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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 December 2015
Them & Us
The richest 10% produce nearly half the world's lifestyle-related carbon dioxide emissions.
Not content with living lives of luxury off the back of our hard labour, the super-rich are now literally poisoning us.
Oxfam reports that the top decile of earners belch out 49% of CO2 from lifestyle activity. This seems a lot, but presumably includes frequent flights and SUVs. And the Socialist would remind readers that the west wing of the country pile isn't going to heat itself.
Meanwhile, the poorest half of the world's population only put out about 10% of the total.
This figure will largely be made up of the world's poorest nations. But working class people of every country have to deal with the effects of climate change.
As we go to press, emergency services in Chennai, India and Cumbria, England are dealing with the effects of extreme weather on ordinary people's homes. But rising sea levels will only lap at the lower floors of the capitalists' ivory towers.
Sun's terror untruth
Terrorists can travel from Turkey to Paris without once facing passport checks. You couldn't make it up! Well... the Sun did.
Rupert Murdoch's Tory tabloid's latest total lie said a reporter faced no border control on his journey. Croatian authorities quickly responded with scans of his passport to prove they'd inspected him.
The right-wing media wants hysteria about terrorism to advance its racist, pro-war agenda. Making workers suspicious of each other is essential to undermine mass movements against the austerity policies which make Murdoch's millionaire mates richer still.
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In The Socialist 9 December 2015:
What we think
How can Corbyn and the left win in the Labour Party?
International Brigades fought against capitalism, not for
Socialist Party news and analysis
Defending the right to deselect warmongers
Young people accused of extremism
Rail fares and profits rise as service suffers
Tax-dodging drug firm shuts research facility
Them & Us
Quiz of the year
International socialist news and analysis
French elections - Le Pen's far-right FN surges
Northern Ireland: movement needed for abortion rights
Ireland - defend the Jobstown protesters
Sweden - public housing victory
Belgium - party congress success
Socialist Party feature
Floods reveal effect of government cuts
Carlisle - lives and livelihoods devastated
Capitalism's climate change policy failure
War and terrorism
A week of anti-war campaigning in Walthamstow
Workplace news and analysis
Interview with new RMT president
Unison general secretary election in crisis
Trade unions must join the fight for steel nationalisation
Strike in support of suspended headteacher
NSSN action in the North East
Workplace news in brief
Readers' comments and reviews
Eleanor Marx: A life of struggle, solidarity and socialism
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
TV review: Tomorrow's Food
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fight to save our NHS
Thousands march around the country against the bombing of Syria
Confronting the far right in Derby
Subs campaign: have you increased yours yet?
North West fighting fund week of action!
The Socialist Christmas schedule
Socialist Party national committee meeting
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