Climate Change

25/04/20
Author: 
Ryan Heath
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. | Fiona Goodall/Getty Images
04/21/2020
 

In Earth Day speech, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will challenge President Donald Trump on fossil fuel subsidies.

 
22/04/20
Author: 
William E. Rees
In two centuries, human population has spiked seven-fold and consumption by 100 times. ‘The Earth will have its revenge,’ warns noted UBC systems ecologist William Rees, co-inventor of the ecological footprint concept. Photo by Joseph Stevenson via Flickr/Creative Commons.
6 Apr 2020

As the pandemic builds, most people, led by government officials and policy wonks, perceive the threat solely in terms of human health and its impact on the national economy. Consistent with the prevailing vision, mainstream media call almost exclusively on physicians and epidemiologists, financiers and economists to assess the consequences of the viral outbreak.

22/04/20
Author: 
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
A sign on a farm trailer reading "Food grows where water flows" hangs over dry, cracked mud at the edge of a farm April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)
April 17, 2020

"We now have enough observations of current drought and tree-ring records of past drought to say that we're on the same trajectory as the worst prehistoric droughts."

The western United States is likely being gripped by an "emerging" megadrought partly fueled by the climate crisis, says a study published Friday.

Researchers claim the region's 19-year drought, from 2000–2018, already rivals that of any over the past 1,200 years.

22/04/20
Author: 
Matthew Behrens
Sidewalk chalk rainbow - Image: Amanda Slater/Flickr

The ongoing pandemic epoch has exposed a clear duality marked both by increasingly obvious and blatant inequalities, hypocrisies and systemic failures as well as beautiful, loving and creative responses in the form of mutual aid communities and direct action to save lives.

21/04/20
Author: 
Dutch academics
Dutch Manifesto April 2020
 April 20, 2020
170 Dutch academics sign manifesto for sustainable, equal and diverse societies based on international solidarity

The following statement, signed by 170 academics from eight universities in the Netherlands, has been widely reported in the Dutch press, becoming a focus for discussion on how to avoid repeating past mistakes when in planning for the future.

17/04/20
Author: 
Abrahm Lustgarten
Patients were quickly evacuated from Feather River Hospital as it burned during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, on Nov. 8, 2018. (Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)

[BC has wild fires and dry creekbeds in mid-April. Come fire season, where does one evacuate to? Hurricanes would be even worse!]

April 15, 2020

The next several months could bring hurricanes, floods and fire, on top of the pandemic currently raging through the country. How do you shelter in place during an evacuation?

17/04/20
Author: 
George Monbiot
A man demonstrates as Greenpeace stages a climate protest at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in Netherlands on Dec. 14, 2019.Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

[Note: This in the National Post.]

April 11, 2020

George Monbiot: Capitalism relies upon perpetual growth, which cancels out all our efforts in combating climate change

The following is adapted from the opening remarks made by George Monbiot in a Munk Debates Podcast with Andrew McAfee. Listen to the whole episode on climate change and capitalism here:

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