Matteo Cimellaro
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger at a protest at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Deranger critiques how carbon markets may affect Indigenous nations. Photo by John Woodside / Canada's National Observer

Nov. 23, 2022

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger’s home community of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is in what she calls a “sacrifice zone.” The nation borders the oil production epicentre of Canada: the oilsands, which leak toxic chemicals and wreak havoc on local ecosystems.

Sarah Shaffi
‘Clear-eyed and – yes – angry’ … Bernie Sanders. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Nov. 17, 2022

It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism, out next year, will argue the world needs to ‘recognise that economic rights are human rights’

Former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is to publish a book outlining “a vision of what would be possible if the political revolution took place”.

Sam Gindin
globe encircled by US dollars

"It is tempting to battle capitalist internationalization by countering it with a working-class internationalism. Specific acts of international solidarity are, of course, possible, and an internationalist sensibility is paramount. But we cannot act substantively on the international stage without being strong at home.

Primary Author: Munisha Tumato
Government of Alberta/Flickr

Nov. 16, 2022

Extensive research conducted in the early 1990s yielded a practical solution to the climate crisis that would have averted the mushrooming environmental havoc the world faces today, says journalist Geoff Dembicki—but it was buried by Imperial Oil, using a canary-in-the-coal mine report to launch a disinformation campaign that effectively blocked early mitigation of the crisis.

This is among many shocking, yet unsurprising, revelations from Dembicki’s new book, The Petroleum Papers: Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change.

Maya Menezes
Illustration: The Breach

Nov. 17, 2022

Amidst a boom in fossil fuel lobbyist attendance, Canada is doing the bidding of oil and gas companies at the UN summit in Egypt

As delegates walked into the Canada Pavilion at the United Nations climate summit last week, we were met with a shocking surprise: at least eight confirmed oil and gas lobbyists with Canadian-government sponsored badges. 

John Woodside
In 2014, the Okavango Delta was added to the UNESCO World Heritage sites due to its ecological and cultural significance to the San people. Photo by Photo by Roger Brown / Pexels

Nov. 15, 2022

Canadian companies are helping drive a wave of fossil fuel expansion in Africa, new data from German climate and human rights group Urgewald shows, and climate advocates say the federal government must step in with strong regulations to turn the tide.

Daniel Tanuro
The River Rhine running dry

Nov. 11, 2022

November 11, 2022  

Global warming, extreme severity of drought in Europe, heatwaves, snowball effect (or cascading reactions) among all these crisis factors… Risk of sudden changes in ocean circulation with incalculable consequences… This article addresses three points: the explanation of this incontestable observation, the possible evolution, and the policies to be implemented.

Jessica Corbett

As the U.N. annual climate gathering is underway in Egypt, Oxfam spotlights the role of big corporates and their rich investors in driving the global climate crisis.  

With the United Nations Climate Change Conference underway in Egypt, Oxfam on Monday released a report highlighting how billionaires’ investments produce massive amounts of planet-heating emissions that must be reined in to ensure a habitable planet.

Richard Heinberg
Teaser photo credit: Today, bitcoin mining companies dedicate facilities to housing and operating large amounts of high-performance mining hardware. By Marco Krohn – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Nov. 3, 2022

This essay is dedicated to the memory of Herman Daly, the father of ecological economics, who began writing about the absurdity of perpetual economic growth in the 1970s; Herman died on October 28 at age 84.

Politicians and economists talk glowingly about growth. They want our cities and GDP to grow. Jobs, profits, companies, and industries all should grow; if they don’t, there’s something wrong, and we must identify the problem and fix it. Yet few discuss doubling time, even though it’s an essential concept for understanding growth.

Ottawa is flush with cash, short on political courage as recession looms
Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced unexpected revenue necessary to make courageous, political decisions. Unfortunately, there's little to cheer in her economic update, writes David Macdonald. Photo by shutterstock

Nov. 4, 2022

High inflation, a looming recession, supply chain uncertainty — the Canadian economy is on a bit of a roller-coaster ride right now and federal government finances are no exception. This time, there’s good news: the federal government released its annual fall economic statement Thursday, revealing a revenue windfall of $30 billion — enough to cut the deficit in half this year.


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