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Ian Angus: Climate Change and the Summit Smokescreen

President Barack Obama joined world leaders at the UN climate summit–officially called the 21st Congress of the Parties for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP 21–in Paris this week, and promised to work for an “ambitious” agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. But climate justice activists who Read more…

Ian Angus: On ‘Environmental Catastrophism’

Ian Angus Replies to Sam Gindin

Ian Angus: Debating Climate Change Exit Strategies

James Hansen’s Program Is More Than a Carbon Tax

Ian Angus: Green Energy Won’t Save the Earth Without Social Change

The most popular techno-fix for global warming is green energy. If energy companies would only deploy wind, hydro, solar, geothermal or nuclear, then emission-intensive fossil fuels will eventually disappear. But will that actually work? A new study by Richard York of the University of Oregon shows that it isn’t that simple. Rather than displacing fossil Read more…

Ian Angus: If Socialism Fails: The Spectre of 21st Century Barbarism

If Socialism Fails: The Spectre of 21st Century Barbarism By Ian Angus From the first day it appeared online, Climate and Capitalism’s masthead has carried the slogan “Ecosocialism or Barbarism: there is no third way.” We’ve been quite clear that ecosocialism is not a new theory or brand of socialism — it is socialism with Read more…

Ian Angus: FOOD CRISIS (Part Two): Capitalism, Agribusiness, and the Food Sovereignty Alternative

“Nowhere in the world, in no act of genocide, in no war, are so many people killed per minute, per hour and per day as those who are killed by hunger and poverty on our planet.”  —Fidel Castro, 1998   When food riots broke out in Haiti last month, the first country to respond was Read more…

Ian Angus: FOOD CRISIS (Part One)

"If the government cannot lower the cost of living it simply has to leave. If the police and UN troops want to shoot at us, that’s OK, because in the end, if we are not killed by bullets, we’ll die of hunger."  — A demonstrator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti   In Haiti, where most people get Read more…

Ian Angus: After Bali

"We are ending up with something so watered down there was no need for 12,000 people to gather here in Bali to have a watered-down text. We could have done that by email."  —Dr. Angus Friday, Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States In a narrow and formal sense, last month’s Climate Change conference Read more…

Ian Angus: Confronting the Climate Change Crisis

Politicians and oil companies are jumping on the green bandwagon, but they have no solutions to a crisis that is rooted in capitalism This month, we’ve been treated to the bizarre spectacle of George Bush and Stephen Harper each declaring their deep concern about "the serious challenge of global climate change." The U.S. president and Read more…

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