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14/08/21
Author: 
Phil Hearse
UK floods

August 12, 2021 

From Oregon in the United States, to Antalya and Bodrum in Turkey, to some of the coldest areas of Siberia, in the last month wildfires have been devastating thousands of acres amidst temperatures above 40°C. The flip side of this has been simultaneously catastrophic floods in Germany and China. As this article was being prepared, wildfires threatened to ignited huge coal stocks at the Milas power station in Turkey.

13/08/21
Author: 
John Woodside
At a time when climate science demands a rapid transition off fossil fuels, Ottawa approved more than $1.3 billion for oil and gas companies through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Photo by Kartikay Sharma / Unsplash
August 13th 2021

At a time when climate science demands a rapid transition off fossil fuels, Ottawa approved more than $1.3 billion for oil and gas companies through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

According to a January 2021 meeting note Canada’s National Observer received through a federal access-to-information request, “over $1.3B has been approved for the petroleum sector companies” as of Oct. 29, 2020 through CEWS.

13/08/21
Author: 
John Di Nino
Ensuring public transit’s survival means more than ribbon-cutting

Aug. 11, 2021

In recent weeks and months, the Liberal government has made one large transit announcement after another. It is clear that election time is on the horizon.

A lot of these announcements around new projects are welcome too for if we are going to expand our transit system, we need to have reliable capital dollars to do it. One thing has been made abundantly clear throughout this pandemic: money for projects alone is not enough. Transit systems need funding for operations too.

13/08/21
Author: 
Ralph Martin
A feast not unlike many you might find at a North American celebration. Photo by Jeremy Bishop / Unsplash

August 12th 2021

One of the road signs that inevitably grabs my attention is: “Drive like your kids live here.” Recently, this sign pulled me out of my distracted mental meanderings about how pandemic easing may lead to pent-up excess consumption. I slowed down, paid attention to my surroundings, and then it hit me: “Consume like your kids live here.” It seems we’re consuming faster than 100 km/h when the safe speed is 30 to 50 km/h.

12/08/21
Author: 
Chris McGreal
Burned buses at the Colorado Mountain Ranch in the historic town of Gold Hill in the Fourmile Canyon fire area in Boulder, Colorado, attest to the effects of a devastating wildfire, Photograph: Craig F Walker/Denver Post/Getty Images

Aug. 2, 2021

ExxonMobil and Suncor face lawsuits in the western state but big oil’s apologists say the US consumer is to blame for emissions

12/08/21
Author: 
The Energy Mix
farming - fields - /Pxfuel

Aug. 11, 2021

Experts are calling for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to standardize and regulate the currently “uncertain” protocols for carbon credit programs. 

12/08/21
Author: 
William E. Rees
‘Ecological overshoot’ is causing climate change, the pandemic and more. Is our political system capable of doing what’s needed? Photo by Paddy O Sullivan.

10 Aug 2021

What would ‘getting serious’ about the survival of civilization look like?

The pandemic is a big problem. Climate change is an even bigger problem. But the meta-problem is ecological overshoot.

12/08/21
Author: 
Democracy Now
“The End of Neoliberalism”: Rep. Ro Khanna Hails “Historic” $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan

Aug. 11, 2021

Transcript [Watch video at link]

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González.

12/08/21
Author: 
Fiona Harvey
Animal farming is one of the activities producing methane, which has a warming potential more that 80 times that of CO2. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Aug. 6, 2021

IPCC says gas, produced by farming, shale gas and oil extraction, playing ever-greater role in overheating planet

Cutting carbon dioxide is not enough to solve the climate crisis – the world must act swiftly on another powerful greenhouse gas, methane, to halt the rise in global temperatures, experts have warned.

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