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Two Years of Tragedy in Flint 25.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Rhea Suh

The water in Flint, Michigan, is still unsafe to drink — two years after the crisis was set in motion. Badly needed federal assistance has been marooned by a handful of congressional Republicans.

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Climate change emergency shakes Canada's corporate establishment and fractures the NDP 22.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. A fracturing of Canada's social democratic party has opened as party members and much of its electoral base express their dissatisfaction with the conservative economic, social and environmental policies that predominate in the party's decision-making ...
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Our Beleaguered Planet 22.4.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly in South America and heading north toward the U.S. as summer comes, shows how a previously isolated and sporadic illness can suddenly become a frightening pandemic because of the combined effects of global warming and overpopulation. Carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Zika apparently arose in Uganda in the 1940s and occurred only episodically until 2015, when it began to spread explosively in Brazil, mainly in densely crowded urban areas. Like other mosquitoes, which are vectors for many diseases, Aedes aegypti thrives in a warm climate, and, as nearly all experts now agree, the world’s climate is steadily growing warmer because of human activity. In addition, this particular mosquito has evolved to live in close proximity to humans, and breeds in small amounts of water in human trash, such as bottle caps and plastic containers. The transmission of the virus occurs ...
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Sutter: Cheap fix to climate change 19.4.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Yoram Bauman learned about the idea that would change his life, and the course of the world, as a nerdy undergraduate at Reed College.
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Lawsuit Challenges Obama Administration's Failure to Curb Airplane Carbon Pollution 12.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Environmental groups today sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a nearly decade-long failure to set emission standards that curb greenhouse gas pollution from the nation’s aircraft fleet.

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Sadistic Capitalism: Six Urgent Matters for Humanity in Global Crisis 12.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The current crisis of global capitalism shares aspects of earlier structural crises of world capitalism, but there are six novel, interrelated dimensions to the present moment that show how countries and peoples around the world are experiencing a descent into chaos and uncertainty. How we interpret the global crisis is itself a matter of vital importance as politics polarize worldwide between a neofascist and a popular response. Peaceful protesters join in a general strike in Oakland, California, November, 2011. "The systemic critique of global capitalism must strive to influence, from this vantage point, the discourse and practice of movements for a more just distribution of wealth and power," writes William I. Robinson. "Our survival may depend on it." (Photo: Rainforest Action Network / Flickr ) In these mean streets of globalized capitalism in crisis, it has become profitable to turn poverty and inequality into a tourist attraction. The South African Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa company has made a ...
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Nuclear Nonproliferation Deals and Environmental Injustice in the South 11.4.2016 Truthout.com
As the Nuclear Security Summit took place in Washington on March 31, US and Japanese officials announced they had completed the removal of highly radioactive material -- including 730 pounds of plutonium, enough for more than 40 nuclear weapons -- from a Japanese research project and were sending it to the Savannah River Site, a Department of Energy nuclear reservation located on the South Carolina-Georgia border. The announcement came a week after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) wrote a letter to US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz demanding that the Japanese plutonium be turned back or sent elsewhere. The shipment "puts South Carolina at risk for becoming a permanent dumping ground for nuclear materials," Haley wrote in the March 23 letter, a copy of which was viewed by the Reuters news agency . "Therefore, stop shipment or re-route this defense plutonium. God bless." At the time Haley penned the letter, transfer of the plutonium from a Japanese government nuclear project in Tokaimura to a ...
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Sanders to attend Vatican conference before New York primary 8.4.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Friday he will attend a Vatican City conference on social, economic and environmental issues next week, making the symbolic overseas trip ahead of a pivotal New York primary against Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator has long been an admirer of Pope Francis on issues of wealth […]
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Sanders to attend Vatican conference before New York primary 8.4.2016 AP Top News
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Friday he will attend a Vatican City conference on social, economic and environmental issues next week, making the symbolic overseas trip ahead of a pivotal New York primary against Hillary Clinton....
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Is This the Greatest Thing That's Ever Happened? 8.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Some people worry that climate change is too hard to solve. Gridlocked politics, urbanization in the developing world, and the amount of pollution we need to cut all make the challenge feel too daunting. It is true that fixing this problem is an enormous undertaking. But that fatalism ignores some real examples of accomplishments that were, it seems to me, even harder than the one that climate activists face. On the political side, the most often cited example is the fight for marriage equality. After centuries of widely accepted and deeply ingrained discrimination, marriage regardless of sexual orientation is now legal in all 50 states. As recently as 2004, "marriage protection" ballot initiatives were used as a wedge issue to boost candidates opposed to gay marriage - and now the political advantage is reversed (on the national level at least). It was a turnaround engendered by dedicated activists and a focused political strategy. But there's an even more striking example. In the last several decades ...
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Some Possible Ideas for Going Forward 7.4.2016 Truthout.com
Around the world, activists are struggling to develop, discuss and settle on priorities around which to organize multi-issue activism in coming months and years. We offer this vision of a left agenda as our contribution to a global discussion. (Photo: JeffJuit ) Around the world powerful and diverse possibilities are in struggle. We the signers of "Some Possible Ideas for Going Forward" think one high priority for progress is activists developing, discussing and settling on priorities around which to organize multi-issue activism in coming months and years. We hope this document can help inspire more conversations within groups and movements that, over time, come to a synthesis. We do this in the spirit of self-organization -- and as a rejection of preformed inflexible programs and agendas imposed on activists from above. We believe only program that is fully understood and owned by grassroots participants can win lasting change. To try to help, we have assembled some familiar programmatic ideas rooted ...
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Helena Norberg-Hodge: For Personal and Planetary Well-Being, Localize the Economy 5.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Environmentalist Helena Norberg-Hodge explains how localizing the economy would solve a range of social and environmental problems, increase human well-being and reduce inequality, while addressing climate change and other ecological crises. "Localization rejects the idea of imposing a single economic system," she said. Helena Norberg-Hodge, speaking at a TED event in 2007. (Photo: Neil Macbeth / TEDx EQChCh ) Helena Norberg-Hodge, widely regarded as one of the most significant environmentalists of our time, has been a steady critic of the destructive impact of global monoculture. In addition, she is a pioneer of the "new economy" movement, which promotes localization in the face of a global political economy dominated by money, commercialism and the exploitation of resources for the maintenance and reproduction of capital accumulation. In the first installment of this exclusive two-part interview with Truthout, "Globalized Monoculture Is Consuming the Planet," she talked about the scale and structure of ...
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Making "safer" accessible to all 4.4.2016 Nanotechnology Notes
Lindsay McCormick is a Research Analyst. I find purchasing shampoo and other common personal care products to be a surprisingly stressful experience – I pace the aisles at the drugstore for a good 10-15 minutes, read every product ingredient list, contemplate the legitimacy of claims like “paraben-free” or “no artificial colors or fragrances,” and weigh […]
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Yes, I Am 24. Yes, I Am Running for US Congress. #ErinForUs 1.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I never wanted to be a politician. I am an activist, an educator, a social entrepreneur -- a citizen who is committed to environmental action, public health, and equal justice. Grassroots community organizing is hardwired into my DNA, nurtured by a cadre of doers in Marin County, California. When it was revealed that Marin -- despite its unparalleled natural beauty, high concentration of organic farms, and protected lands -- had the highest breast, prostate, and melanoma cancer rates in the world, my mother sprung into action. As a young girl, I watched her deftly orchestrate her first campaign to unite boots-on-the-ground vigor, compelling storytelling, and sound scientific research. The question was clear: why had cancer rates skyrocketed? Why? "Why" gets to the root causes of an issue, rather than address supposed symptoms, which can be more costly, dangerous, and short-lived. Why, then, am I running today? Broken policy is failing us all, as fear and vitriol permeate politics. I can no longer watch ...
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Why the EPA Must Clean Up Environmental Racism and Toxic Injustice 29.3.2016 Truthout.com
Environmental injustices are perpetrated against vulnerable populations every day. The Environmental Protection Agency must strengthen its civil rights protections and enforce the law so that low-income residents and communities of color no longer have to bear the brunt of dangerous pollution. The smokestack of the now-defunct Fisk Generating Station, spewing soot, sulfur and mercury over Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. (Photo: Seth Anderson / Flickr ) Fight back against the spread of misinformation perpetuated by mainstream news. Help independent media thrive by making a donation to Truthout today! As the presidential election season forges ahead with myriad discussions about race in the United States, we'd like the candidates to take a hard look at an insidious, pervasive form of racism: the environmental injustices that are being perpetrated against our country's most vulnerable populations every day. In the United States, the costs of pollution are borne disproportionately by African-American, Latino ...
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Sexual assault and the search for justice 29.3.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Every right-thinking person understands that the balance of equality between genders is still markedly tilted towards men. There have been and continue to be progressive steps, but there is a long way to go. And the more so in many parts of the developing world where women are still dramatically disadvantaged -- to say nothing of places like Saudi Arabia and the Daesh-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria where abject medievalism ...
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A Big Week in Court for the Clean Power Plan: Defenders of the Historic Measure File Briefs 29.3.2016 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This is a big week for those of us fighting to protect the Clean Power Plan in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is preparing to hear arguments on the merits of the historic measure to reduce climate pollution and protect public health. Opponents are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) […]
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EPA Files Powerful Defense of the Clean Power Plan in Court 28.3.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EPA Files Powerful Defense of the Clean Power Plan in Court
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Young Girls Learn about Gender Justice and Environmental Stewardship 24.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends" - Mary McLeod Bethune A powerful civil rights activist and educator, Mary McLeod Bethune devoted her career to improving the lives of African Americans. She founded a school, Bethune-Cookman College, and served as president of the National Council of Negro Women and as a top black administrator in the Roosevelt administration. The first headquarters of the council and her last home, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House was declared a National Historic Site under the National Park Service in 1982. In celebration of Women's History Month, the Sierra Club partnered with the National Park Trust to host an Every Kid in a Park event with the terrific fourth grade class from Washington School for Girls in southwest D.C. The Washington School for Girls in Anacostia is a tuition-free Catholic day school, whose students are primarily African-American ...
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Largest U.S. Restaurant Company Targeted over Treatment of Workers, Animals, Environment 24.3.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Friends of the Earth A coalition of environmental, social justice, and animal welfare groups announced a campaign today calling on Olive Garden and its parent company, Darden Restaurant Inc. (DRI), the nation’s largest full-service restaurant employer, to do more to protect animals, the environment and workers by substantially improving their food sourcing and labor practices. ...
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