Mick Brooks questions the method applied in the four-part article by Brian Baker published this week. Brian Baker's article does not proceed from a Marxist framework. It tries to show that human activity has no part in climate change. Environmental problems such as climate change are inevitable under capitalism and that what is required is a world socialist plan that takes account of all the costs and benefits of human economic activity.

We are daily bombarded by news items about climate change. Now many capitalist firms have joined the bandwagon of carbon offsetting and so on, but a closer look at what they are doing reveals the same old greed for profit. Capitalism is incapable of dealing with this kind of problem. A good argument for socialism!

The environmental statistics have been pouring in, and the prognosis for the planet looks dire: global warming is accelerating, leaving environmental destruction in its wake.  Already we are witnessing some of its devastating consequences and there are trends which, if allowed to proceed unchecked, will culminate in humans huddled around the two poles in search of respite from the heat.