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Luke Kemp: Civilisational collapse has a bright past – but a dark future

Is the collapse of a civilisation necessarily calamitous? The failure of the Egyptian Old Kingdom towards the end of the 2nd millennium BCE was accompanied by riots, tomb-raids and even cannibalism.

May 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michaela Haas: The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet

There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again. —Rumi  The way to stop climate change might be buried … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Drawings that show the beauty and fragility of Earth

Zaria Forman’s large-scale compositions of melting glaciers, icebergs floating in glassy water and waves cresting with foam explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility. Join her as she discusses the … Continue reading

March 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Extinction Rebellion

The British-based group Extinction Rebellion has called for nonviolent acts of civil disobedience on April 15 in capitals around the world to reverse our “one-way track to extinction.”

March 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Why older people must stand in solidarity with the youth climate strikes

Broadly speaking, ours is a society of altruists governed by psychopaths. We have allowed a tiny number of phenomenally rich people, and the destructive politicians they fund, to trash our life support systems.

February 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Is Donald Trump an Asteroid?

Honestly, This Could Get a Lot Uglier. Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what’s now Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Norah Vawter: The Green New Deal — Let’s Get Visionary

We need a plan to save the planet while creating great jobs. Actually, there is one. Lately there’s been a lot of bad news about climate change and the future … Continue reading

December 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Why Wildfires Have Gotten Worse — And What We Can Do About It

. Megafires, individual fires that burn more than 100,000 acres, are on the rise in the western United States — the direct result of unintentional yet massive changes we’ve brought … Continue reading

November 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: California Fires Are the Nightmare that Climate Scientists Long Predicted

Wildfires ravaging the state have “spawned bizarre pyrotechnics, from firenados to towering pyrocumulus clouds that evoke a nuclear detonation.” . Flames from the Carr Fire burn through trees and a … Continue reading

August 2, 2018 · 2 Comments

Wenonah Hauter: Climate Change Unleashes “Fire and Fury” on the United States

At some point, our policymakers need to understand that these are not simply natural disasters. Their strength, severity and human toll are intensified by our addiction to fossil fuels. Weeks … Continue reading

September 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

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