Emmanuel Macron & the Yellow Vests Protests: A Lesson in How Not to Mitigate Climate Change By Andreas Malm

9 December 2018 — London GreenLeft – Europe Solidaires Sans Frontieres

Capitalist climate governance has always relied on pseudo-reforms that leave the richest free to accumulate capital, while dumping taxes on working people to nudge them in the ’right direction’. But as the protests of the gilets jaunes show, many working people no longer accept the moralising terms of capitalist approaches to climate change. In this article, Andreas Malm argues that if we really want to save this Planet, we must pursue a different kind of climate politics, one that could learn a great deal from the methods and tactics of the gilets jaunes.

In the Face of Extinction, We Have a Moral Obligation By Dahr Jamail

3 November 2018 — Truthout

[Things have gotten so dire that even the famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough is now supporting acts of ‘civil disobedience’ (BBC TV News 3 December, 2018). When asked, whether he supported Extinction/Rebellion closing five London bridges across the Thames last month, he (reluctantly) supported them and ‘breaking the law’. The BBC online version of the same story, at the Climate Conference in Poland, failed to mention this fact. As you’ll see from this essay, it appears that Dahr “surrendered” and accepts the “inevitable” that faces us, extinction (his words). So, is it too late to reverse the process of global warming and the destruction of our biosphere? Are we on an unstoppable runaway train and if so, what’s the point of Dahr publishing this essay? Read on…WB]

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Photo essay: Australian students strike for climate action

2 December 2018 — Climate & Capitalism

Save Our Future!

Thousands of Australian primary and high school students walked out of school on November 30 to demand real action on climate change. 

Protests took place in around 30 cities and regional towns, with Sydney and Melbourne drawing around 10,000 people each.

Here, courtesy of Green Left Weekly, is what some of the protests looked like.


Sydney 
Photos by  Zebedee Parkes

See the rest over at Climate & Capitalism

Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism’s Imminent Demise By Dr Nafeez Ahmed

3 December 2018 — True Publica

Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We’re transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation of the planet’s environmental resources.
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New maps of land destruction show why caravans flee Central America

20 November 2018 — Climate & Capitalism

Detailed maps show worldwide land degradation, including the deforestation that is now forcing migrants to leave Guatemala and Honduras


A new map developed at the University of Cincinnati illustrates one motivating force behind migrant caravans leaving Guatemala and Honduras to reach the United States.

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Extinction Rebellion protests block London bridges

17 November 2018 — BBC

[This from the BBC. It takes acts of ‘civil disobedience’ for the BBC to report such events, when it’s about climate change. Extinction Rebellion]

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Image copyright AFP Westminster Bridge is one of the five bridges that has been blocked by protesters

Protesters have blocked off five major bridges in central London as part of a so-called “rebellion day”.

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Fossil fuel production and use exploded in the 20th century. Can we stop the flow in the 21st?

7 November 2018 — Climate & Capitalism

Book review

Of all the fossil fuels ever consumed, more than half were burned in the last 50 years

In ‘Burning Up’ Simon Pirani shows why fossil fuel consumption has grown so fast, and argues that only radical social change can prevent climate disaster now

Luke Neal is an activist who lives in Berlin.


Simon Pirani
BURNING UP
A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption

Pluto Press, 2018

reviewed by Luke Neal

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Capitalism is killing the world’s wildlife, not ‘humanity’ By Anna Pigott

3 November 2018 — Climate & Capitalism
By failing to name the system responsible, the new Living Planet report undermines its own call for a collective response to the biodiversity crisis. 

Anna Pigott is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Swansea University.

The latest Living Planet report from the WWF makes for grim reading: a 60% decline in wild animal populations since 1970, collapsing ecosystems, and a distinct possibility that the human species will not be far behind. The report repeatedly stresses that humanity’s consumption is to blame for this mass extinction, and journalists have been quick to amplify the message. The Guardian headline reads “Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations,” while the BBC runs with “Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption.” No wonder: in the 148-page report, the word “humanity” appears 14 times, and “consumption” an impressive 54 times.

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Greenhouse gases and mass extinctions: Speed kills

23 October 2018 — Climate & Capitalism
In past warming events, atmospheric CO2 rose too fast for many species to adapt. Today it is rising 10 times faster than at any time in 66 million years.

Katrin Meissner is an Associate Professor and Kaitlin Alexander is a PhD Candidate at the Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales. 

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Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism’s Imminent Demise By Nafeez AHMED

23 October 2018 — Medium

Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We’re transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation of the planet’s environmental resources.

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