Archive | June, 2011

US regulators weaken nuclear safety rules

Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation’s aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. (more…)

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OECD and FAO: High food prices will continue

“The impact on the poor in developing countries who spend a high proportion of their income on food can be devastating.” OECD News Release, June 17. 2011 Higher food prices and volatility in commodity markets are here to stay, according to a new report by the OECD and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). […]

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Fukushima: It's much worse than you think

US nuclear expert: “We are finding hot spots further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared no-man’s-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing square kilometres being found 60 to 70 kilometres away from the reactor. You can’t clean all […]

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Deep ecology versus ecosocialism

Part 1. Some people believe that deep ecology is not just compatible with ecosocialism, but a way to improve it. That’s a profound misconception that ignores deep ecology’s anti-human core. +++++++++++++ by Ian Angus The following was first posted on the online discussion group that was set up after the founding of the Ecosocialist international Network. I […]

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Socialist arguments for nuclear power

Climate and Capitalism has frequently published articles by greens and socialists arguing that nuclear power is innately dangerous and must be stopped. Below, two veteran socialists argue that the anti-nuke position is based on “fear and fantasy,” and that only nuclear power can meet society’s energy needs. (more…)

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Canada's "rogue page" speaks at anti-Harper rally

Canada's "rogue page" speaks at anti-Harper rally

Last week, Senate page Brigitte DePape challenged Canada’s new majority Conservative government by raising a “Stop Harper” sign on the floor of the Senate during the speech from the throne. Yesterday, she spoke a rally in Ottawa outside the Conservative Party’s national convention. If anyone wonders where the next generation of rebels will come from, […]

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Stand up for Africa! Stand up for climate justice!

For Africa and its peoples in particular, governments meeting at this year’s United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Durban must end years of unacceptable vacillation, and meet their moral, historical and legal obligations and commitments for action on climate change, in accordance with the requirements of science and the principles of equity. (more…)

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Bolivian ambassador speaks out against water privatization

“We believe it would be suicide to follow the path of privatization and commercialization of water and public services.” Speech by Ambassador Pablo Solon, Permanent Representative of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, at the United Nations discussion on the right to water and indigenous peoples, May 24, 2011. +++++ Thank you very much, Madam President. […]

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