2020 is hot, and it’s going to get much hotter

24 January 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Climate crisis

Emissions are rising. Each decade is warmer than the last. The oceans are heating up. Australia is burning. And that’s just January.

by Tim Radford, Climate News Network

(London: January 24, 2020) The year is less than four weeks old, but scientists already know that carbon dioxide emissions will continue to head upwards – as they have every year since measurements began – leading to a continuation of the Earth’s rising heat. And they warn that the rise will be steeper than usual, partly because of the devastating bush fires in Australia.

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World’s Super Rich Meet in Davos to Discuss the Climate Change Problem they Created

22 January 2020 — Mint Press

Research has shown that the people most responsible for a warming planet were disproportionately the same people attending the summit and an increasing number of observers see climate change, inequality and capitalism as bound together.

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‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ is a hoax

13 January 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Great Transition Debate

CSR is a public relations framework that lets corporations greenwash their public images, pretending to change so that everything can remain the same

The Great Transition Initiative is an online discussion forum that allows in-depth discussion of environmental ideas. Rather than brief comments, participants submit detailed responses to controversial essays. The comments reflect a wide range of political opinion, in search of “a new praxis for global transformation.”

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How the rich plan to rule a burning planet

10 December 2019 — Red Flag

Ecosocialist Bookshelf: Best of 2019

12 December 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

This was a bumper year for books of interest to ecosocialists. Here are ten that we found particularly interesting or valuable, or both.

Climate & Capitalism receives more books than we can possibly review, but we can and do compile a monthly list of those that seem relevant to our mission, along with brief descriptions. The result is one of our most popular features, Ecosocialist Bookshelf.

This year the column included 68 books on subjects ranging from ancient volcanoes to the life of Marx to Malthus. The overall quality was very high, so producing a “10 Best” list hasn’t been easy, but here we go.

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Uneven Earth’s Monthly Readings

7 December 2019 — Uneven Earth

[Came across this very useful resource, from yet another information source, Uneven Earth. Frankly, with the wealth of accurate information available to us these days, there really is no excuse for inaction, no matter how small, over the major issues of our time. WB]

November readings

On the wave of global protests, lessons from the 1999 Seattle shutdown, and nuclear energy

Once a month, we put together a list of stories we’ve been reading: things you might’ve missed or crucial conversations going on around the web. We focus on environmental and social justice, cities, science fiction, current events, and political theory.

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A system that steals from our future

26 November 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Deadly gains

“We have been mortgaging the health of future generations to realize economic and development gains in the present”

A major report on human health in the Anthropocene, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, begins by noting an apparent paradox, that global human health has been improving even while environmental destruction is undermining it. The explanation, the authors say, is “straightforward and sobering.”
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Green Strategy: To beat climate change, humanity needs socialism

14 November, 2019 — People’s World

Demonstrators sit on the ground in front of the White House, April 29, 2017, during a demonstration and march. Thousands gathered across the country to march in protest of President Trump’s environmental policies, which have included rolling back restrictions on mining, oil drilling, and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.| Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

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Capitalism versus Life on Earth

20 November 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Deadly growth

Image by The All-Nite Images via Flickr

Environmental destruction isn’t driven by human nature or mistaken ideas. It is an inevitable consequence of a system built on capital accumulation.

Climate & Capitalism editor Ian Angus spoke at an educational conference organized by Socialist Action in Toronto, on November 16, 2019. His talk has been edited for publication.

by Ian Angus

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Extinction Rebellion: Rebellion against whom?

8 November 2019 — Fightback by Benoît Tanguay

Extinction Rebellion- Rebellion against whom?

In the past year, we have seen an explosion of the environmental movement. Through the global climate strike and mass demonstrations for the planet launched by Greta Thunberg, an entire generation has gotten a taste of political action, understanding the need for dramatic change to deal with environmental degradation. It is in this context that the group Extinction Rebellion (XR) has struck a chord. For many, both young and old, the urgency of the situation requires drastic solutions, and many have therefore been seduced by the group’s actions and its calls for immediate measures to save our planet. But are XR’s methods what the climate movement needs? What exactly does XR stand for?
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The 5G Roll Out of 20,000 Telecom Satellites. Cosmic Junk

11 November 2019 — Global Research

By Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null

For years, scientists have warned about the dangers of enormous amounts of debris orbiting our planet. Aside from wrenches and other tools used by astronauts, plastic bags, and yes even a toothbrush, according to the federally-funded Areospace organization, the greater dangers are obsolete spacecraft, portions of damaged and disabled satellites, rocket fragments, flywheels, and nuclear reactor cores that have broken up or collided with various other objects. Yet even a screwdriver traveling at an average of 17,500 mph, with an impact velocity of 21,000 mph, can be very destructive if it were to crash into a satellite, rendering it inoperable. And this simply adds to more useless junk, now estimated at 128 million small bits of debris under 1cm and the 34,000 larger pieces, floating above our heads. Imagine being hit with a piece of space scrap the size of a sugar cube is “equivalent of standing next to an exploding hand grenade.”

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