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115 Articles by George Monbiot

Atro-City

For at least a century, governments have tried to urbanise their nations. Communist states sought to drag people out of what Marx and Engels called their "rural idiocy". Capitalist governments – Mahatir Mohammed's administration in Malaysia is a good example – tried to persuade and bully indigenous people into leaving the ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in July 2011, about Air Quality, Children and Families, Climate Change, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environmental Disasters, Lifestyle & Behavior, Smart Growth

Peak Stupidity

In public, the last government shrugged off the prospect of peak oil. In private, we know now that it had a different view. A powerpoint presentation released at last by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in response to freedom of information requests by the indefatigable Lionel Badal, shows ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in June 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Coal & Oil, Consumerism, Economics, Finance & Money, Food, Industry & Business, Politics & Government

The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing -Economists monetise our relationship with Nature which enables it to be Bought.

Love, economists have discovered, is depreciating rapidly. On current trends, it is expected to fall by £1.78 per passion-hour between now and 2030. The opportunity cost of a kiss foregone has declined by £0.36 since 1988. By 2050 the net present value of a night under the stars ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in June 2011, about Coal & Oil, Economics, Emissions, Environment & Wildlife, Finance & Money, Politics & Government, Pollution (1 comment)

How will UK achieve 50% Carbon Cut by 2027- By getting Someone Else to Make our Stuff

Not for the first time, the Prime Minister was happily promoting the irreconcilable. “By stepping up, showing leadership and competing with the world,” he announced last week, “the UK can prove that there need not be a tension between green and growth.”(1) It could have been worse. After the ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in June 2011, about Carbon Trading, Emissions, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Population (1 comment)

Watch out UK- Cameron may be taking aim at Environment

Goodbye Cameron the Conciliator, hello Cameron the Destroyer. Empowered by last week's elections, the prime minister knows that he can get away with almost anything. Voters failed to punish him for attempting to dismantle the NHS and for ripping up his promise to protect frontline services. What can't ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in May 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Air Quality, Carbon Sequestration, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Politics & Government

“Shoot the —- in the Face”

It’s time for those who hate the greens to stop issuing death threats - to me and others. Those who hate environmentalism try, in the spirit of throwing everything they can at it, to associate it with violent tendencies. These attempts are generally desperate. For example, a persistent fable, spread ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in January 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Celebrities, Children and Families, Climate Change, Events, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media

Power Trips

What could be sillier and more invidious than the Observer’s “eco-power list”? Is there anything the Sunday papers can’t turn into a fatuous celeb-fest? Two days ago, the Observer published what it called its eco-power list. It’ll come as no surprise that it featured Brad Pitt - what ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in January 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Celebrities, Children and Families, Climate Change, Consumerism, Education, Events, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media (1 comment)

Beware Fake Radicals

Conservatives have perfected the trick of defending power by attacking it. There was a time when conservatives tried to assure people of continuity. The social order would remain intact. Revolution and reform would be suppressed, disruptive change averted. As political consciousness spread, this message became untenable. They repositioned themselves, first ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in January 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Industry & Business, Politics & Government

The Imaginary War

Government ministers have declared an end to hostilities that never begun. Where is this famous war on the motorist? Can anyone point me to the battlefields, the graves of the war dead, the statues commemorating the unknown driver? Who has been waging it and when was it fought? What I ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in January 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Transport, Travel (1 comment)

Cold-Hearted

The level of excess winter deaths in the UK is higher than Siberia’s. This is why. Were you to list the factors that distinguish civilisation from barbarism, this would come close to the top: that the elderly are not left to die of cold. By this measure, the United ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in December 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Lifestyle & Behavior, Poverty & Development (1 comment)

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