Climate Calamity: The heat is on

  • Polluter nations torpedo UN climate change treaty (Chee Yoke Ling)
    Attempts at a UN conference on climate change at The Hague last November to reach an agreement on enforcing the minimum measures needed to reduce emissions of the ‘greenhouse gases’ which cause global warming collapsed as a result of the intransigence of some of the world’s richest nations. Heading the pack of polluters which torpedoed the agreement in the interests of big business was the US.

  • Climate change talks almost hijacked (Chee Yoke Ling)
    After the collapse of The Hague climate change conference, the European Union made a desperate, last-ditch attempt to clinch a deal with the Clinton administration before George Bush formally assumed the US presidency. Fortunately for the countries of the developing world, this attempt to strike a deal behind their backs failed.

  • Global warming worse than feared (Chee Yoke Ling)
    A unanimous report of hundreds of scientists from more than 100 countries has affirmed, on the basis of new and stronger evidence, that most of the warming over the last 50 years has been caused by human activities.

  • The Kyoto loopholes(Simon Retallack)
    Among the most serious defects of the Kyoto Protocol was the provision for ‘flexible mechanisms’. Simon Retallack explains why such mechanisms could jettison the real objectives of the Protocol

  • Greenhouse market mania(Adam Ma'anit)
    The UN climate talks have been corrupted by corporate pseudo-solutions put forward by TNCs and Northern governments to enable them to escape their promised greenhouse gas reductions. Adam Ma'anit exposes and catalogues this climate fraud.

  • Business as usual (Yin Shao Loong)
    The UN climate change conference at The Hague witnessed a complete integration of big business into the Kyoto Protocol process and confirmed the fears of many activists that the real goals of the Protocol are being undermined in the relentless pursuit of profits.

  • A changing climate for disease and death (Martin Jalleh)
    The combination of climate change and environmental degradation has created ideal conditions for the emergence, resurgence and spread of infectious diseases - diseases which kill more than 17 million people annually. Increased climate change has also altered the functional balance among predators and prey, which is important for controlling the proliferation of pests and pathogens. Warmer and sometimes wetter weather may already be extending the range of infectious diseases beyond regions where they are endemic. These were some of the disturbing conclusions of a study by Dr Paul Epstein of the Centre for Health and Global Environment, Massachusetts, USA. Martin Jalleh highlights the warning signals of the dangers to human health posed by climate change to which Dr Epstein draws attention in his study.

  • Contraction and convergence (Jim Broad)
    The adoption of a global programme of ‘Contraction and  Convergence’ offers the potential to break the stalemate in the international negotiations on climate change and to set in place a far more effective and inclusive political mechanism to curb the consumption of fossil fuels in all countries, says John Broad.

  • Peoples' defence of climate stability
    Activists involved in the defence of climate stability have been concerned about the destruction caused to lands, diversity and the very existence of communities by the extraction of fossil fuels. They have been equally concerned over the attempt to use forests and plantations as ‘carbon sinks’, a process which also involves the destruction and displacement of communities and ecosystems. We reproduce above a call for a moratorium on the expansion of the oil frontier by OILWATCH, an international movement against fossil fuel-mining in the tropics, and a statement on forest and plantation ‘sinks’ by the World Rainforest Movement, a global coalition, based in Montevideo, of grassroots communities and NGOs in defence of forests and indigenous communities.

  • Battling on the fence line (Yin Shao Loong)
    Grassroots activists from all over the world organised a Climate Justice Summit at The Hague coinciding with the UN climate change conference to give voice to those bearing the brunt of the polluting activities of the big corporations. As Yin Shao Loong observes in his analysis of this conference below, this grassroots summit engendered a solidarity and camaraderie that was sadly lacking at the UN climate conference

  • Climate change - an integral part of US 'Star Wars' programme (Michel Chossudovsky)
    While world attention and concern have been focussed on the need to prevent climate change by the control of carbon emissions, the dangers of ‘weather warfare’ have been ignored. Michel Chossudovsky draws attention to a US drive to perfect technology under its ‘Star Wars’ programme which will have the capacity to trigger climate change.