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Coalition Sues EPA for Failing to Address Factory Farm Air Pollution 29.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Redefining Business Purpose: Driving Societal and Systems Transformation 27.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A Growing Threat The world faces enormous human development and environmental challenges, from poverty and disease to food security and climate change. Significant progress has been made in the last two decades -- extreme poverty has halved, hunger has reduced and over two billion people have improved access to drinking water. But huge problems remain. Inequality has widened, one in eight people still go to bed hungry and climate change threatens everything we have achieved since the 1960s. Half a century of progress stands to be wiped out within a generation. For too long business has sat on the sidelines, either unable or unwilling to be part of the solution to these systemic challenges. But this is now rapidly changing as the limitations of governments and international bodies to resolve them become ever more apparent, as consumers increasingly are demanding change, and as the cost of inaction starts to exceed the cost of action. The cost of climate change is already high and increasing. The UN ...
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Businesses and Environmental Groups Call on President Obama to Create Clean 'Power India' Initiative 24.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the lead-up to President Obama's visit to India for Republic Day, environmental groups and solar companies -- including Sierra Club, Schneider Electric, OMC Power, d.light, SunFunder, and Simpa Networks -- have sent the President a letter calling for a "Power India" initiative to provide U.S. support for India's ambitious solar goals. This would be a an important building block of U.S.-India collaboration on climate disruption and could help create much needed international momentum on both short-term climate action and on a post-2020 climate agreement. A "Power India" initiative would coordinate bilateral support from agencies such as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), U.S. Export-Import Bank, and USAID, with the goal of unlocking much needed support for clean energy projects and catalyzing the expansion of beyond-the-grid solar markets to help alleviate energy poverty. The call from environmental groups and solar companies asks for the U.S. government to draw lessons learned from ...
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NAACP Releases Tool to Help City Planners Integrate Equity in Resilience Building 24.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Obama Administration Urged to Fast-track Airplane Carbon Cuts 23.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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'Meatless Mondays' Resolution Introduced to New York City Council 22.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Republicans Really Don't Like Obama Taking Credit For Anything 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- After spending the past six years laying the blame for most of the nation's ills on President Barack Obama and his policies, Republicans sure weren't happy that he offered some new proposals and claimed some credit for the country's rebounding economy Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. Obama touted millions of new jobs added on his watch, an economy that's finally growing and a deficit that's shrinking. But Republicans did not want to hear about the successes of what they've derided for years as the "Obama economy." Even before the president spoke, potential 2016 GOP candidate Carly Fiorina declared in an interview that Obama deserves only blame, not credit. "He will apparently declare victory on the economy tonight, but of course, whatever life there is in the economy is not due to his policies, it's in spite of his policies," the former Hewlett-Packard head honcho told Newsmax . Not longer after, another possible 2016 contender, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), went even further, ...
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Bernie Sanders: Obama Won't Propose Chained CPI To Cut Entitlements 16.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will not renew his pursuit of a stealthy cut to Social Security and other entitlement programs by proposing a cheaper way to measure inflation, according to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Many budget-cutters on both sides of the aisle have proposed stemming the growth of entitlement programs by changing the government's standard measure of inflation, the consumer price index, to one that grows more slowly, known as the chained consumer price index. Obama included chained CPI in his budget two years ago as a concession to get Republicans on board, but he dropped it last year. Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said Friday he expects the proposal will not make a return. "It is my understanding that the chained CPI will not be in the president's budget," Sanders said in a Capitol Hill press conference. Sanders called the conference to emphasize that he would aggressively oppose any Republican budget proposals that failed to acknowledge the ...
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RNC Censures Michigan Member David Agema Over Comments On Gays And Muslims 15.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican National Committee's executive committee voted Wednesday to censure Michigan Republican Dave Agema and seek his resignation after he linked to a racist article from Facebook.


At the outset of the RNC's winter meeting near San Diego, Chairman Reince Preibus said the committeeman's "history of harmful and offensive rhetoric" has no place in the party.


The committee also called for Michigan Republicans to explore disciplining Agema.


Agema refused to resign a year ago after criticizing Muslims and gays. The article Agema recently shared includes a purported public defender saying blacks are different and can't "control their impulses as well."


Agema's detractors say he must go. Preibus says the executive committee used "all available tools" to remove him.


Agema says he isn't racist and doesn't support the article's contents.

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How the Great Food War Will Be Won 14.1.2015 Truthout.com
Heirloom carrots and leeks at a farmers market. (Photo: Cyclotourist ) By conventional wisdom it is excellent news. Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. Other researchers, from Berkeley, California, have reached a similar conclusion . Indeed, both findings met with a very enthusiastic reception. The enthusiasm is appropriate, but only if one misses a deep and fundamental point: that even to participate in such a conversation is to fall into a carefully laid trap. The strategic centrepiece of Monsanto's PR, and also that of just about every major commercial participant in the industrialised food system, is to focus on the promotion of one single overarching idea. The big idea that industrial producers in the food system want you to believe is that only they can produce enough for the future population ( Peekhaus 2010 ). Thus non-industrial systems of farming, such as all those which use agroecological methods, or SRI , or ...
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House Tries To Stop All New Government Rules 14.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The House passed a measure Tuesday to dramatically restrict the government's ability to enact any significant new regulations or safety standards, potentially hamstringing the efforts of every federal agency, from financial regulators to safety watchdogs. The measure, called the Regulatory Accountability Act , has been passed by the House before, but stood no chance in the Senate when it was controlled by Democrats. With the GOP in the majority, it is at least likely to get a vote in the upper chamber. The White House has threatened to veto it. Opponents dub the measure a "stealth attack" because it targets obscure parts of the regulatory process that very few people understand, but has such broad scope that it would affect all agencies, from independent regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission to executive branch agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency. "This is using that arcane process to basically undermine the entire regulatory system of the United ...
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Canada's Choice 2015: Trudeau's Liberals are about more than celebrity 13.1.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The Liberal Party of Canada has been out of power for nine years now, since January 2006.  That's when a slew of Liberal scandals ("sponsorship" and the leaking of planned income trust tax provisions, to name just two) handed Stephen Harper and his new-look, hard right (no longer Progressive) Conservatives an unearned victory. The Liberals have been through four leaders since then, counting interim leaders Bob Rae and Bill Graham, and are now on their fifth. The party of today has, quite literally, a new generation of leadership.  The current leader was a young scion making his way in the world, far from politics, when the scandals that brought down the Paul Martin/Jean Chrétien Liberals ...
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Naomi Klein, Climate and Capitalism (Pt. 1) 12.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Naomi Klein's New Climate Book Explains Why the World Is Failing to Protect the Climate In the aftermath of the fractious recently concluded global climate talks in Lima, Peru, Naomi Klein's remarkable book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Simon & Schuster, 2014) takes on new relevance for everyone yearning for solutions to the climate crisis. The book is a deeply insightful and unflinching look at the global threats posed by climate change, environmental devastation, and economic injustice. We must confront them, Klein says, by first ripping away the ideological underpinnings of the political and economic systems that created and perpetuate these parallel crises. That underlying ideology is a belief in the virtues of unregulated, free-market capitalism. After delegitimizing it, we must tackle economic inequality, environmental injustice, and climate change in a unified way, Klein maintains. That's because they are inextricably interrelated and because the climate crisis may be our ...
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Mpls. City Hall faced tempest over tax increase 3.1.2015 Star Tribune: Local
E-mails reveal southwest Minneapolis residents’ venting
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Minneapolis City Hall faced tempest over tax increase 3.1.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
E-mails reveal southwest Minneapolis residents’ venting
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South American commodity boom drives deforestation and land conflicts 1.1.2015 Washington Post: World
BOGOTA, Colombia — A commodity boom has helped pull millions out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It has also unleashed a new scramble for oil, minerals and cropland that is accelerating deforestation and fueling a new wave of land conflicts from Colombia to Chile.Read full article ...
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2014 Kinda Sucked: A Look at Our Slow Descent Into Dystopia 31.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
This year was, to put it as gently as possible, the devil's playground. Oh sure, every year has its horrors and there are far worse annums behind us (the Crusades, anyone?), but 2014 proved to be a year in which long-festering social, environmental, and political problems were exposed in ways we have not seen in a very long ...
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Are We Better Off Than We Were 40 Years Ago? 27.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Nam Theun 2: The World Bank’s narrative of success falls apart 23.12.2014 International Rivers News RSS Feed
“Nam Theun 2 confirmed my longstanding suspicion that the task of building a large dam is just too complex and too damaging.” -- Dr. Thayer Scudder, New York Times, 24 August, 2014. This past August, Dr. Thayer Scudder, a renowned expert on the social and environmental impacts of dams and a prominent member of the Panel of Experts that monitored the Nam Theun 2 hydropower project , openly critiqued this World Bank showcase project. He described Nam Theun 2 as having failed to meet its social and environmental goals, and called it his “final disappointment” in a long career of trying to make large dam projects work better. His words resonated with environmental, social rights and indigenous peoples’ rights groups that have been monitoring the dam’s development in Laos for nearly two decades.  The World Bank approved support for the dam in 2005, which made it possible for other agencies, including the Asian Development Bank, to come forward with financial backing for the dam. Completed in 2010, the US$1.45 ...
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California Energy Efficiency Coalition Offers First Set of Recommendations for New Program Planning Model 19.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Lara Ettenson, Director, California Energy Efficiency Policy, San Francisco: Nearly twenty diverse groups interested in energy efficiency—including consumer and social justice advocates, utilities, local governments, environmental groups, and efficiency program implementers—have been working over the past year to develop recommendations for how the California Public Utilities Commission should transition...
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