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06/12/16
Author: 
Claudio Katz

"He deployed a prolific critical analysis of environmental depredation and the poverty generated by capitalism." 

With Fidel’s death Latin America’s principal revolutionary figure of the last century has left us. Amidst our great sorrow at his passing it is difficult to assess his stature. But while emotion clouds any evaluation, the Comandante’s influence[1] can be appreciated with greater clarity now that he has left.

27/11/16
Author: 
Linda Farthing
 Demonstrators holding buckets protest amid the drought, in the center of La Paz. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

The country’s worst drought in 25 years, spurred by poor management, El Niño and climate change, has reservoirs drying up and hospitals struggling

Teodora Cauna de Quispe hasn’t had water at her house in Bolivia’s capital, La Paz, for two weeks. “We can’t wash ourselves or our clothes,” she said. “Every so often there is a bit of muddy water that spurts out of the tap on my patio.”

27/11/16
Author: 
robertscribbler

“Bolivians have to be prepared for the worst.” — President Evo Morales.

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26/11/16
Author: 
Fidel Castro

Legendary Cuban revolutionary and former president Fidel Castro passed away on November 25 aged 90 (having survived hundreds of failed CIA assassination attempts). An internationalist dedicated to a fairer and sustainable planet, Castro long warned that capitalism was threatening to destroy human civlisation through ecological destruction, with the poor of the global South its first victims.

25/11/16
Author: 
George Monbiot
 Drums of War -  Illustration by Andrzej Krauze

The combination of automation, complexity and climate change is dangerous in ways we haven’t even begun to grasp.

18/11/16
Author: 
Chris Mooney and Jason Samenow
Image obtained using a climate reanalyzer. (Climate Change Institute/University of Maine)

Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic.

It’s polar night there now — the sun isn’t rising in much of the Arctic. That’s when the Arctic is supposed to get super-cold, when the sea ice that covers the vast Arctic Ocean is supposed to grow and thicken.

13/11/16
Author: 
Quentin Dempster
Canadian activist Naomi Klein says sanctions may be needed if the US walks away from action on climate change. Photo: AAP

The US should be hit with punitive sanctions if its new president orders its withdrawal from the Paris climate change treaty, says acclaimed Canadian activist and author Naomi Klein.

Ms Klein, who is in Australia to receive the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize, also says that Donald Trump had been elevated to the US presidency mainly because of a Brexit-style “whitelash” from disaffected blue-collar families in rust belt states.

11/11/16
Author: 
Nika Knight
"This is terrifying for science, research, education, and the future of our planet," one scientist tweeted after the results came in. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Climate change denier promises to bring in new era for coal, pull U.S. out of international climate commitments

Hours after the stunning U.S. presidential election returns showed an avowed climate change denier chosen for the nation's highest office, environmentalists around the world grappled with what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for the planet.

09/11/16
Author: 
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

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