Tag Archives: Climate catastrophe

Climate change debate: The ‘overpopulation’ myth

By Manus Lenihan  The latest report on climate change has been released to the accompaniment of terrible fires and floods around the world. It contains the most urgent warnings to date concerning the scale of the disaster we face. Yet there’s a lot of confusion about the real causes of climate disaster. Here are two headlines from The Guardian over ...

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Climate catastrophe: A socialist world is needed- now more than ever

The following is an extract from a speech given by Socialist Party member, Haritha Olaganathan at “The Rally for a Socialist World” (link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPdWsEuUIzw) organised by International Socialist Alternative.  I’m really looking forward to the mobilisation in Glasgow in November [protests taking place at the UN COP26 meeting on climate change] because I’m sure you remember one of the ...

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Unprecedented floods in Europe: Solidarity as the last line of defence

PSL (Left Socialist Party)-reporters in Liège, our sister organisation Belgium On Friday, the provisional death toll from the floods and extreme weather in Wallonia, the southern part of Belgium, rose to 18. Apocalyptic images followed one another without interruption. The only constant over the last few hours has been the enormous solidarity among the population and the heroism of the ...

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G7 summit – capitalist leaders maintain course for climate disaster

By Sam Belton Every time the G7 leaders meet it is to discuss a range of hopeless solutions to an ever-growing mountain of crises that are being thrown up by capitalism. Before the first case of Covid-19 was even reported in 2019, G7 leaders nervously met in France to discuss how they might avert the deep economic recession that was ...

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New Climate Action Bill: Still a weak response to urgent crisis

By Padraig O’Flynn To muted fanfare and coverage the government recently published its Climate Action Bill. The document might appear ambitious on the surface, but, on closer inspection, specific measures for achieving these targets are largely absent. Weak proposals Indeed, the most interesting thing about the document is what’s missing from it. For example, it contains no free public transport ...

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Resist extinction: Make capitalism extinct

By Haritha Olaganathan  Once an abstract far-fetched notion, the climate crisis has become a tangible threat to human existence. We can now witness and experience the devastating consequences of centuries of untethered exploitation of our planet. Rise in natural disasters  While Trump seeks to purchase Greenland, its ice is melting four times faster than it was 16 years ago. Furthermore, ...

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Why is the Amazon burning?

By Electra Kleitsa, Xekinima (Greek Section of the CWI- the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated to) This July, very worrying news came to light: it is estimated that since the beginning of the year, when Jair Bolsonaro took over the presidency of Brazil, the Amazon loses a forest area equal to one football ...

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Climate catastrophe: Why you must be red to be green

The first half of 2019 has been characterised by the eruption of a huge movement around climate change, sparked by protests and walkouts of millions of school students internationally, writes Monika Janas. This reflects the growing understanding of the peril which our planet is in and the need for urgent and radical action to reverse this. In reality the term ...

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“Keep it in the ground”: End the use of fossil fuels

By Dean O’Donnell Last year, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that we have a mere 12 years to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, after which point the more catastrophic effects of climate change – floods, droughts, heatwaves – will greatly worsen. Such a goal can only be achieved through a drastic reduction in ...

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