Current articles, reports and books for green lefts and left greens.
Aboriginal opposition turns up the heat on oilsands expansion
“Today marks a landmark shift in opposition to continued expansion of oilsands development, with the start of a hearing into the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s (ACFN) constitutional challenge against Shell Canada’s application to expand the Jackpine Mine oilsands project.”
The global land grab: A primer
TNI Agrarian justice program
“‘Land grabbing’ re-emerged in the context of a spike in global food prices in 2007-2008. It was initially focused on new players potentially acquiring vast areas of land in developing nations. Today it is clear that this framing of land grabbing obscured more than it was able to illuminate. It is important to unpack what land grabbing really involves if we are to understand what is really happening.”
Capital and climate change: A review and a debate
The Corner House
In a review article published last year in the journal Development and Change, radical environmentalist Larry Lohmann was sharply critical of some recent books that advocate various business-friendly climate change strategies. The Corner House has posted Lohmann’s review, a vehement response by two of the authors, and Lohmann’s rejoinder.
Dodo Harper abets ‘ocean fertilization’ crimes
Socialist Worker (Canada)
“A massive geo-engineering “experiment” in the Pacific west of Haida Gwaii encapsulates everything that is wrong with capitalism’s response to climate change. And it looks like Stephen Harper’s government is up to its angrily flared nostrils in the scam.”
BECCS: Climate saviour or dangerous hype? (pdf)
Rachel Smolker and Almuth Ernsting
“Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) has received increasing attention in recent years, with claims for its potential as a ‘carbon negative’ technology … A critical look at the claims made about BECCS is important because a growing cadre of hopeful enthusiasts are overlooking the serious risks and hazards and advocating massive upscaling of BECCS as ‘carbon negative’ climate geoengineering.”