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Faith Leaders Testify In Support Of EPA's Clean Power Plan 31.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (RNS) More than two dozen faith leaders rallied at public hearings hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency to testify in support of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases. The plan was proposed June 2 and is designed to cut carbon pollution from power plants as part of the White House’s Climate Action Plan. The plan aims to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030. In addition to the public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday (July 29-30) in Washington, the EPA held similar meetings this week in Denver, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. The Rev. Richard Cizik, a longtime evangelical environmental activist, and other faith leaders see the Clean Power Plan as the first step toward a moral and comprehensive response to climate change. Testimonies were coordinated by three groups: Creation Justice Ministries, the Washington-area chapter of Interfaith Power and Light and the progressive evangelical group Sojourners. As the hearings kicked off Tuesday, activists met outside the ...
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Headlines for July 30, 2014 30.7.2014 Democracy Now!
Dozens Killed in Israel's Worst Bombardment of Gaza So Far, U.N. Blames Israel for Deadly Shelling of School Housing Displaced Gazans, Civilians "Torn Apart" in Deadly Israeli Strikes on Jabalya Refugee Camp, Most of Gaza Without Electricity After Israeli Bombing of Power Plant, 26 Peace Activists Arrested at Israeli Mission to U.N. in NYC, U.S., EU Unveil Toughest Sanctions on Russia to Date, Appeals Court Strikes Down Mississippi Anti-Abortion Law, Saving Lone Clinic from Closure, NLRB: McDonald's Can't Avoid Wage, Union Demands Through Franchisees
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Headlines for July 29, 2014 29.7.2014 Democracy Now!
Israel Intensifies Gaza Assault; Palestinian Toll Tops 1,100, 8 Children Killed in Gaza While Playing on Swings, NYC: 9 Arrested in Peace Protest Outside Offices of Pro-Israel Group, Ukraine Clashes Kill 19 Civilians; U.S, EU to Unveil Sanctions on Russia, U.S. Accuses Russia of Violating Arms Treaty, Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Kills Hashmat Karzai, President's Cousin, Report: Pentagon Failed to Track Weapons Sent to Afghanistan, Syria: More Than 2,000 Killed in One of War's Deadliest Periods, West Africa Faces Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History
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Is Hollywood Drowning Out Climate Change? Let's Be Practical 25.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's frustrating for climate activists that some people seem to care more about Hollywood couples than global warming. Of course, it might bother you that people care about the rich and famous at all. But that's human nature -- we all need some frothy diversions from our daily lives. And yet, America's obsession with Hollywood feels a bit like we're endlessly banging on the front door yelling "Fire!" -- only to be told, "Yes, we see the flames on the drapes, but America's Got Talent is on!" I'm not saying that people don't support climate action, because they clearly do. Several recent polls have shown that two-thirds of Americans support the President's plan to end unlimited carbon pollution from power plants. So, some activists ask, how come they don't give this issue the attention it deserves -- considering what enormous consequences climate change will have for our society? The truth is there are a host of big, global challenges that most of us basically ignore every day. We're horrified when we're ...
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Blockade at First Tar Sands Site in US Challenges 'Brazen Disregard for Climate Crisis' 21.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
A banner unfurled at the Utah tar sands site earlier this year. (Photo: Utah Tar Sands Resistance)Developing... Scores of climate justice activists are staging a blockade on Monday to thwart construction of the first tar sands mine in the United States—a project they say will cause irreparable damage to water and ...
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Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation, Churches Divest, and More! 21.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the US bakes in the west as it cools in the east; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California. The North Pole is surrounded by land areas that are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface wind patterns, click here , and here , for the planet. ...
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Headlines for July 16, 2014 16.7.2014 Democracy Now!
Israel Resumes Gaza Bombings After Ceasefire Fails, Netanyahu: With Hamas Rejection, "No Choice" but to Expand Gaza Assault, Israeli Strikes Target Hamas Leaders; Funerals Held for Slain Civilians, Gaza Militants Continue Rocket Fire; 1st Israeli Killed since Assault Began, Red Cross: Israeli Bombings of Gaza Infrastructure Threaten New Water Crisis, U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 15 in Pakistan, Philippines Hit with Strongest Typhoon Since Haiyan, 89 Killed in Afghan Market Bombing; Worst Attack on Civilians Since 2001, BRICS Countries Launch Development Bank Alternative to U.S.-Dominated System, Guantánamo Nurse Refuses to Force-Feed Hunger-Striking Prisoners, Judge Stays Execution of Missouri Prisoner, Journalist, Undocumented Activist Jose Vargas Detained at Texas Airport Checkpoint, Blackwater Guards Testify Against Former Colleagues at Nisoor Massacre Trial, U.N. Report Details Concrete Steps to Counter Global Warming, Swedish Court Weighs Assange Challenge to Arrest Warrant
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Headlines for July 15, 2014 15.7.2014 Democracy Now!
Gaza Death Toll Rises to 192; Israel Accepts Ceasefire Proposal, Afghanistan: 50 Killed in Market Bombing, Russia: Subway Derailment Kills 10, at Least 100 Injured, U.N. Pulls Out of Libya; Shelling of Main Airport Destroys 90% of Planes, Kerry to Consult with Obama After Iran Nuclear Talks, U.N. Security Council Backs Aid to Syrians Without Gov't Approval, U.S. Deports 38 Honduran Women, Children; Honduran President Says U.S. Drug Wars Fuel Migration, U.S., Qatar Seal $11 Billion Arms Deal, Citigroup to Pay $7 Billion for "Egregious" Sale of Toxic Mortgages, Ernst & Young to Pay $4 Million over Lobbying Charges, Colombia Kills 13 FARC Rebels Ahead of Peace Talks, Snowden Docs Reveal British Spy Agency's Internet Manipulation Tools, Report: Beatings by Staff "Common" at Rikers Jail, Mentally Ill Targeted, 24 Arrested for Anti-Fracking Blockade to Protest Cove Point Terminal, Missouri Set to Execute Prisoner Despite Claims of Innocence, South African Writer, Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer Dies at 90, ...
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Activists March on Obama Energy Commission to Demand a Halt to Fracked Gas Exports 14.7.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Anti-fracking and climate activists from across the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond joined a first-ever “people’s march” on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this afternoon to protest the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. coastlines. With a key decision nearing on the Cove Point export terminal proposed in Lusby, Md., just 50 miles south of the White House, protesters are calling on President Obama and FERC to halt approval of all LNG export projects and instead promote true clean energy solutions.

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China and the United States Accelerate Efforts on Carbon Capture and Storage 10.7.2014 WRI Stories
China and the United States established eight new pacts this week to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Half of these announcements focused on a single climate change mitigation measure— carbon dioxide capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) . The announcement came just prior to the sixth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue , an annual meeting where both countries discuss their shared economic and environmental challenges and opportunities. China and the United States are world’s leaders when it comes to CCUS research and development, and this week’s agreements build on a long history of CCUS collaboration between the two nations. In fact, China-US partnership on CCUS has in many respects now left the theoretical feasibility realm and entered the “steel-in-the-ground” phase. A History of CCUS in China and the United States CCUS involves trapping carbon dioxide emissions from sources like coal-fired power plants and either reusing them or storing them so they won’t enter the atmosphere. There’s ...
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6 Times Americans Totally Deserved To Be Smacked Down By Mother Nature 10.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We probably shouldn't be proud of the fact that the United States continues to be a global leader in carbon emissions , but apparently some people want our country to be first place in everything. "Rolling coal" is the new anti-environmental viral sensation, where people modify their trucks to expel bigger, thicker clouds of black exhaust as a form of political protest against President Barack Obama's stance on addressing climate change. Sadly, rollin' coal isn't the first instance of people deliberately neglecting the environment to make a statement. Corporations, politicians and citizens with doubts about climate science seemingly feel no remorse about making things difficult for Mother Nature. Below are six instances of groups of people working to push climate change along in the wrong ...
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Mothers bring kids to Senate to push for EPA's climate change rule 10.7.2014 LA Times: Opinion
More than 200 mothers and their children marched to dozens of Senate offices Wednesday, carrying handwritten signs and calling for members of Congress to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed anti-pollution rules, which seek to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30%.
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Is Social Justice Driven by Emotion or Reason? 8.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Climate Justice Movement: Moment Is Now to 'Change Everything' 3.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
(Image: Common Dreams)In anticipation of an upcoming climate summit of world leaders scheduled for New York City at the end of this summer, advocates of bold and transformative action to curb global emissions and avert the worst impacts of global warming are both speaking out and readying action ...
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One Arrest as Climate Activists Blockade Oil Terminal for Four Hours, Demand Halt to Crude-by-Rail Traffic in Pacific Northwest 30.6.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

This morning climate justice activists with Portland Rising Tide shut down the ArcLogistics crude oil terminal in Northwest Portland resulting in one arrest.

Portland resident Irene Majorie, 22, locked herself to a 55-gallon barrel filled with concrete that was placed on the railroad track leading into the facility. Train cars enter from a nearby yard to offload oil into 84 storage tanks, before it is piped onto oceangoing ships bound for West Coast refineries. Over a dozen supporters joined her at the site.

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White House officials to meet with activist Tom Steyer on climate 24.6.2014 Yahoo: Politics
White House officials and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will meet with billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer on Wednesday to discuss climate change, a White House official said. The meeting will include former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, and Cargill Chief Executive Greg Page, who have worked together on a forthcoming "Risky Business report," which studies the economic consequences of climate ...
White House Plans Another Big Climate Push 24.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -– One year after President Barack Obama rolled out his climate change action plan, the administration is putting fresh emphasis on its environmental agenda. The White House plans to host two roundtable discussions this week on the economic threats that climate change poses and the "opportunities to overcome those risks," a White House official said in an email Monday night, which emphasized the potential costs of not addressing planet-warming emissions. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and White House leaders also plan to meet with billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson on Wednesday to discuss a report they will release this week titled, "Risky Business," which assess the economic costs of climate change. Steyer and Paulson are the co-chairs for the report. Steyer, a former hedge fund manager turned environmental activist, has pledged to spend $100 million backing political candidates who support action on climate change through his political group, ...
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Jody Hice: 'Most People Think Islam Is A Religion, It's Not' 24.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Jody Hice, a radio show host and GOP congressional candidate from Georgia, made anti-Islamic statements in his 2012 book , according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology," Hice wrote in his book titled "It's Now Or Never: A Call To Reclaim America." "It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection." Hice is a Baptist minister who is challenging businessman Mike Collins in a July 22 GOP primary runoff for Rep. Paul Broun's (R-Ga.) seat. This isn't the first time he has made offensive comments about Islam. According to The Citizen , at a July 12, 2011 event sponsored by the Coweta County Tea Party Patriots, Hice argued that Islam isn't even a religion. "Most people think Islam is a religion, it’s not. It’s a totalitarian way of life with a religious component," he said. "But it’s much larger. It’s a geo-political system that has governmental, financial, military, ...
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Activists Launch Picket at Federal Energy Commission, Demanding Halt to Rubber-Stamping of Fracked Gas Exports 24.6.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Marching and chanting with signs like “Gas exports: Worse than Coal” and “FERC: My safety matters,” dozens of protesters launched a week-long picket outside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. today to challenge the agency’s handling of controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) export proposals.

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Want to Change the World? Read This First 22.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Richard Heinberg

Photo: sashamd/flickrHistory is often made by strong personalities wielding bold new political, economic, or religious doctrines. Yet any serious effort to understand how and why societies change requires examination not just of leaders and ideas, but also of environmental circumstances.

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