By James Cogan, 20 January 2020
For all the proclamations by corporations and governments that they accept the need to reduce fossil fuel use, carbon emissions rose to the highest ever level in 2019.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 January 2020
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has largely refrained from criticising the inadequate government response on the grounds of ensuring “national unity.”
By John Mackay, 18 January 2020
The fine particulates in smoke from fires has been known to contain a toxic mix of chemicals that are a concern to public health.
By Daniel de Vries, 17 January 2020
The administration announced a proposal to upend longstanding environmental law requiring the government to document environmental impacts.
By our reporters, 17 January 2020
“Governments are definitely not looking after us—there’s too many hidden agendas—and things are not being done to make sure we’ve got adequate power or water.”
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 January 2020
That the Australian prime minister denied any link between the fires and global warming epitomises the organic incapacity of the ruling classes internationally to address, let alone resolve, the climate crisis.
By Matthew Taylor, 10 January 2020
The 6.4 magnitude earthquake devastated the US territory which has yet to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria in 2017, leaving two thirds of the population without electricity and a quarter million without water.
“Everyone is saying this government has to go”
By Margaret Rees, 10 January 2020
“The amount of money they spend on submarines and fighter planes. It should be spent on internal water bombers and resources.”
By James Cogan, 4 January 2020
The criminal indifference of the Australian ruling elite to the threat of climate change has its parallels around the world.
By Frank Gaglioti, 4 January 2020
“Long-term climate change in Australia is an undeniable reality.”
By Mike Head, 31 December 2019
An unprecedented mass evacuation order for an area half the size of Belgium gave tens of thousands of residents and holidaymakers just hours to pack up and leave.
By Kevin Reed, 31 December 2019
As more details emerge about the oozing of the known carcinogen from the basement of a small metal plating company over the Christmas holiday, it is becoming clear that government environmental agencies are also directly responsible.
By James Cogan, 30 December 2019
No region or nation-state on the planet is immune to the impact of climate change.
By Owen Howell, 27 December 2019
According to police, the two men were allegedly murdered by hired killers paid by a plantation owner.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2019
The catastrophic fires in Australia follow blazes that have engulfed large areas of California, Siberia, Borneo and the Amazon.
By James Cogan, 20 December 2019
The development of catastrophic conditions has been predicted and warned about for years.
By our reporters, 19 December 2019
“I’m more than certain that the Australian government has money to purchase planes to fight the fires, instead of wasting money on military jets and military equipment.”
By Anthony del Olmo, 19 December 2019
The revised settlement retains the incredibly inadequate $13.5 billion payout, a pittance compared to the immense destruction wrought by the company’s criminally negligent practices.
By Anthony del Olmo, 16 December 2019
If PG&E accedes to Newsom’s demands, the company’s board will simply be changed from Wall Street vultures to financial parasites from California.
By Tom Peters, 13 December 2019
There is growing anger among relatives of those killed and injured that warnings of a volcanic eruption were ignored by tourism companies and government regulators.
By Martin Scott, 13 December 2019
While bushfires ravaged the state, workers and students gathered to protest government inaction on climate change.
By Kevin Reed, 7 December 2019
The public was not alerted to the existence of the toxic spill potentially affecting Detroit’s drinking water until a report was published this week by a local paper across the river in Windsor, Ontario.
By Martin Scott, 7 December 2019
Fires in four states have destroyed homes and caused hazardous air pollution.
By John Braddock, 23 November 2019
A concrete dome, a relic of the US nuclear testing program, is breaking up and beginning to spill deadly nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean.
By Allison Smith, 19 November 2019
Massive flooding last week brought Venice, Italy to its knees, with local authorities estimating that more than 85 percent of the city is under water.
By Martin Scott, 14 November 2019
Four people are dead and more than 300 homes have been lost in catastrophic fires.
By Samuel Davidson, 1 November 2019
The bankruptcy the coal giant threatens 7,000 jobs and the bankruptcy of health and pension funds for 82,000 current and former miners and their families.
Hundreds of thousands evacuated, more than two million without power as fires continue in California
By Gabriel Black and Dan Conway, 29 October 2019
In the wealthiest state in the wealthiest country in the world, millions are forced to spend days without power or flee for their lives as wildfires continue to rage.
By Dan Conway, 26 October 2019
Millions of Californians are told to prepare for further power outages as wildfires wreak havoc across the length of the country’s most populous state.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 25 October 2019
Despite California Governor Gavin Newsom’s posturing as an opponent of the utility’s profiteering, PG&E knows full well that it will not be held responsible for the social cost of its power shutoffs.
The irrationality of capitalism: Millions cut off from electricity, lives endangered by California utility PG&E
By Evan Blake, 11 October 2019
The forced blackouts affecting over two million people and businesses across 34 counties in Northern California serve as a stark example of the irrationality of the capitalist system.
By Shuvu Batta, 27 September 2019
Residents of Newark, New Jersey, continue to be exposed to lead in their tap water as their city and state officials attempt to lie their way out of the crisis.
By Bryan Dyne and Will Morrow, 21 September 2019
“Any talk about climate change must include socialism and the economic system.”
By Frank Gaglioti, 21 September 2019
Early spring fires are an “omen” of an unprecedented and disastrous season ahead due to hot, windy and dry conditions.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 September 2019
The millions marching against global warming must turn to the international working class to solve the unfolding environmental catastrophe.
By Cesar Uco, 10 September 2019
A decree to expand deforestation for livestock and the agribusiness sector was a betrayal of the campaign promises made by President Evo Morales and his MAS ruling party.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 September 2019
The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian further supports the prediction that global warming will cause more destructive tropical storms.
By a reporter, 6 September 2019
The scenes of devastation on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands have astonished observers and drawn comparison to areas levelled by saturation bombing in wartime.
By Daniel de Vries, 2 September 2019
EPA’s climate sabotage continues with plans to drop methane leakage rules.
By Miguel Andrade, 28 August 2019
While Bolsonaro invokes rabid dictatorship-era chauvinism, world powers are using the fires to further their own strategic aims.
By Mitch Marcus, 24 August 2019
Exposure to or ingestion of raw or partially treated sewage, as the city maintains is the case here, can cause immediate harmful effects.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 August 2019
The Amazon rainforest supplies one-fifth of the world’s oxygen and plays a key role in the planet’s climate.
By John Braddock, 20 August 2019
Australia, with New Zealand’s support, has again quashed efforts by small Pacific Island states to push for measures to address climate change.
By Jessica Goldstein, 19 August 2019
Despite the posturing of local politicians, ArcelorMittal will likely receive no more than a slap on the wrist for its reckless polluting of the environment.
By Kevin Martinez, 15 August 2019
The White House is seeking to reduce environmental regulations aimed at preserving plants and animals from extinction.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 August 2019
Global warming is rapidly approaching the point of causing irreversible climate disruption, threatening human existence.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 August 2019
A new report by the United Nations warns that anthropogenic climate change, if left unchecked, will render a steadily increasing portion of Earth essentially uninhabitable.
By Will Morrow, 27 July 2019
A significant element of the heatwave commented on by climate scientists was that heat records were not only beaten but shattered by between two and four degrees.
By Evan Winters, 27 July 2019
After a fire last year disabled pollution controls, US Steel continued operating its Clairton Coke Plant, exposing the population to pollution levels exceeding those in Beijing, China.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2019
The blackouts induced by summer storms and the ongoing heatwave expose the fragility of infrastructure in the United States.
By Owen Howell, 20 July 2019
With China blocking imports of recyclable waste, developed countries have now resorted to illegally smuggling plastic into Indonesia and other parts of South East Asia.
By Robert Campion, 19 July 2019
The Wuhan protests are an expression of the growing social discontent throughout China, occurring at the same time as the mass demonstrations in Hong Kong.
By Tom Hall, 15 July 2019
The storm demonstrated the grossly inadequate level of disaster preparedness and infrastructure in what is supposedly the richest country on earth.
By Aaron Murch, 12 July 2019
Nearly 14 years after Hurricane Katrina, the city remains vulnerable to catastrophic flooding.
By Benjamin Mateus, 10 July 2019
Officials have known for many years that the city has a serious issue related to lead in its drinking water.
By Dan Conway, 8 July 2019
Although there was no significant injury or loss of life, the quakes caused significant damage to homes and small businesses in in the city of Ridgecrest, 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
By Will Morrow, 1 July 2019
At least nine people have already died due to the heat, but that number is expected to rise in coming weeks.
By our reporters, 26 June 2019
Under the slogan, “Climate Justice Without Borders—United for a Future,” about 40,000 young people in Aachen demanded a rapid shutdown of coal-fired power plants and other measures.
By Janet Browning, 6 June 2019
Even as Alberta’s premier dismissed any link between climate change and the increased frequency and intensity of wildfires, smoke forced him to cancel an outdoor Calgary event.
By Shannon Jones, 29 May 2019
The devastating tornadoes that hit the area this week are compounding the city's social crisis.
By Dennis Moore, 29 May 2019
A police monitoring report highlights how large numbers of officers have been using aggressive and confrontational tactics, most notably in Lancashire and North Yorkshire.
By Iason Stolpe, 2 April 2019
On March 29 around 25,000 demonstrated in Berlin alone. The main speaker in Berlin was the initiator of the protests, Greta Thunberg from Sweden.
By Jonas Boquist, 25 March 2019
Record flood levels have been registered at 42 locations across six states and the effects are still being felt across the central US.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 20 March 2019
Mozambique’s president, Filipe Nyusi, reported that more than 1,000 people had been killed by high winds and widespread flooding.
By Henry Allan, 19 March 2019
The decline in oceanic oxygen caused by climate change is at least as dangerous to marine life as ocean acidification.
By Bryan Dyne, 14 March 2019
That the demonstration planned for Friday has evoked a broad response is an indication of both the serious nature of the ecological crisis and the radicalization of youth all over the world.
By Jessica Goldstein, 6 March 2019
Coal ash contains dangerous toxins which are known to cause serious health problems, including cancer and kidney and liver damage.
By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 5 March 2019
Democratic no less than Republican administrations have imposed austerity policies and prosecuted the decades-long social counterrevolution that continues today.
By our reporters, 18 February 2019
Up to 15,000 young people demonstrated throughout the UK on Friday, protesting in every main town and city.
By our reporters, 18 February 2019
Slaughter, of the Socialist Equality Party, was warmly welcomed, especially when she described the global character of the crisis and the necessity for global action to address it.
By Kayla Costa, 14 February 2019
Winter Storm Nadia brought record snowfall and low temperatures to Washington and Oregon, imposing harsh burdens on the homeless, poor and working class.
By Niles Niemuth, 31 January 2019
The onset of exceptionally frigid temperatures has once again exposed the failure of American capitalism, which is unable to maintain the infrastructure required to withstand extreme weather events.
By Martin Scott, 25 January 2019
Drought alone cannot be blamed for the environmental crisis in the Murray-Darling Basin.
By Frank Gaglioti, 18 January 2019
The extended period of high temperatures is having serious impacts on people’s health, as well as agriculture and wildlife.
By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2018
It is not “humanity” that is guilty of contributing to climate change or the destruction of the ecosystem. It is the capitalist class.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2018
Data obtained from ice cores taken from the Greenland ice sheet reveal that the past decade has seen the fastest melt rate in 350 years.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 December 2018
The Katowice conference takes place amid dire warnings that the world remains on track for climate catastrophe.
By our reporters, 10 December 2018
The environmental groups that organised the rally are seeking to subordinate an emerging movement of young people to the very parties responsible for environmental destruction.
By George Gallanis, 24 November 2018
Chicago’s poor and working class West and South sides are exposed to the greatest levels of toxic air pollution.
By our reporters, 24 November 2018
Geelong high school students joined one of many planned “walk-outs for climate action.”
By David Brown, 21 November 2018
While wildfires, like hurricanes, are rooted in natural causes, the horrific consequences are the product of corporate malfeasance and government neglect.
By Toby Reese and Douglas Alan, 19 November 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters visited a tent camp set up outside of a Walmart near Chico, California, as well as parts of Paradise, California, which was destroyed by the Camp Fire.
By Evan Blake, 17 November 2018
Most of those listed as missing are elderly, with 91 percent over the age of 50, and therefore more likely to have perished given the rapidity of the wildfire’s spread and the lack of a citywide warning system.
By our reporters, 16 November 2018
The death toll in Northern California’s Camp Fire jumped to 63 on Thursday with the number of missing increasing to 631.
By E.P. Milligan, 15 November 2018
The PG&E utility company admitted Tuesday that it had submitted an “electric incident report” moments before the outbreak of the Camp Fire, the deadliest fire in California history.
As death toll rises to 48
By Evan Blake and Ben McGrath, 14 November 2018
There is a growing mood of anger among survivors over the indifference of the state and federal governments.
By David Brown, 12 November 2018
Social infrastructure, including fire departments, have been starved of funds for decades as trillions of dollars have been funneled into the bank accounts of the rich.
By David Brown, 10 November 2018
Driven by heavy winds, three major fires broke out Thursday across California, one of which destroyed the northern town of Paradise.
By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2018
The latest Living Planet Report demonstrates the far-reaching implications of human activity on both the climate and the degradation of the natural environment.
By Patrick Martin, 16 October 2018
President Trump’s visit to the devastated area Monday was a cynical and empty display, under conditions where there will be little federal aid to rebuild the region.
By Kate Randall, 13 October 2018
Mexico Beach, Florida, known for its pristine beaches, fishing and boating, now resembles a war zone, with 95 percent of its structures uninhabitable.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 October 2018
The death toll, which currently stands at six, will almost certainly rise as emergency personnel gain access to more communities laid to waste by the storm.
By Bryan Dyne, 10 October 2018
The increasingly dire warnings from scientists about the impact of human-caused global warming stand in stark contrast with the tepid and complacent response of world governments.
By Tom Peters, 2 October 2018
Among survivors, there is growing outrage over the lack of assistance and the absence of a functioning tsunami warning system.
As new flooding forces evacuations in South Carolina
By Ed Hightower, 26 September 2018
The areas around Conway and Georgetown in coastal South Carolina continue to see massive flooding as rivers surge from last week’s record rains.
By Ed Hightower, 19 September 2018
The storm’s devastating impact demonstrates the immense costs of deregulation on the one hand and the need for socialist planning and public ownership of industry on the other.
By Matthew Taylor, 18 September 2018
Cities cut off from aid, police guarding storefronts against desperate displaced residents, widespread power outages—this scene is now routine during America's Hurricane season.
Typhoon Mangkhut kills dozens in the Philippines, leaves trail of destruction in China and Hong Kong
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 September 2018
As in previous natural disasters, the poor and workers in low-paid precarious industries have been the hardest hit.
By Matthew Taylor, 15 September 2018
Once again, a natural disaster has exposed the totally inadequate state of public infrastructure in the United States.
By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2018
A storm surge of as much as 11 feet of water was accompanied by winds approaching 120 miles per hour.