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Three Earth Day lessons for Green New Deal activists 22.4.2019 LA Times: Commentary

In April 1970, about 20 million Americans turned out for the first Earth Day, attending speeches, demonstrations and other community-based events in what the New York Times called “among the most participatory political actions in the nation’s history.”

Nearly 50 years on, the movement spawned...

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Canada is warming faster than we thought. What can we do about it? 4.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Bronwen Tucker While global temperatures have increased 0.8 C since 1948, Canada has seen an increase of 1.7 C -- more than double the global average. And in the Arctic, the warming is happening at a much faster rate of 2.3 C, the Changing Climate report says. A  new report  leaked one day early from Environment and Climate Change Canada shows that Canada is experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, with Northern Canada heating up at almost three times the global average. The changing climate report was prepared in a similar way to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, as a synthesis of hundreds of peer-reviewed studies. It included details on a familiar catalogue of the impacts we can expect, not limited to increases in precipitation (particularly in winter), "extreme fire weather" and water supply shortages in summer, threatened freshwater systems, marine ecosystem collapse and a heightened risk of coastal flooding. As the  Toronto Star  noted, the report ...
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New House Climate Change Bill: New Green Deal Lite? 27.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The ambitious climate change proposal—named after President Franklin Roosevelt’s series of job and economic initiatives during the Great Depression known as the New Deal—calls for an overhaul of American energy consumption.
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How the Green New Deal Went From a Grassroots Organizer’s Dream to a Major Talking Point for the Dems 15.3.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published in Grist. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In the wake of Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, a progressive group called the Justice Democrats jumped into action. If the liberal establishment had failed to keep Trump from power, clearly it was time for some fresh political blood. The group embarked […]
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Ivanka Jokes That Being Trump's Daughter Is Difficult 4.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"The press seems to think that it's ironic that I, born of great privilege, think that people want to work for what they are given. As if being Donald Trump's daughter isn't the hardest job in the world," Ivanka Trump said.
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PACE lender approved ‘potentially fraudulent loans,’ ex-employee alleges 1.3.2019 LA Times: Business

A former employee of lender Energy Efficient Equity alleges in a lawsuit that the company fired him after he raised concerns it was approving “potentially fraudulent loans.”

Energy Efficient Equity, which was included in a recent Los Angeles Times article that examined the misuse of Property Assessed...

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Want a Green New Deal? Organize labour! 28.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Ted Franklin There are a number of ecosocialist responses to the Green New Deal, converging for the most part around the recognition that though it is not the Green New Deal most of us would prefer, it is the opportunity to move the paralysis of the climate change movement very far in the right -- left -- direction that our times so desperately need. This is a series of essays in six voices , from longtime activists who participate in the North American ecosocialist network System Change Not Climate Change . Each was challenged to make their point in 500 words or less. It was intended as a constructive contribution to the wonderful storm of discussion that the Green New Deal has opened up. Read the full series here . Labour's skepticism is the elephant in the room confronting organizers fighting for a Green New Deal ambitious enough to avoid catastrophic climate change. The Washington Post reports that the entire coal industry employs about the same number as the ski industry, yet some labour leaders ...
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As Minnesota moves toward green energy, young family does, too 21.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Working for the oil industry paid better, but this mom and dad were looking for more compensation than just money.
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Trump Said Immigrants Kept Courses 'Green': Advocate 19.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"Mr. Trump boasted about his beautiful green golf course when we were talking about the importance of undocumented people in the labor market," immigration advocate Gaby Pacheco told Newsweek.
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The Green New Deal would boost the restoration economy. What does that mean? 19.2.2019 GreenBiz.com
Few are paying attention to a thriving $25 billion economy that's already supporting more than 200,000 jobs outside of renewable energy. These 11 points clear up misconceptions and myths.
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A loan program was set up to boost energy efficiency. Instead, it's being used to build 'granny flats' 17.2.2019 LA Times: Commentary

As stories piled up of homeowners being smooth-talked into taking home improvement loans they couldn’t afford, defenders of the PACE program cited its safety features.

The loans could be used only for environmentally friendly and safety projects, they noted. And money couldn’t be issued until projects...

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Poll: Likely 2020 Voters Support Parts of Green New Deal, Despite Concerns Over the Cost 16.2.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A majority of likely 2020 voters support key aspects of a Green New Deal even when faced with potential costs and downsides, but strict regulations to decarbonize the nation’s top polluters could trigger a backlash, according to a new poll from proponents […]
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Youth climate conference builds momentum around Canadian Green New Deal 14.2.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Sophia Reuss Several hundred youth are gathering in Ottawa to kick off a recurring youth climate conference called PowerShift. This year's event, called " PowerShift: Young and Rising ," is a four-day convergence starting February 14 that draws young people from across the country for workshops and keynote lectures by prominent activists like Kanahus Manuel, Harsha Walia, Derek Nepinak, and Romeo Saganash. Organizers say the aim of the conference is to galvanize youth around the climate change and Indigenous rights movements. This year's PowerShift comes amid the youth movement that led to the recent launch of the Green New Deal in the U.S. and an upcoming federal election. "This is a moment to bring youth together and organize them in the leadup to the federal election, to demand much bolder climate action from the federal government and the kind of bold Green New Deal that we're seeing coming out of the U.S.," said Emma Jackson, an organizer with Climate Justice Edmonton and 350 Canada, in an interview ...
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Why the Green New Deal Needs to Include Fair Prices for Farmers 13.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The GND twin resolutions, introduced February 7, 2019, call for all Americans to have access to healthy food, clean water and clean air. The GND also proposes to provide “economic security,” jobs and good wages to all who want to participate in the new green economy.

For consumers, healthy food (and clean water and clean air, for that matter) mean transitioning away from an industrial agriculture model that poisons our food and pollutes our environment.

For farmers, any promise of “economic security” must include the return to an economic agriculture model based on providing farmers a fair price for the products they produce—or as the agriculture industry calls it, “parity pricing.” Only then, will the GND fulfill its promise to clean up our food system, clean up our environment and provide a “fair and just transition for all communities and workers.”

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This Is the Green New Deal’s Biggest Problem 11.2.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Slate. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. There might be no better monument to the limits of American environmentalism in the climate change era than a parking garage in Berkeley, California. It’s got “rooftop solar, electric-vehicle charging stations and dedicated spots for car-share vehicles, rainwater capture and water treatment […]
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Organic Green New Deal? Comprehensive climate change policy must address the American food system 8.2.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The proposed bill must put just rural economic and environmental development back on the table.
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The Green New Deal Is Here. And It's Great for Food & Farming! 7.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
The Green New Deal (GND) has arrived!  Now that we’ve passed the dangerous tipping point of 350 parts per million (ppm) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (we’re at 410 ppm), we have to figure out a way to draw down that CO2—or we will continue to suffer the cascading impacts of global warming even after we’ve eliminated greenhouse gas emissions. The safest and most effective way we have of doing this is to increase the carbon content of our soils in farmland, pasture land, forests, wetlands and coastal marine ecosystems. This can be done on working lands through regenerative organic agriculture techniques that increase fertility and control pests by replacing chemicals with management practices. These include holistic planned grazing, composting, no-till, cover cropping, diverse crop mixes and rotations, and the incorporation of crops that return nutrients and organic matter to the soil. This is the piece of the puzzle that most climate activists and legislators are unaware of. That’s why it’s so ...
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5 things to look for in the Green New Deal 6.2.2019 GreenBiz.com
From job losses to carbon taxes to just what clean energy means, anyway, here's what to watch in the new policy proposal.
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The Green New Deal Is Already Happening in One Portland Neighborhood 4.2.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by High Country News. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It’s a cloudy gray day in Cully, a neighborhood in northeastern Portland, and the air is thick with the smell of burnt tires. The culprit? An asphalt manufacturing plant, where black rubble is piled into one long heaping mound, waiting to […]
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5 Things to Look for in the Green New Deal 4.2.2019 WRI Stories
5 Things to Look for in the Green New Deal Comments|Add Comment|PrintWind farm in Power County, Idaho. Photo by U.S. Department of Energy/Flickr The Green New Deal means different things to different people. In some ways, that’s part of its appeal. On the other hand, a Green New Deal can’t mean anything anyone wants it to, or it will come to mean nothing at all. More concept than concrete plan so far, the Green New Deal would fight climate change while simultaneously creating good jobs and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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