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09/01/19
Author: 
Emily Rauhala
Protesters voice opposition to pipelines during a rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Jan. 8. Dozens of rallies are planned in British Columbia, across Canada and as far away as Europe to support pipeline protesters arrested in northwestern British Columbia. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press/AP)

Jan. 9/2019

The pictures emerging from the scene of an anti-pipeline action in British Columbia could not be more off-brand for Justin Trudeau.

04/01/19
Author: 
Helen Pidd and Matthew Taylor
A protest against fracking exploration in Barton Moss, Salford, in 2014. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Jan. 4, 2019

Greater Manchester tells firms they are not welcome as discontent spreads

Ministers are facing a fresh confrontation with local councils over their controversial plans to expand fracking, after one of the biggest combined authorities in the country set out plans to ban the practice.

Greater Manchester’s decision to effectively stop companies from extracting underground shale gas in the region was greeted as a critical moment in the fight against fracking, which critics say is dangerous and unproven.

12/12/18
Author: 
 Judith Deutsch
COP 24

December 12, 2018 

Thinking in siloes about the climate and about our planet’s people puts us at risk of increasing climate disruption and massive loss of life. This year the climate meeting, COP24, is in Katowice, Poland, from December 3 to December 14.

09/12/18
Author: 
Trade Unions For Energy Democracy

Prepared for: COP24, Katowice, Poland; December 3-14, 2018

After more than a decade of speeches and assurances from global elites, the “green growth” approach to climate protection has failed to make any meaningful progress in addressing the climate crisis. Renewable energy is on an upward course, but overall energy consumption has continued to rise even faster; as a result, fossil fuel use continues to expand, emissions continue to rise, and nearly every major country is off-track to meet their Paris commitments.

05/12/18
Author: 
Richard Milne

World’s largest container shipping group throws down challenge to industry


The world’s largest container shipping company has pledged to cut net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, challenging an industry that is both one of the main transporters of global trade and one of the biggest polluters to come up with radical solutions in the next decade.

04/12/18
Author: 
Maxime Combes
Demonstration of the yellow jackets at Andelnans, in France, 18 November 2018. Photo: Thomas Bresson (via flickr)

4 December 2018

The French government has now decided to suspend a planned eco-tax on fuel in response to mass protests. While the movement of the ‘yellow vests’ (gilets jaunes) has turned into a broader revolt against inequality and Macron’s neoliberal reforms, economist and climate activist Maxime Combes (Attac France) argues that as a way to tackle climate change, the tax is neither fair nor effective.

Analysis originally published on the daily internet journal of ideas AOC and translated by Taisie Tsikas.

04/12/18
Author: 
Richard Greeman  
yellow vest riot Paris
December 3, 2018
 
Ignored by Emmanuel Macron, distorted by the media, courted by the Right, snubbed by the Left, the self-organized mass movement known as the Yellow Vests is seriously challenging the political and economic order in France.
02/12/18
Author: 
Richard Smith
The wildfire that wiped out Paradise, California, viewed from space. At last count, there were 88 confirmed dead, 296 missing, The fire destroyed 13,972 homes, 528 commercial buildings and 4,293 other structures. (NASA)

 

Nov. 26, 2018

Richard Smith argues for an emergency plan to meet the climate emergency and "do what the science demands before it's too late."  This is an abridged version of a paper that will appear in the March 1, 2019 special issue of Real-World Economics Review.[1]

02/12/18
Author: 
Feargus O'Sulllivan
Andrew Winning/Reuters Spain Wants to Ban Cars in Dozens of Cities, and the Public’s on Board

[Comment on this article by David Hendrickson‏ @davidjhen on Twitter: 

And Delta BC wants a 10 lane bridge towards endless congestion...

David Hendrickson added,

CityLabVerified account @CityLab

Spain wants to ban cars in dozens of cities, and the public’s on board, @FeargusOSull reports https://trib.al/oYsg6CD 

5:56 PM - 30 Nov 2018 from Vancouver, British Columbia

21/11/18
Author: 
Elyse Wanshel

A dead sperm whale that washed up in a national park in Indonesia had about 13 pounds of plastic waste in its stomach. 

According to the Associated Press, rescuers from Wakatobi National Park discovered a large lump of plastic waste inside the 31-foot mammal’s carcass Monday, which included 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags, two flip-flops, a nylon sack and more than 1,000 other assorted pieces of plastic.

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