Canada threatens trade war to protect dirty oil exports

Harper government threatens retaliation if European Union accurately labels oil from tar sands as highly polluting ++++++++++++++ by Damian Carrington Guardian, February 20, 2012 Canada has threatened a trade war with European Union over the bloc’s plan to label oil from Alberta’s vast tar sands as highly polluting, the Guardian can reveal, before a key vote […]

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Activist exposes the lies of Australian's gas frackers

An advertising campaign by Australia’s Coal Seam Gas industry claims to provide ‘facts’ about the benefits of fracking. Their claims don’t stand up. Australian activist Jess Moore is a member of Stop CSG Illawarra, the Socialist Alliance, and won the New South Wales Nature Conservation Council’s 2011 “Rising Star” award. ++++++++++++ By Jess Moore Green Left Weekly, […]

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Murray Bookchin: Anthropocentrism versus biocentrism – a false dichotomy

[Quotes and Insights #24] Introduction by Ian Angus — Some green writers, particularly those who support the viewpoint known as deep ecology, accuse socialist environmentalists of anthropocentrism, of giving absolute priority to human needs and ignoring or downplaying the needs of non-human nature. To that, they counterpose what is variously called biocentrism or ecocentrism – the […]

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Obama's anti-climate crusade

by Donna Goodman  President Obama’s State of the Union speech Jan. 25 contained distressing news for opponents of global warming who recognize the need to begin substantially reducing reliance upon carbon based fossil fuels. “Over the last three years,” Obama said, “we’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration. And tonight, I’m […]

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Eight ways Monsanto fails at sustainable agriculture

Eight ways Monsanto fails at sustainable agriculture

Monsanto has held back the development of sustainable agriculture, and continues to do so. None of its competitors come close to matching its impact on global agriculture ++++++++++ [from the Union of Concerned Scientists] Monsanto Company is the dominant player in commercial genetically engineered (GE) crops, the biggest seed company in the world, and—to hear them tell […]

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Behind the 'Green Economy' – A new drive to commodify nature

Faced with an even more complex and deeper crisis, capitalism is launching a fresh attack that combines the old austerity measures with an offensive to create new sources of profit and growth through the “Green Economy” agenda.  ++++++++++++++++++ by Christophe No to the Green Economy,  February 8,  2012 A New Phase of Capitalist Expansion and […]

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Why the fossil fuel industry fights so hard to block action on climate change

The business models at the center of our economy are in the deepest possible conflict with physics and chemistry ++++++++++++++ By Bill McKibben TomDispatch, February 7, 2012  If we could see the world with a particularly illuminating set of spectacles, one of its most prominent features at the moment would be a giant carbon bubble, whose […]

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