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Timeline of Chicago police force's reputation for brutality 13.1.2017 Yahoo: US National
CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department on Friday is scheduled to release the findings of an investigation of the Chicago Police Department, and a law enforcement official says the report will show a pattern of civil rights violations. The probe was launched after a video showed a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times.
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Rioting charges thrown out in police shooting protest 12.1.2017 Yahoo: US National
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge has thrown out riot charges against dozens of people who blocked an interstate in St. Paul to protest the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile.
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The Climate Denier Cabinet Hearings and the Grass Roots Rise of Environmental Dissent 12.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For a slideshow of further images with captions, please click here. Article and Photos by Pamela Theodotou. Edited by K.J. Wetherholt. This week, citizens concerned for the welfare of the environment have awaited the process by which President Elect Trump's Cabinet will be appointed. As the press has closely examined each nominee, conservationists, ecologists and climate-concerned citizens from both parties have expressed shock and disbelief regarding those tapped. Initially the concerns regarded EPA nominees--all of whom have been closely related to climate deniability. Trump's choice-- Scott Pruitt --announced December 7, 2016, only epitomized corporate interests. As Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times to block regulations that were enacted to protect the public from pollutants such as mercury, smog, acidic gases and other chemicals. As the head of the EPA, he could potentially dismantle necessary protections from the inside--a campaign promise Trump had been touting for ...
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Senate Moves Tillerson Questions Behind Closed Doors After Protests 12.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

In response to the second day of questions to Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson allegedly occurring behind closed doors with Senators, Greenpeace USA Climate Liability Campaigner Naomi Ages said:

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Egyptian court approves freezing assets of rights activists 12.1.2017 Yahoo: Top Stories
An Egyptian court on Wednesday approved a freeze on the assets of three human rights activists, one of them said, the latest twist in a five-year-old case in which NGOs are accused of receiving foreign funds to sow chaos. Egyptian rights activists say they are facing the worst assault in their history amid a wider campaign to erase freedoms won in a 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. The court on Wednesday froze the assets of Mozn Hassan, director of the Nazra for Feminist Studies, Mohamed Zaree, head of the Arab Penal Reform Organization, and Atef Hafez, director of the Arab Organisation for Judicial Reform.
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Nationwide Protests Call Attention to Climate Change as Trump Cabinet Hearings Begin 11.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Protesters gather outside Senator California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office in San Francisco, California, on January 9, 2017, to protest President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Rex Tillerson, former head of Exxon Mobil, for Secretary of State. (Photo: Peg Hunter ) President-elect Donald Trump 's nominees for the Cabinet began appearing before the U.S. Senate to start their confirmation hearing process on Tuesday -- and some of the slots to be filled will have major implications for American climate change policies.  Rex Tillerson , who  announced  his retirement as CEO of ExxonMobil, is scheduled to appear before the Senate on Wednesday, as is Elaine Chao, Trump's nominee for Secretary of Transporation. On Monday, environmentalists nationwide organized protests at senators' home offices, with organizers calling on their representatives to refuse to confirm Cabinet nominees hostile to combating climate change. The #DayAgainstDenial protests attracted hundreds of demonstrators in cities large and ...
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The Dirtiest Corner In Europe? 10.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This article first appeared on Rabble.ie If, post-Brexit, the UK risks being known once again as the " dirty man of Europe " then Northern Ireland would be its soiled undergarments. Ours is a jurisdiction replete with the biggest illegal dump in Europe , unlawful industrial-scale sand dredging in a protected area , and £1 million in grants and police protection for transnational corporations planning to use cyanide to mine for gold. In Latin America communities resisting the corporate destruction of their lands speak of being up against a logic of " extractivism ," a term which Naomi Klein popularised in her book This Changes Everything . In recent years, Northern Ireland has seen terrorism--and to a lesser degree sectarianism--recede in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement. A new -ism has risen in the power-sharing of the peace process. We are witnessing the government-backed roll-out of extractivism: wilful destruction of the commons for private profit. Northern Ireland may be nominally ...
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'Social Self-Defense': Protecting People and Planet Against Trump and Trumpism 10.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Jeremy Brecher

Donald Trump and a powerful collection of anti-social forces have taken control of the U.S. government. They seek permanent domination in service of their individual and class wealth and power. Trump’s presidency threatens immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, workers, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others. Indeed, it threatens all that holds us together as a society. We the people – society -- need to defend ourselves against this threat and bring it to an end.

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Obama's Climate Legacy Will Be Harder to Undo Than Trump Thinks 7.1.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Eight years ago, President-elect Barack Obama wanted Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar to be his Interior secretary. David Hayes, who was leading Obama's transition team for Interior and other agencies, remembers trekking to Salazar's office on Capitol Hill at least twice to make the case for the Cabinet post. He had the perfect bait. Three years earlier, Sen. Salazar had led a successful effort to require the Bureau of Land Management to authorize renewable energy projects on public land. The agency was supposed to approve 10,000 megawatts of solar, wind and geothermal electricity by 2015, but under then-President George W. Bush, its congressional mandate went nowhere. Hayes, seeing a rare opportunity, told Salazar that as Interior secretary, he'd have the chance to make renewables on public land a signature issue. "We talked about renewable energy and how the Interior Department could ...
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Designer Vivienne Westwood explains why she's 'very keen on unisex' looks 7.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Vivienne Westwood, London’s queen of punk, is back on the catwalk for fall with a unisex collection that fuses her Man men’s wear line and her Red Label women’s wear collection. The activist designer said the new main line collection, Vivienne Westwood, is an exercise in quality, efficiency — and...

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'Green News Report' - January 5, 2017 6.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: While we were out: President Obama created two new national monuments; Wisconsin solved climate change...by deleting it; Ohio's governor reinstated renewable energy standards; Michigan banned plastic bag bans; PLUS: Activists got high to protest Dakota Access Pipeline... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com . IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): How to Save $23 Trillion Per Year: 100% Renewable Energy for the World; Warming Crushes Global Records Again In 2016; House Passes Bill To Overturn 'Midnight' Regulations En Masse; Oil Industry Fears Trump May Hit Them Up on Tax Reform; China To Plow $361 Billion Into Renewable Fuel By 2020; Court Delays Appeal Over Obama's Fracking ...
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Should L.A. County have a huge desalination plant? A battle looms in the South Bay 3.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

On a picturesque summer afternoon, West Basin Municipal Water District officials chose to woo regulators with a stroll by the beach in El Segundo, stopping to admire an unadulterated strip of California coastline. 

"It is beautiful," said Diane Gatza, West Basin’s water resources engineer.

A few...

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What Does Trump’s Proposed Cabinet Tell Us About The Next Four Years? 2.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Dan Carter

Donald Trump will not be sworn in as President until January 20, 2017 (although you wouldn’t know it from his tweets).   But  his choice of staff and cabinet members gives us insight into the shape of his policies for the next four years. 

It is not a reassuring picture.      

Steve Bannon will be chief adviser. Dismisses global warming.  As the publisher of Breitbart News the internet site became the main sewer for anti-Semites, racists, homophobes, xenophobes and misogynists. He famously advised Trump followers to “turn on the hate.”

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Top 10 Movers And Shakers In Sustainability - 2016 1.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
--Co-author ROSALY BYRD-- 2016 was a year of extremes: from the Paris Agreement going into effect to a White House full of climate deniers, from the halting of the Keystone XL Pipeline to the horrendous treatment of protesters standing up against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Although the trajectory of environmental policy has taken a divergent turn, the commitment from the international community, states, cities, businesses, and individuals has only gotten stronger. Here is the 2016 list of the top 10 movers and shakers in sustainability (in no particular order): 1. Dakota Access Pipeline protesters. These protesters are standing up for the protection of sacred land and clean water in the fight to reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).  Facing intimidation and abuse from police, these "water protectors" are members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who rely on the Missouri River, the water source that the (almost completed) pipeline threatens to pollute. Leaders of indigenous peoples in South America, ...
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Justice Jumping Genres 29.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News

There I was in a mid-March snowstorm riding shotgun in a truck heading south through the Crow reservation in Montana. I made a stupid comment to break the silence: “Man, there is nothing out there.”

Crow member and my guide for the day, Emery Three Irons, politely corrected me: “There’s a lot out there.”

I saw an empty vastness. Three Irons saw a landscape of history and culture, and all of the splendor and pain attached to both.

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There's One Last Thing Obama Can Do to Fight Global Warming 28.12.2016 Mother Jones
Ever since Donald Trump's surprise victory in November, climate activists have been scrambling to find ways to safeguard the progress made by President Barack Obama in the fight against global warming. It won't be easy. The president-elect has pledged to back out of the Paris climate agreement and repeal Obama's limits on greenhouse gas emissions. But advocates believe they've found one final action Obama can take that Trump won't be able to undo: funding climate action abroad. In 2010, the United Nations established the Green Climate Fund, a mechanism for wealthy countries to finance efforts by poor countries to reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change. Four years later, Obama pledged $3 billion to the fund. In March this year—despite objections from the GOP-controlled Congress—the administration submitted its first payment of $500 million. The funds came from the Economic Support Fund, $1.9 billion that Congress had already appropriated to the State Department for the promotion of economic ...
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Here Is the Worst Anti-Science BS of 2016 28.12.2016 Mother Jones
Carolyn Kaster/AP 2016 was a year of remarkable scientific breakthroughs. A century after Albert Einstein proposed his general theory of relativity, researchers proved him right when, for the first time ever, they were able to observe gravitational waves produced by two black holes that collided 1.3 billion years ago. Astronomers discovered a potentially habitable planet just 4.3 light-years from Earth. And scientists even came up with a good reason to put a bunch of adorable dogs in an MRI machine. Unfortunately, there was a lot of anti-science nonsense this year, too—much of it from our political leaders. On issues ranging from climate change to criminal justice, our president-elect was a notable offender. But some of his rivals joined in as well. So did his nominees. And Congress. And members of the media. Here, in no particular order, are some of the most appalling examples. You can let us know in the comments which one you think is the worst. Hurricane Matthew Truthers In early October, as Hurricane ...
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Why ESG reporting still matters to U.S. investors 27.12.2016 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Even after the U.S. election, action on environmental, social and governance investing isn't going away. In fact, it may even increase. Here is why.
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The Fossil Fuel Industry Needs Our Consent. We Can and Must Refuse to Give It. 24.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Emily Johnston

On November 9, like a lot of people around the world, I was stunned and devastated. In the days and weeks afterward, I was hit by new waves from that same feeling, worrying in turn about Muslim registries, the undocumented, the future of life on a rapidly warming planet, and much else.

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Preparing for Trump: A Ten-Point Plan 23.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Peter Dreier

Many Americans would not be surprised if on Jan. 20 Vladimir Putin administers the oath of office to Donald Trump, the Ku Klux Klan youth choir regales the inaugural crowd with a stirring rendition of “Dixie,” the Chamber of Commerce orchestra performs “Hail to the Chief” and the inaugural party is catered by Carl’s Jr. (whose CEO, billionaire Andrew Puzder, a foe of the minimum wage, is Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor).

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