Articles Tagged ‘Climate Change’

  • 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.

  • IMF refuses Barbuda debt relief after hurricane, Cuba dispatches medical staff across Caribbean

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    The IMF’s refusal to converse about funds owed by the tiny Caribbean island was made clear by Christopher Lane, the financial institution’s special representative to the UN. “Our general view is that we’d rather put new money in than to have a moratorium,” Lane said. He exemplified the IMF’s position by stating that the institution may borrow funds from the US and loan them to Antigua.

  • 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.

  • Climate warrior? Champion of ‘Big Oil’? Canada’s leader wants to be both

    Canadian Politics

    So, there are a lot of unanswered questions about Justin Trudeau’s leadership in the fight against climate change. What’s certain is that the pipelines and refineries Trudeau is pushing for will tie Canada’s economy — and the world’s — to tar sands oil for decades to come, even as the impacts of climate change that he warns about continue to mount.

  • Trumping nature

    Environment

    Such is the depth of Trump’s planned assault on environmental regulation that it bathes his predecessors in a greenish light. As the U.S. turns back the clock on its already grossly inadequate measures to mitigate the most menacing ecological fallout from industrial capitalist civilization, the countdown to ecocide accelerates. And while some of the harm Trump & Co. wreak in other policy areas may ultimately be reversible, the injury to ecosystems will be all but irremediable.

  • Paris is Burning

    USA Politics

    The damage that Trump is doing cannot be understated, but no matter who the President of the United States is and no matter what global agreements are crafted at the United Nations, we need to build a movement that is big enough, creative enough, and radical enough that it cannot be ignored. As the People’s Climate March insisted, “to change everything, we need everyone.”

  • The tragedy of liberal environmentalism

    Environment

    The tragedy of liberal environmentalism is that it occupies the political discourse as the most pragmatic, the most possible way to a better future, but implementing this watered down, technical environmental politics is not at all smooth, or easy. It is rather Sisyphean. This is the tragic political circumstance of our times: What is framed as easy, as the most compatible with the status quo, is actually so very hard.

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