Biotech: EU Commission spreading misinformation

14 July 2021 — GMWatch

Testbiotech warns against disregarding scientific evidence

The EU Commission has rejected criticism of its report on plants and New GE (New Genetic Engineering, genome editing). In a letter to Testbiotech, the Commission stated that there were no new risks associated with plants derived from genetically engineered plants compared to conventionally bred plants, as long as no transgenes were inserted. The Commission is directly repeating claims made by industry and affiliated experts that are contrary to existing scientific evidence. Testbiotech is therefore warning against the spread of misinformation and disregarding of science.

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Our Rulers Have All The Power And None Of The Responsibility

14 July 2021 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

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As the world burns, as ecosystems die off, as the insects vanish, as the forests disappear, as soil becomes rapidly less fertile, as extinction takes over, as the oceans gasp for air and become lifeless deserts while continents of plastic form in their waters, it is interesting how often you hear the sentiment that this is the result of some flaw in humanity for which we all share equal guilt.

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Toxic Corporations Are Destroying the Planet’s Soil

24 June 2021 — Global Research

By Colin Todhunter

A newly published analysis in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science argues that a toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is causing havoc beneath fields covered in corn, soybeans, wheat and other monoculture crops. The research is the most comprehensive review ever conducted on how pesticides affect soil health.

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10 reasons why climate activists should not support nuclear

23 June 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

False Solutions

The world needs safe, non-exploitive technologies. Nuclear doesn’t qualify

Simon Butler is co-author, with Ian Angus, of Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis. He lives in Scotland.


by Simon Butler

In a recent Guardian article, Jacobin magazine’s founding editor Bhaskar Sunkara declared that “If we want to fight the climate crisis, we must embrace nuclear power.” He praised nuclear as a clean and reliable and suggested that opponents of nuclear power are either gripped by “paranoia … rooted in cold war associations” or are relying on “outdated information.”

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On Paul Kingsnorth and Unruly Nature

7 May 2021 — MROnline

Real England by Paul Kingsnorth
by Anthony Galluzzo

In a 2010 essay entitled “Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist,” the English émigré environmental writer Paul Kingsnorth recounts his journey into and out of the environmental movement. The essay appeared in the inaugural issue of Dark Mountain, the journal attached to the Dark Mountain group—inaugurated by Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine in 2009—a literary-philosophical project dedicated to uncivilization. What is uncivilization? Coauthors Kingsnorth and Dougald Stewart introduce their manifesto with a telling excerpt from Robinson Jeffers, in which the poet urges readers to “unhumanize our views a little.” Our Dark Mountaineers elaborate how “our whole way of living is already passing into history,” while urging their readers to “face this reality honestly and learn how to live with it.” Whose way of life exactly? It presumably refers to the inhabitants of the Global North who represent the primary driver of the ecological crisis now ravaging the planet. While this sort of rough political economy is implicit in the remaining Dark Mountain principles, they notably eschew political solutions; they, for instance, “reject the faith that holds that the converging crises of our times can be reduced to a set of ‘problems’ in need of technological or political ‘solutions.’”1

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Resisting Water Privatization in Europe: Key Reasons for Success

16 June 2021 — Socialist Project

In the wake of the global financial crisis, water services have come under renewed neoliberal assault across Europe. At the same time, the struggle against water privatization has continued to pick up pace; from the re-municipalization of water in Grenoble in 2000, to the United Nations declaration of water as a human right in 2010.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 21 May 2021

21 May 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks 

Glyphosate Herbicides Significantly Associated with Preterm Births – University of Michigan Study

Exposure to a chemical found in the weed killer Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides is significantly associated with preterm births, according to a new University of Michigan study published Wednesday. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that the presence of the chemical in women’s urine in late pregnancy was linked to an increased […]

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21 May 2021: Costing the earth

21 May 2021 — DeSmogUK

Honestly, we’d really rather not be writing about the UK’s most prominent climate science denial group on a windswept Friday afternoon (or, indeed, any afternoon, tbh).

But in what feels like an alarming pattern of recent weeks, yet another high profile figure has joined the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a thinktank infamous for spreading misinformation on climate change.

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Antarctic melt: tipping point by 2060

18 May 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

New Study

If emissions continue at current rates, the world will soon be committed to irreversible and catastrophic sea level rise

(Andreas Kambanis via Flickr under CC by SA 2.0)


by Julie Brigham-Grette and Andrea Dutton
The Conversation, May 17, 2021

While U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken draws attention to climate change in the Arctic at meetings with other national officials this week in Iceland, an even greater threat looms on the other side of the planet. New research shows it is Antarctica that may force a reckoning between the choices countries make today about greenhouse gas emissions and the future survival of their coastlines and coastal cities, from New York to Shanghai.

That reckoning may come much sooner than people realize.

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, May 2021

14 May 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Seven new books about capitalist environmental destruction and the fight to save the earth

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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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 14 May 2021

14 May 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Glyphosate Raises Malaria Risk through Damage to Insect Immune Systems – New Study

The chemical compound glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, can weaken the immune systems of insects, suggests a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Round Up™, a popular U.S. brand of weed killer products. The researchers investigated the effects of glyphosate on […]

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