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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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Rich Can Relax. We Just Need the Poor World to Cut Emissions. By 125%
Well, at least that clears up the mystery. Over the past year I've been fretting over an intractable contradiction. The government has promised spectacular cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. It is also pushing through new roads and runways, approving coal-burning power stations, bailing out car manufacturers and ditching regulations for low-carbon homes. How can these policies be reconciled?
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Friday, June 26, 2009
The Failed State of US Climate Change Policy
It would be laughable anywhere else. But, so everyone says, the Waxman-Markey bill which is likely to be passed in Congress today or tomorrow, is the best we can expect - from America.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Tanks Cannot Stop This Crisis, So Let's Stop Building Them
What would we be doing now if we took ­climate change seriously? Last week the ­government ­released a ­report on the likely temperature changes in the UK. It shows that life at the end of this century will bear no relationship to life at the beginning. It should have dominated the news for days. But it was too far away, too remote from current problems, too big to see.
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Blue Desert: Who is Brave Enough to Take On the Fishing Industry?
I live a few miles from Cardigan Bay . Whenever I can get away, I take my kayak down to the beach and launch it through the waves. Often I take a hand line with me, in the hope of catching some mackerel or pollock. On the ­water, sometimes five kilometres from the coast, surrounded by gannets and shearwaters, I feel closer to nature than at any other time.
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Friday, May 08, 2009
Climate Change Displacement Has Begun – but Hardly Anyone Has Noticed
Journalists - they're never around when you want one. Two weeks ago a momentous event occurred: the beginning of the world's first evacuation of an entire people as a result of manmade global warming. It has been marked so far by one blog post for the Ecologist and an article in the Solomon Times* . Where is everyone?
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
How Much Should We Leave in the Ground?
The two papers on carbon emissions published in Nature last week were ground-breaking: they show us how much carbon dioxide we can produce if we're to have a reasonable chance of preventing two degrees of global warming. It's a completely different approach from the UN's and national governments'. They set targets for reductions by a certain date but have nothing to say about the total amount of carbon we can release.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Cross Your Fingers and Carry On
Here's how the British government describes the risk of a smallpox outbreak. "We are currently at alert level O. Smallpox remains eradicated. No credible threat of a smallpox release."
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
G20 Protests: Riot Police, or Rioting Police?
The trouble-makers are out in force again. Dressed in black, their faces partly obscured, some of them appear to be interested only in violent confrontation. It's almost as if they are deliberately raising the temperature, pushing and pushing until a fight kicks off. But this isn't some disorganised rabble: these people were bussed in and are plainly acting in concert. There's another dead giveaway. They are all wearing the same slogan: Police.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Woodchips With Everything
Whenever you hear the word miracle, you know there's trouble just around the corner. But however many times they lead to disappointment or disaster, the newspapers never tire of promoting miracle cures, miracle crops, miracle fuels and miracle financial instruments. We have a bottomless ability to disregard the laws of economics, biology and thermodynamics when we encounter a simple solution to complex problems. So welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the new miracle. It's a low-carbon regime for the planet which makes the Atkins Diet look healthy: woodchips with everything.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Emission Mitigation Failure: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Quietly in public, loudly in private, climate scientists everywhere are saying the same thing: it's over. The years in which more than 2C of global warming could have been prevented have passed, the opportunities squandered by denial and delay. On current trajectories we'll be lucky to get away with 4C. Mitigation (limiting greenhouse gas pollution) has failed; now we must adapt to what nature sends our way. If we can.
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