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Confronting industrialism: if you can't clean it up, don't make it!

Derrick Jensen

4th March 2015

Fawley power station and oil refinery in Hampshire, England, from the beach at Hillhead. Photo: Anguskirk via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Modern industrial capitalism is based on a simple premise, writes Derrick Jensen: our mother Earth is a great store of raw materials for us to pillage, and a vast trashcan for our endless volumes of waste, no matter how long-lived and deadly. How can this be changed? First we must regain our own sanity. more...

Indigenous Peoples destroyed for misguided 'conservation'

Gordon Bennett & co-authors

3rd March 2015

Baka women set off to gather food from their native forest. Increasingly the Baka are excluded from their forests in the name of 'conservation', or limited to ever-smaller areas insufficient to sustain them. Photo: ..zuzu.. via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). As we celebrate 'World Wildlife Day' today, there's little for nature's best defenders to be glad of, says human rights lawyer Gordon Bennett. Indigenous Peoples around the world are routinely attacked, starved and cut off from the lands and wildlife they have protected for millennia under a flawed and brutal model of 'conservation'. more...

Brazil's ravaged forests are taking their revenge

Robert Hunziker

2nd March 2015

A dry branch of the Atibainha reservoir, part of the Cantareira system of reservoirs that serves Sao Paulo, 26th February 2015. Photo: Clairex via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND). Thanks to massive deforestation along Brazil's Atlantic coast and the Amazon, São Paulo's reservoirs are at just 6% of their capacity and water rationing is in place. But this is just the beginning of a long term drying process that could be recreated around the world as forests are laid waste and hydrology disrupted. more...

Survivable IPCC projections are based on science fiction - the reality is much worse

Nick Breeze

27th February 2015

Industrial fumes caught in early morning sunshine in Chilwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo: Light Brigading via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). The IPCC's 'Representative Concentration Pathways' are based on fantasy technology that must draw massive volumes of CO2 out of the atmosphere late this century, writes Nick Breeze - an unjustified hope that conceals a very bleak future for Earth, and humanity. more...

Beavers are saving California’s wild salmon

Miria Finn / onEarth

1st March 2015

Beaver dam above Lundy Lake, California. Photo: Fred Moore via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). With California's wild Coho salmon populations down to 1% of their former numbers, there's growing evidence that beavers - long reviled as a pest of the waterways - are essential to restore the species, writes Maria Finn. In the process, they raise water tables, recharge aquifers and improve water quality. What's not to love? more...

MPs' GMO report is a scandalous cave-in to corporate demands

Rupert Read

26th February 2015

As for whether we want GMO crops ... who cares? A field of wheat (non-GM) neat Templecombe, England. Photo: Helen ST via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). A report published by MPs today displays a shocking ignorance of scientific logic and the nature of risk, writes Rupert Read. Confusing inconclusive evidence of harm from GMOs, with conclusive evidence of safety, they reach a false and dangerous conclusion - that the EU should give free rein to pro-GMO governments. more...

Rifkind and Straw: Westminster is swimming in corporate influence

Adam Ramsay

25th February 2015

How much is his speech really worth? David Miliband at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2008. Photo: World Economic Forum via Wikimedia Commons. Green leader Natalie Bennett may have been lost for words on LBC yesterday, writes Adam Ramsay - but at least she doesn't charge £25,000 for a speech or £10,000 to have dinner with you. Unlike Jack Straw, Malcolm Rifkind and other politicians so deeply mired in corporate influence that they can't even see what they have done wrong. more...

Prosperity without growth: 10 policy proposals for the new left

Giorgos Kallis & Research & Degrowth

28th February 2015

Without money, would we all be rich? Maybe not. But prosperity for all will require us to develop a radically different relationship with money! Photo:  Toban B. via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). Modern economies depend on growth, writes Giorgos Kallis: the moment it stops, we all get poorer, government tax revenues decline and unemployment rises. So is it possible to have prosperity without growth? Yes it is - and here's how ... more...

Reclaiming our birthright: paychecks from Earth and Sky

Peter Barnes

24th February 2015

Lands, skies, waters, all the common heritage of humankind, all of us to share in Earth's bounty. Photo: Channory Point, North West Scotland, by Kristian Dela Cour (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Alaska has put in place a 'citizen's income' paid to every resident by right - their dividend from the state's oil and gas wealth. The principle should be applied everywhere, writes Peter Barnes, compensating us for the enclosure and exploitation of the global commons, our shared inheritance of land, water and sky. more...

Boost health, well-being and prosperity - not economic growth!

Jules Pretty

21st February 2015

Family cycling in Richmond, Indiana. Photo: Mark Stosberg via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). The financial cost of the diseases of modern civilization is almost double the budget of the National Health Service, writes Jules Pretty, while the economy has grown past the point of greatest satisfaction. Our over-riding priority should be to move to greener, healthier, more sustainable and satisfying ways of life. more...

Only agroecology can tackle the global food and health crisis

Dr Julia Wright

23rd February 2015

This colorful 'beetle bank' at Sandy Lane Organic Farm provides a haven for beneficial insects: pollinators and predators of pest species. Photo: Sandy Lane Farm, Oxfordshire, England. The recently published Global Nutrition Report shows almost all countries face high levels of malnutrition and diet-based ill-health, writes Julia Wright. This reveals deep problems with the dominant industrial model of food production, and the need for new agroecological approaches to feeding the world. more...

Privatized energy has failed us - so why is UK 'aid' exporting it?

Christine Haigh / Global Justice Now

20th February 2015

Crossed wires? Power lines in Miango, Plateau State, Nigeria. Photo: Mike Blyth via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). The failure of the UK's privatized electricity oligopoly - expensive, uncompetitive and slow to adopt renewable technologies - is being repeated across the global south, writes Christine Haigh: over £100 million of UK 'aid' is supporting energy privatization in the very countries that can least afford it. more...

Blogs

Crude conspiracies? Research shows nations really do go to war over oil

Petros Sekeris & Vincenzo Bove

4th March 2015

Yes, it was about the oil. The Kuwait-Basra 'Highway of Death', 26th February 1991. Photo: samer via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0). A wide-ranging academic study of civil wars in 69 countries from 1945 to 1999 finds that the likelihood of outside intervention increases when the country at war has large reserves of oil, and a potential intervener needs to secure oil imports on favourable terms to meet domestic demand. more...

Beavers are saving California’s wild salmon

Miria Finn / onEarth

1st March 2015

Beaver dam above Lundy Lake, California. Photo: Fred Moore via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). With California's wild Coho salmon populations down to 1% of their former numbers, there's growing evidence that beavers - long reviled as a pest of the waterways - are essential to restore the species, writes Maria Finn. In the process, they raise water tables, recharge aquifers and improve water quality. What's not to love? more...

Comment

Confronting industrialism: if you can't clean it up, don't make it!

Derrick Jensen

4th March 2015

Fawley power station and oil refinery in Hampshire, England, from the beach at Hillhead. Photo: Anguskirk via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Modern industrial capitalism is based on a simple premise, writes Derrick Jensen: our mother Earth is a great store of raw materials for us to pillage, and a vast trashcan for our endless volumes of waste, no matter how long-lived and deadly. How can this be changed? First we must regain our own sanity. more...

Indigenous Peoples destroyed for misguided 'conservation'

Gordon Bennett & co-authors

3rd March 2015

Baka women set off to gather food from their native forest. Increasingly the Baka are excluded from their forests in the name of 'conservation', or limited to ever-smaller areas insufficient to sustain them. Photo: ..zuzu.. via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). As we celebrate 'World Wildlife Day' today, there's little for nature's best defenders to be glad of, says human rights lawyer Gordon Bennett. Indigenous Peoples around the world are routinely attacked, starved and cut off from the lands and wildlife they have protected for millennia under a flawed and brutal model of 'conservation'. more...

Letters

Letter: water use need not stall desert solar power

Dr Gerry Wolff

25th August, 2010

CSP trough-based system Yes, pioneering concentrating solar power plants are thirsty facilities, but their water use requirements could be made dramatically less more...

Letter - Time to get serious with the EU Emission Trading Scheme

27th May, 2010

Mark Chadwick

Carbon dioxide emissions Mark Chadwick from Carbon Clear argues a full auctioning of ETS permits is needed if the trading scheme is to start working more...

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