Rebecca Solnit
A politician is not a given. Each one is in part what we make them, by pushing, blocking, pressuring, encouraging, fighting, reframing, emphasizing, organizing.’ Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

[Editor's note:  While we now know the result of the election this is very still relevant!]

When the polls close, a new battle will begin – to resist a racist climate denier, or to force a centrist Democrat to deliver genuinely progressive change

Mani Dunlop
Native Americans march to a burial ground sacred site that was disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Māori have taken to Facebook to show their solidarity for Native Americans protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Native Americans and environmentalists at Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's land havebeen in protest camps in North Dakota since April, demonstrating against the controversial oil pipeline.

Damian Carrington
A victim of poachers in Kenya: elephants are among the species most impacted by humans, the WWF report found. Photograph: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.

Alvin Chang and David Roberts

October 17, 2016 - This is Earth. It's a crisp fall day. So why would you believe Earth is in a dire situation?

George Monbiot

Sorry, but you cannot build new runways and prevent climate breakdown

 published in the Guardian 19th October 2016

The correct question is not “where?”. It is “whether?”. And the correct answer is no. The prime minister has just announced that her cabinet will recommend where a new runway should be built. Then there will be a consultation on the decision. There is only one answer that doesn’t involve abandoning our climate change commitments and our moral scruples: nowhere.

Liz Hampton and Ethan Lou
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters square off against police between near Standing Rock Reservation and the pipeline route outside the little town of Saint Anthony, North Dakota, U.S., October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester

All it took was a pair of bolt cutters and the elbow grease of a few climate activists to carry out an audacious act of sabotage on North America's massive oil and gas pipeline system.

For an industry increasingly reliant on gadgets such as digital sensors, infrared cameras and drones to monitor security and check for leaks, the sabotage illustrated how vulnerable pipelines are to low-tech attacks.

On Tuesday, climate activists broke through fences and cut locks and chains simultaneously in several states and simply turned the pipelines off.

Telesur staff
Humberto Piaguaje, representative of Ecuadorean people affected by Chevron during a press conference in Quito, Nov. 13, 2013 | Photo: AFP


“We don’t want what happened to us to happen to the people in Dakota,” Piaguaje told teleSUR.

Indigenous groups affected by the contamination of Chevron in Ecuador—led by Humberto Piaguaje—joined the Native Americans protesting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in the state of North Dakota in the U.S.

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‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments

Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.

Pam Wright
A woman searches amid the rubble of her home destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Baracoa, Cuba, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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  • Residents of Baracoa, Cuba, begin to dig out after Hurricane Matthew destroyed dozens of homes.
  • While much of Cuba was spared the wrath of Hurricane Matthew, some areas were devastated by flooding and storm surge.
Residents of Baracoa, Cuba, are digging out rubble that was left after Hurricane Matthew hit the eastern portion of the country with heavy flooding and strong storm surge.

Jake Johnson
'Whether she is writing of Kashmir or of the Palestinians, of American foreign policy or of terror in the Middle East, of environmental degradation or of the threat posed by nuclear proliferation, [author and activist Arundhati] Roy,' writes Johnson,  'maintains a sense of hope, one that jumps from the page even in the midst of her devastating polemics.' (Photo: jeanbaptisteparis/flickr/cc)

Perhaps the most revealing words on the topic of globalization in recent years came not from the pen of Thomas Piketty, nor were they written by Robert Reich or Joseph Stiglitz or Paul Krugman — rather, they can be found in the pages of The Lexus and the Olive Tree, written by the notorious New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.



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