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A Radical View of the Existential Crisis Facing Our Environment

April 9, Podcast


We are facing planet-wide extinction, a climate emergency — and our current course is suicidal.

That is the underlying belief of author and scientist Richard Smith, who is Jeff Schechtman’s guest on this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast.

James Wilt
File photo of oilsands facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta by Andrew S. Wright

This article was originally published in DeSmog Canada on April 2, 2018. Republished with permission.

After more than a year of public hearings, the federal government unveiled its new and improved environmental assessment legislation in February 2018 with much ado.


Private banks around the world are back to funneling more money into the global fossil fuel sectors in 2017, according to a report released today by Rainforest Action Network

Alexander Shields
Photo: Facebook Federal Minister of the Environment, Catherine McKenna, with Jim Sanders, President of Enbridge Gas Distribution (center), at the annual Ottawa Winterlude Enbridge Luncheon in early February
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 February 13, 2018​
Federal Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna participated earlier this month in a pancake breakfast sponsored by Enbridge, while wearing an apron with the logo of the company involved in the oil pipeline industry and the tar sands.

George Eaton

5 February 2018

The late Italian philosopher's concept of hegemony was startlingly prescient.

Egill Bjarnason

“We are spending tens or maybe hundreds of megawatts on producing something that has no tangible existence and no real use for humans outside the realm of financial speculation,” he said. “That can’t be good.”

Julia Conley

Scientists and environmental protection advocates are warning that a coming plastics boom could lead to a permanent state of pollution on the planet—and denouncing the fossil fuel industry for driving an increase in plastics production amid all that's known about the material polluting the world's oceans.


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