UN climate report calls out global elite as cause of the crisis

Originally published: Liberation News by Tina Landis (December 11, 2020) The UN Emissions Gap Report released on Dec. 9, shows how far off the mark we are for averting complete climate catastrophe. Current global emissions reduction policies have us on track for 3.5 C warming by 2100, which would be catastrophic for life on Earth. An average increase of 1.5 C globally is the line that must not be crossed–with current temperatures at an average of nearly 1 C warming. The report takes a surprisingly class perspective by pointing out that the one percent…

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The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology

Posted Nov 16, 2020 by Peter Critchley Originally published: Climate and Capitalism (November 13, 2020)  In an age in which the call for system change is being heard more and more, in increasing recognition of the socio-economic causes of climate crisis, a book establishing the connection between socialism and ecology could not be more timely. In tracing the evolution of that connection, John Bellamy Foster’s The Return of Nature identifies the conditions for an effective ecosocialism. The book is a work of recovery in several related senses: of Marx and Engels and those they inspired as pioneer…

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Eco-socialism and/or De-growth

by LÖWY Michael Ecosocialism and the de-growth movement are among the most important currents of the ecological left. Ecosocialists agree that a significant measure of de-growth in production and consumption is necessary in order to avoid ecological collapse. But they have a critical assessment of the de-growth theories because: a) the concept of “de-growth” is insufficient to define an alternative programme; b) it does not make clear if de-growth can be achieved in the framework of capitalism or not; c) it does not distinguish between activities that need to be reduced…

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Labor and Capital at the Time of Covid-19

By sumanasiri liyanage Second wave of Covid-19 has hit Sri Lanka. The number of infected at the time of writing has passed 1400. Although there is a controversy over the issue if the pandemic reaches its third phase, virus affected people were found in many parts of the island. Two university students at Jayawardene Pura and Kelaniya were found viral infected and many were placed under the quarantine. Once again, we can see the public health system has become reactivated in spite the presence of many human and physical constraints.…

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For the Planet, There Is No “Lesser Evil”

As fires rage on the West Coast, Donald Trump and the Republican Party continue to deny the basic science of climate change. Many people hope that voting for Joe Biden will save the planet. But the Democrats’ record on the environment shows they offer nothing to stave off a climate catastrophe. By now, most people in the United States recognize that the climate crisis poses the greatest threat to humanity and nature. Faced with a president who continually dismisses the dangers of global warming and has taken numerous measures to…

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An Avoidable Disaster: At Least 200,000 Dead From Coronavirus in the U.S.

The United States has now officially recorded over 200,000 Coronavirus deaths, far more than any other country on the planet. This was an avoidable disaster made worse by the endless profit seeking and exploitation that define capitalism. When epidemiologists began tracking the number of new Coronavirus deaths in early March there was a lot of talk about the “long tail of the pandemic.” Although often used to describe how symptoms of the virus can sometimes persist in patients for weeks or even months after infection, the term was initially used…

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