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Why the UN climate talks have wasted 23 years, and how this can change
They have sought to prevent climate breakdown by limiting the amount of greenhouse gases that are released; in other words, by constraining the consumption of fossil fuels. But, throughout the 23 years since the world’s governments decided to begin this process, the delegates have uttered not one coherent word about constraining production.
George Monbiot
monbiot.com

 Behind the climate negotiating text for COP21
The word “fossil fuels” only appears twice throughout the text and only in reference to the reduction of fossil fuel subsidies. How are we going to cut back greenhouse gas emissions if we don’t have an agreement to leave under the soil, the 80% of the “black gold” that has been discovered?
Pablo Solon
Focus on the Global South

Bakken Oil: The anarchy of the market
While there have no doubt been huge profits for the oil and oil drilling industry investors, the consequences have been dire. Workers have been working 12-hour shifts for as many as 20 days in a row and many contractors competing for work or numerous contractors on one job not able to coordinate operations properly surely contributes to the increased accident and death rates.
Richard Mellor
Facts for Working People

Earth entering new era of rapid temperature change, study warns
The rate of climate change we’re experiencing now is faster than at any time in the last millennium, a new study shows. That means we’ll need to adapt to minimize the impacts of climate change, even if greenhouse gas emissions are cut substantially.
Robert McSweeney
The Carbon Brief

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1 year 6 months ago

Unfortunately, Monbiot himself seems to miss the point and also addresses the problem from “only one end”, the production of fossil fuels, not overall global production and consumption, which is beyond the limits of earth’s sustainability. He’s perhaps closer to the real end, but not much closer to this root of the problem, which is a whole system of production and consumption dedicated to increasing accumulation for the “1%” at the expense of the “99%”, not just fossil fuels. This is a picture of one hand clapping, unfortunately.

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