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North Carolina Could Become Fifth State With an Ag-Gag Law 28.5.2015 Truthout.com
Bill sitting on Governor McCrory's desk would make it illegal to document or film animal abuse on factory farms Whistleblowers beware. Last week, the North Carolina senate passed  HB 405 , a controversial "ag-gag" bill that would make it illegal to document unethical or illegal practices on industrial farms in the state. Passed by the House in April, the bill has been presented to the Governor, who has five more days to veto it. If he does nothing (or signs it) before the end of the week, North Carolina will join Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, and Utah as the fifth state with a law criminalizing undercover investigations of factory farms. The North Carolina bill would stifle would-be whistleblowers by making it illegal for employees to record or remove employer data or records, to record any images or sound on their employer's property, or to place an unattended camera to film the property. It would also make it illegal to seek employment for the purpose of exposing animal abuse, environmental harms, or food ...
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Pope says the economy and environment must thrive 25.5.2015 Durango Herald
VATICAN CITY – A new development model is needed to combat global warming, one that marries economic growth to combat poverty with a sustainable use of resources, Pope Francis’ deputy said Wednesday.Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, said both political and economic commitment will be required to...
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Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message 24.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
NEW YORK (AP) — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.
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Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message 24.5.2015 AP National
NEW YORK (AP) -- There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines....
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Plastic Pollution: A Social Justice Perspective 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Plastic Pollution Movement is very new. The problem developed within our lifetimes with the explosion of single use plastics thanks to mankind's acceptance of a fossil fuel based economy and increasingly disruptive extraction methods for petroleum and natural gas such as fracking, off shore drilling, and tar sands extraction that have produced a glut of petrochemicals we have used for both energy and products that harm our climate, wildlife, oceans, food chain and poison us. I am a child of activists, it's in my blood, and this gives me hope that through education we are producing a whole new generation of environmental and health activists to carry on the mission after us. My parents were civil rights activists. They attended Duke University for graduate school in 1960's and were horrified to come face-to-face with segregation. They organized to desegregate Durham. For a time, I thought Civil Rights was my calling as well, but I've always been an avid nature lover, and when I discovered about ...
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Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Is Latest Threat to Our Democracy 19.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Want to See EDF at SXSW Eco 2015? Cast Your Vote! 18.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs Every year, SXSW Eco – one of the most high-profile environmental conferences – selects its programming based on votes from the public. This means anyone, regardless of whether you submitted a panel, can cast a vote. This year, seven experts from Environmental Defense Fund are featured on dynamic panels that cover everything from solar equity and new utility business models to innovative building efficiency programs and the threat of methane pollution. To make sure EDF and energy-related programming is represented at the conference in Austin, TX this October, we are asking our readers to please vote for your favorite EDF panels and presentations. How to vote To vote, you will need to login or create a PanelPicker account here: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com. The voting is simple, just give a session a “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down,” leave some comments, and move on. This whole process will take you all of one minute. Voting ends this Friday, May 22nd, so please help us spread the word by sharing ...
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Is China Finally Discovering the Limits to Growth? 12.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
HONG KONG -- In February of this year Chinese President Xi Jinping publicly unveiled the "Four Comprehensives," his list of political goals for China. They are to "Comprehensively build a moderately prosperous society, deepen reform, govern the nation according to law and strictly govern the Party." On one reading, this is business as usual for President Xi. He intends to continue "strictly governing the party," through the nationwide anti-corruption campaign that has come to dominate his time in office. And he also intends to continue on the path to achieving a " moderately prosperous society ." This is a phrase with a long history in China, stretching back to the Confucian era, that took on renewed importance when Deng Xiaoping made it the eventual goal of Chinese modernization in 1978 . Since then, the Chinese Communist Party's economic strategy has been explicitly designed to achieve this goal, and Xi's administration is no exception. The People's Daily called the Four Comprehensives "the guarantee ...
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We Graded the Feds on their Environmental Justice Programs — Here's How They Fared 11.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Environmentalism and Equity in New York City, 2015 7.5.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Eric Goldstein, Director of NRDC's New York City Environment, NY: Last week's New York City Council hearing on commercial waste disposal featured some unusually riveting testimony. Three men who have been employed by private carting companies, which collect waste from businesses across the city, testified before a committee investigating ways...
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Fracking in the Yukon? Kaska and community groups say no way! 7.5.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Opposition to fracking has been brewing in the Yukon for a number of years. The Yukon Party government's recent decision to allow fracking in the Liard basin in southeast Yukon has reignited resolve in the territory to protect the lakes and rivers from fracking, a practice that was recently found to contaminate drinking water in Pennsylvania . Members of the Liard First Nation are concerned that the Yukon Party are making deals behind closed doors with their Chief and Council which will have adverse affects on community's drinking water and health as well as the wildlife which they rely on for ...
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How We Reach Critical Mass to Stop Climate Chaos 6.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Lead paint poisons poor Chicago kids as city spends millions less on cleanup 2.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Alarming levels of brain-damaging lead are poisoning more than a fifth of the children tested from some of the poorest parts of Chicago, even as the hazard has been largely eliminated in more prosperous neighborhoods, a Tribune investigation has ...
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Carlyle Sheds Light on How Sustainability Creates Value in 2015 1.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Namrita Kapur This post is part of an EDF+Business ongoing series on sustainable finance, highlighting market mechanisms and strategies that drive environmental performance by engaging private capital. EDF is actively engaging leaders with the capital and expertise needed to catalyze sector-wide changes—from accelerating investment in energy efficiency and clean energy, to protecting tropical forests, restoring depleted fisheries and saving habitats of endangered species. On the eve of The Carlyle Group releasing its 2015 Corporate Citizenship Report , I had the chance to catch up with Jackie Roberts, Chief Sustainability Officer at Carlyle and former EDF colleague who was one of the founders of EDF’s Corporate Partnership Program. Here are highlights from our conversation: What attracted you to your current role at Carlyle? Rather than being in an arm’s-length advisory role, I now get into more of the details of implementation. I work directly to support sustainability leads in a broad range of ...
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Lead paint is poisoning poor Chicago kids as city cuts millions for cleanup 1.5.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Alarming levels of brain-damaging lead are poisoning more than a fifth of the children tested from some of the poorest parts of Chicago, even as the hazard has been largely eliminated in more prosperous neighborhoods, a Tribune investigation has ...
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Donny Rico Schools Chevron on How To "Be the Victim" in Ecuador 1.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Reposted from Eye on the Amazon First we're told that money = speech, now we're told speaking out is against the law. If you're not worried about what Donny Rico is talking about, you "damn well should be!" Do you care about reining in corporate power and calling out injustice? Your very rights as a citizen? Watch and share the latest in the Adventures of Donny Rico series by Pulitzer winner Mark Fiore , unraveling the tale of Chevron's grotesque abuse of the legal system to fabricate a fraud case against Ecuadorian victims and their lawyers. While this case is under appeal and likely to be overturned, it's been destructive to our work to protect the environment and to challenge corporate misdeeds. Corporate power in America is at an all-time high. The Citizens United decision equating money with speech is a threat to the very foundation of our democracy. And now, thanks to Chevron's actions and a dangerous decision by a federal judge, corporations can also criminalize YOUR speech . Global challenges ...
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Executive Director Job Description 1.5.2015 International Rivers News RSS Feed
Executive Director Job Description April 2015 Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them. We work with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options. We seek a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local communities are valued and protected. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Based in four continents, our staff has expertise in big dams, energy and water policy, climate change, and international financial institutions. We support partner organizations and dam-affected people by providing advice, training and technical assistance, and advocating on their behalf with governments, ...
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Our Power: Battling Austerity with a Bold Green Vision 26.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Youth for Climate 25.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Past Sri Lanka. The Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Granary of the Indian Ocean. These are terms that were used to describe Sri Lanka by ancient explorers and people who set eyes upon the beautiful island. A resourceful ocean, serene lakes and forests with beautiful flora and fauna. Healthy people living sustainably with abundant water and food. Present Day Fossil fuel fumes and noxious gases emit from various outlets in the blistering hot heat. Torrential rains leading to landslides in the mountains. Desert-like droughts in the crop-growing areas. Rises in cancer with a grim reaper hanging around every person, waiting to claim the person's life and the lives of their descendants. Increase of mosquitoes and diseases. People driven to poverty due to either the lack of rains for crops or the crops being destroyed by unprecedented rains. The past was so beautiful and glorious! Sadly the present is so terribly, agonizingly miserable. The rise of environmental issues has led to much poverty and sorrow in my ...
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Earth Day 2015: Regenerating the Soil and Reversing Global Warming 23.4.2015 Truthout.com
"The elimination of fossil fuels for all but the most limited and essential purposes is necessary but not sufficient to allow our descendants a fair chance for a healthy and prosperous future. Enhancing carbon biosequestration in terrestrial ecosystems is also essential."  - Wayne A. White, Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity p.118 (CRC Press 2013) The standard gloom and doom discourse surrounding global warming and climate change has infected the body politic with a severe case of depression and disempowerment. So starting April 22, embracing what the United Nations has designated as the "Year of the Soil," let's look at our planetary crisis from an entirely different, and more hopeful perspective. The good news is that the global grassroots, farmers and consumers united, can reverse our suicidal "business as usual" food, farming, energy, and land use practices. Harnessing the awesome power of Regenerative Organic Agriculture and reforestation, we can literally suck down enough excess (50-100 ppm ...
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