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16.03.2019

The kids got it right: Climate Change, pollution and the system

The kids got it right: Climate Change, pollution and the system

Somehow for years vested interests had managed to keep a split between the two most damaging effects of burning fossil fuels: climate change leading to disaster in particular to the poorest areas of the planet and the millions of deaths and illnesses caused by pollution, also being the less well… »

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… »

18.12.2018

Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting climate change goals

Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting climate change goals

World Health Organisation Press Release, 5 December 2018 News Release Katowice, Poland Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could save about a million lives a year worldwide by 2050 through reductions in air pollution alone. The latest estimates from leading experts also indicate that the value of health gains… »

30.11.2018

More evidence: Fossil fuels cause both climate change and serious health problems. The Lancet

More evidence: Fossil fuels cause both climate change and serious health problems. The Lancet

We have already pointed out that failure to connect the diverse consequences of fossil fuels use misses the opportunity to strengthen the case for an urgent switch to renewables: “Failing to connect the fossil fuel dots of climate change and health” New research published by The Lancet and reported by… »

27.08.2018

Time to end cheap flights

Time to end cheap flights

African cities generally use less electricity than their European equivalents, as people own fewer appliances and have greater need for thrift. Jet engines are essentially the same as turbines used for electricity generation, and the engines on a single jumbo would power a small African city had they generators attached. »

22.02.2018

Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?

Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?

Is Earth the largest garbage dump in the Universe? I don’t know. But it’s a safe bet that Earth would be a contender were such a competition to be held. Let me explain why. To start, just listing the types of rubbish generated by… »

25.09.2017

Stones to Drones: A Short History of War on Earth

Stones to Drones: A Short History of War on Earth

By Gar Smith / World Beyond War #NoWar2017 Conference, September 22-24 at American University in Washington, DC. http://worldbeyondwar.org/stones-drones-short-history-war-earth/ War is humanity’s deadliest activity. From 500 BC to AD 2000 history records more than 1000 [1,022] major documented wars. In the 20th… »

28.08.2017

London is cloaking environmental racism in respectability – but Zambian villagers are fighting back

London is cloaking environmental racism in respectability – but Zambian villagers are fighting back

By Amy Hall 3 August 2017 for openDemocracy Zambian villagers await a landmark judgement that could help hold British companies to account for their actions abroad. Over 1,800 people from farming and fishing communities near Chingola, Zambia are waiting to hear if… »

05.03.2017

Seeding the future against destructive neoliberal capitalism

Seeding the future against destructive neoliberal capitalism

By Michael Meurer, Truthout There was much bluster about US job losses under NAFTA in the 2016 election, but walking along the banks of the Río Santiago in the pueblo of Juanacatlán, Mexico, the larger impact of the agreement immediately becomes a searing reality. »

19.03.2015

Is This a Blip or a Tip in Humanity’s Onslaught on the Climate?

Is This a Blip or a Tip in Humanity’s Onslaught on the Climate?

Human Wrongs Watch By Kumi Naidoo* 18 March, 2015 — Reports that the growth in carbon pollution paused last year should give heart to climate campaigners and clean energy investors around the world. The figures, from the International Energy Agency, no less, will… »

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