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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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Democratic candidates eye taxes to ease wealth gap 22.3.2014 Philly.com News
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Under the banner of fairness and equality, the Democratic candidates for governor are proposing a grab bag of changes in Pennsylvania tax laws that would tap wealthy taxpayers and businesses to ease the economic pain of the middle class and the poor.
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Equity + Sustainability = Sharing Globally 21.3.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Rajesh Makwana At a time when the risk of civilizational collapse is widely forewarned, it is time to recognise that the call for sharing is a cause that can unite concerned citizens working on a diverse range of interconnected global issues. (Photo credit: Adam Rummer / Flickr / creative commons) read ...
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Nasa-Funded Study: Industrial Civilisation Headed for 'Irreversible Collapse'? 18.3.2014 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system

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The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America. 17.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Low-wage workers and their allies have filled the streets of America's major cities, demanding a living wage and the right to bargain for wages and benefits. Their basic demand, echoed now by political leaders, is that full-time work should pay enough to keep a family out of poverty. The cry of "break up the big banks" is now heard from protests at bank shareholder meetings to the halls of Congress. Many of the groups who worked to pass the Dodd-Frank bill have joined with housing advocates and others to demand Wall Street prosecutions - and real bank reform championed by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Warren. Lawrence Summers, President Obama's top choice for Chair of the Federal Reserve, was stopped from getting that important job by a coalition of civic activists, including women and financial reform groups. Their favorite, Janet Yellen, was appointed instead. The national debate on the future or Social Security has been flipped - from "Stop cutting benefits" to "Expand Social ...
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U.S. Groups Voice Concerns about Meat Industry Demands in Transatlantic Trade Deal 13.3.2014 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Trade negotiators from the United States and the European Union are meeting in Brussels this week behind closed doors to inch towards a transatlantic free trade agreement, benignly referred to as the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment partnership (TTIP).

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Why Protecting the Environment 'For Future Generations' Is a Bad Idea 13.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Why Protecting the Environment 'For Future Generations' Is a Bad Idea
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Dear Mr. Harper, we need to talk about violence against Indigenous women 11.3.2014 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Letter to Prime Minister Harper on the issue of violence against Indigenous women March 7, 2014 The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Langevin Block Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister Harper, The recent violent death of Loretta Saunders, an Innu woman in Nova Scotia, has compelled Greenpeace to share our perspectives on violence against Indigenous women in Canada, how they relate to environmental responsibility and to specifically call on your government to develop a comprehensive national response to this problem that affects all people in Canada. read ...
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