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The Climate Crisis and Economic Policy Choices

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:55:00 GMT


A major issue in climate economics is whether it is possible to halt the growth in carbon emissions and to achieve, instead, a rapid reduction.

Decolonisation in Europe: Sámi Musician Sofia Jannok Points to Life beyond Colonialism

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:00:22 GMT


I was able to interview Sofia Jannok to explore the connection between her music, the decolonisation of Sámi Indigenous land and of Europe, and the necessity of Indigenous rights and Indigenous peoples’ perspectives for all of humanity. 

Water, History, and Finance Converge As Sioux Nation Mounts Storied Battle Over Oil Pipeline

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:59:29 GMT


Heavy snow and winter cold settled this month on thousands of Native Americans and their supporters encamped on the banks of the Cannonball River, some 30 miles south of Bismarck, North Dakota.

Five Ways the Paris Agreement can Address Oversupply of Fossil Fuels

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:37:34 GMT


The World Energy Outlook 2016, released last week, is just one among an increasing line of studies showing how nations need to slow and, ultimately, phase out investment in new fossil fuel supply infrastructure – from oil fields and pipelines to coal mines – if they are serious about keeping warming to 2C or less.

Moving Slowly and Deliberately at Standing Rock: A Report on Life in the Camp

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:18:00 GMT


I am moving slowly and deliberately and thinking about the world we need to build together, on a much larger scale.

Trudeau Approves Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline As Part of Canada’s ‘Climate Plan’

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:19:35 GMT


Justin Trudeau announced the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline Tuesday, saying the project is integral to meeting Canada’s climate commitments.

Trudeau’s Six Unanswered Questions on Kinder Morgan Expansion

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:17:27 GMT


In early November, the Trudeau government tabled a ministerial panel report on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project proposed by Kinder Morgan, a Houston-based energy corporation.

The Beginning is Near: The Deep North, Evictions and Pipeline Deadlines

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:13:36 GMT


Standing Rock is an unpredicted history lesson for all of us.

Rise of Trump and Trudeau haven’t changed need for radical climate action

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:08:40 GMT


The entire system must be put into question, not just who joins the new executive committee.

COP22: Can we UNF*CK the UNFCCC?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:56:00 GMT


But can any of us imagine how frustrating beyond words it must be for someone from a small island state or a drought-stricken African nation, a going-underwater Asian country, or a progressive Latin American nation to be at the annual two week-long COP 22 [Twenty-second meeting of the Conference of the Parties] meeting of the UNFCCC – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – and not be able to do anything.

Standing Rock Braces For Eviction: Will You Keep Fighting With Us?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:15:00 GMT

(image) As people from around the country continue to converge in Standing Rock, and less than a week after police blasted water protectors with water cannons in freezing temperatures while gassing them in a confined space, the Army Corps of Engineers has lived up to a long-held tradition of the United States government — the displacement of Native peoples.

From UN Climate Talks, Indigenous Activists Align with Standing Rock Protesters as Tensions Rise and Temperatures Fall

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:15:00 GMT


Days before police resorted to using water cannons in freezing temperatures against Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) protesters, the international indigenous community was already decrying the treatment of Native Americans and environmental activists camped in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Rebuilding Karachi, One Issue at a Time

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:31:00 GMT


A nascent group in Karachi rises to take control of their city; raising their voice through protest, community projects and action.

COP22: Key Outcomes Agreed at the UN Climate Talks in Marrakech

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:42:00 GMT


The refrain of the conference soon became that the Paris Agreement, sealed last year, was bigger than any one country, or any particular head of state. The next four years will prove whether this is true.

How to Talk about Climate Change in the Age of Trump

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:08:00 GMT


Regrettably, the American electorate chose a president and vice president who believe that climate change is a hoax – that the scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change that is shared by hundreds of institutions and thousands of researchers is some kind of conspiracy against a vibrant economy.

Climate Change Policy and The Super-Hero Syndrome

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:32:00 GMT


The climate change policy bureaucracy has taken on a magical belief in technology "super-heroes" as the only way to escape the need for immediate, deep, carbon emission reductions.

Trump's Coal Delusions

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:20:00 GMT


First, does our nation really have 1,000 years’ worth of coal? No official agency thinks so.

Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:22:00 GMT

(image) But as mourning turns to anger and resistance, it’s worth recalling that there are significant limits on what Trump can do to hold back action on climate change.

COP 22: “One Step Closer Towards a Climate that is Incompatible with Dignified Life”

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:31:00 GMT


Another UN climate summit is over and despite the prevalent rhetoric of hope, the gap between the 1,5 or 2 degree target agreed in Paris last year and the real commitments to achieve this target is nowhere near to closing.

State of The Transition post-Marrakech: Unity is strength

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:03:00 GMT


Donald Trump’s would be climate saboteurs might have hoped that merely the mention of their intention to quit the Paris Agreement would be enough for the climate talks to fall apart at the annual climate summit in Marrakech.

What's the Best Way to Improve Bee Habitat?

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:09:28 GMT


Large-scale landscape change — loss of wildflower-rich prairies to crop monoculture or conversion of open lands to suburban development, for instance — is a threat to pollinators and may play a major role in declines by making it harder for bees and other pollinators to find a meal.

Analysis: IEA cuts coal growth outlook in half as China peaks

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:18:00 GMT


The International Energy Agency (IEA) has dramatically scaled back its outlook for coal demand growth over the next 25 years, Carbon Brief analysis shows.

Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline Sweep the Nation

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:38:00 GMT


November 15 was a momentous day for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its allies in the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL.

BC’s LNG Fraud

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:41:00 GMT


The hoopla over the $1.6-billion Woodfibre LNG terminal, which will industrialize Howe Sound and the city of Squamish, illustrates just how far the Christy Clark-led BC Liberal government will go to subvert the truth.

Key to the Leap: Leave the Oil in the Soil

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:54:00 GMT


The world ecological crisis is now apparent in abrupt climate shifts that are impossible to miss even in capitalist heartlands.