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Ashish Sinha,Gayatri Kathayat: Climate change fueled the rise and demise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, superpower of the ancient world

Climate change first contributed to the meteoric rise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire and then to its precipitous collapse.

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Nathan Williams: Experiencing Firsthand Failures of UN Climate Politics, I Realized Civil Disobedience Only Route Left

We exist in the midst of planetary tragedy. A tragedy that demands we face the truth and ask the hardest questions about how we now must live.

November 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Klare: Welcome to a World in Which All Hell Is Breaking Loose

A prelude to what can be expected in the future was provided by the events of August and September 2017, when the military was called upon to provide disaster relief in the wake of three particularly powerful hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria — at the very moment California and the state of Washington were being ravaged by powerful wildfires.

November 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Naomi Oreskes: The Greatest Scam in History

Science failed to have the necessary impact in significant part because of disinformation promoted by the major fossil-fuel companies, which have succeeded in diverting attention from climate change and successfully blocking meaningful action.

November 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Steve Fraser: The Greening of the New Deal

The Green New Deal is even more socially capacious than the old one, embracing as it does the need for universal health care, a guaranteed annual income, a program of affordable housing, commitments to truly clean water and air, and a revolution in the production of healthy food.

October 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump

Extorting political favors from foreign leaders is bad enough, but Donald J. Trump has done so much worse…

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Oil Strike

The fossil fuel industry intends to accelerate production, spending nearly $5 trillion in the next 10 years on developing new reserves. It is committed to ecocide.

October 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: This Ancient Calendar Marks 72 Seasons

Adapting to climate change requires close attention to our natural environment.

October 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Embarrassment of Riches

Every day, private jets take off from London carrying a single passenger, mostly flying to Russia and the US. Each of them is filled with 32,000 litres of fuel. That’s as much fossil energy as a small African town might use in a year.

September 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Stephanie Van Hook: Beyond Coping — How to Find the Strength to Take on Climate Change

Our emotional energy can be a source of power.

September 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Greta Thunberg says “How Dare You?”

Greta Thunberg has a message for world leaders at the United Nations this week: “We’ll be watching you.”

September 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: On the Precipice

In an ongoing gesture of self-destruction, humanity has been tapping what might be thought of as Pyromaniacs, Incorporated, to run the world.

September 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Cruelty is the Point

Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn’t begin to cover the ongoing atrocities now daily committed – coincidentally, virtually entirely against brown and black people – by the sick demons running our country.

September 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Miranda Cady Hallett: How climate change is driving emigration from Central America

Considering that wealthier countries pollute more but are often shielded from the worst effects, how can responsibility be assigned for the harms of climate change? And more importantly, what is to be done?

September 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

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