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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.

20/11/18
Author: 
Deborah Byrd
Scripps Pier after sunset in La Jolla, California. Image via Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/Los Angeles Times.

November 14, 2018

Late last month, a team of researchers said Earth’s oceans had warmed 60% more than anyone had realized. Now that result appears unlikely, since a mathematician and climate contrarian has uncovered a scientific error.

16/11/18
Author: 
Kimberley Brown
Alexandra was one of about 80 indigenous protesters who set out from their native lands on November 3 and marched to Quito [Kimberley Brown/Al Jazeera]

  14 Nov 2018

Indigenous groups call on government to halt development projects in Amazon, saying they threaten food, land and water.

Quito, Ecuador - More than 1,500 indigenous protesters had a clear message as they march through Ecuador's capital Quito on Wednesday: Stop mining on, or near, indigenous territory.

14/11/18
Author: 
Carol Dansereau
Beach

Let me tell you about why I woke up crying today. It has to do with just how close we are to full-blown climate disaster. I was thinking about children who are already experiencing the horrible consequences of global warming, and I was thinking about particular children I love and what’s in store for them. Most of all, I was thinking about the unthinkable: that we are on the verge of ensuring that most, if not all, life on Earth will be snuffed out.

09/11/18
Author: 
Insurance Journal 
typhoon
November 8, 2018
 
October was a deadly and costly month due to natural catastrophes, with the the U.S. and Europe being hit particularly hard, according to Aon’s Impact Forecasting.

Total U.S. economic losses from October’s Hurricane Michael – including physical damage and net loss business interruption – was forecast to exceed $15 billion, with public and private insurers likely to incur payouts of at least $8 billion.

05/11/18
Author: 
Arthur Neslen
 Most of Spain’s coalmines will be closed as the Pozo La Muerte in Pumarabule was in 2005. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Agreement with unions includes early retirement for miners, re-skilling and environmental restoration

Oct. 26, 2018

Spain is to shut down most of its coalmines by the end of the year after government and unions struck a deal that will mean €250m (£221m) will be invested in mining regions over the next decade.

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