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Setting Precedent for Public Institutions, Maine University System Pulls Funds From Fossil Fuels 27.1.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Pharrell And Al Gore Announce New Live Earth Concert For Climate Change Action 21.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Pharrell Williams says he'll have all of humanity singing together at a worldwide concert June 18 to fight global warming.


The pop superstar is teaming with Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore to produce a "Live Earth" concert on seven continents to build support for a U.N. climate pact in Paris among more than 190 nations in December.


On a stage Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos with producer Kevin Wall, Williams said "we literally are going to have humanity harmonize all at once" in support of a binding international accord to limit heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.


He said the purpose is "to have a billion voices with one message - to demand climate action now" from governments rather than to continue the world's reliance on fossil fuels.

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More colleges under pressure to divest, though effect is debatable 21.1.2015 LA Times: Environment
Not since the 1980s have there been so many efforts aimed at urging colleges and universities to divest from stocks and other holdings for political and social causes. The campaigns are diverse: Fossil fuels and their effect on climate change. Israel's occupation of the West Bank. The use of...
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Billionaire Tom Steyer eyes climate change, education in potential Senate bid 19.1.2015 LA Times: Environment
Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, who is weighing a run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Barbara Boxer in two years, is outlining a policy agenda focused on climate change, education and tax reform and pledging to serve only one term if he cannot achieve his...
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Will California's New Energy Proposal Make a Difference? 15.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
How do we know what will really make a difference in the fight against climate change? As I reflected recently on Gov. Jerry Brown's bold new proposal -- that California run on 50 percent renewable energy within 15 years -- three responses occurred to me: One, critics may say, as some have, so what? Even if California succeeds in meeting this most ambitious renewable energy goal in the nation, but the rest of the world does not follow suit, the Golden State's efforts will make no dent in global warming for our children and our children's children. So bully for California for trying, but we could still be cooked. Two, with California having been in the lead on the fight against climate change for decades, one could say there is something "been there, done that" about this development. (See " Rays of Hope in California .") But then came response number three, which requires me to back up a little and tell a story. Several years ago, I had the good fortune of meeting the man I think of as our modern-day ...
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In the Prison of Our Days: Two Opposing Visions of a Climate Changed Future 14.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Public Opinions Shifting Towards Dolphins In Captivity, Activist Says 12.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Ric O'Barry feels the tide turning in his long quest to change the public's mind about dolphins in captivity. He went from being a dolphin trainer on the beloved "Flipper" TV series in the 1960s to a notorious activist featured in the 2009 documentary "The Cove," which shows the killing of dolphins in Japan. His methods and protests against keeping dolphins on display often have been unwelcome as dolphin shows are popular and lucrative. But in the wake of "The Cove" and the documentary "Blackfish," it seems O'Barry's desire to see all dolphins swimming free may have gained mainstream traction. The National Aquarium in Baltimore announced last year that it was exploring the feasibility of an oceanside sanctuary where its eight dolphins could retire. Elected officials nationwide also have taken up the issue of marine mammals, including dolphins. In November, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a non-binding resolution stating that whales and dolphins have the right to be ...
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Report from the Climate Change Conference in Peru 10.1.2015 Twin Cities Daily Planet
Lara Norkus-Crampton Southside Pride I had the honor of being part of a nurses delegation to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Peru. These are my impressions as one nurse in Lima. MORE » I had the honor of being part of a nurses delegation to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Peru. These are my impressions as one nurse in Lima. We went as a delegation representing National Nurses United (NNU), the national umbrella for my state nurses union—the Minnesota Nurses Association.  We were there to address the issue of Climate Change and the impacts of pollution generally from a public health perspective. NNU’s official position is that the “Climate Emergency is a Health Emergency”: NNU emphasizes the health impacts of climate disruption. Already, more than 8 million deaths worldwide are directly attributable to air pollution, primarily due to the use of “combustion energy” derived from the burning of oil, gas, coal, biomass and waste, and lack of access to clean energy. Warming temperatures have ...
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This Is the Argument ExxonMobil Uses to Fight Back Against Climate Activists 9.1.2015 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Around the world, carbon-based fuels are under attack. Increasingly grim economic pressures, growing popular resistance, and the efforts of government regulators have all shocked the energy industry. Oil prices are falling , colleges and universities are divesting from their carbon stocks, voters are instituting curbs on hydro-fracking, and delegates at the UNclimate conference in Peru have agreed to impose substantial restrictions on global carbon emissions at a conference in Paris later in the year. All this has been accompanied by what might be viewed as a moral assault on the very act of extracting carbon-based fuels from the earth, in which the major oil, gas, and coal companies find themselves portrayed as the enemies of humankind. Under such pressures, you might assume that Big Energy would react defensively, perhaps apologizing for its role in spurring climate change while assuming a leadership position in planning for the transition to a ...
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Why 2014 Wasn't So Terrible 8.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In bidding farewell to 2014, most of us gave the year a swift kick in the rear end as it exited the calendar. On foreign policy in particular, few people had nice things to say about the recently departed. After all, it was a banner year for all manner of evils. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa dominated the headlines, and the trumped-up fear of the disease's spread to the United States even helped boost the vote totals of a few Republicans in the party's mid-term sweep. The rise of ISIS and its filmed beheadings, as well as the kidnapping rampages of Boko Haram in Nigeria, gave a shot in the arm to "the war on terrorism." The triumph of activists in Kiev turned into a renewed Cold War confrontation between a passive aggressive West and an aggressive aggressive Russia. And the Chinese authorities eventually forced activists in Hong Kong to roll up their umbrellas and go home. Negotiations went pretty much nowhere between the United States and Iran, and things went from bad to worse with North Korea ...
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Sorry, Naomi Klein, social movements are not enough to save us 7.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Naomi Klein has done it again with her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate . She challenges the existing ignorance and denial on climate change and administers her own form of shock doctrine on that all-consuming issue. I do find, however, that her complete reliance on the power of social movements to bring about needed and urgent change is flawed and ...
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Naomi Klein on climate change: Can social movements save us? 7.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Energy shift requires shift in conversation 7.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Abundant, cheap fossil fuels have driven explosive technological, industrial and economic expansion for more than a century. The pervasive infrastructure developed to accommodate this growth makes it difficult to contemplate rapidly shifting away from coal, oil and gas, which creates a psychological barrier to rational discourse on energy issues. The ecological and true economic costs of energy use force us to scrutinize our way of living. And because our infrastructure doesn’t allow us to entirely avoid fossil fuels, we must face the contradiction between how we should live and constraints against doing ...
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10 Good Things About the Year 2014 30.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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10 Good Things About the Year 2014 30.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It's been a year of fervent activism on police accountability, living wages, climate change, personal freedoms, immigrant rights, an open internet and diplomacy over war. The electoral beating the Democrats received has prompted both the administration and some spineless congresspeople to realize that support for progressive issues could reinvigorate their base -- a realization that has already led to Obama's executive action on immigration and the opening to Cuba. So here are some of the 2014 highlights. 1. Uprising for police accountability. The movement for police accountability has swept the nation, spawning brilliant new leaders from communities most affected, giving a voice to the families who have lost loved ones and opening people's eyes to the militarization of our police forces. It is an organic, grassroots movement destined to have a transformative impact on the struggle for racial equality. Keep an eye out in 2015 for CODEPINK's campaign to demilitarize the police, Communities Organize to ...
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Sea Level Rise, Eniwetok, and Bert Bigelow 29.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Everything's Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart 23.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated the 21st day of the month of Thermidor in the Year Six. Written in sepia ink on heavy paper, it recorded an ordinary land auction in France in what we would call the late summer of 1798. But the extraordinary date signaled that it was created when the French Revolution was still the overarching reality of everyday life and such fundamentals as the distribution of power and the nature of government had been reborn in astonishing ways. The new calendar that renamed 1792 as Year One had, after all, been created to start society all over again. In that little junk shop on a quiet street in San Francisco, I held a relic from one of the great upheavals of the last millennium. It made me think of a remarkable statement the great feminist fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin had made only a few weeks earlier. In the course of a speech she gave while accepting a book award she ...
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Everything’s Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart: The Climate for 2015 23.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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The Climate Is Ripe for Social Change 20.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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At the Lima Climate Talks, It Was Groundhog Day All Over Again 19.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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