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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Friday, March 13, 2009
Climate Change? Try, Climate Breakdown
The more we know, the grimmer it gets. Presentations by climate scientists at this week's conference in Copenhagen show that we might have underplayed the impacts of global warming in three important respects:
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Monday, March 09, 2009
Climate Change: The Semantics of Denial
I was hoping to stage round four of the fight for the prestigious Christopher Booker prize for climate change bullshit this week, after the reigning world champion promised to come out of retirement to defend his title.
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
Biofuels Do Far More Harm Than Good
Is there any trade crazier than the liquid biofuel business? Apart from a handful of cars and vans running on used chip fat, it exists only because of government rules and subsidies. So what social benefits do these buy? Biofuels are supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They do the opposite. Almost all of them produce more greenhouse gases than petrol (gasoline) or diesel, for two reasons:
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
The Proceeds of Crime
It's a staggering case; more staggering still that it has scarcely been mentioned on this side of the ocean. Last week two judges in Pennsylvania were convicted of jailing some 2,000 children in exchange for bribes from private prison companies.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
I Hope Obama Jumps the Right Way on Canada's Tar Sands
One story, two contradictory reports. The first, on Bloomberg news , suggests that ahead of a meeting with Canada's prime minister, Barack Obama believes the US's northern neighbour can green its tar sands, becoming compatible with his clean energy revolution.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
The Christopher Booker Prize: Our Man in Michigan
Well the recommendations are coming in thick and fast, and it's hard to know where to begin. But this week I'm going to feature a rank outsider already causing migraines among the bookies.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
A Better Way to Make Money
In Russell Hoban's novel Riddley Walker, the descendents of nuclear holocaust survivors seek amid the rubble the key to recovering their lost civilisation. They end up believing that the answer is to re-invent the atom bomb. I was reminded of this when I read the government's new plans to save us from the credit crunch.
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Shell Game: It Will Take More Than Goodwill and Greenwash to Save The Biosphere
For a while it seemed that Shell had stopped pretending. The advertisements that filled the newspapers in 2006, featuring technicians with perfect teeth and open-necked shirts explaining how they were saving the world, vanished.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Cyberspace Has Buried Its Head in a Cesspit of Climate Change Gibberish
We all create our own reality, and shut out the voices we do not want to hear. But there is no issue we are less willing to entertain than man-made climate change . Here, three worlds seem to exist in virtual isolation.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Gagging the Skeptics: The US, founded to protect basic freedoms, is now insisting that its critics are its enemies
If satire died on the day Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize, then last week its corpse was exhumed for a kicking. As head of the United Nations peacekeeping department, Kofi Annan failed to prevent the genocide in Rwanda or the massacre in Srebrenica. Now, as secretary general, he appears to have interpreted the UN charter as generously as possible to allow the attack on Afghanistan to go ahead.
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