Corporate Blowback

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Companies like EDF, seeking to terrify protesters with lawsuits, are likely to become victims of their own aggression. by George Monbiot Image: Todd Wiseman Without public protest, democracy is dead. Every successful challenge to excessive power begins outside the political chamber. When protest stops, politics sclerotises: it becomes a conversation between different factions of the… Read more »

Secrets of the Rich

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Billionaires are hiding behind a network of “independent” groups, who manipulate politics on their behalf. by George Monbiot Conspiracies against the public don’t get much uglier than this. As the Guardian revealed last week, two secretive organisations working for US billionaires have spent $118m to ensure that no action is taken to prevent manmade climate… Read more »

Ship-Wrecked

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How the government betrayed its promises to protect our seas. by George Monbiot If the European Union decides to ban fishing boats from discarding the edible fish they catch, it’ll land the British government in a spot of bother. It’s been using the discards issue as its excuse for justifying overfishing.

Betting on Extinction

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Consumerism, Economics, Fish, Food Shortages.

Ladbroke’s is offering odds on fish populations collapsing; the government is shortening them. by George Monbiot I’ve come across some odd ways to make a living, but few as strange as this. The gambling company Ladbrokes has been offering odds on the conservation status of various fish species. Until last night it was taking bets… Read more »

Another Country

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The way we are governed is inexplicable – until you understand the upbringing of the elite. by George Monbiot Those whom the gods love die young: are they trying to tell me something? Due to an inexplicable discontinuity in space-time, on Sunday I turned 50. I have petitioned the relevant authorities, but there’s nothing they… Read more »

Life is Elsewhere

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In both Russia and Canada a bloodbath of wolves is now taking place. by George Monbiot If, as she has threatened, Brigitte Bardot moves to Russia in protest at the treatment of animals in France, she’s in for a major shock.

New Weather, New Politics

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The extremes now hammering Australia leave old perspectives stranded. by George Monbiot Five children and their grandparents survived an inferno by spending three hours clinging to a jetty in the sea I wonder what Tony Abbott will say about the record heatwave now ravaging Australia. The opposition leader has repeatedly questioned the science and impacts… Read more »

The Grime Behind the Crime

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Could an astonishing explanation for the rise and fall of violent crime be correct? UK riot in the early 1980s by George Monbiot It seemed, at first, preposterous. The hypothesis was so exotic that I laughed. The rise and fall of violent crime during the second half of the 20th century and first years of… Read more »

Annus Horribilis

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2012 was the worst year for the environment in living memory. by George Monbiot It was the year of living dangerously. In 2012 governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority over an immediate concern, however trivial. I believe there has been no worse year… Read more »

‘Bug-Splats’

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Some dead children are mourned; others are dehumanised. by George Monbiot “Mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts … These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.”(1) Every parent can connect with what Barack Obama said about the murder of 20 children in… Read more »