Today we launch an upgraded and completely redesigned Climate & Capitalism. I’m very excited about the transformation, which is part of the alliance with Monthly Review that was announced one month ago. (see below)
The most obvious change is the revamped Home page. Instead of an inflexible chronological display of articles – which meant that still relevant articles scrolled quickly out of sight – the new C&C Home is divided into five major sections:
- New and Recent Feature Articles is what a print newspaper would call “above the fold.” It displays our current top stories and essays.
- More Articles is exactly what it says. A chronological list of all articles that are not displayed in the feature section.
- The Center Section displays various groups of articles. The display will change from time to time. For example, this section might display articles about a major event like the Cochabamba conference, or articles on a specific subject like Ecosocialist Perspectives.
- The Sidebar, on the right, contains a variety of useful (we hope!) links. The top link goes to “Editor’s Notebook,” which is my blog.
- The Footer, at the bottom of each page, links to our Ecosocialist Bookstore. (Full disclosure: C&C gets a small commission from Amazon when you order books through our Bookstore. All proceeds will be used to maintain and improve the website.)
And we’ve only just begun! We’re now sharing MR’s web servers, which give us more capacity than ever. And our powerful new “back end” will allow us to add new features and options in coming months.
This transformation would not have been possible without MR’s webmaster, Jamil Jonna. With great technical skill and endless patience, he converted our vague design ideas into a website that exceeded our expectations by a huge margin. He also managed the faultless transfer of more than five years of content from the old site to this. We simply could not have made this change without him.
Of course, the real test of our new website will be how useful it is to you. Does it display content effectively? What do you like or dislike? What other changes would you like to see?
Your suggestions and comments will help us to continue to develop Climate & Capitalism as a premier source of information and analysis for the global green left.
Editor, Climate & Capitalism
Announcement: Climate & Capitalism and Monthly Review
Originally posted February 12, 2012
Climate & Capitalism is five years old this month. I’m excited to mark this anniversary by launching an alliance with Monthly Review, the world’s foremost independent socialist journal.
The agreement will enable the two publications to share resources and expand the audience for our Marxist perspective on environmental issues.
Since 1949, Monthly Review has made invaluable contributions to the fight against capitalism, imperialism and the commodification of life. In the past decade, it has come to be widely recognized as an authoritative voice of ecological Marxism.
So I was deeply honored when MR editor John Bellamy Foster proposed that we join forces to make C&C’s unique coverage of the global fight against capitalist ecocide available through Monthly Review’s popular and growing website.
We took the first small practical step last week. There is now a link to Monthly Review in our header menu, and a similar link to Climate and Capitalism in Monthly Review’s header menu.
We are now working with MR’s webmaster on a redesign that will make C&C more attractive and readable, and on technical changes that will facilitate searching, indexing and cross-linking between MR and C&C. And there is more to come.
Some things will not change. C&C’s web address is still climateandcapitalism.com. Our Facebook pages, email notifications and RSS feeds remain.
And I will continue as editor, with full responsibility for our editorial mission:
- to provide news and analysis to inform, educate and develop the green left;
- to contribute to building an international movement against capitalist destruction of the environment and for ecosocialism; and,
- to encourage and facilitate collaboration and exchanges of views among socialists and ecology activists.
As always, your comments, suggestions and criticisms are more than welcome.