By David Walsh, 31 August 2012
Whatever the ultimate damage caused by Hurricane Isaac, it has underscored once again the social crisis in America and the failure of its political system.
By Naomi Spencer, 15 August 2012
Grain prices surged to new records after the US Department of Agriculture downgraded its harvest projections.
By Clara Weiss, 15 August 2012
Record temperatures and fires in Russia have led to the country’s worst harvest since 2010, triggering a food crisis.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 August 2012
Global food prices rose 6.2 percent in July, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization reported Thursday.
By Naomi Spencer, 9 August 2012
Drought conditions affected two-thirds of the continental US this week, intensifying in the western plains where temperatures exceeded 110°F.
By Naomi Spencer, 4 August 2012
More than a fifth of the contiguous United States is under “extreme” or “exceptional” drought, threatening widening crop failures.
By Bryan Dyne, 2 August 2012
The sudden melting of the Greenland ice shelf is an indicator that global warming is beginning to have a very widespread impact on human life.
By Naomi Spencer, 1 August 2012
Downgraded harvest outlooks in the US, Russia and Australia sent grain markets soaring upward still further Monday.
By Naomi Spencer, 28 July 2012
Severe drought spread rapidly across the central US this week, further damaging staple crops and heightening the risk of a global food crisis.
By Naomi Spencer, 21 July 2012
As the US drought deepens, corn and soybean prices are soaring past 2008 records, raising the specter of a global food crisis.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 July 2012
The deepest drought in more than half a century threatens US staple crops, which has fueled a speculative rally on the global grain markets.
Patrick O’Connor and SEP candidate for Melbourne, 6 July 2012
What has been billed as a major environmental and social reform is in fact a regressive pro-business measure that does nothing to address the climate change crisis.
By James Brewer, 4 July 2012
Hot temperatures continue in the eastern United States as over a million are without electricity.
By Naomi Spencer, 2 July 2012
Strong storms left 14 dead and millions without power in the midst of triple-digit temperatures.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 29 June 2012
Under conditions of heat, dry air, and high winds, devastating fires have swept across the US state of Colorado, causing major evacuations and the destruction of homes and entire neighborhoods.
By Nicholas Russo, 28 June 2012
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which drew to a close in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last Friday, has been denounced by environmental advocates as a “hoax” and “an epic failure.” Despite already low expectations before the meeting, the summit testifies to the stagnation in global efforts to address the looming climate crisis.
By Nicholas Russo, 12 June 2012
An international group of scientists published a review article in the latest issue of Nature arguing that the human impact on the Earth's biosphere could lead to an ecological disaster in as little as a few generations.
By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2012
As the survivors marked the anniversary, they were offered platitudes and religious bromides by Obama and other speakers.
Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP candidate for US vice president
Phyllis Scherrer and SEP candidate for US vice president, 18 May 2012
The Socialist Equality Party opposes the uncontrolled application of hydraulic fracturing by private corporations whose sole aim is the maximization of profits at any cost.
By Marc Wells, 14 May 2012
Maywood, California in Los Angeles County is one of many US cities suffering from a lack of access to one of the most basic requirements of modern society: clean drinking water.
By Robert Stevens, 29 March 2012
The gas leak at the Total oil conglomerate Elgin platform in the North Sea threatens an environmental disaster.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 March 2012
A spate of tornadoes Friday across the Midwest and South, the second outbreak in three days, left at least 39 dead, hundreds injured, and entire towns demolished.
By Hiram Lee and Ryan Rahilly, 5 March 2012
The wave of tornadoes that struck the Midwestern and Southern US on Friday left many communities in eastern Kentucky destroyed. World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with residents of West Liberty about their experiences.
By Marcus Day, 6 February 2012
A nuclear reactor in Byron, Illinois, about 95 miles northwest of Chicago, released radioactive steam into the environment after an unexpected shutdown Monday morning.
By Philip Guelpa, 2 February 2012
In an attempt to curry favor with the energy industry in advance of the presidential election, President Obama used his State of the Union address to declare his backing for hydrofracking.
By Oliver Campbell, 23 December 2011
It appears that the collapse of dams contributed to the severity of the floods, along with deforestation, silting of the rivers and lack of government planning.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 December 2011
Durban is set to join the list of UN summits that fail to take significant action to resolve the climate change crisis—Bali, Poznan, Cancún and, most prominently, Copenhagen.
By Janel Flechsig, 8 November 2011
A dam at the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Wisconsin collapsed, sending an estimated 2,500 cubic yards of coal ash into Lake Michigan last week.
By Kate Randall, 5 November 2011
Nearly a week after an unusually early snowstorm hit the Northeast US, hundreds of thousands of electric customers remained without power as of Friday.
By Peter Daniels, 1 November 2011
An early snowstorm highlights the crisis of infrastructure in the US
By Charles Abelard and Tom Carter, 14 September 2011
Funding cuts implemented earlier this year left firefighters unable to effectively combat the blazes, which have already left thousands of rural and small-town homes across the state in ruins.
By Tom Eley, 9 September 2011
Heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Lee on Thursday forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of residents from Pennsylvania and New York.
By Kate Randall, 2 September 2011
The death toll from Hurricane Irene climbed to 46 on Thursday as residents in Vermont and New Jersey battled serious flooding, and significant power outages continued throughout the Northeast US.
By Kate Randall, 31 August 2011
The death toll from Hurricane Irene rose to 42 yesterday as inland areas of the Northeast US were still experiencing severe flooding.
By Kate Randall, 29 August 2011
Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast of the US this weekend, leaving more than 4 million people and businesses without power and killing at least 18.
By Patrick O’Connor, 19 July 2011
A sharp shift is now underway, with the Labor government and Coalition opposition under pressure to outline savage austerity measures to prepare for the sharp domestic impact of an international slump.
By Dwight Stoll, 14 July 2011
Weeks of unrelenting heat have left at least 39 people dead and 150 million suffering triple-digit temperatures across the US.
By Naomi Spencer, 7 July 2011
An estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil have poured into the Yellowstone River just south of Billings, Montana since a pipeline owned by ExxonMobil broke open July 1.
By Naomi Spencer, 24 June 2011
Thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate Minot, North Dakota, ahead of unprecedented flooding.
By Toby Reese, 15 June 2011
The fire, the largest in Arizona’s history, has so far burned over 733 square miles in the state and in neighboring New Mexico.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 June 2011
Record levels of greenhouse gas emission constitute a damning indictment of the capitalist system.
By Patrick Zimmerman, 7 June 2011
The gas industry is citing the lack of baseline data to discredit a report by researchers at Duke University criticizing the use of hydraulic fracturing.
By Dan Brennan, 6 June 2011
Global carbon dioxide emissions reached new and dangerous heights last year, according to a new assessment by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
By Kate Randall, 3 June 2011
At least three people were killed when tornadoes touched down in central and western Massachusetts on Wednesday.
By Naomi Spencer, 26 May 2011
124 are now confirmed dead from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri. More tornadoes swept across through the region Tuesday and Wednesday, taking at least 15 more lives.
By Naomi Spencer, 25 May 2011
Another major storm system churned into Oklahoma and the US Midwest Tuesday, bearing more tornadoes. The death toll from Sunday’s tornado in Joplin, Missouri has grown to 124.
By Naomi Spencer, 25 May 2011
One month after tornadoes ripped across the US South, devastated communities are struggling to rebuild without meaningful federal assistance.
By Naomi Spencer, 24 May 2011
Joplin is only the latest in a series of communities devastated by tornadoes this year, highlighting the deadly impact of social inequality and underdeveloped infrastructure.
By Naomi Spencer, 24 May 2011
The huge tornado that razed much of Joplin, Missouri Sunday evening killed at least 116 and injured hundreds more, making it the deadliest single tornado in the US since at least 1953.
By Dan Brennan, 23 May 2011
Climate change is responsible for increasingly extreme weather events.
By Joseph Santolan, 18 May 2011
A substantial portion of China’s wheat and rice harvests has been destroyed, a fact that could have a serious impact on volatile and soaring global food prices.
By Jerry White, 16 May 2011
While bowing to the interests of Big Oil, the Obama administration is providing essentially no compensation to those losing their homes and livelihoods in the Mississippi flood.
By Naomi Spencer, 16 May 2011
In a bid to protect Louisiana’s urban centers from catastrophic flooding, federal officials have deliberately inundated thousands of mostly poor bayou residents.
By Clement Daly and Naomi Spencer, 14 May 2011
The historic flooding along the Mississippi River casts a spotlight on the crumbling and patchwork state of America’s levees, roads and bridges.
By Naomi Spencer, 13 May 2011
Impoverished river towns in Mississippi and Louisiana are faced with catastrophic flooding.
By Naomi Spencer, 10 May 2011
Towns situated in the Mississippi River watershed are being inundated by the worst flooding in nearly a century.
By Daniel Sharp, 2 May 2011
The devastation wrought by the April 27 tornadoes could have been substantially mitigated by decent housing and shelters, and a rational emergency plan.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 April 2011
Over 290 people were killed after dozens of huge tornadoes tore through the American Deep South Wednesday. Hundreds more were injured and many victims remain trapped.
By Catherine Wied, 2 April 2011
The scandal surrounding the recent environmental disaster in Dortmund, Germany, is mounting as further incriminating evidence comes to light.
By Philip Guelpa, 25 March 2011
The US energy industry is marshaling its financial and political muscle to overwhelm all opposition to the environmentally dangerous technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “hydrofracking.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 March 2011
The increasingly frenzied campaign being waged by the opposition Liberal-National parties against the Labor government’s proposed carbon tax is being used by sections of the media to engineer a further shift to the right in official Australian politics.
By Patrick O’Connor, 28 February 2011
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced she will introduce a carbon tax before July 2012, staking her political credibility on pushing it through the hung parliament.
By Shane Feratu, 7 February 2011
Chicago and much of the Midwestern US was crippled by a severe snow storm last week.
By Dan Brennan, 26 January 2011
Global surface temperatures for 2010 matched record highs, with the past decade the hottest ever recorded.
By Sybille Fuchs, 14 January 2011
In the latest of a series of food scandals, animal feed contaminated with high levels of cancer-causing dioxin have been uncovered in Germany.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 December 2010
A major blizzard struck the northeastern US over the weekend, cutting power to tens of thousands and stranding holiday travelers.
By Dan Brennan, 15 December 2010
Released secret diplomatic cables cast new light on the shadowy character of international climate change negotiations.
By Dan Brennan, 3 December 2010
Up to the Cancun climate conference, key participants made clear that any binding agreement was off the negotiating table.
By Markus Salzmann, 1 December 2010
Nearly two months after Hungary’s worst environmental disaster, no one in the world of politics or business is prepared to take responsibility for the devastating consequences.
By Frances Gaertner and Kristina Betinis, 23 November 2010
Recent reports of a struggling California condor population indicate the persistence of DDT contamination, threatening animal life and human health.
By Hiram Lee, 22 November 2010
Hundreds of West Virginia residents are suing coal giant Massey Energy for polluting local water supplies with toxic coal slurry.
By Chris Talbot, 11 November 2010
The Nagoya summit on biodiversity failed to take any significant action on a critical environmental issue.
By Stefan Steinberg, 8 October 2010
The devastation following the release of a tidal wave of toxic sludge in Hungary is part of the high price the population is paying for the implementation of the free market economy.
By Philip Guelpa, 28 September 2010
Recent US Environmental Protection Agency hearings have yielded substantial information about the dangers to human health and the environment posed by the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking.
Part 3: The gutting of social infrastructure
By Naomi Spencer, 31 August 2010
Five years after the destruction of New Orleans, Louisiana, critical infrastructure remains crippled and many working poor residents are in want of basic social services.
By Katharina Wied, 28 August 2010
In a major environmental scandal, workers at a factory In the German city of Dortmund were continually exposed to extremely high doses of poisonous chemicals.
By Josué Olmos, 29 July 2010
On Sunday, July 25, a leak at an oil pipeline pump near Marshall, Michigan sent over 800,000 gallons of crude oil spilling into the Kalamazoo River. The health and environmental effects of the spill have already begun to take their toll.
Part 3: Environmental disaster and private profit
By Naomi Spencer and Rosa Lexington, 27 July 2010
Reckless surface mining operations in close proximity to communities has exposed residents of the coalfields to water contamination, flash flooding, and other dangers.
By Mike Head, 18 June 2010
Submissions and testimony to the official inquiry into last year’s Montara oil and gas spill have revealed that the company and the government sought to hide the scale and causes of the disaster.
By Tom Eley, 9 June 2010
The Obama administration on Monday said that it would quickly issue new safety guidelines in order to expedite exploration for oil in shallow waters—even with the BP oil eruption still gushing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
By Chris Talbot, 26 April 2010
An independent inquiry into the conduct of scientists at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia in Britain has found “absolutely no evidence of any impropriety whatsoever.”
By Hiram Lee, 12 January 2010
The Obama administration has joined with the energy companies in seeking to block new regulations that would designate coal ash as toxic waste.
By Dietmar Henning, 21 December 2009
Despite the urgency of finding a solution to global warming, the representatives of 193 states at the world climate conference in Copenhagen last week were utterly incapable of agreeing on any effective steps to reduce global levels of greenhouse gases.
By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2009
The UN-sponsored global climate summit in Copenhagen staggered toward a finish Friday night, with representatives of the major world powers hoping to salvage a brief statement of principles, without a single binding commitment, before bringing the two-week conference to an end.
By Kranti Kumara, 19 December 2009
Twenty-five years after the worst industrial accident in history, hundreds of thousands of long-suffering victims in Bhopal continue to be treated with neglect and even contempt by every faction of the Indian establishment.
By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2009
Danish police battled demonstrators outside the world climate conference in Copenhagen, while inside the delegates of the imperialist powers, China, India and dozens of less developed countries clashed over conflicting proposals to deal with pollution caused by industrialization, deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels.
By Stefan Steinberg, 15 December 2009
The brutal measures employed by the Danish police in Copenhagen on Saturday must serve as a warning to the working class and youth in Europe and internationally.
By Stefan Steinberg, 14 December 2009
Large numbers of Danish riot police intervened brutally to arrest nearly 1,000 activists during a protest march held Saturday in Copenhagen.
At Copenhagen climate talks
By Patrick Martin, 11 December 2009
Tensions between the major imperialist powers and poor countries erupted Thursday at the UN climate talks, after the leaking of draft documents that would effectively ratify the privileged position of the United States and Europe in the world economy.
By Chris Talbot, 9 December 2009
The theft and publication of emails containing communications between top scientists in England has been used to boost the campaign to deny the existence of global warming.
WSWS public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne
3 December 2009
The Labor government’s failed attempt to ram through a carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS) has brought to the surface deep-going conflicts within the Australian ruling elite. The SEP meetings will clarify what the proposed ETS actually is and what it means for the working class. It will demonstrate that all market-based schemes only exacerbate the environmental crisis created by the profit system itself.
Australia: Bipartisan carbon trading deal transfers $6 billion from households to corporate polluters
By Patrick O’Connor, 26 November 2009
The final terms of the government’s so-called Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme—set to be approved by parliament this week and to commence operations in 2011—underscore that the mechanism has nothing to do with protecting the environment, but is driven by the interests of corporate Australia.
By Stefan Steinberg, 18 November 2009
Last Sunday, Obama gave his consent to a plan worked out at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Singapore which effectively blocks any decision on concrete steps to combat global warming at the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Conference.
UN climate change meeting
By Tom Eley, 23 September 2009
Tuesday’s global warming summit failed to ease differences among the major powers in advance of a December treaty conference in Copenhagen.
By Frank Gaglioti, 7 September 2009
A major oil and gas rupture from the West Atlas mobile offshore drilling rig off the northwestern coast of Australia is threatening to become a major environmental disaster. The leakage is unlikely to be plugged for weeks.
By Dan Brennan, 3 September 2009
Mercury is polluting streams across the country with alarming frequency, according to a study published last month by US Geological Survey.
By Patrick O'Connor, 11 August 2009
US military and intelligence agencies are studying the strategic implications of global warming, including preparations for military interventions, the New York Times reported Sunday.
By Patrick O'Connor, 29 June 2009
On Friday, the US House of Representatives narrowly approved Democratic-sponsored legislation for a national “cap and trade” carbon emissions scheme.
By Dan Brennan, 2 April 2009
Scientists meeting in Copenhagen last month issued dire warnings about the rapid rate of climate change and the growing threat of rising sea levels.
By Richard Phillips, 18 March 2009
A huge oil spill off the coastline of south-east Queensland is the latest example of government indifference and the inadequacy of critical emergency services and infrastructure to cope with disasters.