Ecology and Environment

14.01.2020

How Generation Z is leading the climate movement

How Generation Z is leading the climate movement

From the rise of organizations like Zero Hour to Greta Thunberg’s Fridays For Future, the youth climate movement is only just getting started. By Nick Engelfried For the first decade and a half of her life, Jamie Margolin was like any other U.S. teen living in the suburbs. She went… »

11.01.2020

‘How dare they’ – Extinction Rebellion responds to terrorism slur by Police

‘How dare they’ – Extinction Rebellion responds to terrorism slur by Police

How dare they. Children up and down the country are desperately fighting for a future. Teachers, grandparents, nurses have been trying their best with loving nonviolence to get politicians and big business to do something about the dire state of our planet. And this is how the Establishment responds. [1]… »

11.01.2020

Mega Droughts Engulf Countries

Mega Droughts Engulf Countries

Throughout the world, mega droughts are hitting hard with a ferocity not seen in decades and in some cases not seen in centuries. It’s not merely coincidental that as global warming accelerates droughts turn more vicious than ever before. All of which begs the logical question of when will world… »

11.01.2020

Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth

Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth

There is a significant body of evidence that human extinction is now imminent; that is, it will occur within the next few years and possibly this year: 2020. There is also a significant body of evidence that human extinction is now inevitable; that is, it cannot be prevented no matter… »

08.01.2020

More Than One Billion Animals Killed in Australia Wildfires Called a ‘Very Conservative’ Estimate

More Than One Billion Animals Killed in Australia Wildfires Called a ‘Very Conservative’ Estimate

Chris Dickman of the University of Sydney said “without any doubt at all” the animal death toll has exceeded one billion. By Jake Johnson, staff writer – Common Dreams As Australia’s catastrophic wildfires rage on with no end in sight, University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman said the number of… »

08.01.2020

Even in 2020, there’s still cause for hope in Israel-Palestine

Even in 2020, there’s still cause for hope in Israel-Palestine

These are dark times politically. But amid the gloom, there are real sources of hope in Israel-Palestine — not least all the people fighting to make it a better place. By Haggai Matar Here’s a new year’s resolution: I want to pay more… »

03.01.2020

Australia’s bushfires are a wake-up call: we must build a more humane economy before it’s too late

Australia’s bushfires are a wake-up call: we must build a more humane economy before it’s too late

Economists used to admire scientists. Now they ignore them at our peril. Katherine Trebeck for openDemocracy Back in the 1800s, scholars in the field of economics cast an envious glance at their colleagues in science. They envied physics, with its laws of gravity. They looked with green-eyes… »

03.01.2020

The Future of 2019 Protests Around the World

The Future of 2019 Protests Around the World

Being a universal city, any conflict happening somewhere on the planet usually ends up on New York’s streets. During the year we have been covering some of them, but while working on this article we were surprised by the scale of the discontent. Over forty countries, on every continent, have… »

29.12.2019

Climate change: six positive news stories from 2019

Climate change: six positive news stories from 2019

Heather Alberro, Nottingham Trent University; Dénes Csala, Lancaster University; Hannah Cloke, University of Reading; Marc Hudson, University of Manchester; Mark Maslin, UCL, and Richard Hodgkins, Loughborough University for The Conversation The climate breakdown continues. Over the past year,… »

27.12.2019

The Amazon at a Tipping Point

The Amazon at a Tipping Point

The Amazon rainforest is a crucial life-support ecosystem. Without its wondrous strength and power to generate hydrologic systems across the sky (as far north as Iowa), absorb and store carbon (CO2), and its miraculous life-giving endless supply of oxygen, civilization would cease to exist beyond scattered tribes, here and there. »

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