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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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Rob Rainer: Politics, poverty and basic income 19.12.2014 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Rob Rainer Rob has temporarily moved on as ED of Basic Income Canada Network to work as interim ED with the Green Party. Listen in today as he gets a little more political, talks about social justice and why dealing with poverty matters. Rob has 20 years of experience in not-for-profit leadership, primarily in environmental conservation and sustainable development and more recently concerning poverty in Canada. He has been described as a mentor who is "light on my feet" with respect to his capacity to initiate and make ...
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Mitch McConnell: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Be My First Bill 17.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will take charge of the chamber next month when the new GOP-led Congress takes office, offered a taste of his priorities Tuesday, telling reporters the first action taken on his watch will be passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A bill offered by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) that would mandate the construction of the pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast almost passed in the waning days of this Congress. It would be nearly certain to succeed in a Republican-led Senate, much as it has repeatedly passed in the GOP-led House. "The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline, the Hoeven bill," McConnell told reporters at his final Capitol Hill news conference of the year. "It will be open for amendment, and I hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments," McConnell said. "There will be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process. But we'll move ...
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Mitch McConnell: Keystone Pipeline Will Be My First Bill 17.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will take charge of the chamber next month when the new GOP-led Congress takes office, offered a taste of his priorities Tuesday, telling reporters the first action taken on his watch will be passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A bill offered by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) that would mandate the construction of the pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast almost passed in the waning days of this Congress. It would be nearly certain to succeed in a Republican-led Senate, much as it has repeatedly passed in the GOP-led House. "The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline, the Hoeven bill," McConnell told reporters at his final Capitol Hill news conference of the year. "It will be open for amendment, and I hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments," McConnell said. "There will be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process. But we'll move ...
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At the Heart of COP20: Loss and Damage 17.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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At the Heart of COP20: Loss and Damage 14.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Bianca Jagger at COP20, at the Ministry of Defence, Lima Peru I am writing from Lima, Peru, where the 20th Conference of Parties (COP) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was supposed to be coming to a close... there has been wrangling all night, the closing plenary of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) has finished without a concrete result. The COP President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal was meeting with countries and country blocs to see if agreement can be reached before decision-makers return home. The name of the outcome document that will result at Lima has been discussed. In the past we have had the Kyoto Protocol, the Copenhagen Accord, the Cancun Agreement, the Durban Platform and the Warsaw Framework. The name 'Lima Action Platform is being suggested, or LAP.' 'LAP' may end up standing for 'Lack of Action and Progress.' Over the past thirteen days world leaders and representatives from 195 countries, members of the business ...
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Read the Comments 13.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Riding alone on the D.C. Metro Silver Line late last Thursday night, I shut my laptop in disgust. I had just left my sister's house in northern Virginia. And now, reading some comments on a Facebook post had wiped out much of the good feeling of reconnecting with family. The Sierra Club's expression of solidarity for organizations protesting the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other victims of injustice provoked many reactions, some of which were racist, vicious, and crude. So I stopped reading and closed my laptop. Before I go on, let me say that I do realize that spending much time in the comments section online can be a risky proposition. There's even a recently closed Twitter feed, @AvoidComments, that gives several hundred humorous reasons and reminders NOT to read the comments. After all, the Internet can be a place of joy, inspiration, and insight (also, cat videos), but scroll on down to the comments section of just about any high-profile news item and you'll often find seemingly ...
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Standing Up with Those Who Stand for Justice 13.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Rhea Suh, President of NRDC, New York City: Working on environmental issues, I’ve seen firsthand the ways that communities of color too often suffer first, and suffer most, from pollution that poisons our waters and air, our communities, and our food. For people consigned to living on the...
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Top 10 ethical travel destinations for 2015 12.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
With so many developing destinations fighting it out for international tourists, it's not surprising that some travelers make a point of avoiding the ones with weak human rights and environmental records.
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Climate Justice Exposed on Human Rights Day 10.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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'The Alarm Bells are Ringing': From Athletes to Environmentalists, a Universal Call for Racial Justice Emerges 10.12.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Organizer in Chief? 9.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Occasionally, President Barack Obama reminds us that he was once a community organizer. In his interview Monday night with BET News, Obama said that he had invited some people who have been organizing protests against police misconduct to meet with him at the White House last week. "Because the old adage, power concedes nothing without a fight -- I think that's true," Obama said. Obama was closely paraphrasing a statement by the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass that is well-known among community organizers and activists: "Power concedes nothing without a demand." This is not a phrase that most politicians would be familiar with. Obama probably first heard Douglass' words during his three years as a community organizer in Chicago during the 1980s. Douglass' famous one-liner was actually part of a speech he gave on August 3, 1857 in Canandaigua, New York. Civil rights and community organizers rediscovered Douglass' words in the 1960s and they've become a key part of the ideas that young activists ...
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Civil Disobedience Is an Act of Love: An Interview With Tim DeChristopher 8.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Tim DeChristopher. (Photo: Linh Do / Flickr ) On December 19, 2008, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tim DeChristopher raised paddle #70 at a Bureau of Land Management auction, bidding against oil and gas companies in the leasing of Utah’s public lands—many of them situated adjacent to cherished Canyonlands National Park. Bidding started at $2 an acre and at first DeChristopher raised his paddle simply to keep the public’s heritage from going so cheaply. Then he started winning leases. When officials realized he was not a legitimate bidder—e.g., he didn’t represent an oil or gas company, nor did he have the means to pay for the leases he had won—the auction erupted into chaos and was stopped. Tim was arrested and eventually found guilty of two felony charges: violation of the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act and making false statements—even though the auction he disrupted was subsequently ruled illegal. On July 26, 2011, DeChristopher was sentenced to two years in a federal prison, a $10,000 fine, ...
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Why the Sierra Club Can't Be Silent 7.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
During the past week, the Sierra Club has spoken out about Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York City, and President Obama's executive action on immigration. Some have told us that they consider these to be "non-environmental" issues. Here are some quick thoughts on why these issues are so important to address. I'll share more later this week. The Sierra Club believes that all people deserve a healthy planet with clean air and water and a stable climate. All people also deserve equal protection under the law and the right to live their lives free of discrimination and hatred. These issues are not separate. Indeed, we believe that working toward a just, equitable, and transparent society is not only morally necessary but also exactly what we need to confront the unprecedented environmental challenges we face. Injustices in our political system and in our culture empower polluters and lead to the destruction of our most cherished places. Those same injustices often breed hatred, sow division ...
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Reversing Global Warming, Hunger and Poverty: Supercharging the Global Grassroots 5.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Nam Theun 2 Affected Villagers Put Illusions of the ‘Model Project’ in Doubt 3.12.2014 International Rivers Sitewide RSS Feed
By:  Tanya Lee The 1,070 MW Nam Theun 2 Dam in central Laos has attained a legendary but highly contested reputation.  In recent weeks, I travelled to speak with villagers living in the resettlement sites of Nam Theun 2 and downstream along the Xe Bang Fai to find out their assessment of the situation. Women living downstream report they get severe rashes when using the highly turbid river water for household needs, and that they can no longer rely on riverbank gardening because of the fluctuations of the river levels. International Rivers Women living downstream report they get severe rashes when using the highly turbid river water for household needs, and that they can no longer rely on riverbank gardening because of the fluctuations of the river levels. International Rivers. Nov. 2014. While the dam is only in its fourth year of power production, the Nam Theun 2 is consistently upheld by key financiers - including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) ...
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Public Interest and Environmental Groups Call for More Aggressive EPA Rule to Curb Carbon Emissions 1.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Black Elephants, Black Swans, and Tomorrow's Fish 1.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Is it a bit much to say that we are in the midst of a Food Revolution? I suggest that depends on how you view the current conditions on your plate, in your family, in your community, in our nation. Much like the distinction between hearing and listening, what any of us see is related to what you are looking for: climate change observers and bell ringers line up on one side; climate change deniers line up on the other. A 'Black Elephant' as was explained to Thomas Friedman from his New York Times report of the recent World Parks Congress, is "a cross between a 'black swan' (an unlikely, unexpected event with enormous ramifications) and 'the elephant in the room' (a problem that is visible to everyone, yet no one still wants to address it)..." Black Elephants exist in most any sector in which inertia, denial, and other fear-based drivers are stronger than the desire to take actions involving significant change. This nation currently has been willing treat aquaculture as if any fish farmer from any other ...
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Jobs Bills That Don't Create Jobs: What Republican Control Could Mean 30.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) October 7, 2014 The blank list was roundly mocked online . Nonetheless, Boehner and other Republicans trotted out their compendium repeatedly during the campaign, asserting that their legislation would already have created jobs if only the Democratic Senate and President Barack Obama had supported the bills. (They made that claim in part by ignoring the fact that six of the bills had been endorsed or signed by the president.) Republicans ranging from national leaders like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to Senate hopefuls like Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) lauded Boehner's legislation. "We've had 40 bills on job creation, things like opening up our energy for American jobs, Keystone pipeline, reducing tax rates, balancing the budget -- all dying over [there in] the United States Senate," Ryan said on "The Sean Hannity Show" in August. But that message rang hollow for the five economists who reviewed the bills for HuffPost. Almost none of those measures, the economists said, ...
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