Articles Tagged ‘Environment’

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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