Ecology and Environment

16.12.2018

Of Cockroaches and Humans

Of Cockroaches and Humans

By Roberto Savio* Rita Levi-Montalcini, the Italian Nobel laureate honoured for her work in neurobiology, once gave a splendid conference with the title “The imperfect brain”. There she explained that man has a brain that is not used completely, while the reverse is true for the cockroach. In the… »

15.12.2018

At the U.N. Climate Summit, Youth Leads the Way

At the U.N. Climate Summit, Youth Leads the Way

Close to 15,000 people have descended on Katowice, in the heart of Poland’s coal country, for the annual U.N. climate change summit. This meeting is dubbed “COP24,” for the 24th “Conference of the Parties” to the climate negotiations. The efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming have… »

14.12.2018

Mistrust and earthquakes: why Lancashire communities are so shaken by fracking tremors

Mistrust and earthquakes: why Lancashire communities are so shaken by fracking tremors

Anna Szolucha, Northumbria University, Newcastle for The Conversation After a month of tranquillity, fracking has resumed at the Preston New Road site near Blackpool triggering the biggest tremor to date. There have been 12 tremors over a four-day period, including the biggest so far – the 1.5 magnitude… »

13.12.2018

Why Green New Deal advocates must address militarism

Why Green New Deal advocates must address militarism

Where is the call for the New Peace Deal that would free up hundreds of billions from the overblown military budget to invest in green infrastructure? by Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater for Common Dreams. In the spirit of a new year… »

11.12.2018

Calling Time on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Calling Time on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

UN Environment is working with governments to collect internationally coherent data on fossil fuel subsidies that can help advance global efforts to address climate change. Gone are the days when you could fill up your car gas tank with US$20. Yet, despite the steady increases, gas prices are still artificially… »

10.12.2018

Democracy and living well: a Call to Conscience

Democracy and living well: a Call to Conscience

Let’s unite to defend life and resist global threats! The Call to Conscience is an initiative of the Dialogues in Humanity Network. It synthesizes the two major threats hanging over humanity today: market fundamentalism and identity fundamentalism. The first leads to the oppression and exploitation of human beings by the… »

09.12.2018

‘We Have Not Come Here to Beg World Leaders to Care,’ 15-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Tells COP24. ‘We Have Come to Let Them Know Change Is Coming’

‘We Have Not Come Here to Beg World Leaders to Care,’ 15-Year-Old Greta Thunberg Tells COP24. ‘We Have Come to Let Them Know Change Is Coming’

“We can no longer save the world by playing by the rules,” says Greta Thunberg, “because the rules have to be changed.” by Jon Queally, staff writer for Common Dreams Striking her mark at the COP24 climate talks taking place this week and next in Poland, fifteen-year-old… »

04.12.2018

G20: False dilemmas, theatre and cruelty

G20: False dilemmas, theatre and cruelty

Today, the G20 is a meeting that politically represents the interests of large corporations and global finance. In other words, it serves the business of capital and in no way takes into account the well-being of the people who live on this earth. The small or big differences that may… »

04.12.2018

‘The Civil Rights Movement of Our Time’:

‘The Civil Rights Movement of Our Time’:

Climate Action Advocates and Progressive Leaders Join Sanders for Latest Town Hall “Instead of spending well over a trillion dollars on weapons of destruction to figure out how we kill each other, think about making that investment in transforming our energy system. Think about how we can bring the entire… »

04.12.2018

The 2018 Firestorms: There is no Planet B

The 2018 Firestorms: There is no Planet B

By Dr Andrew Glikson It takes only a spark, from a lightning or human ignition, to start a fire, but it involves high temperatures, a period of drought, a build-up of dry vegetation and strong winds to start a bush fire, such as is devastating Queensland and recently California. When… »

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