• For a ‘Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty’

    The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, reprinted in full here, is spurring international cooperation to end new development of fossil fuels, phase out existing production within the agreed climate limit of 1.5°C and develop plans to support workers, communities and countries dependent on fossil fuels to create secure and healthy livelihoods.

  • Centerra’s battle for the Kumtor gold mine rages on

    As the legal battle over the Kumtor gold mine rages on, Centerra’s legal options for extending its management of the mine look more limited by the day. Any Canadian who is interested in how their country’s capital functions on the global stage, and how affected countries are trying to resist this neocolonial domination, should eagerly follow new developments in the case.

  • Humans aren’t as stupid as they seem—something else is blocking climate action

    Almost a century ago, US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis observed: “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” That could be updated: “We can have a world that is livable for humans or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few; but we can’t have both.” That’s the real choice on the ballot. The rest is just talkity-talk.

  • All must change utterly: We need a ‘People’s Green New Deal’

    Clearly and starkly, the “progressive” climate proposals Max Ajl critiques in his new book, A People’s Green New Deal, are frighteningly inadequate. Dire human threats and the meeting of human needs require an informed, people-collaborative implementation in varied regulatory jurisdictions worldwide. The current system is steeply regressed and must be changed utterly to provide basic human needs.

  • How Canada failed its farmers and agri-producers

    Private control over Canada’s agricultural sector now extends well beyond farms and into the food processing and retail space, effectively securing policy and regulatory influence along the supply and value chain. The harms perpetuated by this model are having grave consequences, expanding the power of corporate players at the expense of local producers—jeopardizing livelihoods that once existed within a well-balanced landscape.

  • Skipping to the apocalypse

    For decades, the wealthiest of the wealthy have piloted us towards oblivion. They are the leaders of the industries that have dictated ways of living which patterned and incentivized market behaviours yielding extraordinary, unsustainable profits. Those who dared to wonder if our model of “progress” was ultimately a suicide pact, gilded but not less deadly, were marginalized. Now, some of those same elites are preparing their parachutes.

  • We need a pandemic-like response to tackle the climate crisis

    From border closures to relief programs like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, we witnessed governments react swiftly to curb the worst of the pandemic and introduce cash transfers that replaced lost income—all with significant public support. We have conclusive proof that urgent action is possible to stem the destabilization of entire economies. Now, we must demand that governments employ the same urgency to tackling the climate crisis.

  • ‘Code red for humanity’: IPCC report warns window for climate action is closing fast

    A panel of leading scientists convened by the United Nations issued a comprehensive report Monday that contains a stark warning for humanity: the climate crisis is here, some of its most destructive consequences are now inevitable, and only massive and speedy reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can limit the coming disaster. “The alarm bells are deafening,” the report states, “and the evidence is irrefutable.”

  • ‘Unimaginably catastrophic’: Researchers fear Gulf Stream system could collapse

    While heatwaves, fires, and floods produce warnings that “we are living in a climate emergency, here and now,” a scientific study suggested Thursday that a crucial Atlantic Ocean current system could collapse, which “would have severe impacts on the global climate system.” The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, focuses on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, which includes the Gulf Stream.

  • Nuclear power and the land

    To deliver all the benefits of the modern world, if we do not grow the inputs required, then there is no getting around digging things out of the ground. We have to understand that there is no such thing as a perfectly safe energy option. There’s no such thing as a perfectly safe anything. What we are on the hunt for instead is the safest options. And of all energy options, nuclear is the safest.

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