Huge ‘dead zone’ predicted in Gulf of Mexico; climate disaster ever increasing
June 21, 2013

The massive Midwestern drought of 2012 reduced rainfall and fertilizer carried into the Gulf of Mexico by runoff, meaning the algae blooms that cause the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone were unusually small. 2013 will be different. (Source - Time)

Heavy rainfall in the Midwest this spring has led to flood conditions, with states like Minnesota and Illinois experiencing some of the wettest spring seasons on record. And all that flooding means a lot more nitrogen-based fertilizer running off into the Gulf. According to an annual estimate from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsored modelers at the University of Michigan, Louisiana State University and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, this year’s dead zone could be as large as 8,561 sq. miles—roughly the size of New Jersey. That would make it the biggest dead zone on record.And even the low end of the estimate would place this year among the top 10 biggest dead zones on record. Barring an unlikely change in the weather, much of the Gulf of Mexico could become an aquatic desert.

  • Emails reveal that Exxon Mobil misled the public about the extent of contamination in Lake Conway from the recent Pegasus pipeline oil spill in Arkansas. (Source - TreeHugger)
  • Migratory seabirds are starving to death, a problem biologists are linking to climate change and overfishing. (Source - Washington Post)
  • Rolling Stone has compiled the ten dumbest things ever said about climate change. (Source - Rolling Stone)
  • The Obama administration is preparing to impose limits on existing power plants as part of his soon-to-be-released plan to combat climate change, the White House’s energy and environment adviser said Wednesday. (Source - New York Times)
  • Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer is launching a new online campaign to press President Obama to do more on climate change and to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.(Source - SFGate)
  • A new report by the Center for American Progress finds the federal government spends far more on cleaning up after storms than it does on preparing communities for extreme weather. (Source - Los Angeles Times)
  • The unseasonably hot, dry weather in Alaska has helped spurn wildfires in part of the state. (Source - Washington Post)
  • About 350 Walgreens stores will soon be equipped with solar power. (Source - Chicago Tribune)
  • BP is trying to convince lawmakers to keep current rules mandating the use of renewable fuels, instead of abolishing them. (Source - Bloomberg)
  • New Zealand’s worst drought in decades has hurt the country’s economic growth. (Source - Wall Street Journal)
  • Despite a wet spring, drought conditions are returning to Northern Colorado (Source - The Coloradoan)
  • Within five years natural gas could challenge oil as the world’s dominate transportation fuel, according to the International Energy Agency. (Source - Market Watch)
  • Clean Technica updated their rankings of the top wind power countries per capita, drawing from the Global Wind Energy Council’s latest numbers. (Source - Clean Technica)
  • And here’s their latest ranking of all 50 U.S. states by policies friendly to solar power, taken from Solar Power Rocks. (Source - Clean Technica)


We have to resist! It’s time for a #Fearless Summer.

So, at a national anti-fracking summit in Dallas, the keynote speaker was a green capitalist. Some things that were said, “Warren Buffet is investing in solar.” (Ok? We’re all mostly broke. hydrological fracturing tends to affect rural & poor communities, and people of color) “Your membership are our customers. You give us customers & we donate to your NGOs.” (Kickbacks from capitalists? Nah, you not gonna get that. We don’t sell you our people.) “Solar is cheap because German factories are locked into making them, and now there’s too many in the market. Sure it causes some people to hurt, but it’s a nessisary sacrifice.” (I guess some people are loosing their jobs in green energy but there exploitation is needed right?) And my personal favorite, “There may or may not be slavery involved in silicone production but I haven’t seen it & even if there was, that’s a trade off I’m willing to make.” Just…what? This man just advocated for SLAVERY? REALLY? Not even a, “pretty sure no but we naturally want to use union workers, and we should make sure the jobs created are jobs with justice.” Nope. Room full of people, and advocating slavery & talking about China like it’s fully of stupid barbarians. Like there weren’t countries like, oh, America more than happy to exploit them until they’re in dire straits. So. This is what socialists look like during that talk. We’re basically flooding their twitter & trying to get the mic.

Ecosocialist Conference, Los Angeles 2013

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This year marked the beginning of a new epoch in human history. For the first time since the Pliocine (2.6-5 million years ago), CO2 levels have reached 400 ppm. The implications of this are sobering, to say the least. The current manifestations of climate change disproportionately affect women, people of color, poor folks, and members of the “developing” world. The Democrats and Republicans are incapable of addressing this crisis. Only the self-activity and self-organization of the masses can bring about the necessary transformation needed to avert a climate catastrophe.

What defines social ecology as social is its recognition of the often-overlooked fact that nearly all our present ecological problems arise from deep-seated social problems. Conversely, our present ecological problems cannot be clearly understood, much less resolved, without resolutely dealing with problems within society.

-Murray Bookchin, Ecological Problems are Social Problems

The Ecosocialist Conference is a project of Left collaboration in Los Angeles.  Inspired by the rad organizing efforts of various Left groups/individuals on the east coast (for more background, see: this), members of the Los Angeles Socialist Party USA, Green Party, Democratic Socialists of America, International Socialist Organization, and Valley College Socialists are attempting to build a space for discussion, critical reflection, and future collaboration.

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Ronnie Lee discusses Greens for Animal Protection

Ronnie Lee discusses Greens for Animal Protection

By Jon Hochschartner

Ronnie Lee, founder of the Animal Liberation Front, has in recent years become active in the English Green Party, within which he has created an animalist subgroup, Greens for Animal Protection. He recently discussed the effort with Species and Class.

Species and Class: How did Greens for Animal Protection come about?

Ronnie Lee: It was something that was instigated by…

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As with so many other ecological challenges, the battle over the Keystone project shows that the climate justice movement has to confront not only a free-market system where the short-term interest of maximizing profits rules, but a political power structure that is warped by corporate influence. The Ecosocialist Conference to be held this weekend in New York City will be a forum for understanding why system change is needed to stop climate change–and discussing the steps needed to get there.