Stories by George Monbiot

George Monbiot is the author Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. Read more of his writings at This article originally appeared in the Guardian. subscribe to George Monbiot's feed

Posted on: Aug 28, 2008, Source:

A new wave of food colonialism is taking food from the mouths of the poor.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2008, Source: The Guardian

By failing to disarm and breaking the rules when it suits them, nuclear states are driving proliferation as much as Ahmadinejad is.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2008, Source:

Fair trade might now be necessary not only as a means of redistributing income, but also to feed the world.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2008, Source:

It's better for the planet to avoid eating meat, but the reality is we have to make it more sustainable for people who don't want to be vegetarians.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2008, Source:

A major environmental UK report explains how human life can be priced and exchanged for goods and services.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2008, Source:

Yes, but it involves a new generation of biofuels that are an environmental disaster.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2008, Source: Comment Is Free

Some blame the poor for growing pressure on the world's resources, but the wealthy West takes the lion's share.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2007, Source: Comment Is Free

America will keep on wrecking climate talks as long as those with vested interests in oil and gas fund its political system.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2007, Source:

All the talk in Bali about cutting carbon means nothing while ever more oil and coal are being extracted and burned.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2007, Source: Comment Is Free

When will the US and the UK tell the truth about Israel's nuclear weapons?

Posted on: Nov 9, 2007, Source:

If the governments promoting biofuels do not reverse their policies, the humanitarian impact will be greater than that of the Iraq war.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2007, Source:

How else will the destructive effects of growth be stopped?

Posted on: Aug 28, 2007, Source: Comment Is Free

Neoliberalism demands minimal taxes, the dismantling of public services and social security and union busting to make the elite even richer, while leaving everyone else to sink or swim.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2007, Source:

New reports issued by the IPCC might be absurdly optimistic about the pace of melting ice caps and rising sea levels.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2007, Source:

Everywhere they go, the games become an excuse for eviction and displacement -- they have become a license for land grabs. Also, watching the Olympics can make you lazy.

Posted on: May 1, 2007, Source: South End Press

We know that climate change is happening. But can it be stopped? George Monbiot's book "Heat" shows how it can.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The English author charges that infatuation with the 9/11 conspiracy film <i>Loose Change</i> turns opponents of the Bush government into "gibbering idiots."

Posted on: Dec 17, 2006, Source: The Guardian

You might have imagined that every possible means of inflicting pain had already been devised. But never underestimate the human capacity for invention. United States interrogators have found a new way of destroying a human being.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2006, Source: AlterNet

A prominent scientist's idea to re-engineer the atmosphere in order to cool the earth could be as dangerous as climate change.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2006, Source: AlterNet

We need omega-3 oils for our brains to function properly. Yet we are rapidly destroying the only source of these oils -- the world's fisheries.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Shell Oil and British Petroleum are trying to fool the public into thinking they've gone green. We're not buying it.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2006, Source: AlterNet

There is no way to halt global warming and continue traveling long distances at high speeds. The only solution is to stop flying in airplanes.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Radio frequency identification tags are another means by which the barriers between citizens and the state are being gradually eroded.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2006, Source: AlterNet

How the tobacco industry duped both academic journals and the media.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Behind the revelations about white phosphorus is the larger reality that every step leading from the invasion of Iraq to the siege of Falluja was illegal.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

We now know napalm and phosphorus bombs have been dropped on Iraqis; what are we going to do about it?

Posted on: Oct 12, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Christian fundamentalists claim religion is associated with lower rates of violence, teen pregnancy and divorce. A new study says they couldn't be more wrong.

Posted on: May 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Climate change denial, as David Bellamy's claims show, is based on pure hocus pocus.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2005, Source: AlterNet

If you think the UN's oil-for-food program was leaky, take a look at the Coalition Provisional Authority's oil-for-reconstruction scheme.

Posted on: Jan 4, 2005, Source: AlterNet

If the money promised to the victims of the tsunami falls far short of the amounts required, it is partly because of other priorities, namely the war on Iraq.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The Bush administration's attempt to sabotage the climate talks in Buenos Aires follows an established pattern of self-destruction.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Sure, taxing or banning SUVs would restrict people's 'freedom of choice.' The same argument could be made about the laws preventing citizens from carrying rocket-propelled grenades to work.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Without cheap oil, the only safe option is to start dismantling our complex economies -- can you picture Bush or Kerry doing that anytime soon?

Posted on: May 31, 2004, Source: AlterNet

While many argue that the decrease in human population will damage the world's economy, a noted scientist counts it a blessing.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Members of the Bush administration now see themselves as priests of a divine mission to rid the world of its demons

Posted on: Mar 25, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Five POWs are mistreated in Iraq and the U.S. cries foul. What about Guantanamo Bay?

Posted on: Nov 20, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The real problem with engineered crops is not so much the health risks, but that they permit the big biotech companies to place a padlock on the food chain.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2002, Source: AlterNet

For the past eight years, the United States has done everything in its power to prevent a resolution of the Iraq situation, and thereby justify the upcoming war.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2002, Source: The Guardian

If the world's transnational corporations have their way, the Earth Summit in Johannesburg will not only fail to tackle the ecological crisis, it may make it worse.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2002, Source: The Guardian

Britain is transporting vast amounts of plutonium across the ocean as part of a commercial deal with Japan. It's a recipe for nuclear disaster.