George Monbiot: Rio+20 Draft Is 283 Paragraphs of Fluff

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World leaders have spent 20 years bracing themselves to express ‘deep concern’ about the world’s environmental crises, but not to do anything about them In 1992, world leaders signed up to something called “sustainability”. Few of them were clear about what it meant; I suspect that many of them had no idea. Perhaps as a [...]

The Folly of Rio

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This week’s Earth Summit will try to tackle global warming. Meanwhile, poor people are dying from air pollution and dirty water.

Are Our 15 Seconds of Fame Up, Geologically Speaking?

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Sure, the earth will recover from climate change eventually. But probably not while humans are still around.

Campaigners Demand an End to $1tn Fossil Fuel Subsidies

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Twitterstorm calls for an end to fossil fuel subsidies as a new report says oil, coal and gas companies could be getting $1 trillion of government support.

Climate Change Rate Could Be Faster Than Thought, Study Suggests

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Data indicate China’s carbon emissions could be 20% higher, prompting fears Earth is warming at a much faster rate.

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