Articles Environment

  • More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries issue ‘warning to humanity’

    Environment

    When asked whether she’s optimistic that the new petition will have an effect on changes, Crist said that she doesn’t think of it that way. Taking care of the planet is akin to taking care of one’s family. “We take care of our families: our children and our spouses and our parents. When you take care of your family, you don’t do it because you’re optimistic or pessimistic … it’s because that’s what you do.”

  • Global pollution kills 9m a year and threatens ‘survival of human societies’

    Environment

    Toxic air, water, soils and workplaces are responsible for the diseases that kill one in every six people around the world, the landmark report found, and the true total could be millions higher because the impact of many pollutants are poorly understood. The deaths attributed to pollution are triple those from Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

  • Tick Talk

    Environment

    One of the first things that strikes me — quite literally — is the abundance of bugs. Whether I am shooing flies, trapping ants, swatting mosquitoes, combing my dog for ticks or saving moths from suicide by light bulb, I am surrounded by a plethora of creepy crawlers and frequent fliers. It seems counterintuitive then to learn that their kind may actually be dwindling.

  • Can emissions shrink while the economy grows?

    Environment

    Canada’s prime minister and premiers signed a deal in December to “grow our economy, reduce greenhouse-gas [GHG] emissions, and build resilience to the impacts of a changing climate”. The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change outlines plans for carbon pricing, energy-efficient building codes, electric-vehicle charging stations, methane-emission regulations, and more.

  • Fighting for Climate Justice

    Environment

    A year before the devastating floods in India, Bangladesh and Texas, a little-noticed UN report revealed extraordinary figures about the effects of climate change worldwide. Climate-related catastrophe is now not just an additional hazard for the world’s poor, but a central factor in their oppression and poverty. This will eventually lead to a cascade of millions of climate change refugees, a process already starting.

  • More floods are coming and we’re making them worse

    Environment

    Restoring natural areas costs much more than protecting them in the first place, more intense and frequent storms and floods can still overwhelm natural defences, and growing human populations will further stress resources. We must work with nature to prevent problems such as flooding, water scarcity, wildfires and climate disruption. When we work against nature, we work against ourselves.

  • A Resistance Movement for the Planet

    Environment

    Climate change is out of control. It is already too late to avoid soaring temperatures, scarce water, and extreme weather. But the financial structure of capitalism is tied to fossil fuels. Market-based solutions are ineffectual. John Bellamy Foster, a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and the editor of Monthly Review, speaks about the kind of program necessary to stop this catastrophe.

  • Smoke over the skies of North America is another climate change warning

    Environment

    It’s high time to clear the political air. Time is running out to move decisively to save the planet and mitigate the worst of what capitalism’s greed and excess is delivering. The triple scourge facing humanity must be defeated. We need to mobilize like never before and blaze new paths to a society of peace, social justice and ecological harmony.

  • Three years on, Mount Polley disaster a painful reminder of never-ending horror

    Environment

    Canada’s largest mine waste disaster on August 4, 2014, saw 24 million cubic metres of mine waste and water flushed into Hazeltine and Edney Creeks and Polley and Quesnel Lakes, all part of the Fraser River Watershed. The littoral area along the West Arm of Quesnel Lake was permanently altered by the Mount Polley spill, and there is no plan to stop polluting anytime soon.

  • 4 Proposed Tar Sands Oil Pipelines Pose a Threat to Water Resources

    Environment

    Analysis of public data shows that the three companies proposing to build four tar sands pipelines — TransCanada, Kinder Morgan, Enbridge, and their subsidiaries — have seen 373 hazardous liquid spills from their U.S. pipeline networks from 2010 to present. These spills released a total of 63,221 barrels of hazardous liquids during that time period.

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