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- Venezuela's Green Agenda: Chávez Should Be Named the 'Environmental President'“We are an oil producing country and that obligates us to take even more care of the environment — on an extreme level — and to avoid contamination, and to reduce contamination in all areas: earth, water and air.” – President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, February 24, 2007. By Eva Golinger Did anyone from Greenpeace or Earth ...---READ-->>
- Another UN Climate Change Report …and Other Recommended ReadingFollowing closely on the the better-publicized IPCC Report, another UN-related group, the Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, yersterday released Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable. It’s well worth reading, despite the authors’ naïve advocacy of emissions trading as a solution. ”Two starkly different futures diverge from this time ...---READ-->>
- Canadian Left Views on Climate ChangeClimate and Capitalism previously featured Confronting the Climate Change Crisis, which was first published in the e-zine Socialist Voice. The following articles reflect the views of three other Canadian left-wing groups: the International Socialists, the New Socialist Group, and the New Democratic Party. International Socialists From Socialist Worker, February 13, 2007 Will Kyoto Be Enough? As we approach the ...---READ-->>
- Exploding the Myths of “Carbon Offsets”Carbon offsets are the modern day indulgences, sold to an increasingly carbon conscious public to absolve their climate sins. Scratch the surface, however, and a disturbing picture emerges, where creative accountancy and elaborate shell games cover up the impossibility of verifying genuine climate change benefits, and where communities in the South often have little choice ...---READ-->>
- Is the New UN Global Warming Report Too Conservative?It’s not surprising that the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has generated controversy. What’s surprising is that the people challenging it aren’t the usual global warming deniers, but leading climatologists who view this new IPCC report as too conservative, underestimating the risks of global climate change. by Brett Clark and John Bellamy ...---READ-->>
- The War Machine is Addicted to Oilby Ian Angus Some statistics from Energy Bulletin: The US Air Force has 5,986 aircraft. The US Navy has 285 combat and support ships, and about 4,000 operational aircraft. The US Army has about 28,000 armored vehicles 4,000 combat helicopters and several hundred airplanes. In addition, the Army and the Marines have about 140,000 “High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles.” On top ...---READ-->>
- The Dialectics of Climate Changeby Roy Wilkes Greenhouse gas emissions are arguably the most dangerous by-product of capitalist accumulation. They constitute a cancer which is attacking the vital organs of our ecosystem. And like the most dangerous of cancers, its full impact will not become apparent until after it is too late. There are two reasons for this: time lag ...---READ-->>
- Carbon Neutralityby Ian Angus I recently heard a radio interview with one of my favorite Canadian bands, the Barenaked Ladies. Much of the discussion concerned their efforts to be carbon neutral by investing in various projects that supposedly offset the greenhouse gases they create while touring. I’ve been a fan of BNL since they were playing in church ...---READ-->>
- The Engine of Eco Collapse: Jared Diamond Ignores His Own LessonsJared Diamond: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (New York: Viking, 2005) reviewed by by Richard Smith For decades, environmentalists who warned of impending disasters were dismissed as extremists and alarmists. No more. Today, all the mainstream of scientific organizations, notable corporate CEOs, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and even the ...---READ-->>
- Green Lefts and Left Greens Perspectives on Climate Disaster…by Dave Riley The almost universal deference now reluctantly being paid in the establishment forums to the actuality of climate change presents us with a major opportunity to advance the ideological envelope. What is required is a very open and public discussion about what we need to do about this impending disaster. While there is a shallow ...---READ-->>
- Human Rights Commission to Hear Inuit Challenge to U.S. on Global WarmingThe InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights has agreed to hear an unprecedented challenge to U.S. policy on greenhouse gas emissions. As reported in the article below, a delegation representing Inuit peoples from the US, Canada, Russia and Greenland will argue that global warming is destroying their way of life and that the United States is ...---READ-->>
- The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil“Try to image an airplane suddenly losing its engines. It was really a crash”… A crash that put Cuba into a state of shock. There were frequent blackouts in its oil-fed electric power grid, up to 16 hours per day. The average daily caloric intake in Cuba dropped by a third… So Cubans started to ...---READ-->>
- The Obscenity of Carbon TradingWhile there are differences in emphasis and details, all four of Canada’s major political parties are proposing “emissions trading” as a key component of their proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Similar schemes have been operating in Europe for some time. Kevin Smith, a researcher with Carbon Trade Watch, offers this evaluation of the European ...---READ-->>
- Australian Text Demolishes Neoliberal Environmental PoliciesSharon Beder: Environmental Principles and Policies: An Interdisciplinary Approach. University of New South Wales Press (Sydney, Australia) 2006. 336 pages Reviewed by Ben Courtice Students and critics of official environmental policy probably despair at the Orwellian doublespeak and ostensibly well-meaning waffle that clouds most governmental policy. In Environmental Principles and Policies, Sharon Beder has carefully dissected the ...---READ-->>
- Omission and Censorship Mark Climate Change Debateby Zoe Kenny Global warming has “very likely” been caused by humanity’s actions. This is one of the main conclusions of the fourth assessment report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on February 2. The IPCC’s assessment is that it is at least 90% sure that humanity has caused global warming, up from ...---READ-->>
- Addendum to: Climate Change Doesn't Scare the Financial Postby Ian Angus Canada’s Financial Post isn’t the only big-time business paper that puts ideology ahead of science on climate change. The Wall Street Journal is just as bad. Like the Post, the WSJ claims that the IPCC’s recent Summary for Policy Makers “is backpedaling on some key issues.” While everyone concedes that the Earth is about a ...---READ-->>
- Climate Change Doesn't Scare the Financial Postby Ian Angus Clear away the steamy language and the rhetoric from the climate hysterics and in many ways the new report reads like a scaled-back version of the 2001 report…. the fact is that beyond the rhetoric, the actual summary doesn’t look all that scary.” So wrote Terence Corcoran, editor of the Financial Post, one of ...---READ-->>
- Listen Gore: Some Inconvenient Truths About the Politics of Environmental CrisisBy Mitchel Cohen Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” raises the issue of global warming in a way that scares the bejeezus out of viewers, as it should since the consequences of global climate change are truly earth-shaking. The former Vice-President does a good job of presenting the graphic evidence, exquisite and terrifying pictures that document ...---READ-->>
- Fidel Castro on Ecology and Climate Change“An important biological species is in danger of disappearing due to the fast and progressive destruction of its natural living conditions: mankind.”---READ-->>
- The Greening of Stephen Harperby John Allemang Ignore the Arctic’s melting caps The warnings on the weather maps, The ozone layer’s gaping holes, But Stephen, don’t ignore the polls. When worried voters all go green, A nation’s leader must be seen To turn his platform on a dime And shift convictions just in time To save, if not the polar bear, At least his party’s market share. Your climate’s changed, ...---READ-->>