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The Jan Zalasiewicz Interview

The Jan Zalasiewicz Interview

The Anthropocene defined — geologically. I speak with Jan Zalasiewicz about the history and work of the Anthropocene Working Group. Zalasiewicz was its first chair.

Militarism & Climate Breakdown

Militarism & Climate Breakdown

The connections between America’s permanent war economy, its military-industrial complex and climate system breakdown are the subject of a campaign by US-antiwar group CODEPINK. The GPM talks about militarism and Earth’s rising climate crisis with CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin.

Canadian Activist Visits Russia

Canadian Activist Visits Russia

Dimitri Lascaris is a Canadian lawyer, journalist and human rights activist. He recently returned from a one-month trip to Russia and Crimea, aiming to learn how Russians see the conflict.

A Woman’s Right to Choose

A Woman’s Right to Choose

A year after the US Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade, the GPM speaks about abortion rights with Lauren MacIvor Thompson, a historian of early-twentieth-century women’s rights and public health.

Alberta Burning

Alberta Burning

With Spring just begun in the northern hemisphere, wildfires now spread from British Columbia across to the Canadian province of Alberta, and across Central and eastern Russia, a leading European climate agency reports. The GPM speaks with Greenpeace energy strategist Keith Stewart.

Climate Mayhem in Europe

Climate Mayhem in Europe

For people sweltering in Earth’s rising heat, driven from their homes by wildfire, swept away by rising floods or impoverished by drought, numbers don’t adequately capture the misery Earth’s human-made climate crisis is dishing out.

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Green Planet Monitor Podcast

Green Planet Monitor Podcast

Drug-resistant infections – the new pandemic? And, a tangled network of tiny tubes, pulsating beneath our feet. Fungal networks below ground sustain life above.

Two-State Delusion

Two-State Delusion

In seven days Donald Trump will be President of the United States. Among the most tantalizing prospects for this new epoch: the radical transformation of US policy on Israel and Palestine.

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

In international relations, it’s the law of the jungle. The five most powerful countries on Earth get to pick and choose which international laws they’ll abide by, doling out slices of impunity to allies and clients.

Global Palestine

Global Palestine

Israel plays a host of key roles in today’s troubled world: Jewish homeland. Bastion of peace and democracy in the troubled Middle East. Clever “start-up nation” the world can turn to for smart solutions. Israeli-American activist Jeff Halper pinpoints a darker niche.

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Physical abuse, assassination, bribery, the use of human shields, looting … These are among the acts former Israeli soldiers describe to Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence in the course of interviews about their service in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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The Fire Beneath

The Fire Beneath

Living on the edge of inferno. Perfectly normal for the people of Iceland, where volcanoes and ground cracks spew red hot magma. The GPM speaks with an Icelandic Earth scientist. Magma and the rock it turns into can be put to work, pumping carbonated water into it, turning atmospheric CO2 into limestone, for good. We speak about this with a Columbia University geologist.

Microbe Magic

Microbe Magic

We’ve all heard it before: Eat less meat. People lucky enough to eat, should eat less of everything. Microbe magic! Having fun with microbes. Growing them! And, Jerusalem, Jerusalem! Israel’s eternal, undivided capital. For Jewish Israelis, not for indigenous Palestinians.

Geology Futures

Geology Futures

The geology of cities — built out of stuff mined from the ground. That’s where all cities will end up, broken down and fossilized. The GPM speaks with a geologist who gazes into the future. Some human-made molecules won’t break down either. Forever chemicals, they’re called, and they’re everywhere. In non-stick cookware, cosmetics and clothing. They last forever, and they’re toxic. On a happier note — the human microbiome. All those bacteria living on us and in us, delivering crucial services. Nothing more amazing than the bacteria in the gut of a pregnant woman, steering healthy fetal development.

Landmark Ruling in The Hague

Landmark Ruling in The Hague

A victory for South Africa and the Palestinian people at the International Court of Justice. State parties to the 1948 Genocide Convention will now have to act, starting with Israel’s friends. One of those friends is Canada, with famously double standards.

United States of War

United States of War

The United States of War: The United States of America has been waging wars for all but about a dozen years in its 250-year history, some of them genocidal. The GPM speaks with David Vine, author of a book called The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State. American military bases make its wars – and its nuclear weapons arsenal — possible. The Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific, were the scene of 67 US nuclear weapon tests between 1946 and 1958, and continue to act as a bullseye for US intercontinental ballistic missiles.