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Russian opposition figure Navalny gets a relatively light, 15-day sentence after protests 28.3.2017 L.A. Times - World News

Russian anti-corruption crusader and opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 15 days in jail Monday, one day after rallies he organized attracted tens of thousands of people and resulted in hundreds being detained by authorities.

The Tverskoy district court also fined Navalny $350 for...

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Sanctuary city leaders vow to remain firm, despite threats from U.S. attorney general 28.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Leaders from so-called sanctuary cities across Southern California struck a defiant tone Monday, stating that they would continue to protect people who are in the country illegally despite threats by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions to cut off and even claw back grant funding from the Justice Department.

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One day after pro-Beijing chief executive is elected, Hong Kong arrests 9 protest leaders 28.3.2017 L.A. Times - World News

Nine leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement turned themselves in to police on Monday, one day after the territory selected a conservative, pro-Beijing politician as its next leader.

The arrests of the nine, who led months of protests in 2014, sent shock waves through the city, which...

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Trump Won't Save Us From Climate Change. Maybe Surfers Will. 22.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For surfers, countering President Donald Trump ’s plan to slash federal funding for climate change research is personal.  Surfers, no strangers to environmental activism, are creating task forces to save the ocean, their multimillion-dollar industry and the scientific research that shows both face incredible threats if global temperatures continue to rise.  “Surfers are kind of like a giant tribe, a giant wolf-like tribe of people,” said Terry Hardy, a longtime surfer and one of the owners of the World Surf League (WSL), the governing body for professional surfers. “We feel like we have an army we can activate that can create real change.” The athletes Hardy represents have a lot at stake. If the sea level continues to rise, as scientists warn, there will be a serious consequence for the sport: smaller and fewer waves.  Consistently higher tides will change the way waves break on reefs and beaches, explained Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, coastal preservation manager of Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit ...
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College's Break With Climate Change Deniers Riles Debate Over Divestment Strategies 17.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Barnard College’s Board of Trustees announced earlier this month that it had made a “unique” climate decision. After months of deliberation and mounting pressure from students, faculty and activists, Barnard, like hundreds of other institutions and colleges, had decided to divest from fossil fuels.  But there was a twist. Unlike some institutions that have opted for full divestment from the industry — in other words, getting rid of all stocks, bonds and investment funds linked to fossil fuels — the New York college had chosen a different tactic: It would instead specifically divest from companies that “deny climate science or otherwise seek to thwart efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change.” Barnard, which has about $18 million of investments in the fossil fuel industry, says it is the first U.S. college to take this “ unique and innovative approach ,” adding that the strategy was not a “compromise between the polar positions of no divestment and full divestment.” Rather, “we believe that it is ...
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Leaping Beyond the Prison Walls 16.3.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Rachel Boccio

In the first week of February, thirteen students—all incarcerated adolescents serving time in an adult correctional facility—gather to think through a provocative question posed to them by Naomi Klein, one of the authors of the Leap Manifesto: “Is there anything in this broad vision of a justice-based transition off of fossil fuels that you would see as a solution to keeping more people out of jail?”

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At Exxon, Rex Tillerson reportedly used alias for emails about climate change 14.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The New York attorney general says that while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was chief executive of Exxon Mobil he used an alias in emails to talk about climate change.

The attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, made the accusation in a letter to a New York court Monday. He is investigating whether...

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It looks like this year will be big for investor activism 14.3.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
There have already been more shareholder resolutions related to environmental and social issues filed this year than in 2016, according to an annual review of proxy statements.
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Only Mass Mobilization Can Save the EPA 7.3.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Jamie Henn

It’s not yet halfway through Trump’s first 100 days in office and his administration has already shown they’ll go to any length to dismantle the laws and regulations that protect our air, water and climate.

Trump’s team has already started to dismantle some of the nation’s most important environmental laws, from the 'Waters of the United States' rule that keeps our rivers and streams free from pollutants, to regulations intended to prevent dangerous methane emissions from fracking, an already dangerous and controversial practice.

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Ex-VP Al Gore drives resurgent climate activism in Denver as Trump environmental assault ignites opposition 3.3.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
A pushback against President Donald Trump’s attacks on rules to protect the environment gained momentum in Denver Thursday as former vice president and climate-change sentinel Al Gore launched a three-day mobilization of activists.
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Kenneth Arrow, Nobel Prize winner whose theories changed modern economics, dies at 95 23.2.2017 LA Times: Business

Kenneth Arrow, the Nobel Prize-winning Stanford economist whose groundbreaking work redefined the world’s understanding of the free marketplace, has died at his home in Palo Alto.

Stanford University, where Arrow spent much of his career, reported that the economist died Tuesday at the age of 95.

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Loud and angry, protesters turn congressional town halls into must-see political TV 23.2.2017 LA Times: Nation

They came by the hundreds, in big cities and rural hamlets, to heckle, plead, badger and, in some instances, to protest the protests themselves.

Congress is in recess this week and a citizenry suddenly spurred to action used the opportunity to let their returning lawmakers know just how they feel...

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How The 'Guerrilla Archivists' Saved History – And Are Doing It Again Under Trump 22.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Morgan Currie , University of California, Los Angeles and Britt S. Paris , University of California, Los Angeles On Inauguration Day, a group of students, researchers and librarians gathered in a nondescript building on the north side of the University of California, Los Angeles campus, against a backdrop of pelting rain. The group had organized in protest against the new U.S. administration. But, instead of marching and chanting, participants were there to learn how to “harvest,” “seed,” “scrape” and ultimately archive websites and data sets related to climate change. The need for such work quickly became palpable. Within hours of Trump’s inauguration ceremony, official statements on anthropogenic, or man-made, climate change vanished from governmental websites, including whitehouse.gov and that of the Environmental Protection Agency . The UCLA event was one of several “data rescue” missions that have cropped up around the U.S., supervised by the Environmental Data Governance Initiative , an ...
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PHOTOS: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Protest 21.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Hundreds gathered and marched to rally support for the upcoming court hearing on fracking and climate change during a protest at the Colorado Capitol Building on Feb. 20, 2017 in Denver.
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Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to science 20.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Boston • Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston on Sunday to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S. The scientists, some dressed in white lab coats, called on President Donald Trump’s administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues. Geoffrey Supran, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to science 20.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The scientists, some dressed in white lab coats, called on President Donald Trump's administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues.
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Scientists hold rally in Boston protest threats to science 20.2.2017 Seattle Times: Local

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters are rallying in Boston to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S. The scientists say they want President Donald Trump’s administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues. The protesters gathered […]
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EPA Veterans Mobilize To Defend Agency's Work, Bracing For Trump's Impact 16.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on InsideClimate News. Retired and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are banding together in rare activism to defend colleagues still working for the agency, as fears of deep layoffs, regulatory rollbacks and science suppression spread through the federal ranks. Though organizing is still in its early stages, they’re holding protest rallies, looking to nurture agency whistleblowers and pushing senators to vote against President Donald Trump ’s EPA administrator nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt . Having vehement opponents of regulation and deniers of mainstream climate change science as president and administrator of the EPA propelled them into a type of activism most had never embraced, former EPA employees said. “I’ve never experienced this kind of outcry in the past,” John J. O’Grady, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Council 238 in Chicago, said of the retirees’ involvement. The EPA has about 4,800 staff in ...
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"Valve Turner" Case a Mistrial, but Also a Warning for Direct Action Activists 6.2.2017 Truthout.com
Ken Ward was bound for court to face two felony charges and the prospect of a 20-year prison sentence, but he sounded calm and determined. He hadn't always been so composed. "I was actually depressed for a couple weeks, at least," he said of when his charges were first handed down. Then he began to prepare. "I went on a six-day silent retreat to practice meditation. I've been running and lifting weights. I've changed my diet. I've reduced my reliance on medications and caffeine, all of which is in preparation to be jailed." Ward was charged with burglary and sabotage for temporarily shutting off a Kinder Morgan oil pipeline near Burlington, Washington, and he wasn't contesting the charges. "There is no question about what I did," he said in a public statement after his arraignment. "The only question is whether what I did was an appropriate and practical response to what President Obama recently described as terrifying climate change conditions." On Oct. 11, Ward and fellow activists in Minnesota, ...
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Just in Time for Trump, Jury Says Defense of Planet Is No Crime 3.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Offering some hope that "reality" will prevail in a political climate seemingly bent on climate destruction, a Washington state jury on Wednesday failed to convict activist Ken Ward on two felony counts stemming from an act of civil disobedience against the fossil fuel industry.

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