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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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Headlines for June 20, 2014 20.6.2014 Democracy Now!
Obama Deploys 300 Military Advisers to Iraq, Leaves Open Potential U.S. Strikes, New York City to Pay $40 Million to Wrongly Jailed Central Park Five, Tens of Thousands Displaced, Dozens Killed in Pakistani Offensive, Ukraine Claims Killing of 300 Separatists Near Russian Border, Israel Kills Palestinian Teen in Continued West Bank Crackdown, U.S. Cuts Aid, Military Cooperation over Ugandan Anti-LGBT Law, Obama Admin Extends Federal Benefits to Same-Sex Couples, House GOP Elect New Majority Leader, Whip, Prosecutors: Wisconsin Gov. Walker Engaged in "Criminal" Fundraising Scheme, WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Marks 2 Years Confined in Ecuadorean Embassy, 50th Anniversary of Mississippi Slaying of Civil Rights Workers
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Obama's Lost Opportunity, and Ours 14.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama's decision to use his executive authority to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired plants is welcome, if long overdue. Yet, it is still sadly unequal to the challenge of limiting average global temperature increase to 2ᵒ Celsius over pre-industrial levels. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said for this to happen, carbon emissions by 2020 will have to be cut 25% to 40% from 1990 levels. If Obama were going to make this issue his signature legacy, as most news commentators suggested, his signature turned out to be far from a John Hancock. President Obama's first mistake was to announce this important policy initiative in one of the weekly addresses that have become rather routine. In doing so, the President missed an opportunity to move the climate change agenda to the forefront of American politics. Obama should have used his authority as President to call a special session of Congress during prime time to announce his decision. Calling a special session, as ...
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Interview With Kumi Naidoo: "Our Main Problem Is Civil Obedience" 14.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"There is no challenge greater in the history of humanity than the struggle to avert catastrophic climate change," warned Kumi Naidoo, the charismatic head of Greenpeace whilst speaking at London's SOAS University on Tuesday. Wearing one his trademark African shirts, Naidoo eschews not only conventional western dress codes, but also traditional power structures. Having grown up under the brutal hand of apartheid rule in South Africa, he is no stranger to standing up to oppressive regimes. At the age of 22, whilst Naidoo was living underground to escape arrest, his best friend Lenny asked him what he thought was the most honorable thing one could do to bring about justice. "To give up your life," replied Naidoo. "No, that's the wrong answer", countered Lenny. Having witnessed far too much bloodshed during his young life, he said "It's not about giving your life, but giving the rest of your life." Those were the last words exhanged between the two friends. Lenny was murdered by a South African special ...
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Civil Society Organizations warn Governments on climate change: Stand with us, or step aside 7.6.2014 Oxfam International RSS main feed
Oxfam joined civil society organizations from around the world to demand the member governments of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) take decisive action urgently on climate change. Organizations from every continent – including trade unions, social movements, environmental groups, gender and youth groups, indigenous groups and NGOs – are demanding action by the more than 198 member governments of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A Declaration was handed over to the Minister for the Environment for Peru Manual Pulgar-Vidal; Laurence Tubiana, recently nominated special envoy for the French Foreign Affairs Minister, and Venezuela Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Claudia Salerno Caldera, listing demands. International civil society organizations demonstrated their rising dissatisfaction with the direction of the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw last November, staging an unprecedented mass walkout . The demonstration in Bonn is intended to show the growing public ...
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