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Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit review – deadheading with George Orwell

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The roses are in dire need of pruning. My rambler in particular is getting very tangled; too many whipping tendrils snaking out haphazardly at all angles. But it’s so pretty it’s hard to be properly brutal with it, ev...

Congress is on the cusp of passing the most pivotal bill in years – if we make them

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What if the fate of the world was complicated and also, to most people, a bit boring? What if we got a chance to change the world or even save it, and hardly anyone noticed? I hardly dare to start this essay with the ...

Republicans seethe with violence and lies. Texas is part of a bigger war they’re waging

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The American right has been drunk on its freedom from two kinds of inhibition since Donald Trump appeared to guide them into the promised land of their unleashed ids. One is the inhibition from lies, the other from vi...

Big oil coined ‘carbon footprints’ to blame us for their greed. Keep them on the hook

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Personal virtue is an eternally seductive goal in progressive movements, and the climate movement is no exception. People pop up all the time to boast of their domestic arrangements or chastise others for what they ea...

The IPCC’s latest climate report is dire. But it also included some prospects for hope

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The first response many of us have to a cancer diagnosis is terror, horror and the conviction that we’re doomed. For those who haven’t been paying serious ongoing attention to climate chaos, reminders that we are faci...

Republicans treated Covid like a bioweapon. Then it turned against them

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Some of the most powerful conservatives in the United States have, since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, chosen to sow disinformation along with mockery and distrust of proven methods of combating the disease,...

Our climate change turning point is right here, right now

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Human beings crave clarity, immediacy, landmark events. We seek turning points, because our minds are good at recognizing the specific – this time, this place, this sudden event, this tangible change. This is why we w...

Stop glorifying ‘centrism’. It is an insidious bias favoring an unjust status quo

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The idea that all bias is some deviation from an unbiased center is itself a bias that prevents pundits, journalists, politicians, and plenty of others from recognizing some of the most ugly and impactful prejudices a...

If Mother’s Day brings out conflicted feelings in you, it’s OK. You’re not alone

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Half our holidays are punitive, at least for those left out of what the the holiday is supposed to celebrate. If you don’t have money for gifts and a thriving family life or just avoid events at the intersection of Je...

Dare we hope? Here’s my cautious case for climate optimism

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That we are living in science fiction was brought home to me last week when I put down Kim Stanley Robinson’s superb climate-futures novel The Ministry for the Future and picked up Bill McKibben’s New Yorker letter on...

There’s another pandemic under our noses, and it kills 8.7m people a year

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It is undeniably horrific that more than 2.8 million people have died of Covid-19 in the past 15 months. In roughly the same period, however, more than three times as many likely died of air pollution. This should dis...

Women are harmed everyday by invisible men

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The alleged murderer of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women, reportedly said that he was trying to “eliminate temptation”. It’s as if he thought others were responsible for his inner life, as though th...