Category: Climate Change

Elizabeth A. Stanton: Facing Up to the Real Cost of Carbon

Your house might not burn down next year. So you could probably save money by cancelling your fire insurance. That's a "bargain" that few homeowners would accept. But it's the same deal that politicians have accepted for us, when it comes to insurance against climate change. They have rejected sensible investments in efficiency and clean Read more…

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Vandana Shiva: Who Pollutes: The Rich and Powerful or Poor and Powerless?

On the 29th of June, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with editors of a few newspapers. When asked about whether he had been putting pressure on the Environment Ministry to approve environmentally destructive projects, he said “yes”, and justified by quoting Indira Gandhi “poverty is the biggest polluter, we need to have a balance”. Indira Read more…

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Patrick Bond: Fighting the Minerals-Petroleum-Coal Complex’s Wealth and Woes in Durban

When African National Congress youth leader Julius Malema recently proposed the mining industry’s partial nationalization – and last week asked, quite legitimately, ‘what is the alternative?’ to those in the SA Communist Party (SACP) and Business Leadership South Africa who threw cold water at him – a debate of enormous ideological magnitude opened in public, Read more…

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George Monbiot: An Underground National Park

Rejoice, the boom is back! After a drought of investment, last week BP announced that it was spending £3bn to redevelop fields in the deep waters to the west of Shetland. The government was delighted: this shows, it says, that its policies are working. It promised to “continue to work alongside oil and gas companies Read more…

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Bill McKibben: A Climate-Killing Oil Pipeline — and Obama Gets to Make the Call

The climate problem has moved from the abstract to the very real in the last 18 months. Instead of charts and graphs about what will happen someday, we’ve got real-time video: first Russia burning, then Texas and Arizona on fire. First Pakistan suffered a deluge, then Queensland, Australia, went underwater, and this spring and summer, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: How Climate Change Became A ‘Liberal Hoax’
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George Monbiot: Have Jellyfish Come to Rule the Waves?

Last year I began to wonder, this year doubt is seeping away, to be replaced with a rising fear. Could it really have happened? Could the fishing industry have achieved the remarkable feat of destroying the last great stock?   Until 2010, mackerel were the one reliable catch in Cardigan Bay in west Wales. Though I Read more…

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Naomi Klein: Climate Change and Disaster in Montana

Published in the Los Angeles Times  "We're a disaster area," Alexis Bonogofsky told me, "and it's going to take a long time to get over it."  Bonogofsky and her partner, Mike Scott, are all over the news this week, telling the world about how Montana's Exxon Mobil pipeline spill has fouled their goat ranch and is Read more…

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Richard Greeman: Is a Green New Deal Possible?

After the Crash of 2008, most of the Left expected governments to adopt neo-Keynesian reforms leading to a 'Green New Deal.' Instead, we got vicious neo-liberal offensive aimed at eliminating the social wage and destroying organized labor. Today radical thinkers like Mike Davis, Dave Schwartzman and Richard Smith are asking the questions: Is a Green Read more…

Janet Biehl: No Green Goddesses

The idea that women have a special bond with the planet, are more green and have a lower carbon footprint has been around 40 years now, and is once again being used to send them back to domesticity For almost as long as the modern environmental movement has been around, some women who describe themselves Read more…

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