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Archives by Tag 'Climate Change'
The Fire Down Below
JEFF SPARROW
What if we had an apocalypse and no one noticed? Over the last weeks Australia has been burning. ...
ExxonMobil Donates $260,000 to Obama Inauguration
STEVE HORN
President Barack Obama will be publicly sworn in today – on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – to serve his second t...
What is Wrong With America?
DAVE LINDORFF
What is wrong with America? Big question. Simple answer. We Americans have completely lost any sense of why a country, a society, and a government exist. Politicians, lobbyists and corporate media talking heads, and far too many ordinary people...
Inside the Latest Climate Report
MANUEL GARCIA, JR.
A Federal Advisory Committee called the “National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee” or NCADAC, was established under the Department of Commerce in December 2010 and is supported through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (...
The Political Economy of Climate Change
ROB URIE
By reports, 2012 was the  warmest year in recorded history in the U.S. The la...
The Climate Change Imbroglio
BINOY KAMPMARK
Australia is burning, China is freezing, Pakistan received an unexpected flooding in September, and Britain witnessed a see-saw weather pattern for 2012 that had drought and flood rolled into one mean package. That assortment of weather patterns is getting the climate cha...
The Hottest Year Keeps Getting Hotter
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Climatic Data Center has announced that 2012 was...
A New Year’s Revolution
RONNIE CUMMINS
As a longtime writer and activist campaigning for decades on food and farming issues, most recently Prop 37, the California Ballot Initiative to label genetically engineered foods, I am reminded daily of the allure, indeed the addictive pleasure, of single-issue organizin...
The Climate Deal Sham
ADAM PARSONS
The latest round of climate negotiations in Doha once again demonstrated the sheer lack of cooperation, goodwill and willingness – or ability – of the world’s governments to share responsibility for tackling climate change. Since the epochal failure to r...
Alaska Natives Take on Fossil Fuel Disinformation in Kivalina
CHRISTINE SHEARER
For the Inupiat peoples of Kivalina in the  Arctic of Alaska, the price of further climate change denial could be the complete devastation of their lives and culture. Their crumbling village must be relocated to survive. But neither the government, nor the fossil fue...
The Winter That Wasn’t
CAROL MILLER
Ojo Sarco, New Mexico. It is early winter, in the year of the Winter Heat Wave, 2012. There has been day after day of temperatures into the 60’s. The sun-filled, passive solar house is heating to the mid-70’s everyday and the adobe walls radiate back t...
What Did Doha Do?
CURTIS FJ DOEBBLER
The latest round of global climate talks known as COP18 finally came to an acrimonious end on Saturday night, almost a day later than had been planned. It was a messy end and to many it was a very unsatisfactory one. States appeared more interested in not pleasing ...
Palm Tree Grows Outside Philadelphia
DAVE LINDORFF
I went out today and checked on my palm tree. It’s a small thing: the trunk is only about a foot from the ground, with the palmate fronds spreading out from the upper part. New fronts appear as compressed blades sticking up from the center. They have a kind of fuzz on t...
L.A.’s Dirty Coal Addiction Is Killing The Navajo
JOSHUA FRANK
When one thinks of coal country, Los Angeles is probably not what immediately comes to mind. Appalachia and the Powder River Basin, sure, but not this sun-drenched stretch of coastline. Not highbrow Brentwood or the mansion-lined streets of Beverly Hills. Not star-studded...
Why Susan Rice?
ANDREW LEVINE
No doubt about it: Republicans have it in for Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations and, by most accounts, President Obama’s likely choice to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  Rice is an Obama confidante and advisor. Let’s be clear:...
Is 350′s Carbon Divestment Campaign Complete?
CHRISTIAN PARENTI
Three Critiques and a Suggestion I have much respect for Bill McKibben and 350.org, the organization he started. Future gene...
Why UN Climate Agreements Fail
SHAMUS COOKE
History will undoubtedly deliver the harshest condemnations of  the UN climate talks currently underway in Doha, Qatar. But the conference was laughable before it began; the inept “goals” of the talks stand in tragic-comic opposition to what we already know a...
Mad Scientists and Geo-Engineering
BINOY KAMPMARK
We are doomed as a parasitic, rapacious species, and with that air of certain demise, anything is possible.  That, at least, seems to be behind the desperate push for a human effort to reverse, alter and adjust the environment in order to halt the previous effects of alt...
Climate Change Mental Inertia
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Dave Lindorff wrote  of his “speculation about an American conspiracy of inaction…to reduce either this country’s annual production o...
What If America’s Leaders Actually Want Catastrophic Climate Change?
DAVE LINDORFF
What if the leaders of the United States — and by leaders I mean the generals in the Pentagon, the corporate executives of the country’s largest enterprises, and the top officials in government — have secretly concluded that while world-wide climate change i...
The Sea Eats Miami
ALAN FARAGO
After the 1992 super-hurricane Andrew, South Florida was in a state of shock, similar to coastal New Jersey and New York today. Andrew was a compact, category five hurricane. In South Dade where the impact was strongest, the morning after the storm, sun and blue skies pre...
After the Flood
PHIL ROCKSTROH
So much has been lost to the hubris and cupidity inherent to the hyper-industrialization and commercial hustler that defines the Anthropocene Epoch. To take it all in, to allow oneself to feel the full implications of the dire situation, of the ecocide and humanity lost t...
Saving the Planet or Fixing the “Debt”?
DEAN BAKER
Imagine Japan attacked at Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 and our political leaders responded by debating the best way to deal with the deficits projected for 1960. This is pretty much the way that Washington works these days. The political leadership, including t...
Sylvia’s Soul Food Meets Sandy
HELEN REDMOND
The call went out on Facebook. The owners of the legendary Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food restaurant in Harlem were looking for someone to donate a bus so volunteers could deliver food and clothing to people in Far Rockaway, Queens. A few hours later the call was answered ...
What Sandy Shows South Africa
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. What did Hurricane Sandy teach us a week ago, here in South Africa, just as $30 billion of state funds is being committed to the dig out of vast new Durban port capacity over the next three decades, plus billions more nearby for petro...