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How Unions Help Immigrants Resist Deportations 13.2.2018 American Prospect
Brooke Anderson/Creative Commons Members of UNITE HERE Local 2 march in San Franciso Labor historian Fred Glass, looking at the impact of immigration on California's labor movement, notes that many immigrants have arrived in the state with a long history of labor and left-wing activism. Unions have then called on that history and consciousness to aid in organizing drives among janitors, farm workers, hotel housekeepers, and others. “Because the labor movement has understood this fact and designed its efforts around it,” he argues, “California's unionization rate remains at 16 percent while the national average is 11 percent.” The state has 2.55 million union members, far more than any other. To union leaders, that's also one explanation—in addition to the state designating itself as a sanctuary—for the announcement by the Trump administration that it is targeting California for intensive workplace immigration enforcement. “It's obvious retaliation for California standing up for immigrants,” charges ...
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How Unions Help Immigrant Resist Deportations 13.2.2018 American Prospect
Brooke Anderson/Creative Commons Members of UNITE HERE Local 2 march in San Franciso Labor historian Fred Glass, looking at the impact of immigration on California's labor movement, notes that many immigrants have arrived in the state with a long history of labor and left-wing activism. Unions have then called on that history and consciousness to aid in organizing drives among janitors, farm workers, hotel housekeepers, and others. “Because the labor movement has understood this fact and designed its efforts around it,” he argues, “California's unionization rate remains at 16 percent while the national average is 11 percent.” The state has 2.55 million union members, far more than any other. To union leaders, that's also one explanation—in addition to the state designating itself as a sanctuary—for the announcement by the Trump administration that it is targeting California for intensive workplace immigration enforcement. “It's obvious retaliation for California standing up for immigrants,” charges ...
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Wildland restoration efforts intensify after recent canyon fires 10.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The two canyon fires that blazed through wildland and residential areas in and around Orange County this past fall left their mark on local land.

Weir Canyon, which is owned by OC Parks and partially maintained by Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC), is one of the areas affected by the Canyon 2 fire,...

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Corporations need nature's regenerative service 2.2.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Many people do not perceive the value of wilderness areas, even though we receive life-sustaining services from them every day.
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It's the small things that matter – when insects shaped today's natural world 30.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Insects that play an essential role in moulding ecosystems may have begun their rise to prominence earlier than previously thought, shedding new light on how the world became modern. That is the finding of a new paper published by an international team of researchers led by Simon Fraser University's Bruce Archibald who is also a research associate at the Royal BC Museum.
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Cougars Officially Declared Extinct in Eastern U.S., Removed from Endangered Species List 24.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Eastern cougars once roamed every U.S. state east of the Mississippi, but it has been eight decades since the last confirmed sighting of the animal. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has officially declared the subspecies extinct and removed it from the U.S. endangered species list.
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The Energy 202: Ryan Zinke leads public relations charge during government shutdown 22.1.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Ryan Zinke leads public relations charge during government shutdown
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Photo: Cute little beetle considers a leaf 19.1.2018 TreeHugger
Our photo of the day is a lesson in biodiversity.
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As some areas ban boiling live lobsters, some scientists wonder why 14.1.2018 Washington Post
Switzerland became the latest place to ban the practice of boiling lobsters before they are knocked out. Although the majority of researchers have said lobsters cannot process pain, a subgroup of scientists vehemently disagrees.
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Study Shows Stressed Urban Insects are More Resilient in Extreme Weather 11.1.2018 Environmental News Network
A study led by Amy Savage, a Rutgers University–Camden assistant professor of biology, will help researchers understand how to make predictions and conservation decisions about how organisms living in cities will respond to catastrophic weather events.
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Photo: Tiny purple beetle meets an ant 9.1.2018 TreeHugger
Our photo of the day comes from the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador.
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Internet users in China expect to be tracked. Now they want privacy 7.1.2018 SFGate: Business & Technology
SHANGHAI — China’s biggest online payment company offers its hundreds of millions of users a breakdown on their spending each year, showing everything from their environmental impact to their ranking among shoppers in their area. Many spenders — not shy, and occasionally even a bit boastful about their personal finances — in turn share the details on social media. This year, the marketing stunt has run into a problem: China’s growing sense of personal privacy. Ant Financial, an affiliate of the e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, apologized to users last week after prompting an outcry by automatically enrolling in its social credit program those who wanted to see the breakdown.
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Vintage and classic automobiles find a spotlight at new Newport Beach showroom 29.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Connoisseurs of vintage automobiles who also have the means to purchase them can find paradise at a recently-opened classic car showroom in Newport Beach.

Through a partnership involving Miles Morris and Malcolm Welford, both with roots in the United Kingdom’s vintage and race car industry, and...

Researchers Identify Nontraditional Sites for Future Solar Farms 20.12.2017 Environmental News Network
Equivalent of 183,000 football fields of nonagricultural land identified in study aiming to ease competition between farmers, conservationists, and energy companies.
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Pesticides Linked to Declining Bee Populations Also Threaten Birds and Small Mammals 19.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The Environmental Protection Agency's latest assessment of four neonicotinoid pesticides linked to declining populations of pollinators show that they could also harm birds and small mammals, but the agency is reluctant to ban their use until it completes its review. Environmentalists, concerned that it may prove too late for some species, want restrictions placed on the chemicals. Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that popular pesticides linked to declining bee populations also pose a threat to birds and, in some cases, small mammals and insects. The EPA  released  preliminary scientific assessments of four chemicals from the neonicotinoid or "neonic" class of insecticides on Friday as part of an ongoing review that environmentalists and farmers are watching closely. Previous EPA assessments echoed  research   showing  that neonics can ...
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Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay 14.12.2017 Washington Post: World
Mariana Sepulveda has been stabbed on the street, detained by police and expelled from her high school — all for being transgender in Paraguay, one of the most sexually conservative countries in Latin America.
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The Energy 202: The Pentagon takes climate change very seriously. This government watchdog says that's not enough. 13.12.2017 Washington Post: Politics
GAO says talk is not sufficient.
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New species discovered in Malaysian rainforest during unprecedented, top-to-bottom survey 6.12.2017 Environmental News Network
California Academy of Sciences team joins Malaysian colleagues to survey region’s rich biodiversity; data to support UNESCO nomination.
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Study Finds Variation Within Species is a Critical Aspect of Biodiversity 5.12.2017 Environmental News Network
Concerns about biodiversity tend to focus on the loss of species from ecosystems, but a new study suggests that the loss of variation within species can also have important ecological consequences.
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Ferah's World: A teen's quest to survive the Islamic State 4.12.2017 AP Top News
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- The three women tensed as their taxi approached the checkpoint manned by Islamic State group fighters. Everyone in Mosul dreaded checkpoints; you could never predict what these gunmen might do in their fanatic drive to crush the slightest hint of "sin." One of them peered at the girl in the back seat, Ferah....
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