Climate Change

Nadia Prupis
Peabody gave money to at least two dozen companies including trade associations, lobbying groups, conservative think tanks, and other organizations. (Photo: Shubert Ciencia/flickr/cc)

'These groups collectively are the heart and soul of climate denial'

Peabody Energy, the largest coal producer in the U.S., funded dozens of groups spreading skepticism about climate change, according to new figures that reportedly surprised even environmental advocates with their scale.

Jesse McLaren
Tar Sands Protest

The devastating fires in Fort McMurray show the urgent need to transition to an economy that supports people and the planet, and this is part of a transition in climate justice politics.

Nika Knight
"By empowering many more firms to launch ISDS cases against the U.S.," environmental groups wrote, "the TPP and TTIP would pose a major threat to efforts across the country to restrict fossil fuel activities." (Photo: Garry Knight/flickr/cc)

Warning against dangers to "workers, communities, and our environment," more than 450 environmental advocacy groups called on Congress to reject the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Socialist Project staff

The Leap Manifesto is, in a way, Canada's version of the burst of Left and socialist energies that have come with the Bernie Sanders campaign in the Democratic Party in the U.S. and the Jeremy Corbyn leadership win in the Labour Party in Britain. As with these, the explosion of popular interest reflects general disquiet about the limits of recent protests demanding changes from the state but having no strategy to transform it, on the one hand; and disappointments with electoral politics and social democratic parties that only seem to reinforce neoliberalism, on the other.

David Hughes
Laying pipelines

In December 2015, Canada joined 176 other countries to sign the Paris Agreement. By doing so, Canada has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 (a minimum reduction that must be revisited according to the terms of the agreement). Environment Canada’s latest projections show that under existing energy and climate policies, emissions will be 55 per cent above the Paris Agreement target in 2030, which means that Canada has some serious work to do to fulfill its commitment.

Andrew Nikiforuk
The push for Canada to be 'liquidating its remaining nonrenewable resources as fast as possible to maintain the economy has no credibility,' concludes report author David Hughes.

The economic case is a bust and emissions will shatter limits: expert.

The push for Canada to be 'liquidating its remaining nonrenewable resources as fast as possible to maintain the economy has no credibility,' concludes report author David Hughes.

Dahr Jamail
(Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center; Edited: LW / TO)

"Copyright, Reprinted with permission"

A recent trip up Washington State's Mount Rainier brought home to me how rapidly things are changing, even in the high country.

Jeremy Brecher and Todd Vachon
Members of the health care union 1199SEIU at the 2014 People's Climate March in New York City. (maisa_nyc / Flickr)

Union workers attacking environmentalists—it has become a trope of our time. But what do union members actually think about the environment?

In a study soon to be published in Labor Studies Journal, we report our findings on workers attitudes and behaviors regarding a variety of environmental issues. In particular, we examine the attitudes and behaviors of unionized workers to see how they may differ from the non-union respondents. The results might surprise those whose images of worker attitudes come only from the mainstream media.

Mark Hume

May 26, 2016 - Two major fires have burned huge swaths of forest through the heart of the oil and gas patch in northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta without causing any damage to infrastructure.

Pipelines, compressor stations, tank farms and active wells – all processing highly flammable hydrocarbons – have at times been surrounded by the huge fires, which have destroyed over 100,000 hectares of forest north of Fort St. John.


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