadorian Amazon, the fossil fuel industry, along with other extractive industries, are drenched in the blood of countless innocent people and responsible for ecological annihilation on a scale that is unimaginable.
- Plutonium in Space: What Are the Odds of a Catastrophe? (February 23, 2021)
- Humans Nature and the Illusion of Separateness (2021)
One of the biggest lies that people in the global north were sold and have largely internalized is that we are separate from the biosphere from which we evolved and on which we depend upon for our very survival. Even as we stand on the precipice of ecological collapse, human supremacy over nature has been the unchallenged narrative.
- We The Power - The Future of Energy is Community Owned (2021)
A journey into the citizen-led community-energy movement in Europe. An exploration of divesting power from large energy companies and placing that power of electricity in the hands of local communities. How can local activists create more financially empowering, environmentally beneficial, and healthier communities?
- Adding up to Zero (December 6, 2020)
I just learned that Canada's biggest meat company is now proclaiming itself both "carbon neutral" and "carbon zero."
- The Dead And Those About To Die - Climate Protests And The Corporate Media (November 17, 2020)
On the climate protest demonstration on Remembrance Day, 2020.
- Exxon Touts Carbon Capture as a Climate Fix, but Uses It to Maximize Profit and Keep Oil Flowing (September 27, 2020)
A discussion of ExxonMobil's promotion of carbon capture.
- Planet of the Censoring Humans (May 29, 2020)
The campaign to remove Michael Moores new documentary from the Internet -- led by Moore's erstwhile progressive "allies" -- is a significant advance in the censorship revolution.
- The Climate Movement Doesnt Know How to Talk With Union Members About Green Jobs (March 9, 2020)
Throughout the Democratic primary, the potential loss of good construction and fossil fuel industry jobs has helped prevent moderate Democratic candidates, including frontrunner Joe Biden, from taking policy positions that would aggressively confront the fossil fuel industry and the climate crisis. Whoever opposes Donald Trump in the general election will face a politics of climate denial built on an empty but alluring promise of job security in the oil, gas, and coal industries.
- Cajamarca - curing gold fever (March 3, 2020)
Farmers, youth and other environmental defenders from Cajamarca, deep in the embrace of the Colombian Andes Mountains, have stopped a vast gold mine, re-valued the true treasures in their territory and begun to develop regenerative alternatives to mining 'development'.
- In northeastern BC, over 10% of oil and gas wells are leaking methane (March 3, 2020)
Northeastern British Columbia has been a major centre of conventional oil and gas production since the 1960s. More recently, the shale gas sector has also targeted the region.
- To Save Our Climate We Need Taller Trees Not Taller Wooden Buildings (March 3, 2020)
To many of us working at the intersection of forest conservation and climate stability recent opinions and news coverage of proposals to fill our cities with tall wooden buildings presents not a stirring vision of sustainability but a nightmarish scenario of a land base increasingly scarred by clearcuts, logging roads and small diameter tree plantations at a time when climate science insists that reestablishing natural forests and letting them grow much bigger and older is one of humanity's last best hopes to keep climate change from accelerating out of control. To save our climate we need taller trees not taller wooden buildings.
- New Deal for Nature: Paying the Emperor to Fence the Wind (February 24, 2020)
The latest idea to be heavily promoted by big conservation NGOs is doubling the world's so-called "Protected Areas" (PAs) so that they cover thirty percent of the globe's lands and oceans. This is now their main rallying cry and response to two of the world's biggest problems -- climate chaos and loss of biodiversity. It sounds good: It's easy to grasp and has numbers that are supposed to be measurable, and advertisers do love numbers. What better answer to climate change and biodiversity loss than to ban human "interference" over huge areas? If, that is, you think "everybody" is guilty of causing both crises and that everything's solved by keeping them away. The idea's been around for years, but now governments and industries are promoting it to the tune of billions of dollars, so it'll be difficult to oppose. But it's actually dangerous nonsense which would have exactly the reverse effect to what we're told, and if we want to save our world, it must be stopped.
- Capitalist roots of the environment crisis (February 18, 2020)
Here we are, heading into the middle decades of the 21st century, with all the accumulated wisdom and knowledge of millennia of human endeavour literally at our fingertips, staring down the barrel of a catastrophic, and possibly terminal, breakdown of the relationship between human society and the natural world on which we depend.
- Colonial conservation - a 'cycle of impunity' (February 14, 2020)
A UN investigation has suggested that rangers funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have beaten up, abused and murdered people in the forests of Congo. These atrocities were committed in the name of conservation.
- Wall Street Invading Wetsuweten Territory (February 12, 2020)
While protesters have rightly condemned the RCMP actions in arresting Wetsuweten First Nation land defenders, they (and the corporate media) have largely overlooked the role of a major player in this whole debacle: Wall Street titan Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., better known as KKR.
- Saugeen Ojibway Nation Has Saved Lake Huron From a Nuclear Waste Dump (February 4, 2020)
A major victory for Canada's First Nations has just been won in Ontario. On January 31, 2020, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) overwhelmingly voted down the proposed deep geological repository (DGR) for storage of low- and intermediate-level radioactive nuclear waste next to Lake Huron.
- The military's carbon bootprint (January 30, 2020)
As the biggest single user of fossil fuels, why is the military exempt from the climate discussion?
- The Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX): Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and the Russians (January 29, 2020)
There has long been fierce opposition to the TMX project (owned at the time by Texas-based Kinder Morgan), which will nearly triple the pipelines capacity to bring Alberta diluted bitumen (dilbit) to the West Coast.
- The privatization of rivers in Chile (January 22, 2020)
The Chilean government has continued with the mercantile treatment of common goods, putting several rivers in the Bio Bio Region up for auction, despite ongoing social unrest.
- Kiss the Ground (2020)
Delving into the impact of regenerating the Earth's soil quality and its impact on climate, ecosystems, and food sustainability. Featuring environmental activists, scientists, and celebrities.
- Life on Our Planet (2020)
David Attenborough shares his predictions for the planet's future, and methods to prevent the worst outcomes.
- Saving the Nile (2020)
For the 280 million people from 11 countries who live along the banks of the Nile, it symbolises life. For Ethiopia, a new dam holds the promise of much-needed electricity; for Egypt, the fear of a devastating water crisis.
- The Grand Illusion (November 29, 2019)
As the ecological crisis deepens, nearing the infamous Tipping Point taking us closer to planetary catastrophe we are being led to believe that an imminent "greening" of the world economy will deliver us from a very dark future. Somehow, against all logic, we have adopted a collective faith in the willingness of ruling governments and corporations to do the right thing.
- A Collective Ignorance of Ecosystems (November 28, 2019)
Loss of genetic diversity is one consequence of the Industrial Forestry Paradigm that dominates the U.S. timber industry and all public agencies from the state forestry agencies to the federal agencies like the Forest Service.
- Stanford Study Says Renewable Power Eliminates Argument for Using Carbon Capture with Fossil Fuels (November 21, 2019)
A study in the peer-reviewed journal Energy and Environmental Science, concludes that carbon capture technologies are inefficient at pulling out carbon, from a climate perspective, and often increase local air pollution from the power required to run them, which exacerbates public health issues. Replacing a coal plant with wind turbines, on the other hand, always decreases local air pollution and doesn't come with the associated cost of running a carbon capture system, says Jacobson.
- Dams and the Green New Deal: Why the Silence? (November 6, 2019)
Hydroelectric power from dams might be the thorniest question that proponents of the Green New Deal (GND) have to grapple with. Providing more energy than solar and wind combined, dams could well become the backup for energy if it proves impossible to get off of fossil fuels fast enough.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 27, 2019 (October 27, 2019)
Millions of us, in many different countries, came out in late September to demand action on the climate crisis. Around the world, in diverse ways, we are working to keep up the pressure. Time is short, and the tasks are huge. In the midst of our activism and organizing, we need to keep asking ourselves some important questions: What are our goals? And what should we do to reach our goals?
- Impeachment, Brought to You by the CIA (October 4, 2019)
Despite occasional warm gas passed in a leftish direction, establishment Democrats never had any intention of allowing a left political program to move forward. After four decades of asserting that they 'believe' climate science, the moment has arrived when the only political path forward is to take on their donors.
- Making Money Off of Green Debt: Cory Morningstar Finds Corporate Wolves Behind Environmental Sheep (October 4, 2019)
Building through the privatization-friendly Reagan-Bush era of the 1980s, ramping up significantly with Bill Clinton's signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1990s, and solidified through the de facto repeal of the post-Great Depression separation between investment and commercial banks at the end of Clintons scandal-plagued final term in office at the turn of the millenium, the United States went through a very noticeable shift in how its economy functioned.
- "Zone Defense:" a New Way To Stop ATVs in Wilderness Areas (October 4, 2019)
In 2002, a new method of organizing was used by 20 organizations in a rural area of southwest Oregon to successfully confront an ATV threat in an area where no national, regional or local group had enough members to do much by itself. The nature of the campaign required numbers of people to turn out on short notice to meetings in sparsely populated areas for which little advance notice could be expected.
- Climate Change: A Socialist Solution (September 30, 2019)
A lot has been written, including by myself, on why capitalism, by its very nature, cannot tackle or stop climate change. The purpose of this article is not to repeat those arguments but to make the positive case for socialism as necessary to deal with this existential crisis for humanity.
- Rivers of Dust: The Future of Water and the Middle East (August 19, 2019)
Syria and Iraq are at odds with Turkey over the Tigris-Euphrates. Egypt's relations with Sudan and Ethiopia over the Nile are tense. Jordan and the Palestinians accuse Israel of plundering river water to irrigate the Negev Desert and hogging most of the three aquifers that underlie the occupied West Bank. According to satellites that monitor climate, the Tigris-Euphrates basin, embracing Turkey, Syria, Iraq and western Iran, is losing water faster than any other area in the world, with the exception of Northern India.
- The 9% Lie: Industrial Food and Climate Change (August 8, 2019)
They now warn us that we have to drastically reduce global emissions by at least 45 percent over the next decade. Otherwise, we'll pass the point of no return defined as reaching 450 ppm or more of CO2 in the atmosphere sometime between 2030 and 2050 when our climate crisis will morph into a climate catastrophe.
- What kind of rebellion will save humanity from extinction? (August 2, 2019)
Despite overwhelming evidence that the world has already passed certain tipping points, setting off large and unpredictable changes in the climate, why are governments still refusing to act on the scale and pace required?
- The Discovery and Rediscovery of Metabolic Rift (July 28, 2019)
Ian Angus discusses the scientific developments that led Marx to develop metabolic rift theory, and a new generation to rediscover it in our time.
- The Plastic Industry's Fight to Keep Polluting the World (July 20, 2019)
An in-depth look at the failure of recycling intiatives and the plastics industry's PR efforts that put the onus on small scale efforts to reduce waste while they fight any initiatives that curb production at the industry level.
- The World Needs a Water Treaty (July 16, 2019)
Climate change is making water into as valuable a commodity as oil with similar national tensions resulting.
- It's Raining Sand in Rayalaseema (July 12, 2019)
In the Rayalaseema region in India, changing agriculture has reduced biodiversity, depleting the soil and leading to aridity and sandstorms.
- Doubling Down: The Military, Big Bankers and Big Oil Are Not In Climate Denial, They Are in Control and Plan to Keep It That Way (July 5, 2019)
The two most important narratives imposed on us are climate change as a "threat to national security" and as a "business opportunity" - the twin rationales for military and corporate power. They want to focus us on how to manage the crisis, profit from it, or adapt to it, instead of opposing it.
- From the Green Revolution to GMOs: Toxic Agriculture Is the Problem Not the Solution (July 5, 2019)
The pesticide industry lobbies governments to allow chemicals that have long been known to be harmful.
- Mark Field and the Danger of Getting Sidetracked (June 22, 2019)
The media's focus on British government minister Mark Field's assault on a climate change activist, is a smokescreen to draw attention away from people with money and power that effect real issues such as climate change.
- 'We Need to Ban Fracking': New Analysis of 1,500 Scientific Studies Details Threat to Health and Climate (June 19, 2019)
The latest analysis of studies on the effects of fracking confirms that it poses an extreme threat to the environment and local people's healt.
- How Much Do Humans Pollute? A Breakdown of Industrial, Vehicular and Household C02 Emissions (June 14, 2019)
Modified excerpt from author's new book, Privatized Planet: "Free Trade" as a Weapon Against Democracy, Healthcare and the Environment.
- Rooting rebellion in nature (May 24, 2019)
Reflections on the legacy of philosopher and geologian Thomas Berry, ten years after his death.
- An (Even More) Inconvenient Truth (May 22, 2019)
Article exploring of limitations of carbon credits
- Moving past climate denial (May 20, 2019)
Katharine Hayhoe, a climate researcher and political science professor argues that it's more productive to show climate change skeptics that solutions are beneficial to them rather than trying to make them believe in the science of climate change.
- Updated flood plain maps will send the housing market underwater (May 14, 2019)
The federal government will soon be posting maps of places at risk of flooding. This will have serious consequences for the housing markets in those areas.
- Dam it all: More than half of the world's long rivers are blocked by infrastucture (May 9, 2019)
But with the increasing demand for more water, energy generation, and flood management, the construction of dams, levees, reservoirs, and other river-obstructive infrastructures is becoming ubiquitous.
- The London Climate Protests - Raising The Alarm (May 9, 2019)
Analysis of media coverage of the climate crisis looks at how many outlets try to discredit 'alarmist' activists. However a sense of panics is rational and needed to avoid catastrophe.
- A million species 'threatened with extinction' (May 6, 2019)
A summary of a dire climate report on the decline in global biodiversity.
- On the Coast of Oaxaca, Afro and Indigenous Tribes Fight for Water Autonomy (May 6, 2019)
In southern Mexico, a multi-ethnic network of towns has halted the construction of a mega-dam. Now they are organizing to manage their own natural resources and revitalize their culture as native water protectors.
- Gray Whales Are Dying: Starving to Death Because of Climate Change (May 5, 2019)
A look at the plight of sea mammals and the state of marine science education.
- Wildly Underestimated Oilsands Emissions Latest Blow to Alberta's Dubious Climate Claims (May 3, 2019)
The oilsand industry's own measurements of their carbon output fall far short of that reported by Environment Canada's and others' research. This could deal a blow to the industry's PR efforts.
- A Lethal Industrial Farm Fungus is Spreading Among Us (April 26, 2019)
Agricultural fungicides are creating strains of drug-resistant fungi.
- Nitrogen Crisis: A neglected threat to Earth's life support systems (April 18, 2019)
The rift in the nitrogen cycle is a major threat to the stability of the Earth System. This and subsequent articles will discuss how the natural cycle works and how it has been disrupted in the Anthropocene.
- Talking Trash: Unfortunate Truths About Recycling (April 16, 2019)
A deep dive into the mechanics of recycling and why it isn't a panacea for our environmental problems.
- Dung beetles 'reduce human pathogens risk' (March 28, 2019)
Farmers remove habitats that encourage natural wildlife for food-safety reasons, however, these habitats encourage biodiversity which could reduce the risk of pathogens in food.
- How would a revolutionary government protect the environment? (March 25, 2019)
A look at how a revolutionary government would combat climate change. Includes a lengthy excerpt from the pamphlet The Green Tax Fraud by Dick Nichols.
- In Brazil, thousands of people are still living under the threat of bursting mining dams (March 25, 2019)
The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais is home to several large dams many of which have burst causing death and environment damage. There is evidence that some of these disasters were predictable.
- Rethinking Dominant Approaches to Climate change (March 24, 2019)
Market-based attempts to curb climate change are inadequate since they further enable its root cause, capitalism.
- 10 Failed Levees In Midwest Flood Zone Were Not Inspected By Federal Government (March 24, 2019)
Many of the levees that failed during flooding of the Missouri River had not been inspected since the early 2010s. Some people say the Army Corps of Engineers has mismanaged levees under their responsibility.
- Recording Reveals Oil Industry Execs Laughing at Trump Access (March 23, 2019)
A 2017 recording of Independent Petroleum Association of America executives reveals them revelling in their access to high levels of government. Since then many environmental protections have been rescinded.
- Undermining the watercycle (March 22, 2019)
The mining industry is often overlooked as a cause of the global water crisis. This article examines recent history of mining disasters and how the industry PR greenwashes its image.
- Green construction and worker safety (March 19, 2019)
Eco-friendly construction exposes workers to new methods and materials which do not have the standard safety practices of those that are more established.
- US Government Knew Climate Risks in 1970s, National Petroleum Council Documents Show (March 19, 2019)
Newly discovered documents show that the fossil fuel industry has know since the 1970s the effect that CO2 emissions would have on the environment.
- Why climate action is the antithesis of white supremacy (March 19, 2019)
Climate action and climate change denial are antithetical to each other as the former is based on interconnectivity and collective action while the latter seeks exclusion and separation.
- Brazilian dam disaster 'is part of a pattern' (March 14, 2019)
A team of Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) academics is marking the international day of action for rivers by hanging out the dirty laundry of a very dirty company.
- Shout out for peace and quiet (March 7, 2019)
Noise is a cause of stress with physical and psychological effects on people and also harms the environment. Noise reductions needs to be made part of solutions such as industry standards and urban planning.
- Guiding principles for an Ecosocialist Green New Deal (March 1, 2019)
Statement of the Ecosocialist Working Group of the DSA on their demands for a Green New Deal that combats climate change and inequality.
- Hitting nature where it hurts: Iran feels the pernicious effects of US sanctions on biodiversity conservation (February 27, 2019)
Iran is home to a rich and complex array of biodiversity. Efforts to protect its biodiversity have been challenged by decades of economic sanctions and political isolation.
- Illusion or Advance? Ecosocialists debate the 'Green New Deal' (February 27, 2019)
Activists from 'System Change Not Climate Change' discuss the strengths and weaknesses of 'Green New Deal' proposals, and how the left should respond.
- 'Making this up': Study says oilsands assessments marred by weak science (February 18, 2019)
The environmental impact assessments required by oil companies use such inconsistent criteria that their reports say have little reliable information about one of the most heavily industrialized landscapes in Canada.
- A Tale of Two Citations: Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" and Michael Harrington's "The Other America" (February 18, 2019)
Looking at the forgotten, more radical aspects of Carson's "Silent Spring." Compares it with other, less radical works that were more easily co-opted by governments looking to appease new social and environmental movements.
- Court Throws out Energy Transfer's 'Racketeering' Claims Against Dakota Access Pipeline Opponents (February 14, 2019)
An energy company that tried to bring RICO charges against Greenpeace and other people opposing their pipeline have had their case thrown out.
- Greenwashing the Climate Catastrophe (February 8, 2019)
Many solutions to climate change such as the Green New Deal do not address the real threat to the planet: capitalism. They in fact are a smokescreen under which to conduct business as usual.
- On the Front Lines of the Climate Change Movement: Mike Roselle Draws a Line (February 8, 2019)
An excerpt from the book The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank. An account of environmental activists fighting massive industries to save the environment.
- Reclaiming control of Indonesia's oceans (February 1, 2019)
Indonesian activists are building a global movement to resist the financialisation and privatisation of the world's oceans.
- Rivers in crisis: water theft and corruption in the Darling River system (January 31, 2019)
A water crisis in New South Wales has resulted in millions of fish dying and a shortage of water in communities. Politicians blame drought while other blame corruption and the actions of big irrigators.
- Rigging the Science of GMO Ecotoxicity (January 29, 2019)
Scientific article about dangers of GMO plants and techniques used by developers to disguise harms to get GMOs through testing.
- Water resources - 'The river is dying': the vast ecological cost of Brazil's mining disasters (January 29, 2019)
Brazil's worst mining disaster in decades has prompted calls to create stronger regulations and enforce them with real consequences rather than small fines that often go unpaid.
- Climate Advocates Underestimate Power of Fossil Fueled Misinformation Campaigns, Say Top Researchers (January 18, 2019)
The "climate countermovement" direct massive resources towards denying the reality of climate change. Climate advocates need to address their opposition's tactics to be able to combat this misinformation.
- Old Mother Forest (January 2, 2019)
A poignant look at the ecosystem of a rainforest from a conservationist in India.
- Climate justice and migration in the media (December 12, 2018)
A climate justice narrative is needed to communicate and enhance public understanding of migration induced by climate change. Key components must include human rights protection, greater equity in burdens sharing, and participation in decision-making processes.
- Climate litigation looms (December 11, 2018)
Nick Breeze interviews Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), who explains why we must stay below 1.5C, and why loss and damage compensation, and litigation, are the next big agenda items at COP24.
- Climate Jobs for All (December 3, 2018)
A federal climate jobs guarantee (CJG) is a proposed program similar to the New Deal's WPA that would prioritize jobs that protect and improve the environment. Polls show that the program has popular support and could be a major political force in 2020.
- Oil Industry Cleanup Costs Vastly Exceed Alberta Governments Estimates (November 25, 2018)
Transcript of interview with Regan Boychuk of Reclaim Alberta on the cost to clean up after Alberta's tar sand industry.
- Climate Change Drives Up Rural Poverty in Latin America (November 24, 2018)
In Latin America and the Caribbean region's first meeting of Week of Agriculture and Food, held in November 2018, more than 1,000 officials and experts agreed that the fall in agricultural yields and increasing migration from the countryside are consequences of global warming.
- Extinction Rebellion: From the UK to Ghana and the US, Climate Activists Take Civil Disobedience World-Wide (November 24, 2018)
A look at the Extinction Rebellion, an international movement that calls for peaceful mass economic disruption around the world in order to bring awareness to the growing environmental crisis.
- Air pollution now 'largest health crisis' (November 23, 2018)
The WHO estimates that seven million premature deaths are linked to air pollution every year, of which nearly 600,000 are children who are uniquely vulnerable.
- Herbicides undermine antibiotics, threaten medical care (November 20, 2018)
A New Zealand study adds to the body of evidence that industrial herbicides, not intended to be antibiotics, can have profound effects on bacteria, with potentially negative implications for medicine's ability to treat infectious diseases.
- New maps of land destruction show why caravans flee Central America (November 20, 2018)
A new map developed at the University of Cincinnati illustrates the extent of worldwide land degradation, including the deforestation that is now forcing migrants to leave Guatemala and Honduras.
- 'Time is Running Out,' American Petroleum Institute Chief Said in 1965 Speech on Climate Change (November 20, 2018)
In 1965 the president of the American Petroleum Institute discussed the effect of CO2 in the changing the atmosphere and the role specifically of the petroleum industry in causing climate change. More than 50 years later the science on this has become stronger but messaging from the industry has softened.
- Over 90% of the world's children breathe toxic air every day (October 30, 2018)
A look at the WHO report on "Air pollution and child health: Prescribing clean air", a study of the heavy toll of both outdoor and household air pollution on the health of the world's children, particularly those living in low and middle-income nations.
- Climate-Driven 'Bugpocalypse' (October 16, 2018)
An alarming report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that in addition to annihilating hundreds of mammal species, the climate crisis has also sparked a global "bugpocalypse" that will only continue to accelerate in the absence of action to stop planetary warming.
- A Marxist History of Capitalism (Book Review) (October 16, 2018)
A book review of Henry Heller's "A Marxist History of Capitalism" which restores class struggle to a central place in explaining how capitalism arose and grew, and can eventually be overcome.
- US plastic waste is causing global environmental crisis (October 15, 2018)
A recent ban in China, which normally takes in the largest proportion of US plastic waste, has left the US dumping plastic in other over-burdened countries, while waste still continues to pile up in the States. US plastic scrap exports dropped by almost a third in the first six months of 2018, as waste firms struggled to find a home for their plastic scrap.
- Plastic plague intensifies on remote southern islands (October 9, 2018)
A look at a report titled " Marine plastics threaten giant Atlantic Marine Protected Areas", which examines the alarmingly high concentrations of plastic on southern Atlantic islands and throughout the food chain.
- 'This is murder': French islanders want Paris to own up to poisoning their land with pesticide (October 9, 2018)
The French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean want France to take responsibility for polluting their land with a toxic pesticide. This article looks at the effects of Kepone, also called chlordecone, on the people of the islands, who now suffer from alarmingly high cancer rates and fertility problems.
- Over 200 arrested at Ottawa tar sands protest (September 27, 2018)
Over 200 protesters objecting to the federal government's enthusiastic support for Alberta's tar sands and the Keystone pipeline XL were arrested Monday morning as they attempted to stage a sit-in in the House of Commons. The protesters wanted the chance to air their grievances with the environmentally reckless policies of the Harper-led Conservatives inside Parliament but were blocked from entering by fenced barricades and over 50 RCMP officers. The protesters were encouraged by hundreds of boisterous supporters as they passed the media scrum and calmly hopped over police barricades.
- The Omega Principle: A vicious circle of fish, cattle and capitalism (Book review) (September 9, 2018)
A review of Paul Greenberg's book "The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet", which examines how the fishing industry that plunders the seas for tiny fish is supporting unsustainable industrial agriculture.
- To overcome climate paralysis, unite for system change (September 4, 2018)
A look at how to break through the climate paralysis that has led to the environmental crisis that mankind is currently facing. Wallis indicates that by having identified who the enemy is, we know who our potential allies are- the other 99%.
- Engineering the climate could cost us the earth (August 30, 2018)
Political scientist Gareth Dale takes a look at Geoengineering as a "political technology" and institutional apparatus that is preventing effective climate action, and actually serves to reduce the sense of urgency needed for genuine and more effective structural change.
- The deadly flood in Kerala may be only a gentle warning (August 21, 2018)
Arundhati Roy comments on the disasterous flooding in the Indian state of Kerala. While acknowleding various forces lead to the disaster, Roy also places blame on government mismanagement and ignoring the needs of the state's most disadvanted people.
- Australia: Worst drought ever, but don't mention climate change! (August 11, 2018)
Despite record drought conditions in Australia and the numerous climate related disasters around the globe, the Australian goverment still refuses to acknowledge human-induced climate change.
- Eternity, nature, society and the absurd fantasies of the rich (August 5, 2018)
The wealthier they are, the more they fear that others will try to take their wealth. No wonder the super-rich are building bunkers to escape the apocalypse.
- The Belem Ecosocialist Declaration: An historic document (July 22, 2018)
In 2008 more than 400 activists from 37 countries endorsed this statement of ecosocialist principles and goals. Today the Belem Ecosocialist Declaration remains an important consensus statement of ecosocialist principles and goals.
- A New Native-Led Strategy for Fighting Keystone XL (July 18, 2018)
Sacred crops planted by the Poca represent another legal barrier for the construction of the Keystone pipeline, as its intended path must now cross sacred historic sites owned by a sovereign tribal nation.
- Just Transition: Let Detroit Breathe! (July 1, 2018)
William Copeland presents the campaign, Let Detroit Breathe. The campaign's prinicipal aim is to help Detroiters win their right to breathe clean air.
- Democracy and Ecological Crisis (June 17, 2018)
In view of the global ecological problems which have arisen from aggressive market driven economies, the author examines what democracy and socialism really mean, and what a more environmentally responsible Post-Capitalism society might look like.
- Local Autonomy: A Key to Protection of the Ecosystem (May 29, 2018)
In his book, The Plundered Seas, Michael Berrill called the Grand Banks and Georges Bank maybe the saddest story of overfishing.Berrills solution was the management of Large Marine Ecosystems.
- 'Our Rivers are Black with Coal' - living with Siberia's mines (May 29, 2018)
A look at the aggressive coal mining industry in Siberia where local opposition and human rights are ignored, and indigenous communities and ecosystems are being destroyed.
- 13 protesters against copper plant in India killed after police open fire (May 25, 2018)
Public protests at the copper smelter plant of Sterlite Industries in the town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu, India, were met with police fire during the last two days, with 13 protesters killed and and hundreds injured.
- A Faustian Bargain with the Climate Crisis (May 23, 2018)
Take as our inspiration the temptations of capitalist individualism set before us, we make the exact same bargain. The difference in this case however is that we know the disaster is coming; we don't even need to worry about what our spidey senses say, 97% of all climate scientists agree that the capitalist mentality that sees the world as an infinite resource and infinite garbage dump is warming the atmosphere. We have even less excuse.
- When Covering Up a Crime Takes Precedence Over Human Health: BP's Toxic Gulf Coast Legacy (May 14, 2018)
On April 20, 2010, BPs Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Over the next 87 days, it gushed at least 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, creating the worst human-made environmental disaster in US history and afflicting the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
- The Attack on Wilderness From Environmentalists (April 26, 2018)
Wildlands are being lost across the globe, and some conservation groups are assisting in that loss by proposing lesser protective status.
- Misleading figures on greenhouse gas emissions (April 12, 2018)
A letter to the editor from an oil industry apologist (April 12) tries to excuse the Alberta oilsands growing carbon emissions with the argument that Canada accounts for just 1.6 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Even if that figure were accurate, it would mean that Canada is producing emissions which are more than three times as large as its proportion of the worlds population.
- Illegal logging: An organized crime that is destroying Latin American forests (March 14, 2018)
A recent report indicates that Illegal wood trafficking is the most profitable crime against natural resources, and allows other crimes to flourish, including deforestation, labor exploitation, land invasions, tax evasion, document forgery and state corruption.
- Illegal logging: An organized crime that is destroying Latin American forests (March 14, 2018)
Illegal timber trafficking is a complex type or ogranized crime that involves other crimes such as tax evasion, labor exploitation, and land invasion. Countries in Latin America need to work together to fight this crime.
- The Curse of Energy Efficiency (February 26, 2018)
The more 'efficient' our technology, the more resources we consume in a downward spiral of catastrophe.
- Ecological Sustainability, Inequality and Social Class (February 19, 2018)
Raju Das connect sustainability to metabolism, reproduction, and value of labour power.
- 'They stole the beach' - the major mafia that almost nobody wants to talk about (February 18, 2018)
Increasing demand for sand has led to targeting of sandy beaches by organised crime. Community members who speak out or protest the destruction of beaches are often victims of intimidation, harrassment and violence.
- Kenya's 'Erin Brockovich' defies harassment to bring anti-pollution case to courts (February 14, 2018)
Phyllis Omido is leading a landmark class action demanding a clean-up and compensation from a lead-smelting factory accused of poisoning local residents - including her own son.
- Lissa Lucas Dragged Out of West Virginia House Judiciary Hearing For Listing Oil and Gas Contributions (February 12, 2018)
Mokhiber's article summarizes the case of political candidate Lissa Lucas, whose testimony against a bill "that would allow companies to drill on minority mineral owners' land without their consent" was censored by the court.
- How to Use Critical Thinking to Spot False Climate Claims (February 10, 2018)
This article outlines ways to address common climate-contrarian arguments, all of which contain errors in reasoning that are independent of the science itself.
- Without a Popular Movement We Don't Stand a Chance: Andreas Malm on Climate Change (February 5, 2018)
An interview with the author of "Fossil Capital and The Progress of This Storm", who says there are reasons to be hopeful but significant progress will require a global movement of unprecedented scale.
- How to create an ecological society (February 1, 2018)
A review of the book "Creating an Ecological Society: Towards A Revolutionary Transformation" by Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, which addresses different aspects of the debate on the politics of the environment.
- How the 'free' media dupe us on climate change (January 29, 2018)
Commentary on a segment of Al Jazeera's programme The Listening Post on why climate scepticism persists only in what it terms the "Anglosphere media", that is, those in the United States, UK, Australia and Canada.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 21, 2018 (January 21, 2018)
What are we eating? A simple question which opens up a labyrinth of devilishly complex issues about production and distribution, access to land, control of water, prices, health and safety, migrant labour, and much else.
For millions of people, the answer is brutally simple: not enough to survive. UNICEF estimates that 300 million children go to bed hungry each night, and that more than 8,000 children under the age of five die of malnutrition every day. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 12% of the world's population is chronically malnourished.
How is this possible in a world where there is an enormous surplus of food, where farmers are paid not to grow food?
A short answer is that food production and distribution are driven by the need to make profits, rather than by human needs.
- The Collaboration Trap (January 17, 2018)
Most of environmental/conservation groups in the West are participants in various public land collaboratives.Most participating collaborative members are made up of people who generally believe in exploiting natural landscapes for human benefit. As a generalization, there is overwhelming representation in such collaboratives by people who speak for the resource extraction industry or their sympathizers like rural county commissioners, ORV enthusiasts, and so forth.
- As the World Burns (2018)
A two essay report that examines the causes and costs of large wildfires. The first essay titled "Combustion Engines" takes a look at a 'mega-fire' that raged across Montana in 2017, placing blame on global warmimg, mismanagement by authorities, and the building of houses in high rish areas. The second essay, "There Will Always Be Fires", describes the conditions that led to huge blazes in Portugal which are largely attributed to the introduction of of the highly flammable eucalyptus.
- Drinking Poblems (2018)
A look at the health crisis in Pretty Prairie, Kansas, where Nitrate from farms has polluted the water supply for three decades. Elizabeth Royte takes a look at the town's history and social climate in order to understand why the problem was left for so long.
- The End of Eden (2018)
A look at the devastating environmental outlook in Iraq, where climate change has led to rising temperatures and a dramatic drop in precipitation. Further exacerbating the environmental problems are decades of mismanagement, war, and regional politics.
- Harvey's Toxic Aftermath in Houston (January 1, 2018)
Wingard exposes the enviromental devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane caused chemical spills and explosions which Wingard says forecast a pending enviromental crisis.
- Israel uses Palestinian land to illegally dump toxic waste (December 7, 2017)
Israel dumps unknown waste and military garbage in a disposal site in Kisan village, in the occupied West Bank.
- How Israel is digitally policing Palestinian minds (December 5, 2017)
Israeli authorities have been arresting and holding hundreds of Palestinians it accuses of fanning the flames of violence in the occupied West Bank and Israel.
- Fighting for Their Water and Their Lives, Communities Take Direct Action Against Barrick Gold in the Dominican Republic (November 30, 2017)
People who live near the Pueblo Viejo gold mine iin Dominican Republic struggle to gain accountabilty from the Canadian-owned companies running it. Their environment has been poisoned and they want funds for 600 families to be relocated.
- Major study shows species loss destroys essential ecosystems (November 30, 2017)
Long term research by German ecologists proves that loss of biodiversity has "direct, unpleasant consequences for mankind."
- Can You Say "Conflict of Interest"? Not at the UN (November 3, 2017)
Exposing the ways that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) allows oil giants to shape negotiations.
- Ecuadoreans Won't Back Down in Fighting Chevron-Texaco Over Amazon Oil Disaster (November 1, 2017)
A class-action lawsuit first filed in 1993 against Chevron-Texaco has taken its toll on the lawyers and Ecuadorean people seeking justice for environmental damage. Hope for justice and healing drives people to not give up.
- Goodbye to Golden Rice? GM Trait Leads to Drastic Yield Loss and "Metabolic Meltdown" (October 25, 2017)
While proponents of Golden rice have blamed its failure to reach the market on "over-regulation" of GMOs and on "anti-GMO" opposition, the latest research suggests that problems intrinsic to GMO breeding are what have prevented researchers from developing Golden Rice suitable for commercialization.
- In Sarnia's Chemical Valley, is 'toxic soup' making people sick? (October 14, 2017)
Experts and documents cast doubts on whether industry and Ontario government are revealing levels of benzene in areas where residents live right near oil and gas facilities.
- That rotten stench in the air? Its the smell of deadly gas and secrecy (October 1, 2017)
Documents obtained through freedom-of-information requests and from whistleblowers, including internal correspondence and inspection reports, disclose serious infractions and failures in performance by oil and gas companies; yet regulatory standards remain largely unchanged and H2S incidents and risks remain hidden from the public.
- 'There's no sense in speaking up' despite deadly gas risks (October 1, 2017)
An investigation into oil industry in Saskatchewan reveals a culture of secrecy fuelled by oil industry money, the province's reliance on that money, and the threats and intimidation that have followed those who have spoken out.
- Drowning in the waste of Israeli settlers (September 18, 2017)
Several decades ago, the al-Matwa spring in Salfit city would often be crowded with Palestinians hiking in the valley and families picnicking alongside the clear, flowing stream. Now, however, the sewage flowing through the spring, the rancid smell that engulfs the valley, and the mosquitoes swarming the area have left the valley largely deserted.
- U.S. real estate lobbyists turn blind eye to rising sea level threats to waterfront properties (September 15, 2017)
All along the coast of the southeast United States, the real estate industry confronts a hurricane. Not the kind that swirls in the Atlantic, but a storm of scientific information about sea-level rise that threatens the most lucrative, commission-boosting properties.
- Sources News Releases (September 11, 2017)
News releases from organizations and companies on a wide range of topics. Includes an extensive topic index, an archive of releases going back to the 1970s, and links to experts and organizations knowledgeable about the issues covered in the releases. Available via RSS feed as well as on the Sources.com website.
- The Stomach-churning Violence of Monsanto, Bayer and the Argrochemical Oligopoly (August 30, 2017)
Companies like Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta, which make up the oligopoly that controls an increasingly globalised system of modern food and agriculture, have successfully instituted the notion that the mass application of biocides, monocropping and industrial agriculture are necessary and desirable.
- The Economy of an Ecological Society Will Be at the Service of Humanity (August 20, 2017)
What would a truly just, equal and ecologically sustainable future look like? Why would it require a change in our economic system, namely the end of capitalism? Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams answer these questions in Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation.
- Nutrient Runoff is Killing American Waters and Voluntary Actions Aren't Working (August 1, 2017)
The ongoing causes and devastating effects of nutrient pollution on American lakes, bays and waterways is examined.
- Marx and Engels on ecology: A reply to radical critics (July 31, 2017)
A review of the book "Marx and the Earth: An Anti-Critique" authored by Paul Burkett and John Bellamy Foster, who respond to critics of ecological Marxism with a comprehensive examination of what the founders of historical materialism wrote and thought about mankind's relationship to the earth.
- Poison Papers Snapshot: HOJO Transcript Illustrates EPA Collusion With Chemical Industry (July 27, 2017)
A commentary on the "Poison papers", chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back decades, which shed light on what was known about chemical toxicity and practices in the often-incriminating words of the participants themselves, and which still have implications for us today.
- The financial system killing environmental activists (July 13, 2017)
A Global Witness report reveals 2016 as the deadliest year yet for environmental defenders. International investors are accused of bankrolling the projects that hundreds of people have been killed protesting.
- One Half-Cheer for Trump? (July 1, 2017)
June 1, 2017, Donald Trump announced that "The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord," setting off alarm bells and outraged protests in U.S. cities and around the world. We would suggest that under present circumstances, he chose the better - well, less bad - of the existing options.
- No One Has the Data to Prevent the Next Flint (June 23, 2017)
Data gaps in testing and regulations of water safety in America can potentially put many citizens at risk.
- The Challenge of Defining Fossil Fuel Subsidies (June 16, 2017)
An examination of the ways fossil fuel subsidies are measured and why semantic arguments over definitions may be missing the point.
- Oil and Water (May 27, 2017)
A collection of articles charting how leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
- Restoring the Heartland and Rustbelt through Clean Energy Democracy: an Organizing Proposal (May 16, 2017)
A proposal to end capitalism and fight climate change at the same time.
- Concrete, or beaches? World's sand running out as global construction booms (May 9, 2017)
A crucial component of concrete, sand is vital to the global construction industry. China alone is importing a billion tonnes of sand a year, and its increasing scarcity is leading to large scale illegal mining and deadly conflicts. With ever more sand fetched from riverbeds, shorelines and sandbanks, roads and bridges are being undermined and beaches eroded. And the world's sand wars are only set to worsen.
- Winner of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia: Prafulla Samantara (May 2, 2017)
Prafulla Samantara, winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his relentless efforts, has made it his life's work to fight injustice by lending a voice to Indigenous communities and small scale farmers.
- Changing minds on a changing climate (April 26, 2017)
Reddit commenters point to reasons they went from being climate contrarians to having confidence in mainstream climate science.
- Coal Miners' Futures in Renewable Energy (April 26, 2017)
If President Trump wants to earn a rare legislative victory and take political credit for reviving hard-hit regions of rural America, he should take a close look at how one Kentucky coal company is creating jobs.
- Only one bear in a hundred bites, but they don't come in order (April 26, 2017)
Bob Bossin talked about oil tanks in a Youtube video
- Newspaper Owned By Fracking Billionaire Leaks Memo Calling Pipeline Opponents Potential "Terrorists" (April 23, 2017)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has produced a report titled, "Potential Domestic Terrorist Threats to Multi-State Diamond Pipeline Construction Project," dated April 7, 2017. The DHS field analysis report points to lessons from policing the Dakota Access pipeline, saying they can be applied to the ongoing controversy over the Diamond pipeline, which, when complete, will stretch from Cushing, Oklahoma to Memphis, Tennessee. While lacking "credible information" of such a potential threat, DHS concluded that "the most likely potential domestic terrorist threat to the Diamond Pipeline
is from environmental rights extremists motivated by resentment over perceived environmental destruction."
- Climate Change As Genocide (April 22, 2017)
Is this what a world battered by climate change will be likeone in which tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of people perish from disease, starvation, and heat prostration while the rest of us, living in less exposed areas, essentially do nothing to prevent their annihilation?
- Jobs for Climate and Justice: A Worker Alternative to the Trump Agenda (April 1, 2017)
Jobs for Climate and Justice exposes and challenges the Trump agenda and proposes the kind of economic program we must fight for. It also offers examples of the great organizing efforts around the country led by working people that provide the foundation for the a transition to a just and climate-safe economy.
- Global Gathering Takes Aim at Genetically Engineered Trees (March 27, 2017)
Members of the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees from around the world are gathered in Chile for 2 weeks to investigate impacts of industrial tree plantations & the potential future impacts of genetically engineered tree plantatations.
- Impacts of mass coral die-off on Indian Ocean reefs revealed (March 27, 2017)
New research by the University of Exeter shows that increased surface ocean temperatures during the strong 2016 El Niño led to a major coral die-off event in the Maldives, and that this has caused reef growth rates to collapse. They also found that the rates at which some reefs species, in particular parrotfish, are eroding the reefs had increased following this coral die-off event.
- Nepalese journalist attacked for timber smuggling report (March 27, 2017)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Nepal Press Union (NPU) and the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in condemning the attempted attack of a journalist by government employees in Bara district of Nepal on March 21, 2017.
- The Plant Next Door (March 24, 2017)
When the Environmental Protection Agency informed people in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, last July that the local neoprene plant was emitting a chemical that gave them the highest risk of cancer from air pollution in the country, the information was received not just with horror and sadness but also with a certain sense of validation.
- Scientists: protect vast Amazon peatland to avoid palm oil 'environmental disaster' (March 23, 2017)
The peatland in Pastaza-Marañón Foreland Basin in northeast Peru - discovered in 2009 by Finnish scientist Outi Lähteenoja - is said to contain 3.14 gigatons of carbon, roughly equivalent to two years of CO2 emissions from the United States. Scientists have said that economic development in the region, like road-building and the arrival of commercial agriculture threatens the important ecosystem.
- FAO: Plantations are not forests! (March 21, 2017)
The FAO definition considers forests to be basically just 'a bunch of trees', while ignoring other fundamental aspects of forests, including their many other life-forms such as other types of plants, as well as animals, and forest-dependent human communities. Equally, it ignores the vital contribution of forests to natural processes that provide soil, water and oxygen.
- Noise, the 'ignored pollutant': health, nature and ecopsychology (March 9, 2017)
For those who like to enjoy the natural environment, noise is something to be escaped from within the relative sanctuary of the landscape. These days that's getting harder and harder to accomplish. That's not only because of noise from all around - in particular from urban areas, roads and the increasing mechanisation of agriculture - but also due to the increasing level of air traffic overhead.
- Heatwave frequency rises twice as fast in the poorest countries (March 8, 2017)
A feature of most statements about climate change is the use of the future tense: the poorest countries will be worse-hit than the rich ones. But new research shows that the predicted unequal climate future has actually been with us for decades. The poorest countries have already experienced twice as great an increase in extreme temperatures as the rich ones, and the gap has been widening for more than thirty years.
- Three Years Since the Kitty Litter Disaster at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (February 24, 2017)
There is a place in the United States, almost half-a-mile underground, in a salt mine, where radioactive waste leftover from the production of tens of thousands of nuclear bombs was to be held separate from all contact with humanity for 10,000 years, equivalent to the entire history of civilization. This separation of civilization from the byproduct of its folly had lasted one-tenth of one percent of that immense time when on Valentine's Day, three years ago, an explosion sent the deadly contamination back to the world of humans.
- Deranged and Deluded: The Media's Complicity In The Climate Crisis (January 30, 2017)
In an important recent book, the Indian writer Amitav Ghosh refers to the present era of corporate-driven climate crisis as 'The Great Derangement'. For almost 12,000 years, since the last Ice Age, humanity has lived through a period of relative climate stability known as the Holocene. When Homo sapiens shifted, for the most part, from a nomadic hunter-gatherer existence to an agriculture-based life, towns and cities grew, humans went into space and the global population shot up to over seven billion people.
- Industrial Production of Poultry Gives Rise to Deadly Strains of Bird Flu H5Nx (January 30, 2017)
Debunking the claims of industrial poultry producers that multiple outbreaks of bird flu are due to wild waterfowl, instead providing evidence that industrial farming practices are responsible for the outbreak.
- Marxism and the Earth: A defence of the classical tradition (January 3, 2017)
Marxist analyses of the natural world have been the focus of intense debate recently, and the publication of any book that further explores what Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels thought about the subject is something to be welcomed. John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett have proven track records of writing some of the clearest books on the subject, and while Marx and the Earth is not a specific response to some of their recent critics, it is an important defence of Marxs and Engelss original work.
- Tomorrow's power (2017)
An award-winning documentary that follows stories of communities in Germany, Gaza and Colombia that are challenging current power structures, leading to possibilities of a future with both social and climate justice. Runtime: 76 min.
- 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.
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