Climate Change


COP21: the time of the counter-summit is over

From Freedom News

State of Repression

The build-up to the COP21 set the tone for the entirety of the counter-summit. Although the recent mobilisations against global summits have been met with ever increasing repression, the increased powers provided by the state of emergency allowed the French State to exercise its full control over the COP21. Indeed, the aftermath of the Paris attacks created a window of opportunity for the ruling class to criminalize all expressions of revolt through an array of anti-association and protests laws.


Climate Protests Rock Paris (Photos and Video)

Infoshop News
November 30, 2015

On Sunday, November 29th, protests rocked Paris, France as thousands of people defied the government's state of emergency to stage protests in conjunction with the global climate talks (COP21).

Photo: Lacy MacAuley

Photo: Lacy MacAuley

Photo: Lacy MacAuley

Photo: Lacy MacAuley


Why Migration Should Be Central to Paris COP21 Climate Talks

By Harsha Walia
November 25, 2015

Climate refugees and displaced peoples bear the brunt of environmental violence.

“We live in constant fear of the adverse impacts of climate change. For a coral atoll nation, sea level rise and more severe weather events loom as a growing threat to our entire population. The threat is real and serious, and is of no difference to a slow and insidious form of terrorism against us.” - Prime Minister of Tuvalu Saufatu Sapo’aga at the United Nations


Losing Ground: Syria's Climate Nomads

by Evan Cestari
Black & Green Review


Resist the Climate Coup d’Etat! Paris COP21 Protests Still On

by Sasha
Earth First! Newswire

Although Syrian refugees are still being blamed for the Paris attacks, the news that the attackers were all European nationals seems only to have created a growing sense of disquiet. It’s as if some sense of purpose has been lost with cavalier bravado that always obscures the chauvinism staring plainly back at the West through the mirror of “the Orient.”

Lost on many is the fact that NATO powers helped to fuel the conflict in Syria and ensuing growth of ISIS. Lost on many more is the accelerant that climate change has become, creating systems of drought and despair in Syria and throughout the world that feed the conditions of civil war. Solving climate change would provide an important key to liberate those struggling for global justice, because it would come from them.


After the Attacks: A Climate Organizer's Notes from Paris

By David Solnit
November 15, 2015

I'm in Paris for the month helping with arts and action preparations for Dec 12 and other climate justice mobilizations here, helping to set up and support an arts space in Montreuil, on the edge of Paris. .

CLIMATE COP & MOBILIZATION: The French government announced the COP Climate Summit will happen. The French group Attac said today:

“We reject in advance any restriction on the right to protest and fight against this decaying world, in favor of the alternatives that peoples of the South and the North put forward together. From November 29 to December 12 in Paris on the occasion of the COP 21 and with our citizens' mobilizations , we will show that another world is possible, necessary and urgent.”


Shell Is Reeling After Pulling Out of the Arctic

By Antonia Juhasz
October 13, 2015

Earlier this month, Shell’s tumultuous Arctic drilling campaign came to an abrupt and costly end. In a written statement, the company announced the cessation of its offshore Alaska activities “for the foreseeable future”—at a loss of billions of dollars. This both stunned and thrilled critics, many of whom worried that the seven-year effort to stop Shell was dead in July, when the Obama administration approved the company’s permits to drill.


What Exxon knew about the Earth's melting Arctic

By Sara Jerving, Katie Jennings, Masako Melissa Hirsch and Susanne Rust
L.A. Times
Oct. 9, 2015

Back in 1990, as the debate over climate change was heating up, a dissident shareholder petitioned the board of Exxon, one of the world’s largest oil companies, imploring it to develop a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its production plants and facilities.

The board’s response: Exxon had studied the science of global warming and concluded it was too murky to warrant action. The company’s “examination of the issue supports the conclusions that the facts today and the projection of future effects are very unclear.”

Yet in the far northern regions of Canada’s Arctic frontier, researchers and engineers at Exxon and Imperial Oil were quietly incorporating climate change projections into the company’s planning and closely studying how to adapt the company’s Arctic operations to a warming planet.


Climate Change Tipping Points and the Question of Civilizational Survival

By Michael T. Klare
October 8, 2015

Not so long ago, it was science fiction. Now, it’s hard science—and that should frighten us all. The latest reports from the prestigious and sober Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) make increasingly hair-raising reading, suggesting that the planet is approaching possible moments of irreversible damage in a fashion and at a speed that had not been anticipated.


Review of Pope Francis', "Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality; On Care for Our Common Home."

by Wayne Price
drwdprice at aol dot com

"To Hear Both the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor"

Pope Francis' encyclical speaks both to global climate change and to global inequality and poverty, arguing that they are intertwined and require a common response. The strengths and limitations of his letter are discussed from an eco-socialist and anarchist perspective.


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