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Rocky Flats may soon open for recreation, but the feds skipped a study on plutonium exposure and the risk it poses to cyclists and hikers, lawsuit says 2.5.2018 Denver Post: Local
Environmental activists -- and an ex-FBI agent -- are trying to stop Rocky Flats from opening to recreational uses, arguing the federal government has not properly studied the potential risk of exposure to plutonium on the nearly 4,000 acre national wildlife refuge.
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Q&A: Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Explain How They Killed a $76 Billion Secret Nuclear Deal in South Africa 1.5.2018 WRI Stories
Q&A: Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Explain How They Killed a $76 Billion Secret Nuclear Deal in South Africa Comments|Add Comment|PrintLiz McDaid and Makoma Lekalakala. Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize South Africa made a secret deal with the Russian government in 2014: In exchange for $76 billion, Russia would build up to 10 nuclear power stations throughout the country that would produce up to 9.6 gigawatts of power. In both scope and cost, it would be the world's largest such... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Q&A: 2 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Explain How They Killed a $76 Billion Secret Nuclear Deal in South Africa 1.5.2018 WRI Stories
Q&A: 2 Goldman Environmental Prize Winners Explain How They Killed a $76 Billion Secret Nuclear Deal in South Africa Comments|Add Comment|PrintLiz McDaid and Makoma Lekalakala. Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize South Africa made a secret deal with the Russian government in 2014: In exchange for $76 billion, Russia would build up to 10 nuclear power stations throughout the country that would produce up to 9.6 gigawatts of power. In both scope and cost, it would be the world's largest such... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Standing Up for Their Communities, 2 Women Killed a $76 Billion Secret Nuclear Deal in South Africa: Q&A With Goldman Prize Winners Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid 1.5.2018 WRI Stories
Standing Up for Their Communities, 2 Women Killed a $76 Billion Secret Nuclear Deal in South Africa: Q&A With Goldman Prize Winners Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid Comments|Add Comment|PrintLiz McDaid and Makoma Lekalakala. Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize South Africa made a secret deal with the Russian government in 2014: In exchange for $76 billion, Russia would build up to 10 nuclear power stations throughout the country that would produce up to 9.6 gigawatts of power. In both scope... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Andrew Cuomo Is So Worried About Cynthia Nixon He Suddenly Remembered He Ran as an Environmentalist 26.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Since 1970, New York’s average statewide temperature has climbed 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is just starting to feel the heat. On Friday, Cynthia Nixon, the activist and actor whose progressive primary challenge to Cuomo’s bid for a third […]
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China is fueling a new 'resource curse’ - and riots around the world 25.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Pollution and other consequences of resource extraction have sparked conflict in more than 50 developing countries.
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Does Minnesota need Line 3? Pipeline plan tests state's environmental-business balance 24.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
State regulators are weighing whether to let Enbridge Energy build a new high-volume oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The company says the new line is vital to the nation's energy needs and will be strong and safe. Environmentalists say it's a disaster waiting to happen. Is there a middle ground?
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You’ll Probably Never Save as Many Lives as This Guy Who Got the Philippines to Stop Using Lead Paint 24.4.2018 Mother Jones
While the United States effectively banned lead-based paint in 1978, in many developing countries—even after decades of research showing how lead is linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ, and other health effects in children—the element is still abundantly applied in paint products, with lead concentrations sometimes up to 100 times higher than what’s permitted in […]
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SEC is blunting investor activism over climate change, K-Cups and gay rights 10.4.2018 LA Times: Business

Shareholders battling corporate management over everything from greenhouse gas emissions to discrimination to wasteful packaging are finding it more difficult to put their proposed proxy resolutions to votes as a result of new guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The SEC has...

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Court Rules EPA Unlawfully Delayed Environmental Racism Investigations for Decades 6.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Father Phil Schmitter and other advocates from a predominately Black neighborhood in Flint, Michigan filed a civil rights complaint with the EPA more than 20 years before the city became a symbol of environmental racism. The EPA finally completed its investigation into the complaint last year, and only after environmental justice groups took the agency to federal court. Darlene McClendon, 62, at her home in Flint, Michigan, on October 11, 2016. (Photo: Brittany Greeson / For The Washington Post via Getty Images) Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! A federal court ruled this week that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Civil Rights Act by delaying investigations into environmental discrimination complaints for years, even decades. For plaintiff Phil Schmitter, a priest and social justice activist from Flint, Michigan, the ruling is a bittersweet victory that was a long ...
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First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S. 1.4.2018 LA Times: Nation

Over the decades, this quiet coastal hamlet has earned a reputation as one of the most liberal places in the nation. Arcata was the first U.S. city to ban the sale of genetically modified foods, the first to elect a majority Green Party city council and one of the first to tacitly allow marijuana...

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The Kids Who Played Host -- and Became Political Activists in the Process 26.3.2018 American Prospect
Downtown Washington, D.C., was still rather empty by 8 a.m. when DC-Area Teens Action marchers arrive. The sun had barely risen, the temperature was in the thirties, and many of the members hadn’t slept much in the past few days, but the teens’ excitement was palpable as they walked down Connecticut Avenue toward the White House.   The group included teens from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland, a few of their parents, an older couple from Massachusetts, two high schoolers from Florida, and middle schoolers from Madison, Wisconsin, among others. Green hats with DCTA written in marker on the front punctuated the group, worn by DC-Area Teens Action youth organizers. Sixteen-year-old Mai Canning, dressed in a green sweater and green coat, was one of those organizers. It had been a long week for Canning, who had slept only five hours each night for the past two nights. She and the other DCTA organizers found housing for 300 people coming from out of town to march, fed them in a potluck Friday ...
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Obama Presidential Center faces pushback from Jackson Park residents 24.3.2018 Washington Post
Obama Presidential Center faces pushback from Jackson Park residents
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We Are All Fast Food Workers Now 21.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! "Many people are angered by the cruelties of the twenty-first-century economy. And their fury has fueled worldwide protest. Simultaneously, and almost everywhere, low-wage workers and small farmers began to revolt: in New York City restaurants, laundries, and warehouses, in Western Cape wineries and the garment shops of Phnom Penh, in Southern California Walmarts, and the big hotels of Providence, Oslo, Karachi, and Abuja. As capital has globalized, so has the labor movement. Marches, strikes, protests, and sit-ins from Tampa to Mali have changed the global conversation about workers' rights." So writes Annelise Orleck in her new book We Are All Fast Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages -- which, as she explains on this week's episode of Off-Kilter, tells the story behind the growing global labor movement ...
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New Orleans Approves Natural Gas Power Plant Despite Environmental Racism and Climate Concerns 19.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Opponents of Entergy's proposed natural gas power plant pack the March 8 New Orleans City Council meeting. (All Photos: © Julie Dermansky) Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. Despite hearing over four hours of public comments mostly in opposition, New Orleans City Council recently approved construction of a $210 million natural gas power plant in a predominantly minority neighborhood. Entergy is proposing to build this massive investment in fossil fuel infrastructure in a city already plagued by the effects of climate change.  Choosing a gas plant over renewable energy options flies in the face of the city's own climate change plan and the mayor's support for the Paris Climate Accord, said several of the plant's opponents at the heated meeting when City Council ultimately voted to approve the plant. "It is not enough to plan for how we will adapt to climate change. We must end our contribution to it," wrote Mayor Mitch Landrieu in the ...
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The Koch Brothers Tried to Spread Fake News in Black Churches. It Did Not Go Well. 16.3.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Rev. Paul Wilson fastens enough buttons on his jacket to stay warm on a chilly fall afternoon but still keep his clergy collar visible. He’s whipping up a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Richmond, Virginia, where they’re waiting to make a short […]
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As US Military Flies Overhead, Okinawa Residents Live Under a Cloud of Fear 9.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
A spate of US military aircraft accidents, incidents and emergency landings have many in Okinawa fearing for their safety. The Japanese southern islands comprise less than 1 percent of Japan's territory by host roughly 70 percent of US military bases. (Photo: Jon Letman) Residents of Okinawa live in constant fear of US military aircraft crashing in their midst or dropping loose parts, as one helicopter recently did at a nursery school. The US presence also exposes residents -- who are calling for an end to the occupation of their land -- to automobile accidents, pollution, noise, crime, sexual violence and environmental degradation. A spate of US military aircraft accidents, incidents and emergency landings have many in Okinawa fearing for their safety. The Japanese southern islands comprise less than 1 percent of Japan's territory by host roughly 70 percent of US military bases. (Photo: Jon Letman) The following article could only be published thanks to support from our readers. To fund more stories ...
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The Global Uprising for a More Equitable and Humane Labor Force 22.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Despite the mass corporate media obsession with Donald Trump's reactionary, vulgar and insulting statements, grassroots activity is becoming more energized in the United States and around the globe. In We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now, Annelise Orleck records the movements for a more equitble and humane labor force, speaking with activists and giving grounds for hope. In a world of neoliberal dominance, advocating for fair and deserved worker justice is a challenging task. In this excerpt, Orleck makes the case that workers are rising up around the world to achieve this goal. A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest for higher wages and a union on April 15, 2015, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Mark Dixon ) Despite the mass corporate media obsession with Donald Trump's reactionary, vulgar and insulting statements, grassroots activity is becoming more energized in the United States and around the globe. History Professor Annelise Orleck records the movements for a more equitble and humane labor ...
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Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas? 20.2.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Law enforcement officers block off the entrance to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida There’s nothing on the Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School website about the woman whose name adorns the school, so its students may not realize that in rising from last week’s tragedy to speak truth to power, they are following in Douglas’s activist footsteps. Douglas would certainly see a bit of herself in Emma Gonzalez, the poised and eloquent young woman whose speech electrified her classmates, teachers, parents, and the whole country at a Fort Lauderdale rally on Saturday, only days after a gunman entered her school and killed 17 people. “If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it,” said the 18-year-old senior, “I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle ...
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Activists sue Washington state for tougher climate policy 17.2.2018 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Environmental activists are suing Washington state, the latest state-level effort to boost use of renewable energy....
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