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Can we balance the energy trilemma? 27.10.2016
Countries need to see a comprehensive global energy policy in order to do their part in achieving the Paris Agreement goals.
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"We've Never Seen the Government Stand Up to the Fossil Fuel Industry": Tim DeChristopher on Our Climate Future 24.10.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Tim DeChristopher. (Photo: Dahr Jamail) Tim DeChristopher is one of the leading climate activists in the US and a thorn in the side of the fossil fuel industry. In this exclusive Truthout interview, he discusses the moral agency and importance of direct confrontational civil disobedience for the climate justice movement. Tim DeChristopher. (Photo: Dahr Jamail) In 2008, Tim DeChristopher found himself bidding for parcels of public land around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks of Utah at an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction. A climate activist acting as a bidder at the auction, DeChristopher ended up successfully winning 22,500 acres of land by bidding a total of $1.8 million, which he never intended to pay one nickel of, hence effectively killing the auction. Taken into custody by federal agents, DeChristopher ended up serving 21 months in prison for his action, despite the US Department of the Interior cancelling many of the leases just after the auction. To see more ...
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The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague 21.10.2016 Views
Ronnie Cummins

We are today in the midst of a battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture. One is the agro-ecological approach based on the use of open source traditional seeds based on biodiversity and living in harmony with nature. The other is the mechanistic world of an industrial system based on monocultures, one-way extraction and the use of pesticides, poisons and GMOs, where chemical cartels compete to take over our agriculture and food systems, destroying our ecosystems along the way.” - Brochure for The People’s Assembly, The Hague, Oct.

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Can upscale chocolate uproot deforestation in Haiti? 19.10.2016 Design & Innovation |
Dandelion, Raaka Chocolate and Valrhona are among the chocolate makers eyeing ways to combat poverty and renew the land.
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Capitalist Ideology And The Myth Of The Individual Self, Part 1: Competing Autonomous Individual Agents 19.10.2016 Politics on
What’s The Problem? Every age has had its share of troubles, but seldom has the old saying “He who can still laugh has not yet heard the news” been more credible than it is today. TV and radio are describing one large-scale disaster after another almost daily: widespread hunger, de- and re-jected refugees, seemingly endless wars, multiple mindless shootings, grinding poverty alongside obscene wealth, catastrophic environmental degradation, the threat of nuclear annihilation, eroding democracy, epidemics. Meanwhile, fear, demagoguery and hatred are steadily rending the social fabric both in the U.S. and abroad. Virtually all of these wretched conditions can be traced to human activity, and it should therefore be human activity we must look to for repair. Everyone knows this, yet with few exceptions these horrific conditions are continuing to worsen in number, scope and severity rather than improve, as most people are apparently waiting for others to act even while they seem to be listening with increasing ...
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Three Ways Investors Can Drive Environmental Gains 12.10.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Sean Wright Investors can be powerful change agents when it comes to the environment. Investors have capital which they can allocate in ways that either help or hurt the environment. They also have significant influence with the companies they invest in and with policymakers globally, both critical stakeholders when it comes to improving the environment. While some investors are already working at the nexus of the environment and finance, given the earth’s pressing environmental challenges like climate change, overfishing and deforestation, there has never been a greater need for all investors to engage on sustainability issues. For example, private capital will be essential in order to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change – a recent UN study estimated that it will require roughly $90 trillion dollars, much more than philanthropic or public (i.e., government) investments can fund. Of course, investors should consider environmental issues not just to do good, but also because the returns often ...
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Why Clean Energy Is Center Stage on International Day of Peace 19.9.2016 Green on
Each year since 1981, the United Nations (UN) recognizes an International Day of Peace on September 21. The day is intended to strengthen peace both within and among nations. As an environmental advocate, I can't help but think about the effects of climate change on the current state of global peace. And while there are a few climate deniers out there, those who have looked at the science are saying climate change poses a serious threat to global security and peace. Fortunately, the UN agrees - which is why they chose to focus this year's International Peace Day on Sustainable Development Goals . Unanimously adopted by all 193 UN member states, the Sustainable Development Goals are broken down into 17 focus areas and are part of a broader agenda to fight inequality, injustice, and climate change by 2030. Goal 7 - "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all" - is a hugely important part of fostering global peace. The world needs affordable, reliable electricity to heat, ...
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Mining Leaves a Wisconsin Tribe's Hallowed Sites at Risk 19.9.2016 Headlines
Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News

Guy Reiter was an archaeologist before he was an activist. But the two merged after a dream six years ago.

“I was in a van and when we drove by the White Rapids I looked over and saw an elder sitting on a dam, in full Indian regalia,” Reiter says. “He flagged me down, I climbed the dam, and he started talking to me in Menominee.”

Menominee is the language of Reiter’s tribe, the Menominee Indians of Wisconsin. The dam is on the Menominee River, where the history of the tribe begins.

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These Minneapolis Bicyclists Will Take You on a Spirited Tour -- Of Their Polluted Neighborhood 17.9.2016
A gaggle of cyclists touring Minneapolis' East Phillips neighborhood is led by Jose Luis Villasenor, who is tugging a 1,200-watt speaker blaring Latin tunes. The group's energy is infectious. People from passing cars cheer on the cyclists or excitedly shout, "Who are you guys?" This is Villasenor's Toxic Bike Tour, a racially diverse mix of bicyclists coming together to check out environmental injustice in East Phillips. They ride past thick clouds of smoke and the diesel smell of idling trucks. Villasenor explains the health effects of arsenic and lead on residents. Villasenor is the executive director of Tamales y Bicicletas, an urban grassroots organization that mobilizes communities of color to take on environmental advocacy through sustainable cultural practices, like bicycling and growing traditional foods. Villasenor hopes his spirited tour will inspire people in his neighborhood to fight environmental injustice and health disparities. "I'm Mexicano, and when [the Latino community] talks about ...
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Welcome to the Anthropocene, are environmentalists equipped to respond? 15.9.2016 - News for the rest of us
On September 5, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, members of the "Working Group on the Anthropocene" presented findings of their research to the annual International Geological Congress. A research paper by the group of 35 scientists, commissioned by the Congress, was published in January of this year, concluding that a new, "functionally and stratigraphically distinct" unit of geologic time has ...
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Press Advisory: 600+ Campaign Nonviolence Events Across USA Next Week! 14.9.2016 Newswire
Campaign Nonviolence

Flurry of 600-plus events in all 50 states Sept. 18-24 spotlight annual week of nonviolent action in a violent nation & world during final stretch of presidential election

National grassroots movement targeting third week of September organized by

• A Chicago priest will lead thousands marching against gun violence in the Southside.

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Far From Over: Four Lessons Non-Natives Can Learn From #NoDAPL 14.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Many celebrated  the decision of three government agencies  this past Friday, in opposition to the ruling of a federal judge, that Dakota Access cease building the Bakken Pipeline until reviews could be made of the Army Corps' construction plans. In an effort to block the pipeline's path, the largest gathering of Native people in the US in decades has been occurring near the Standing Rock reservation since April 1st. Only recently has their resistance been receiving attention outside of indigenous activist circles. This is due in large part to escalation in the militant tactics of Lakota protectors -- who have chained themselves to bulldozers and broken the ranks of corporate security to interrupt the desecration of sacred sites, halting construction on multiple occasions long before the official statement from the DOJ. Native organizers have  reminded us over the weekend  that this is not the end of the fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. As powers attempt to slow momentum and direct attention ...
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The Native American, the Palestinian: A Spirited Fight for Justice 14.9.2016 Views
Ramzy Baroud

Thousands of Native Americans resurrected the fighting spirit of their forefathers as they stood in unprecedented unity to contest an oil company’s desecration of their sacred land in North Dakota. Considering its burdened historical context, this has been one of the most moving events in recent memory.

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Shifting Power to Protect People and Planet 12.9.2016 Green on
Last year, the world agreed an important to-do list for humanity. The Sustainable Development Goals set out a vision to end poverty by 2030, to turn the tide on soaring levels of inequality and to accelerate the transition to a world run on safe, renewable energy . However, these goals - like too many agreed by government summits before - will not be met unless the next 15 years sees a fundamental shift in the distribution of power. Nothing less will be required to deliver prosperity for all while staying within the ecological limits nature sets us. A redistribution of political and economic power is a precondition for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Dalberg , a global development platform, asked thought leaders from around the world to make 17 Big Bets about our world in 2030. Our big bet is that we can shift power to protect people and planet effectively by 2030. We are optimistic because the work to get us there has already started. Across the world, citizens are joining together and ...
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The Politics of Nonviolence 10.9.2016 Views
Rev. John Dear

What a summer! Like everyone else, I’m trying to make some sense of it, and figure out a thoughtful response. We’ve suffered through the mainstream media’s non-stop broadcast of the dirty politics of hatred, scape-goating, and war-mongering, particularly by Mr. Trump. We’ve undergone shootings by white police officers of unarmed African Americans, and even shootings of police, as well as massacres in Orlando and Nice, not to mention the daily U.S. massacres in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen.

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Environmental Justice Leaders Confront The 'Value Gap' 9.9.2016 Politics on
There's a photograph in my office that serves as a poignant reminder. It depicts a sign pointing to a "colored waiting area" from a Greyhound bus terminal. The image reminds me that the nation's benefits and burdens are still distributed in ways that privilege white skin over black and brown skin. African Americans and other people of color still suffer disproportionate burdens in so many areas of life. While blatantly race-based laws and "colored" signs are no longer used to engineer privileges for whites while subjugating people of color, implicit racism is still at work, continuing to reaffirm social and economic inequality. White Americans still benefit from generational wealth and color privilege in nearly every measurable aspect of life. They earn more , have better healthcare and more educational resources than people of color. And people of color have less access to drinking water and modern sanitation and face more environmental pollution. Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude addresses how the ...
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How sustainability leaders deal with bullies 29.8.2016 Design & Innovation |
Part Two of a three-part series. Read Part One here.I cut my teeth on sustainability pressure in the late 1980s, when McDonald’s for the first time was attacked and vilified — at the time, over packaging and waste.
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California Raises the Bar with Ambitious Climate Legislation 24.8.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
California Raises the Bar with Ambitious Climate Legislation
Climate Change This Week: Heating Up, Melting Away, Upping Wind Power, and More! 24.8.2016 Green on
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, like this Jeweled Flower Mantis found in Asian forests, is another reason to save these important ecosystems. Source Pinterest Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon OO Malaysia: Sarawak Establishes 2+ Million Acres Of Protected Areas and may add 1.1 million more... now will these truly be protected from illegal deforestation? Stay tuned, folks. <> Credit Dan at OO Rising Temperatures Stunt Tree Growth new research finds iconic Douglas firs across the West are water- and heat-stressed. Rising Temperatures Fuel Fires - the Sobranes, CA wildfire has destroyed nearly 70,000 acres of forest and destroyed over 40 homes. Source OO 43 Large US West Wildfires as of August 24, 2016 shows the US Forest Service wildfire map. OO New England Is Being Deforested since the 1980s due to expansion of affluent suburbs, says a new study; since then 5% of its forests has been ...
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Forget GMOs. Pesticides Pose the Real Risk 23.8.2016 American Prospect
A tractor spreads chemicals on his crop as Hastings, Florida, resident Brian Hunt watches.    The latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveal that Americans’ appetite for locally grown, organic food is growing. Consumers want to know where their food comes from and what’s in it. Most polls show that the vast majority of Americans also support mandatory labels for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Nearly half of Americans think scientists have found risks associated with eating GM foods even though they haven’t, according to a recent survey by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. “People don’t know very much about the science, and they don’t know that GMOs have been in the food supply for 20 years,” says William Hallman, who ran the survey. “They just know they don’t like it.” Last month, after years of contentious debate, President Obama signed legislation requiring the first national GMO labeling standard. (Labeling advocates aren’t happy with the ...
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