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Agenda 21 Conspiracy Theorists Threaten Cities' Sustainability Efforts 23.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DC: I can remember when “Agenda 21” was at the top of NRDC’s international agenda.  In the run-up to the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992, we were actively involved in the final negotiations of Agenda 21 – a 351-page totally-voluntary...
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Reject & Protect: Farmers, Ranchers, and Tribes Protest Keystone XL with Week-Long DC Encampment 22.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

This April 22-27, the Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, will host an encampment on the National Mall for a week’s worth of “Reject and Protect” actions against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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In the Fight Against Climate Change, Mayors Are Leading the Charge 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I tour Park City Green, a mattress recycling facility located in the city's Eco-Technology Park. In 1970, I celebrated the inaugural Earth Day at the age of 14. I was an idealistic middle-school kid who couldn't wait to grow up. And even then, I encouraged folks to join me and the growing chorus opposing pollution and environmental injustices. 1970 was also a year when partisan gridlock wasn't as much of an issue in our nation's capital. A Democratic supermajority in Congress passed a set of national standards and goals for air quality. In addition, Congress passed the National Environmental Policy Act, which forced the government to assess the environmental effects of major projects that it funds before they receive approval. Fast-forward 44 years and a lot changed. I've got four kids, and two of them are fast approaching the 14-year-old mark. And I'm the mayor of Bridgeport , Connecticut's largest city, and also serve as co-chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Change Task ...
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Animal Welfare Activists Picket Liam Neeson's Home Over New York City Horse Carriage Ban 19.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Animal welfare activists picketing Liam Neeson's home on Saturday said they don't agree with him that the city's carriage horses should keep working. Neeson didn't appear as about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Police watched, and doormen photographed protesters hoisting signs with such slogans as "Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!" and "Worked to Death!" with an image of a dead horse in a park. Holding the second sign was Peter Wood, an animal protection investigator for various organizations that say it's cruel for the horses to be subjected to traffic, pollution and possible accidents. "It's 2014, not 1914. It's time for a change," said Wood, who lives in Manhattan. "Horses don't belong in traffic, surrounded by buses. They don't belong in the city; it's outdated, it's cruel," he said, adding, "Life attached to a carriage with a poop bag attached to your rear end — that's no life." Neeson, whose movies include ...
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Save the World, Work Less 19.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Steven Jones

worldSave the world, work less. That dual proposition should have universal appeal in any sane society. And those two ideas are inextricably linked by the realities of global climate change because there is a direct connection between economic activity and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Save the World, Work Less 19.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Steven Jones

worldSave the world, work less. That dual proposition should have universal appeal in any sane society. And those two ideas are inextricably linked by the realities of global climate change because there is a direct connection between economic activity and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Study: Minorities much more exposed to pollution tied to asthma, heart woes 18.4.2014 Twincities.com: Nation

Studies dating from the 1970s have consistently shown that neighborhoods near environmental hazards -- toxic waste sites, landfills, congested highways -- are overwhelmingly poor communities of color.

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'Environmental Injustice': Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution 16.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
'Environmental Injustice': Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution
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Huge gap in pollution exposure by race surprises U of M researchers 16.4.2014 MinnPost
By now you probably know that people of color nationwide have, among other things, higher rates of unemployment, poverty and educational disparity compared to white people. University of Minnesota Julian Marshall Here is one more fact to add to the list: People of color are also exposed to nearly 40 percent more polluted air than whites, according to a University of Minnesota study released Tuesday. The study looks at the differences in pollution exposure by race, income, education and other categories throughout the country, said Julian Marshall, the study’s lead researcher and a civil-engineering associate professor at the University of Minnesota.    “The main ones are race and income, and they both matter,” Marshall said in an interview. “In our findings, however, race matters more than income.” The study, “ National patterns in environmental injustice and inequality: Outdoor NO2 air pollution in the United States ,” found that people of color are exposed to 38 percent more outdoor nitrogen dioxide ...
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Growth for Growth's Sake Will Kill Us All 11.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Gar Alperovitz

One economic fact is held to be self-evident: that the future well-being of the United States requires economic growth — preferably, as much of it as we can muster. Despite wildly divergent policy recommendations, this basic assumption is made clear and explicit by everyone from the fiscally conservative Club for Growth to the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

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Exxon Report Claims World 'Highly Unlikely' To Limit Fossil Fuels, Despite Risks 1.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — On the same day the world's scientists issued their latest report on climate change and the risks it poses to society, the nation's biggest oil and gas company said the world's climate policies are "highly unlikely" to stop it from selling fossil fuels far into the future. Exxon Mobil issued a report Monday on the risks that climate change policies could pose to the value of its assets and future profitability, by coincidence on the same day as the latest paper by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a Nobel Prize-winning United Nations group assembled to assess the science and risks of climate change. Both Exxon and its critics used IPCC research to bolster their cases. Exxon's report was in response to the contentions of some shareholders and environmental activists that the assets underpinning the value of Exxon and other fossil fuel companies will be worth less as society restricts consumption of fossil fuels to fight climate change. The report, the first detailed response ...
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Exxon: Climate change rules won't halt oil and gas; fuels too important for global development 1.4.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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UN science report: Warming worsens security woes 1.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
In an authoritative report due out Monday a United Nations climate panel for the first time is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees.
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More Than Corruption Threatens the Integrity of Our Democracy 31.3.2014 American Prospect
W hat does it mean to corrupt an elected official? A coal executive walks into a member of Congress’s office with a $100,000 check in hand and says, “I will hand you this check if, and only if, you vote against any fracking permits on federal land—it’s bad for the local water supply, and besides I don’t need the competition.” The Representative accepts the check and then votes “nay” when the time comes. Is that corrupt? Most people would say yes—it’s a paradigm case. After all, there is a quid pro quo exchange—you do this, I give you that. Does it make a difference if that check goes into the Congressman’s personal pocket, his campaign account, or to an allied Super PAC? Probably not to most people. The Congressman wants to be re-elected, probably more than he wants a Porsche, so either of the latter scenarios certainly provides a thing of value. Now what if an environmental group walks into the same Congressman’s office and says “We’re here to talk to you about the upcoming vote on ...
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UN Report: Global Warming Worsens Security Woes 30.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
UN Report: Global Warming Worsens Security Woes
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UN science report: Warming worsens security woes 30.3.2014 AP Top News
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- In an authoritative report due out Monday a United Nations climate panel for the first time is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees....
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UN science report: Warming worsens security woes 30.3.2014 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — In an authoritative report due out Monday a United Nations climate panel for the first time is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees. ...
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World's Biggest Coal Company, World's Biggest PR Firm Pair Up To Promote Coal For Poor People 28.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
World's Biggest Coal Company, World's Biggest PR Firm Pair Up To Promote Coal For Poor People
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China loses trade dispute over rare earth exports 26.3.2014 Yahoo: Business
GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China has lost a dispute at the World Trade Organization over restrictions on its exports of rare earths and metals, handing Europe and the United States a victory over what they see as Beijing's unfair trade practices. China produces more than 90 percent of the world's rare earths, which are used in a wide range of applications in sectors like renewable energy, telecommunications and defense. The United States, European Union and Japan complained export restrictions on the highly prized commodities gave Chinese companies in key high-tech sectors an unfair competitive edge, while China said limits were needed to prevent over-mining. The European Commission said the WTO ruling on rare earths, as well as the metals tungsten, and molybdenum, meant China could not justify export limits for environmental protection or conservation policy. ...
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Fair and Sustainable? Organic Elite Build an Environmentally Destructive Distribution Center 25.3.2014 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

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