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Green banner raised, Dawkins presses unconventional Attorney General campaign 2.9.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Andy Dawkins may be the Green Party's best chance in years to regain major-party status -- but don't expect him to follow the usual script.
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California Legislature Sends a Bumper Crop of Environmental Legislation to Governor Brown for Signature 30.8.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (August 30, 2014) – Californians can breathe easier today knowing that the state legislature passed groundbreaking policies to protect public health and clean up our environment. As the 2013-14 California Legislative session drew to a close early this morning, environmental and health groups celebrated big wins for clean air, clean transportation, coastal protection, chemical disclosure, healthy communities and clean ...
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Minneapolis City Council approves Southwest LRT 29.8.2014 MinnPost
The Minneapolis City Council Friday became the last city on the route of the Southwest Light Rail Transit project to give its formal consent to the alignment.  After some confusion as to which council members were supporting which aspect of the complex set of memoranda, resolutions and staff directions, the final vote on municipal consent was 10-3. Voting no were council members Barbara Johnson, Cam Gordon and Lisa Goodman. Even those voting yes, though, offered explanations as to why a no vote could have been the result as well. Council members repeated concerns about the route; the threats to the environment in the Chain of Lakes area; the doubts as to whether what has been dubbed the “Equity Train” will actually serve people of color in North Minneapolis; and whether the council should be acting before a revised environmental impact statement is released. But the 10 yes voters, at least those who spoke, said moving ahead with the latest expansion of light rail transit is an important regional project. ...
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It’s Time for a Post-Piketty Vision of Shared Wealth 28.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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World Bank's Environmental Injustice in South Africa 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post was co-authored by Dominique Doyle, Energy Policy Officer at Earthlife Africa Jhb. Two weeks ago on the side-lines of the U.S-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., World Bank President Kim used the metaphor of an " almost energy apartheid " to validate the move to fund more coal-fired energy infrastructure in Africa. The metaphor was mistaken; both figuratively and literally. There are few better examples than in South Africa, the home of apartheid, to show how large scale World Bank investments in dirty energy actually work towards entrenching lines of poverty and class; rather than relieving them. On April 8, 2010, the World Bank approved a loan of $ 3.75 billion to South Africa for constructing the Medupi mega coal-fired power station . The power station will be the fourth largest in the world. According to the Bank, the development objective of Medupi was "to enable Eskom South Africa to enhance its power supply and energy security in an efficient and sustainable manner so as to ...
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A Chinese Man, A $50 Billion Plan, And A Canal To Reshape Nicaragua 15.8.2014 NPR News
Ground-breaking for 173-mile is set for December, but critics warn that the waterway will cause irreparable environmental and social damage, and the government has withheld outside firms' assessments.
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New investigation finds ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy leads to IFC blunders in Honduras human rights scandal 13.8.2014 Press releases

New investigation finds ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy leads to IFC blunders in Honduras human rights scandal

An internal investigation released last night finds that World Bank Group staff kept quiet about a plantation company’s role in a violent land conflict in Honduras, when proposing loans to one of Central America’s top ten banks which funded it.

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Mount Polley: Mining Is Disaster 13.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Chester's new trash complex stirs debate 12.8.2014 Philly.com News
Along a riverfront that was once one of the nation's most important industrial centers, Chester has become an important center for something else - waste treatment plants.
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Why business needs to view farm animal rights as a green issue 11.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The president of the Humane Society of the United States talks about how his organization is pushing corporations to change their practices.

Why business needs to view farm animal rights as a green issue
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Peabody's Improbable History 10.8.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: Amidst hundreds of supporters of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan at the Environmental Protection Agency’s hearings last month, a few highly-paid company men and their friends in Congress ventured to sing the praises of the nation’s dirtiest fuel...
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From 'Front-Lines of Climate Crisis,' Gathering Calls for New Economy 7.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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From' Front-Lines of Climate Crisis,' Gathering Calls for New Economy 7.8.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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The Hidden Shallows of Global Poverty "Eradication" Efforts 6.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Are There Two Different Versions of Environmentalism, One "White," One "Black"? 31.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story was originally published on Grist . Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death, The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies, We, the people, must redeem The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers The mountains and the endless plain – All, all the stretch of these great green states – And make America again! – Langston Hughes, 1938 I really didn’t want to have to address this. While reading through University of Michigan professor Dorceta Taylor’s latest report , "The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations," and thinking about what I would write about it, I had hoped to focus on the solutions. Those solutions—confronting unconscious and subconscious bias and other subtle forms of discrimination—are the parts I had hoped environmentalists would be eager to unpack. I thought they’d read about the " green ceiling ," where mainstream green NGOs have failed to create a workforce where even two out of 10 of their staffers are people of color, and ask themselves what could they do ...
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Study: Mainstream Environmental Groups Continue to Suffer from Lack of Diversity 31.7.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Smart Aid for the World's Poor 26.7.2014 Wall St. Journal: Asia
How can rich countries best help poor ones? Matt Ridley identifies five priorities that provide the biggest benefits for every dollar spent.
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Business as Usual: The US Chamber's History of Fighting Environmental Protection 26.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The EPA's new Clean Power Plan is not difficult to defend. Limiting carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's single largest polluter, will undeniably protect the public health and welfare of millions of Americans, not to mention that it is a crucial step towards protecting our land and water from the adverse effects of climate change. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants us to believe otherwise . The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a long history of anti-environmental extremism and false predictions about public health safeguards. The most recent of these claims is an alarmist "study" the Chamber released declaring that the EPA's Clean Power Plan would cause devastation in the U.S. economy, kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, and skyrocket electricity bills. Fortunately, there is little truth to these claims; the Chamber's "study" was conjured up before the EPA's proposal was even released, and is thus based on flawed assumptions that are meaningfully different from the EPA's actual ...
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Do Not GM My Food! 21.7.2014 Truthout.com
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Do Not GM My Food! 21.7.2014 Truthout.com
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