Tag Archives: Climate change

Green Party once again wrestles with its conscience… and wins

By Colm McCarthy On the 26 June the Greens announced that they had secured the necessary two-thirds majority to enter government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. In the end it was not even close, as 76% of their members supported the deal – a larger percentage than Fianna Fáil (74%), or a non-weighted measurement of the Fine Gael electoral ...

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A vicious circle: Climate change and environmental catastrophe in Siberia

By Rob Jones, Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa (ISA in Russia) If Siberia were a country, it would be the biggest in the world, stretching from the Arctic to Mongolia and Central Asia, from the Pacific Ocean to the Ural mountains on the edge of Europe. It contains incredible nature including the magnificent Lake Baikal and the remote and terrifying mountain ranges of Kamchatka, with ...

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Review: Planet of the Humans

By Michael Barker, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) Planet of the Humans demands our attention and most of all it demands our action. This widely-watched documentary, directed by Jeff Gibbs and produced by Michael Moore, presents a dystopian overview of the destruction that capitalism has wrought on our planet. Importantly the film castigates the ongoing ...

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Existential threat of climate change looms large

By Sam Belton While the world reels in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the climate change crisis ominously looms in the background as an ever-developing existential threat. Both crises are of course interconnected, as the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 – was in part driven by global biodiversity loss and the destruction of finely-tuned ...

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Green Party — Business as usual won’t stop climate catastrophe

By Laura Fitzgerald  Following the ‘Green wave’ of last May’s Local and European Election, the Green Party have had another breakthrough, winning a new high of 12 TDs, representing a plus ten seat gain. The Green Party’s ignominious recent history of participation in an austerity, bank bailout government alongside Fianna Fail was sufficiently in the past in order for the ...

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Lethal for our planet: Fracking must be stopped

By Gary McDonald  The potential for the Irish state to allow for the importation of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) into Ireland through the Shannon and Cork Harbour LNG project is a clear indication that the Irish government has no real intention of curbing Ireland’s carbon emissions output in order to save humanity from a complete catastrophe.  Leo Varadkar at the ...

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The Auto Industry, Jobs and a Green Future

By Christian Bunke, Martina Gergits, Philipp Chmel, Stefan Brandl, Brettros (SLP-our sister organisation in Austria)  The automobile industry, along with the oil industry, remains the world’s largest and most dominant industrial sector. More than eight million people are directly employed by the auto manufacturers, and millions more work in connected industry. It employs hundreds of thousands of workers in Germany and ...

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Climate changes creates raging fires and red skies in Australia

By Gary McDonald  The current situation in Australia is a frightening glimpse of our future. The catastrophic effects of climate change that scientists have been warning about for decades are coming to fruition right before our very eyes. Beginning unusually early in September 2019, this bushfire season has marked the ushering-in of a whole new terrifying climate reality particularly for ...

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Australia: Climate inaction and budget cuts fuel devastating bushfires

By Jeremy Trott, Socialist Action (our sister organisation in Australia) Australia is in the grip of an extreme bushfire crisis. Record-breaking heat waves and months of drought have created the conditions for massive blazes across the country. The scale of the fires is unprecedented, affecting every state on the continent. They are the largest bushfires ever recorded in Australia. At the ...

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