Drilling Through the Noisy Climate Debate

Drilling Through the Noisy Climate Debate

Even if climate science is complicated, author Naomi Klein wants you to know that finding a solution to climate change is easy. In her powerful new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, the Canadian globalization expert drills through the noisy...
Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?

Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?

For 20 years the United States and its allies have sabotaged global efforts to stop climate change: They promote false solutions like carbon trading and “voluntary” emissions reduction. They blame developing nations for the crisis, ignoring 250 years of...
A Devil’s Bargain on the Climate

A Devil’s Bargain on the Climate

This blog originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. Two years ago, environmentalist Bill McKibben caused a stir when he revealed the “terrifying new math” of climate change. McKibben calculated that to have a reasonable chance of staying below what climate...
A flaw in California’s cap-and-trade plan

A flaw in California’s cap-and-trade plan

California has made clear its intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But is it taking the right steps to do so? The state has set a goal of returning to 1990 emissions levels by 2020. It has adopted renewable energy standards, driven the national trend in...
The Oxygen Trade: Leaving Hondurans Gasping for Air

The Oxygen Trade: Leaving Hondurans Gasping for Air

“We’re not selling this oxygen to anybody,” said Vitalino Álvarez, a participant in the Unified Aguán Farmers´ Movement (MUCA) in the boiling hot northern region of Honduras. Like many places around Honduras and the world, Álvarez’s community is a direct victim of...
We Can’t Put a Price on Nature

We Can’t Put a Price on Nature

A group of international scientists says that the earth is dangerously close to its tipping point of irreversible damage. Clearly, we need a way out of the mess we’ve made of the planet. The so-called “green economy,” which governments, business...
Carbon Blood Money in Honduras

Carbon Blood Money in Honduras

With its muddy roads, humble huts, and constant military patrols, Bajo Aguán, Honduras feels a long way away from the slick polish of the recurring UN climate negotiations in the world’s capital cities. Yet the bloody struggle going on there strikes at...

Debunking Carbon Markets and the Neo-liberal “Green” Economy

The Earth Democracy Conference builds on the “Declaration” adopted by the Ecojustice People’s Movement Assembly at the 2010 US Social Forum. As part of The Earth Democracy Conference that brings together people who are working on the frontlines of...

Nothing More than Hot Air

It started in the dog days of August, 1996, when Washington becomes a ghost town. That was when the World Bank revised its energy efficiency standards for thermal power plants, weakening them dramatically. Why would the primary institution entrusted with the task of...
Worlds Collide at Cancun Climate Talks

Worlds Collide at Cancun Climate Talks

The debate over climate change generally transpires within the cloistered confines of expensive hotels, executive boardrooms, and diplomatic halls. As seen in the failure to arrive at binding agreements in Copenhagen, the talks are generally as sterile as the...

UN Panel to be a Dangerous Disappointment

How much money is on the table to combat climate change, where it comes from and how it flows will be at the heart of global climate negotiations at the end of this year in Cancun. Answers emerging from a UN panel on climate finance co-chaired by Norwegian Prime...

Debate: Cap and Trade

The Solar Hydrogen IGERT and the University of Delaware Energy Institute hosted the 4th annual Energy & Sustainability Conference. IPS was asked to participate in a debate on Carbon Cap and Trade policies.

Why Carbon Offsets Backfire

You don’t have to leave the United States for an object lesson in how an emissions offset system can go wrong. Consider Vernon, California: The tiny city and its neighboring communities have some of the highest air pollution levels in the Los Angeles...

Missed Opportunity in Hokkaido

Seasoned global justice activists are calling the Hokkaido meeting of the leaders of the wealthiest nations one of the most repressive in the history of G8 Summits. While no one was killed in the name of security, as was the case at the 2001 meetings in Italy, the...