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Issue 519 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

May-June 2019

How to avoid climate breakdown

There’s a lot of talk about apocalypse lately. That’s important, because irreversibly collapsing the ecosystems on which human life depends is a terrifying prospect.

Our May-June issue examines the ideas and actions – social, economic and political – that can still get us out of this mess.

This isn’t about looking on the bright side. Rather it’s about ‘conditional optimism’. We believe we can still avoid the worst of climate change because we see the tools and movements emerging to help us tackle it.


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Life after coal

Can we move away from fossil fuels without destroying the communities that rely on them? Sam Adler Bell looks to the devastated...

Guatemala’s anti-landlord, indigenous feminists: ‘healing is political’

Indigenous feminists in Guatemala encourage women to speak out against male violence, and to heal and defend themselves as they...

Defusing the carbon bomb

In order to avoid climate breakdown, over 80 per cent of known fossil-fuel reserves must stay in the ground. Danny Chivers has...

Spotlight: Anthony Joseph

Trinidadian musician Anthony Joseph tells Subi Shah about how important it is for his children to know about Windrush.

What can I do to stop climate change?

Lifestyle changes are no substitute for collective action. But personal carbon-cutting still matters. Mike Berners-Lee lays out...

The indigenous resistance against Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro may be in power, but the Sateré indigenous people are not taking his hostility sitting down. Sue Branford...

Will the rich escape climate apocalypse?

The billionaire class are preparing for doomsday. Only problem is, the rest of us aren’t invited. Tom Whyman explains.

A botched decolonization: inside Cameroon’s civil war

In Cameroon, civil war is brewing along linguistic lines. Lorraine Mallinder reports on the repressive pouring fuel on the fire...

How do we get to zero-carbon emissions?

A graphic blueprint that models radical CO2 reductions to 2050. By Information is Beautiful.

What if...we regulated digital technology for the public good?

Jacob Ohrvik-Stott from Doteveryone on how to get the job done.

Agony uncle: Resistance feels futile, how do I keep from burning out?

Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter...

Will pensions unite the Left against Bolsonaro?

Leonardo Sakamoto reports on the ‘first and most important battle to be fought by the opposition’ in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

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