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Environment

Australian Fires: Smoke poisons city air

I woke up on Monday with a headache and after a few moments I realised I could taste the bushfire smoke, in the air, in my bedroom. Yuck. I couldn’t escape, it was in my house! People all over Melbourne, a sprawling city of nearly 5 million people, reported the smoke seeped into their homes and workplaces. It got into ...

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Australia: Climate inaction and budget cuts fuel devastating bushfires

By Jeremy Trott, Socialist Action (CWI in Australia) Australia is in the grip of an extreme bushfire crisis. Record-breaking heat waves and months of drought have created the conditions for massive blazes across the country. The scale of the fires is unprecedented, affecting every state on the continent. They are the largest bushfires ever recorded in Australia. At the time ...

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COP25: Capitalist world leaders have no solutions to climate disaster

By Connor Rosoman, Socialist Alternative, Brighton The United Nations’ climate talks in Madrid have ended in a ‘compromise’ agreement. Whilst deadly wildfires and temperatures of 50°C hit Australia, world leaders have been locked in a stalemate, squabbling over targets. These talks were greeted by hundreds of thousands of protesters, including Greta Thunberg herself, when they opened at the beginning of ...

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Capitalism and the Climate Emergency: What sort of Green New Deal do we need?

By Tom Costello, Socialist Alternative (CWI in England, Wales and Scotland) The scientific consensus is clear on the likelihood of an impending climate catastrophe. Specialists agree that a global average temperature of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels would mark a tipping point. It would trigger an avalanche of immediate effects – melting ice caps leading to rising sea levels, exposing low-altitude ...

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Climate strikes: Taxing questions – who will pay for the climate crisis?

By Christian Bunke Socialist Left Party CWI in Austria On 29th November, masses of young people across the world will take strike action to demand urgent action to deal with a climate crisis which seems to be escalating on a weekly basis. Unprecedented wildfires in Australia, record water levels in Venice, catastrophic flooding in parts of northern England are just ...

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Global climate strike – 29th November. The social and class dimension of the ecological struggle

  Sonja Grusch, Socialist Left Party – CWI in Austria This article is based on a speech delivered at the Political Ecology Conference in Istanbul, Turkey on 10th November. Scientists have been pointing to the destruction of nature and the increasingly dangerous consequences this will have for over a century. The negative effects of CO2 in the atmosphere were first ...

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Environment inaction threatens the Eastern Mediterranean

By Athina Kariati – New Internationalist Left – the CWI in Cyprus Climate change is having severe implications for the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean. According to scientists, the temperature of the area is increasing at a much faster rate than the global average and precipitation throughout the region is expected to decline. These factors, combined with the greed for ...

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Britain: Fracking paused – fight for a full ban and a socialist energy plan

The ‘moratorium’ on fracking announced by the British Tory government is both a desperate pre-election stunt and a significant victory for anti-fracking campaigners. It is the first concrete victory of the climate crisis protests and will give enormous heart to activists to fight for a total ban. By Hugh Caffrey, Socialist Alternative (CWI in England, Wales & Scotland) The government ...

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Fires, blackouts, climate change: Private utility enrages Californians

Saturday night at a high school homecoming dance in Oakland, the lights went out twice before the school finally cancelled the event. Each time the music stopped the chant went up among the working-class teens gathered “Fuck PG&E! Fuck PG&E!” The anger at the private utility that controls the electric grid for 39 million Californians is deep and broad. Hundreds ...

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Climate change: The fragile balance of the Arctic

For a few years now, if not months, several atypical events – whether by their intensity or frequency – have occured. Whether they be tornadoes, springtime floods, back-to-back heat waves or quick cycling freezing and thawing; everyone is affected in one way or another. And that’s only what has been happening in Québec, or at least its southern parts. By ...

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