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Hitch-22: A Memoir

Hitch-22: A Memoir

By Christopher Hitchens

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Tag: Environment

Paris—and the World—Is Burning

A fitting honor to those who died in Paris, and to the countless victims of climate change, would be a fair, ambitious and binding agreement at the climate summit.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Trevor Noah on the COP21 Conference and the Suppression of Activism in Paris

The climate change conference is underway in Paris, and although French authorities have banned environmentalists from protesting after the recent terrorist attacks, activists have found a novel way to express their concerns about climate change.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Exxon Targets Journalists Who Exposed Massive Climate Change Cover-Up

“We’ve often wondered if Exxon actually hates our children because they so consistently stand in the way of safeguarding their future,” a campaigner said. “It turns out they apparently hate good journalism as well.”

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE

Clean Energy Gathers Steam

As the Paris climate talks begin, the die is already cast: The world is going to move toward cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy. The question for U.S. policymakers is whether the world’s biggest economy gets left behind.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE

Environmental Activists Are ‘Being Killed in Record Numbers,’ With at Least 116 Dying in 2014

A new report reveals that two killings of environmental activists occurred on average every week—up a fifth from 2013. Nearly three-quarters of the known deaths were in Central and South America.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE

People’s Global Climate March 2015: Taking to the Streets for Our Future

On the biggest day of climate change activism ever seen worldwide, millions of people are joining in Sunday, at more than 2,500 events around the globe, using people power to put pressure on world leaders to unite in fighting global warming at the COP21 summit opening Monday in Paris.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE

If ‘Life Must Go On,’ Say Groups, France Must Lift Ban on Climate Protests

“We must not suspend democracy and freedom while proclaiming our commitment to democracy and freedom,” declares a letter sent to French President François Hollande.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

“In effect, there is a clear link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order,” the pontiff said at the start of his first visit to Africa.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE

Climate Crisis on Track to Push 100 Million Into Extreme Poverty

In response to a new study, the charity Oxfam urges the World Bank “to heed its own warnings and support equitable, low-carbon development.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE


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‘Our Generation, Our Choice,’ Say Young People as They Ready for Mass Civil Disobedience

Youths from across the country are expected to sweep Washington, D.C., on Monday “to demand justice on race, climate change, and immigration.”

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Obama Rejects Keystone XL: This Is Big ... and Just the Beginning

Just a few years ago, insiders and experts wrote us off and assured the world Keystone XL would be built by the end of 2011. Together, ranchers, tribal nations and everyday people beat this project back, reminding the world that Big Oil isn’t invincible—and that organized people can win over organized money.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

UPDATED: After seven years of deliberation, the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. The proposed 1,179-mile pipeline would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

How Cuba Is Achieving Food Security Without Destroying Its Environment

The Cuban model—developed in a time of crisis after the collapse of the Soviet Union—is seen as offering potential solutions to many countries in the world.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

Storming the Bastille at the Paris Climate Summit

The stakes are high for the Paris climate summit next month, and hundreds of thousands of people are expected in the streets to demand a meaningful agreement to tackle the global crisis.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

Are the Fracking Vampires Going Bust?

Oil is crashing, and gas prices at the pump keep sliding lower and lower. As of October, a barrel of Brent crude (the global standard) is selling for less than $50—nearly half of what a barrel cost last year at this time. What does all of this mean? You wouldn’t think that a significant drop in oil prices could actually be a good thing for the environment and a bad thing for Big Oil and dirty frackers, yet it may well be.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘Thin Ice’: A Poem About Motherhood in the Age of Climate Change

Penelope Moffet’s poem, based on a Los Angeles Times article that narrates the story of a polar bear who loses her infant cub as she swims hundreds of miles to reach the nearest ice floe in an ever-melting Arctic sea, beautifully illustrates the effects of the man-made destruction of the natural world.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Exceptionally Dangerous Situation in Mexico as Patricia Is Strongest Hurricane Ever Recorded

With maximum sustained winds of 200 mph, Hurricane Patricia is set to make landfall on Mexico’s Pacific Coast Friday. Forecasters warn that the monster Category 5 storm could be catastrophic.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Bernie Sanders Joins Call for DOJ Probe of Exxon’s Climate Change Misinformation Campaign

The petroleum company may have violated federal law by funding a decadeslong misinformation campaign on climate change, the Vermont senator says.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Oslo to Become the First Major City to Ban Cars From Its Center

Norway’s capital plans to permanently ban all cars from its city center by 2019, becoming the first European capital to do so. It will also create more than 35 miles of bike lanes and invest heavily in public transportation.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE


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Here’s How We Know Cheap Renewable Energy Is Taking the World by Storm (Video)

The Paris-based International Energy Agency estimates that in just five years, by 2020, slightly over one quarter (26 percent) of all the electricity being generated in the world will come from renewables.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE

In the Public Interest: Monsanto and Its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information

As the Freedom of Information Act approaches its 50th year, it faces a disturbing backlash from scientists tied to the agrichemical company Monsanto and its allies.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis Discuss Their New Film, ‘This Changes Everything’

Inspired by journalist Naomi Klein’s best-selling book, “This Changes Everything,” a new documentary of the same name re-imagines the vast challenge of climate change. The film, which opens Friday, profiles communities on the front lines of the climate justice movement—from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta tar sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Emissions Cap

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 ENLARGE

Volkswagen’s Deception May Have Caused Almost a Million Tons of Extra Pollution Every Year

Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests for 11 million cars may be responsible for up to nearly a million tons of air pollution a year worldwide, according to a Guardian analysis.

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Holland’s Wind-Driven Trains and 4 Other Hopeful Green Energy Stories for Today (Video)

In three years, all Dutch electric trains will be powered by wind turbines, either turbines in the Netherlands itself or in nearby Belgium or Scandinavia.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Land Degradation Could Create 50 Million Climate Refugees Within a Decade

A U.N.-backed report offers a shocking depiction of the state of our global environment, revealing that about half of the planet’s agricultural land is now moderately or severely degraded.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

Populations of Marine Life Have Declined by Half Since 1970

The World Wildlife Fund’s findings spell trouble for all nations, especially those in the developing world whose people are heavily dependent on the ocean’s resources.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Exxon’s Own Research Confirmed the Role of Fossil Fuels in Global Warming Decades Ago

A groundbreaking investigation reveals how the company’s top executives were warned of possible catastrophe from global warming in the 1970s, then led efforts to block solutions.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: Markets Aren’t ‘Democratic’— They Radically Restrict Choice in Important Ways

In this short clip from a History Channel documentary, the renowned linguist and activist explains how markets actually bring out the worst in humans by turning us into people “dedicated to maximizing individual gain, not social concern.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Will Rich Nations Pay Reparations to Developing Countries for Extreme Weather?

Nations suffering from climate change-induced disasters, including some that have displaced people from their homes, are asking for more than the annual $100 billion allotted as “climate change mitigation measures” by the United Nations.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Canada Clears Way for Ecuadorean Case Against Chevron Over ‘Amazon Chernobyl’

Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that Ecuadorean villagers can go after Canadian assets of the U.S.-based oil company Chevron in one of the most bitterly contested environmental cases in history.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE

Will Lebanon’s ‘Garbage Revolution’ Usher In a Secular State?

The country’s youths are taking to the streets, demanding restoration of trash collection and other public services and an end to government corruption. At the root of the turmoil: the politics of religious identity.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Drills

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Obama’s Journey: 10 Signs of Extreme Climate Change in Alaska and Why It Should Scare Us

American corporate news has not devoted the hours to President Obama’s trip to Alaska that it deserves, focusing on the GOP clown car back in the Lower 48 instead.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

Paris to Ban Cars for a Day

In an attempt to encourage more sustainable transport and raise awareness of high levels of pollution that the city suffers from, the French capital will go car-free Sept. 27.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Top 5 Green Energy Breakthroughs Today (Video)

Switching to green energy sources such as wind and solar is necessary to save the planet from increased concentrations of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which cause global warming. And it will also save you money.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Eulogy for a Friend

The Rev. Terry Burke stood with the suffering, ministering to them over three decades and going to jail for his protests on behalf of fired workers and against the corporations that are destroying the ecosystem.

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 READ MORE

The Grasshopper and the Ant

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 ENLARGE

AUDIO: ‘Love in the Time of Climate Change’: A Romantic Call to Action in the Shape of a Poem

Jocelyn Macdonald’s poem about the environmental crisis will have you quitting meat, riding your bike, chasing your dreams and spooning the love by your side, all to “slow down the rising of seas, the death of the bees [and] the electric current of spreading disease.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

Major Indirect Benefits of Obama’s Climate Plan That Could Save the World (Video)

President Obama spoke on Monday about his plan to use the Environmental Protection Agency to pressure states to close high-carbon power plants and reduce CO2 emissions by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. But this part of his plan is in my view the least interesting thing about it.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

If You Think Obama’s New Climate Change Plan Is Bold, Think Again

Describing it as “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against climate change,” President Obama on Monday unveiled a series of measures curbing carbon emissions from power plants. Although the president’s statement may be true, as meteorologist Eric Holthaus writes, “It’s not saying a whole heck of a lot.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE

Confronted With Keystone XL Quandary, Hillary Clinton Refuses to State Position

The presidential contender insists she’ll keep mum about where she stands on the controversial oil pipeline project until the Obama administration weighs in.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 READ MORE

40 Percent of the World’s Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change

A new study reveals a substantial global gap in climate-change awareness, attesting to a stark contrast between rich and poor nations.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE

The Dark Money Shark

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 ENLARGE

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