1.5°C warming may trigger multiple tipping points

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 — Climate & Capitalism

Five of sixteen identified tipping points are already in the danger zone

Click to enlarge: The location of climate tipping elements in the cryosphere (blue), biosphere (green) and ocean/atmosphere (orange), and global warming levels their tipping points will likely be triggered at. Summary Map by Earth Commission/Globaïa.


Multiple climate tipping points could be triggered if global temperature rises beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a major new analysis published in the journal Science. Even at current levels of global heating the world is already at risk of passing five dangerous climate tipping points, and risks increase with each tenth of a degree of further warming.

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Climate Scientists Call For Civil Disobedience

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 — 

(Photo: FridaysForFuture/Flickr/cc)

A group of climate scientists have said: Time is short to secure a livable and sustainable future; yet, inaction from governments, industry and civil society is setting the course for 3.2 °C of warming, with all the cascading and catastrophic consequences that this implies. In this context, when does civil disobedience by scientists become justified.

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Unseen Heat: Is this the ‘End Game’ of the Climate?

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 — Global Research

By Marc Vandepitte

We are experiencing a very hot and dry summer. Some people quite like it and for our governments there is nothing wrong yet. But actually, we should sound a big alarm. According to experts, if we do not change course soon, we risk ending up in the ‘climate end game’. In the meantime, the orchestra on the Titanic is continuing to play.

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How corporations are stealing the sea

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Overfishing, seabed mining, corporate greed: it’s time to take back control

by Guy Standing

For most of human history, the oceans have been seen as a global commons, the benefits and resources of which belong to us all in equal measure. But our seas – and the marine environment as a whole – are being ravaged by exploitation for corporate profit. The result is a social, economic and ecological crisis that threatens the very life support system of the Earth.

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Eco-Socialism, Democratic Communism: Common Sense

Sunday, 14 August, 2022 — Legalienate

“Are present ecological stresses so strong that if not relieved they will sufficiently degrade the ecosystem to make the earth uninhabitable by humans? Obviously no serious discussion of the environmental crisis can get very far without confronting this question.” 

Barry Commoner in The Closing Circle: 1971

More than fifty years after Commoner wrote those words, the environmental problem is almost infinitely worse and what is presently called climate change once thought to affect future generations is engulfing the entire planet right now. While warnings from a scientific community not on corporate payrolls grow more desperate the global political power of capitalism, the primary cause of nature’s breakdown under stress, especially at its fading but still essential center in the USA, is making things worse not just by the hour or minute but every second.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, August 2022

Sunday, 14 August, 2022 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Seven new books for people who know that the point is 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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Europe Dries Up

Sunday 14 August 2022 — The New Dark Age

By Dr. Binoy Kampark

Scenes and pictures have been circulating of broken earth, lacking moisture, cracked and yearning.  But these are not from traditional drought-stricken parts of the planet, where the animal carcass assumes near totemic power amidst dry riverbeds or desert expanses.  Neither Australia nor Africa feature on these occasions – at least in a prominent way.  Europe, continent of historical arable sustainability, is drying up.

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Books: Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods

Friday, 5 August, 2022 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

To stop illegal logging we must understand the poachers

Lyndsie Bourgon
TREE THIEVES
Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods

Little, Brown, 2022

Reviewed by Martin Empson

Forests are one of the world’s most important biological reserves. They suck about a third of humanity’s carbon emissions out of the atmosphere each year. According to the United Nations, forests also “contain 60,000 different tree species, 80 percent of amphibian species, 75 percent of bird species, and 68 percent of the world’s mammal species.” Despite this importance, tree cover is being lost at an alarming rate, and as Lyndsie Bourgon’s new book details, significant damage to our forests comes from the illegal trade in wood, driven by the poaching of trees.

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Uneven Earth’s Monthly Readings August 2022

Tuesday, 2 August 2022 — Uneven Earth

Summer readings

On our burning planet, the impact of private jets, socialist solidarity, and the growth of degrowth

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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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, July 2022

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Summer reading for greens and reds. New books on work, extractive industry., empire, pandemics, organizing, and socialism 

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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Why There Is No Public Sense Of A Climate Crisis

Wednesday, 6 July 2022 — Media Lens

Rousseau wrote:

‘We have physicists, geometricians, chemists, astronomers, poets, musicians and painters in plenty; but no longer have a citizen among us.’

Increasingly, now, we do have citizens among us: scientists – particularly, climate scientists – who are awakening from their ‘mainstream’ slumber to the reality that they are citizens of a decaying society on a dying planet.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, June 2022

Thursday, June 9 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Seven important new books on science, medicine, and socialism.

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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‘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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