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Climate And Capitalism

The Double Deformation

Michael A. Lebowitz is professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His books include The Socialist Imperative, The Contradictions of Real Socialism, and Between Capitalism and Community, all published by Monthly Review Press. This article is excerpted, with permi…

‘Net zero’ emissions is a dangerous hoax

By Brett Wilkins A new report published Wednesday by a trio of progressive advocacy groups lifts the veil on so-called “net zero” climate pledges, which are often touted by corporations and governments as solutions to the climate emergency, but which the paper’s authors argue are merely a dan…

Ecosocialist Alliance Statement on G7 Meeting

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US (and the EU) have a great part of the immense wealth of the richest countries in the world in 2021. This wealth is more than sufficient to provide for the needs for food, water, health, housing and education of the global population. We face m…

Abolish vaccine patents now!

This Manifesto was initiated by the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debts (CADTM) international network. It has been signed by two hundred social organizations, coalitions, campaigns, trade unions, and citizens’ organizations from all over the world. END THE SYSTEM OF PRIVATE PATENTS F…

Over a third of heat-related deaths caused by global warming

(London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, May 31, 2021) Between 1991 and 2018, more than a third of all deaths in which heat played a role were attributable to human-induced global warming, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change. The study, the largest of its kind, was led by the Lo…

Ecosocialist Bookshelf June 2021

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say. Mark Bittman ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, JUNK A History of Food, f…

Four competing views on how to save the Earth

Bill Gates HOW TO AVOID A CLIMATE DISASTER The solutions we have and the breakthroughs we need Penguin Random House, 2021 Michael E. Mann THE NEW CLIMATE WAR The fight to take back our planet Public Affairs, 2021 Mathew Lawrence & Laurie Laybourn-Langton PLANET ON FIRE A manifesto for the age of env…

World may exceed 1.5C warming in five years

By Ian Angus There is a 40% chance that the annual average global temperature in at least one of the next five years will temporarily reach 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, and a 90% likelihood that at least one year in the five-year period will be the warmest on record, passing the previous reco…

Covid, Climate, and ‘Dual Metabolic Rupture’

(Credit: CDC, NASA EPIC Team) by Neil Faulkner “Pathogens, a great and terrible global threat to human and many a non-human alike, [are] as much a Sword of Damocles hovering above civilization as climate change.” Evolutionary epidemiologist Rob Wallace wrote this in 2015. But he and many colleag…

Once again on sabotage and climate change

Last month, Simon Butler reviewed How to Blow Up a Pipeline for Climate & Capitalism. We don’t normally publish two reviews of the same book, but we think this article makes a substantial contribution to the discussion. Lars Henriksson is an automobile worker at Volvo Cars in Gothenburg. He is mem…

Antarctic melt: tipping point by 2060

(Andreas Kambanis via Flickr under CC by SA 2.0) by Julie Brigham-Grette and Andrea Dutton The Conversation, May 17, 2021 While U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken draws attention to climate change in the Arctic at meetings with other national officials this week in Iceland, an even greater thre…

Ecosocialist Bookshelf, May 2021

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say. David Whyte ECOCIDE Kill the corporation before it kills…

Intensive Fishing and the Birth of Capitalism, Part 4

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The UN Food Summit: Cover for an Agribusiness Coup?

Reposted with permission from A Growing Culture Later this year, the United Nations is set to hold a historic Food Systems Summit, recognizing the need for urgent action to disrupt business-as-usual practices in the food system. But far from serving as a meaningful avenue for much-needed change, the…

Vaccine Patents = Mass Murder

By Paul Demarty As a new wave of Covid-19 rips through many countries, notably India, Argentina and Brazil, it is disconcerting to look on from the vantage point of a country where things are — for now — well under control, with over half the population at least partly vaccinated. With scientifi…

Worldwide glacier retreat speeds up

The most comprehensive and accurate analysis to date shows that almost all the world’s glaciers are becoming thinner and losing mass and that these changes are picking up pace. Glaciers are a sensitive indicator of climate change – and one that can be easily observed. Regardless of altitude or l…

Can sabotage stop climate change?

Andreas Malm HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE Learning to Fight in a World on Fire Verso, 2021 reviewed by Simon Butler Despite the climate movement’s growth, epitomized by Extinction Rebellion and Student Strike for Climate, fossil fuel extraction continues to grow, and a safe climate can seem dismaying…

Pollution Report: Oceans are ‘at the precipice of disaster’

Herbicides can alter the sex and reproductive processes in animals Click image to download full report (pdf) A report released today by the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) and the National Toxics Network (NTN) says that rising levels of chemical and plastic pollution are major co…

Climate Scientists: ‘Net Zero’ is a dangerous trap

Climeworks CO2 capture and storage plant under construction in Iceland. Such projects may demonstrate applications for captured carbon, but will have no impact on global warming. by James Dyke, Robert Watson, and Wolfgang Knorr Sometimes realization comes in a blinding flash. Blurred outlines snap i…

Ecosocialist Bookshelf, April 2021

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is a monthly column, hosted by Ian Angus. Books described here may be reviewed at length in future. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that C&C agrees with everything (or even anything!) these books say. Liam Campling & Alejandro Colás CAPITALISM AND THE SEA T…

Indian monsoons becoming more chaotic

Hyderabad, October 2020 (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, April 14, 2021) If global warming continues unchecked, summer monsoon rainfall in India will become stronger and more erratic. This is the central finding of an analysis by a team of German researchers that compared more than 3…

The ocean is becoming more stable – and that’s not good news

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Carbon dioxide levels now at highest level in 3.6 million years

CO2 concentration at the Mauna Loa Observatory reached a daily record of 421.21 parts per million on April 3 2021. That is 50% higher than the pre-industrial level. Statement from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, April 7, 2021. Levels of the two most important anthropogenic…

Intensive Fishing and the Birth of Capitalism, Part 3

Part One: Commodity Cod and Factory Ships Part Two:  Exploiting the New Land The Spanish Armada in the English Channel, 1588 by Ian Angus In 1575, a moderately successful Bristol merchant named Anthony Parkhurst purchased a mid-sized ship and began organizing annual cod fishing expeditions to Newfo…

Tipping points confirmed for massive Antarctic glacier

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