The Guardian, Jeremy Plester, October 26
The Arctic is warming at an alarming rate – and if anyone was in any doubt, there was a milestone event last month that attracted surprisingly little attention.
For the first time, a cargo ship sailed without an icecutter escort through the treacherous waters of the Northwest Passage, from [...]
Local activists try to halt the shipment of explosive Bakken crude oil through their neighborhoods.
Al Jazeera, By Audrea Lim, October 24
Richmond, CA — The streets are quiet in Lipo Chanthanasak’s neighborhood on the outer edge of this city’s downtown core. Each of the small houses is painted a variation of beige and separated [...]
European Union leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and set renewable energy targets.
Al Jazeera, October 24
European Union leaders have reached what they described as the world’s most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year.
The 28 leaders [...]
Bloomberg News, By Vanessa Dezem, October 22
Sao Paulo, Brazil — Sao Paulo residents, half of whom are already complaining of hours-long water shortages, were warned by a top water regulator Tuesday to brace for more severe cutoffs.
“If the drought continues, residents will face more dramatic water shortages in the short term,” Vicente Andreu, [...]
The (Mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon’s) Statesman Journal, By Tracy Loew, October 17
Radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster is approaching the West Coast, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is reporting.
A sample taken Aug. 2 about 1,200 kilometers west of Vancouver, B.C. tested positive for Cesium 134, the Fukushima “fingerprint” of Fukushima.
It also showed [...]
Climate Central, By John Upton, October 5
The RV Kaharoa motored out of Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, loaded with more than 100 scientific instruments, each eventually destined for a watery grave. Crewmembers will spend the next two months dropping the 50-pound devices, called Argo floats, into the seas between New Zealand and Mauritius, off [...]
Concern that warming climate is responsible for gathering of about 35,000 walrus in north-west Alaska.
AP, September 30
Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in north-west Alaska.
An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed on Saturday about five miles north of [...]
Winston Churchill once famously said of Democracy, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” Oddly, he also said, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
I say “oddly,” because of Naomi Klein and [...]
TNN, By Chidanand Rajghatta, September 28
New York – Yoga got a strong leg up on the world stage when Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for observing an International Yoga Day, describing the ancient science as “India’s gift to the world.”
Modi’s unexpected reference to yoga during in his UN General Assembly speech came when [...]
Latin Post, By Rebecca S. Myles, September 3 ( Agonist thread originally posted Sep.9)
The People’s Climate March, a massive global rally on Sept. 21 in New York City, will lead up to a specially called-for United Nations summit on the climate crisis.
To date, 950 supporting organizations are supporting the mass rally, [...]
New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline
The Guardian, By Damian Carrington, September 18
The world’s population is now odds-on to swell ever-higher for the rest of the century, posing grave challenges for food supplies, healthcare and social cohesion. A ground-breaking analysis released on Thursday shows there [...]
A trove of secret documents details the US government’s global push for shale gas.
Mother Jones, By Mariah Blake, September/October ’14
One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton’s plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state [...]
Washington Post, By Joby Warrick, September 9
Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record-shattering pace last year, a new report shows, a surge that surprised scientists and spurred fears of an accelerated warming of the planet in decades to come.
Concentrations of nearly all the major greenhouse gases reached historic [...]
Two and a half years ago I reported here that Lake Michigan (and Huron as they are hydrologically one body of water) was at a record low water level. It was basically just a fun fact but it had the appearance of apocalypse. One key reason for not getting too excited was that none of [...]
It seems like so very long ago, many of us here at The Agonist gave up on Barack Obama. It was long ago – six years now – which is a long time considering the progress the United States could have made had Obama been the leader he promised to be. My disillusionment was almost [...]