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Groundbreaking meeting sets course for Indigenous climate action 11.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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The Country’s Top Scientists Have Some Questions for Tonight’s Debate 11.2.2016 Mother Jones
The presidential debates so far have tended more toward theater of the absurd than substantive policy issues, especially on the crowded Republican stage . But whatever you make of the candidates' discussion of other issues, it's clear that climate change has barely surfaced. An analysis by Media Matters of the first eight primary debates found that as of mid-January, a grand total of 9(!) questions about climate had been asked. That's about one-tenth the number of questions posed on "non-substantive" issues, which the group defines as "the political horserace, campaign gaffes, and other topics that are not related to any policy issue": Media Matters During last weekend's Republican debate, ABC's moderators didn't ask any questions about global warming. But they still found time to ask the candidates for their Super Bowl predictions. The lack of climate questions has been disappointing for many environmentalists and scientists, who were hoping for a clearer view of how the different candidates would (or ...
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Climate justice activists make 2016 the year of action 6.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Friday, February 5, 2016 The Leap Manifesto has declared this leap year to be the time to take action on its call for new economic and energy systems. Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. In a public Google hangout, climate justice activists Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, Bianca Mugyenyi (This Changes Everything), Bill McKibben (350.org) and Asad Rehman (Friends of the Earth UK) partnered to talk about the Leap Manifesto and its global call to climate and economic justice in ...
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Naomi Klein: Climate Change "Not Just About Things Getting Hotter" 4.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A salt truck drives through Times Square in New York City during the blizzard that took place on January 23, 2016. (Photo: blvdone / Shutterstock.com ) A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein. Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not. The Finger Lakes region is a beautiful part of the country. As has often been said, it runs on water, and as I grew up, there was an increasing realization that what we have is an invaluable natural resource we could be in danger of losing. Over the years, the threats have grown ...
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Talking With Naomi Klein: Climate Change "Not Just About Things Getting Hotter... It's About Things Getting Meaner" 4.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein. Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not. The Finger Lakes region is a beautiful part of the country. As has often been said, it runs on water, and as I grew up, there was an increasing realization that what we have is an invaluable natural resource we could be in danger of losing. Over the years, the threats have grown ever more complex with greater hazards revealed as pollution and development have encroached on the landscape. As a result, much of our audience was ...
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Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It’s About Things Getting Meaner” 4.2.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Michael Winship

A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein.

Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not.

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Bernie Sanders Wins On Climate Change In Mock Iowa Caucus Of Activists 2.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) emerged triumphant in a mock Iowa caucus held Friday by climate activists.  The group Climate Mobilization organized the event, where proxies representing each Democratic candidate addressed 120 climate activists gathered at Des Moines' Central Campus high school. In the end, Sanders earned 80 votes to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 15 and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's 13. Twelve voters were undecided.  Jean Ross, the co-president of National Nurses United, rallied voters for Sanders, while former Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin spoke for Clinton, and Bridget Hunter spoke for O'Malley, her brother. It may have been a symbolic victory, but Sanders leads the polls in Iowa among people most concerned about climate change. A Quinnipiac poll released Monday found Sanders ahead of Clinton 66 percent to 30 percent among Democrats who list climate change as the most important issue driving their vote. And a full 11 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers said ...
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Canada now says open to dialogue with Russia, but what does this signal? 1.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
A shift in the attitude of the Canadian government towards Russia has been announced by Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion. On Wednesday, January 27, Dion announced to the House of Commons in Ottawa that he would visit Ukraine in the coming days. Under opposition party haranguing, he restated views expressed to journalists one day earlier that it was time for a shift in relations with Russia, specifically that at minimum, his government will reopen communication with Russian counterparts. Dion told the House, "Our foreign policy will stop being ideological and irrational and will be effective for our allies and for ...
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It's Been More Than 100 Days Since The Worst Environmental Disaster Since The BP Oil Spill 1.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on TakePart. Sunday marked the 100th day of the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, an environmental disaster many experts have compared to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The consequences for climate change are dire. The ruptured well is emitting tens of thousands of pounds of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, every day. That’s equivalent to the emissions from 7 million cars, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. The impact to the Southern California Gas Company facility’s immediate neighbors in the affluent bedroom community of Porter Ranch has been catastrophic. Thousands of residents suffering from short-term symptoms associated with the leak have been relocated to hotels and rental homes, their children transferred to new schools. The property value of their homes has fallen, and some residents have seen their pets succumb to mysterious illnesses. Nobody is certain of the long-term health ...
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COP 21: A ghost story 29.1.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
COP 21: A ghost story
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Social Media and Saving the Environment: Clicktivism or Real Change? 28.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The environmental sector has embraced social media rapidly and wholeheartedly. It is using the medium to support environmental campaigns and to connect people locally and cross-nationally on major environmental issues such as climate change. It also provides ordinary people with the ability to track the quality of the air and water around them and then share this data with others. In this post I discuss five essential ways social media has been used to support the environment: 1) with the "crowd"; 2) by enabling the rise of independent activists; 3) by creating campaign pressure points; 4) with the development of sensing hardware and personal wearables; and 5) with the use of geotags and hashtags. Introduction Our environment is a shared resource, one that has increasingly been threatened by the rapid expansion of extractive activities to keep up with demands driven by consumerism and shaped by industry. Generally speaking, technology has given us the ability to change some of our behaviours and conduct ...
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How to Stop an Oil Train: The Climate Defense That Won Over a Courtroom
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In the quiet dark hours of early morning on September 2, 2014, a small group of climate activists made their way across the switching tracks of the BNSF Delta train yard in Everett, Washington. They erected a tripod over a section of track, locked themselves to it, and blocked the path of a mile-long, refinery-bound oil train for eight hours. Four of the group, Mike LaPointe, Patrick Mazza, Jackie Minchew, and Liz Spoerri, anchored the bottom of the tripod, while Abby Brockway, who has described herself as "a mother, a Presbyterian, and a lover of democracy," perched at the top, 25 feet off the ground. Later that day, wearing a green hard hat and holding homemade climate-action banners, Brockway gave a phone statement to local television news with the group's demand that Governor Jay Inslee take action on global warming by rejecting permits for all new fossil-fuel projects in Washington state. That was very big ask, but it got a crucial and underreported issue into the news. The state's rail lines, ...
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Greening the Global Economy: A Plan for Climate Change -- and for a Jobs Movement That Can Win Back Congress 27.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans who understand the challenge of climate change had to be encouraged by the Paris summit where the nations of the globe, including the U.S., pledged to work together to dramatically reduce the burning of fossil fuels -- before it is too late to avoid disaster. Activists who want the U.S. to do our part must confront a massive roadblock: the Republican majority in the House, Senate and many statehouses. These conservatives, funded by oil company political contributions, deny that global warming is even a reality or a problem -- and they actively block every legislative strategy for change. Do we need a carbon tax to make renewables more market-competitive? -- Conservatives in the Congress denounce the idea as a "job killer." Want to cut the huge tax incentives that promote carbon-based energy? -- Republicans, pocketing Koch brothers' money, just renewed those subsidies. Support Obama's plan to get states to cut power plant carbon pollution? -- Right wing groups, flush with oil/coal money, are ...
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Greening the Global Economy: A Plan for Climate Change -- and for a Jobs Movement That Can Win Back Congress 27.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans who understand the challenge of climate change had to be encouraged by the Paris summit where the nations of the globe, including the U.S., pledged to work together to dramatically reduce the burning of fossil fuels -- before it is too late to avoid disaster. Activists who want the U.S. to do our part must confront a massive roadblock: the Republican majority in the House, Senate and many statehouses. These conservatives, funded by oil company political contributions, deny that global warming is even a reality or a problem -- and they actively block every legislative strategy for change. Do we need a carbon tax to make renewables more market-competitive? -- Conservatives in the Congress denounce the idea as a "job killer." Want to cut the huge tax incentives that promote carbon-based energy? -- Republicans, pocketing Koch brothers' money, just renewed those subsidies. Support Obama's plan to get states to cut power plant carbon pollution? -- Right wing groups, flush with oil/coal money, are ...
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Josh Fox on His New Doc "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change" 26.1.2016 Democracy Now!
As 2015 goes down as the world's hottest year on record and the East Coast continues to dig out from one of its worst snowstorms in history, we look at the new documentary by Josh Fox. In "How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change," Fox travels the globe, from New York City to the Marshall Islands and China, to follow the struggles of communities fighting the impacts of climate change. In one scene, a group of Pacific Climate Warriors chant, "We are not drowning, we are fighting." Fox's new film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and airs on HBO this summer. His other films include "Gasland," the documentary which first exposed the harms of the fracking industry and was nominated for an Academy Award.
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If Exxon’s Punished for Climate Change, It’ll Be for Lying to Investors 25.1.2016 Wired Top Stories
If ExxonMobil gets in trouble for contributing to climate change, the charge won't be crimes against humanity. It'll be for lying to its own ...
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Kids Suing Government for Climate Action Attract Influential Allies and Opponents 25.1.2016 Commondreams.org Views
John Light

Twenty-one young Americans and climate scientist James Hansen are suing to compel the government to take dramatic action on climate change, and the case has attracted attention both from powerful lobbyists in Washington and environmental activists around the globe.

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Global Warming's Inconvenient Electoral Math 21.1.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Four years ago, the author and climate activist Bill McKibben published a seminal article in Rolling Stone called "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math," laying out the stark cold numerical case for a carbon tax. To avoid a catastrophic 2 degrees' Celsius increase in global temperatures, he argued that humanity could only burn through another 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide -- a small fraction of the 2,795 gigatons of carbon that were then in fossil fuel producers' proven coal, oil, and gas reserves. Since then, the equation has only gotten harder to solve. In Paris last month, countries reached consensus that warming actually shouldn't exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius -- a level at which some low-lying areas could start to disappear and at which global food and water systems would come under serious stress. Since McKibben laid out his math in 2012, we've added huge new quantities of greenhouse gasses to the air and fossil fuel companies have continued exploring for new reserves. Leading scientists announced on ...
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Will Countries Follow Through on the Climate Pledges Made in Paris? 20.1.2016 Truthout.com
Following world leaders' self-congratulations after COP21, we need to assess whether a climate agreement consisting of voluntary pledges by every country on the planet is workable, and whether its contribution to slowing climate disruption should be celebrated as progress or lamented as severely insufficient. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Benjamin J. Rhodes, the White House deputy national security adviser, during bilateral talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on the second day of the UN climate change conference, in Paris, December 1, 2015. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) It is time to move on from the aura of good feelings of accomplishment created by the Paris Climate Change Conference of last December, and begin asking some hard questions. Above all we need to assess whether an agreement that consists of voluntary pledges that gained the participation of every country on the planet is workable, and whether its contribution to slowing global ...
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This Billionaire Environmental Activist Hasn't Picked A Democrat To Back Yet 20.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer said he is not yet prepared to back Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president and he would not rule out supporting her main rival, Bernie Sanders, if he beats her in the primaries. One of the biggest Democratic donors, Steyer could help Clinton boost her standing among environmentalist activists who are a key constituency within the Democratic party. Clinton is locked in tight races with Sanders in Iowa and New Hampshire, which both have early nominating contests. "Our real goal has been not to support any one candidate, but to emphasize and highlight the issue (of climate change) so that the candidates can lay out their solutions and so the American people can have a chance to make a decision," Steyer said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. After the Democratic party picks its presidential nominee, that will change. "We have always come out and supported the climate champion," Steyer said. "The idea that for some reason we wouldn’t do that, ...
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