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The Emissions Emergency Is a Crisis of Justice

First, a confession: This is not another enumeration of confident judgments. I will not tell you that Copenhagen was an unmitigated failure. Or that this failure was Obama’s fault. Or that, as is the new fashion, China was the ugliest of them all. I will not say that the South’s negotiators made impossible demands. Or argue that the United Nations’ process is unwieldy and obsolete. I will not claim that only domestic…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – Spring 2010

“The Bill”

Best short film about global climate justice ever!!

This little film ... ... isn't perfect, but damn is it good. Four minutes and 22 seconds, in German with English subtitles, but watch it anyway. Kudos to Germanwatch , and if anyone wants to pay for an English version, don't hesitate…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – July 28, 2009

Who gets blamed?

Bonn was disappointing, and Copenhagen will be too. Who to blame?

First up, the climate talks are not going very well.  After a rousing start in Rio in 1992, from which we returned with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the negotiations have been anything but inspiring.  1997’s Kyoto Protocol defined the…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – June 25, 2009


Climate Change’s Public Secrets

© George Nikitin/Greenpeace Message to world leaders: Any attempt to stabilize the climate must also, with equal zeal, ease the plight of the world’s poor. When it comes to the climate crisis, the level of public sophistication is rising quickly. Not that everyone can explain the difference between, say, CO2 and CO2 equivalent, but lots of people can, and even more understand that we’re in serious trouble. The ice, the methane, the…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – Spring 2009

Dead Heat

Credit: Nathan Walker, www.nathanwalker.net Severe climate change -- and with it chains of storms, floods, heat waves, droughts, and even cold snaps -- is now virtually inevitable, and will bring widespread ecological destruction, extinction, and human suffering. Continued dithering will lead to climatic instability on a truly terrifying scale. We're entirely dependent on science to understand the climate problem and the demands it makes upon our responses. Some strategies will work and…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – Summer 2003

The Mauna Loa anomaly

George Bush is President. That’s the bad news. The good news, at least from the point of view of climate aficionados, is that with Russia’s recent ratification, the Kyoto Protocol is about to enter into force – on Feb 16, to be precise. It’s not the turning point – not yet – but it’s a step, and it might just be enough to take us onto ground that’s firm enough to support…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – Spring 2005

Too much of nothing

Climate Change Update

EcoEquity The US continues to push an insane climate policy. We cannot avoid a climate catastrophe without a massive energy technology revolution. It's getting harder to hide the climate crisis. February saw a landmark conference in Exeter, UK, in which leading scientists drew a clear, unambiguous line. No more "uncertainty" for these guys. As John Schellnhuber, director of Cambridge's Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, put it: "We now know that if we…
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by: Tom Athanasiou – Winter 2006

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