Pricing the Priceless

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The market has not solved the problem of power: it has simply given it another name. by George Monbiot On this we can agree: the relationship between people and the natural world is broken. We fail to value the systems that keep us alive. We treat both natural resources and the biosphere’s capacity to absorb… Read more »

Parliament of Fools

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The US disease has arrived in Britain: representatives waging an all-out war against science. by George Monbiot A “flat-earth love-in”. That’s how one MP described the debate he witnessed in parliament last week(1). The politics with which citizens of the US, Canada and Australia are now wearily familiar – in which elected representatives denounce both… Read more »

For More Wonder, Rewild the World (TED video)

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Wolves were once native to the US’ Yellowstone National Park — until hunting wiped them out. But when, in 1995, the wolves began to come back (thanks to an aggressive management program), something interesting happened: the rest of the park began to find a new, more healthful balance. In a bold thought experiment, George Monbiot… Read more »

Obama’s Rogue State

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The US calls on other nations to abide by the treaties it violates. by George Monbiot You could almost pity these people. For 67 years successive US governments have resisted calls to reform the UN Security Council. They’ve defended a system which grants five nations a veto over world affairs, reducing all others to impotent… Read more »

Abbottalypse Now

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Tony Abbott intends to trash Australia on behalf of the super-rich. by George Monbiot His views have changed, but don’t expect Tony Abbott to acknowledge this, let alone apologise to Australians for misleading them. In 2009 he maintained that manmade climate change is “absolute crap”. Now he says “I think that climate change is real,… Read more »

Obstinate Questionings

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The Lake District’s bid for World Heritage status shows just what a mess conservation is in. by George Monbiot But for those obstinate questionings Of sense and outward things, Fallings from us, vanishings; Blank misgivings of a Creature Moving about in worlds not realised…. — William Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality. It’s the most celebrated… Read more »

Resource Testeria

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Promoting extractive industries is seen by politicians as a proper, manly pursuit, even if it makes no sense. by George Monbiot It’s not about jobs. It’s not about securing energy supplies. It’s not even about the money. The government’s enthusiasm for fracking arises from something it shares with politicians the world over: a macho fixation… Read more »

Return of the Native (UK)

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Why are almost all the trees that councils plant exotic species? by George Monbiot The differences can be stark and remarkable: native trees tend to harbour far more wildlife than exotic species. Indigenous oak species, for example – according to the table extracted from scientific papers by the Offwell Woodland and Wildlife Trust – harbour… Read more »

DDT 2.0

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We’re just beginning to understand the wider impacts of neonicotinoids. by George Monbiot A dead pike on the River Kennet. Photograph: Adrian Arbib/Alamy It’s the new DDT: a class of poisons licensed for widespread use before they had been properly tested, which are now ripping the natural world apart. And it’s another demonstration of the… Read more »

Ghost Plane

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Lobbying results in old and dirty technologies being maintained long beyond their useful life. by George Monbiot Hoisting 180lbs of human flesh 30,000 feet into the air and 4,000 miles across the ocean every time you want to talk to someone: does that sound like 21st Century technology, or a 20th Century throwback? The lobbying… Read more »