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Six Reasons We’ll Need to Ramp Up the #ConsumerRevolution under Trumpism 1.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul

If ever conditions were ripe for revolution, that time is now—especially for anyone who cares about their health, and the health of planet earth. 

President-Elect Donald Trump’s short lists for his environment and agriculture cabinet appointments are dominated by entrenched D.C. insiders, career politicians and industry lobbyists. Not one of these proposed “leaders” supports policies that would lead to healthier food, a cleaner environment or a cooler planet.  

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Oil Executives, Pro-Development Financiers and Sarah Palin in the Queue for Interior Department 30.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
While names were announced for a  slew of appointments  to President-elect Donald Trump's administration last week, there are still some significant posts left -- like running the Interior Department, which is in charge of wildlife and natural resources. Oil execs and other pro-development types seem to be the leading contenders here, meaning it's likely that the department will be taking a drastic shift away from its focus of the last few years on conservation and renewable energy. Robert E. Grady: The former George H.W. Bush speechwriter and policy advisor who ran the Office of Management and Budget's unit on natural resources, energy and science, Grady is best known in the environmental world for his  key role  in negotiating amendments to push through the Clean Air Act of 1990. Though the administration championed the law for reining in acid rain and toxic pollutants,  environmental groups argued  that some of the administration's provisions blunted its effect. Currently a partner at private equity ...
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Why Oxfam won't compromise on SDGs 30.11.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
"Companies should not 'cherry pick' the SDGs they want to focus on while ignoring others that don’t meet their corporate priorities."
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Letter: We have no choice but to resist 25.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Those who want the aggrieved protesters “to grow up and get over it,” pause that assessment. The intent of protests is not “sour grapes.” The president-elect’s attacks on human rights and environmental protections during his campaign and in his post-election appointments are frightening. Protesters stand opposed to the hateful, violent rhetoric and bullying — against women, LGBTIQ people, immigrants, Muslims, the disabled and more — unleashed and licensed by the president-elect’s blatant disreg...
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From Standing Rock to Morocco: Indigenous Protesters Act in Solidarity Against Corporate Polluters 22.11.2016 Truthout.com
Indigenous activists in Morocco have spent the past five years running a protest camp in defiance of an international mining operation on their territory. The Amazigh people from Imider, Morocco, marched in protest at the COP22 climate summit in Marrakech and declared their international solidarity with the Standing Sioux.  With a banner depicting their fight against the silver mining corporation Managem as a sister struggle to the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline in Standing Rock, Indigenous Amazigh people from the Moroccan town of Imider continued their protest against the mining corporation on November 20, 2016. (Photo: Nadir Bouhmouch) 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! "In our language, we say 'water is life' or 'water is soul,'" said Indigenous activist Moha Tawja. These words could be coming from the mouth of a #NoDAPL Water Protector at Standing ...
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Unleashing trees in the battle against climate change 22.11.2016 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Did you know that wood construction materials can act as a carbon sink?
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Why Some People Take Action On Climate Change -- And Others Don't 19.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the wake of last week’s election , the gulf between liberals and conservatives has never felt bigger. This divide is just as apparent when it comes to environmental issues as it is with any others. With a Trump presidency comes an Environmental Protection Agency led by  “climate criminal” Myron Ebell , the  possible cancelation of the Paris climate agreement  and the  potential scrapping of major carbon restrictions ― measures that many conservatives applaud as being  good for business but liberals view as nothing less than a  disaster . The diverging moral values of liberals and conservatives offer an important window into why the two groups differ in their willingness to take action to protect the environment, according to new Cornell University research .  But it’s not as simple as liberal versus conservative or Democrat versus Republican. The study, which was conducted on over 1,000 volunteers and published in the online journal PLOS One  on Oct. 19, found that the moral values of compassion and ...
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Why We Must Fiercely Defend Those Who Defend the Earth 16.11.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Payal Parekh

The climate movement has repeatedly demonstrated keeping fossil fuels in the ground can’t be left to governments alone to achieve, but that environmental defenders are essential. However, these defenders are often met with abuse and extreme violence; it is imperative that they are granted the legal recognition, security and protection of the state they deserve.

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Sutter: How to save 12.6 million lives a year 15.11.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Regardless of what you think about the science behind climate change or Donald Trump's election, here are a few facts about the environment that should trouble you:
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How NAFTA's Chapter 11 Overrides Environmental Laws 13.11.2016 Truthout.com
Setting a dangerous precedent, corporate legal maneuvering used the North American Free Trade Agreement to elevate a company's right to profit over a government's duty to protect its citizens and the environment. Now a host of international trade agreements are being negotiated globally, many of which stand to enrich investors at the expense of democracy. Opening Pandora's Box: NAFTA Initialing Ceremony, October 1992. From left to right (standing) Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, US President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. (Seated) Jaime Serra Puche, Carla Hills, Michael Wilson. NAFTA's Chapter 11 provisions unexpectedly opened the door for massive corporate lawsuits that have undermined democracy and environmental protections. (Photo courtesy of UNCTAD) A host of international trade treaties and agreements are now being negotiated globally, many of which, say critics, stand to enrich investors at the expense of the environment and democracy by exposing member ...
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Washington state alliance to push a reworked carbon-tax initiative 13.11.2016 Seattle Times: Politics

With Trump headed for the White House, climate activists look to states for action to cut carbon emissions, and plan for a new legislative push in Olympia
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Meet Trump's Pick to Dismantle EPA 7.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Even though the moderators of all 3 presidential debates failed to ask any question about climate change or the environment, Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for America's Environmental Protection Agency . In October, he promised to cut EPA regulations "70 to 80 percent" (watch this video at the 4 minute mark). In explaining how he will cut spending to pay for tax cuts, he has singled out the Environmental Protection Agency for budget cuts, promising to: "get rid of [EPA] in almost every form. We are going to have little tidbits left but we are going to take a tremendous amount out." - Trump, March 2016 [In reality, EPA's entire budge t equals about one percent of the national deficit, estimated at $590 billion for 2016.] If you are wondering how Trump will dismantle EPA regulations and staff, meet Myron Ebell, the man Trump has picked to lead his EPA transition team . Ebell is Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the industry-funded Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). ...
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Why 'There Are No Acceptable Rerouting Options' for Dakota Access 4.11.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Gyasi Ross

As many of you witnessed, the State of North Dakota is getting more violent in its treatment of the Water Protectors on the Standing Rock Reservation. Peace officers are spraying streams of pepper spray in the faces of unarmed, peaceful demonstrators for doing nothing threatening at all other than being Native and vocal. 

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Inside the Carbon Tax Fight That's Dividing Environmentalists 1.11.2016 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Voters in a progressive Pacific Northwestern state could approve the nation's first carbon tax next week, providing a much-sought victory to proponents of legislative climate action—and possibly a model for the rest of the country. And yet the ballot measure is at equal risk of failing spectacularly. Not because of the usual oil and coal industry foes, or even because it includes the dreaded t-word. No, the biggest obstacle in its way: other environmentalists. An unlikely array of local and national organizations have come out against—or declined to support—Washington state's carbon tax initiative, which will appear on the ballot as I-732. Their concerns: That a revenue-neutral carbon tax wouldn't raise money for investing in clean energy and communities, and that people of color didn't get a fair say in crafting the policy. Although the split became public last year, it's only been in the last ...
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American Irrationalism 31.10.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Chris Hedges

There is no shortage of signs of impending environmental catastrophe, including the melting of the polar ice caps and the rise of atmospheric carbon to above 400 parts per million. The earth’s sixth mass extinction is underway. It is not taking place because of planetary forces. Homo sapiens is orchestrating it.

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Why The Debate On Trade Should Worry Development Communities 28.10.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Trade has assumed a remarkably prominent position in the US presidential election. In past elections, few topics seemed to dull public attention like tariffs and trade barriers, which meant that politicians typically focused on divisive social issues like abortion and gun control. But trade isn't the clear-cut issue cleanly divided along partisan lines that abortion and gun control are. It featured as much as a core theme in Donald Trump's campaign as it did in Bernie Sanders' run for Democratic nominee. Both candidates used it to appeal across their voter bases, from small manufacturing business owners to unemployed autoworkers. The focus on trade has been such an effective strategy that it's even forced Hillary Clinton to reverse her once-strong support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Clearly, the debate on trade has proved constructive in a number of ways. It's highlighted the compromises made on behalf of unfettered globalization, and ...
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Can we balance the energy trilemma? 27.10.2016 GreenBiz.com
Countries need to see a comprehensive global energy policy in order to do their part in achieving the Paris Agreement goals.
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"We've Never Seen the Government Stand Up to the Fossil Fuel Industry": Tim DeChristopher on Our Climate Future 24.10.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Tim DeChristopher. (Photo: Dahr Jamail) Tim DeChristopher is one of the leading climate activists in the US and a thorn in the side of the fossil fuel industry. In this exclusive Truthout interview, he discusses the moral agency and importance of direct confrontational civil disobedience for the climate justice movement. Tim DeChristopher. (Photo: Dahr Jamail) In 2008, Tim DeChristopher found himself bidding for parcels of public land around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks of Utah at an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction. A climate activist acting as a bidder at the auction, DeChristopher ended up successfully winning 22,500 acres of land by bidding a total of $1.8 million, which he never intended to pay one nickel of, hence effectively killing the auction. Taken into custody by federal agents, DeChristopher ended up serving 21 months in prison for his action, despite the US Department of the Interior cancelling many of the leases just after the auction. To see more ...
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The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague 21.10.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Ronnie Cummins

We are today in the midst of a battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture. One is the agro-ecological approach based on the use of open source traditional seeds based on biodiversity and living in harmony with nature. The other is the mechanistic world of an industrial system based on monocultures, one-way extraction and the use of pesticides, poisons and GMOs, where chemical cartels compete to take over our agriculture and food systems, destroying our ecosystems along the way.” - Brochure for The People’s Assembly, The Hague, Oct.

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Can upscale chocolate uproot deforestation in Haiti? 19.10.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Dandelion, Raaka Chocolate and Valrhona are among the chocolate makers eyeing ways to combat poverty and renew the land.
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