Articles Tagged ‘Environment’

  • Standing Up At Standing Rock

    Environment

    Some 1,000 Native American activists from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and across the country faced off against police and security forces protecting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline project. Dozens of people have been arrested and assaulted by police while attempting to stop the project, and many more continue to risk arrest to protest the pipeline.

  • Iceland: Exemplary Nation in a Troubled World

    Europe

    In my book, America’s Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying I coined the term “sadtistics” as a summary for America’s mostly negative standings on those dimensions. For this article I am coining another term, “gladtistics,” as a summary of Iceland’s positive standings. What follows is a very brief side by side summary of the two nations’ standings.

  • Rather than fearing the Leap Manifesto, let’s bring on the debate

    Environment

    The transition off carbon could be less painful, since, with proper investment, a green technology future promises to be, in the words of NDP elder statesman Stephen Lewis, “the greatest job creation program on earth.” It’s time we considered the possibility that saving the planet is as important as placating a bunch of New York bondholders.

  • Climate justice and the prospect of power

    Environment

    The prospect of power resides not only in the long-term goal of government but also in today’s actions that take steps in that direction. For example, employers must be not merely requested but compelled to pay the minimum wage; corporations must be compelled by the populace to halt environmental devastation.

  • Delivering Community Power - Winnipeg

    Environment

    Representatives of Friends of Public Services, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Solidarity Winnipeg discuss how Canada Post could become the hub of a post-carbon economy. Speakers include Dru Jay of Friends of Public Services, Basia Sokal of the CUPW and Sofia Soriano and Maya Martinez-Alper of Solidarity Winnipeg.

  • Two-degree target may still cause catastrophic sea level rise

    Environment

    “If the ocean continues to accumulate heat and increase melting of marine-terminating ice shelves of Antarctica and Greenland, a point will be reached at which it is impossible to avoid large-scale ice sheet disintegration with sea level rise of at least several meters,” the report states. “The economic and social cost of losing functionality of all coastal cities is practically incalculable.

  • 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.”

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