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Tag: Global Warming


The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE


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The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam

Despite what President Obama says, the TPP does indeed create a corporate end run around our laws.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



More Than Exxon: Big Oil Companies for Years Shared Damning Climate Research

New investigative reporting exposes that a task force headed by the American Petroleum Institute also knew about global warming since the 1970s.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



‘Progress’ Is Fatal

Why did the Paris climate accord omit the words “fossil fuel,” “oil” and “coal”? Because the world’s great muck-a-mucks are promising to limit emissions without challenging the beast that creates them.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE


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After Paris, the Movement for Climate Justice Has Only Just Begun

The accord reached at COP21 does not require emission cuts to be made within a framework of climate justice. That is why grass-roots activism is now more important than ever.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE



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



Brief Respite for Arctic Sea Ice

Scientists are now confident that in the near future, natural forces will keep the Arctic’s winter sea ice from melting as fast as once feared.

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



A New World of Renewable Energy Beckons

2015 can be viewed as the year in which the epochal transition from one set of fuels to another took off, with renewables making such significant strides that, for the first time in centuries, the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era has come into sight.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



High-Level Danger for Forest Giants

The tallest trees play a vital role in combating global warming by taking carbon from the atmosphere, but they are at great risk from ever-increasing droughts.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



Pre-Eminent Climate Scientist James Hansen Calls Paris Deal a ‘Fraud’; John Kerry Begs to Differ

Don’t count climate scientist James Hansen among those joining the back-slapping brigade following the conclusion of the COP21 climate change summit near Paris.

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


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: Climate Justice at the Twilight of the Talks

By Sonali Kolhatkar

As Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reports from the U.N. climate negotiations in Paris, she explores the official and unofficial places where climate justice activists gather, and she learns what some had planned for the final day of talks.

Posted on Dec 11, 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


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’ With Chris Hedges: The Fracking Revolution Must Be Local

“People think we have a fracking problem,” Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund says. “It’s not. It’s a democracy problem.”

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Indigenous People Demand Rights as Draft Climate Deal Is Reached in Paris

While negotiators from 195 countries at the United Nations climate summit approved a provisional deal aimed at curbing global carbon emissions, indigenous people from around the world took to the waterways of Paris to demand respect for their rights and the environment.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Emperor Weather

If he comes to power, history will end in some sense. There will be no hope of democracy because he won’t care a whit about what we think, say or do, nor of revolt—because you can’t revolt against physics.

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


VIDEO: James Hansen: United Nations’ Plans to Limit Emissions Are ‘Half-Arsed’

One of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists has warned U.N. negotiators that their current attempt to prevent global temperatures from rising is “half-arsed and half-baked” and risks giving future generations a climate system that is uncontrollably destructive.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Positive Vibes Flow at Climate Talks

At the midway point of the U.N. climate conference, a rare optimism pervades the negotiations—tempered only by those who say the hard decisions still lie ahead.

Posted on Dec 5, 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


VIDEO: ‘Democracy Now!’ Kicks Off Full Coverage of Paris Climate Talks

Amy Goodman and her team are on the streets of Paris and in the meeting halls of COP21, the United Nations’ fraught, highly policed attempt to craft a global, intergovernmental solution to the existential problem of climate change.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Two-Thirds of Americans Want the U.S. to Join a Global Climate Pact

A New York Times/CBS News poll shows that a solid majority of Americans say the United States should join an international treaty to limit the impact of global warming. Most of those who say otherwise identify as conservative.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Forest Destruction Can Be Cut by Half

A new study shows that political will is all that is needed to stop the chainsaws and bulldozers that are destroying tropical forests and contributing to global warming.

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



Records Reveal Warming’s First Warning

Scientists have identified a worldwide pattern of climate change in the late 1980s as the early signpost on the path that has led to next month’s crucial U.N. summit in Paris.

Posted on Nov 28, 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



Trees Face Global Extinction Threat

Field scientists warn that damage being done to the Amazon rain forest indicates that most of the world’s 40,000 tropical tree species now qualify as being at risk.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Fire Activity Points to Religions’ Impact on Climate

A link has been detected between religious days of observance and reductions in the big “active fires” that can affect global warming by sending aerosols into the atmosphere.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Boosted Australia’s 2010 Floods

Warming oceans helped worsen Australia’s floods five years ago by intensifying rainfall, researchers find.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 READ MORE



More Warming Will Bring a More Polluted Future

Global warming will increase airborne aerosols and cause more atmospheric pollution, scientists say.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Is Draining the Waters of Life

New research warns that rising temperatures are reducing the mountain snow on which billions of people in lowland areas depend for their water supply.

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE



Who Can Follow This Climate Leader?

President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline while backing increased production of oil, gas and coal.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



France Wonders If John Kerry Is ‘Confused’ on Upcoming Climate Talks

Kerry’s statement that the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris will result in no “legally binding” agreement on emissions reductions is being met with rebuffs.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



Dark Skies Herald Hope for the Taming of Hurricanes

The use of geoengineering to simulate sulfate aerosol discharge into the stratosphere from volcanic eruptions may offer short-term respite from devastating storms.

Posted on Nov 7, 2015 READ MORE



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



Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Go-It-Alone Action Could Break Climate Gridlock

Researchers say the way to establish fair levels for everyone on global emissions reduction is for one of the major powers to stand up and set the benchmark.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Paris Climate Summit Will Be a Peace Conference

A failure to cap carbon emissions will bring on not just climate shocks, but also worldwide instability, insurrection and warfare. In this sense, the COP-21 in Paris in November should be considered perhaps the most significant peace convocation in history.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Threatens Cod Despite Fishing Quotas

Changes in the Gulf Stream current are raising sea temperatures off the New England coast and seriously depleting the cod so valuable to the fishing industry.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Spread of Drylands Will Hit Poorer Nations Hardest

Global warming, increasing aridity and a rapidly expanding human population will lead to drylands covering half of the earth’s land surface by the end of this century.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE


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