• The Politics of Hurricanes

    How Climate Catastrophe Victimizes the Poor Climate change catastrophe is, as this article is written, facing hundreds of thousands on the eastern seaboard of the United States and on the Philippines island of Luzon, as Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut make landfall simultaneously. Mangkhut also threatens Hong Kong, South China and maybe Vietnam. In the United … Keep reading »

  • Fighting for Climate Justice

    Lies, damn lies and statistics, right? Well not always – sometimes statistics dramatise social reality in a graphic way. A year before the devastating floods in India, Bangladesh and Texas, a little-noticed UN report revealed extraordinary figures about the effects of climate change worldwide. Climate-related catastrophe is now not just an additional hazard for the … Keep reading »

  • Jason W. Moore – The Rise and Fall of Cheap Nature

    Work, Power, and Capital in Making & Transcending the Planetary Crisis Toronto — 13 December 2016. Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of … Watch video »

  • Facing the Anthropocene

    Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System Toronto — 25 September 2016. Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun, the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of … Watch video »

  • After the Sands

    Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians Toronto — 7 April 2016. View on www.slideshare.net The Paris climate accords were strong on aspirations to keep the world below 2C temperature rise but very weak on delivery. Despite Trudeau’s claims that Canada is back, Ottawa has stuck with Stephen Harper’s pathetic climate targets. To meet its commitments, each … Watch video »

  • Climate Crisis and Climate Realism

    Toronto — 29 October 2015. Mass migration, civil war, banditry, imperial military adventures – all these are current responses to the climate crisis. These and other impending dislocations from climate change intersect with the already-existing crises of poverty and violence in “catastrophic convergence” that demands immediate action and longer-term social change. What is the relation … Watch video »

  • Linda McQuaig is Right: Keep the TarSands in the Ground!

    Toronto — 29 September 2015. At the beginning of the federal election campaign, Toronto Centre NDP candidate and respected author Linda McQuaig stated a simple fact: “a lot of people recognize that a lot of the oil sands oil may need to stay in the ground if we’re going to meet our climate change targets.” … Watch video »

  • This Changes Everything

    Toronto — 11 January 2015. Capitalism vs the Climate The Lima Conference should have been a milestone that marked out how governments will take urgent action to tackle climate change and to support vulnerable people across the world to adapt to its locked in impacts. But it was a failure and ran up against a political-economic … Watch video »

  • The Philippines Typhoon: Climate Change and Political Disaster

    The Philippines is a country long wracked by political corruption, colonialism, military occupation and dependence and millions living in poverty. When natural disasters hit, such as Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 storm battering the Philippines on November 8, these social faultlines are exposed. The majority of the population are little prepared for the storm, and … Keep reading »