Capitalism is costing the Earth

James Plested Today’s environmental crisis is neatly summed up by New Yorker cartoonist Tom Toro. Three children and a man in a tattered suit are sitting around a small fire in a post-apocalyptic urban landscape. The man says to the children: “Yes, the planet got destroyed, but for a beautiful moment in...CONTINUE READING

Government funds miners at environment’s expense

James Plested A report by the Australian Conservation Foundation shows just how committed the government is to giving a “hand up” to one of Australia’s most profitable, and environmentally destructive, industries. According to the ACF analysis, the mining industry is set to receive $2.5 billion in fuel...CONTINUE READING

Government’s fake news on climate exposed

James Plested Australia is among the world’s worst climate criminals. Out of 35 OECD countries, Australia is second only to Estonia in emissions intensity – the amount of greenhouse gases pumped out per dollar of economic output. Yet the vast majority of Australians think that the country should play a...CONTINUE READING

Media lies on port dispute

James Plested “Is that the truth, or did you read it in the Herald Sun?” – asks a bumper sticker commonly seen around Melbourne. When Rupert Murdoch’s paid-up scribes aren’t railing, usually to an audience of millions, about how their “free speech” is being undermined by political correctness, there’s n...CONTINUE READING

We have to stop Adani, but that’s just the start

James Plested The battle to stop the construction of Adani’s proposed new mega coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin is a defining environmental struggle of our time. If the mine goes ahead, it will be a catastrophe – not just for Australia, but for the entire planet. Once fully operational, the mine...CONTINUE READING

Pollution is killing us

James Plested While the world’s attention has been focused on climate change, another environmental problem has been inflicting death and destruction on a massive scale. According to the findings of a breakthrough new report, the health impacts of pollution may pose an even bigger threat to humanity tha...CONTINUE READING

A peace prize that’s deserved

James Plested Rather awkwardly for a world grown used to the shameless promotion of hypocrites and warmongers, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to people who really deserve it. The Australian-founded International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the prize for its work a...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s ‘gas crisis’ is a rort

James Plested The biggest criminals sometimes hide in plain sight. Such is the case with Australia’s gas giants – Origin, Shell and Santos – and political leaders, chief among them Malcolm Turnbull, who are facilitating the heist they’re carrying out against the Australian people. The narrative we’re be...CONTINUE READING

Capitalist vultures circle hurricane disasters

James Plested As the flooding of Houston was just beginning in late August, as cyclone Harvey dumped more than 50 trillion litres of water on south-east Texas, the US National Weather Service tweeted “this event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced”. The media were qu...CONTINUE READING