By our reporters, 23 September 2019
“The governments are too scared to do anything because they want to make profits, rather than save the planet.”
By Bryan Dyne and Will Morrow, 21 September 2019
“Any talk about climate change must include socialism and the economic system.”
Climate strike protesters speak out: “There’s willful blindness on this issue, because fixing it conflicts with capitalism”
By our reporters, 21 September 2019
WSWS reporters spoke with climate strike protesters in cities around the globe.
By Frank Gaglioti, 21 September 2019
Early spring fires are an “omen” of an unprecedented and disastrous season ahead due to hot, windy and dry conditions.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 September 2019
The millions marching against global warming must turn to the international working class to solve the unfolding environmental catastrophe.
By Nick Barrickman, 9 September 2019
Post-tropical storm Dorian continues to destroy homes and livelihoods along Canada’s Atlantic coast as a humanitarian disaster intensifies in the Bahamas.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 September 2019
The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian further supports the prediction that global warming will cause more destructive tropical storms.
By a reporter, 6 September 2019
The scenes of devastation on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands have astonished observers and drawn comparison to areas levelled by saturation bombing in wartime.
By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2019
The two main islands in the northern Bahamas, Abaco and Grand Bahama, have been inundated, with most homes and other structures destroyed or heavily damaged.
By Daniel de Vries, 2 September 2019
EPA’s climate sabotage continues with plans to drop methane leakage rules.
By John Braddock, 24 August 2019
The Pacific Islands Forum has opened up a bitter dispute over the Australian government’s refusal to agree to urgent measures to address climate change.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 August 2019
The Amazon rainforest supplies one-fifth of the world’s oxygen and plays a key role in the planet’s climate.
By John Braddock, 20 August 2019
Australia, with New Zealand’s support, has again quashed efforts by small Pacific Island states to push for measures to address climate change.
By Bryan Dyne, 12 August 2019
The only solution to the climate change crisis lies in the struggle against capitalism.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 August 2019
Global warming is rapidly approaching the point of causing irreversible climate disruption, threatening human existence.
By Bryan Dyne, 9 August 2019
A new report by the United Nations warns that anthropogenic climate change, if left unchecked, will render a steadily increasing portion of Earth essentially uninhabitable.
By Will Morrow, 27 July 2019
A significant element of the heatwave commented on by climate scientists was that heat records were not only beaten but shattered by between two and four degrees.
By Marianne Arens, 8 July 2019
The forest area near Lübtheen is not the only one littered with old munitions: in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania alone, 38,000 hectares are contaminated with munitions.
By Will Morrow, 2 July 2019
Riot police strolled around the group, pepper spraying their faces from 20 centimeters away and ripping protective goggles off them, as onlookers filmed with their phones.
By our reporters, 26 June 2019
Under the slogan, “Climate Justice Without Borders—United for a Future,” about 40,000 young people in Aachen demanded a rapid shutdown of coal-fired power plants and other measures.
By Philip Guelpa, 24 June 2019
The accelerating rate of ice melting occurring around the world is a grave warning that climate change is rapidly reaching the point at which its catastrophic consequences will be felt by billions of people.
By Tom Peters, 29 May 2019
While organisers called for “pressure” to be placed on the parliamentary parties, many students agreed climate change could not be addressed without abolishing capitalism.
By our reporters, 27 May 2019
Tens of thousands of young people once again took to the streets across Germany on Friday to protest against climate change.
By our reporters, 27 May 2019
“There’s not a solution in one country. The whole world has to make a move for climate change.”
By our reporters, 25 May 2019
Thousands of schoolchildren and students demonstrated around the UK Friday to protest government inaction on climate change.
By Michael Smith, 17 May 2019
The following is an edited version of the speech delivered by Michael Smith to the Socialist Equality Party election public meeting in the Brisbane electorate of Oxley.
By Daniel de Vries, 14 May 2019
The comprehensive study of biodiversity called for “transformative change” to protect nature and humanity.
By our reporters, 6 May 2019
The climate strikes are part of a growing politicisation of young people in Australia and internationally.
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By Tessa Pietsch: SEP Senate candidate for Victoria, 2 May 2019
The attempts to channel the climate strike movement in Australia and internationally behind the political establishment must be resisted.
By Robert Stevens, 23 April 2019
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued no statement condemning the mass arrest of peaceful protesters.
By Laura Tiernan, 20 April 2019
More than 682 climate change protesters have been arrested since Monday.
By Paul Mitchell, 18 April 2019
There have been no serious incidents of public disorder except when the police arrived in large numbers and swooped in to arrest people.
By our reporters, 16 April 2019
WSWS reporters spoke about the arrest and imprisoning of Julian Assange with young people who attended last Friday’s rally against climate change in Leeds, England.
By Iason Stolpe, 2 April 2019
On March 29 around 25,000 demonstrated in Berlin alone. The main speaker in Berlin was the initiator of the protests, Greta Thunberg from Sweden.
By Henry Allan, 19 March 2019
The decline in oceanic oxygen caused by climate change is at least as dangerous to marine life as ocean acidification.
By our reporters, 18 March 2019
Students defied pressure from school principals and the media to join climate strike walkouts on Friday in cities across New Zealand.
By our reporters, 18 March 2019
“We have people in power, not just the government, but massive corporations, who are about profit and power.”
“Climate change is a class question—we need socialism”
By our reporters, 18 March 2019
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the demonstrators attending last Friday’s climate change protests in Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Bournemouth.
By Bryan Dyne, 16 March 2019
The internationally coordinated protests, the largest in sixteen years, were organized in response to the failure of world governments and the ruling class to do anything to halt global warming.
By our reporters, 16 March 2019
Reporting teams from the World Socialist Web Site interviewed students who protested in countries around the world for action on climate change.
By Bryan Dyne, 14 March 2019
That the demonstration planned for Friday has evoked a broad response is an indication of both the serious nature of the ecological crisis and the radicalization of youth all over the world.
By Steve James, 14 March 2019
The global environmental crisis is a powerful argument for the socialist reorganisation of society.
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By the IYSSE (Australia), 14 March 2019
The IYSSE will distribute the following statement tomorrow at high school student strikes demanding immediate action to resolve climate change and environmental destruction.
By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 5 March 2019
Democratic no less than Republican administrations have imposed austerity policies and prosecuted the decades-long social counterrevolution that continues today.
By our reporters, 18 February 2019
Up to 15,000 young people demonstrated throughout the UK on Friday, protesting in every main town and city.
By our reporters, 18 February 2019
Slaughter, of the Socialist Equality Party, was warmly welcomed, especially when she described the global character of the crisis and the necessity for global action to address it.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 15 February 2019
Young people are organising across national boundaries in recognition that climate change has global causes and global consequences. In doing so, they are meeting up with an international resurgence of the class struggle.
By Niles Niemuth, 31 January 2019
The onset of exceptionally frigid temperatures has once again exposed the failure of American capitalism, which is unable to maintain the infrastructure required to withstand extreme weather events.
By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2018
It is not “humanity” that is guilty of contributing to climate change or the destruction of the ecosystem. It is the capitalist class.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 December 2018
Data obtained from ice cores taken from the Greenland ice sheet reveal that the past decade has seen the fastest melt rate in 350 years.
By our reporters, 10 December 2018
The environmental groups that organised the rally are seeking to subordinate an emerging movement of young people to the very parties responsible for environmental destruction.
By our reporters, 3 December 2018
IYSSE campaigners stressed that the danger of climate change could only be resolved through the socialist re-organisation of the world.
By our correspondents, 1 December 2018
The rallies showed the growing politicisation of a generation that has grown up amid continuous war, growing inequality and worsening environmental destruction.
By Oscar Grenfell, 28 November 2018
Scott Morrison’s comments expressed the acute fear of the ruling establishment that students and young people are beginning to enter into political struggle.
Climate change, capitalism and socialism
By Bryan Dyne, 26 November 2018
The latest report from the US Global Change Research Program confirms the danger posed by climate change and the inability of capitalist governments to address it.
By our reporters, 24 November 2018
Geelong high school students joined one of many planned “walk-outs for climate action.”
By the IYSSE (Australia), 22 November 2018
The following statement will be distributed at high school “walk-outs for climate change” across Australia.
By David Brown, 19 November 2018
There is growing popular outrage as details emerge pointing to the culpability of the state’s energy giants and government officials in creating the conditions for the deadly inferno.
By Daniel de Vries, 12 October 2018
The death toll, which currently stands at six, will almost certainly rise as emergency personnel gain access to more communities laid to waste by the storm.
By Matthew Taylor, 11 October 2018
The storm is one of the most powerful on record to impact the US
By Bryan Dyne, 10 October 2018
The increasingly dire warnings from scientists about the impact of human-caused global warming stand in stark contrast with the tepid and complacent response of world governments.
By Daniel de Vries, 14 September 2018
The EPA announced a plan Tuesday to enable oil and gas companies to release more greenhouse gases.
By Tom Hall, 13 September 2018
Trump’s self-congratulation for his response to last year’s devastation of Puerto Rico, even as Carolina residents brace for one of the worst Atlantic storms in history, sums up the callousness and criminality of the American ruling class.
By Frank Gaglioti, 5 September 2018
Government indifference has exacerbated the plight of many farmers and rural communities that are reeling under the dry conditions.
By Henry Allan, 25 August 2018
While many workers have lost their homes and lives, the telecommunications giant has seen the disaster as an opportunity to make some extra profits.
By Rafael Azul, 16 August 2018
The deadly fires which have claimed the lives of six firefighters, are part of a wave of wildfires affecting the entire western United States and British Columbia in Canada.
By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2018
Federal assistance has been slow and ecological issues in Houston make future flooding more likely.
By Frank Gaglioti, 23 May 2018
Warming events are becoming more frequent, giving coral insufficient time to recover.
By Matthew MacEgan, 23 May 2018
Climate scientists are warning that human-driven atmospheric changes could lead to a mass extinction event rivaling the one that killed the dinosaurs.
By Philip Guelpa, 14 May 2018
The increasingly rapid loss of plant and animal species threatens a sixth mass global extinction.
By Daniel de Vries, 5 April 2018
The EPA’s decision is the latest in a series of efforts aimed at gutting environmental regulations, particularly related to climate change.
By Frank Gaglioti, 15 February 2018
The extreme heat conditions have intensified and become more frequent due to the effects of global warming, resulting in a rising death toll.
By Rafael Azul, 14 October 2017
So far at least 31 people have died and 600 have been reported missing.
By Daniel de Vries, 29 August 2017
The natural gas tanker’s passage marks a new milestone in the decay of the Arctic Ocean ice cap.
By Sathish Simon and Arun Kumar, 23 August 2017
Monsoonal flooding hits millions of people in South Asia each year, but the region’s governments fail to take adequate flood mitigation measures.
By Daniel de Vries, 21 August 2017
Unprecedented wildfires have burned for the past three weeks on the icy island, where temperatures are rising twice as fast compared to the global average.
By Daniel de Vries, 15 August 2017
A draft of an authoritative federal study by US scientists was released amid fear of suppression.
One week after widespread flooding
By Tom Hall, 12 August 2017
Mayor Mitch Landrieu seized upon the catastrophic failure of the city’s drainage pumps to announce plans to privatize the entire system.
By Adam Mclean, 1 August 2017
The Detwiler Fire has forced evacuation near Yosemite National Park, while inmates are being used to control the blaze.
By Patrick Martin, 14 July 2017
The main obstacles to a rational climate policy are capitalist private ownership of the means of production and the division of the world into rival nation-states.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 June 2017
A serious response to the dangers posed by climate change is not possible within the framework of the capitalism and the nation-state system.
By Patrick Martin, 1 May 2017
The march's agenda overlapped with that of the April 22 March for Science, but it was more closely tied to the Democratic Party and the trade unions.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 March 2017
The discovery of 23,000-year-old tools used to harvest cereal grains in northern Israel adds to our understanding of the processes leading to the development of agriculture.
By Cesar Uco, 20 March 2017
The disaster has exposed the inability of the Peruvian government to either prepare for or properly respond to increasingly frequent climatic catastrophes.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 February 2017
Scientists at various government agencies are concerned that any mention of climate science will be silenced.
By Shelley Connor, 23 January 2017
A system of storms that developed on the Gulf Coast on Saturday has claimed 18 lives, and continued to threaten through Monday morning.
By Bryan Dyne, 20 January 2017
After eight years in which the Obama administration did nothing to address climate change, the incoming Trump government is set to fully deregulate greenhouse gas emissions.
By Patrick Kelly, 12 January 2017
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology detailed several record-breaking temperature anomalies caused by global climate change.
By Daniel de Vries, 22 November 2016
Never since satellite monitoring began in the late 1970s has such little ice covered the polar seas this time of year.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 August 2016
The storm is being called a “1-in-a-1,000-year rain event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
By Matthew MacEgan, 1 June 2016
The abnormally warm ocean waters caused by El Niño induce much more extreme weather patterns than normal, including droughts, cyclones, and floods.
By our reporters, 1 June 2016
In addition to outlining the necessary socialist policies required to resolve the climate change crisis, Fulgenzi exposed the pro-war agenda of the Labor Party and the Greens.
By our reporters, 31 May 2016
Workers and young people denounced the billions being squandered on the military and the bipartisan assault on education, healthcare and jobs.
By Roger Jordan, 9 May 2016
While Canadian capitalism has extracted immense riches from the Fort McMurray area, little was spent to counter wildfires despite persistent warnings that they were a major threat.
By Nick Barrickman and Eric London, 25 January 2016
In the supposedly most advanced country in the world, the ability of storms to bring life to a standstill is an indictment of an economic system devoid of any rational planning.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 January 2016
Lamar Smith has issued a subpoena to a group of climate change scientists who have shown that a global warming slowdown has not occurred over the past 15 years.
By Margaret Rees, 4 January 2016
Victoria has been hit by more than 2,500 bushfires since October but the hottest months, when the most dangerous fires usually occur, are still to come.
By Andre Damon, 16 December 2015
Far from fostering the international collaboration that would be required to reverse climate change, capitalist society is increasingly characterized by xenophobia, international conflict and war.
By Patrick Martin, 14 December 2015
Even in the face of a growing threat to human survival, the leaders of rival capitalist nations are incapable of serious action to combat global warming.
By John Marion, 8 December 2015
Recent scientific studies point to the effects of global warming on Atlantic cod populations already reduced to historically low sizes by decades of overfishing.