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Is Socialism the ‘Obvious’ Answer to Growing Inequality?

Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have shined a spotlight on the economic model that can lead us out of gaping inequality; Canada could actually benefit if Donald Trump wins the U.S. elections; meanwhile, we may need to reconsider air travel in times of climate change. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Carbon Emission Targets Set at 2015 Paris Conference May Be Too Little, Too Late

U.K. scientists warn that we may have already emitted enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to take air temperatures above a “safe” global threshold.

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Ocean Waves Could Supply the World’s Power and Drinking Water

New technology in use off Australia’s coast converts the relentless movement of the ocean’s waves into what is potentially a virtually endless supply of electricity.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Anthrax Strikes Wildlife in Rapidly Thawing Arctic

Record-high temperatures are believed to be among the main factors in the emergence of the deadly disease in northwestern Siberia.

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Louisiana Battles ‘Unprecedented’ Flooding

As the planet warms, another “extreme” weather event strikes.

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Nine FOIA Requests Seek to Find the Extent of Government Spying on Climate Protesters

The Intercept revealed last month that federal agents went undercover at a fossil fuel auction protest.

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Jill Stein Accepting Green Party Presidential Nomination: ‘We Are Saying No to the Lesser Evil’

On the final day of the Green Party’s convention in Houston last weekend, Jill Stein spoke on the power of the greater good in the face of two undesirable candidates.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Jeremy Corbyn Launches Bold, Progressive Plan to Transform U.K.

“Our country wasn’t run by Brussels, it’s run by boardrooms across the world,” the Labour Party leader said as he called for pro-worker public investments, peace abroad and a clean-energy transition.

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Irish Agriculture Faces Emissions Dilemma

Pledges by Ireland to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases could be undermined by government plans for a major expansion of the country’s agricultural sector.

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The Effort to Restore Tropical Forests Gets a Massive Cutting Edge

Degraded tropical forests throughout the world could be effectively restored by using a simple and inexpensive technique to speed up natural regeneration.

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Concerns Raised Over Paris Climate Goals

New analysis shows that the science underpinning the global treaty that aims to stop average temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels urgently needs more research.

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Humanity’s Plunder of Nature’s Resources Is Intensifying

A new U.N. report warns that a threefold increase in extraction of the earth’s primary materials over the past 40 years will intensify climate change, reduce biodiversity and raise the risk of conflict.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE



The Costs and Dangers of Climate Change Are Escalating

Scientific reports released for a conference on disaster risk reduction warn that people are already dying and economies being hit by climate change—and that the dangers are growing.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 READ MORE



Humanity Is Playing High-Risk Ecological Roulette

Analysis of millions of records by thousands of scientists across the world shows that human impacts have helped push the planet’s vital biodiversity into the danger zone.

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Green Party Leaders to Climate Justice Movement: Make Us Your ‘Political Home’

Margaret Flowers and James Lane, honorary co-chairs of the 2016 Green Party presidential nominating convention, explain in an open letter how the Democratic Party has failed on the environment and why Greens and climate activists should build “political power together.”

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Offshore Wind Projects Power Ahead in Europe

Falling costs mean that power generated by offshore wind farms is becoming increasingly competitive with other fuels—and that’s good news for the climate.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



Cyclones Are Set to Get Fiercer as the World Warms

New analysis of cyclone data and computer climate modeling indicates that global warming is likely to intensify the destructive power of tropical storms.

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U.K. Could Warm by 4 Degrees Celsius This Century

Scientific advisers warn that, by 2100, temperatures in Britain could rise by twice as much as the internationally agreed limit set at the Paris climate conference.

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Gold and Shipping Team Up to Threaten Yet More Emissions

The lure of mining for precious metals in South America and Europe is creating new carbon emissions not controlled by international agreement.

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Disturbing Forests Damages Natural Diversity

Ensuring tropical forests are protected from human intrusion is vital if they are to preserve the many creatures that inhabit them, researchers say.

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Human-Induced Climate Change Caused 2003 Heat Wave That Killed Hundreds of Europeans, Study Finds

Scientists say their groundbreaking report is the first to link an estimate of human activity to an estimate of mortality for the 2003 heat wave—and in fact for any heat wave.

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Climate Change Disrupts Wildlife Schedule

The largest ever study of how climate sensitivity manifests itself in the seasonal behavior of U.K. plants and animals warns that some species may struggle to survive.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE



Look at Climate’s Past Shows Warming Could Be Much Greater Than Originally Thought

Reconstruction of climate events long before the Ice Ages shows that failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could eventually lead to temperatures rising by up to 10 degrees.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Red Alert as Arctic Snows Melt Faster

Microscopic forms of colored algae are suspected of helping to speed up the melting rate of snow by reducing its crucial ability to reflect the sun’s rays.

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Pledges Made at Paris Climate Talks Will Not Contain Global Warming

New research shows that a “controlled implosion” of the fossil fuel industry and a technological explosion of renewable energy are needed to meet targets on restricting global warming.

Posted on Jul 2, 2016 READ MORE



China Can Harness the Winds of Change

Strategically siting wind turbines where their energy can most easily be fed into the national grid could help meet over a quarter of China’s massive electricity demand.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016 READ MORE



The Warming Arctic Is Creating a Greenhouse Gas Danger Zone

Researchers warn that thawing soil in the Arctic tundra’s permafrost will release deadly quantities of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



Brexit Vote Means U.K. Is No Longer Bound to Meet EU Climate Targets

Following the vote to leave the European Union, Britain’s energy and climate change policy faces major changes—not least in relation to the nuclear power industry.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



China Aims to Cut Meat Eating in Half

The Chinese government has issued guidelines to help wean its citizens onto a more vegetarian diet—offering huge potential health gains and cuts in greenhouse gases.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



Betraying Progressives, Democratic Platform Panel Backs Fracking, TPP and Israel Occupation

Drafting committee members appointed by Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz resoundingly rejected numerous proposals by Bernie Sanders’ appointees.

Posted on Jun 25, 2016 READ MORE



Race Is On to Feed a Warming World

As global temperatures rise, scientists warn that plant breeders will need to accelerate development schedules if they are to ensure the ever-growing population can be fed.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Change Threatens to Obliterate Great Barrier Reef Corals

The worst-ever bleaching event affects 93 percent of Australia’s famous reef, as rising temperatures and sea levels bring swift death to vast swaths of the colorful creatures.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE



Europe’s Precious Beech Forests Could Succumb to Drought

A warming climate and intense droughts are hitting some of Europe’s most coveted forest areas, with beech trees in southern Britain particularly vulnerable.

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Wildlife Needs New Corridors to Escape Rising Heat

Rising temperatures will force wild creatures to seek cooler refuges—but safe routes for them to migrate may be scarce, scientists say.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 READ MORE



Breaking Americans’ Addiction to ‘Meth’ (Methane Gas, That Is)

Official proposals to address climate change ignore the deadly math of methane gas. On July 24, thousands of people will march to change that, and some will call for an “ecosocialist” emergency response.

Posted on Jun 18, 2016 READ MORE



Ducks Are Showing Us How the Pacific Ocean Is Changing

Tracking eider ducks with satellite transmitters as they seek to stock up on food before the Arctic winter gives scientists a deeper insight into shifts in ocean ecosystems.

Posted on Jun 18, 2016 READ MORE



Global Warming Threatens the Material Basis of the Global Economy

Research shows that the effects of extreme heat and weather events on production of raw materials has far-reaching and costly financial implications.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 READ MORE



Record CO2 Levels Signal Sizzling Summers

As carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reaches a historic high point that could continue for a lifetime, summer temperatures are also heading toward record levels.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE



Scientists Capture Carbon by Turning CO2 Emissions Into Stone

An international research team made a breakthrough in greenhouse gas reduction technology by pumping CO2 into the ground and turning it rapidly back into rock.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, and the Prospects for Survival

For nearly 70 years, security for the human population has not been a leading concern of policymakers.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE



Arctic Melting Feeds on Itself

Melting sea ice is affecting the close-knit Arctic climate system in a way that will speed up warming there, scientists say.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE



We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It

All predatory systems of power seek to mask their ultimate aims. As they become more repressive, they become more deceptive. They silence dissidents and bombard the airwaves with lies. Those who effectively resist have to peel back the layers of deceit to understand the intentions of the elites.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Arctic Ice Dwindles to Record Low

Twelve months of global record-high temperatures have led to this month’s Arctic sea ice shrinking to almost 400,000 square miles less than four years ago, scientists find.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



Energy Independence Won’t Cure Climate Ills

Analysts say tackling climate change is a more difficult and expensive challenge for governments than achieving the unconnected goal of being self-reliant for energy needs.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



Europe’s Floods Come as No Surprise

Scientists have warned that the extra moisture in warmer air will mean more intense rainfall, but floods still leave governments unprepared.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE


Matt Damon Talks Banks, Brexit, Climate Change and Inequality at MIT Commencement (Video)

“There’s more at stake today than in any story ever told,” said the actor who starred in “Good Will Hunting,” set at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as he took the stage at the school’s graduation ceremony Friday.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



New York State Assembly Passes ‘Most Ambitious’ Climate Bill in the Nation

The bill would require New York to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from major sources to zero by 2050. But with dire predictions by climate scientists, is it ambitious enough?

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE



Europe’s Spending on Renewables Hits 10-Year Low

The reputation of Europe as a leader in renewable energy has taken a serious knock, with its investment dropping 21 percent last year while global figures reached record levels.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE



Climate Change Would Stoke Conflict in South Asia

Senior military experts warn that the nations of South Asia must cooperate on climate change adaptation to avoid major political instability and conflict in the region.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



A Backup Plan Could Use Dams to Preserve Water Lost by Melting of Glaciers

Summer water shortages caused by the reduction of glacier ice mass could be alleviated by dams constructed to contain springtime runoff from melting snow.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE


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