By Tony Jackson, 26 February 2021
A disproportionate amount of preventable human suffering fell on the oldest, most isolated, and most dependent members of society.
By Trévon Austin, 23 February 2021
The lawsuit accuses the energy companies of gross negligence and placing profits ahead of the welfare of the population by failing to follow long-standing recommendations to winterize the power grid and misleading residents about how long blackouts would last.
By Erik Schreiber, 23 February 2021
On its first American album, the band has brightened its sound by incorporating saxophone, organ and other instruments. The weakness lies in the melodies and the perspective.
By Tom Carter, 21 February 2021
The Texas catastrophe lays bare the real state of class relations in the richest country in the world and makes clear why essential infrastructure can no longer be entrusted to the capitalist oligarchs.
By Chase Lawrence, 20 February 2021
The phrase “too little, too late” does not even begin to scratch the surface of the essentially non-existent and frankly ridiculous response of the Biden administration to a still unfolding catastrophe which has killed dozens of people.
By Chase Lawrence, 19 February 2021
Republican Senator and coup conspirator Ted Cruz, in an act of complete indifference, flew to Cancun, Mexico with his family for a vacation while a disaster unfolded across Texas, leaving dozens dead.
By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2021
Millions have been without power for days in the state that produces more electricity than any other in the United States.
By Marcus Day, 17 February 2021
As with all significant technological advances under capitalism, the shift to EVs is not being directed at the betterment of society or the improvement of working conditions, but rather is being used to intensify the exploitation of the working class.
By Marcus Day, 16 February 2021
While GM left itself ample wiggle room in its timeline to move away from combustion engines—calling the plan an “aspiration”—the announcement nonetheless reflects tectonic shifts in the global auto industry and world economy.
By Tom Peters, 28 January 2021
There is considerable frustration among young people over inaction on climate change, but the protest organisers continued to promote illusions that the Labour-Greens government, which has protected corporate polluters, will respond.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 January 2021
Elevating longtime defender of US imperialism John Kerry as his international “climate envoy,” Biden proposes to “rally the world” to fight climate change by isolating China and conducting military exercises on Russia’s newly-melted Arctic Ocean coast.
By Jonathan Burleigh, 27 January 2021
Even if Biden gets everything he asks for, his plan will be totally insufficient to meet its target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
By Rafael Azul, 4 December 2020
That the continuing fire season has caught California with insufficient resources with which to combat the record spate of wildfires is an indictment of the capitalist profit system.
Tropical Storm Eta causes widespread flooding in southeastern US as record-setting hurricane season continues
By J. L’Heureau, 14 November 2020
After devastating large swathes of Central America and Southern Mexico last week, the storm system named Eta, the 28th of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, made two separate landfalls in Florida this week.
By Margaret Rees, 9 November 2020
First and foremost, the inquiry report holds no one, least of all the government, responsible for the catastrophe.
By Philip Guelpa, 7 November 2020
Significant environmental change in East Africa between 500,000 and 300,000 years ago prompted a major step in human evolution.
By Andrea Lobo, 4 November 2020
In an already record-setting 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Eta is expected to cause devastating flooding and landslides as it cuts a path through Central America.
By Bryan Dyne, 3 November 2020
The WSWS was the only publication to warn very early on the dangers the working class faced if the coronavirus became a pandemic.
By Rafael Azul, 28 October 2020
Southern California Edison announced Tuesday that its equipment may have sparked the wildfire that now threatens thousands in Orange County.
By Frank Gaglioti, 27 October 2020
A report found that scientists in the government and private sectors are frequently compelled to modify their research and prevented from publicly-revealing their concerns.
By Anthony del Olmo, 23 October 2020
Colorado erupted this week as the main hotspot for wildfires in the western United States. Firefighting resources are being stretched thin as fires continue to break out late in the season.
By Eddie Haywood, 22 October 2020
The Cameron Peak fire, which ignited on August 13 near Fort Collins, has blazed through more than 200,000 acres, making it the largest wildfire in the state’s history.
By Daniel Jakob, 19 October 2020
Global warming has already resulted in continual and worldwide loss of glacial ice, and the concurrent melting of the permafrost ground layer is approaching irreversibility.
Trump administration reverses decision to not send $350 million in federal aid to fight California fires
By Alexa Castro, 17 October 2020
As wildfires continue to destroy millions of acres throughout the US West Coast, the social and economic crisis continues to deepen in the region.
By James Clayton and Keith Jones, 12 October 2020
Anamie Paul, the candidate favoured by the Green Party establishment, narrowly prevailed over the “eco-socialist,” Palestinian-rights activist, and one-time Wall Street lawyer, Dimitri Lascaris.
By Rafael Azul and Peter Ross, 10 October 2020
Even as record-breaking fires rage across the US West Coast, the ruling class has refused neither to address the climate crisis nor protect those in the path of destruction.
By Alexa Castro, 3 October 2020
The raging wildfires in the western part of the United States continue to threaten the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands, while setting the stage for an even greater crisis of homelessness.
By Rafael Azul, 29 September 2020
There are currently 27 major wildfires in California. In some areas, evacuations are barely staying ahead of the spreading flames.
By Henry Hakamaki, 21 September 2020
The EPA loosened air pollution limits at the very time that coronavirus was becoming pandemic in the United States.
By Linda Rios, 19 September 2020
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 21 major fires are still burning in California, 12 in Oregon and 8 in Washington state.
By Adria French, 19 September 2020
Recent changes to the Endangered Species Act “to lower regulatory burdens” are driving several species toward extinction.
By Rafael Azul, 15 September 2020
Nearly 500,000 field workers have been severely affected by the ongoing wildfires as they continue to labor in California’s Central Valley and in the wine region, picking lettuce, strawberries, citrus, grapes, and other crops.
By Richard Tyler, 12 September 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked officials to take a “fresh look” at the legal status of Extinction Rebellion and see if it can be classified as an “organised crime group.”
By Kevin Martinez, 10 September 2020
Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a wildfire emergency after two towns burnt to the ground and thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate.
By J. L'Heureau, 31 August 2020
Three days after the most powerful hurricane to hit the state since 1856, the scale of destruction and accompanying social crisis is coming into sharp relief.
By Linda Rios, 29 August 2020
Nearly two dozen major fire complexes are still burning, along with hundreds of smaller ones, including a new fire that started in the early hours of Friday.
By Rafael Azul, 28 August 2020
State authorities are warning that fire conditions are still very dangerous and have warned evacuees not to return to their homes until allowed to do so.
“I have nothing but a bunch of ashes”
By Norissa Santa Cruz, 24 August 2020
The two largest fires, now the second and third largest in the state’s history, are forcing hundreds of thousands to flee from deadly situation to another.
By Margaret Rees, 1 August 2020
The inquiry will ignore the underfunding of fire and emergency services while justifying rapid and expanded military interventions in domestic “emergencies.”
By Daniel Jakob, 31 July 2020
This year is the hottest in Siberia since measurements began 130 years ago. The record heatwave is an extreme consequence of global climate change.
By Philip Guelpa, 27 July 2020
If all the Antarctic ice were to melt, sea levels would rise by approximately an additional 60 meters (nearly 200 feet).
By Philip Guelpa, 26 February 2020
One of the major consequences of human-induced climate change is sea level rise, which threatens coastal flooding and the displacement of hundreds of millions of people.
By Kevin Reed, 21 February 2020
In response to growing opposition within Amazon, as well as society as a whole, to the growing climate crisis and the role of super-rich billionaires in it, Bezos, the world’s richest person, has launched a new philanthropic fund.
“Governments are putting profits before people”
By our reporters, 17 February 2020
Manchester protester: “When it comes to politics and elections, you vote for one side and you vote for the other side but there’s the same puppet master pulling the strings.”
By Martin Scott, 15 February 2020
Insurers have declared Australia’s sixth catastrophe in five months as storms batter the east coast and cause major flooding.
By our reporters, 3 February 2020
Residents from New South Wales’ South Coast and Blue Mountains areas praise volunteers, and describe the struggle to rebuild after the fires.
By Martin Scott, 1 February 2020
Australia’s catastrophic summer escalates, with heavy rain in the north and bushfires in the south.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 February 2020
Earth faces the sixth mass extinction of life on the planet, and all the capitalist system can provide is another toothless document.
By Kevin Reed, 30 January 2020
Hundreds of Amazon employees posted public criticisms of their employer and statements of support for fellow workers who have been threatened with firing for speaking out against the tech company’s climate policies.
By Martin Scott, 25 January 2020
As bushfires continue to burn, Australian communities have been ravaged by other extreme climatic events.
By Matthew MacEgan, 23 January 2020
Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime film is the Japanese entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
By our reporters, 22 January 2020
The organisers of the Melbourne demonstration provided no way forward beyond the confines of the capitalist system that has led to environmental destruction.
By James Cogan, 20 January 2020
For all the proclamations by corporations and governments that they accept the need to reduce fossil fuel use, carbon emissions rose to the highest ever level in 2019.
By Nick Beams, 20 January 2020
The picture presented by the WEF’s own analysis is of a socio-economic system heading for catastrophe on every front, for which the ruling elites have no answer.
By Frank Gaglioti, 20 January 2020
“If nothing is done to address climate change this wildfire season will be a preview into our future.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 January 2020
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has largely refrained from criticising the inadequate government response on the grounds of ensuring “national unity.”
By John Mackay, 18 January 2020
The fine particulates in smoke from fires has been known to contain a toxic mix of chemicals that are a concern to public health.
By Paul Bond, 17 January 2020
Home Secretary Priti Patel told a radio interviewer that although XR was not a terrorist organisation, the government had to look at “a range of security risks.”
By Daniel de Vries, 17 January 2020
The administration announced a proposal to upend longstanding environmental law requiring the government to document environmental impacts.
By James Cogan, 17 January 2020
The fires have most severely affected low-income workers and welfare recipients, self-employed contractors, small-business owners and family farmers.
By our reporters, 17 January 2020
“Governments are definitely not looking after us—there’s too many hidden agendas—and things are not being done to make sure we’ve got adequate power or water.”
By Mike Head, 16 January 2020
By proclaiming “emergencies,” state governments can override any law in order to suppress rising social unrest.
By our reporters, 16 January 2020
“Volunteers are dwindling in numbers and the average age is increasing. You can’t go flogging these people for 11 weeks of fire fighting.”
the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 January 2020
That the Australian prime minister denied any link between the fires and global warming epitomises the organic incapacity of the ruling classes internationally to address, let alone resolve, the climate crisis.
“It’s the big companies that are responsible for this”
By our reporters, 11 January 2020
One protester, whose family has been hit by the fires, said: “The rich and those in power have their own houses, their own air conditioners. They can fly away to Hawaii. They’re not impacted.”
“Everyone is saying this government has to go”
By Margaret Rees, 10 January 2020
“The amount of money they spend on submarines and fighter planes. It should be spent on internal water bombers and resources.”
By James Cogan, 8 January 2020
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will go down in history as the political leader who secretly went on holiday to Hawaii while the country burned.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2020
A discernable shift is underway in how masses of people view the political parties and institutions that have downplayed or denied the reality of climate change.
By James Cogan, 4 January 2020
The criminal indifference of the Australian ruling elite to the threat of climate change has its parallels around the world.
By Frank Gaglioti, 4 January 2020
“Long-term climate change in Australia is an undeniable reality.”
By James Cogan, 3 January 2020
Morrison’s reception in the town of Cobargo was only one indication of the outrage that exists toward federal and state governments.
By Mike Head, 31 December 2019
An unprecedented mass evacuation order for an area half the size of Belgium gave tens of thousands of residents and holidaymakers just hours to pack up and leave.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2019
The catastrophic fires in Australia follow blazes that have engulfed large areas of California, Siberia, Borneo and the Amazon.
By Martin Scott, 13 December 2019
While bushfires ravaged the state, workers and students gathered to protest government inaction on climate change.
By our reporters, 9 December 2019
Students attended climate change protests in major cities in solidarity with rallies organised globally on November 29.
Four years after the Paris Agreement
By Bryan Dyne, 27 November 2019
Rising global greenhouse gas emissions demonstrate the inability to address climate change under capitalism.
By John Braddock, 23 November 2019
A concrete dome, a relic of the US nuclear testing program, is breaking up and beginning to spill deadly nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean.
By Mike Head, 12 November 2019
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack caused outrage by attacking “raving inner city lunatics” for linking global warming to the bushfires.
By Daniel de Vries, 11 November 2019
Forty years of climate negotiations among capitalist governments have done nothing to alter the trajectory towards environmental and humanitarian catastrophe.
By our reporters, 31 October 2019
The incident marks a further escalation of state repression in Australia against protest and dissent.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 October 2019
The authorities are using the demonstrations as a test case for future repression of the emerging social and political struggles of the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2019
By Sunday afternoon, police had arrested 1,309 protesters in London, more than were arrested in the first wave of demonstrations in April.
By Steve James, 9 October 2019
Over 500 peaceful climate protestors have been arrested in central London in just two days as part of an escalating response from the British state aimed at outlawing mass environmental protest as a form of terrorism.
By Bryan Dyne, 1 October 2019
Efforts to save the natural environment while preserving the capitalist system have proven to be a blind alley for half a century.
By our reporters, 30 September 2019
The scale of Friday’s protest attests to mounting popular anger at the failure of the world’s corporate-controlled governments to address this social and ecological crisis.
By Tom Peters, 28 September 2019
School students were joined by tens of thousands of workers and university students to demand action to prevent catastrophic climate change.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2019
The fraud of the UN and the descent of capitalist rule into outright criminality is personified by the General Assembly debate’s first three speakers: Bolsonaro, Trump and Sisi.
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.
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.