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The Daily 202: This election will be about the past, not the future 24.5.2016 Washington Post
The Daily 202: This election will be about the past, not the future
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After 'Robbing Humanity' of Better Future, Shareholders Targeted for Big Oil's Charade 21.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

When they gather in Texas and California, respectively, for their annual shareholder meetings next week, ExxonMobil and Chevron will face increasing pressure from shareholders, environmentalists, and impacted communities to act on climate change.

The meetings, both taking place next Wednesday, come amid a concerted effort to hold Exxon and other fossil fuel corporations accountable for deceiving the general public and their shareholders about climate science.

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Abandoning Doubt & Denial, School District Officially Embraces Climate Literacy 20.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Bill Bigelow, Common Dreams contributor

In what may be a first in the nation, this week the Portland, Oregon school board passed a sweeping “climate justice” resolution that commits the school district to “abandon the use of any adopted text material that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its roots in human activity.” The resolution further commits the school district to develop a plan to “address climate change and climate justice in all Portland Public Schools.”

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BP-Sponsored 'Sunken Cities' Show Provokes Museum-Climbing Climate Protest 19.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

London's British Museum was shut down on Thursday after Greenpeace activists scaled its columns to call on the museum to drop BP's sponsorship for a "blockbuster" exhibit—about flooded cities.

"Sunken cities aren't a thing of the past, they are happening now. And if BP gets its way, they could come to define our future."
—Greenpeace

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Corporate media isn't reporting on climate change. And it's killing us 19.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Divide over fiscal policies, currencies at G-7 meeting 19.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Sendai, Japan • Japan faces a challenge in bridging a widening divide over how to revitalize sluggish growth in leading economies at a summit of top financial officials that began Thursday with the group bashing in the lids of sake barrels. The finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Seven industrial nations were engaging in a local tradition for kicking off festivities, but it was in keeping with what could be a fractious event. Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said the t...
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80 NGOs Ask Japan to End Fossil Fuel Financing by 2017 19.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

In a letter released today in Tokyo, 80 civil society organizations urged Japan to announce a commitment at the G7 summit to end all fossil fuel financing by 2017.

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Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance 19.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

“Welcome to Fort McMurray. We have the energy,” reads the signs as one enters this northern deep-woods outpost at the center of the Alberta tar sands petroleum-extraction zone. The forests surrounding Fort McMurray are on fire, closing in on the vast tar sands operations. More than 90,000 people have been evacuated, most from Fort McMurray, but thousands more from the oil sands work camps, where what is considered the dirtiest oil on the planet is extracted from tarry sand dug from earth-scarring open-pit mines.

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Marco Rubio Let It All Out in This Epic Tweetstorm 17.5.2016 Wired Top Stories
Marco Rubio Let It All Out in This Epic Tweetstorm
Can you blame him? The post Marco Rubio Let It All Out in This Epic Tweetstorm appeared first on WIRED.
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Groups Protest Oregon Timber Plan Riddled With Loopholes 16.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Western Environmental Law Center Today, Earthjustice and the Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of 22 conservation and fishing groups, filed a formal protest with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) objecting to its proposed management plans for western Oregon. The BLM plan eliminates protections for streamside forests, increases clearcutting, and removes 2.6 million acres of these federally managed public forests from the 1994 Northwest Forest ...
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Tens of Thousands Worldwide Take Part in Largest Global Civil Disobedience in the History of the Climate Movement 16.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Twelve days of unprecedented world-wide action against fossil fuels have just concluded, showing that the climate movement will not rest until all coal, oil and gas is kept in the ground. The combined global efforts of activists on six continents now pose a serious threat to the future of the fossil fuel industry, already weakened by financial and political uncertainty.

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For Inspiring 'A New Agenda,' Naomi Klein Wins 2016 Sydney Peace Prize 15.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Citing her work "exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis," the Sydney Peace Foundation has awarded its 2016 Peace Prize to author and activist Naomi Klein. 

That work, said the jury, inspires people "to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality," and serves as a reminder "of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice."

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At Break Free Protests Around the World, Climate Activists Put Bodies on the Line 14.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Update, 9:30pm EST:

Fossil fuel projects were blockaded simultaneously on three continents on Saturday—the "crest" of a wave of global actions responding to the growing threat of climate change. 

Through rallies, civil disobedience, and kayaktivism, people around the world stood up to oil and gas interests to say: enough. Additional actions are planned for Sunday. 

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Climate Actions Underway Worldwide for Final Days of Break Free 2016 14.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Climate activists are gearing up for the final weekend of a 12-day series of actions against the fossil fuel industry—48 hours that will be taken up by rallies, protests, and civil disobedience actions around the world, organized under the banner "Break Free."

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Civil Disobedience is the Only Way Left to Fight Climate Change 14.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Kara Moses

ight now, thousands of people are taking direct action as part of a global wave of protests against the biggest fossil fuel infrastructure projects across the world. We kicked off earlier this month by shutting down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales.

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Hundreds swarm BLM auction in Lakewood to protest oil, gas drilling 13.5.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Hundreds of Leave It In The Ground demonstrators demanding a tougher response to climate change swarmed a federal public lands auction Thursday and set up a blockade to try to stop new oil and gas ...
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The planet won't wait for a cautious transition to renewable energy 12.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Something that I hear more and more these days is that the transition to renewable energy must be managed. It must be careful and planned and not rock the boat. As the story goes, we cannot disrupt the economy too much in our enthusiasm to go green. Switching from first to fifth gear, they say, would threaten jobs, cause electricity prices to skyrocket, and generate too much upheaval in our still-fossil-fuel-dependent ...
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Climate Disobedience and the New "Public Trust" Laws of Nature 12.5.2016 Truthout.com
Under the public trust doctrine, the government has an affirmative duty to protect natural resources that are shared by everybody. As the climate crisis advances, many advocates are suggesting it's time to use the legal doctrine to compel governments to address climate change. Young people involved with the Break Free movement stopped a open cast coal mine from operating for the day during at demonstration at the Ffos-y-fran coal mine in Wales on May 3, 2016. (Photo: Break Free ) If you think there's something odd about the US committing itself to at least a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2025 even while federally owned lands produce a quarter of the nation's fossil fuel energy, you just might be a believer in an old legal concept: the public trust doctrine. This ancient idea, applied since Roman days, is pretty straightforward: The government has an affirmative duty to protect natural resources that are shared by everybody. In the past, the doctrine has been used to prevent the selling off ...
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In the fight between Rachel Notley and the federal NDP, no one wins. 11.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Some old axioms offer insights. Take "Where you sit determines where you stand." It tells you everything you need to know about the federal NDP and its relationship with its cousins in the only NDP government in the country. And vice ...
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Naomi Klein: Radical Solutions Only Proper Response to 'Unyielding Science-Based Deadline' 11.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Common Dreams staff

In a public lecture delivered last week and published online Tuesday, award-winning Canadian author and social justice activist Naomi Klein argues the dire situation of climate change, coupled with failing political and economic systems, is creating a world where nobody will be left unaffected.

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