December 2010
Zero carbon world - Can it be done?


What would a zero-carbon world look like? And how can we get there? In the run-up to the crucial Cancun climate talks, in the wake of ever-increasing evidence that global warming is starting to bite, and in the face of a worrying increase in public denial that the crisis is even happening, this question has never been more pressing.







4 Letters
Nestlé, Arundhati Roy, democracy and cats.
Plus: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone.

Making the news this month

6 Okinawans battle to close US bases on their island

8 Bhopal survivors now have to drink sewage water
Water contamination causes further tragedy for survivors.

Special feature: Zero carbon world

10 Powering up to zero
Can we make the transition to a fossil-free future? Jess Worth meets the people who say we can.

14 In search of Utopia
Communities across Europe are already living the alternatives, discover Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan.

18 Cutting the carbs
Danny Chivers sets out eight steps to a fossil-free future.

22 Back to the future
What will it be like to live in a zero carbon world? George Marshall encourages us to look to the past to find out.

Also in Analysis

25 Why do so many journalists beat the drums of war and peddle propaganda?
John Pilger talks truth and justice on the eve of his latest film release.

28 Country profile: Kenya


30 Should nation-states open their borders to refugees and migrants?
Audrey Macklin from the University of Toronto Law School debates with Bob Hughes of No-One Is Illegal.
What do you think?
Join the debate by visiting

33 Puzzle Page


34 Fairer than fair
Just Change India is a tea trade initiative that rights economic wrongs.


35 A site for sore eyes
Anna Weston on worker-friendly green spaces.
35 Face your food!
A new campaign urges you to face your food.

36 Cartoon Corner
Big Bad World, Only Planet and guest cartoonist Sherif Arafa from Egypt.

37 Anna Chen
A glutton for everything... except punishment.

38 And finally...
Jesse Jackson on regrets, rejoicing and racism.





NI Japan




From this month's theme

- Powering up to zero (NI p10-13)

- In search of Utopia (NI p14-17)
- Cutting the carbs (NI p18-21)

From Special Features and other articles

- Bhopal survivors now have to drink sewage water (NI p8)
- Kenya's human rights radio (NI p9)
- A site for sore eyes (NI p35)
- Face your food! (NI p35)

This month's Japanese organizations at a glance
Asian People's Exchange (APEX)


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