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.
By Mike Bryan, 10 January 2009
On December 22, a massive sludge impoundment in eastern Tennessee gave way, releasing over a billion gallons of toxic coal byproduct into the surrounding area.
By Laura Tiernan, 14 November 2008
With support for the Australian Greens on the rise, the party’s leaders have been quick to demonstrate their support for Labor and the corporate elite.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 September 2008
The Labor government’s Garnaut Climate Change Review has effectively concluded that within the existing international political and social framework, dangerous and potentially irreversible global warming is inevitable.
By Barry Mason, 10 September 2008
World Water Week, attended by around 2,500 scientists, government and civil society representatives from 140 countries, took place in Stockholm last month. It was held under the auspices of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).