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William Astore: A Ten-Point Plan to Make Joe Biden a Peace-Time President

“What could be more exceptional, more laudable, than seeking a lasting global peace?”

February 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: Murder, He said

Donald Trump has been a master of carnage in a way no one could have imagined.

October 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jon Queally: ‘Years of Repair’ New Animated Film Imagines the Future to Come Inspired by a Vision of Justice and the Common Good

People need a story about what they’re fighting for, and what they’re demanding from their governments. Not a laundry list of political demands—a vibrant story of how we win a safer, fairer world for all – and specifically, what that looks like.

October 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Brett Wilkins: Study Shows World’s Richest 1% Emit More Than Twice as Much CO2 as Poorest 50%

The over-consumption of a wealthy minority is fueling the climate crisis, yet it is poor communities and young people who are paying the price.

September 28, 2020 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Election day is nearing, but there’s no end in sight to Trump’s attacks on science

Will the American electorate end up asking for an encore performance of this full-throated rejection of scientific evidence?

September 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: A Vote for the Apocalypse

Since [Trump] is, in his own fashion, a parody of everything: a politician, a Republican, an autocrat, even a human being, he sums up in some extreme (if eerily satiric) fashion human efforts to destroy our way of life in these years. In truth, fiery and furiously fueled, he’s a historic cloud of smoke and ash over us all.

September 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Adès: Premonitions of Catastrophe

This was not the burning of witches or heretics
but the burning of a continent

July 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

A year through the distant eyes of meteorological satellite Himawari-8 – a hypnotic stream of Earth’s beauty, fragility and disasters.

March 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tim Radford: Rising Tides Will Displace Millions

An estimated 13 million US citizens could some time in this century become climate refugees, driven from their seaside homes by sea level rise of possibly 1.8 meters, according to new research.

March 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Three stories: People fight the system and win

A farmer prevails against Monsanto in court. Refugees find ingenious ways to scale Trump’s wall. And 100 cities around the world provide free public transportation everyday for everyone.

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Democratic Field Narrows to Three Candidates

Although the Iowa Caucus was an epic fail, it did make a few things clear.

February 7, 2020 · 6 Comments

Walter Bargen: Which brings us to one certainty. . .

can you tell me the colors
sweeping the sky this evening,
can you tell me exactly the volcanic-ash
effects, the drought and dust effects,
the shift of light along the spectrum

January 30, 2020 · 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 · 1 Comment

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