Capitalism

22/09/17
Author: 
George Monbiot

published in the Guardian 20th September 2017

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame. Angela Merkel.

17/09/17
Author: 
Asam Johnson

WSJ’s glib snark over Harvey completes its Fox News-ification

A recent survey by progressive watchdog Public Citizen  (9/12/17) on the media’s coverage of hurricanes Harvey and Irma confirms what’s long been known: Corporate media are indifferent to the causal relationship between climate change and extreme weather, and by far the worst offenders are the Rupert Murdoch–owned Fox News, Wall Street Journal and New York Post.

17/09/17
Author: 
Sarah van Gelder
The companies responsible for the climate crisis should cover the costs of fighting wildfires and recovering from hurricanes.

Pacific Northwest forests are on fire. Several blazes are out of control, threatening rural towns, jumping rivers and highways, and covering Portland, Oregon, Seattle, and other cities in smoke and falling ash. Temperatures this summer are an average of 3.6 degrees higher than the last half of the 20th century, according to the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group analysis published in The Seattle Times.

13/09/17
Author: 
David Suzuki

What does climate change have to do with economic growth? Canada’s prime minister and premiers signed a deal in December to “grow our economy, reduce greenhouse-gas [GHG] emissions, and build resilience to the impacts of a changing climate”. The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change outlines plans for carbon pricing, energy-efficient building codes, electric-vehicle charging stations, methane-emission regulations, and more.

13/09/17
Author: 
George Monbiot
pressure cooker world -  Illustration by Sébastien Thibault

The perpetual quest for growth drives our economics. That’s why our environment and financial system lurch from crisis to crisis 

11/09/17
Author: 
Clothilde Goujard
Pierre Prudhomme, a pensioner, speaks during a rally asking Caisse to divest from fossil fuel energy in Montreal on Sept. 8, 2017. Photo by Clothilde Goujard

After several weeks of deadly natural disasters that have put climate change in headlines all over the world, hundreds of Montrealers are calling on one of the world's largest investors to divest from fossil fuels. ​

07/09/17
Author: 
Drew Hansen

[ Editor: The diagnosis is powerful, but the cure that's offered surely completely inadequate!]

Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale.

• Species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 times faster than that of the natural rate over the previous 65 million years (see Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School).

03/09/17
Author: 
Alison Rose Levy
Though many see the Paris Accord as President Obama's shining moment for the environment, the plan to speed the construction of fossil fuel infrastructures cast a shadow over the US's well-publicized but halfhearted participation in the agreement. The trend has only continued under Trump. (Photo: David McNew / Getty Images)

Like the sections of pipe they are assembled from, pipelines with names like Algonquin, Dominion and Kinder Morgan/TCG CT Expansion are interconnected, and affect a long string of communities crisscrossing the country. The 2.5 million miles of oil and natural gas pipelines frequently leak and rupture, a 2012 ProPublica investigation found.

01/09/17
Author: 
LOUIS PROYECT

Between 1872 and 1882, Frederick Engels worked on a book titled “The Dialectics of Nature” that sought to apply Marxist dialectics to the natural world.

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