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Connecting Dots 21.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Shelley Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions, DC: This morning, a conversation with my daughter, Hanna, helped me connect a bunch of dots in my life.  We were talking about how Kerry Washington is such a brilliant role model – she’s the first African American woman in over...
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Is Modern Technology Killing Us? 19.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles

An exploration of the social, cultural and environmental pitfalls of modern technology culminates in a proposed neo-Luddite framework for evaluating the risks and benefits of existing and emerging technologies.

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Memories surround the wait for RFK Jr.'s Camden speech 18.9.2014 Philly.com News
James J. Florio was a 31-year-old lawyer who had just passed the bar exam when he went to see Sen. Robert F. Kennedy speak in Camden as part of his campaign for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination.
Sustainability: The First Postmodern Discipline 17.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As someone engaged with a variety of sustainability research, I am always struck how difficult it is for many of us to define "sustainability" well. I have been slowly coming to terms with the reality that this is largely because sustainability is the first truly postmodern discipline. Most other major fields of inquiry have their roots firmly grounded in the modern world. Degrees in chemistry, business, anthropology and engineering all have rigid curricula that look roughly the same wherever you may study. They are defined disciplines that were designed in an era of industrialization, expansion of democratic principles, and rationality. In contrast, the discipline of sustainability emerged in the 1980s at a time of great environmental and social concern around globalization, the meaning of the individual in a globalized world, and inquiries about values-based knowledge and ideological underpinnings of accepted truths. Big questions in the academy focused, in part, on the basic structures of science, ...
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Environmental Injustice is Personal 17.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For me, environmental injustice is personal. I grew up in Los Angeles, with older foster brothers and dozens of extended family members who lived across the city. Air quality, and a multitude of other environmental factors, negatively impacted my family's health. I suffered, and still do, from asthma. I know firsthand how the inability to breathe can change one's life. I used to be one of those people who didn't understand the threat of climate change. I wondered, "Why should global warming matter to me?" When I learned what a warmer world would look like -- especially for people of color and low-income communities -- I was terrified. Our communities already bear the brunt of dirty air and polluted water. Global warming would bring more disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Already suffering from the ravages of poverty, our communities are the least equipped to bounce back from the types of catastrophic weather events that are fueled by a warming climate. I've made it my mission to help ...
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What Will It Take to Create Climate Justice? 16.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Foodies, Feds and Factory Farms: Why We Need Vegans Now More Than Ever 12.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Dark Money Corruption of Democracy Forces Climate Change Direct Action and Mass Mobilization 10.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles

Seventeen critical years after the Kyoto Protocol signing, climate activists have come to realize that when our governments are bought and sold, policy shifts must begin in the streets. Compromised politicians will not willingly act to save the ecological balance of the planet. 

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We Must Degrow the 'Corporate Food Regime': Food Sovereignty Advocate 9.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Minneapolis has OK'd Southwest LRT. So what happens now? 2.9.2014 MinnPost
“Every large public works project clearly picks winners and losers, and your constituents are the losers,” Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Goodman said she was told by a DFL elected official. “Good thing they can afford it.” The remark was a reference to the relative affluence of the most vocal opponents of the Southwest Light Rail Transit route that was given final approval Friday by the Council — an alignment that cuts through the Kenilworth Corridor between Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles as part of its 16-mile route. Among the things those affluent constituents can afford, however, are lawyers. And a decision is expected soon on whether to challenge the approval in court. “We are all looking forward to a lawsuit,” said Mary Pattock, a leader of the group LRT Done Right. “We have the law on our side.” Tom Johnson, an attorney with Gray Plant Mooty who’s also a former Hennepin County Attorney and Minneapolis City Council member, is representing opponents of the current plan. He said most of the ...
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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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