George Monbiot

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is the author of the best selling books The Age of Consent: a manifesto for a new world order and Captive State: the corporate takeover of Britain. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian newspaper. Visit his website at www.monbiot.com

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Saturday, December 19, 2009
Copenhagen Negotiators Bicker and Filibuster While the Biosphere Burns
First they put the planet in square brackets, now they have deleted it from the text. At the end it was no longer about saving the biosphere: it was just a matter of saving face. As the talks melted down, everything that might have made a new treaty worthwhile was scratched out. Any deal would do, as long as the negotiators could pretend they have achieved something. A clearer and less destructive treaty than the text that emerged would be a sheaf of blank paper, which every negotiating party solemnly sits down to sign.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Mr Obama, Here's Your Copenhagen Speech
Everyone seems to be waiting for someone to break the dam. And everyone knows who that someone is. Because of the size and weight of the United States, and the moral power invested in the current president, it is Barack Obama, and Barack Obama alone, who can rescue the climate negotiations from the dismal bickering into which they have slumped.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This Is Bigger Than Climate Change. It Is a Battle to Redefine Humanity
This is the moment at which we turn and face ourselves. Here, in the plastic corridors and crowded stalls, among impenetrable texts and withering procedures, humankind decides what it is and what it will become. It chooses whether to continue living as it has done, until it must make a wasteland of its home, or to stop and redefine itself. This is about much more than climate change. This is about us.
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Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Alberta's Tar Sands Make Canada a Climate Criminal
When you think of Canada, which qualities come to mind? The world's peacekeeper, the friendly nation, a liberal counterweight to the harsher pieties of its southern neighbour, decent, civilised, fair, well-governed? Think again. This country's government is now behaving with all the sophistication of a chimpanzee's tea party.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Global Warming Rigged? Here's the Email I'd Need to See
It's no use pretending this isn't a major blow. The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging. I am now convinced that they are genuine, and I'm dismayed and deeply shaken by them.
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Climate Change Deniers Are Not Skeptics - They're Suckers
There is no point in denying it: we're losing. Climate change denial is spreading like a contagious disease. It exists in a sphere that cannot be reached by evidence or reasoned argument; any attempt to draw attention to scientific findings is greeted with furious invective. This sphere is expanding with astonishing speed.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
It's Not Sex, It's Money
It's no coincidence that most of those who are obsessed with population growth are post-reproductive wealthy white men: it's about the only environmental issue for which they can't be blamed. The brilliant Earth systems scientist James Lovelock , for instance, claimed last month that "those who fail to see that population growth and climate change are two sides of the same coin are either ignorant or hiding from the truth.
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Tuesday, September 01, 2009
We're Pumping Out CO2 to the Point of No Return. It's Time to Alter Course
Until a few months ago, government targets for cutting greenhouse gases at least had the virtue of being wrong. They were the wrong targets, by the wrong dates, and they bore no relationship to the stated aim of preventing more than 2C of global warming. But they used a methodology that even their sternest critics (myself included) believed could be improved until it delivered the right results: the cuts just needed to be raised and accelerated.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Denialogues and Politically Transmitted Diseases
All of us are in denial. Without it we couldn't get through life. Were we to confront the implications of mortality, were we to comprehend all we have done to the world and its people, we wouldn't get out of bed. To engage comprehensively with reality is to succumb to despair. Without denial there is no hope.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
US Continues Down Perilous Biofuels Path
When the motor manufacturers are in dispute with the US Environmental Protection Agency , you wouldn't win much for guessing which side I'm likely to be on. But this time you'd be wrong.
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