Climate Change

Carl Meyer
File photo of researchers on a NASA-funded mission examining melt ponds in the Arctic near Alaska, July 12, 2011. Photo by NASA
 April 13th 2020
When the Phocine Distemper Virus infects its victims, it produces symptoms that sound eerily familiar: fever, and difficulty breathing.
Robert Green
Bank of Canada - Photo: Etienne Martin

APRIL 10, 2020

The Bank of Canada’s response to this crisis shows we have the capacity to rebuild social programs, fund Indigenous communities and transition to clean energy, what we lack is political will

“The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled,” famed Canadian economist John Kenneth Galbraith once wrote.

Patrick Bond
John Prine performing with guitar in later years.
From: Patrick Bond
Date: April 8, 2020 at 12:33:48 PM PDT
Subject: Thanks to musician John Prine - critic of King Coal in Kentucky; victim of Coronavirus
George Monbiot
F-35 Lightning Jets on HMS Queen Elizabeth in October 2019. Photograph: Kyle Heller/MoD Crown Copyright/PA

09 Apr 2020 

Governments attend to imaginary threats, while neglecting real ones.

published in the Guardian 8th April 2020

We are defending ourselves against the wrong threats. For decades, UK governments have been fighting not just the last war, but a redundant notion of war, spending hundreds of billions against imaginary hazards. At the same time, as we have become horribly aware over the past few weeks, they have neglected real and urgent dangers.

Bill McKibben
TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline facility. Photograph: Jeff McIntosh/AP

Apr. 5, 2020

The oil industry saw its opening and moved with breathtaking speed to take advantage of this moment

I’m going to tell you the single worst story I’ve heard in these past few horrid months, a story that combines naked greed, political influence peddling, a willingness to endanger innocent human beings, utter blindness to one of the greatest calamities in human history and a complete disregard for the next crisis aiming for our planet. I’m going to try to stay calm enough to tell it properly, but I confess it’s hard.

Peter C Baker
 Illustration: Nathalie Lees/The Guardian

 31 Mar 2020

Everything feels new, unbelievable, overwhelming. At the same time, it feels as if we’ve walked into an old recurring dream. In a way, we have. We’ve seen it before, on TV and in blockbusters. We knew roughly what it would be like, and somehow this makes the encounter not less strange, but more so.


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