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Archives by Tag 'Climate Change'
A Lost Atlantis in South Jersey
KATHY DEACON
The one-car train clatters along on its ancient tracks, headed for Cape May, New Jersey. The ride is bumpy and every so often the train lurches violently. Inside, the passengers, tossed around in their seats, are glugging down beer and engrossed in their card games. There...
Life at the End of the Line
ETHAN NUSS
“My son died from cancer. He was only 26,” he said as his eyes quivered and filled with tears. I struggled to complete the community health survey that brought me to this man’s humble front porch, which was next door to a menacing, industrial car-crushing fac...
Crises Today, Catastrophe Tomorrow
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
If one is inclined to make a list of worrisome trouble spots plaguing the world, there would be a lot to choose from: Syria, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Bahrain, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Kashmir, Congo, Iran, those pesky disputed islands lying between China, Japan and the Phil...
What’s Really Fueling the Western Fires
GEORGE WUERTHNER
One of the often repeated remarks used to explain the large fires we are experiencing around the West is that a hundred years of fire suppression has led to unnatural accumulations of fuels. Yet such assertions assume that fire suppression was always efficient and ...
Climate Change and Social Change
ROGER ANNIS
August 27, 2013–As the toxic oil from the July 6 oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic, Quebec seeps deeper into the town center’s soil and disperses into waterways, and as town residents slowly reestablish their shattered lives, the corporate interests that caused ...
Beckoning Committed Climate Activists
PATRICK BOND
The northern hemisphere summer has just peaked and though the torrid heat is now ebbing, it is evident the climate crisis is far more severe than most scientists had anticipated. The latest report of the UN ...
Dr. Hansen, We Need You at Fukushima and Diablo Canyon
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The horrifying news from Fukushima worsens daily. It is an unparalleled global catastrophe that cries out for anyone and everyone with nuclear expertise to pitch in. Topping this list should be Dr. James Hansen. Hansen is a climate scientist and a hero of the globa...
The Lowering Window on Climate
LYNN FITZ-HUGH
Recently at a wedding reception I was chatting with a woman in her 60’s. She was appreciating me for my involvement in Seattle 350, a group trying to stop climate chaos. She told me she could not be involved because of the time she was spending with her grandchildren. S...
Obama Isn’t Really Opposing Keystone XL
STEVE HORN
Believe it or not, the precise route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline ...
The Climate in Obamaland
SASHA ROSS
To begin his speech on climate change at Georgetown, President Obama evoked the image of earth as seen from space in 1968. “[W]hile the sight of our planet from space might seem routine today, imagine what it looked like to those of us seeing our home, our planet, for t...
The Vacant Climate Plan
ANNE PETERMANN
Yesterday, President Obama announced his new Climate Action Plan in a nationally televised speech. He described the emerging climate crisis and its impacts–both past, present and future, while be suffered the heat of an abnormally warm June day in Washington, DC....
How to Answer the Dumb Things Climate Change Skeptics Say
JOSHUA FRANK
If you are like me you probably have encountered a few people that do not believe global warming exists, or if they do, they are not always convinced that humans are contributing to the problem. There are usually a range of issues these skeptics raise in an attempt to cas...
Beyond Anti-Chinese Propaganda with Andre Vltchek
ADAM CHIMIENTI
When I heard that Andre Vltchek was going to visit Cuba and Venezuela, I understood this would be a rare opportunity to discuss the issue of China’s international presence with someone who is unapologetically hailing China as a great hope for the world. Those who read C...
Ecocide And The Soul Of A Nation
PHIL ROCKSTROH
The reality of and the outward toll inflicted by greenhouse gas engendered Climate Change is clearly evident (to all but the corrupt and devoutly ignorant) e.g. increasingly destructive and deadly tornadoes and hurricanes, destruction of marine life, severe droughts and r...
The Silent Death of the American Left
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Is there a Left in America today? There is, of course, a Left ideology, a Left of the mind, a Left of theory and critique. But is there a Left movement? Does the Left exist as an oppositional political, cultural or economic force? Is anyone intimidated or re...
There’s a Fever in the Valley
SAUL LANDAU
Climate change seems to have exacerbated the stupidity of U.S. daily life, or maybe we’ve long suffered from the consequences of the capitalist mode of production, plus the negative spin offs from the massive U.S. war machine. Both systems feed off nature, which c...
The Fallacy of Geo-Engineering
RYAN EUSTACE
It’s all over the news. As carbon dioxide levels surpass the milestone of four hundred parts per million, people continue to lament humanity’s seeming inability to reduce emissions. Others continue to deny that climate change exists, or that, if it does exist, it is n...
The Tornado and Other Man-Made Disasters
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
The ancient Greeks attributed weather to the god Zeus; today we can safely attribute it to industrial capitalism and its voracious consumption of fossil fuels. The carnage left by a tornado in Oklahoma yesterday is just the latest in our economic system’s daunting body ...
Climate Policies Must Break Free From Big Oil
DAVID CRONIN
It seems an odd time for environment policy wonks to throw a party. The level of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is higher than it has been in three million years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US. That sober...
How To Frack An Elected Official
JAMES BROWNING
“It’s not your enemies who corrupt you, it’s your friends.” Bob Edgar, 1943-2013 Before I went to work for Bob Edgar, the President of Common Cause, who passed away in April at the age of 69, all I really knew about...
They Had Nowhere to Go
JIMMY LaFAVE
I am heartbroken that our brave and underpaid teachers had nowhere
to take these terrified beautiful children today. To survive a F4 tornado
you must be underground. A F4/F5 strips the grass right off the ground!
It churns everything abov...
The Corporate Money Behind McKibben’s Divestment Tour
CORY MORNINGSTAR
Industrialized capitalism is destructive, by its very nature, to all life on Earth. This is even more so when wedded to investment capital. Every living thing on the planet is now on its way to being commodified – including people, who are now considered “human ca...
Navy Captain Guns Down Biofuels
ROBERT BRYCE
The U.S. military’s expensive experiments with biofuels – along with the rationale for entire biofuels business — has been gunned down in a fusillade of friendly fire. You may recall that over the past few years, the Pentagon has been funding a number of ...
Big Oil’s War on the Sun
JP SOTTILE
Remember “Peak Oil?” Neither does anyone else. That’s because the operational theory of why, at...
Energy Investor Bill Powers Discusses Looming Shale Gas Bubble
STEVE HORN
On Sat., April 27, I met up with energy investor Bill Powers at ...