‘There Is No Way To Fool Physics’: Climate Breakdown And State-Corporate Madness

Friday, 20 May 2022 — Media Lens

In the terrifying opening to his 2020 novel, ‘The Ministry for the Future’, Kim Stanley Robinson depicts an intense heatwave in India. In an ‘ordinary town’ in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, people are struggling to cope with unbearable heat and humidity. It is the combination of the two, measured by the so-called ‘wet-bulb temperature’, that is potentially fatal. When it approaches the core body temperature of 36C, sweat cannot evaporate and humans can no longer cool themselves down. Dehydration rises to dangerous levels. Vital organs become seriously stressed, especially the heart. Unless the body temperature is reduced, death follows in a matter of hours.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, May 2022

Monday, 9 May 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Democracy, insects, Cuba, plastic, capitalist drug pushers & trespassing. Books for understanding and changing the world

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly Climate & Capitalism feature, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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How vested interests rewrote the IPCC’s latest report

Thursday, 28 April 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Science overruled

Corporations and politicians edited the Policy Summary to omit the scientists’ most powerful conclusions


by Juan Bordera
Antonio Turiel (Spanish National Research Council)
Fernando Valladares (Spanish National Research Council)
Marta García Pallarés
Javier de la Casa (Ecological and Forestry Applications Center)
Fernando Prieto (Sustainability Observatory)
Ferran Puig Vilar (engineer and climate expert)

Originally published in CTXT – Contexto y Acción, translation published by  MR Online.

The Summary for Policymakers for the April 2022 Working Group III Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — the third part of the IPCC’s 2021-2022 Sixth Assessment Report addressing Mitigation , is according to UN Secretary General António Guterres, “a litany of broken climate promises.… Simply put, they [the vested interests] are lying,” denying the science, present in the report as a whole but excluded or downplayed in the Summary for Policymakers.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, April 2022

Saturday, 9 April, 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Our monthly selection of new books for people who want to change the world

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly Climate & Capitalism feature, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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Watch: The Missing Of Mariupol Special Report (The Search Is On)

1 April, 2022 — Patrick Lancaster

[This is painful, nay heartbreaking to watch but it’s essential that we in the West, know what’s really going on in Eastern Ukraine. The censorship here is now pretty much total. The BBC ‘news’ coverage makes Goebbels look like an amateur! B]

Patrick Lancaster

#RussiaUkrainewar#Russia#Ukraine

Report by Patrick Lancaster US Navy veteran and independent crowd-funded journalist. Over the 8 years of the Ukraine War I made more video reports in anti-Ukraine Government (Donetsk People’s Republic) controlled territory than any other western journalist. All so covered the Armenian Azerbaijan war reaching over 8 million on his youtube channel with his reports there I show what the western media will not show you.
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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, February 2022

Thursday, 17 February 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Reading matter for reds and greens: Five new books and five recent reviews

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly Climate & Capitalism feature, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.

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Poorest people hit hardest by heat stress

Friday, 11 February 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

New Research: 25% of the world’s people will face more heat wave days than all the rest combined

Source: American Geophysical Union

People with lower incomes are exposed to heat waves for longer periods of time compared to higher income people, due to a combination of location and access to heat adaptations like air conditioning. This inequality is expected to rise as temperatures increase, new research shows.

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Uneven Earth’s January 2022 Readings

Saturday, 5 February 2022 — Uneven Earth

January readings

On animal rights, green gaslighting, and climate reparations

Once a month, we put together a list of stories we’ve been reading: news you might’ve missed or crucial conversations going on around the web. We focus on environmental justice, radical municipalism, new politics, political theory, and resources for action and education.

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World’s farms at a breaking point

Friday, 21 January 2022 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Global Food in Crisis

UN Report: 34% of agricultural land is degraded, water is overdrawn

by Dana Nuccitelli

Almost 10% of the 8 billion people on earth are already undernourished with 3 billion lacking healthy diets, and the land and water resources farmers rely on stressed to “a breaking point.” And by 2050 there will be 2 billion more mouths to feed, warns a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
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Climate scientists: Ban solar geoengineering

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

‘The risks are poorly understood and can never be fully known’

The following open letter was issued by an international coalition of prominent scientists and governance scholars on January 17, 2022. It calls for an international treaty to outlaw attempts to reduce global heating by blocking sunlight from reaching earth.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, January 2022

9 January 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Start the new year with seven new books for red-greens and green-reds


Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly Climate & Capitalism feature, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.


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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, December 2021

16 December, 2021 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Six new books and six important essays for reds and greens

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say.
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Uneven Earth November Readings

6 December 2021 — Uneven Earth

On COP26, Indigenous futures, technological colonialism and liberatory technologies

Once a month, we put together a list of stories we’ve been reading: news you might’ve missed or crucial conversations going on around the web. We focus on environmental justice, radical municipalism, new politics, political theory, and resources for action and education.

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Go to hell, Shell

26 November 2021 — New Frame

The explosion of rage in South Africa in response to the multinational company exploring for oil and gas in the ocean off the Wild Coast is entirely justified.

The corporate drive for profit frequently takes the form of a psychopathic monomania. But among the many horsemen of the corporate apocalypse, Royal Dutch Shell has a particular record of infamy.

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Books: A chicken can’t lay a duck egg

23 November, 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Capital vs Climate

… and that’s why the market can’t solve the climate crisis


Bernice Maxton-Lee is co-author, with Graeme Maxton, of Resetting Our Future: A Chicken Can’t Lay a Duck Egg (John Hunt Publishing, October 2021)


by Bernice Maxton-Lee

How often are we told that the market must be part of the solution to the climate crisis? The efficiency, the focus, the discipline embedded in the pursuit of profit, the refinement of responding to consumer demands, each of us maximizing our individual utility, those are the values that will get us all pulling in the same, sustainable direction.

We’re told the collaboration of business and society will be win-win: companies will make loads of money; we, the people, will get a planet to live on. Mark Carney, the former governor of the Bank of England, said “there will be great fortunes made” when businesses start doing “what society wants”.

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The failure of COPitalism

November 19, 2021 — Climate & Capitalism – Ecologist, November 12, 2021

The time of monsters

Even on its own terms, the outcome of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow was catastrophic
Over 100,000 demonstrated in the streets of Glasgow

by Brendan Montague

The future was supposed to be copitalism: a new global economic paradigm where national governments work together through the United Nations (UN) Conference of the Parties (COP) process to limit emissions and prevent runaway climate breakdown – while leaving capitalism otherwise intact.

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