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How Livestock Exacerbate the Drought
GEORGE WUERTHNER
With severe drought gripping much of the Mid-West and West, the federal government is promising relief from this “natural disaster” for agricultural producers.  Soon federal funds will be flowing for “disaster relief” in the farm belt.  Already farmers are perm...
The Carbon Credit Hoax
ROB URIE
Rarely can a single story encapsulate so much of what is wrong with the economic system at work in the West as the one that follows. According to the New York Times (...
Montana’s “Clean Coal” Governor
JOSHUA FRANK
There’s a coal battle brewing in the great state of Montana and front and center in the fiasco is Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a good old-boy with an affinity for fossil fuels. The latest trouble with Gov. Schweitzer dates back in 2009 when he and other memb...
From Hiroshima to Fukushima
ROBERT DODGE, MD
This week marks the 67th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the combined initial death toll of approximately 200,000 and thousands more in the years that followed. As Albert Einstein famously said, “With the dawn of the nuclear...
The Way the Wind Blows in Syria (and Beyond)
JEFF KLEIN
The Syrian archaeological site of Tell Leilan is located 600 kilometers miles northeast of Damascus, in a remote corner of the country near the borders with Iraq and Turkey.  In the Third Millennium BC, the Leilan region was a zone of rainfall-based agricultural economy ...
The Politics of Climate Change
Dr. BRIAN MILLER and GEORGE WUERTHNER
Politics cloud the issue of climate change.  We have a global economy driven by fossil fuels.  Whoever controls the energy controls the power.  Some have it and want to keep it. Others lack it but want to grab it. The first political argument often cited is a fl...
The Delegation From Nowhere
PETER CERTO
The Olympic Games can draw unexpected visitors. Remember the Jamaican bobsled team? This year, it’s the delegation from nowhere. Beginning in the games’ opening week, residents along the rocky coast of southwest England will meet Nowhereisland. N...
The West in Flames
WILLIAM DEBUYS
Dire fire conditions, like the inferno of heat, turbulence, and fuel that recently turned 346 homes in Colorad...
The Unbearable Waves of Heat
SHAMUS COOKE
The U.S. heat wave is slowly shaking the foundations of American politics. It may take years for the deep rumble to evolve into an above ground, institution-shattering earthquake, but U.S. society has changed for good. The heat wave has helped convince tens of mill...
Climate and the Food Crisis
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The Age of Disruptive Climate Change, and its impact on the supply of food, is a major source of modern-day uprisings, toppling governments around the world. The United States is “the breadbasket of the world,” and the largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wh...
The Future of Fire
SAUL LANDAU
“Belief In Man-Made Global Warming Is A Lot Like Believing In Santa Claus” — Rush Limbaugh “Any potential benefits of proposed emissions reduction policies are far outweighed by their economic costs.” — ...
Hope is For the Lazy
ROBERT JENSEN
In 2005, I preached on the ecological crisis in a sermon I titled “Hope is for the Weak: The Chal...
Intimations of Bosons Among a Cacophony of Bozos
PHIL ROCKSTROH
On July 4, the people of the U.S. marked the passing of another year’s perfunctory, Independence Day festivities. The date, also, was occasioned by the formal announcement from physicists at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) that, according to the ba...
Our Ghost Dance
KATHLEEN PEINE
It was said that if the dance was done with extreme precision and adherence to ritual, the oppression would stop. Wild game would return, and a new age would ensue. Sometimes a swirling trance was conjured, but this only increased the oppression- strange manifestations, e...
The Hour is Late
RONNIE CUMMINS
“The problem goes beyond parties and politicians. It’s the system . . . . All our politicians are in the pocket of elites who own, lobby, litigate, bully and bribe their way into every element of our lives. Even single cell organisms unite and fight for su...
The Social and Ecological Crises of Capitalism
CHRIS WILLIAMS
“It’s impossible!” I said. “No Johnny, we’re impossible.  It’s like it always was ten million years ago.  It hasn’t changed.  It’s us and the land that’ve changed, become impossible, Us!...
A Grim Vision of America’s and the World’s Future
DAVE LINDORFF
My wife and I live on a 2.3-acre plot of forested land in a pre-Revolutionary house with a run-down old barn. When we first moved here, there was a rather large set of grassy areas, one in front of the house, another behind the kitchen, a large field in the back, behind t...
Drilling the Arctic, Obama-Style
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Because humanity has taken so avidly to the burning of fossil hydrocarbon deposits for the heat and energy to drive its industrialized way of life, an excessive amount of carbon dioxide gas has been exhausted into the atmosphere, especially during the 20th century. The at...
The Universe According to Santorum
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence enough to upset Darwin. Henry Brooks Adams, The Education of Henry Adams Now that it appears that Rick Santorum is more than a flash i...
Climate Market Failure
PATRICK BOND
Durban. In 2007, former World Bank chief economist Nick Stern termed climate change the worst ‘market failure’ in history – since those who pollute greenhouse gases are not charged, and since they threaten future generations and vast swathes of natur...
Lying for the Cause?
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
On 24 February, the Scientific American carried a revealing blog by John Horgan entitled, ...
Inside Obama’s Energy and Environment Budget
DAPHNE WYSHAM
President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposal offers a window into which battles he aims to fight and which ones he intends to avoid. Here’s a breakdown of the energy policies embedded in the proposed budget. First the good energy news: The Obama ...
Climate Science Goes Megalomaniacal
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
A February 6 report in the Guardian describes budding efforts to displace decarbonizing with geo-engineering as the goal for reducing the predicted catastrophic effects of global warming.  At present, these efforts are being funded by mega-wealthy private citizens like B...
The Winter of Dengue Fever
DON FITZ
“I’m on pesquizaje,” my daughter Rebecca told me.  “All of the third, fourth and fifth year medical students at Allende have our classes suspended.  We are going door-to-door looking for symptoms of dengue fever and checking for standing water.” [1]...
Environmental Internationalism
SAUL LANDAU and NELSON P. VALDES
Since 1959 Cuba has played a significant world role, quite a feat for a nation of 5 million – 11 million now. Cubans have shown their values, commitment and solidarity in dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters around the world. Between 1960 and 2011, Cub...
Durban and the Closing Door
ASHLEY DAWSON
South Africa, the birthplace of the policy of racial oppression and exploitation called apartheid, was a perfect destination for a conference designed to consolidate a new regime of climate-based inequality. ...
Ten Small Green Groups That Make a Big Difference
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
It’s been a triumphant month for Big Oil. First, the Obama administration teamed with the Chinese delegation to scuttle the timid climate agenda at the Durban summit. Then recidivist offender British Petroleum won the rights to drill once again in the perilous depths of...
After Durban
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. Looking back now that the dust has settled, South Africa’s COP17 presidency appears disastrous. This was confirmed not only by Durban’s delayed, diplomatically-decrepit denouement, but by plummeting carbon markets in the days imme...
Fiddling in Durban
LAURA CARLSEN
The image of Nero fiddling as Rome burned—albeit apocryphal– has stuck as the metaphor for willfully irresponsible government.  Government representatives, gathered at climate change talks...
A Dirty Deal is Coming Down
PATRICK BOND
Durban. What, now, are the prospects for a climate deal by Friday at the UN climate summit in Durban? The biggest problem is obvious: COP17 saboteurs from the US State Department joined by Canada, Russia and Japan, want to bury the legally-binding K...
In Search of the Voice of the South
VIJAY PRASHAD
Geneva. An air of busyness fills the conference chamber of the United Nations in Geneva. Arabic dances past French on the escalators, as delegates from the UN Missions and from accredited NGOs go from meeting room to meeting room, with an occasional stop a...
Nothing Doing In Durban
ROBERT BRYCE
On Monday, leaders from dozens of countries began meeting at the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa. They might as well have stayed home. The meeting in Durban will fail, just as all previous climate confabs have fail...
Occupy Durban
BRYAN FERRELL
Most of the rich nations gathering at this year’s UN climate summit have already ...
Meltdown in Durban
CHRIS WILLIAMS
Consider the following: In October the Berkeley Earth project released the comprehensive results of a scientific study illustrating how temperature has changed since the 1800’s.  The study, backed in part by arch climate-deniers Koch Industries, was a systematic attemp...
The Puzzling Persistance of APEC
WALDEN BELLO
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation has just concluded its annual summit in Honolulu, once President Obama’s home turf. It will probably be most remembered for the traffic jams it created in the Waikiki Beach area, to the consternation of residents and tourists alike....
Occupy Durban
PATRICK BOND
There they fell during 2011, one after the other in past-their-prime domino descent: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from Tunis, Hosni Mubarak from Cairo, Dominique Strauss-Kahn from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Muammar Gaddafi from Tripoli, Georgios Papandreou...
Train, Plane or Who Cares?
NICK RAHAIM
Over the course of the past year I have flown from the Oakland to Seattle numerous times. On those trips I have always considered AmTrak’s Coast Starlight service as an option. The trip via tracks connecting Oakland to Seattle goes through beautiful landscapes in northe...
Cool Organizing Tricks
BRIAN TOKAR
How do we develop a genuine movement for Climate Justice in the U.S.?  Nearly everyone agrees that community-based environmental justice groups – mainly rooted in communities of color – should be in the lead, but this has presented a host of problems in practice....
The Koch Whisperers
PAM MARTENS
A CounterPunch Special Report When Larry Kudlow of CNBC, WABC Radio and National Review speaks, who’s really talking?  Is it Kudlow or is it the $332,500 he has ...
Extreme Extraction
ASHLEY DAWSON
The largest grassroots environmental protest in decades came to a triumphant conclusion over the Labor Day weekend. In the course of two weeks, 1,252 people were arrested for sitting in peacefully in front of the White House in a bid to convince Barack Obama to reject the...
Tar Sands to Toledo II
Dr. TRUDY BOND
The system counts on you to believe that you’re powerless, but nobody is enslaved until he or she buys into it.  The first step is knowledge. The second is resistance.  Resistance is still possible in this police state, but no one can say for how...
Dirty Durban
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. Will the host city for the November-December world climate summit, the COP17, clean up its act? Last Tuesday’s launch of a major Academy of Science of South Africa (Assaf) report, ...
I Love the Smell of Non-Violence in the Morning!
MIKE ROSELLE
The sight of hundreds of people getting arrested in front of the White House is one of the most hopeful signals that I’ve seen yet that at least some Americans are taking the climate crisis seriously. For me, the only question was what took so long? The XL pipeli...
Leaving Oil in the Soil
PATRICK BOND
There’s no way around it: to solve the worsening climate crisis requires we must accept both that the vast majority of fossil fuels must now be left underground, and that through democratic planning, we must collectively reboot our energy, transport, agricultural, p...
T. Boone’s Windy Misadventure
ROBERT BRYCE
Three years ago this month, T. Boone Pickens launched a multi-million dollar crusade to bring more wind energy to the US. “Building new wind generation facilities,” along with energy efficiency and more consumption  of domestic natural gas, the Dallas billionaire cla...
Climate Meetings Have Become Conferences of Polluters
PATRICK BOND
Judging by what transpired at last week’s global climate negotiations in the former West German capital, Bonn, it appears certain that in just over five months time, the South African port city of Durban will host a conference of procrastinators, the ‘C...
The American West in Flames
CHIP WARD
Arizona is burning. Texas, too. New Mexico is next. If you need a grim reminder that an already arid West is burning up and blowing away, here it is. As I write this, more than 700 square miles of Arizona and more than 4,300 square miles of Texas have been...