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Busting the myths

How does one counter the passionate intensity of those who laugh at the very idea of human-induced climate change? NI author and climate campaigner Danny Chivers guides us through their well-worn arguments and provides the state-of-the-science answers we all wish we had close to hand when dealing with sceptics.

ALSO: Oblivion in Afghanistan – the inside story of how drug use is exploding, as Afghans seek alternate realities to the one they are forced to live in.

May 2011, Issue 442

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Switching off denial – a guide
How do you respond to people in climate denial? Danny Chivers offers a step-by-step guide to rebutting the most common arguments against climate change.
Climate change – the key facts
With added graphs
A spotter’s guide to climate denial
From the Professional Contrarian to the Happily Misinformed
Fracking the world
Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ – Big Oil’s newest way to extract natural gas from an exhausted planet – comes with a terrible environmental price tag. Joyce Nelson digs deeper.
Oblivion in Afghanistan
Morwari Zafar hears the stories of addicts hitting rock bottom in a country that supplies 90 per cent of the world’s opium supply.
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Killing rhinos to ‘cure’ cancer
Workers are doing it for themselves
Predators of press freedom
Peanut farmers back in business
Boats set sail to aid Gaza
31 May: Launch of Freedom Flotilla 2
Nuclear debate intensifies post-Fukushima
An item from the Agenda section of our magazine.
‘We will never clean shit again!’
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Is talking to the Taliban a betrayal of Afghanistan’s women?
Orzala Ashraf and Michael Semple, both passionate workers for peace, have very differing points of view. Comment on our debate.
Pictures in the desert
A film festival in a Western Sahara refugee camp that entertains and educates.
Reviews
Films, books and music from around the world reviewed.
Sharing the bounty
Anna Weston discovers that urban landscapes can provide an abundance of free fruit.
Yarn bombing
A positive form of ‘global warming’.
Full listings
With special reports on campaign news
Letters
Destructive assimilation policies, hope for humanity, and why we shouldn’t tar all conspiracy theorists with the same brush.
Country profile: India
Our popular country profile
New book: Mark Thomas
Compulsive rambler Mark Thomas walks the line along the notorious Israeli Separation Barrier.
Worldbeater
President of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.
Letter from Cairo
After the euphoria, reality is beginning to bite, says Maria Golia.
Feature: How do the other four-fifths live?
Danny Dorling and Anna Barford consider the gaps that divide us.
Mark Engler
Are the rich winning the class war?
Puzzle Page
Axe's classic crossword is joined by a wordsearch and ‘Sudokey’
Applause
Revolutionary socialist Gigi Ibrahim has been tweeting for social revolution.
Cartoon corner
Big Bad World, Only Planet plus guest cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh from Palestine.
Anna Chen
Anna considers the latest shenanigans of the chumps in charge and hears the ghost of Milton Friedman laughing.
And finally...
Award-winning author Monica Ali reveals why feminism and Princess Diana are on her mind just now.