Current articles, reports and books for green lefts and left greens.
Has global warming stopped?
The Carbon Brief
“Skeptic journalist David Rose published a two-page spread in the Mail on Sunday yesterday entitled ‘Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released… and here is the chart to prove it.’ This is the latest in a series of articles on the same theme. We take a look at why Rose’s claims are wrong this time.”
Venezuela in the 21st Century
“I think we on the international left have struggled to really comprehend what is going on in Venezuela. It’s not a question of us being particularly dim, or not me anyway (you can look after yourselves): it just defies all our expectations. Who would have thought that a politician elected on a ‘Third Way’ ticket with a degree of ruling class support would turn into the mortal enemy of US imperialism and the Venezuelan ruling class?”
Is Venezuela a ‘one off’? A response to Richard Seymour’s must-read analysis
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
“Richard Seymour’s article quite brilliantly demolishes the standard sectarian left attacks on Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez…. There are three key reasons why I think Seymour’s contribution is so important: First, it represents a rethink, second it describes the relationship of forces quite brilliantly, and third, even some statements I don’t necessarily agree with open up a much deeper and crucial discussion.”
US corn ethanol fuels food crisis in developing countries
The US ethanol programme pushed up corn prices by up to 21 per cent as it expanded to consume 40 per cent of the US harvest and an astonishing 15% of global production.
New report confirms fracking is reckless
Frack Action via EcoWatch
“A new report on shale resources and hydraulic fracturing from the Government Accountability Office (GAO)—an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for the U.S. Congress—concludes that fracking poses serious risks to health and the environment. The report, which reviewed studies from state agencies overseeing fracking as well as scientific reports, found that the extent of the risks has not yet been fully quantified and that there are many unanswered questions and a lack of scientific data.”