Climate Science

Elizabeth McSheffrey

Nov 3, 2016 - The Canadian boss of a Texas multinational energy company promoting a major oil industry expansion project says he's not "smart enough" to say how much human activity is contributing to climate change.

Mark Hume
A satellite photo from NASA shows Porcupine Glacier in northern B.C. after a 1.2-square-kilometre chunk of ice broke off into a record-breaking glacier. (NASA)

A massive chunk of ice – thought to be the largest iceberg to ever break off a glacier in Canada – fell into a lake in British Columbia this summer and no one noticed until a U.S. scientist saw it on a NASA photo.

Dr. Mauri Pelto, professor of environmental science at Nichols College in Massachusetts and director of the North Cascade Glacier Climate Project for more than 25 years, said the Porcupine Glacier retreated nearly two kilometres in one leap when the iceberg broke off.

Konrad Yakabuski

Oct 10, 2016 - Canada’s hydropower producers cheered in June when the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico committed their countries to raising the portion of continental electricity generated by clean-energy sources to 50 per cent by 2025, from the current 37-per-cent level.

Bill McKibben
Recalculating the Climate Math, Illustration by Neil Webb

Recalculating the Climate Math

Sept. 22, 2016

The future of humanity depends on math. And the numbers in a new studyreleased Thursday are the most ominous yet.

Lauren McCauley
Indeed, "There is No Planet B." (Photo:

Study by former IPCC chair comes amid rash of new research, all predicting the Earth will soon blow by key global warming thresholds

Ian Angus

The authors of this book have very little to say about the Anthropocene, the crisis of the Earth System, or the new global epoch, and most of what they do say is misleading or wrong.

I submitted my review of Anthropocene or Capitalocene?” to International Socialist Review in July, but publication was unavoidably delayed until now. These are some thoughts I had after I submitted my manuscript. There’s a link to my review at the end.

Introduction to a critique

Ian Angus
Ian Angus, author of Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System.
[Editors: to see Angus' slides check out the video of his talk in Australia here:  But don't miss the interesting questions and answers at the end of the Canadian launch.]
Published on Sep 19, 2016

Ian Angus speaks at the Canadian launch of his new book @ SFU Woodward's on September 15th.

Ian Angus
Traffic jam

Human activity has transformed the Earth, accelerating climate change in just a few decades. Author Ian Angus talks to Socialist Review about facing up to the new reality.

Can you explain the concept of the Anthropocene and its importance for understanding the current climate crisis?

Nadia Prupis
Global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough to avoid passing the 1.5°C target, scientists said. (Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/flickr/cc)

Meanwhile, new research discovers soil may not be trapping carbon as fast as we hoped

The planet could pass the critical 1.5°C global temperature threshold in a decade—and is already two-thirds of the way to hit that warming limit, climate scientists warned on Thursday.


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