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Climate Talk 25.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Finally, things are moving. Internationally, last year's Paris accord was a remarkable statement of government concern over climate change. Nationally and locally, individuals, organizations, and industries have been mobilizing to do their part. It's been a long time coming, considering how long the climate signal has been visible. The greenhouse effect has been known for over a century. Some gasses, notably carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat from the sun in the earth's atmosphere. The increase in these gasses from burning fossil fuels has been known for almost as long, including an early warning from Alexander Graham Bell. In December 1980, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the US Department of Energy issued a report beginning, "In adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, mankind is unintentionally conducting a great biological and geophysical experiment, [whose] probable outcome is beyond human experience." The report spelled out threats that included disappearance of the ...
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‘Way too many problems’ with state’s carbon-reduction rule, critics say 21.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The Department of Ecology, working under a court-ordered deadline, pushes to finalize a carbon-reduction rule that has critics weighing in from all sides.
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Hillary Clinton's Acceptance Speech At The DNC: What Would Roosevelt Do About The Climate Crisis? 20.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For the past two decades, America's leading environmental analysts, including Lester Brown, Joseph Romm and Thomas Friedman, have written of the need for a World War II-scale mobilization in response to the global climate and sustainability crisis. This election season, the advocacy has finally gone mainstream. Bernie Sanders called for a WWII-scale climate mobilization at the April 14 CNN Brooklyn debate, and on July 9, the Democratic Party platform committee overwhelmingly voted in favor of an amendment calling for a "WWII-type national mobilization to save civilization" from "the global climate emergency." Many of us have known for years that such a mobilization will be required to save America, and indeed, all of human civilization from catastrophe. In 2007, Secretary Clinton referenced the need for a WWII-scale mobilization to address the climate crisis in a major speech on energy and climate. After the 2012 election, Susie Tompkins Buell urged President Obama to address the challenge of climate ...
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Will Green Political Machine Foil Trump? 20.7.2016 American Prospect
Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa via AP Images Protesters at a climate justice march in Portland, Oregon, on December 12, 2015.    Voters don’t tend to rank the environment among their top five concerns, but green activists have staked out an early and potentially decisive role in the progressive movement to defeat Donald Trump. Indeed, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is widening the left-right divide on the environment into a gaping abyss. Climate politics, in particular, is emerging as a politically potent wedge issue that could drive Democratic and swing voters, some of whom have yet to enthusiastically embrace Hillary Clinton, to turn out against Trump. “He has said any number of things that by themselves would have been enough to demonstrate that he is a distinct threat to our progress on climate that we’ve made over the last 12 months, but also to baseline protections for clean air and clean water,” says Clay Schroers, national campaigns director at the League of Conservation Voters. The group has ...
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What to teach in times like these? 19.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
What to teach in times like these?
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Beyond Paris: Finding the Courage to Face the Climate Emergency 19.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Russell Greene

Last weekend in Orlando the platform committee of the Democratic Party added language into their platform acknowledging the official position of the Democratic Party to be that we are in a global climate emergency.   Further, the platform  acknowledges the scale of the threat to be so large that it will require a leadership response from our country on the scale of our national mobilization to confront the threat of fascism during WWII.

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Rediscovering the Art of Democracy 18.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
David Schwenk

Seeking to provide citizens a voice where our political parties fail, the People's Peace and Justice Convention convened over the weekend in Cleveland to create a people's platform ahead of the Republican National Convention. Activists and community organizers gathered to identify issues of economic, political, racial, international, and political justice that both Republican and Democratic leaders fail to address.

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Brexit Fallout 8.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Britain's imminent departure from the European Union (E.U.) has the potential to jeopardize the multi-national organization's transition from an environmental laggard to world leader. England has been a major factor behind the uptick in environmental activism within the E.U. The island nation's leave-taking, resulting from a national referendum dubbed "Brexit", should strengthen the clout of some Eastern European E.U. members. These countries, with their heavy reliance on coal and other fossil fuels, are not as supportive of the E.U.'s anti-pollution regulations as the group of member nations led by England. Hence, chances for the E.U.'s environmental initiatives to get bogged down in internal bickering increase when Brexit is finalized. It remains to be seen whether Germany can keep the E.U.'s environmental resolve intact, absent the considerable influence of its chief ally in ecological matters. England has not only been a leader within the E.U. in championing climate change remediation but has also ...
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Add your voice to federal climate consultation! 7.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Like me you are probably very concerned about the risks posed by climate change -- and they are ...
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NPR's Interview With President Obama About 'Obama's Years' 1.7.2016 NPR News
Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama on NPR's radio special, the "Obama Years," about how Americans have fared since 2008. He also discusses the Brexit vote and parallels in the U.S. election.
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Climate-conscious billionaire warms things up in Pa. for Clinton, McGinty, liberal agenda 1.7.2016 Philly.com News
Forget the cute polar bears and abstract warnings about the effects of a warming globe. Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer believes voters will back action against climate change when they are convinced it will better their lives directly, and in their communities.
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The future is not ours to see -- but it is ours to shape 29.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Exxon-Mobil is abusing the first amendment 25.6.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The oil giant is brazenly invoking the First Amendment to block a subpoena by state attorneys general into the company’s global warming research.
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'Break Free from Fossil Fuel' 21.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The extraction, refining and distribution of fossil fuels is an enormous industry representing the engine for global economic production and growth. Five of the top six companies in the Fortune Global 500 including BP, ExxonMobil and Shell are in the petroleum refining industry. As a July 2015 Report by the Union of Concerned Scientists points out, the fossil fuel industry's concentration is as remarkable as its size. Almost two thirds of the world's industrial carbon emissions over the past two and a half centuries is attributable to just 90 coal, oil, and natural gas companies which have produced and marketed fossil fuels and cement (which has very high carbon intensity). Almost 30 % of all industrial emissions since 1850 is traced to just 20 investor and state owned companies. Even more significantly, the Report by the Union of Concerned Scientists points out that "...more than half of all industrial carbon emissions have been released into the atmosphere since 1988, after major fossil fuel companies ...
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After Paris summit, climate change denial is alive and well 20.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the premiers have appointed several task forces to propose ways in which Canada can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This action follows last December’s Paris climate conference, where leaders of 195 nations reached an accord committing them to lowering those although they did not say by exactly how ...
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Amid Phoenix Heat Wave, DNC Committee Hears Anti-Fracking Arguments 17.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

As "rare, dangerous, and deadly" heat moves into Arizona this weekend, environmentalists are calling for the Democratic Party to take a firm stance against fossil fuel extraction in its 2016 platform—starting with a national ban on fracking.

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Fighting Climate Change From Inside The World's 'Air Conditioner' 17.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sheila Watt-Cloutier is one of the toughest, most influential Inuit activists in Canada. Her perspective on the effects of toxic chemicals and climate change on the Arctic have transformed the issues of science, politics and economics into those of human rights. OTTAWA, CANADA: Speaking at WWF-Canada’s Ocean Summit held in Ottawa last week, longtime Inuit activist and former president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council Sheila Watt-Cloutier argued that the fate of the Arctic transcends the political, economic and scientific spheres, and should be fought at the legal level, with the language of human rights. “Knowing that the Arctic is the air conditioner of our planet, and that it is breaking down at an unprecedented speed, it seems to me that it would be the business of the world to keep us alive,” said Sheila Watt-Cloutier, whose active involvement as a voice of the Inuit people led her to receive multiple honorary degrees, awards and a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2007. An Inuk from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, ...
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Experiencing the Thrill of Democracy 17.6.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen

Demanding that Congress remove big money’s stranglehold on our democracy and protect voting rights, we walked more than 100 miles from Philadelphia to Washington, DC this spring with Democracy Spring.

The experience changed us. Our energy has never been higher. So what do we do now?

Whatever the answer is, we are determined to build on our final minutes of the march. As the Capitol dome came into view, we found ourselves among hundreds, all chanting at full throat, “Whose democracy? Our democracy!” We felt a thrill of recognition:

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Urban Salvation 16.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A collection of cities around the world are filling the leadership void in combating climate change. It is a void created by the painfully slow pace of heads of state, even after the recent "successful" Paris climate change summit. The dithering of a majority of our Congress has also contributed to the vacuum. In a sense, it is only fitting that cities lead the way. They collectively have 3.9 billion people within their borders, more than half of the world's population. That has caused them to be responsible for 70 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions linked to earth's rising average temperatures. Furthermore, there should be no surprise at these cities' early activist role. Many of them are already experiencing the direct negative effects of a planet in climate flux. The effects include rising sea levels, elevated smog conditions, unprecedented flooding, protracted drought, and record-breaking heat waves. Mayors of these jurisdictions don't have the luxury of deferring corrective action to ...
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Land Grabs Soar, Worsening Land Conflicts and Climate Change 16.6.2016 Truthout.com
A woman farms with her cow in rural Bangladesh on May 13, 2007. (Photo: Jankie ) Industrial agriculture and financial sectors are hand-in-hand worsening climate change and then profiting from it, with an unprecedented number of land grabs over the last eight years, according to a report released Tuesday. The campaign group GRAIN explained that land grabs are heightening food insecurity, entrenching corporate agriculture schemes, and increasing and intensifying land conflicts. The wave of global land grabs borne out of the 2008 food and financial crises has now reached tsunami proportions, as GRAIN's research shows that the number of land grab initiatives has ballooned from 100 in 2008 to 491 in 2016, spanning 78 countries across the globe with large concentrations in Africa, and to a lesser extent in Latin America, East Asia and the Pacific. And climate change is compounding the situation. "We now have even more evidence that climate change is caused not just by burning coal and oil for transport and ...
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