Ecology and Environment

27.01.2019

Imagining a Davos for the many that was actually serious about climate change

Imagining a Davos for the many that was actually serious about climate change

Peter Bloom, The Open University for The Conversation From the moment world leaders claiming to want to fight climate change arrived in private jets, the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos attracted controversy. With global inequality growing and the threat of environmental destruction looming ever larger, the jets… »

25.01.2019

The Financial Secret Behind Germany’s Green Energy Revolution

The Financial Secret Behind Germany’s Green Energy Revolution

by Ellen Brown, originally posted on Truthdig   The “Green New Deal” endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.-N.Y., and more than 40 other House members has been criticized as imposing a too-heavy burden on the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it. However, taxing the… »

21.01.2019

Photo Essay: The Military is Poisoning America’s Groundwater

Photo Essay: The Military is Poisoning America’s Groundwater

By Pat Elder Aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF, leaches into the ground at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Michigan. PFAS found in drinking water near Battle Creek National Guard Base. America is experiencing one of the greatest public health crises in its… »

17.01.2019

Hitachi abandons plans for Welsh nuclear power station

Hitachi abandons plans for Welsh nuclear power station

We publish here the press release from the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Hitachi has announced it will suspend work on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station in Anglesey. Anti-nuclear campaigners have welcomed the announcement. Sara Medi Jones, Acting General Secretary of CND, said:… »

16.01.2019

BP Die In to bring attention to the white phosphorus used in West Papua

BP Die In to bring attention to the white phosphorus used in West Papua

Climate activists gathered in New York’s Union Square in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of West Papua, to demand that petroleum multinational BP: End support of the Indonesian military genocide in West Papua Capture the carbon… »

13.01.2019

Environmental Optimism over Despair: Cities Are Key to Fighting Climate Change

Environmental Optimism over Despair: Cities Are Key to Fighting Climate Change

“Whoever you are, wherever you are, we need you now to stand outside your parliament or local government office to let them know that we demand climate action.” These words, pronounced by Greta Thunberg on December 12, 2018, changed my life.  Greta is the sixteen-year-old Swedish activist who has made headlines… »

10.01.2019

The new congress needs to create a green planet at peace

The new congress needs to create a green planet at peace

by Medea Benjamin and Alice Slater. A deafening chorus of negative grumbling from the left, right, and center of the US political spectrum in response to Trump’s decision to remove US troops from Syria and halve their numbers in Afghanistan appears to have slowed down his attempt to bring our… »

09.01.2019

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The growth in emissions is creating a ‘diesel generation’ of unhealthy youngsters. And some of the world’s most powerful industries are behind it. Imagine that you could buy, in thousands of shops across the country, canisters containing toxic gas. Imagine that some people… »

04.01.2019

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019

In many ways it is painful to reflect on the year 2018; a year of vital opportunities lost when so much is at stake. Whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing up endless… »

30.12.2018

Worse than the “worst” oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 14 years and counting

Worse than the “worst” oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico: 14 years and counting

When talking about fossil fuels disasters we are running out of superlatives. The Deepwater Horizon operated by BP discharged an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on 19 September 2010. Reports in early 2012 indicated… »

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