The Climate Change Transition in the Age of the Billionaire

October 08, 2021

It was supposed to be the greatest transition of modern times. Practically overnight, a dirty, inefficient and unjust system that encompassed 11 time zones was to undergo an extreme makeover. Billions of dollars were available to speed the process. A new crew of transition experts came up with the...

Unnatural Disasters: India’s Environmental Mismanagement
October 07, 2021

Unnatural Disasters: India’s Environmental Mismanagement

Turkey Prepares to Ratify the Paris Agreement
October 04, 2021

Turkey Prepares to Ratify the Paris Agreement

Addressing Climate Change Impacts on the Sporting Calendar
October 02, 2021

Addressing Climate Change Impacts on the Sporting Calendar

The UN Faces a Crisis

The UN Faces a Crisis

October 01, 2021

Jair Bolsonaro gave a speech at the UN General Assembly last month. It was full of the usual misstatements and exaggerations for which the Brazilian leader has become notorious. But the most noteworthy part of the speech had nothing to do with its contents. It was Bolsonaro’s refusal to take a...

The Wicked Problem of Climate, Blah, Blah, Blah

The Wicked Problem of Climate, Blah, Blah, Blah

September 30, 2021

In December 2019, I wrote an article on Fair Observer titled, “Climate Change: One Step Forward, While Standing Still.” It was a cheeky piece, looking somewhat depressingly at the progress of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings, otherwise known as the...

US Militarism’s Toxic Impact on Climate Policy

US Militarism’s Toxic Impact on Climate Policy

September 23, 2021

US President Joe Biden addressed the UN General Assembly on September 21 with a warning that the climate crisis is fast approaching a “point of no return.” He promised that the United States would rally the world to action. “We will lead not just with the example of our power but, God...

Welcome to Our Extreme World

Welcome to Our Extreme World

September 07, 2021

Admittedly, I hadn’t been there for 46 years, but old friends of mine still live (or at least lived) in the town of Greenville, California, and now, well, it’s more or less gone, though they survived. The Dixie Fire, one of those devastating West Coast blazes, had already “blackened”...

Questions on Which No One Agrees: Infrastructure, Cuba and Jobs

Questions on Which No One Agrees: Infrastructure, Cuba and Jobs

August 18, 2021

In August, the Daily Devil’s Dictionary appears in a single weekly edition containing multiple items taken from a variety of contexts. Obama Hosts the Jet Set While Biden Plays the Propeller As Barack Obama held a lavish do at his Martha’s Vineyard manor, US President Joe Biden tweeted...

America, the Stumbling Giant

America, the Stumbling Giant

July 08, 2021

The United States has been the most powerful country in the world for 130 years and has actively led the international community for 75. With only 4.25% of the world’s population, the US still accounts for a little more than 24% of the world’s GNP. Its military is by far the world’s most...

Can the Word “Solidarity” Have Any Meaning in the Consumer Society?

Can the Word “Solidarity” Have Any Meaning in the Consumer Society?

June 08, 2021

Recent events across the globe have confirmed that the two institutions most people think of as the pillars of our evolved consumer society — capitalism and democracy — are undergoing an existential crisis whose evolution no one can predict. The sustainability of both has been called into...

What Planet Will Our Children and Grandchildren Inherit?

What Planet Will Our Children and Grandchildren Inherit?

June 07, 2021

Let me start with my friend and the boat. Admittedly, they might not seem to have anything to do with each other. The boat, a guided-missile destroyer named the USS Curtis Wilbur, reportedly passed through the Straits of Taiwan and into the South China Sea, skirting the Paracel...

Could This Have Been a Zoom Call?

Could This Have Been a Zoom Call?

June 04, 2021

The silver lining amidst the trauma and tragedy of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was the 7% decrease in carbon emissions worldwide — 2.4 billion fewer tons than in 2019 — that accompanied quarantines, lockdowns and the resulting decrease in travel. With vaccination rates picking up...

Green Gold: The Curse of the Avocado

Green Gold: The Curse of the Avocado

June 02, 2021

Guacamole, or so BBC has claimed, is “undoubtedly one of Mexico’s most popular dishes,” dating back to the times of the Aztecs. Thanks to Pancho Villa and Old El Paso’s spice mix, guacamole has conquered European lunch and dinner tables from Norway to France, from Switzerland to Spain....

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