Ecology and Environment

05.01.2021

Blowing up pipelines

Blowing up pipelines

Walter Benjamin famously described revolution as humanity’s attempt to “activate the emergency brake” in the locomotive of history. His words, written amid the turmoil of World War II, still ring true in times of climate crisis and runaway ecological breakdown. Andreas Malm’s new book draws explosive conclusions for the struggle… »

31.12.2020

Water, “The Ultimate Commodity”, (*) Has Entered the Stock Market. Poor water!

Water, “The Ultimate Commodity”, (*) Has Entered the Stock Market. Poor water!

Entering the stock exchange is the result of a long series of steps. In the beginning there was …. the ‘petrolization’ of water. They announced it, proclaimed it since the 1970s. The “petrolization of water” (1) has driven the way we imagine and see water in industrialized and “developed” societies. »

29.12.2020

Religion Meets Climate Change

Religion Meets Climate Change

Global warming is the biggest challenge of all time. It impacts every living species. However, the inherent dangers are very difficult to comprehend, as such, people brush it off as one more issue in life that will somehow be handled, fixed, no worries, human ingenuity will prevail. But, what if… »

27.12.2020

How long for civilization?

How long for civilization?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein. As the world is trying to hopefully recover from the tragic effects of COVID-19, it is reminded there is no vaccine for the existential threat for its life support systems posed by… »

26.12.2020

Indigenous Leaders want Traditional Knowledge to be Centrepiece of New Global Biodiversity Framework

Indigenous Leaders want Traditional Knowledge to be Centrepiece of New Global Biodiversity Framework

By Alison Kentish Once omitted from biodiversity treaty negotiations, indigenous people now have a say in a landmark global framework expected to be signed by 190 countries The picturesque Mahuat River in Dominica is one of 8 communities that make up the Kalinago Territory – a… »

22.12.2020

Representatives from nine countries being back Amazon Parliament

Representatives from nine countries being back Amazon Parliament

The group talks cooperation and sustainable development in the Amazon By Karine Melo With representatives from Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Suriname, Guiana, Ecuador, and French Guiana, the Amazon Parliament (Parlamaz) was reinstated on Monday (Dec. 21). Created 32… »

19.12.2020

Climate Chaos Amidst the Pandemic: 5 Years After Paris

Climate Chaos Amidst the Pandemic: 5 Years After Paris

It’s been five years since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, defining the entirely voluntary, unenforceable plan to avert global climate chaos. “We are still not going in the right direction,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said this week, addressing a forum marking the anniversary, held virtually due to the… »

19.12.2020

XR promises wave of action for COP26

XR promises wave of action for COP26

Extinction Rebellion (XR) announces strategy to put pressure on the government in the run-up to next November’s UN climate talks. Online disruption, financial civil disobedience and one-person road-blocks are some of the action XR is urging its followers to take in 2021. In a document outlining its strategy for 2021,… »

18.12.2020

Juukan Gorge: how could they not have known? (And how can we be sure they will in future?)

Juukan Gorge: how could they not have known? (And how can we be sure they will in future?)

How could they not have known? That was the question on everyone’s lips after leaders of the Australian defence force claimed not to have known about the atrocities committed by special forces in Afghanistan. It is now being asked about the leadership of Rio Tinto after that company ignored the wishes… »

17.12.2020

Greta Thunberg: 5 Years After Paris Agreement, World Is “Speeding in the Wrong Direction” on Climate

Greta Thunberg: 5 Years After Paris Agreement, World Is “Speeding in the Wrong Direction” on Climate

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who launched the global Fridays for Future youth climate movement, issued a stark warning on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement that the world is not doing enough to keep global heating below 2 degrees Celsius — the target set in the landmark… »

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