Tag Archives: Climate change

Full throttle towards climate catastrophe under capitalism

By Sam Belton  Levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are now 50% higher than at the onset of capitalist industry in the 1800s. Without urgent action, it will be 100% higher by 2060. At this point, the latest IPCC report predicts that the earth’s surface temperature will have increased by between 2.4°C and 4°C. By 2040, it will be at ...

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Energy crisis in Britain: Why a socialist green deal is needed

By Mike Forster, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) Headlines warning of a Winter of Discontent have filled the media all week as the fuel crisis left angry motorists struggling to get petrol at empty forecourts. Essential workers, such as NHS, teaching, social care and other frontline staff have been unable to get to work due ...

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Climate crisis: The implications of Hurricane Ida

By Jesse Shussett, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Imagine it’s 90 degrees outside, your wall-to-wall carpet is fully soaked in floodwater and it’s starting to mold. Your power is out so you have no air conditioning, not even a fan, and your phone has been dead for days. Everything in your fridge is rotten, but the ...

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Famine in Madagascar: Caused by climate change & capitalism

By Lucy Marron Madagascar is on the brink of the first famine in modern history to be driven by climate change according to experts. Over one million people on the island nation are currently experiencing severe food insecurity, with at least 30,000 in southern Madagascar facing starvation. Many have resorted to eating locusts and wild leaves in order to survive, ...

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Capitalism vs. the Planet

By Hazel Grinberg, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) The latest IPCC report paints a picture of five potential futures for humanity. In the worst one, if corporations keep calling the shots, we could see catastrophic warming of up to 5.7˚C. This would spell disaster for ordinary people the world over who would have to cope with ...

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Ireland’s shocking rise in greenhouse emissions

By Catherine Finnegan Greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland were at their highest levels in 2019 since measurements began, according to a recent report on the Status of Ireland’s Climate. The report was published this month by researchers from the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency, Met Éireann and the Marine Institute. It ...

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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 change: Prepare for mass protests at COP26

By Connor Rosoman, International Socialist Alternative We are living through a decisive period in the fight against climate change. A recently leaked report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that at current rates, we are heading for 3C of warming — well above the 2C limit set by the Paris Agreement to avert a climate disaster. But ...

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5 reasons why capitalism can’t be patched up, and has to go

By Eddie McCabe If the world today seems chaotic and the future looks bleak, try to remember one thing: it’s not you, it’s capitalism.  The accelerating decay of this system is increasing the rate of all kinds of disasters, as well as their intensity. This reality means more hardship for billions of people daily, and devastation for millions. Naturally, it’s ...

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