FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH SNAPCHAT? MEET THE PACIFIC ISLANDER TRYING TO DO IT....

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lutunatabua holds a fue, which gives a chief the authority to speak in front of his people. Jeff Tan By Melissa CroninGRIST Sweating in the hot sun, the protesters sat in wooden canoes, staring up at a 40-foot-tall freight carrier. The gigantic vessel was trying to leave the Port of Newcastle in Australia, the largest coal port in the world. The canoers rowed and chanted and did their best to block this boat and others from leaving the harbor, until the police intervened. Back on the shore, Fenton Lutunatabua captured every moment on his smartphone. It was late 2014, and Lutunatabua had organized the protest with a group called the Pacific Climate Warriors, an alliance of activists from Vanuatu, Tokelau, the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, and eight other island nations in the...

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THE TIME HAS COME TO TURN UP THE HEAT ON THOSE WHO ARE WRECKING PLANET EARTH...

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Bill McKibben  VIA TRUTHDIG Break free and join the biggest global action against fossil fuel companies the world has ever seen Global direct action began with hundreds of environmental activists invading the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales on Tuesday. Photograph: Kristian Buus for the Guardian   An interesting question is, what are you waiting for? Global warming is the biggest problem we’ve ever faced as a civilisation — certainly you want to act to slow it down, but perhaps you’ve been waiting for just the right moment. The moment when, oh, marine biologists across the Pacific begin weeping in their scuba masks as they dive on reefs bleached of life in a matter of days. The moment when drought in India gets deep enough that there are armed guards on...

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Bill McKibben Responds to Right-Wing Group’s Plans to Target Climate Activists With Trackers and Video Cameras...

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment This isn’t the first time right-wing operatives allied with the fossil fuel industry have targeted climate justice activists. By Bill McKibben / 350.org   VIA ALTERNET Bill McKibben speaking with supporters of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at a student meeting at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr CC On Friday, anti-environmentalist front group America Rising Squared announced plans to target climate activists with trackers and video cameras. In response, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben issued the following statement: I’m of course flattered that our work has exposed the fossil fuel industry enough that they feel the need for this kind of personal attack — but as usual, the real news is the lengths they will go to avoid talking about the greatest issue of our time, their ongoing wreckage of...

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Nestlé Is Trying to Break Us: A Pennsylvania Town Fights Predatory Water Extraction...

Apr 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Activism Big corporations privatizing clean water to make a profit are stealing a human right. By Alexis Bonogofsky / Moyers and Company  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Travis Wise / Flickr Donna Diehl, a 55-year-old school bus driver from Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, a small historic town located on the edge of the Poconos, wanted to do three things this year: drive the bus, paint her bathroom and learn to crochet. Instead, Diehl, along with dozens of her neighbors, is spending her time trying to stop the largest food and beverage corporation in the world from taking her community’s water, putting it in bottles and selling it for a massive profit. Nestlé Waters, the North American subsidiary of the Swiss-owned Nestlé Corporation, had been active in Kunkletown for years, conducting well testing on a privately owned...

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NOT A PRETTY PICTURE: CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH IN FOUR INFOGRAPHICS...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT The White House released a groundbreaking new scientific assessment on the impact of climate change on public health in the United States. US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murphy said, “The changes are happening right now… Climate change is going to impact health, and it’s not a pretty picture.” This might seem like old news. But the Climate and Health Assessment connects the dots between climate change and its consequences for American public health more clearly than ever before. The new report (which is the product of three years of research by 13 federal agencies) emphasizes that climate change will continue to exacerbate existing threats to health as well as give rise to new ones. But like many scientific reports, it can get a little dense. So with some help...

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HOW TO TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE PARIS AGREEMENT...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT You don’t have to be a policy wonk to understand what’s happening with the Paris Agreement. When a record-breaking 175 nations attended the UN ceremony on April 22 to sign the Paris Agreement, Earth Day 2016 officially became one for the history books. But with a whole bunch of technical and official-sounding terms flying around, it’s not always immediately clear what exactly is happening or why. Here’s how to answer common questions your friends – on the internet or IRL – are probably asking about what’s going on. 1. In one sentence – what’s the big deal? On April 22 – Earth Day – the Paris Agreement became one step closer to having legal effect around the world, as the 195 countries that adopted the agreement in December began...

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REFORMING DEMOCRACY FROM THE GRASSROOTS UP...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democracy & Government Frustrated by a somnolent Congress, a bipartisan group is tackling campaign finance reform one city at a time. By Charlotte Hill Represent.Us, a bipartisan group, is trying to build momentum for campaign finance and lobbying reform by pushing legislation at the state and local level. (Photo: Christopher Huang/Represent.Us) Following the April demonstrations in Washington for campaign finance and voting rights reform, BillMoyers.com has invited activists — some of whom participated in the protests and some who did not — to describe what they are doing to continue work on these issues. This essay from Represent.Us is part of that series. America is in the midst of a grassroots revolution. Ordinary people are standing up to big money and denouncing the culture of corruption that permeates our political system. Just this...

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Monsanto’s Controversial Glyphosate Herbicide Is Being Sprayed in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The herbicide was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Man in a protective suit spraying plants against pests, Disinfection, photography Photo Credit: overcrew/Shutterstock Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir have published two new interactive maps showing where glyphosate is being sprayed in California’s Bay Area and Portland. Based on the maps, glyphosate—the cancer-linked main ingredient in Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup—is being used in a number of public spaces including parks and playgrounds in both cities. According to a press release sent to EcoWatch, the Portland map displays 1,592 locations in the city where herbicides containing glyphosate are being sprayed. “Monsanto’s Roundup and its key ingredient glyphosate are major weapons in the Portland Parks Department’s arsenal of herbicides,” the release states. A Care2 petition has been posted to...

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VAXXED, THE MOVIE COMING TO SAN DIEGO, SANTA ANA, SAN FRANCISCO AND BERKELEY THIS WEEK!...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]              THE CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE CDC WHISTLEBLOWER–        VAXXED: FROM COVERUP TO CATASTROPHE-IS COMING TO SAN DIEGO, SANTA ANA, SAN FRANCISCO AND BERKELEY THIS WEEK! “VAXXED” opens with special Q&A with the filmmakers- Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Del Bigtree and Polly Tommey – Tickets now on sale. For more info: www.vaxxedthemovie.com Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102 https://www.landmarktheatres.com/…/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-… Landmark California Theatre 2113 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704 https://www.landmarktheatres.com/…/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-… .. EXCLUSIVE SAN DIEGO ENGAGEMENT STARTS – 4/22 Angelika Film Center (San Diego, CA) –11620 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92128 TICKETS ON SALE NOW: https://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/sandiego/film/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-catastrophe Group Ticket Sales: https://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/sandiego/events/group-ticket #  #  #  #     PRESS CONTACT: Dawna Shuman, Lighthouse Public Relations  PH: 818.789.1077; dslighthousepr@aol.com                                        LightHouse PR LightHouse...

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PREVENTING THE NEXT FLINT WITH TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] How do we know the water flowing from our taps is safe and free from contaminants? For the most part, we trust that regulators and inspectors have done their jobs, and we likely don’t think about it much. We just fill our glasses, take our showers, and brush our toddlers’ teeth. But then Flint happens, or the 2014 Elk River spill in West Virginia that left 300,000 people in nine counties without water for weeks. In West Virginia, a group of students, ecologists, and public radio journalists have hatched a DIY pilot project they hope will keep another Flint or Elk River from happening. They placed six simple, low-cost sensors—developed by Public Lab and the MIT Media Lab—in the Monongahela River to show that ordinary citizens can collect and interpret water-quality data in...

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THIS EARTH DAY, LISTEN UP: MOTHER EARTH IS CALLING US BACK...

Apr 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Those of us who succumbed to the false promises of Western consumerism at great cost to the planet and to ourselves are Earth’s prodigal children now returning home. By David Korten / Yes! Magazine   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: gletham GIS / Flickr April 22 is Earth Day 2016. Each Earth Day marks another milestone in a profound human reawakening to the truth that we are children of a living Earth who survive and prosper only as contributing members of a living Earth community. The first Earth Day, in 1970, brought 20 million people to U.S. streets, parks, and auditoriums in a massive demonstration of public support for political action to limit human harm to nature. As the first mass demonstration in defense of nature, it marked the birth of the modern environmental...

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‘DAYS OF REVOLT’: CHRIS HEDGES AND JOSH FOX ON HOLDING ONTO OUR HUMANITY AMID CLIMATE CHANGE...

Apr 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG “Days of Revolt” With Earth Day just three days away, it’s fitting that this week’s episode of “Days of Revolt” focuses on the environment. In the interview below, Chris Hedges talks with filmmaker Josh Fox about his emotional new documentary, “How To Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” Although they discuss the bare numbers and legislative failures associated with rising temperatures, Fox also explains that “the point of the film was not to tell people what they already know, which is a lot of this, but then to say, ‘What do we do now?’ and ‘How do we move through this?’ ” At a time when many are searching for answers in the face of devastating predictions about the planet, Fox has a surprisingly uplifting message....

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FINDING HOPE IN DESPAIR: WHAT I LEARNED HIKING THE ENTIRE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE...

Apr 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Books We’re at the point when we’re supposed to act, but signing another online petition, changing to a more efficient lightbulb and joining a march doesn’t feel like enough. By Ken Ilgunas / Penguin Group (USA)  VIA ALTERNET The following is an excerpt from the new book Trespassing Across America by Ken Ilgunas (Blue Rider Press, 2016):  I was headed to the Pipeline Crossroads of the World: Cushing, Oklahoma. Cushing is the southern terminus of the 2010 Keystone Pipeline. If the Keystone XL is approved, oil will be piped by a shorter route from Hardisty, Alberta, to Cushing. A second part of the Keystone XL would be built from Cushing to the Gulf Coast refineries in Texas. I’d been paralleling the pipeline by walking on roads for the past two hundred miles, only occasionally walking the...

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GETTING ARRESTED TO DEMAND DEMOCRACY...

Apr 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Roger Hickey  PROGRESSIVE BREAKFAST On Monday I joined hundreds of others to get arrested at the U.S. Capitol building. It’s been a while since I last engaged in civil disobedience. But I am just one of millions of people in America who want to stop the growing attacks on our democracy. Organizations representing those millions have come together last week for a Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening. Before Monday, 900 people have been arrested in carefully planned acts of civil disobedience, and after Monday, that number will be much, much larger. News flash: Capitol Police just confirmed that Monday’s arrests totaled over 300. On Capitol Hill, I joined Rev. William Barber, Cornell Brooks of the NAACP and the leaders of unions, civil liberties groups, democracy defenders and allied progressive organizers, and rank-and-file folks...

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SORRY, FEDS: KIDS CAN SUE OVER CLIMATE NEGLIGENCE, JUDGE SAYS...

Apr 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Our Children’s Trust Young plaintiffs celebrate the judge’s ruling.   A group of youngsters just won a major decision in their efforts to sue the federal government over climate change. An Oregon judge ruled Friday that their lawsuit, which alleges the government violated the constitutional rights of the next generation by allowing the pollution that has caused climate change, can go forward. Federal District Court Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin ruled against the federal government and fossil fuel companies’ motions to dismiss the case, deciding in favor of 21 young plaintiffs and Dr. James Hansen. This will be the trial of the century that will determine if we have a right to a livable future The federal lawsuit is part of a broad effort led by Oregon-based nonprofit...

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After More Than A Million Deaths, Iraqis Are Pushing to Expose U.S. War Atrocities...

Apr 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] World Thirteen years after the invasion of Iraq, calls mount to commemorate an earlier U.S. massacre. By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet This image shows an Iraqi woman at the Al Amiriyah Shelter reaffirming that Iraqis are living, they refuse to back down. Her stance is powerful, unapologetic, and inspiring. Photo Credit: via Iraqi Transnational Collective/Facebook Saturday marked 13 years since the United States invaded Iraq, unleashing a brutal war and occupation that would go on to take the lives of over one million Iraqi people. Meanwhile, another grim, but lesser-known anniversary passed last month: 25 years since the U.S. attacked a civilian bomb shelter in Baghdad’s Amiriyah neighborhood, killing more than 400 people, many of whom burned to death. These historical events are important to keep alive in the public memory, as the Pentagon quietly deploys more troops to...

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WHAT THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT CAN LEARN FROM BERNIE SANDER’S POLITICAL REVOLUTION...

Mar 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]                                                                 Bernie Sanders town hall in Iowa America’s new political uprising and its leader offer invaluable lessons for climate activists. By Chloe Maxmin     Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane smile as a crowd cheers during a town-hall meeting in Iowa. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong) A few months ago, I woke up with a “berning” need to join the Bernie Sanders campaign. I had followed the evolution of the revolution because of Bernie’s outstanding climate platform, and I wanted to do more. I canvased in New Hampshire ahead of the primary and interned with the campaign, immersing myself in the “Feel the Bern” movement’s theory of change. As Bernie’s campaign marched into my life, I could not help but compare its strategies to those of the other...

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BURNING ISSUES: WHY HONDURAS MATTERS IN THE 2016 CAMPAIGN...

Mar 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Burning Issues Video  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE Berta Cáceres was an indigenous and environmental activist in Honduras who was the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize winner for her success in blocking the Agua Zarca dam project, which would have decimated the communities and livelihoods of indigenous people in the country. Earlier in March, she was assassinated, one of at least three activists who have been murdered in connection with their efforts to protest the construction of this dam. Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research has been following the fate of social and economic justice activists in the country since a 2009 coup deposed the democratically elected government of President Manuel Zelaya. And as it turns out, Weisbrot explains in this “Burning Issues” video segment, one of the 2016 presidential...

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FIVE (OF THE MANY) WAYS THIS GOP BUDGET WOULD DO REAL HARM...

Mar 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE Isaiah J. Poole Jasmine Tucker, senior research analyst at the National Priorities Project, discusses the negative impact the House Republican budget would have if it became law. The House Republican budget proposal for fiscal 2017 faces an uphill battle for approval when Congress reconvenes after the Easter recess, given that it is opposed not only by House Democrats but by a gaggle of hard-right, tea party Republicans. But that doesn’t make it politically irrelevant, and it certainly doesn’t make its ideas any less dangerous. The policies and priorities in the House Republican budget closely mirror what would face the country if a Republican wins the White House, especially if the party retains control of the Senate. Today, President Obama’s veto pen combined with Democratic leverage in the Senate...

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VIDEO: ‘DAYS OF REVOLT’: CHRIS HEDGES, NATIVE AMERICAN ACTIVISTS DENOUNCE URANIUM POISONING...

Mar 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG teleSUR The United States has waged a long war against Native Americans. That war continues with abandoned uranium mines and poisoned water in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and Native American activists Charmaine White Face and Petuuche Gilbert discuss the exploitation of natural resources and how to combat the devastating violations on indigenous lives and land. “I think the public at large is still naive about this nuclear reactive poison,” explains Gilbert, vice president of the Laguna Acoma Coalition for a Safe Environment. “So education needs to be done. But then it’s also convincing the community to rise up against their politicians, against their leadership.” White Face, a coordinator for the Defenders of the Black Hills, agrees. “Educating—and where I...

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Thousands Are Gathering in New Orleans to Protest the Sale of New Oil and Gas Leases in the Gulf of Mexico...

Mar 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] With the BP oil spill still in recent memory, activists are planning a massive protest to stop destructive drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. By Janet MacGillivray and Lee Ziesche / EcoWatch   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ masterpiece 100 Years of Solitude, the story of generations doomed to repeat history, the town of Macondo never learns from the past and is eventually wiped off the map. In a chilling and unconsciously ironic foretelling, BP nicknamed the ill fated oil field where the Deepwater Horizon oil exploded “Macondo.” Now, the Obama administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has become the agency that never learns and may doom Louisiana to be wiped off the map. The state was hit last week by another storm that dumped two feet of...

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FRANCES MOORE LAPPE: WHY I’M FACING ARREST TO GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS...

Mar 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By James Trimarco, YES! Magazine | Interview  Frances Moore Lappé at Community Matters, 2010. (Photo: Nancy White / Flickr) Frances Moore Lappé is perhaps best known for her best-selling book Diet for a Small Planet, which looked at the causes of world hunger — and offered a solution. But these days, she’s thinking more about ballots than beans. It’s not that she’s lost her passion for vegetables. It’s just that she’s come to believe that no amount of organizing can beat big agriculture — or any major industry, for that matter — unless the United States finds a way to get money out of politics. Democracy, she says, is the “mother of all issues.” So she was overjoyed, she says, to learn in the fall of 2015 that hundreds of people —...

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VOTING WITH OUR FEET

Mar 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Chris Hedges   TRUTHDIG   Protesters shout as they are removed from the venue as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin / AP Photo) Bernie Sanders’ political corpse in the presidential race is still warm, but some of his prominent liberal supporters already are urging us to flee to Hillary Clinton. Sanders, who knows the game is up, will soon become the Democrats’ pied piper. He will seek to entice his supporters into the Democratic Party rattrap. He has decried the disruption of Trump rallies—denigrating the only power we have left—saying “people should not disrupt anybody’s meetings.” His “political revolution,” like his promise of a movement, is a cynical form of advertising. Sanders will, like the Barack Obama...

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ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTALIST WAS MURDERED IN HONDURAS AND ACTIVISTS ARE ENRAGED...

Mar 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Fernando Antonio People embrace as they wait for the arrival of the body of slain Honduran indigenous leader and environmentalist Berta Cáceres, outside the coroners office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, earlier this month. Not two weeks after, another member of Cáceres’ organization was shot and killed.   A member of the same indigenous organization as slain environmentalist Berta Cáceres was shot dead Tuesday in Honduras, incensing activists and convincing a European development bank to stop financing a controversial dam project. Nelson García, 39, was killed outside his house after police evicted 150 families from lands in the northern village of Rio Chiquito, Honduran authorities said in a statement, noting the incident had nothing to do with the eviction. “The tragic death of Mr. Nelson García took...

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ARCTIC SIRENS WAIL: WHERE ARE THE FIRST RESPONDERS?...

Mar 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] HUFFINGTON POST Robin Bronen Executive Director of Alaska Institute for Justice; Senior Research scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks ASSOCIATED PRESS The Arctic is losing its cool. The polar jet stream wobbles and dips bringing frigid temperatures to lower latitudes but leaving the Arctic to thaw. On Greenland, 8,300 tons of ice melt every second changing the gravitational pull of the Earth. Arctic Ocean sea ice is dissolving. In Alaska, temperatures this winter have been 14 degrees above normal, the second warmest winter on record after the winter of 2000-01. In Anchorage, this has meant that winter temperatures are consistently soaring above 40 degrees. February 2016 was the warmest ever recorded. This year’s winter temperatures are not an anomaly but becoming part of a pattern. In January 2014, temperatures hovered between 40-50...

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A CALL FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS TO HELP SHAPE THEIR STATES’ CLEAN POWER PLANS...

Mar 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] NYTDOT By Andrew C. Revkin Photo A coal-fired power plant in Winfield, W.Va. The E.P.A.’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to shift away from coal, has faced stiff opposition from politicians and corporations.Credit Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg Updated, 3:13 p.m. | Back in January, Eban Goodstein, the director of the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy, distributed an invitation to college students and faculty across the United States to participate in “Power Dialog,” an exciting effort to mesh learning and civic engagement around the nation’s efforts to curtail power plant emissions of carbon dioxide, the main human-generated gas contributing to global warming.* The focus is the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. Despite the Supreme Court ruling delaying the plan, not to mention the turbulent presidential race, the plan’s mix of regulation and regional flexibility is likely to persist...

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IS WORRY WORTHWHILE IN CONFRONTING CLIMATE CHANGE?...

Mar 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] NYTDOT By Andrew C. Revkin Credit Andrew C. Revkin Various updates | Is worry worthwhile in confronting a challenge as complex and sprawling — in time and geography — as greenhouse-driven climate change? Photo A March, 2016, cover story in Time Magazine told readers to “be worried.”Credit Time I’ve addressed this question before in various ways, but was prompted to dig into my ideas and feelings about the building greenhouse effect with new rigor when two very different magazines, Issues in Science and Technology (the magazine of the National Academies) and Creative Nonfiction, invited me to write an essay on my 30 years of climate inquiry. I went through three or four completely different drafts and settled on a narrative starting with how I’ve come to deal with two immovable realities — my...

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The U.S. Has Approved Industrial Aquaculture in Deep Offshore Waters for the First Time — and It’s a Huge Step Backwards...

Mar 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] If the U.S. public had known the extent of harms that industrial agriculture would cause, we would have never allowed it to become the norm. By George Kimbrell, Sylvia Wu, Cristina Stella / Center for Food Safety VIA ALTERNET   Aquaculture Photo Credit: shutterstock The tragedy of industrial agriculture, the unwise adoption of inherently unsustainable forms of food production over the past generation, has cost us dearly in environmental destruction and public health. From millions of acres of monocultured, genetically engineered, pesticide-promoting crops to inhumane and filthy, water-and-air-polluting Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), the dominant paradigm for current crop and animal production on land in the United States relies on intensive and toxic inputs. These include animal feed and feed additives, antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals, and pesticides and other synthetic chemicals, which have irreparably damaged our farmlands and native...

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ALTRUISM MAY BE AN ILLUSION: THE NEUROSCIENCE THAT EXPLAINS OUR GOOD DEEDS...

Mar 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Research sheds new light on whether our acts of generosity are motivated by empathy or a desire for reciprocity Jordana Cepelewicz, Scientific American This article was originally published by Scientific American. Scientific American Last December Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced the birth of their daughter—and made a pledge to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares over the course of their lives to charitable causes. The decision was met with both praise for its altruism and criticism, as people called into question Zuckerberg’s true motives and whether this was a move to save millions of dollars in taxes. Of course, the world may never know whether or not the intent of the new parents was truly philanthropic. Until now, that is. New research published this week in Science...

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HOW A SMALL TOWN WON AN UNLIKELY VICTORY AGAINST BIG OIL...

Mar 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  By Fran Korten, YES! Magazine | Report (Photo: Longview, Washington via Shutterstock) Longview is a timber and mill town of 37,000 in southwest Washington with a desperate need for jobs. It should seem like just the spot for a proposed $1.25 billion oil refinery and propane export terminal that would bring well-paying employment and revive the economy. But after months of negotiations, on February 23, Port of Longview commissioners voted unanimously to end talks with Waterside Energy, the backers of the proposed facility. I have been following the Longview case with particular interest because Longview is the town where my husband, David Korten, grew up. We travel there regularly for family gatherings, and, last June, Dave spoke at a Longview event attended by many who were concerned about the proposed facilities. At the...

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