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Posted on Dec 20, 2015 ENLARGE


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Climate Change and the Road Through Paris

“I see a lot of back-slapping, a lot of self-congratulation, and I see very little in terms of the actual substance that is required to avert climate breakdown.”

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEOS: Activists at the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris

In these videos, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reports from the COP21 climate change conference in Paris that concluded over the weekend, speaking to activists from around the globe on the front lines of the fight for climate justice.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



After the COP21 Paris Climate Accord, What We Need Is an International Climate Court

The climate pact forged at Paris lacks real teeth and so in and of itself will not solve our carbon dioxide and methane problem.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



Thank Climate Justice Activists for Doing All They Can to Curb Warming

Even though conference delegates have now agreed on a global framework for addressing climate change, it is not good enough for the planet, and certainly not for those who have been demonstrating in the streets of Paris.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE



COP21: What It Does—and Doesn’t—Accomplish

In terms of avoiding catastrophic climate change, there’s an enormous—and disastrous—gap between what was agreed to at the Paris summit and what was needed.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris Reaches Landmark Deal

After two weeks of negotiations, nearly 200 countries agreed to a carbon emissions-slashing deal that may signal an end to the fossil fuel era.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



On International Human Rights Day at COP21, African Women Call for Climate Justice

Although an agreement in the Paris negotiations appears to be near, those most affected by climate change remain unheard.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE



Now Is the Time for Ambitious Action, Say Protesters Flooding COP21 Summit

Sit-in takes aim at weak draft deal between global leaders released Wednesday at the Paris climate conference.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Greenpeace Sting Exposes Academics Hired as Climate-Change Deniers

Professors from major U.S. institutions agreed to write reports promoting the benefits of CO2—and said they did not need to disclose fossil fuel funding.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Beijing Issues Its First Red Alert Over Smog as the City Goes Into Shutdown

The ruling will impose tougher restrictions on industry and business in an attempt to curb the Chinese capital’s pollution, which Greenpeace has called an “airpocalypse.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



Apocalyptic Capitalism

The Paris climate summit, dominated by the economic and political forces that are driving us toward destruction, will end with the usual empty rhetoric and a continued assault on the ecosystem.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



A Big Fat Radioactive Lie

Billionaires are hyping nuclear power as a magic cure for climate change. But there are many reasons why governments should resist their call to pump more tax dollars into nuclear energy.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Will Corporate America Confront GOP Climate Denial?

Republican congressional leaders in both houses know they can continue to lie and deny on climate, so long as the nation’s business leaders fail to demand change. Although they will always collect millions from ExxonMobil, the Koch brothers and assorted fossil fuel profiteers, they might begin to worry if other economic interests that have traditionally supported them suddenly turned off the money and turned on the pressure.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



Why Are We Not Doing All We Can to Prevent Climate-Related Deaths?

Global warming is a form of terror, perhaps the worst form. The finality of death is the same, whether we are gunned down in the streets or drown in the floods.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



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


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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Posted on Nov 9, 2015 ENLARGE



‘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.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 8, 2015 ENLARGE



The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The release of the 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the agreement would be another step in the global capitalists’ march to enslave us. Open, sustained revolt is our only option.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



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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Posted on Oct 11, 2015 ENLARGE



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.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 23, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Sep 23, 2015 ENLARGE



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


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