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Richard Smith, Truthout, June 24, 2015
Beijing

This article seeks to explain why China's environmental crisis is so horrific, so much worse than "normal" capitalism most everywhere else, and why the government is incapable of suppressing pollution even from its own industries. I begin with an overview of the current state of China's environment: its polluted air, waters, farmland and the proximate causes, including overproduction, overdevelopment, profligate resource consumption, uncontrolled dumping and venting of pollutants.

Richard Smith, Truthout, June 24, 2015
Beijing

This article seeks to explain why China's environmental crisis is so horrific, so much worse than "normal" capitalism most everywhere else, and why the government is incapable of suppressing pollution even from its own industries. I begin with an overview of the current state of China's environment: its polluted air, waters, farmland and the proximate causes, including overproduction, overdevelopment, profligate resource consumption, uncontrolled dumping and venting of pollutants.

Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, April 15, 2015
Japan: no nukes

Critics of nuclear energy are cheering a ruling by a Japanese court that blocks the restart of two reactors at a plant in western Japan.

Australia's ABC reports that

Local residents sought the injunction against Kansai Electric Power Company, arguing that restart plans underestimate earthquake risks, fail to meet tougher safety standards and lack credible evacuation measures.

Conor Gaffey, Newsweek, March 26, 2015
Beijing pollution

Beijing is closing its last major coal power station next year in an attempt to tackle air pollution which is costing the economy more than 10% of its GDP.

Chai Jing, Youtube, March 6, 2015

The most powerful WAKE-UP CALL ABOUT FOSSIL FUELS just showed up in China. Under the Dome arrived on Feb. 28 and went viral with over 200 million views in five days on Youku, China’s Youtube.  I’ve seen only half so far but don’t want to wait to spread the word. Now it's on Youtube with English subtitles (thanks to a Chinese 12th-grader’s crowdsourced project) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6X2uwlQGQM

Democracy Now!, August 13, 2014

Patrick Cockburn and Glenn Greenwald discussed the U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq and the role of oil in the conflict with Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh on Democracy Now! Wednesday. 

Read the transcripts and watch the full show at DemocracyNow.org. 

 

 

Rising Tide North America, RisingTideNorthAmerica.org, August 11, 2014

Rising Tide North America is part of the global movement against climate chaos and for social and environmental justice. We believe climate change can only be addressed by exposing the intersections between the oppressions of humans and the earth. No effort to create a livable future will succeed without the empowerment of marginalized communities and the dismantling of the systems of oppression that keep us divided.

Luiza Ch. Savage, MacLean's , June 11, 2014

Shipping coal to China could wipe out the benefits of Obama’s climate-change policy

Jon Queally, Common Dreams, May 27, 2014

Japan's nuclear regulatory agency has given final approval for TEPCO, the owner of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, to build its controversial "ice wall" as a way to mitigate further groundwater contamination at the site.

In the planning stages for well over a year, the idea for an ice wall may seem outrageous, but TEPCO has continued to push the proposal as the best way to keep additional water from seeping into the area around the plant and adding to the already enormous amount of contaminated water accumulating there.

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