Issue No. 341/342 (2019)
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Averting a global catastrophe: Impacts of climate change on natural and human systems
resilience in a time of climate change
Raman warns that the days of ‘business as usual’ are over and that we
will have to confront the problem of climate change squarely by building
up climate resilience.
nears irreversible tipping points
Seven distinguished climate scientists have sounded the alarm that the
risks of irreversible climate change are so great that they warrant
the declaration of a state of planetary emergency.
By Tim Radford
crisis rages as UN talks open
The UN climate talks open against a backdrop of alarming reports that
millions of people, largely from the Third World, stand to lose their
homes and wherewithal due to climate change impacts.
By Meena Raman
IPCC report on climate change and land adopted by governments
A new report by the UN’s IPCC warns that extreme weather and climate
events may lead to increased displacement of peoples, disrupted food
chains, threatened livelihoods and exacerbated stresses for conflict.
By Indrajit Bose
land report: Contentious issues raised and resolved
contentious issues arose prior to the adoption of the IPCC’s Summary
for Policymakers (SPM) of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land.
By Indrajit Bose
report warns of ocean warming and dire impacts
IPCC report examines how oceans are affected by climate change, pointing,
among others, to increased warming, sea level rise and the risks confronting
By Indrajit Bose
does Greta Thunberg mean when she says ‘equity’?
on fairness in the determination of how much sacrifice the rich and
poor countries must make, given the historical responsibility of the
rich countries for the current climate crisis, has never been fully
accepted by the West.
By Nathan Thanki
on the world
Industrialised militaries are a bigger part of the climate emergency
than you know.
By Murtaza Hussain
US military’s massive hidden impact on the climate
The US military’s carbon footprint is enormous and must be confronted
in order to have a substantial effect on battling global warming.
California to El Salvador, climate-driven displacement is on the rise
Unless powerful countries take meaningful action on climate change,
more than 143 million people could be displaced from their homes by
2050, according to the World Bank.
By Mike Ludwig
protecting the Amazon is critical to solving the climate crisis
The Amazon fires are pushing the rainforest towards a dangerous climate
change feedback loop that human intervention could no longer reverse.
summit takes bold step towards agroecology
Leaders endorse agroecology as one of the cutting-edge innovations we
need to help small-scale farmers adapt to climate change.
By Timothy A Wise
As fires rage and consume some of the biggest forests in the world,
the writer draws attention to the role of financial institutions in
By Marianne Brooker
health care in Indonesia: short on supply, short on demand
The treatment of mental disorders in Indonesia has long suffered grievously
as a result of the stigma attached to them. Hopes are on the recently
elected administration to rectify the shortcomings.
By Ade Prastyani
world economy in decline
The global economy is in decline despite the desperate efforts of
central bankers to revive it by means of low-interest loans.
By Prabhat Patnaik
US and China losers in ongoing trade war, says study
In the US-China trade war, while both sides have sustained losses,
a number of other countries have profitted from the resulting trade
By Kanaga Raja
IMF austerity programme sparks off protests and strikes
The IMF’s Extended Fund Facility financial assistance to Ecuador has
benefitted banks and powerful economic groups at the expense of the
middle and working classes.
By Wilma Salgado
power: A David and Goliath struggle for the 21st century
This article focusses on transnational corporations as global actors,
the structures and mechanisms that grant them impunity for wrongdoing,
and the deepening and widespread popular resistance to TNC extractivism
and destruction of the planet.
By Brid Brennan and
A revolt against neoliberalism the media refuses to acknowledge
Few in the West are aware of Chile’s tumultuous history as an experimental
laboratory for free-market economics imposed by the United States.
By Alan MacLeod
Keynesianism marches on
The term ‘military Keynesianism’ refers to economic policies in which
the government devotes large amounts of spending to the military in
order to foster economic growth.
By Joan Roelofs
and American politics
Although big money has always played an important role in US politics,
its influence has been growing over the last decade.
By Lawrence Wittner
ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Christians that nobody is talking
For Israel, the exodus of Palestinian Christians from the birthplace
of Christianity is a boon as a Palestine without Christians will enable
it to portray its conflict with Palestine as a religious war.
By Ramzy Baroud
Israeli apartheid to the US-Mexico border
Human rights activists must prevent Elbit Systems, an Israel-based
technologies conglomerate, from becoming the handmaiden of repressive
By Stephen Welty
are only interested in soy’
Peasant and indigenous women in Paraguay are organising to survive
the twin threats of industrial agriculture and climate change.
By Global Forest Coalition
receive instructions against Chile
Nobel laureate Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was a fierce
opponent of the 1973 military coup which toppled the democratically
elected government of Salvador Allende. Neruda’s death in mysterious
circumstances in the aftermath of the coup has sparked suspicions
that he was murdered.
By Pablo Neruda
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