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How Much Attention Does Climate Change Warrant? A Conversation With Climate Scientist and Energy Technology and Public Policy Expert David Keith 18.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored by Yifan Wu, Fellow, Harvard College Effective Altruism David Keith is Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. His academic work currently focuses on solar geoengineering: assessments of the technology, public engagement with its social consequences, and the development of related public policies and governance mechanisms. Following years of research on direct air capture, Keith founded and currently serves as the president of Carbon Engineering, a Calgary-based start-up that works on capturing carbon dioxide from ambient air to produce low-carbon fuels for transportation on an industrial scale. Keith also co-manages the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research, a multimillion-dollar philanthropic geoengineering research fund established by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Keith was named Canadian Geographic's Environmental Scientist of the Year in 2006 and one of TIME magazine's Heroes of ...
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A view from Burnaby Mountain: Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything 14.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Fight of the Century: Localization in a Globalized World 14.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Environmental justice, gender justice and Dalhousie's leadership 12.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Over the course of the past academic year, Dalhousie University's President and Board of Governors have made myriad decisions, large and small, that have demonstrated an unwillingness to prioritize the needs of students. It is not the first year that this has happened. This year, however, some of these decisions have made national ...
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Quebec City: Huge March Raises Temperature 12.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Quebec City: Huge March Raises Temperature
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Environmental justice, gender justice, and Dalhousie's leadership 12.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Quebec City: biggest climate march in recent Canadian history 12.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
It was far and away the biggest march on climate in Canadian history.  Yesterday in a wide swath of red, thousands upon thousands of people hit the streets in quiet Quebec City with a cacophony of chants, drums and quiet conversations snaking through the tiny ancient streets of the old city emerging into a park. There organizers distributed large, square red construction paper.  As one, we raised our voices and our red squares forming a giant thermometer as seen from the sky.  A meme instantly appeared on social media under the thermometer: “We are reaching the boiling point, so has our planet.”  It was a combination of genius and good ...
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Nature's Trust (Part 1) 7.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We are overwhelmed by the daily litany of environmental disaster. We see the pictures and hear the voices of places and people whose lives have been tragically affected by the global compulsion to grow, not just to meet the needs of ever-increasing population but also to feed a system driven by unrestrained consumption of goods and services derived from the excessive and unsustainable extraction of natural resources. Knowing full well the inevitable collapse of such a society, we nevertheless carry on, indifferent to the destruction around us, the alternative possibilities, and the exponential risk to the lives of our children. We face a global despondency that finds form in a poisoned landscape, poverty, political disaffection, and social unrest. Some live well at the expense of many who live miserably; income disparity grows; vested interests corrupt the political process to near paralysis; the world, even from the most privileged perspective, looks nervous, angry, volatile, delimited, and lost. We ask ...
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A rap battle against the tar sands 4.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Hip hop is conflict music. Forged in the fires (sometimes literally) of racial tensions, de facto segregation, and violence by police and vigilantes against blacks in 1970s New York, hip hop would grow up watching the crack epidemic spread like a disease through the black American community 1980s. It watched -- and was influenced by -- the widespread gang violence of the 1990s. It has served, since its birth, as a mouthpiece for the angers, desires, fears and dreams of the oppressed. Whether it’s Chuck D laying down rhymes about fighting the power, or Nas waxing poetic about the NY state of mind, hip hop is and has always been a reflection of the society around ...
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Challenging the Power of the One Percent 3.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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New Report Debunks 'Myth' That GMOs are Key to Feeding the World 2.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Ed Broadbent on 'Building a Better Canada' and Progress Summit 2015 27.3.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Friday, March 27, 2015 On Friday March 27, Ed Broadbent delivered this opening address to the Progress Summit 2015. On Friday March 27, Ed Broadbent delivered this opening address to the audience Progress Summit 2015 . Please read the full text below.   Bon matin tout le monde. Thank you, Chief Whiteduck, for welcoming us to your traditional territory. And thank you, Joy, for that splendid gender neutral version of our national anthem. On behalf of the hard-working team at the Broadbent Institute, I welcome all of you to the second annual Progress ...
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"All Japan" vs. "All Okinawa": Abe Shinzo's Military-First Politics 22.3.2015 Truthout.com
A grand, and massively unequal, struggle over the future of Japan is underway. At sea, a miniscule flotilla of canoes and kayaks confronts a solid wall of National Coastguard ships and on land a few hundred protesters face off 24 hours a day against riot police outside Camp Schwab Marine Corps base, trying in vain to halt the delivery of materials for the construction of a new Marine Corps base on Oura Bay. As Okinawa struggles to assert and give shape to its new form of “All Okinawa” politics, its struggle is waged against the backdrop of nation-wide indifference, reinforced by the silence of the press, amounting to a national consensus of support for the discrimination and violent repression meted out by the be government, a contemporary soryokusen (All-Out War) in which Abe’s “All Japan” brings to bear the “irresistible force” of state power upon the “immovable object” of “All Okinawa” resistance. Should the state now proceed to crush, divide, and remove that resistance, the crystallization of an ...
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From Basic Income to Social Dividends: Sharing the Value of Common Resources 20.3.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Republicans Vote To Hide Costs Of Repealing Obamacare In Budget 20.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee voted Thursday to shield attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from objections that it would add to the government's budget deficit. The budget resolution for 2016 includes what are known as reconciliation instructions that tell several congressional committees to come up with ways to undo Obamacare. Such reconciliation measures only require 51 votes to pass in the Senate. But the spending plan also includes language that allows lawmakers to raise what are known as budget points of order against any legislation that would add more than $5 billion to the deficit, and block it. According to the last estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, repealing Obamcare would add $210 billion to the deficit . That would seem to make it likely that any Obamacare repeal effort would run afoul of a point of order, which takes 60 votes to surmount. So, later in the resolution, it exempts an attempt to repeal Obamacare from those points of order. "What we ...
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Bernie Sanders Rails Against GOP Budget As Boost To Income Inequality 19.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- To Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the new Republican budgets offered this week aren't so much spending blueprints as they are promises to help the rich get richer and boost income inequality. There are some large differences between the House GOP budget offered Tuesday and the Senate plan unveiled Wednesday. The House version includes deeper cuts to the safety net, for example, along with significantly greater military spending. But to Sanders, the top minority member of the Senate Budget Committee, neither version of the budget would do much to help working-class Americans, students, the elderly or the sick -- although they both offer plenty of handouts to wealthy taxpayers and corporations. "At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, my Republican colleagues apparently believe that the richest people in this country need to be made even richer," said Sanders after Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) unveiled the Senate document at a committee meeting Wednesday. "It is ...
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Why Congress' Obamacare Doomsday Cult Can't Admit It Was Wrong 16.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- In the 1950s, the psychologist Leon Festinger became fascinated by a Chicago woman pseudonymously named Marian Keech, who convinced herself and a surprising number of others that the world was about to end in a biblical flood. When aliens didn’t arrive in spaceships to save Keech and her followers on Dec. 21, 1954, as she predicted, it did not, at least as far as Keech’s followers were concerned, reveal her as a fraud. But it did inspire Festinger and his colleagues, who infiltrated Keech’s group, to formulate one of modern psychology’s most important new schools of thought -- the theory of cognitive dissonance, which they detailed in the 1956 book When Prophecy Fails . The United States Congress is not a UFO cult. But its members are all too human, and the floors of its deliberative chambers offer exceptionally fertile ground for hatching all manner of prophecies, often of the frightening variety. They aren’t usually as specific as Marian Keech. Nor are many willing to espouse such ...
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Age of Sustainable Development: Good lives for all? 14.3.2015 New Scientists HIV
Top sustainable-development guru Jeffrey Sachs can get world leaders on board for saving the planet, but is the optimism of his vision ...
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The Perfect Earth Day 13.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earth Day will turn 45 years old next month, and plans are underway for a big party on the National Mall. The Earth Day Network is organizing a celebration on April 18 that will combine star-studded musical performances with serious business, including commitments by national and international officials to marry the goals of curbing climate change and ending poverty. Everyone is invited. It promises to be a ball on the Mall, but two things would make Earth Day even more special this year. The first is a major address by President Obama -- a State of the Union's Environment speech billed as being just as important as the annual State of the Union address. The second would be an event that draws out all the prospective 2016 presidential candidates on their environmental platforms. Why another speech? This should be a big year for the environment. The 2016 presidential race will take shape. Unlike the candidates in 2012, the new bunch should be compelled to get specific about their environmental policies, ...
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What the Netherlands Can Teach Us About Riding Bikes, Sustainable Development & Green Economy 11.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
View from Amsterdam Biking in Amsterdam for a weekend can open your eyes and mind to re-think of renewable sources of energy, an economic sustained growth, and a green and less polluted environment. All coupled up with sports and human well-being. Sustainable development is the key word when we are talking about the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and warming up for the new Sustainable Development Goals that will enter into the scene Post 2015. Goal 7 of the MDGs covers the environmental sustainability of the planet and its limited resources, encouraging national governments to develop and implement strategies for sustainable development, i.e. incorporate the use of a greater amount of renewable energies in the production and consumption of food for instance, or in limiting the emission of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for factories and multinational companies among others. If it all starts from where we are, we should be thinking of the kind of sustainable life we all want, both ...
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