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Nobody Knows How Dry We Are 18.2.2009 Mother Jones
[ Note for TomDispatch Readers: Back in November 2007, in a post entitled I wondered why the mainstream media wasn't connecting the dots on the subject of global drought. In modest frustration, I return to that subject—more pressing than ever—today. In fact, this piece will be but the first of three on what to make of extreme economic and environmental conditions on this planet as we melt down in various ways. Posts by and will follow in the next week or so, a combo that should be read by millions. No such luck, of course, which brings me to the fact that, as in the famous , I want you! Or rather I need you. TD readers—the 21,000 of you who get email notices whenever a new piece is posted, as well as the tens of thousands who bookmark TD or read ...
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Burning Questions 18.2.2009 Truthout.com

    It turns out that you don't want to be a former city dweller in rural parts of southernmost Australia, a stalk of wheat in China or Iraq, a soybean in Argentina, an almond or grape in northern California, a cow in Texas, or almost anything in parts of east Africa right now. Let me explain.

    As anyone who has turned on the prime-time TV news these last weeks knows, southeastern Australia has been burning up.

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Can Green Jobs Be Good Jobs? 17.2.2009 Commondreams.org Views

At the first Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference, held in Pittsburgh a year ago, advocates of green energy bemoaned their inability to get a modest renewable-energy tax credit through Congress over the opposition of the Bush administration. The idea of addressing the economic, energy and environmental crises through green jobs seemed a distant vision. So did the idea that a labor-environment coalition around green jobs could reach beyond the fringes of the two movements.

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Bob Dinneen: Ethanol Growth Unites OPEC and Environmental Fringe 17.2.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For environmental activists to side with OPEC to protect the oil status quo is downright illogical and raises questions about the motives of such groups and the credibility of their arguments.
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Headlines for February 17, 2009 17.2.2009 Democracy Now!
Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Soared in 2008, Holbrooke: India, Pakistan Face Serious Threat, Pakistan Condemns US Drone Attacks, Obama to Sign $787 Billion Stimulus Bill in Denver, Layoff Notices for 20,000 California Workers Sent Out, Kansas May Be Unable to Pay State Workers, Clinton Says Don't Blame Him for the Economic Crisis, Senior Military Officers Probed for Corruption in Iraq, Law Panel: US War on Terror Has Eroded Human Rights Worldwide, Newsweek: Report Will Blast Bush Lawyers on Torture Opinions, Israel Seizes 425 Acres in West Bank for New Settlement Homes, British Lawmakers Accuse Israel of Committing War Crimes, Trial of Khmer Rouge Leader Begins in Cambodia, UN Calls for "Global Green New Deal", Scientists: Carbon Emissions Growing ...
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Wash companies seek to expand gravel mines 17.2.2009 Seattle Times: Local
Check out the people smiling biggest over the federal economic stimulus package, and chances are you'll find Bruce Chattin among them.
When population growth and resource availability collide 15.2.2009 Gristmill
By Lester Brown As land and water become scarce, competition for these vital resources intensifies within societies, particularly between the wealthy and those who are poor and dispossessed. The shrinkage of life-supporting resources per person that comes with population growth is threatening to drop the living standards of millions of people below the survival level, leading to potentially unmanageable social tensions. Access to land is a prime source of social tension. Expanding world population has cut the grainland per person in half, from 0.23 hectares in 1950 to 0.10 hectares in 2007. One-tenth of a hectare is half of a building lot in an affluent U.S. suburb. This ongoing shrinkage of grainland per person makes it difficult for the ...
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Is America ready to quit the enemy of the human race? 15.2.2009 Gristmill
By David Roberts " " So asks a must-read story by Melanie Warner in the Sunday New York Times . And so, slowly, fitfully, that possibility -- the possibility not just of cleaning up coal or using less coal but eliminating coal -- creeps its way into the American public consciousness. The headline isn't the only thing worth celebrating. I would quibble with some details, but overall this piece comes closer than anything I've ever seen in the national media to getting the big story right. It starts off by describing what too few people understand: coal is in a perilous position. Already building new coal plants is extremely expensive; any new regulations -- on CO2, MTR mining, coal ash, you name it -- could put new plants ...
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Global Warming and Modern Capitalism 15.2.2009 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Global Warming and Modern Capitalism
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Our Towns: Recession Colors Debate Over Renewing Indian Point’s License 14.2.2009 NY Times: NY Region
The drama surrounding a nuclear power plant has become more complicated now that anything that can be depicted as a threat to the economy is a soft target.

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National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Update (02/09/2009) 14.2.2009 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Update (02/09/2009)
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Vision Los Angeles 12.2.2009 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Los Angeles is legendary for many things—including its air pollution and traffic congestion . Business leaders routinely point to these factors as hurdles to attracting and keeping good workers. Environmental and health advocates point to them as black marks on the region’s livability. Los Angeles: #1 worst place for commuting Daily commutes in Los Angeles get worse all the time. In fact, the region earned the dubious distinction of being the #1 worst place to commute—out of all urban areas nationwide—for lost time, lost productivity and wasted fuel. Wasted money, worsened health Cars, trucks, trains, planes, ships and other mobile sources create more than two–thirds of the air pollution in the Los Angeles ...
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Stimulus Policies Can Serve Economic and Environmental Goals 12.2.2009 WRI Stories
A new provides policymakers with a timely framework for maximizing economic, energy and climate-policy objectives. As they respond to the worst economic crisis the United States has faced in half a century, policymakers seek to direct government spending in ways that not only generate short-term growth and employment but also address long-term policy goals sidelined by the current crisis. Chief among these are energy and environmental objectives, as evidenced by the considerable attention paid to “green” economic recovery by policymakers and the press. The , co-authored by the World Resources Institute and the , assesses 11 “green” policy options under consideration by Congress for their economic and environmental impact against a backdrop of ...
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Everything Must Change in the Auto-Industrial Society 11.2.2009 Truthout.com

    After the banks, the automobile industry. With the plan of massive support for French carmakers announced yesterday, the government - under inescapable duress - has once again come to the rescue of a system in distress. As usual, there will be grumblers in Brussels and elsewhere to wax indignant over the growing interventionism of the state rushing to the bedside of big companies that have fallen victim to the crisis and using the same occasion to invite itself into their strategy and their management.

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The World Bank and Climate Change: Sustainability or Exploitation? 11.2.2009 Upside Down World
Following decades of scientific research and environmentalist action, governments across the globe (with the frequent exception of the United States) are finally...
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Rachel's Democracy & Health News #997 10.2.2009 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Rachel's Democracy & Health News #997
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Economic Development of the Amazon is Essential for Conservation, thinks Bertha Becker 10.2.2009 TreeHugger
Photo: Getty Images. To keep the Amazon as a pristine environment without human touch seems like a beautiful idea, but hardly a real possibility. First of all, , and second, the So if the region is in fact going to develop, is it possible that it goes through that process in a responsible way? Pres... ...
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Peter Brown and Geoff Garver: It Is Time to Order a New Economic Order 10.2.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The evidence is everywhere that continued dedication to 'economic growth,' per se, will destroy the Earth's ability to provide a healthy home for most life forms.
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Earth Equity News (2-08-09) 9.2.2009 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Earth Equity News (2-08-09)
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The Earth Belongs to Everyone 9.2.2009 Commondreams.org Views

In ‘The Earth Belongs to Everyone', Alanna Hartzok establishes equal rights to the earth and its resources as a basic human right, identifying sharing as a key ethic in constructing the ‘Next Economy'.  This compilation of essays represents the author's life journey, weaving personal narratives and new economic perspectives around the themes of Earth Rights Democracy and land rights issues.  In providing practical a

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