The Anthropocene Myth

[Andreas Malm*] Blaming all of humanity for climate change lets capitalism off the hook. Last year was the hottest year ever recorded. And yet, the latest figures show that in 2013 the source that provided the most new energy to the world economy wasn’t solar, wind power, or even natural gas or oil, but coal. The growth in global emissions — from 1 percent a year … Continue reading The Anthropocene Myth

State petroleum and climate change

[Gerardo Honty*, 02.08.17]   The biggest iceberg in history just broke off in Antarctica, while in the Arctic, the present temperatures are the highest ever registered. Heat waves are once again roasting the Northern Hemisphere, while in the South, the glaciers are losing mass. In spite of this, the world continues to invest enormous sums of money in the exploitation of petroleum, gas and coal, … Continue reading State petroleum and climate change

US pull-out from Paris deal: What it means

By Martin Khor By withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement, President Donald Trump abdicated not only leadership but membership of the community of nations cooperating to tackle climate change, the most serious crisis facing humanity. Trump’s announcement was shocking, even though it was not unexpected. It was shocking for showing the extreme lengths to which the President would go to deny scientific opinion … Continue reading US pull-out from Paris deal: What it means

2016: The Year that Wasn’t Normal

[ETC Group, 30/01/2017] ETC Group’s Long-Awaited 2016 Year-in-Review So you say you want a (fourth) revolution, well you know… Fashionably late and just in time for the Chinese New Year of the Rooster, ETC Group once again offers a tonque-in-cheek wake-up call and look-back at the last thirteen months (spoiler: despite our best hopes, waiting the extra month didn’t make the news any cheerier) Brexit … Continue reading 2016: The Year that Wasn’t Normal

CDB: Update on Climate Geoengineering in Relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity: Potential Impacts and Regulatory Framework

In 2012, the CBD Secretariat published Technical Series No. 66: Geoengineering in Relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity: Technical and Regulatory Matters comprising two studies: one on the impacts of climate-related geoengineering on biodiversity, the other on the regulatory framework for climate-related geoengineering relevant to the Convention. This update report was prepared for peer review in July 2015, taking account of relevant publications available then. … Continue reading CDB: Update on Climate Geoengineering in Relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity: Potential Impacts and Regulatory Framework

La Vía Campesina en COP22: Las falsas soluciones a la crisis climática pueden constituir crímenes contra la humanidad

[Via Campesina, Marrakech, 7 de Noviembre de 2016] Desde el 7 al 18 de noviembre de 2016, la 22ª Conferencia de las Partes (COP22) de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático tendrá lugar en Marrakech, Marruecos. Allí 196 firmantes del Acuerdo de París decidirán sobre medidas para aplicar el acuerdo que adoptaron en diciembre de 2015. Los campesinos y los pequeños … Continue reading La Vía Campesina en COP22: Las falsas soluciones a la crisis climática pueden constituir crímenes contra la humanidad

La mujer que hablaba con los ríos

[Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán] “Me lo ha dicho el ta, me ha dicho el rio que triunfaremos…” eran las palabras de Berta Cáceres, activista del pueblo Lenca de Honduras cuya vida ha dejado una huella imborrable en la memoria de los pueblos y para las luchas por el agua, la ecología y el feminismo. Lo decía para animarse a seguir defendiendo su río Gualcarque en territorio … Continue reading La mujer que hablaba con los ríos

COP21: A new disguise for an old agreement

Pablo Solon The Climate Paris Agreement carries with it the shadow of the Cancun Agreement and like it, will fail. Both Agreements are based on voluntary pledges that prioritized the interests of polluting corporations and governments rather than the needs of humanity and life on Earth. To limit the temperature increase to 2°C, the Cancun Agreement should have guaranteed the reduction of annual emissions of … Continue reading COP21: A new disguise for an old agreement

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

[Chris Mooney, 2011] “A MAN WITH A CONVICTION is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.” So wrote the celebrated Stanford University psychologist Leon Festinger (PDF), in a passage that might have been referring to climate change denial—the persistent … Continue reading The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

Papa Francisco: Participación en el II Encuentro Mundial de los Movimientos Populares

[Expo Feria, Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), 09/07/2015] Hermanas y hermanos, buenas tardes. Hace algunos meses nos reunimos en Roma y tengo presente ese primer encuentro nuestro. Durante este tiempo los he llevado en mi corazón y en mis oraciones. Y me alegra verlos de nuevo aquí, debatiendo los mejores caminos para superar las graves situaciones de injusticia que sufren los excluidos en todo el mundo. … Continue reading Papa Francisco: Participación en el II Encuentro Mundial de los Movimientos Populares

5 Reasons Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment Matters

[07/06/2015, Reynard Loki, Alternet] The first encyclical on the environment in the history of the Catholic Church has its detractors, but it also has the power to inspire meaningful climate action. Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment has been described as “long-awaited” and “much-anticipated.” Indeed, as Peter Smith, who covers religion for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, recently put it: “Rarely in modern times has a … Continue reading 5 Reasons Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment Matters