Video: Christopher Wright on ‘Facing the Anthropocene’

16 June 2016 — Climate & Capitalism

Book Launch

“In the opening pages, I immediately recognized that here was an author who actually gets what the ‘Anthropocene’ entails both in terms of the physical science and the political economy of our times and conveys this in such a readable and accessible style.”

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In Defense of Ecological Marxism: John Bellamy Foster responds to a critic

6 June 2016 — Climate & Capitalism

“Jason Moore has joined the long line of scholars who have set out to update or deepen Marxism in various ways, but have ended up by abandoning Marxism’s revolutionary essence and adapting to capitalist ideologies.”


John Bellamy Foster

John Bellamy Foster

One of the most important books of Marxist theory published in recent years is Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature, in which John Bellamy Foster rediscovered and expanded on Marx’s understanding of the alienation of human beings from the natural world, crystallized in the concept of metabolic rift.

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Climate Change: Exxon ‘Knew Earlier, They Knew With Certainty and They Knew Globally’

4 May 2016 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Brendan DeMelle about Exxon’s climate cover-up for the April 29, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

Brendan DeMelle: “They knew that they could evade accountability, or at least delay regulatory and public scrutiny, by suggesting that there was doubt about the science.”

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Paris climate terror could endure for generations By Patrick Bond

8 January 2015 — Pambazuka

Paris climate terror could endure for generations By Patrick Bond

Paris witnessed both explicit terrorism by religious extremists on November 13 and, a month later, implicit terrorism by carbon addicts negotiating a world treaty that guarantees catastrophic climate change. The first incident left more than 130 people dead in just one evening’s mayhem; the second lasted a fortnight but over the next century can be expected to kill hundreds of millions, especially in Africa. Continue reading this...

Revised Annual Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Pollution For All Countries – What Is Your Country Doing? By Dr Gideon Polya

6 January 2016 — Countercurrents

Revised Annual Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Pollution For All Countries – What Is Your Country Doing? By Dr Gideon Polya

The Paris Climate Change Conference failed Humanity and has locked in a catastrophic temperature rise of about plus 2.7 degrees C. All ordinary folk can do is to boycott the worst polluters. World Bank analysts have revised annual greenhouse gas (GHG) pollutions  upwards by 50% to 64 billion tonnes CO2-e by properly accounting for land use for animal husbandry and the same approach has been used here to properly re-calculate annual per capita GHG pollution for all countries and hence the best targets for  global Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to save the planet.

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Paris Climate Agreement Betrays Humanity Which Must Apply BDS Against Climate Criminal People, Corporations & Counties By Dr Gideon Polya

14 December 2015 — Countercurrents

Paris Climate Agreement Betrays Humanity Which Must Apply BDS Against Climate Criminal People, Corporations & Countries By Dr Gideon Polya

The weak, non-binding  and dishonest Paris Climate Agreement will have delighted climate criminal and war criminal nations like Saudi Arabia, the US and US lackey Australia, but has betrayed our children, grandchildren, future generations, the Developing World, Humanity and the Biosphere – the target of 1.5 to 2 degrees C is both unavoidable and catastrophic and key matters are non-binding.  The Paris betrayal demands a peaceful, world-wide Climate Revolution involving Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, companies, corporations  and countries disproportionately  involved in climate criminal and terracidal greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution.  

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At COP21, the world agreed to increase emissions By Jonathan Neale

14 December 2015 — Climate & Capitalism

At COP21, the world agreed to increase emissions By Jonathan Neale

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.

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Video: At the People’s Climate Summit in Paris, Exxon-Mobil Put on Trial

8 December 2015 — The Real News Network

 At the People’s Climate Summit in Paris, Exxon-Mobil Put on Trial

Following revelations that Exxon buried extensive scientific evidence of the dangers posed by greenhouse gas emissions, author-activists Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben led a mock prosecution of the world’s largest publicly-traded oil and gas company in a working-class city near the venue of COP21

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National Security Archive 2 December 2015: U.S. Climate Change Policy in the 1980s

2 December 2015 — National Security Archive

U.S. Climate Change Policy in the 1980s

  • GOP Presidents Recognized Need for U.S. Leadership on Ozone Depletion and Climate Change
  • Reagan Overruled Cabinet Members Opposed to Montreal Protocol on Ozone Layer
  • Bush 41’s State Department Warned “We Simply Cannot Wait” to Take Action on Climate Change
  • Stances Are at Odds with 2015 GOP Presidential Candidates

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book #536

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Video: Fossil Fuel Reps Invited to COP21 While Protest is Banned in Paris

30 November 2015 — The Real News Network

 Fossil Fuel Reps Invited to COP21 While Protest is Banned in Paris

350.org organizer Cameron Fenton says the voices of indigenous groups and civil society will be silenced while fossil fuel industry is seated at the negotiating table

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Video: Climate change: It’s going to take a revolution

4 November 2015 — RS21

Climate change: It’s going to take a revolution

A new video by Suhail Ilyas: The growing strength of the climate movement around the world gives us great hope, but it’s going to take a revolution to make the world inhabitable for future generations. 

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On the environmental question, Sam Gindin has got it wrong By Brad Hornick

4 July 2014 — rabble.ca

[This is a response By Brad Hornick to Sam Gindin’s Unmaking Global Capitalism. WB]

Sam Gindin’s recent contributions to the The Bullet  and Jacobin explore the lost potential of the working class in revolutionary politics. On the economic and ecological fronts, he argues, working-class politics has been incapable of catalyzing widespread and consequential societal mobilization, or becoming vital sites of theoretical and practical struggle.

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Unmaking Global Capitalism By Sam Grindin

4 July 2014 — The Jacobin

[Two articles; this, the original essay and a response by By Brad Hornick On the environmental question, Sam Gindin has got it wrong. WB]

When Marx famously declared that while the philosophers have interpreted the world, the point is to change it, he was asserting that it was not enough to dream of another world nor to understand the dynamics of the present. It was critical above all to address the question of agency in carrying out transformative change. For Marx, that agent was the working class. The gap between workers’ needs and their actual lives — between desire and reality — gave workers an interest in radical change, while their place in production gave them the leverage to act.

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Video: Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb

2 June 2014 — The Greanville Post

Perhaps the most under-reported important story of our time

Typical of our time, and where our species’  head is at (a very dark tunnel…) although on YouTube, and free to be viewed by one and all, it has gotten under 60,000 views.

By contrast, the stupid gangnam dance craze has just topped 2 billion views. Two billion visits, folks.  Talk about a misled, miseducated, self-indulgent species. —PG

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