What’s behind Greenland’s black snow?

by Blake Skylar

People’s World | February 07, 2018

What’s behind Greenland’s black snow?

Black snow, seen here in Greenland, is causing glaciers to melt and sea levels to rise. | Evan Vucci/AP

Greenland and other parts of the world are experiencing a troubling phenomenon. It sounds like something out of post-apocalyptic fiction, but the dark snow falling on land ranging from the Arctic to the Himalayas is quite real. The black material found in the snow is comprised of dust and soot. It’s called cryoconite, and it’s largely the product of forest fires and man-made global warming. In terms of both climate and pollution, it’s a sign that things are getting worse.Read More »


Nearly Four Eco-Defenders Killed Per Week in 2017 Amid ‘Ruthless Scramble’ for Resources


Common Dreams | February 02, 2018

Julia Francisco Martinez at the grave of her husband, who was killed after protesting the construction of a dam on indigenous lands. (Photo: Giles Clark/Getty Images)

Nearly four people per week were killed in 2017 while defending their land and the environment from what environmental and human rights group Global Witness calls “the ruthless scramble for natural wealth.”

A new analysis by the group counted 197 victims of the quest by miners, poachers, and agribusiness to take control of land around the world in order to sell natural resources—but believes many more deaths have likely gone unreported.

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Top 10 Environmental Stories in a Difficult Climate

Environment America | December 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – Cities and states around the country made substantial progress in 2017 to help us create the clean, green, healthy planet we deserve — in sharp contrast to the federal government, which spent the year rolling back protections for our air, water, land and health.

  1. After President Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate agreement, more than 2,500 governors, mayors and business leaders from across the country signed onto the “We are still in” statement to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions on their own. This bipartisan group, which represents more than 127 million Americans, signaled to the rest of the world that the American people would uphold their commitment to the goals set by the Paris Climate agreement.

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Capitalism, Exterminism and the Long Ecological Revolution

teleSUR spoke to Monthly Review editor John Bellamy Foster about climate change & the need to fight for an ecosocialist, revolutionary alternative to the profit-driven world capitalist system.

by Elliott Gabriel

teleSUR | December 22, 2017


Even the most stubborn climate skeptics found the events of 2017 difficult to cope with. It wasn’t just a matter of turning up the air conditioner and switching the channel to Fox News: this time, the inconvenient truth came in the form of monstrous wildfires and tropical cyclones ruthlessly knocking down suburban ranch homes and master-planned housing developments.Read More »

Killing the Biosphere to Fast-track Human Extinction

by Robert J. Burrowes

Frontier | December 05, 2017

Several years ago in Cameroon, a country in West Africa, a Western Black Rhinoceros was killed. It was the last of its kind on Earth.

Hence, the Western Black Rhinoceros, the largest subspecies of rhinoceros which had lived for millions of years and was the second largest land mammal on Earth, no longer exists.

But while you have probably heard of the Western Black Rhinoceros, and may even have known of its extinction, did you know that on the same day that it became extinct, another 200 species of life on Earth also became extinct?

This is because the sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history is now accelerating at an unprecedented rate with 200 species of plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects and reptiles being driven to extinction on a daily basis. And the odds are high that you have never even heard of any of them. For example, have you heard of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle, recently declared extinct? See ‘Christmas Island Pipistrelle declared extinct by IUCN’.Read More »

Wildlife Activist Nabajyoti Baruah Strives To Mitigate Man-Elephant Conflict


Countercurrents.org | October 23, 2017

Nabajyoti Baruah

The Udalguri district of Assam administered by the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), has seen a steady rise in human-elephant conflict over the past decade. The illegal human encroachment in the age-old elephant corridors of Udalguri district has posed serious threat to ecology of the district since long. What has added to that is unabated felling of trees in Khalingduar Reserve Forest and Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary, thereby leading to destruction of the green cover and compelling wild elephants to roam in human habitats.Read More »

Time of Great Dying: Population Bomb Bursts, the End of Old-Growth Forests, and the Great Awakening


EcoInternet | October 08, 2017

Exponential human population growth can only end in collapse

Exponential human population growth can only end in collapse (courtesy of Population Matters)


In 90 years – a blink of an eye in ecological and geological time – the human population has gone from two billion to over seven billion. Another one billion people are added every 12-15 years, such exponential growth in human population can only end in collapse. Of these, a billion extravagantly over-consume (including a few hundred individuals who have amassed half of Earth’s wealth) as another billion live in abject poverty on less than $1.50 a day.Read More »

Containers are taking over

Global capitalism and its effect on Durban back-of-port neighourhood

by Elisabet Van Wymeersch

Pambazuka News | August 31, 2017


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Borneo (Kalimantan): A Frontline For Survival Of Our Planet

by Andre Vltchek

Countercurrents.org | August 11, 2017



Q1:You are preparing a new documentary film about a big island, Borneo, which is shared by three Asian countries. Which was the triggering
factor for making this film now?

AV: The triggering factor was a simple shock. I’m not what you’d call an environmentalist. Of course I care about our planet, about our wonderful creatures, plants, oceans, rivers and deserts. I don’t want them to suffer, to disappear. I wrote an entire book about the plight of South Pacific island nations, called “Oceania”, but that was all – I never made one single film about the environmental destruction.Read More »

Plastic made since 1950s weigh equivalent of one billion elephants, finds alarming study

A Journal of People report

Source: Internet

Plastic weighing the equivalent of one billion elephants has been created since the 1950s and most of it has ended up in landfill, an alarming new study has shown. The research report – Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made – was published in the journal Science Advances (July 19, 2017, Vol. 3, no. 7, e1700782
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700782)

Recent figures from Recycle Now show that Britain bins around 16 million plastic bottles a day and if a year’s worth of the UK’s unrecycled plastic bottles were placed end to end, they’d reach around the world 31 times, covering  just over 780,000 miles.Read More »