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Environmental And Health Justice Intersect for Healthy Black Futures 17.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Creating healthy Black futures requires attention and action to protect the environment in the spaces we call home. The environment greatly influences health status and outcomes, especially for communities of color where many are already overburdened by experiences of injustice that have health, social, and economic consequences. For a healthy future, we need environmental practices and health policies that strengthen our ability to be and stay healthy.    Unfortunately, the current political climate doesn’t bode well for the environment or our health. In the first two weeks of this new U.S. presidential administration alone, Trump has advocated for the Dakota Access Pipeline to move forward, lead the ongoing Republican denial of climate change, met with pro–land transfer groups who advocate selling federal land currently used for public purposes, and attempted to silence and halt the normal activities of the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies tasked with protecting and promoting ...
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Engineering USGBC's 'Amazon' goals: Mahesh Ramanujam 14.2.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The new leader of the green building group it's time to step up the game on data and the developing world.
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New Zealand's Dirty Dairy 14.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New Zealand is proud of its share of worldwide dairy export; it has 6 million of the world's 271 million dairy cows, which is substantial given that the human population is only 4.5 million. The government and dairy industry congratulate themselves on their reputation, but the dark side of dairy is increasingly unsettling people. The environmentally damaging impacts of dairy and animal welfare concerns will soon make this a much less viable economic activity. New Zealand should take the lead in championing a real 'green, clean' agenda, rather than claiming this is currently the case while the opposite is true. Dairy equals 27 million return flights from New Zealand In New Zealand, total GHG emissions from dairy were estimated to be 19.2 Megatons CO2 equivalent in 2012, which is a whopping quarter of New Zealand's total GHG emissions, or the equivalent of nearly 27 million return flights from Auckland to Samoa! These emissions are caused by cattle emitting gases (methane in particular), and through ...
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How Labor and Climate United Can Trump Trump 14.2.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Jeremy Brecher

Donald Trump and his congressional Republican allies have taken control of the U.S. government. The result threatens to be devastating for both labor and the climate — not to mention immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others.

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The Dakota Access Pipeline Doesn't Make Economic Sense 13.2.2017 Truthout.com
As environmental economists, my colleague Anders Fremstad and I were concerned. We crunched the numbers on the Dakota Access pipeline. The verdict? Annual emissions associated with the oil pumped through the pipeline will impose a $4.6 billion burden on current and future generations. Piping for the Dakota Access pipeline is lined up near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on October 10, 2016. (Photo: Ellen Davidson) Last month, Donald Trump signed an executive order to advance approval of the Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipelines. This should come as no surprise, as Trump continues to fill his administration with climate deniers, ranging from the negligent choice of Rick Perry as energy secretary to Scott Pruitt as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt, a man who stated last year that "scientists continue to disagree" on humans role in climate change may very well take the "Protection" out of the EPA, despite a majority of Americans -- including a majority of Republicans -- wanting the ...
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California lawmakers hope new climate change proposal will help low-income communities harmed by pollution 10.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Holder visits Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento, Assembly advances bill providing immigration law resources Feb. 9, 2017, 12:28 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Former U.S. Atty....
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Trump Administration Considering Eradication of EPA's Enforcement Arm: Report 9.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

The Trump administration is considering eradicating the enforcement arm of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reported Inside EPA late Wednesday.

The administration is deciding whether to shutter the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) and force individual program offices to take over all enforcement duties, a "source familiar with the plan" told Inside EPA.

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Trump Administration May Shut Down EPA's Enforcement Arm 9.2.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

The Trump administration is considering eradicating the enforcement arm of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reported Inside EPA late Wednesday.

The administration is deciding whether to shutter the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) and force individual program offices to take over all enforcement duties, a "source familiar with the plan" told Inside EPA.

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U.S. conservatism is built on racism, but it may no longer deliver corporate benefits 8.2.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
A long simmering culture war is back in full effect across the United States -- and has spilled over into other parts of the world, including Canada. It's a culture war that has been long festering, known well to those who perceive themselves to be on the losing end of this culture war -- cultural conservatives -- as well as their victims -- largely, anyone who wasn't a straight, white Christian (and sometimes male). And surprisingly, most lower and middle class white people are at the losing end of this war, but continue to support the ...
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Landfill Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Community Activists, Agrees to Environmental Protections 8.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that a settlement agreement has been approved by the federal court in a defamation lawsuit filed by a waste company against four community activists who voiced opposition to a coal ash landfill in their small town.

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Electoral reform reversal shows Justin Trudeau takes Canadians for fools 5.2.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
When the new Minister of Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould (No, this is not fake news -- the Trudeau Liberals still do have a ministry concerned with democratic institutions) released her mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau it read:  "A clear preference for a new electoral system, let alone a consensus, has not emerged. Furthermore, without a clear preference or a clear question, a referendum would not be in Canada's interest. Changing the electoral system will not be in your ...
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Is Costa Rica the world's happiest, greenest country? 2.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A man flies a kite at the Peace Park in San José, Costa Rica. Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters Ariana López Peña , Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica Costa Rica was the most environmentally advanced and happiest place on earth last year, followed by Mexico, Colombia, Vanuatu and Vietnam. That was the conclusion of the World Economic Forum's Happy Planet Index , which recently released its 2016 ranking of "where in the world people are using ecological resources most efficiently to live long, happy lives". That neither the US nor any European nations make the top ten may be surprising, but Costa Rica's winning position is not; this small Central American nation also topped the 2009 and 2012 rankings . The Happy Planet Index measures life expectancy, well-being, environmental footprint and inequality to calculate nations' success - all areas where Costa Rica's government has made significant effort and investment. Less war, more health In 1949, Costa Rica took a big gamble eliminating its army and investing ...
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Gradual environmental change is an ally to viral pathogens 2.2.2017 Environmental News Network
How viruses like Ebola, influenza or even the common cold adapt is a question that affects the health of everyone on earth.  A new Yale University study reveals that gradual exposure to new host species leads to major genetic changes in these pathogens — and possibly makes them more dangerous.
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Why We March: 15 Women Leaders Offer Strategies to Advance the Movement 1.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I am still energized from the experience of marching with thousands at the historic Women’s March in Washington, D.C. The organization I run, Feminist.com , was an official partner, and I marched along in my pussyhat with women from another partnering organization, The Representation Project . According to reports , over 3 million people gathered in cities and towns across the country and around the world, making the Women’s March the largest mass demonstration in U.S. history. And if you were at one of those locations, you could feel we were birthing something new with all our collective energy. There was a galvanizing force and feeling of solidarity between causes and organizations and an understanding that we will need to work together to protect each other’s rights and freedoms, including women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, civil rights, racial justice, immigrant rights, religious freedom, environmental justice and more. Now, more than ever, there is no question that intersectionality is ...
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Major Climate March in Communities Nationwide on April 29 27.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

Climate activists have announced a major “People’s Climate March” on April 29th in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country.

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What Was the Women's March For? 26.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
People ask what the Women's March on Washington was for, anyway, as though our not rallying around a single discrete issue is a failure. To them, I say: if only there were a single, simple, self-contained issue. Gosh, wouldn't that be great? Here's the thing. When trouble advances, women are pretty much always on the front line. Add to that, the interrelatedness of the issues on parade on January 21. Scratch the surface and you'll see that climate change, immigration, health care, racism, education, the right to facts from a free (unthreatened) press, a woman's right to make decisions about her own body, and economic justice intersect over and over again. These and more are too much for any one person to solve. And they just got a whole lot harder. So, when the call for courage, solidarity, and respect in dealing with these issues (and in the face of powerful but small-minded vindictiveness, short-sighted national policy, and a traffic of bluster and lies) is answered with the resound of millions of ...
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As Trump Dismantles Obama’s Climate Legacy, People’s Climate Movement Organizes for Mass Mobilization in DC on April 29 25.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

In the wake of last weekend’s Women’s Marches, activists have announced a major “People’s Climate March” on April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country. The effort is being organized by the coalition formed out of 2014’s People’s Climate March, which brought over 400,000 people to the streets of New York City and many more around the world.

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Global Growth: Democratic Capitalism's Coming Waterloo 24.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Eras in which population growth furthered the public good are behind us. The global costs of population growth now outweigh the benefits on the whole. Humanity must transition to a new understanding and global commitment in which economic growth is not subsidized by population expansion. Economic growth must come from improvements in education and decision-making: a more prudent ingenuity, enhanced business efficiency, improved loss control, better consumer and lifestyle choices and the overhaul of partisan politics. Standard fare business and popular political goals can no longer be trusted. We must reevaluate the growth paradigm at democratic capitalism's core. Paradoxically, the growth paradigm that helped build democratic capitalism is now set to bring it down. Ecological Logic Versus Economic Design When competent biologists examine the terrestrial ecological system, the arrangement's functionality makes sense: it is scientifically justifiable. Absent improvident human intervention, the ...
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A 'sea change' for environmentally responsible investing 21.1.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Investment philosophy is now aligning workers’ capital with long-term environmental responsible.
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Trump’s Attack on America 20.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Christopher D. Cook

As "President" Trump assumes the Oval Office amid historically rock-bottom public support, the clatter of partisan battling and liberal anger clutters a harsher reality.

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