Climate change

Record wildfires continue to expand across Colorado

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.

Record-breaking Colorado wildfires prompt mass evacuations

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.

Melting glaciers threaten catastrophic consequences for humanity

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.

The Green Party of Canada chooses a new leader—multiple political frauds for the price of one

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.

The California wildfires: A disaster of capitalism and climate change

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.

Wildfires continue to rage across western United States

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.

New wildfires cause mass evacuations in California’s Napa Valley

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.

Catastrophic wildfires, corporate air pollution, and COVID-19: A collision of crises

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.

Wildfires threaten drinking water and further desertification of US West Coast

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.

Trump administration continues assault on endangered species

By Adria French, 19 September 2020

Recent changes to the Endangered Species Act “to lower regulatory burdens” are driving several species toward extinction.

US farmworkers labor under unsafe conditions as West Coast fires continue to rage

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.

UK Tories use Extinction Rebellion protests to argue for savage political repression

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.”

Oregon governor declares state of emergency calling wildfires a “once-in-a-generation event”

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.

Mounting social and health disaster in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura

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.

False “glimmers of hope” as California continues to burn

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.

Renewed heat and lightning increase fire danger in California

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”

Hundreds of thousands displaced, six dead as 600 fires rip across California

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.

Royal commission into Australia’s bushfires promotes greater use of the military

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.”

Record heatwave in Siberia and the burning danger of climate change

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.

Antarctic ice sheet melting could accelerate rapidly, leading to catastrophic rise in sea level

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).

2020 began with the hottest January in recorded history

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.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos launches $10 billion climate change fund

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.

Student climate change protests across the UK

“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.”

Major Australian bushfires finally extinguished by torrential rain

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.

Australia: Bushfire survivors point to lack of funding for firefighters and recovery effort

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.

Australia’s fire crisis continues while flash floods hammer northern Queensland

By Martin Scott, 1 February 2020

Australia’s catastrophic summer escalates, with heavy rain in the north and bushfires in the south.

Latest UN plan to address catastrophic decline in biodiversity—more empty platitudes

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.

Amazon employees defy management and publicly protest corporate policies

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.

Australians suffer violent hailstorms, flash floods and ongoing fires

By Martin Scott, 25 January 2020

As bushfires continue to burn, Australian communities have been ravaged by other extreme climatic events.

Weathering With You: Climate change and fatalism

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.

Australia: Thousands protest government inaction on bushfires and climate change

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.

Lack of action on climate change leads to warmest decade ever recorded

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.

Climate change “spin” as Davos gathering confronts mounting environmental and economic crisis

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.

Bushfire scientist warns that Australia’s disaster is “a wake-up call”

By Frank Gaglioti, 20 January 2020

“If nothing is done to address climate change this wildfire season will be a preview into our future.”

Australian Labor Party closes ranks with Morrison government in bushfire crisis

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.”

Smoke haze from Australian bushfires pose serious public health threat

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.

UK home secretary defends naming Extinction Rebellion as extremist

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.”

Trump seeks to roll back environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects

By Daniel de Vries, 17 January 2020

The administration announced a proposal to upend longstanding environmental law requiring the government to document environmental impacts.

Australian fires leave tens of thousands in financial hardship and stress

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.

Australia: Balmoral firefighters say they were “abandoned” and demand better resources

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.”

Australian bushfire crisis highlights sweeping emergency powers

By Mike Head, 16 January 2020

By proclaiming “emergencies,” state governments can override any law in order to suppress rising social unrest.

Australia: NSW bushfire victims condemn inadequate planning and government responses

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 Australian fire crisis and the necessity for socialism

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”

Mass climate change rallies held amid Australian bushfire emergency

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”

Australia: Victim of East Gippsland bushfire voices anger over government negligence

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.”

Australian bushfire catastrophe exposes the contempt of the ruling elites for working people

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.

After another weekend of devastation, Australia faces weeks more of unprecedented fires

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.

Ruling class bereft of answers while catastrophic fires escalate across Australia

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.

Australia: Climate change and the bushfire crisis

By Frank Gaglioti, 4 January 2020

“Long-term climate change in Australia is an undeniable reality.”

As Australia burns, anger turns on climate change-denying Prime Minister Morrison

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.

Fires create hellish conditions across Australia

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.

Australian fires bring growing global climate crisis into stark relief

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.

Australia: Thousands attend climate change rally in Sydney

By Martin Scott, 13 December 2019

While bushfires ravaged the state, workers and students gathered to protest government inaction on climate change.

Youth demonstrating in Australia speak out against climate change and war

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

UN report calls for “radical transformations” to avert global climate catastrophe

By Bryan Dyne, 27 November 2019

Rising global greenhouse gas emissions demonstrate the inability to address climate change under capitalism.

Rising seas threaten US Pacific nuclear dump

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.

Australian bushfire emergency worsens but government denounces climate change warnings

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.

Eleven thousand scientists warn of climate emergency

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.

Australian police violently attack climate change protestors

By our reporters, 31 October 2019

The incident marks a further escalation of state repression in Australia against protest and dissent.

Australian governments trial police-state measures against climate protesters

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.

Mass arrests continue in London and other cities in global Extinction Rebellion protests

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.

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested in central London

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.

Capitalism and the climate disaster: The issues posed by the worldwide protests

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.

Half a million people join Montreal climate change protest

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.

170,000 join climate change protests in New Zealand

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.

UN debate begins under shadow of war and dictatorship

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.

Australian students and youth speak out at climate strikes

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.”

Millions march against climate change, capitalism and war

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.

Bushfires in Australia: Another symptom of climate change

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 only solution to climate change is world socialism

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.

Hurricane Dorian: Tens of thousands homeless in the Bahamas as damage assessed on Canadian coast

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.

The issues raised by climate change in the wake of Hurricane Dorian

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.

Death toll mounts in Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian lingers off Carolina coast

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.

Vast destruction revealed as Hurricane Dorian leaves the Bahamas

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.

Trump administration to reverse methane rules for energy industry

By Daniel de Vries, 2 September 2019

EPA’s climate sabotage continues with plans to drop methane leakage rules.

Rift widens between Australia and Pacific Island states

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.

Wildfires rage throughout the Amazon rainforest

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.

Tensions over climate change dominate Pacific Islands summit

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.

Climate change reports warn of a world on the brink

By Bryan Dyne, 12 August 2019

The only solution to the climate change crisis lies in the struggle against capitalism.

Hottest July on record signals accelerated climate change

By Philip Guelpa, 12 August 2019

Global warming is rapidly approaching the point of causing irreversible climate disruption, threatening human existence.

UN: Global food and water crisis threatens 3 billion people

By Bryan Dyne, 9 August 2019

A new report by the United Nations warns that anthropogenic climate change, if left unchecked, will render a steadily increasing portion of Earth essentially uninhabitable.

Second heatwave of 2019 shatters temperature records in western Europe

By Will Morrow, 27 July 2019

A significant element of the heatwave commented on by climate scientists was that heat records were not only beaten but shattered by between two and four degrees.

Massive forest fire in Germany exposes deadly legacy of World War II

By Marianne Arens, 8 July 2019

The forest area near Lübtheen is not the only one littered with old munitions: in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania alone, 38,000 hectares are contaminated with munitions.

Paris police use pepper spray against seated climate change protesters

By Will Morrow, 2 July 2019

Riot police strolled around the group, pepper spraying their faces from 20 centimeters away and ripping protective goggles off them, as onlookers filmed with their phones.

Fridays for Future: Tens of thousands demonstrate on climate change in Aachen, Germany

By our reporters, 26 June 2019

Under the slogan, “Climate Justice Without Borders—United for a Future,” about 40,000 young people in Aachen demanded a rapid shutdown of coal-fired power plants and other measures.

Multiple studies demonstrate global warming is melting glaciers faster

By Philip Guelpa, 24 June 2019

The accelerating rate of ice melting occurring around the world is a grave warning that climate change is rapidly reaching the point at which its catastrophic consequences will be felt by billions of people.

Tens of thousands join climate strike in New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 29 May 2019

While organisers called for “pressure” to be placed on the parliamentary parties, many students agreed climate change could not be addressed without abolishing capitalism.

German Fridays for Future protesters discuss overthrowing capitalism

By our reporters, 27 May 2019

Tens of thousands of young people once again took to the streets across Germany on Friday to protest against climate change.

Australian youth speak out at climate change rallies

By our reporters, 27 May 2019

“There’s not a solution in one country. The whole world has to make a move for climate change.”

UK climate change protests: Students speak out against treatment of Assange and Manning

By our reporters, 25 May 2019

Thousands of schoolchildren and students demonstrated around the UK Friday to protest government inaction on climate change.

Mass unemployment, climate change and a toxic dump in Oxley

By Michael Smith, 17 May 2019

The following is an edited version of the speech delivered by Michael Smith to the Socialist Equality Party election public meeting in the Brisbane electorate of Oxley.

A million species threatened with extinction, UN-backed report warns

By Daniel de Vries, 14 May 2019

The comprehensive study of biodiversity called for “transformative change” to protect nature and humanity.

Australian youth speak out against climate change

By our reporters, 6 May 2019

The climate strikes are part of a growing politicisation of young people in Australia and internationally.

Join the fight for international socialism!

To halt climate change, capitalism must be abolished

Tessa Pietsch: SEP Senate candidate for Victoria, 2 May 2019

The attempts to channel the climate strike movement in Australia and internationally behind the political establishment must be resisted.

Police arrest over 1,000 climate change protesters in London

By Robert Stevens, 23 April 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued no statement condemning the mass arrest of peaceful protesters.

UK home secretary demands climate change protesters face “full force of the law”

By Laura Tiernan, 20 April 2019

More than 682 climate change protesters have been arrested since Monday.

Hundreds of peaceful climate change protesters arrested in UK

By Paul Mitchell, 18 April 2019

There have been no serious incidents of public disorder except when the police arrived in large numbers and swooped in to arrest people.

Youth at climate rally in Leeds, England speak out to defend Julian Assange

By our reporters, 16 April 2019

WSWS reporters spoke about the arrest and imprisoning of Julian Assange with young people who attended last Friday’s rally against climate change in Leeds, England.