‘Sleepwalking to Extinction’: Capitalism and the Destruction of Life and Earth

Richard Smith Adbusters https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/110/sleepwalking-extinction.html When, on May 10th, scientists at Mauna Loa Observatory on the big island of Hawaii announced that global CO2 emissions had crossed a threshold at 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in millions of years, a sense of dread spread around the world...

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Haiyan: A Disaster Made Worse By Greed

Sonali Kolhatkar truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/haiyan_a_disaster_made_worse_by_greed_20131114 While the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is 95 percent confidentthat global warming is caused by human activity (there are very few areas of active research in which scientists are so confident), what falls out of the scope of the report is which humans are...

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Why We Are Allowed to Hate Silicon Valley

Von Evgeny Morozov Feuilleton http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/the-internet-ideology-why-we-are-allowed-to-hate-silicon-valley-12658406.html If Ronald Reagan was the first Teflon President, then Silicon Valley is the first Teflon Industry:  no matter how much dirt one throws at it, nothing seems to stick. While “Big Pharma,” “Big Food” and “Big Oil” are derogatory terms used to describe the greediness that...

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How Science Is Telling Us All To Revolt

Naomi Klein New Statesman http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/science-says-revolt In December 2012, a pink-haired complex systems researcher named Brad Werner made his way through the throng of 24,000 earth and space scientists at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, held annually in San Francisco. This year’s conference had some big-name participants, from...

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Indigenous Nations Are at the Forefront of the Conflict With Transnational Corporate Power

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Truthout http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/19445-indigenous-nations-are-at-the-forefront-of-the-conflict-with-trans-national-corporate-power-that-affects-us-all On Monday, October 7, 2013, indigenous nations and their allies held 70 actions throughout the world proclaiming their sovereignty. The call to action was issued by Idle No more and Defenders of the Land to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the British Royal Proclamation...

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Last Hours of Humanity: Warming the World to Extinction

The Daily Take The Thom Hartmann Program http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/19311-last-hours-of-humanity-warming-the-world-to-extinction If you were standing outdoors looking at the distant and reddening sky 250 million years ago as the Permian Mass Extinction was beginning, unless you were in the region that is known as Siberia you would have no idea that a tipping...

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The Age of Inhuman Scale: On the ‘Bigness’ of Climate Change

Rebecca Solnit TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175756/tomgram%3A_rebecca_solnit%2C_the_age_of_inhuman_scale/ Late last week, in the lobby of a particularly unglamorous downtown San Francisco building, a group of passionate but polite activists met with a bureaucrat who stepped forward to hear what they had to say about the fate of the Earth. The activists wanted to save...

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Climate-Change Protests Heat Up

Amy Goodman truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/climate-change_protests_heat_up_20130925 Last week, far out in the Arctic Ocean, the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise approached a Russian oil-drilling platform and launched a nonviolent protest, with several protesters scaling the side of the platform. They wanted to draw attention to a dangerous precedent being set. The platform, the...

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Political Dreaming in the Twenty-First Century

Ira Chernus TomDispatch http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175728/tomgram%3A_ira_chernus%2C_i_have%28n%27t%29_a_dream/#more Where Has It Gone?  All right, I confess: I have a dream. I bet you do, too. I bet yours, like mine, is of a far, far better world not only for yourself and your loved ones, but for everyone on this beleaguered planet of ours....

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Fukushima Continues to Spew Its Darkness

Harvey Wasserman Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/25-0 While a depleted, discredited and disorganized nuclear utility moves to restart its other reactors, its stricken units at Fukushima continue to hold the rest of us at the brink of apocalyptic terror. Radiation leaks, steam releases, disease and death continue to spew from Fukushima and...

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