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Global Climate Strike, September 24

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Canadians can only rely on themselves to sort out climate crisis

Global Climate Strike Actions, Spetember 24.

For map of events across Canada, click here.

Not a day went by during the 44th general election without the leaders of the cartel parties stating that they have the solution to the climate crisis. Climate change is wreaking havoc on the peoples of the world, while also endangering island nations, coastal communities and all forms of life on the planet.

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Global Climate Strike, September 24

All Out to Humanize the Natural and Social Environment!

Support the Youth to Demand Meaningful Action on Climate Change

To read the calls for the September 24 actions,
see Renewal Update, September 14, 2021.

To register an action in Canada, click here.

To view a map of actions in Canada, click here.

To register an action outside of Canada, click here.

To view a map of actions worldwide, click here.

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Actions put climate change on agenda of federal election

Montreal, September 8, 2021

Actions were held at noon in more than 64 communities across Canada on September 8 which brought together people from all walks of life, the majority being youth, to put the issue of climate change on the agenda for the federal election. The action was organized by the group 350.org under the slogan “Canada is Still on Fire.” The actions were organized in response to the snap elections called by the Liberal government and as “an opportunity to bring together as many groups, organizations, and local organizers as possible to demand real action on the climate emergency.”

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Support the Youth to Demand Meaningful Action on Climate Change – Global Strike, September 24

All Out to Humanize the Natural and Social Environment!

Youth all over the world have called a global strike to oppose climate change for Friday, September 24, 2021. As of September 14, there are 55 actions taking place across Canada. This is a continuation of the weekly strikes organized by youth and students around the world since 2018 to demand meaningful action on climate change and for youth and working people the world over to work for profound political change and their own empowerment so that they can build a bright future.

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Record high heat waves, forest fires and floods raise alarm as never before

By NICK LIN

Worsening heat waves are currently causing many to die in Canada. Not only are the highest ever recorded temperatures very alarming, but so too is the inaction of governments to protect the population despite all the means at their disposal to do so. Meanwhile, both the Canadian and U.S. government refuse to take responsibility for the absence of potable water in many communities. In Canada more than 30 communities on reserves have no safe potable water. This is also the case of several U.S. towns where drought has become permanent. The consequences of disasters linked to nature are affecting the peoples of the entire world, especially Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is as if the domination of nature by human beings had never occurred and is beyond reach, which is absolute nonsense.

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This Day. Earth Day 2021. All out to humanize the natural and social environment!

#EarthDay2021 once again brings into focus the extent to which the natural environment is being endangered. It also raises a fundamental matter that when speaking about the natural environment we must per force raise the issue of the social environment.

Montreal Earth Day march, April 27, 2019

Earth Day 2021 once again brings into focus the extent to which the natural environment is being endangered. It also raises a fundamental matter that when speaking about the natural environment we must per force raise the issue of the social environment because on the fate of the former rests the fate of the latter. This raises the central issue of who controls the economy and who makes the important decisions which cause so much environmental damage. Continue reading

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Global warming is ‘fundamentally’ changing the structure of our world’s oceans

KELLY MACNAMARA

(AFP) – Climate change has wrought major changes to ocean stability faster than previously thought, according to a study published in March, raising alarms over its role as a global thermostat and the marine life it supports.

The research published in the journal Nature looked at 50 years of data and followed the way in which surface water “decouples” from the deeper ocean. Continue reading

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NATO is a threat to the climate

Vigorous picket held in Toronto outside the NATO Association of Canada headquarters, 44 Yonge Street, on December 3. The action condemned the 70th Anniversary NATO Summit being held in London that day.

By TAMARA LORINCZ

Last week, the 29 leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went to celebrate their alliance’s anniversary in London, but snubbed the opening of United Nations climate conference where the other 164 world leaders and their delegations are meeting in Madrid. 

Despite several scientific reports urgently warning about the devastating impacts and security implications of rising carbon emissions, climate change was not even on the NATO agenda. 

Instead, the alliance leaders discussed Russia and China as adversaries, space as a new warfighting domain, greater warfare readiness and more defence spending. Continue reading

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A million extinctions eclipsed by one royal grandbaby

Sea turtle image from IPBES report

As many as 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction — many of them within decades — according to the scientists and researchers behind a new UN report. The assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is the most comprehensive review to date of the damage humans are causing to biodiversity. The group’s chair, Robert Watson, says: Continue reading

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The Arctic: Militarization, collusion and contention and resistance (4 articles)

• Trudeau government moves to militarize the Arctic 

• Northwest Passage dispute

• The Inuit and the struggle for an Arctic Zone of Peace

For Your Information

• The Arctic –  An overview

• Arctic Council and the military issue
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Devastating floods in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick

Affirmation of social solidarity and need for measures to protect shoreline municipalities

Devastating floods are currently affecting many regions of Quebec, as well as parts of Ontario and New Brunswick. According to the provisional report published by Urgences Québec on April 28, there are 6,424 flooded homes, 3,508 dwellings isolated by water and 9,522 evacuees in Quebec. Continue reading

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Monopoly media ‘failed’ to connect 2017’s extreme weather to climate crisis: study

“We can’t fix the climate crisis if we aren’t talking about it. It’s critical that the media start reporting on the crisis with the quality and quantity it merits. We’re talking about the greatest challenge of our time.” | JKW JOHNSON, commondreams.org

"Given the gravity and urgency of the climate crisis, as well as a surfeit of relevant, newsworthy developments, one would expect U.S. media to report on climate and clean energy issues daily," Public Citizen's David Arkush writes. (Photo: Public Citizen)

“Given the gravity and urgency of the climate crisis, as well as a surfeit of relevant, newsworthy developments, one would expect U.S. media to report on climate and clean energy issues daily,” Public Citizen’s David Arkush writes | Public Citizen

Despite the fact that 2017 saw a flurry of devastating and “record-shattering” hurricanes, enormously destructive wildfires, and extreme droughts, a new report by Public Citizen published on Friday concludes that major American media outlets “largely failed” to connect these weather events to the broader global climate crisis. Continue reading

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Extreme weather, extremist governments

The social effects of extreme weather for the homeless, the poor, the elderly and the colonized, in the cities and on the roads; the abnegation of social responsibility and the public interest by the media and governments shows the need for empowerment. “When tragedies do occur, the monopoly media focuses on the technical mechanics of the disaster, excluding who should be held accountable, how the concerns and campaigns of the community were dealt with or ignored, and the response of the public bodies” | TONY SEED

(December 30, updated January 5) – According to the CBC, the main “news” and social consequences of the record extreme cold weather seems to be the status of outdoor civic New Year’s parties, the condition of the ice on a short-term, multi-million dollar outdoor rink erected on Parliament Hill, polar bear dips, and an outdoor World Junior hockey game between Canada and the U.S. in Buffalo on Friday December 28th.

A fiery crash of a tractor trailer truck on the QEW (pictured above) that shut down the Niagara bound lanes near Bartlett Ave. in Grimsby was reported merely as a freak obstacle or an inconvenient “long delay” to the many Canadians heading to the game. While no one was hurt this time, the damage to the highway was extensive and will take time to repair.

One CBC anchor, Hanna Thibodeau, joked with meteorologist David Phillips as to whether Russia was to blame for the Arctic front.

In seeming contrast, CBC published on December 29 a long photo feature titled “Toronto has officially frozen over. See it here in all its icy glory” highlighting the beauty of a nature that is benign. The kicker called on readers to “Take in the stunning sights of the city during the deep freeze.” (The photos were submitted.)

As 2017 ends, the working people face a media onslaught about what is going on in Canada and around the world, of which the weather occupies one sphere. We think that a sober approach going into 2018 is of importance.

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Snow squalls, snow fences and the privatization of highways: ‘It is time to draw a line in the snow’

A lake effect snow squall (snowsquall) drops heavy snow over Sudbury on Feb. 27. Lake effect squalls are noted for their persistence and linear banding, producing blinding visibility on Highway 400 yesteday.

An awesome lake effect snow squall (snowsquall) drops heavy snow over Sudbury on February 27, 2014. Lake effect squalls from Georgian Bay are noted for their persistence and linear banding, producing blinding visibility on Highway 400.

The following reflection was written on February 28, 2014 but for some reasons was not published at the time. I am posting it now in the midst of the extreme cold weather front that is gripping Canada and the United States.

The view from Blantyre

By TONY SEED

WHEN extreme weather event strikes, the reporting of the media proceeds from the premise of the insurance companies: it is a supernatural “act of God,” a natural disaster divorced from the social conditions made by man. It has become a genre and given a name – disaster journalism. It was all so “unexpected.” Hurricane Katrina? Just blew in suddenly from the Gulf. That ice storm in Atlanta? The weather suddenly shifted upstate in the morning. That tsunami in the Indian Ocean? No-one at the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii had the phone number of the Sri Lanka president and hence the island received no warning. Thousands of people, mainly poor fishers, along the eastern and southern coastline were engulfed by the deep blue sea, as if an act of Buddha. Due to the large number of victims, that far-off disaster did make the evening news. These were not “accidents”; natural disasters became crimes. Continue reading

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Word. Cuba will never accept any preconditions or impositions

STATEMENT BY H.E. Mr. BRUNO RODRÍGUEZ PARRILLA, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, AT THE SEVENTY SECOND SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017.

Mr. President:

Mr. Secretary General;

Allow me to reiterate to you Cuba’s, support to your work at the helm of the United Nations and as a guarantor and advocate of international peace.

Heads of State and Government;

Distinguished delegates;

I would like to express my deep condolences to the relatives of the deceased and the victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as our disposition to increase our cooperation, to the extent of our modest possibilities, with the brother peoples and governments of Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, small Caribbean islands which suffered a terrible devastation; with the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Virgin Islands and Anguilla. Continue reading

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Six questions about Hurricane Irma, climate change and Harvey

As global temperatures rise, warmer oceans are expected to fuel stronger hurricanes, with disastrous consequences | SABRINA SHANKMAN*

For the first time since 2010 three hurricanes were active in the Atlantic at the same time, and a rare case of multiple Atlantic hurricanes threatening land at the same time | NASA/NOAA GOES Project

A third of the way into the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA [the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Commerce Department] looked at the ocean and air temperatures and issued an ominous new forecast: the region would likely experience “an above normal hurricane season” that “could be extremely active,” with more named storms than previously expected — 14 to 19 this season — and two to five major hurricanes. Continue reading

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People’s Climate March and Earth Day Marches for Science

All Out to Defend and Humanize the Natural and Social Environment

March for Climate Jobs and Justice


Climate march, New York City, September 21, 2014.

 Washington, DC
Saturday, April 29 — 11:00 am
Capitol Building, 3rd St and Jefferson Dr. SW

For information: https://peoplesclimate.org

Events in Canada and Around the World
For information: https://peoplesclimate.org/sister-marches/

 

The second People’s Climate March is taking place in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 29 at the National Mall, blocks from the White House. Tens of thousands are expected to attend, highlighting the deep concern of the people over climate change and their demand for deep-going transformations to avert the dangers it poses and defend the natural environment. Continue reading

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History’s warmest year: Media ignores climate change

NOAA temperature map (12/14-15/15)

High and low temperatures over the last 24 hours (12/14-15/15). Source: NOAA

As wave after wave of record-breaking high temperatures grips huge swaths of America, media coverage of the December warmth has rarely been willing to discuss its cause.
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France: Security measures outlaw all marches and outdoor events during Climate Conference

Host state says climate marches will not take place, all outdoor events cancelled

Peoples Climate March of more than 100,000 in New York, September 21, 2014. Such marches are being outlawed in France during the World Climate Conference this month. | John Minchillo/AP Images

Peoples Climate March of more than 100,000 in New York, September 21, 2014. Such marches are being outlawed in France during the World Climate Conference this month. | John Minchillo/AP Images

France is hosting the UN Conference on Climate Change from November 30 to December 11 in Le Bourget. The Conference is the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11). Continue reading

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Monstrous hypocrisy: Duke Charles and the greening of Cornwall

Incensed to read a recent article in the Independent newspaper – ‘Prince warns of planet in crisis’ Independent The News Matrix: Thursday 26 February 2015 – the people of Cornwall responded in kind.

Duke Charles of Cornwall – not to forget Prince of Wales and Duke of Rothesay; Prince and High Steward of Scotland and Lord of the Isles; Admiral in the Royal Canadian Navy, General in the Canadian Army and General in the Royal Canadian Air Force*; and Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle – is reported to have addressed the Royal Society in London on Feb. 25 warning that global warming is “already causing ecosystem collapse, loss of habitation, poverty, starvation, migration and conflict.” The prince declared: “Actions which are good for the planet are also good for human health.”
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Graphic details. Map of US drought

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As of May 6, 2014, half of the United States was experiencing some level of drought. Nearly 15 per cent of the nation was gripped by extreme to exceptional drought. For the Plains and the Southwest, it’s a pattern that has been persistent for much of the past several years. Continue reading

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132 countries walk out in disgust from UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

On November 21 we posted a report from the London Guardian on the UN climate change talks in Warsaw, Poland and a report by Stephen Leahy about the specific role played by the Harper government in scuttling the climate talks. This report gives a more comprehensive overview of the conference.

Non-governmental participants in the UN climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland, join in walk-out of proceedings.

Non-governmental participants in the UN climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland, join in walk-out of proceedings.

TML Daily – THE United Nations held its 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) on its Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, from November 11 to 22. Discussions at the meeting highlight the contradictions between rich and poor countries; and big and small, as well as the attempts by governments of so-called developed countries in service of the monopolies to dictate global priorities to other countries and how to proceed with development and industrialization. Continue reading

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Harper government’s dirty role at UN climate talks

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Earlier today we posted a report from the London Guardian on the UN climate change talks in Poland. The following report by STEPHEN LEAHY* gives some information about the role played by the Harperites. 

DESMOG Warsaw, Poland (Nov. 20) — CANADA has led the way to scuttle the UN climate talks here in Warsaw, Poland taking with it nearly all hope of keeping global warming to less than 2C say members of various international organizations. 

Along with 190-plus nations, the Harper government signed an international agreement to keep carbon emissions below 2C at the UN climate talks in Cancun in 2011. And yet here at these very difficult climate talks to create a new treaty to protect the climate, the Canadian delegation considers the 2C target “aspirational” and not especially important according to sources. Continue reading

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Poor countries walk out of UN climate talk over compensation for pollution

091207-OttawaClimateChangeBannerDrop-01Guardian, UK (Nov. 20) – REPRESENTATIVES of most of the world’s poor countries have walked out of increasingly fractious climate negotiations after the EU, Australia, the US and other developed countries insisted that the question of who should pay compensation for extreme climate events be discussed only after 2015.

The orchestrated move by the G77 and China bloc of 132 countries came during talks about “loss and damage” – how countries should respond to climate impacts that are difficult or impossible to adapt to, such as typhoon Haiyan.

Saleemul Huq, the scientist whose work on loss and damage helped put the issue of recompense on the conference agenda, said: “Discussions were going well in a spirit of co-operation, but at the end of the session on loss and damage Australia put everything agreed into brackets, so the whole debate went to waste.”

Australia was accused of not taking the negotiations seriously. “They wore T-shirts and gorged on snacks throughout the negotiation. That gives some indication of the manner they are behaving in,” said a spokeswoman for Climate Action Network.

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Canadian Arctic temperatures highest in at least 44,000 years

Live Science (Oct. 25) – NEW research shows that average summer temperatures in the Canadian Arctic over the last century are the highest in the last 44,000 years, and perhaps the highest in 120,000 years.

“The key piece here is just how unprecedented the warming of Arctic Canada is,” Gifford Miller, a researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, said in a joint statement from the school and the publisher of the journal Geophysical Researcher Letters, in which the study by Miller and his colleagues was published online this week. “This study really says the warming we are seeing is outside any kind of known natural variability, and it has to be due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”

The study is the first to show that current Arctic warmth exceeds peak heat there in the early Holocene, the name for the current geological period, which began about 11,700 years ago. During this “peak” Arctic warmth, solar radiation was about 9 percent greater than today, according to the study.

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Rising sea level threat to American cities

Ben StraussClimate Central – Measurements tell us that global average sea level is currently rising by about 1 inch per decade. But in an invisible shadow process, our long-term sea level rise commitment or “lock-in” — the sea level rise we don’t see now, but which carbon emissions and warming have locked in for later years — is growing 10 times faster, and this growth rate is accelerating. Continue reading

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Record low water levels in Lake Huron, Lake Michigan

December’s monthly average level smashes record low set in 1964

By ANDREA GERMANOS*

AS the ongoing drought continues to push levels in the Mississippi River to historic lows, water levels in two of the Great Lakes are also succumbing to its effects.

The water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron have reached historic lows. (Photo: epa.gov)

Preliminary figures from the US Army Corps of Engineers show Lakes Michigan and Huron, considered a joint body of water, had record low water levels in December. The lakes’ water ended the month at 576.15 feet above sea level, just under the record 576.2 feet set in 1964. Continue reading

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Fisheries & Oceans: Pseudoscience in the service of imperialis

Beware the facile use of climate change explanations

By DOUGAL MACDONALD*

A FEBRUARY 20 REPORT in the Vancouver Sun, reprinted by other monopoly media, states that well-known British Columbia marine scientist, Villy Christensen, told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held this year in Vancouver February 16-20, that there is a need to do “more research on predicting the impact of climate change on oceans to better manage fisheries and stocks.” The impression left by the article is highly misleading; Christensen is actually engaged in a major research project, the Nereus Project, which is investigating the effect of three factors on ocean fish stocks: climate change, human activity, and food web dynamics (fish eating fish). Continue reading

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