For all our successes, humanity remains vulnerable to natural disasters. Hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, fires, floods, and other natural disasters can be caused by global warming.
Richard D. Wolff: Socialists cannot win now if they keep advocating solutions for capitalism’s predations that have already proved unsustainable and thus temporary.
Paul Haeder: Every time you read about a whale beached and dead, guts filled with plastic, that mammal represents less than 10 percent of the actual death rate of whales since most die offshore and sink to the benthic zone.
Lawrence Wittner: From the United States to Russia, from India to Brazil, numerous countries have been swept up in xenophobia, triggering not only a disastrous revival of the nuclear arms race, but an inability to work together to challenge the latest existential threat to human survival: climate change.
Frida Berrigan: No one told me how much fun it would be to knock on doors and chat with strangers, each conversation offering me a yet more complex map of my community.
Tom Engelhardt: Australia may be the first time that the climate-change time-scape and human history have intersected in a way that truly mattered.
Reynard Loki: In his new solo performance piece “The Truth Has Changed,” the “Gasland” director Josh Fox raises an alarm: The Democrats are ill-prepared for Trump’s oncoming misinformation campaign.
Valerie Vande Panne : The point made by examining the entire life cycle of plastic is that we will never—no, never—solve the problem of plastic simply by dealing with the end waste products.
Steve Hochstadt: Over the next 11 months Trump will surprise everyone, perhaps many times, with unprecedented statements and behaviors. It is doubtful that any of those shocks will be pleasant.
Vijay Prashad: The problem of climate change is something that is common to all countries, and no one is immune to its deleterious impact; at the same time, the responsibility of countries is not identical, and some countries.
Tom Hastings: What could one child from Sweden do? Recycle her Knäckebröd wrappers? Put one less log on the fire? Try to convince her parents to drive their Saab fewer kilometers?
Michael T. Klare: On another bank of screens, officials are watching horrifying scenes from Los Angeles and San Diego, where millions of people are under mandatory evacuation orders with essentially nowhere to go because of a maelstrom of raging wildfires.
Steve Hochstadt: Our policy-makers, Democrat and Republican, have been tinkering around the edges of poverty, but have not found a set of policies which can make an impact.