We need to tackle the climate emergency right now

It’s climate chaos with the Tories or a green new deal with Labour, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

This week saw new calls from the United Nations for countries to take urgent action to cut emissions to tackle the growing global climate emergency.

The UN is calling for global emission cuts of over 7 per cent a year, but last year the Britain’s carbon emissions fell by a lowly 2 per cent.

Furthermore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said we need to cut global emissions in half by 2030 to have a chance of keeping global heating within safe limits — that means acting now and acting in an ambitious and decisive manner.
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Bolivia: a blatant coup of the worst kind

We must build an international movement in solidarity with those resisting the Latin America’s latest right-wing outrage, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

LAST Sunday, a right-wing coup ousted President Evo Morales amid a wave of violence and abuse directed against indigenous people across the country, particularly supporters of Morales’s Movement for Socialism (MAS) party.

Whilst some in the media have ridiculously claimed this is not a coup, what other word in the English language can describe a situation when army generals appear on TV demanding the resignation of an elected head of state while their allies detain and torture government officials?
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Labour’s pledges can help people and planet

The party’s commitment to make all new homes zero-carbon within three years is both radical and needed, writes KEN LIVINGSTONE.

LAST week, Labour announced ground-breaking plans to make all new homes zero-carbon within three years.

This could save people living in new-builds £200 a year in energy bills, and is just one of a series of progressive and far-reaching announcements from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour during this election campaign that will both tackle the climate emergency and improve people’s living standards.
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Latin America – Urgent Solidarity Needed Against Trump’s Threats

First published in Labour Briefing.

Firstly, can I say how great it is to be writing in this issue of ‘Labour Briefing’ and to be adding my thoughts to the excellent recent articles on Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil that have looked at why we on the Left must be clear that it is up to the people of Latin America to determine their own future, not Donald Trump.

I have been active in solidarity with the left in Latin America for decades, from opposing the coup in Chile in 1973, to supporting the Nicaraguan revolution in 1979, to my agreement with Hugo Chavez of Venezuela when I was Mayor of London, to my continued activity today.
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