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Archives by Tag 'Climate Change'
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...
Obama’s Windfall
P. SAINATH
Both politics and the media follow a cute routine when a natural calamity strikes during a major U.S. election campaign. On the campaign trail, the first step is to express solidarity and anguish. The second is to make swift symbolic gestures (e.g. Romney collecting food ...
Hot Air, Photo Ops and Bill McKibben’s “Greenest” City
MICHAEL DONNELLY
“Superstorm” Sandy exposed many things about (our) Darth Cheney’s unsustainable “non-negotiable American Way of Life.” Besides the in-your-face revelations of just how bad our fossil-fuel-addicted industrial/consumer society has screwed with Mother Nature (and t...
How to Fight Climate Change and Rebuild a Stricken City
CHRIS WILLIAMS
Despite the fact that New Yorkers live on several different islands, straddling the mouth of a great tidal river, on the edge of a storm-tossed ocean, city transit workers rightly pride themselves on their ability to effectively and safely transport New York’s seven mil...
Why Climate Matters…
SHIRLEY J. FISKE
Dear President Obama and Governor Romney: We are in the final week of the Presidential campaign of 2012, buffeted by a massive storm that wreaked havoc in the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.  SuperStorm Sandy has demonstrated the devastation that nature can bring ...
Words of Hope at the United Nations
GRAHAM PEEBLES
From chaos to a new world order Living at this time is to bear witness to a world in acute turmoil, Noam Chomsky describes the current climate in CounterPunch, saying, “we are living in an era of irrationality, deception, confusi...
Premiere Scientific Organization Captured
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Has one of the nation’s premiere scientific organizations been captured by big corporations? ...
Superstorm Sandy’s Submerged Social Antagonisms
ELLIOT SPERBER
In spite of Barack Obama’s prognostication that future generations would look back at his 2008 nomination as the very point in history at which the (industrially-induced) rising levels of the oceans began to slow, as the 2012 presidential election draws near it is d...
New York Was Warned
RITT GOLDSTEIN
“Oh Great Lord of the Almighty Dollar”, the panicked voice cried out, its Wall Street owner realizing he was indeed in truly deep-water, “how could you have forsaken your devoted and faithful?” But though this poor soul lifted entreaty after entreaty to what had b...
First US Tar Sands Mine Approved in Utah
STEVE HORN
The race is on for the up-and-coming U.S. tar sands industry. To ...
Bolivia: Life at the Extreme Edge of Climate Change
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The Earth is really truly changing right before our eyes, weather patterns are more erratic than ever before, storms more severe, droughts more parched, and glaciers disappearing faster than ever. This is climate change, and it is different… different from what anybody ...
The Privilege of Being Human
JOSEPH NEVINS
Although you would not know it from what passes for debate during the ong...
Climate Change vs. Kiribati
ANDRE VLTCHEK
There is just a narrow ‘defense line’ of mangroves and coral bottom under the shallow water, right next to the coast. This is all that separates the stretched but narrow archipelago of Tarawa – the most populated (and overcrowded) chain...
The Global Food Crisis
MARK SCHULLER
Having accompanied and translated for Haitian housing rights activist Reyneld Sanon on his recent trip to Washington, it became all too evident from many sectors: the State Department, Senate, USAID, or World Bank – the ability to sell an image is often more importan...
At the Dawn of Something Bad
KATHY DEACON
At 7 a.m. an awful humming is giving me a headache. I stagger out of bed, wander into each room, bend my ear to the bottom of the bathtub, open the front door and lean outside–and even check out the basement. But nothing changes, the pulsating sound coming from ever...
Political Science at the EPA
ALAN FARAGO
Global warming emerges as a very important issue for undecided voters despite the fact environmental issues have been held underwater this election cycle by a right wing tidal wave of campaign cash. According to a recent poll by ...
The Waning of the Modern Ages
MORRIS BERMAN
La longue durée —the long run—was an expression made popular by the Annales School of French historians led by Fernand Braudel, who coined the phrase in 1958. The basic argument of this school is that the proper concern of historians should be the a...
Profiles in Decadent Cowardliness
RALPH NADER
The Republican and Democratic Conventions are mercifully over but their corrosive impacts on our democracy persist. First, did you know that taxpayers helped fund these conventions at a level of $100 million for logistics and police sequestrations of demonstrators ...
The Economic Mess
ELLIOT SPERBER
Bill Clinton raised a good deal of applause the other night in his speech at the Democratic National Convention, pointing out that the Republicans made a huge mess out of the economy. And while what Clinton said was to some degree the case, it was only the case insofar as...
Arrested (Mining) Development in Montana
JOSHUA FRANK
Scott Parkin is a climate change activist associated with Rising Tide North America and Rainforest Action Network, where he works as a Senior Campaigner on the group’s Global Finance Campaign. Scott has organized numerous non-violent protests across the United States. M...
Drought, Climate Change and Journalism 101
STEVEN HIGGS
An Aug. 23 segment on NPR’s Morning Edition about the 2012 drought touched my sentimental side when a Kentucky farmer’s voice quivered while he spoke to correspondent David Schaper. “My wife and I just look at each other every night, and we look at our c...
A Plea for Mockery
MICHAEL DOLINER
Whenever an article on the internet discusses Obama or Romney I know it is not serious about politics. Certainly both of these men, and the entire American bureaucratic system, are irrelevant to the serious problems facing Americans and indeed, everyone. This year Arctic ...
Climate Change Complacency
CHUCK GASPAROVIC
Gijon, Spain. Tom is an agribusiness banker in Greeley, Colorado, a Republican, and one of the nicest people I have ever met. During a visit to Greeley this year, thinking I had finally found a chink in his ideological armor, I pointed to the drought punis...