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115 Articles by George Monbiot

Cold Burn

Yes, the extreme cold in the UK right now really could be a result of global warming. There were two silent calls, followed by a message left on my answerphone. She had a soft, gentle voice and a mid-Wales accent. “You are a liar Mr Monbiot. You and James Hansen ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in December 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Water, Weather (2 comments)

Impervious to Learning

David Rose appears to have learnt nothing from his catastrophic mistakes before the Iraq war. You can divide people into two categories: those who learn from their mistakes and those who don’t. There is no third category: we all mess up from time to time. Journalism is a mistake ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in December 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Education, Industry & Business, Media, Politics & Government (1 comment)

The Great Ventriloquist

Why is a former Greenpeace activist siding with Indonesia’s logging industry? I don’t often find myself praising Tesco, but – deep breath - here goes. This summer it did something brave and good. It de-listed a supplier: not on its usual commercial grounds but for ethical reasons. This was not ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in December 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Deforestation, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Logging, Media, Poverty & Development

Ground 56%

The government has abandoned its sustainable homes policy - by redefining zero. What does zero look like to you? Is it: a. 0 or b: 56%? If the answer is a, you are an ordinary mortal. If the answer is b, you are a government minister, possessed of supernatural mathematical powers ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in November 2010, about Architecture, Children and Families, Climate Change, Economics, Emissions, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government

Spreading the White Plague

The governments of both the UK and Wales could almost be trying to turn bovine TB into a pandemic. It’s one of those issues, like mad cow disease, which begins at the distant margins of public life, then explodes into the centre ground of politics. Anyone can see it ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in November 2010, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Education, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government

A Ghost Agreement

Everyone agrees that the new declaration on biodiversity is a triumph. Just one snag: it doesn’t appear to exist. “Countries join forces to save life on Earth”, the front page of the Independent told us. “Historic”, “a landmark”, a “much-needed morale booster”, the other papers chorused(1,2,3 ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in November 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Politics & Government

The Aliens Are Coming

We appear to be incapable of dealing with invasive species while there’s still time. On a dark night last week, a group of animal rights activists in Donegal made their own special contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity. They cut their way into a fur farm and released ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in October 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Pollution

Looking for Trouble

Why are we still prospecting for oil when we can’t afford to use existing reserves? Forget, for a moment, the fragility of the Arctic environment and the likely consequences of a spill there. Forget the dangers of deepwater drilling in a strait plagued by storms and icebergs, and the ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in September 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Pollution, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water, Weather

Strong Meat

A new book has forced me to reconsider my views on food. This will not be an easy column to write. I am about to put down 1200 words in support of a book that starts by attacking me and often returns to this sport. But it has persuaded me ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in September 2010, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Consumerism, Design, Food, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior

Right and Wrong

Why climate science divides people along political lines. It was Australia’s second climate change election. Climate change deposed the former leaders of both main parties: Kevin Rudd (Labor) because his position was too weak, Malcolm Turnbull (Liberals) because his position was too strong. When Julia Gillard, the new Labor ... keep reading

Written by George Monbiot in August 2010, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Media, Politics & Government

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