Articles Tagged ‘Environment’

  • Ottawa Approves Controversial Chemical for Ocean Oil Spills

    Canadian Politics

    Recent U.S. studies based on the performance of Corexit during the Gulf of Mexico spill show the synergistic action between the chemical and crude oil can make oil 52 times more toxic to planktonic marine life than oil itself. The chemical also kills natural ocean bacteria that can biodegrade oil while favouring bacteria that does not.

  • From the Tar Sands to ‘Green Jobs’? Work and Ecological Justice

    Environment

    But the political calculation of ecologists, unionists, and socialists needs to be as ambitious as the challenges at hand are large. This is to insist that a rupture with the existing paradigm of production and work is needed – ‘ways of living’ as the early ecology and socialist movements envisioned. Solar communism, anyone?

  • Green Party Moves Towards Declaring Itself Eco-Socialist

    USA Politics

    In a major development, the Green Party took a key step towards declaring itself Eco-socialist. The party’s National Committee voted Sunday night to approve a proposed amendment to the party’s platform entitled “Ecological Economics.” The proposed platform position declares that the Green Party is anti-capitalist and in favor of a decentralized vision socialism.

  • The Doomsday Clock

    Environment

    In January 2015, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its famous Doomsday Clock to three minutes before midnight, a threat level that had not been reached for 30 years. The Bulletin’s statement explaining this advance toward catastrophe invoked the two major threats to survival: nuclear weapons and “unchecked climate change.”

  • Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance

    Environment

    “When the Republicans on the Supreme Court just recently beat back a pretty moderate proposed Obama regulation on coal, that again is a message to the world, says, ‘Don’t bother doing anything […] The biggest, most powerful country in the world doesn’t care, so ‘you go ahead and do what you like.’ This is all literally saying, ‘Let’s race to the precipice.’”

  • Sketching The Fight: Bill McKibben On How To Save The Planet

    Environment

    “There is a fight underway, and it is the great fight of our time,” he says. “The arc of the physical universe is short, and it bends towards heat. If we don’t win soon, we do not win. So that’s why the urgency is so deep. That’s why people are doing things that no-one should have to do.”

  • After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians

    Environment

    The Paris climate accords were strong on aspirations to keep the world below 2C temperature rise but very weak on delivery. Despite Trudeau’s claims that Canada is back, Ottawa has stuck with Stephen Harper’s pathetic climate targets. To meet its commitments, each country must find its own unique road map. Canada doesn’t have one.

  • An evening with Naomi Klein in Winnipeg

    Environment

    Award-winning Canadian author Naomi Klein spoke on climate and economic justice at Knox United Church. The event was hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba office. Audio by Bryan Harder. Video recorded by Paul S. Graham.

  • Putting climate solutions in formaldehyde: A challenge to the climate movement

    Environment

    This very different kind of economy based on providing for everyone’s basic needs and protecting people from life-threatening impoverishment can draw on previous work that calls for a liveable international guaranteed income. There is enough wealth to expeditiously bail out banks and launch wars – without a “transition”.

  • Carbon prices: an opportunity for combining sane climate policy with social justice

    Environment

    If measures are taken so that the majority of Canadians experience an overall improvement in their standard of living - while simultaneously being economically pushed towards lower carbon consumption - then there would be real pressure to boost the price of carbon even further and to get on with the transition. Time is running out.

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