AS CLIMATE DISRUPTION ADVANCES, U.N. WARNS: “THE FUTURE IS HAPPENING NOW”...

May 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Dahr Jamail,TRUTHOUT.org Each month as I write these dispatches, I shake my head in disbelief at the rapidity at which anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) is occurring. It’s as though each month I think, “It can’t possibly keep happening at this incredible pace.” But it does. By late April, the Mauna Loa Observatory, which monitors atmospheric carbon dioxide, recorded an incredible daily reading: 409.3 parts per million. That is a range of atmospheric carbon dioxide content that this planet has not seen for the last 15 million years, and 2016 is poised to see these levels only continue to increase. To see more stories like this, visit “Planet or Profit?” Recently, Dr. James Hansen, a former NASA scientist and longtime whistleblower about the impending dangers of ACD, published a paper with several colleagues...

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WHY BILL GATES’ MATH ERROR ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE MATTERS...

May 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm  CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/John Peterson Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates plays table tennis against prodigy Ariel Hsing, unseen, along with Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, unseen, outside the Borsheims jewelry store, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, May 1, 2016.   Bill Gates keeps saying confused and confusing things about climate policy and clean energy. Gates has positioned himself as a major player and spokesman in this arena with his “Breakthrough Energy Coalition,” a $2 billion effort he is spearheading to research and develop breakthrough “energy miracles.” That means his confused — and often simply wrong — pronouncements could have serious consequences in the public debate and are worth exploring in detail. Gates’ latest bizarre position, as one media headline explained, is to dismiss a carbon...

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LEAKED TTIP DOCUMENTS CAST DOUBT ON EU-US TRADE DEAL...

May 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Greenpeace says internal documents show US attempts to lower or circumvent EU protection for environment and public health Protesters wear masks of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel as they demonstrate against TTIP free trade agreement. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Arthur Neslen in Brussels  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE     Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts. The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection. President Obama said last week he was confident a deal could be reached. But the leaked negotiating drafts and internal positions, which were obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian, paint a very...

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THE SOUTHWEST’S ONLY FREE-FLOWING RIVER COULD BE SUCKED DRY BY HOME BUILDERS AND REPUBLICANS...

May 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Mother Mags   San Pedro River, holding on … For the most part Arizona hasn’t experienced severe drought conditions like we’ve seen in California and Nevada. One reason is U.S. Senator Carl Hayden, the longest serving member of Congress (1927-1969) and a principal architect of western water policy. The unassuming but powerful Arizona Democrat engineered more water for his home state than it probably deserved, given Arizona’s tiny population at the time. Hayden’s great legacy is the Central Arizona Project, a 336-mile complex of dams, canals, pumps and pipes that brings Colorado River water to Phoenix and Tucson—the most expensive water system the U.S. ever built. Another reason for Arizona’s relatively stable water situation is that some forward-thinking legislative leaders, including Republicans like Burton Barr and Stan Turley, recognized the potential water disaster facing the fast-growing state, and in 1980 the legislature passed the Groundwater Management Act, which Gov....

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THIS MASSIVE SEAGRASS DIE-OFF IS THE LATEST SIGN WE’RE FAILING TO PROTECT THE EVERGLADES...

May 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE WASHINGTON POST Energy and Environment By Chris Mooney A massive die off of vital seagrass threatens Florida Bay Play Video2:20 A massive die off of seagrass threatens a resource critically important to the ecology and economy of South Florida. (Photo by Angel Valentin) (Daron Taylor/The Washington Post) EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Florida — The shallow coastal waters of Florida Bay are famed for their crystal clear views of thick green seagrass – part of the largest stretch of these grasses in the world. But since mid-2015, a massive 40,000-acre die off here has clouded waters and at times coated shores with floating dead grasses. The event, which has coincided with occasional fish kills, recalls a prior die-off from 1987 through the early 1990s, which spurred major momentum for the still incomplete task of...

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25 IMAGES OF MARKETS “REGULATING THEMSELVES”...

Apr 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By David Akadjian   Daily Kos Classics When economists talk about how a market “regulates itself,” what they mean is that markets reach an equilibrium between supply and demand. This says nothing about whether or not this equilibrium will be a good thing for society. It simply states that if consumers choose what to buy and producers choose what to sell and how to produce it, the market settles on a product distribution and prices. Lately, many people I know have argued that “free markets” mean something more. They see markets as ethically right or ethically moral, meaning pursuit of profit always somehow leads to a greater good. Unfortunately, morality isn’t built into markets. Markets were fine with child labor and slavery. Both were viewed simply as cheap sources of labor. It wasn’t...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS DRIVING OCEAN OXYGEN LEVELS DOWN, AND THAT’S A BIG PROBLEM FOR MARINE ECOSYSTEMS...

Apr 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] BY KATIE VALENTINE – CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: shutterstock   Scientists know that climate change is slowly robbing the oceans of their oxygen, but historically, it’s been hard to differentiate oxygen loss that’s due to natural ocean cycles and warming-driven loss. Now, a new study predicts that within the next 15 to 25 years, warming-caused oxygen loss will be detectable across the worlds’ oceans. The study, published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles, used modelling to determine that, between 2030 and 2040, warming-caused oxygen loss will be severe enough — and data will be comprehensive enough — for scientists to see what parts of the ocean are being affected by human-caused deoxygenation. “Oxygen varies naturally in the ocean quite substantially,” Matthew Long, lead author of the study and scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research....

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PROPOSED COAL TERMINAL WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF ADDING 8 MILLION CARS TO THE ROAD...

Apr 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky   Cowlitz County and the Washington State Department of Ecology have finally released the draft of their long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement regarding a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington. Located just two hours north of Portland, Oregon, along the Columbia River, the proposed terminal would ship a maximum of 44 million metric tons of coal from the Western United States each year to markets overseas, making it, if built, the largest coal export terminal in the country. Proponents have championed the potential economic benefits of the $680 million project, arguing that it would bring long-term jobs to an area of the state historically plagued by above-average unemployment rates. Additionally, they argue that the terminal would help make United States coal more competitive by...

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THE SECRET TO MAKING CONSERVATIVES CARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY New research says environmentalists should frame their arguments in ways that will appeal to other people’s values. (Photo: George Rose/Getty Images) Richard Conniff is the author of House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth, and other books.   Environmentalists are, by and large, idiots when it comes to talking with the people who disagree with us. We go on (and on) about fairness, about injustice, about caring. We are outraged. We are gloomy. Everything is going extinct, and it’s because of that company you work for or that hamburger you’re eating. And, sure, everything does seem to be going extinct, and there is plenty of blame to go around. But people just tune us out. Is there a better way? A way that might...

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THESE DAYS OF MILD U.S. WEATHER WILL NOT LAST...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG Scientists warn that the current pleasures of warmer weather will pale for Americans as climate change brings extreme temperature increases and unhealthy levels of atmospheric ozone.     Temperatures in the United States could become too hot to handle, scientists say. (Marcos Vasconcelos via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—There could be good reasons why US citizens face the prospect of dramatic and potentially catastrophic global climate change with seeming calm. Right now, and for four-fifths of the people, the changes make their seasons more comfortable. But scientists warn that this benign effect could be only temporary. A separate group of researchers has warned that as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, unhealthy “high ozone days” could increase in...

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DROUGHTS ARE GIVING TREES “HEART ATTACKS”...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Around 12 million trees have perished in California in the last year. (NoIdentity via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Scientists in the US have identified the factors that make a tree more likely to perish in a drought, after conducting an exhaustive examination of 33 separate scientific studies of tree mortality involving 475 species and 760,000 individual trees. The answer they come up with is that the deciding factor is how efficiently trees draw water from the ground to their leaf tips. This is not a surprising conclusion, but scientists don’t trust the obvious: they like to check these things. And William Anderegg, assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah, and colleagues report in the Proceedings of...

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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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VIDEO: AL GORE & NEIL DE GRASSE TYSON TALK “SPIDER GOATS” — AND THE FATE OF OUR CLIMATE...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT When former Vice President Al Gore and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sit down to talk about the future of climate solutions, the conversation gets real, fast. When many people think about the top science communicators, two of the first names that come to mind are former Vice President Al Gore and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Watch this never-before-seen interview as the two discuss “spider goats,” old cell phone technology, plummeting renewable energy prices, how technology will continue to change the world, and why good science teachers are key to our climate future. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD THIS EARTH DAY Add your name and demand that world leaders join the Paris Agreement signing ceremony in New York on Earth Day. First Name * Last Name * Email * Country * Yes, I...

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ONE MILLION POINTS OF LIGHT: TOP FIVE REASONS WE LOVE SOLAR...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] GLOBAL PANORAMA Find out what the one-millionth solar installation in the US means for the future of renewable energy. Today, the future of solar energy is looking especially bright. That’s because the US reached a renewable energy milestone recently when the one-millionth solar installation came online.To help celebrate this new record, we’ve joined the #MillionSolarStrong campaign with our friends at the Solar Energy Industries Association. #MillionSolarStrong is not just a celebration of the progress the world has made in advancing solar energy, but also a look into a future built on clean, renewable energy where every day, we’re one step closer to putting an end to climate change. In this post, we’re celebrating this remarkable moment in solar and counting down the top five reasons we love solar energy. 5. Solar is booming. Consider...

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Celebrate Earth Day With Photo Ark’s Amazing Documentation of Species—Before They Go Extinct (Video)...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment National Geographic project aims to create portraits of over 10,000 species. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark Due to the rapid disappearance of many of Earth’s creatures, the National Geographic Photo Ark seeks to document every animal in captivity. The Ark also focuses on funding on-the-ground conservation projects for prioritized species. “We’re supposed to lose half of all species by the turn of the next century and lot of times these pictures I do are the only national coverage these animals will ever get before they go extinct,” said Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark. Sartore explained, “The goal of the project is to get the public to turn their eyes away from everyday distractions and to think about the...

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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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THIS FLORIDA TOWN WANTS TO BECOME THE MOST SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY IN AMERICA...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: d3 Creative Studio   When Florida real estate developer Syd Kitson began conceptualizing Babcock Ranch, a planned community located some 20 minutes from Florida’s Fort Myers in 2006, he had a singular goal in mind: prove that a new development could exist in harmony with the environment around it. A decade later, Kitson’s initial vision is about to become a reality. Coinciding with Earth Day, Babcock Ranch had its official reveal on Friday, April 22, with construction on the community’s homes set to begin this summer. If all goes according to plan, Kitson expects that residents will begin moving into the community sometime next year. When the project is completed, it will pull all of its energy needs from a neighboring 74.5-megawatt solar power plant, which will...

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TEMPERATURES IN 2016 APPROACH LIMIT SET AT PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report The first three months of 2016 have been so warm that global temperatures are already nearing the limit set at the COP21 climate conference, whose international commitments haven’t even been ratified by its signatory countries yet. (Photo: francediplomatie / Flickr) On April 22 (Earth Day), US Secretary of State John Kerry, with his granddaughter in his lap, signed the international commitment that is supposed to slow the pace of anthropogenic climate disruption. The commitment, which was the result of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference last fall, was signed by more than 150 countries at the UN. Its aim was to limit global temperature increases to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial baseline levels. The problem is, three days before Kerry made his symbolic signature, NASA...

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NEPAL DISASTER: HOW CLIMATE CHANGE TRIGGERS EARTHQUAKES...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]                                                            Nepal_Earthquake_2015_002 Image by Nirmal Dulal and courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. One year ago, Nepal was rocked by a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake. In conjunction with a major aftershock one month later, the April 25 disaster claimed around 9,000 lives, injured tens of thousands more, and reduced holy sites like the Dharahara tower and Vatsala Durga to rubble. Relief Web The quake was not entirely unexpected. Residents in this seismically active part of the world have collected records of seismic activity for hundreds if not thousands of years. Earlier earthquakes have done far more damage. An 8.1-magnitude quake in 1934, for example, resulted in the deaths of 19,000 in Nepal and neighboring India. But as world leaders lined up at the United Nations on Friday to commit their nations to greenhouse gas reductions intended...

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DAYS OF REVOLT: CHRIS HEDGES, TIM DE CHRISTOPHER DISCUSS FAR-REACHING EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Tim DeChristopher on ‘Days of Revolt’ In this week’s episode of “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges sits down with Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center. The two analyze how the industrialized world fails to significantly confront climate change, beginning with the “exercise in make-believe” that was the 2015 Paris climate conference. DeChristopher explains that the drastic effects of global warming aren’t just occurring in a vacuum. For example, water shortages in parts of the southern United States play out in areas with pre-existing social tensions, such as racism and xenophobia, creating the potential to trigger violent human responses. Another example is Syria, where, as DeChristopher points out, the CIA actually admitted that climate change accelerated the beginning of civil war. Still, DeChristopher says, “I don’t think it’s inevitable...

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THIRTY WAYS CHERNOBYL AND THE DYING NUCLEAR INDUSTRY THREATEN OUR SURVIVAL...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]     (Photo: Fi Dot)HARVEY WASSERMAN OF ECOWATCH FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Article reprinted with permission from EcoWatch April 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It comes as Germany, which is phasing out all its reactors, has asked Belgium to shut two of its nukes because of the threat of terrorism. It also comes as advancing efficiencies and plunging prices in renewable energy remind us that nukes stand in the way of solving our climate crisis. And it makes us remember the second and third biggest lies told us by the atomic power industry: that no commercial nuke could explode, and that no one would be harmed by reactor fallout. Prior to the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl, there was at least one minor explosion (on March...

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‘Catastrophic Leak’ Found at Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment “This is probably the biggest event to ever happen in tank farm history.” The Watchers Radioactive waste ; Chemist in protective suit the disposal of radioactive waste Photo Credit: overcrew/Shutterstock The amount of radioactive waste that has been leaking between the two walls of one of the underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State for several years grew dramatically on Sunday, April 17, with up to 13,000 liters (3,500 gallons) of new waste. The leak occurred at the double-shell storage known as AY-102, which has been leaking small amounts of nuclear waste since 2011. It is estimated that about 265 liters (70 gallons) of waste leaked from the tank in recent years. Although it’s unclear exactly how much waste spilled out over the weekend, estimates place the amount at somewhere between 11,300...

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TIME TO GROW UP INTO A LIVING EARTH ECONOMY...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The current political chaos in the United States is a product of the failure of our economic system to fulfill the promise of the American dream: That each new generation will enjoy abundance beyond that of their parents. What most people experience instead is increasing insecurity and declining opportunity. People know something is badly wrong. Uncertain as to what or why, they are desperate for answers. Who is responsible? What can we do? Our current situation is ripe for the blame game. Blame immigrants. Blame Obama. Or blame scofflaw bankers. Years ago when I was a business school student, our professors taught us that a recurring problem is a symptom of a system failure. Don’t focus on treating the symptom, they told us, step back and look upstream to identify the source. A...

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JOHN KERRY TUGS AT HEARTSTRINGS AT THE PARIS SIGNING (it’s a weak agreement, but we have to start somewhere, ccd)...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Rebecca Leber   GRIST Secretary of State John Kerry, ever the diplomat, sure knows how to melt our cold hearts on Earth Day. Representatives from 175 countries marked the occasion with a formal signing ceremony of the Paris climate agreement at the United Nations. In an event featuring a sea of green ties, Kerry made a different kind of symbolic statement, holding his 2-year-old granddaughter Isabelle as he signed the agreement. The ceremony is only a first step to seeing the Paris agreement enter into force. Fifty-five countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions still need to ratify the agreement, which the U.S. and China (the two biggest emitters) plan on doing this year. Even once it’s ratified, there’s a lot of work left to be done. Top U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern told Grist in an interview,...

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WE’RE FLIRTING WITH APOCALYPSE: THE PLANET INCHES EVER CLOSER TO 1.5C DEGREE THRESHOLD...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Analysis finds the world will have to dramatically accelerate emissions reductions to meet Paris climate agreement VIDEO Climate Central   VIA SALON.COM This article originally appeared on Climate Central. Global leaders are meeting in New York this week to sign the Paris climate agreement. One of the expressed purposes of the document is to limit warming to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.” A Climate Central analysis shows that the world will have to dramatically accelerate emissions reductions if it wants to meet that goal. The average global temperature change for the first three months of 2016 was 1.48°C, essentially equaling the 1.5°C warming threshold agreed to by COP 21 negotiators in Paris last December. February exceeded the 1.5°C target at 1.55°C, marking...

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IN A WIN FOR CLIMATE, NEW YORK LEADERS NIX PIPELINE PROJECT...

Apr 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Victory: As world leaders sign climate treaty, state leaders in New York show the way Leslie Roeder, an advocate with New Yorkers Against Fracking, celebrates in 2014 after Govenor Cuomo announced he would ban hydraulic fracking. Chang W. Lee/The New York Times/Redux It’s time for fossil fuel industry enablers and apologists to step aside and let the rest of us continue the work necessary to solve the climate crisis and transition our society to 100 percent renewable energy. Moneen Nasmith Attorney, Earthjustice April 22, 2016 Albany, NY —In a win for climate activists and the anti-fracking movement, and a blow to fossil fuel polluters and the federal regulatory agencies that enable them, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied a key permit to companies seeking to build a 124-mile fracked gas...

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THE BIGGEST ONGOING DISASTER IN THE UNITED STATE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF...

Apr 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Scout Finch  DAILY KOS Blog Stream Groups  By Jen Hayden Incredible video of a sinkhole, located south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, swallowing whole trees: Tim Murphy at Mother Jones described the sinkhole at Bayou Corne as “the biggest ongoing disaster in the United States you haven’t heard of.” One night in August 2012, after months of unexplained seismic activity and mysterious bubbling on the bayou, a sinkhole opened up on a plot of land leased by the petrochemical company Texas Brine, forcing an immediate evacuation of Bayou Corne’s 350 residents—an exodus that still has no end in sight. Last week, Louisiana filed a lawsuit against the company and the principal landowner, Occidental Chemical Corporation, for damages stemming from the cavern collapse.Texas Brine’s operation sits atop a three-mile-wide, mile-plus-deep salt deposit known as the...

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U.S.-CANADA PACT ERASES ARCTIC FEARS...

Apr 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Valerie Brown / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG   The Trans-Alaska pipeline runs 800 miles from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Alaska. (Luca Galuzzi via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. OREGON—A joint pledge by the US and Canada to reduce methane emissions for oil and gas activities in the Arctic and limit fossil fuel extraction is putting pressure on Russia to follow suit. The pledge was in response to increasing concern across the world at the intention of the eight nations with territorial claims in the Arctic to exploit its resources, even though this risks making climate change far worse. At the poles, the Earth is warming twice as fast as the global average. In the Arctic, this is disrupting the way of life...

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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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