An essential summer reading list courtesy Climate & Capitalism

29 June 2016 — Climate & Capitalism

John Bellamy Foster
Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature
Monthly Review Press, 2000

This is a classic, the one book you absolutely must read if you want to understand what Marx actually thought and wrote about humanity’s relationship to the rest of nature. Foster demonstrates that Marx’s work is deeply relevant in this age of environmental crisis. It’s not an easy read-on-the-beach book by any means, but it is truly essential. If you have read it before, read it again: I learn more each time I open it.


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Media Lens: The Fairy Tale Of The ‘Self-Questioning’ BBC

21 June 2016 — Media Lens

Last week, climate scientists warned that:

‘Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it in our lifetimes’.

Adding to the sense of urgency, NASA reported that last month was the hottest May on record since 1880. Since October 2015, every month has been globally the hottest ever measured. Meanwhile, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the US say that ‘future summers could regularly be hotter than the hottest on record’.

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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...

38 Degrees: Yes or no?

4 January 2016 — 38 Degrees

2016 could be a beautiful, inspiring year. If we work together, we can truly help make the world a better place. But we know that campaigns like the NHS, bees, and TTIP are going to be tough ones to crack. We’ll be up against powerful forces – self-interested corporations, cynical politicians and shameless media barons. To win, we’ll need a strong plan for the year.

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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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Media Lens: Death By A Thousand Cuts: Earth Enters The ‘Danger Zone’

22 January 2015 — Media Lens

Last week, climate researchers at both NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that 2014 was the planet’s warmest year in the modern record, going all the way back to 1880. The ten warmest years have now occurred since 2000, with the sole exception of 1998 when there was a strong El Niño warming event in the Pacific Ocean.

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Media Lens: The Failure Of The Left By David Edwards

8 July 2014 — Media Lens

In Arthur Koestler’s novel Darkness At Noon, N.S. Rubashov, founding father of ‘the revolution’, stands convicted of treason against tyrannical leader ‘No. 1’. But Rubashov knows that his real guilt lies elsewhere:

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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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All washed out: What floods reveal about UK political elite By Neil Clark

20 February 2014 — RT

The terrible impact that the ongoing floods have had over large parts of Britain – and the government response to the disaster – tells us much about the political system we now live under and in whose interests our government acts. Continue reading this...

Bias Towards Power *Is* Corporate Media ‘Objectivity’: Journalism, Floods And Climate Silence By David Cromwell

17 February 2014 — Media Lens

The key to what is precisely wrong with corporate journalism is explained in this nutshell by the US commentator Michael Parenti:

‘Bias in favor of the orthodox is frequently mistaken for “objectivity”. Departures from this ideological orthodoxy are themselves dismissed as ideological.’

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If Owen Paterson was your GP, would you look for a new one? By David McCoy

10 February 2014 — OurNHS

Owen Paterson is embattled over his response to the floods but it is his reaction to climate change science – and his misreading of the impacts on both our environment and our health – that are of greatest concern.

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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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John Bellamy Foster: Marx and the rift in the universal metabolism of nature

7 January 2014 — Monthly Review

[This article is an expanded and slightly altered version of a keynote address under the same title presented to the Marxism 2013 Conference in Stockholm on October 20, 2013. That address built on ideas introduced in the author’s Rosa Luxemburg Lecture, “The Great Rift,” presented to the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in Berlin on May 28, 2013.]

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