Environmental Degradation

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Another world is possible if...
George, Susan
Book
2004
Susan George suggests that we can create a new and better world -- if we act together to bring about changes. She discusses the ifs and hows.
An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto
Callinicos, Alex
Book
2003
An extended argument about what the anti-capitalist movement should stand for.
Appalachia Rising: Which Side Are You On?
Mincy, Grant
Article
2014
On January 9, 2014, a dangerous toxin, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, leaked from a busted tank and into the Elk River in West Virginia. It is believed that nearly 7,500 gallons of the toxin made its w...
Appeasing the Mountain Bikers
Vandeman, Michael J.
Article
2001
Just because someone is able to purchase a machine that lets them ride off-road, that is no reason that the public should be required to provide them a place to use it.
Canadian lawyers and Chevron's court battle over environmental damage in Ecuador: Iler, Kirsten
Article
2014
A storm of controversy erupted amongst Canadian lawyers when the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) decided to intervene in Chevron's appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The appeal is part of Chevron's...
Climate Change as a Class Issue
Coles, Nick
Article
2013
Protesting PNC Bank in Pittsburgh financing of mountain-top removal (MTR) coal mining across Appalachia. MTR causes increased cancer rates and birth defects, as well as massive environmental degradati...
Coal's Ruptured Landscape: Navigating the Ruins of Appalachia
Smecker, Frank Joseph
Article
2010
It is more apparent now than ever before that coal mining, especially mountain top removal, is unethical and inhumane. It displays stark irresponsibility in land stewardship as well as depraved practi...
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Book
1976
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
Connexions Library: Environment Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on environment, ecology, climate change, pollution, and land use.
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
Hedges, Chris; Sacco, Joe
Book
2012
The searing account Chris Hedges' and Joe Sacco's travels to sacrifice zones, those areas in the United States where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize profit, ...
Depleted Uranium: New Internationalist November 2007 - #406
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2007
This is a special edition with 7 different articles devoted to the subject." Toxic souvenirs"-DU ammunition; Dont' look dont find-Iraqi doctors; We were expendable-US army veterans; The Facts; Who's t...
Downstream and Upstream Ecologists: The People, Organizatons, and Ideas Behind the Movement
Mercier, Jean
Book
1997
Mercier discusses the environmental movement and identifies specialized ecologists of different spectrums.
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?
Kovel, Joel
Book
2002
We live in and from nature, but the way we have evolved of doing this is about to destroy you. Capitalism and its by-products -- imperialism, war, neoliberal globalization, racism, poverty, and the de...
EnvironmentSources.com
Website
Web portal with information about environmental issues and resources, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and importa...
Equal Access to Our Parks for Bulldozer Racing
Vandeman, Michael J.
Article
1999
Tthere have been some problems, such as some people riding recklessly, going off the designated trails, and even secretly constructing illegal trails. But those are a small minority of bulldozer rider...
The Everyday Activist: 365 Ways to Change the World
Horton, Michael
Book
2006
A positive, practical guide to healing the world - one day at a time. Packed with ideas and facts from leading campaign organizations, this handbook shows how the smallest actions can make a differenc...
Hard Core Green: How to Kick Corporate Butt
Wasserman, Harvey
Article
2010
Two uncompromised green activists and writers completely focused on winning, and utterly void of bullshit.
Harvest of Devastation: The Industrialization of Agriculture and its Human and Environmental Consequences
Vallianatos, E.G.
Book
1994
Explains how western farming practices being imposed in other countries harm peasant communities, indigenous cultures, and the ecology.
Holding The Silent Killers Of Environmental Destruction Accountable
Zeese, Kevin; Flowers, Margaret
Article
2014
The findings of the most recent IPCC report are sobering. We have 15 years to mitigate climate disaster. It is up to us to make a major transition to a carbon-free, nuclear-free energy economy within ...
Humanity Imperiled: The Path To Disaster
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2013
For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves. That's been true since 1945. It's now being finally recognized that there are more ...
The Impacts of Mountain Biking on Wildlife and People: A Review of the Literature
Vandeman, Michael J.
Article
2004
It is clear that mountain biking is harmful to some wildlife and people. No one, even mountain bikers, tries to deny that. Bikes create V-shaped ruts in trails, throw dirt to the outside on turns, cru...
The IPCC report: Between nightmare and revolution
Tanuro, Daniel
Article
2014
Belgian ecosocialist Daniel Tanuro says the latest IPCC report has sounded an alarm that we must not ignore. Only radical change can avert climate disaster.
"It Is Profitable to Let the World Go to Hell": Will Capitalism Doom the Planet?
Loewenstein, Antony
Article
2017
Disaster, poverty and misfortune have become great ways to make a fortune. From Afghanistan to Haiti, Pakistan to Papua New Guinea, the United States to the UK, and from Greece to Australia, journalis...
Just the Beginning of Canada's Filthy Tar Sands: A Qualitative Jump Down a Black Hole
Stainsby, Macdonald
Article
2013
The technology used in Canada's tar sands will be used to open up other potential oil deposits that could more than double all know oil reserves. The disaster threatens to keep expanding.
Manufactured Landscapes
Baichwal, Jennifer
Film
2006
Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.
The March on Blair Mountain: A Historic Day in West Virginia
Polsgrove, Carol
Article
2011
The coal industry is an industry which has admitted it can not make a profit without breaking laws.
Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective
Burkett, Paul
Book
1999
While recognizing that production is structured by historically developed relations among producers, Marx insists that production as a social and material process is shaped and constrained by natural ...
Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective - Book Review
Empson, Martin
Article
2015
Essential reading for ecosocialists. Paul Burkett shows that humanity's relationship to nature is central to Marx’s critique of capitalism and vision of socialism.
Marxism and the Earth: A defence of the classical tradition: Book review of Marx and the Earth: An Anti-Critique
Empson, Martin
Article
2017
Marxist analyses of the natural world have been the focus of intense debate recently, and the publication of any book that further explores what Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels thought about the subjec...
Meeting the Expectations of the Land: Essays in Sustainable Agriculture and Stewardship
Jackson, Wes; Berry, Wendell
Book
1984
Addresses the problems facing agriculture today, such as topsol erosion, lowered water tables, reliance on pesticides, dependence on machinery, the overcapitalization of agriculture, the decline of th...
The Missing News: Filters and Blind Spots in Canada's Press
Hackett, Robert A.; Gruneau, Richard; with Donald Gutstein, Timothy A. Gibson and Newswatch Canada
Book
2000
Asks a number of questions, including: How well do the news media filter reality, for what purposes, through what processes and in whose interests? How do newspapers and TV stations choose what news i...
The Modern Crisis
Bookchin, Murray
Book
The Moronic Sport: ORVs on Public Lands
Wuerthner, George
Article
2008
I do not accept the premise that abuse of our lands is something that we must tolerate as inevitable. It is our land. It is our children's land, and their children's land. We have a responsibility to ...
Mountain Biking: Frequently Asked Questions
Vandeman, Michael J.
Article
2009
Why do people mountain bike, and what harms does it do?
Mountain Justice: Homegrown Resistance to Mountaintop Removal, for the Future of Us All
Shapiro, Tricia
Book
2010
In recent years, local people fighting against Mountaintop Removal's destruction of their homes in West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia have invited volunteers from outside Appalachia's co...
Mountaintop Removal: Environmental And Human Destruction For Profit
Lendman, Stephen
Article
2011
Coal River Mountain Watch (CRMW) is an initiative "to stop the destruction of our communities and environment by mountaintop removal, to improve the quality of life in our area, and to help rebuild su...
The murder of the Mon Valley
Article
2011
Only the combined struggle of the international working class can overcome the tyranny of capital and transform the world into a place fit for human beings. This must be our goal. Otherwise the murder...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade
Ransom, David
Book
2001
Ransom suggests that fair, environmentally-conscious trade is not only a viable alternative to unfair free trade, but that it is the way of the future.
Places in Need - Mountain Bike Damage
Article
Trails are easily and seriously degraded by mountain bike use - especially when those bikes are ridden on wet or muddy trail.
The Politics of Food and Poverty
Tummon, John
Article
2014
The global food crisis is tightly connected to global poverty, climate change, ecological destruction, migrant workers, imperialism, health and the super-exploitation of workers.
The Polluters: The Making of Our Chemically Altered Environment
Ross, Benjamin; Amter, Steven
Book
2010
Provides an account of the American chemical industry and its effect on the environment.
The Poverty of Power: Energy and the Economic Crisis
Commoner, Barry
Book
1976
Commoner argues that the environmental, energy, and economic crises are interconnected. The industries that use the most energy have the highest negative impact on the environment; the focus on non-re...
The Psychology of Mountain Biking
Vandeman, Michael J.
Article
2000
The first thing one notices about mountain bikers is that they lie continually.
Reclaiming the Commons in Appalachia: Property is Theft
Mincy, Grant
Article
2014
The extractive resource industry has a firm hold on the wild, wonderful, but wounded Appalachians. The use of eminent domain and compulsory pooling has robbed communities of their cultural and natural...
The Rising Seas
Ince, Martin
Book
1990
Rumble in the jungle
Carroll, Rory
Article
2009
Could Peru's uncontacted Amazonian tribes be wiped out by oil giants? Not if they don't exist.
A Short History of Progress
Wright, Ronald
Book
2004
If the population growth, consumption of resources, and technological advances continue according to the trend of the twentieth century, at the expense of the earth, the outcome may be disastrous.
The State of the World Atlas
Kidron, Michael
Book
1981
Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay
Engler, Yves; Mugyenyi, Bianca
Book
2011
A global ecological critique of the American automobile addiction.
Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (and Doesn't Seem to Care)
Marsden, William
Book
2007
As the world teeters on the edge of catastrophic climate change, Alberta plunges ahead with uncontrolled development of its fossil fuels, levelling its northern Boreal forest to get at the oil sands, ...
Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent
Nikiforuk, Andrew
Book
2010
To extract the energy from the Alberta tar sands, the world's ugliest, most expensive hydrocrabon, we are polluting our air, poisoning our water, destroying vast areas of boreal forest, and underminin...
This Changes Everything
Lewis, Avi (director); Klein, Naomi (narrator)
Film/Video
2015
Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything, the film presents portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar S...
Trail Damage Caused by Irresponsible Mountain Bikers
McCree, Keith and Barbra
Article
The damage caused by each mountain biker is much greater than that caused by a hiker, firstly because of the extra weight of the bike, and secondly because the soil is impacted continuously along the ...
What Bhopal Started: From Union Carbide to Exxon to BP
Sainath, P.
Article
2010
Bhopal marked the horrific beginning of a new era. One that signalled the collapse of restraint on corporate power. The ongoing BP spill in the Mexican Gulf -- with estimates ranging from 30,000 to ...
What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment
Magdoff, Fred; Foster, John Bellamy
Book
2011
A manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of “green capitalism” or piecemeal reform. Magdoff and Foster argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solel...
Why Off-Road Bicycling Should be Prohibited: The Effects of Mountain Biking on Wildlife and People
Vandeman, Michael J.
Article
1997
To most environmentalists, bicycles have always been the epitome of good. We are so used to comparing bikes to cars, that it never occurred to us that the bicycle would be ever used for anything bad. ...
Wildlife Need Habitat Off-Limits To Humans!
Vandeman, Michael J.
Article
Environmentalism can most simply be defined as the extension of the Golden Rule to include other species. Wildlife must be given top priority, because they can't protect themselves from us.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

CorpWatch
CorpWatch provides news, analysis, research tools and action resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe and also talks with people who are directly affected by corporate abuses as wel...
Friends of the Earth International
We are the world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 76 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters aroun...
Rights Action
A charitable non-profit organization that supports grassroots work financially, technologically and through group networking in the global south, mostly Guatamala, Chiapas (Mexico), Honduras and Hait...

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CorpWatch
CorpWatch provides news, analysis, research tools and action resources to respond to corporate activity around the globe, and also talks with people who are directly affected by corporate abuses as well as with others fighting for...
International Dark-Sky Association
Concerned with stopping the adverse environmental impact of light pollution and space debris. Our Mission IDA works to protect the night skies for present and future generations. Our Goals * Advocate for the protection...
Rainforest Action Network
RAN seeks to protect the Earth's rainforests through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action. They do so using campaigns to expose the wrongdoings of governments and corporations and mobilize the internatio...
World Rainforest Movement
The WRM is an international network of citizens involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests. The group works to secure the lands and livelihoods of forest peoples and fights commercial logging, dams, mining, plantations ...
Zatoun
Zatoun is an NGO which brings fair trade olive oil from occupied Palestine. It highlights the plight of Palestinian farmers and the destruction of their livelihood. Olive oil is a basic food which reminds us of our common humanity...

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Dream Worlds Here and There
Book Review of "2312" by Kim Stanley Robinson
Short, Jesse
2013
Short reviews Robinson's "2312," which concerns the state of a world three hundred years from now in which a twisted version of the dream "another world is possible" has come to pass, where nothing st...

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International Dark Sky Association
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Concerned with stopping the adverse environmental impact of light pollution and space debris.