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Environment

The wellbeing of families is facing challenges on many fronts and – particularly in the developing world – climate change is perhaps the greatest of these as it is exacerbating hunger and food insecurity, explains Siddharth Chatterjee for the Inter Press Service. There is barely a corner of human life that will not...
In his 900th column for openDemocracy, Paul Rogers shows how economics and climate demand a new approach to international security. What will be making the world a more dangerous place in the coming two decades? There’s no shortage of looming threats: weapons of mass destruction; automation and artificial...
10 May 2019 marks the date by which humanity would have exhausted nature’s annual budget if everybody in the world lived like EU residents, according to a new report by WWF and Global Footprint Network. Human society is supported by what nature provides – food, fiber, timber, carbon absorption, and land to build...
We are destroying nature at an unprecedented rate, threatening the survival of a million species – and our own future, too. But it’s not too late to save them and us, says a major new report. “The evidence is incontestable. Our destruction of biodiversity and ecosystem services has reached levels that threaten our...
In the new energy revolution, we risk perpetuating the belief that rich countries are entitled to a greater share of the world’s finite resources irrespective of who we impoverish in doing so, or the destruction we cause. By Asad Rehman. Scratch the surface of the current plans to decarbonise the economy and replace...
We're in a new climate moment, but social movements must ramp up pressure towards a Second World War–scale mobilization for ending the fossil fuel age, writes Bill McKibben.  On Wednesday, the British House of Commons, led by the Conservative Party, voted to declare that the planet was in a “climate emergency.” The...
Every day at work we all contribute to a system that is burning us alive. Downing tools on 27 September will help change it, writes McEver Dugan and Evan Cholerton from Earth Strike. Climate change is hurling humanity towards disaster. There is no more room to question the science, when nearly every climate scientist...
A major new UN-led report, involving more than 60 international organizations, warns that a comprehensive overhaul of the world’s financial system is necessary, if governments are to honour commitments to tackle critical issues, such as combatting climate change and eradicating poverty by 2030. The 2019 Financing for...
Finance has always been a contentious issue at climate change talks, with developed countries failing to deliver on their commitments. Speakers at a side-event at the annual UN climate talks held in Katowice, Poland, highlighted the linkage between finance and climate ambition, stressing that developing countries will...
Dopo così tanti anni di inazione politica, solo la buona volontà collettiva della gente comune può portare alla fine della povertà in un mondo d’abbondanza attraverso continue proteste di massa in tutti i paesi. Prendiamo dunque la strada meno difficile e rivendichiamo insieme i diritti umani da tempo pattuiti dell’...
A comprehensive United Nations report has found that while global human health is under dire threat from the climate crisis and industrial pollution, there is still a window for bold and urgent action if world leaders would but seize it, reports Jake Johnson for Common Dreams.  The United Nations Environment...
In a speech given at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland (COP24), 15-year-old Greta Thunberg cuts to the heart of the challenge and calls for the principle of equity to be upheld through structural transformations and sharing the world's resources. For 25 years countless of people have stood in front of the...
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require major disruptive shifts, which people will tolerate only if they believe that everyone is sharing in the sacrifice, the wealthy and powerful included. A review of recent climate change reports, by Sam Pizzigati at Inequality.org. We either keep fossil fuels in the ground...
At long last the political debate in the world’s richest country is vibrant with proposals that would help the most vulnerable in our society. And what do we hear in response? A growing chorus of naysayers. “Just pipe dreams” – that’s how the Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson referred to proposals for...
The Green New Deal strongly affirms the need for more equity and social justice, while calling for universal social programs and money transfers to the poorest segments of the population. The fact that these principles are being presented and endorsed by leading politicians suggests a realignment of political forces...