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The Climes They Are A-Changin’ by Ed Ciaccio

Quebec - climate change canvas

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by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 16, 2014

(to the music of “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” by Bob Dylan)

Come gather ’round people who count earth as home,
And admit that the sea levels around us have grown,
And accept it that soon we’ll be drenched to the bone.
If our future to us is worth savin’,
Then we’d better start pressuring those with hearts of stone,
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Omnicidal Congress AWOL on Climate Disasters by Ralph Nader

Stop the "Global warming"

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
February 7, 2014

Every year brings the world more climatological science that man-made climate change, or overall global warming, is chronically worsening.

Every year, from Antarctica to Greenland, from the Andes to Alaska, the ice is melting, the permafrost is melting, and very soon the Arctic may have a re-unprecedented ice-free season. Every year, more and more businesses are speaking out on how climate change is damaging their businesses. Insurance companies were in the lead on sounding the alarm on global warming. Just a few days ago, Coca-Cola’s vice president for environment and water resources, Jeffrey Seabright, told the New York Times that “increased droughts, more unpredictable variability, 100-year floods every two years” were affecting the supply of sugar cane and sugar beets, “as well as citrus for [Coca-Cola’s] fruit juices.”

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If There’s Global Warming … Why Is It So Cold?

Birdbath in the Snow

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yaleclimateforum on Jan 28, 2014

It’s that time of year, the perennial “It’s snowing so it can’t be warming” season – or, as scientists call it, “winter”. Depends on where you’re standing, actually — I stood on a frozen lake with Dr. Jeff Masters to discuss the current planetary changes, but at the same time, in Alaska, historic warm temperatures were unfolding, and across the west, the deepest drought in decades… Continue reading

Climate Change Requires Consciousness Change by William T. Hathaway

Wellspring by Wm T Hathawayby William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Germany
November 28, 2013

To paraphrase Mark Twain, everyone talks about climate change but no one does anything about it. No one, particularly those in power, wants to make the necessary sacrifices. For example, the latest round of negotiations served mainly to postpone decisions and action. The Japanese government announced that CO2 emissions there would be increasing rather than decreasing as promised. The US government still refuses to comply with international environmental agreements.

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COP 19: Activists Demanding Climate Justice

COP19 Climate March

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democracynow on Nov 18, 2013

We are broadcasting all week from Warsaw, Poland, where the U.N. climate summit, known as COP 19, has just entered its second week. On Saturday, thousands of protesters marched in Warsaw calling for climate justice, culminating in a rally outside the National Stadium where the climate summit is being held. Continue reading

The Last Hours of Humanity: Warming the World to Extinction

Nuclear Extinction

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The Big Picture RT on Oct 11, 2013

“Last Hours” is the first in a series of short films that explore the perils of climate change and the solutions to avert climate disaster.

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Barack Obama’s Executive Order — Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change + Fact Sheet

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 1, 2013

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience, it is hereby ordered as follows:

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Who Cares About The Planet Anyway? by Chris Williams

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Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, and a participant in the ecosocialist coalition System Change Not Climate Change, reports on the latest report on climate change–and the Wall Street non-response to it.
SocialistWorker.org
October 1, 2013

Fw: global warming demostration

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“The conventional wisdom on the world’s stock markets is that all listed reserves will be exploited and burnt.”
– “Unburnable Carbon 2013: Are the World’s Financial Markets Carrying a Carbon Bubble,” report by Carbon Tracker Initiative

“Developing new green technology, hiring workers and investing in new productive facilities involves a real risk: it may not be as profitable as purely speculative investments.

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What is the Social Cost of Carbon Emissions? + Why Climate Deniers Are Plain Wrong

Young female polar bear, approaching the ship

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TheRealNews on Sep 30, 2013

James Boyce: Cost-benefit analysis of carbon emissions has shortcomings.

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Why Labor Unions Need to Join the Climate Fight by Naomi Klein

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by Naomi Klein
www.commondreams.org
Sept. 4, 2013

SummerHeatRallyDC21

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The following remarks were delivered on September 1, 2013 at the founding convention of UNIFOR, a new mega union created by the Canadian Autoworkers and the Canadian Energy and Paper Workers Union, and provided to Common Dreams by the author for publication.

I’m so very happy and honoured to be able to share this historic day with you.

The energy in this room — and the hope the founding of this new union has inspired across the country – is contagious.

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Extreme weather, more extreme greenhouse gas emissions beckon urgent activism by Patrick Bond

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by Patrick Bond
Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
Durban, South Africa
August 28, 2013

Lightning Storm

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The northern hemisphere summer has just peaked and though the torrid heat is now ebbing, it is evident the climate crisis is far more severe than most scientists had anticipated. The latest report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – a notoriously conservative research agency – will be debated in Stockholm next month, but no one can deny its projections:

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Global Heat Emergency by Alex Smith

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Butterfly Bushes

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by Alex Smith
crossposted from ecoshock.info
July 22, 2013

Hello wherever you are, and whenever you hear this heat emergency podcast from Radio Ecoshock.

It takes a lot to get me to make an special message like this. The last time I pulled the trigger was on Friday March 11th, 2011 – the very day the Fukushima nuclear reactors blew up in Japan. I knew those reactors had melted down. I knew it was a historic moment of high risk for the Northern Hemisphere, if not the planet. I made five special podcasts over the next five days, and then covered Fukushima ever since, including the historic conference in New York in the Spring of 2013.

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How Can We Face A Future Of Climate Change If We Have Forgotten Our Past? by Lesley Docksey

Hostas

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by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 18, 2013

Climate change along with the disastrous effects it will have on the earth and humanity is being ignored by much of society. I differentiate between the earth and humanity because many people only relate to the problems that humans might suffer, not fully understanding that what damages the earth also damages us. During the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio, media headlines were screaming “We’ve only got 20 years to save the earth!” An environmentalist dryly pointed out, “No. The earth will survive. We have 20 years to save humanity.”

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How Much Change On Climate Change? by Chris Williams

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Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, examines the rhetoric and reality of Barack Obama’s speech on global warming.
SocialistWorker.org
June 26, 2013

London 2023

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THE VAST majority of people own no significant amount of stocks or other financial assets. Every single person breathes air. Every single person depends on the growing of food and the nutrition it provides to stay alive. We can’t live underwater. From these axioms, we should be able to divine a sense of what rational societal priorities reflect and emphasize.

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Humanity Imperiled–The Path to Disaster by Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky - hinsides statssosialismen

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by Noam Chomsky
www.tomdispatch.com
June 4, 2013

What is the future likely to bring?  A reasonable stance might be to try to look at the human species from the outside.  So imagine that you’re an extraterrestrial observer who is trying to figure out what’s happening here or, for that matter, imagine you’re an historian 100 years from now — assuming there are any historians 100 years from now, which is not obvious — and you’re looking back at what’s happening today.  You’d see something quite remarkable.

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