The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert By Philip Guelpa

31 May 2014 — WSWS

In recent weeks, two reports have emphasized the grave dangers posed to humanity by accelerating climate change (see “US climate report points to human activity as primary cause of climate change” and “Study warns of ‘unstoppable’ West Antarctic ice shelf melting”). As a growing body of research over recent decades has made clear, human activities are responsible for alterations in Earth’s environment that will, if not addressed, lead to devastating consequences for humans and all life on this planet.

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War, Economic Catastrophe and Environmental Degradation. Under the Guise of Progress and Development By Colin Todhunter

27 April 2014 — Global Research

Indian finance minister P.Chidambaram once claimed that his government’s policies were pro growth and pro equity (1). He talked of alleviating poverty in India ‘in our lifetime’ by implementing the type of development policies currently being pursued. The minister envisages 85 percent of India’s population eventually living in well-planned cities with proper access to water, health, electricity, education, etc. Based on today’s population size, which is set to continue to rise, that would mean at least 600 million moving to cities. He stated that urbanisation constitutes ‘natural progress’.
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The Neverending ‘Wakeup Call’ By David Cromwell and David Edwards

2 April 2014 — Media Lens

The new report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is clear that the impacts of climate change are likely to be ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible’. Impacts include droughts, floods, heat waves, endangered species, crop failure, food insecurity, famine and even war.

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The Fateful Collision – Floods, Catastrophe And Climate Denial By David Edwards

24 February 2014 — Media Lens

An epic struggle is currently taking place that will determine the fate, and perhaps the survival, of our species. It is a collision between natural limits and rational awareness of the need to respect those limits, on the one hand, and the forces of blind greed, on the other.

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“The Death of Social Democracy in the Age of Global Monopoly-Finance Capital”: An Interview with John Bellamy Foster by Tassos Tsakiroglou, MRZine

27 January 2014 — MRZine

John Bellamy Foster
John Bellamy Foster

 Tassos Tsakiroglou: How urgent do you consider the necessity to develop an understanding of the interconnections between the deepening impasse of the capitalist economy and the rapidly accelerating ecological threat?

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Capitalism’s War on the Planet By Kirkpatrick Sale

17 January 2014 — Greanville Post

Some recent evidence in the contest between capitalism and the earth:

In October, the U.S. officially edged past Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and gas, an achievement largely due to the great increase in natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing of shale (fracking). Inasmuch as the process puts into the ground (and groundwater) 40 gallons of up to 600 chemicals in every well, no one doubts that it is one of the dirtiest and most polluting industries ever created.

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Climate Change and Socialism: An interview with John Bellamy Foster By Steve da Silva

19 December 2013 — MRZine

Steve da Silva (SD): Over the last decade you have emerged as a leading thinker in synthesizing radical ecology with the Marxist tradition.  From Marx’s Ecology (2000) to The Ecological Rift (2010) and everything in between, you’ve carried out the much needed intellectual work of recovering the overlooked ecological content of Marx’s original thought, presenting us with a side of Marx that many Marxists may not have been aware of.   Continue reading this...

Endless Stalemate: How Fossil Fuel Interests Are Killing Climate Action By David Cromwell

26 November 2013 — Media Lens

The devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has led to heart-wrenching scenes of human suffering, with the death toll now put at over 5,000 and likely to rise still further. Yeb Sano, the head of the Philippines climate delegation, gave a moving speech at the UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, linking the typhoon to global warming, and then went on a hunger strike which would last, he said, ‘until we stop this madness’.

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Video: Leaked Memo Reveals U.S. Plan to Oppose Helping Poor Nations Adapt to Climate Change

19 November 2013 — Democracy Now!

Guests

Nitin Sethi, senior assistant editor at The Hindu. He was responsible for leaking U.S. briefing papers for diplomats prior to the climate summit in Warsaw.

Climate change: What would Frederick Engels say? By Martin O’Beirne

30 September 2013  — The Ecosocialist

We had not yet destabilised the climate and trounced other planetary ecological boundaries back in 1876 when Frederick Engels wrote these passages in his unfinished The part played by labour in the transition from ape to man. But it is clear that back then Engels had established a biophilous ethic, or in his words: Continue reading this...

Irreconcilable Differences: Capitalism and a Sustainable Planet By Gary Olson / October 14th, 2013

14 October 2013 — Dissident Voice

People who own the world outright for profit will have to be stopped; by influence, by power, by us. — Wendell Berry1

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Tilting At Easy Targets: Climate Change And The ‘Highly Ideological’ Liberal Mindset By David Cromwell

27 September 2013 — Media Lens

When a senior UN climate official warns that the world is ‘heading for a heart attack’ (The Times, September 23, 2013), there is clearly no time to lose in taking the radical action necessary to avert disaster. But we also have to understand why it is that no matter how many scientific warnings and ‘wake up calls’ are issued, we are still headed for climate chaos.

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The United States Of Whatever: Ecocide And The Soul Of A Nation By Phil Rockstroh

21 June 2013 — Greanville Post

Who gives a damn???

climate-change_bear-1509200cThe reality of and the outward toll inflicted by greenhouse gas engendered Climate Change is clearly evident (to all but the corrupt and devoutly ignorant) e.g. increasingly destructive and deadly tornadoes and hurricanes, destruction of marine life, severe droughts and rapacious wild fires — landscapes of death, scattered debris and shattered lives.

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Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks By Nafeez Ahmed

14 June 2013 — The Guardian

NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism

Leo blog : A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County Pennsylvania
US domestic surveillance has targeted anti-fracking activists across the country. Photograph: Les Stone/REUTERS

Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive US-based surveillance system with direct access to Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants. New Zealand court records suggest that data harvested by the NSA’s Prism system has been fed into the Five Eyes intelligence alliance whose members also include the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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