Articles Environment

  • First Nations Leaders Pledge to Block Pipeline Expansion

    Environment

    From the outset, Ottawa has faced opposition to carbon taxes from some provinces, which fear such market-based mechanisms will discourage private business investment. And mass popular opposition accompanied by the global downturn in resource prices has already led to TransCanada’s cancellation of its $15.7-billion Energy East project and Ottawa’s nixing of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline.

  • Climate Change and the Struggle Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

    Environment

    Political activism around climate change, from Standing Rock to innumerable cities across North America, is growing. Another failed climate meeting in Marrakesh this month and the climate denialists surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump have given these struggles added urgency in themselves and in the solidarity linking them to other social justice struggles. No need to even invoke the necessity of an eco-socialist political project as it is where all alternatives are pointing.

  • Paris Climate Goals Depend on Promoting Biodiversity

    Environment

    The Paris Climate Agreement and several other United Nations (UN) pacts “all depend on the health and vitality of our natural environment in all its diversity and complexity,” said Dr. Anne Larigauderie, executive secretary of the UN-backed organization behind the report. “Acting to protect and promote biodiversity is at least as important to achieving these commitments and to human well-being as is the fight against global climate change.”

  • Trudeau on the wrong side of environmental history in B.C.

    Canadian Politics

    Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau is in court against First Nations to oppose their efforts to stop Kinder Morgan. He didn’t await the legal outcome before allowing work to begin on the expanded pipeline — or to start arresting people. Perhaps that’s because the prime minister is also on record declaring that Canada’s Indigenous peoples do not have a “veto” on resource projects in this country. At least that’s what he’s saying now.

  • Memo to Jacobin: Ecomodernism is not ecosocialism

    Environment

    Is Jacobin becoming a voice for ecomodernism with a leftish veneer? I hope not, but the signs aren’t good. The first book in the new Jacobin Book Series, Four Futures, by Peter Frase, offers future scenarios based on science fiction movies and books: as Antony Galluzzo says in a review, this approach allows Frase to ignore “the technological, ecological, or social feasibility of [his] predictions.”

  • Global Warming Stirs the Methane Monster

    Environment

    On January 1st Arctic methane at 2,764 ppb spiked upwards into the atmosphere, which, according to Arctic News: “Was likely caused by methane hydrate destabilization in the sediments on the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean.” Once again, with emphasis, it’s January; it’s winter, and there’s little or no sunshine above the Arctic Circle. So, what gives? Why are alarming levels of methane spewing into the atmosphere?

  • Global warming: Our most dire predictions for the future of the planet are probably right

    Environment

    Climate change models that are more severe are likely more accurate, according to a study published on Wednesday in Nature. The study discovered that predictions with greater amounts of global warming were the ones that best aligned with the current climate. There is a 93 percent chance that global temperatures will rise 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century.

  • 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.

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