The US economy could suffer damages running into the hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a study released yesterday. The report, titled "Risky Business," is the first comprehensive assessment of the economic risks of climate change to the United States.
While SCNCC doesn't necessary agree with many of the prescriptions and conclusions of this article, it is an interesting and important point of view from a political insider on the coming "climate bubble".
But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence… illusion only is sacred, truth profane. Nay sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness. Feuerbach, Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Noam Chomsky, whom I interviewed last Thursday at his office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has influenced intellectuals in the United States and abroad in incalculable ways. His explications of empire, mass propaganda, the hypocrisy and pliability of the liberal class and the failings of academics, as well as the way language is used as a mask by the power elite to prevent us from seeing reality, make him the most important intellectual in the country.
We know what has to be done to stop climate change. We also know why the ruling class refuses to take decisive action. We need a total break from thirty years of neo-liberalism and the ideology of the market. And we need a vision of a world of human solidarity.
Pollution, not disease, is the biggest killer in the developing world, taking the lives of more than 8.4 million people each year, a new analysis shows. That’s almost three times the deaths caused by malaria and fourteen times those caused by HIV/AIDs. However, pollution receives a fraction of the interest from the global community.
This speech by Evo Morales worth another look: Democracy Now reports on the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, held in Cochabamba, Bolivia on April 20, 2010. The main speaker, Bolivia's president Evo Morales Ayma condemned the capitalist system in the opening session: "We have two paths. Either capitalism dies, or Mother Earth dies...We are here; brothers and sisters, for the rights of Mother earth..."
The latest data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and other sources proves that the oil and gas majors are in deep trouble. Over the last decade, rising oil prices have been driven primarily by rising production costs.