Chile’s Lithium Provides Profit to the Billionaires But Exhausts the Land and the People / by Vijay Prashad and Taroa Zuniga Silva

Photograph Source: Francesco Mocellin – CC BY-SA 3.0 The Atacama salt flat in northern Chile, which stretches 1,200 square miles, is the largest source of lithium in the world. We are standing on a bluff, looking over la gran fosa, the great pit that sits at the southern end of the flat, which is shielded fromContinue reading “Chile’s Lithium Provides Profit to the Billionaires But Exhausts the Land and the People / by Vijay Prashad and Taroa Zuniga Silva”

$2 Trillion for War Versus $100 Billion to Save the Planet / by Murad Qureshi

Originally published: Midwestern Marx, July 18, 2022 During late April and early May, South Asia experienced the terrible impacts of global warming. Temperatures reached almost 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in some cities in the region. These high temperatures came alongside dangerous flooding in Northeast India and in Bangladesh, as the rivers burst their banks, with flash floods takingContinue reading “$2 Trillion for War Versus $100 Billion to Save the Planet / by Murad Qureshi”

Supreme Court guts Clean Air Act, puts every government regulation in jeopardy / by C.J. Atkins

Emissions rise from the smokestacks at the Jeffrey Energy Center coal power plant as the sun sets, Sept. 18, 2021, near Emmett, Kan. The right-wing-dominated Supreme Court says the EPA has no power to regulate emissions by power plants, setting the stage for a speed-up of climate change. | Charlie Riedel / AP Continuing aContinue reading “Supreme Court guts Clean Air Act, puts every government regulation in jeopardy / by C.J. Atkins”

World Environment Day: No more exploitation of the environment and workers for the sake of profit / by World Federation of Trade Unions

“No more exploitation of the environment and workers for the sake of profit” says the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) on the occasion of the World Environment Day. The full statement of the WFTU reads: No more exploitation of the environment and workers for the sake of profit Undoubtedly one of the issues that has been raisedContinue reading “World Environment Day: No more exploitation of the environment and workers for the sake of profit / by World Federation of Trade Unions”

It’s “Now or Never” on Climate Change / by Mel Gurtov

Photo credit: Japan Times The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) working group report gives us until 2030 to stop global warming at 1.5°C. The report proposes several steps that are vital to achieving that goal. The steps are: * Coal must be effectively phased out. * Methane emissions must be reduced by a third. *Continue reading “It’s “Now or Never” on Climate Change / by Mel Gurtov”

If Degrowth Is Coming, What Does It Propose for Workers? / by Hannah Hubbard

Forest fire | credit: stockvault.net In 2015, countries participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change rallied around preventing the rise in average global temperatures beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. With an average rise of 1.5–2.0 degrees, scientists predict 70–90% loss of coral reefs globally, an explosion of natural disaster–related deaths, and displacement of up to 1.2 billionContinue reading “If Degrowth Is Coming, What Does It Propose for Workers? / by Hannah Hubbard”

Science Overruled: How vested interests rewrote the IPCC’s latest report / by Juan Bordera and others

Corporations and politicians edited the Policy Summary to omit the scientists’ most powerful conclusions Originally published in CTXT – Contexto y Acción, translation published by  MR Online. The Summary for Policymakers for the April 2022 Working Group III Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — the third part of the IPCC’s 2021-2022 SixthContinue reading “Science Overruled: How vested interests rewrote the IPCC’s latest report / by Juan Bordera and others”

With clenched fists, they spend money on weapons as the Planet burns / by Vijay Prashad

MR OnlineDia Al-Azzawi (Iraq), Sabra and Shatila Massacre, 1982–⁠83. Two important reports were released last month, neither getting the kind of attention they deserve. On 4 April, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III report was published, evoking a strong reaction from the United Nations’ Secretary General António Guterres. The report, he said, ‘is a litanyContinue reading “With clenched fists, they spend money on weapons as the Planet burns / by Vijay Prashad”

Reject Raytheon AVL Shuts Down Pratt & Whitney/ by Ken Jones

Occupying the bridge over the French Broad River on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. Photo: Melody Shank. It was an Earth Day to remember. On a beautiful sunny spring day, our local citizen coalition Reject Raytheon in Asheville, NC pulled off a three-part demonstration for the protection of the earth and earthlings and againstContinue reading “Reject Raytheon AVL Shuts Down Pratt & Whitney/ by Ken Jones”

Imperialism is the Arsonist: Marxism’s Contribution to Ecological Literatures and Struggles / by Derek Wall

Marxism’s contributions to ecological literature and struggles is a rich and contradictory field of discussion. Marxism in diverse ways has fed into environmental struggles and broader ecological politics. Broadly, I would argue that there has been a deepening appreciation of the ecological themes in the work of Marx and Engels in recent decades. Most significantly,Continue reading “Imperialism is the Arsonist: Marxism’s Contribution to Ecological Literatures and Struggles / by Derek Wall”