Climate Change

29/11/20
Author: 
Jonthan Cook

27 November 2020

Making political sense of the world can be tricky unless one understands the role of the state in capitalist societies. The state is not primarily there to represent voters or uphold democratic rights and values; it is a vehicle for facilitating and legitimating the concentration of wealth and power into fewer and fewer hands.

27/11/20
Author: 
Carl Meyer
Suncor oilsands plant, featuring petroleum coker towers, in 2010. Suncor has proposed replacing its coke boilers with natural gas in order to cut emissions, but has suspended the project and is now asking for government support. Photo from Suncor

Nov. 27, 2020

The oil and gas industry “likely won’t meaningfully reduce” its carbon pollution this decade without more government funding, according to a new Royal Bank of Canada report.

26/11/20
Author: 
Jonathan Watts
The decline in smallholdings worldwide is causing a rise in destructive monocultures. Photograph: Taina Sohlman/Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy

Nov. 24, 2020

Researchers warn land inequality is rising with farmland increasingly dominated by a few major companies

One per cent of the world’s farms operate 70% of crop fields, ranches and orchards, according to a report that highlights the impact of land inequality on the climate and nature crises.

Since the 1980s, researchers found control over the land has become far more concentrated both directly through ownership and indirectly through contract farming, which results in more destructive monocultures and fewer carefully tended smallholdings.

26/11/20
Author: 
Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
Skyrocketing land prices make it difficult for many mid-sized farms, like this one near Vancouver, B.C., to break even. It's one factor contributing to land inequality worldwide. Photo by Marc Fawcett-Atkinson

November 26th 2020

More than two-thirds of the world’s fields, ranches and orchards are owned by one per cent of its farmers, according to a report released Tuesday.

Land inequality — the concentrated ownership of land — is skyrocketing globally, including in Canada and the U.S. It’s a trend driven by large-scale industrial farming and export-oriented agricultural policies with wide-ranging impacts on everything from food security to climate change.

26/11/20
Author: 
Barry Saxifrage
Industrial emissions in Fort McMurray, Alta., in 2012. Photo by Kris Krug/Flickr

November 26th 2020

The world’s nations are racing to rein in the climate crisis while maintaining strong economies. Troublingly, Canada is far behind in this time-critical race to build a low-carbon economy. Our decades of foot-dragging have put both our future prosperity and our climate at risk.

26/11/20
Author: 
The Energy Mix
Florida hurricane

Nov. 23, 2020

‘No Vaccine For Climate Change’, Red Cross Warns, As Disasters Kill 410,000 In 10 Years

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There’s “no vaccine for climate change” in a world that has seen more than 100 climate disasters since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, and where 410,000 people have lost their lives to extreme weather and other climate impacts in the last decade, the International Red Cross warned in a report last week.

26/11/20
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Climate vulnerable forum push for specifics as 151 countries promise tougher Paris targets

NOVEMBER 23, 2020

While more than 150 countries have confirmed their Paris Agreement commitments to introduce more ambitious climate plans by the end of this year, the Climate Vulnerable Forum is warning those promises may not be enough to avert the worst effects of the climate crisis in the countries it affects first and worst.

25/11/20
Author: 
Burgess Langshaw Power
Trudeau and others

November 23, 2020 

Ottawa’s latest climate plan bets on expensive and unproven carbon capture technologies

Last week, the federal government released its long awaited plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Bill C-12, if passed, commits Canada to “binding” targets every five years as of 2030 with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

24/11/20
Author: 
Alexander C. Kaufman
A deserted Times Square during the coronavirus lockdown in New York City. Photo by Paulo Silva on Unsplash

Nov. 24, 2020

This article was originally published by Huffington Post and appears here as part of Canada's National Observer's collaboration with Climate Desk.

 

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