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The Green Movement Is Lily White. That’s a Problem. 17.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  It’s been 20 years since Esteban González Burchard took a trip to Chicago that changed his life. The asthma researcher had been to the Windy City before, so tourism wasn’t on his agenda. Rather, he was there to attend the American Thoracic […]
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“The Water Stinks.” For Many Rural Americans the Only Choice Is Toxic. 15.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. “I’ll be honest with you,” said Gary Michael Hunt. “You never know when you go in there and turn on the faucet if you have water, or if you ain’t going to have no water.” Hunt, a former coal miner […]
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Cape Town to set up disaster operations HQ for water crisis 28.1.2018 AP Top News
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's police and military will help secure water collection sites in drought-stricken Cape Town if authorities must turn off most taps on what they call "Day Zero," a date currently projected to fall in the first half of April, the city said Sunday....
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Why Climate Change Is Worsening Public Health Problems 26.1.2018 Truthout.com
With your support, Truthout can continue exposing inequality, analyzing policy and reporting on the struggle for a better world. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. Around the world, the health care debate often revolves around access. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, recently announced: "All roads lead to universal health coverage." Discussions for how to translate this vision into a road map for action is central to the agenda of the WHO's executive board meeting this week in Geneva. Yet focusing on access is not enough. The imperative for access must be paired with a frank acknowledgment that climate change is making communities around the world more vulnerable to ill health. A 2017 commission of The Lancet , a leading health research journal, tracked the effects of climate change on health and found evidence of harms "far worse that previously understood." Even as we move to close the access gap, a string of natural disasters in late 2017, including ...
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The Health 202: Health care is still a top issue for voters in 2018. But Republicans lack a script. 26.1.2018 Washington Post
The Health 202: Health care is still a top issue for voters in 2018. But Republicans lack a script.
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Are there zombie viruses in the thawing permafrost? 25.1.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
There's a new fear from climate change: Bacteria and viruses buried in frozen ground coming back to life as the Arctic warms up. We went digging in permafrost to find out how worried we should be.
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Report: The Trump Administration Really Has Very Little Use for Scientists 24.1.2018 Mother Jones
Once more, the Trump administration has upset the norms. For decades, scientists have provided expert advice to the White House and federal agencies, helping inform decisions that affect the nation’s health and safety. But, according to a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists released last week, the Trump administration has neglected, suspended, or disbanded many science advisory committees.  Their members have been “serving […]
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Air Pollution Killed More Than 6 Million People in 2016 24.1.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A thick smog settled over New Delhi as winter began in India last year, forcing medical professionals to declare a public health emergency. Residents swarmed local hospitals complaining of respiratory problems. Cricket players were forced to put on anti-pollution masks during […]
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How to save the ‘tropical rainforests’ of the ocean 10.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
How to save the ‘tropical rainforests’ of the ocean
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Is Climate Change Impacting Your Mental Health? 7.1.2018 Truthout.com
We already know that  climate change  comes with major public health implications, like the spread of disease as  climate refugees  flee their homelands and live in close-packed conditions with inadequate sanitation. What we're now growing to understand is that this includes not just physical, but also  mental health . If world governments don't rise to the challenge, they could face a human-made mental health crisis at a very large scale. On the most superficial level, the connection is probably pretty easy to make: Climate change can create stress, which can exacerbate or trigger mental health problems. In addition to depression, people may experience anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and a variety of other intense emotional responses to changing conditions. In 2017, severe hurricanes highlighted the fact that surviving a major storm can leave people with a significant psychological legacy. In the aftermath of  Hurricane Sandy , for example, people developed anxiety, PTSD and survivor's guilt in ...
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Trump's troubling use of language is straight out of '1984' 26.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: The Times’ Dec. 19 editorial, “Talking about climate change in Orwellian doublespeak doesn’t make it go away,” began with this sentence: “If President Trump were a reader of books, we’d recommend a nearly 70-year-old novel to him because it illustrates nicely both the absurdity and...

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How a Culture of Fear Helped Propel Trump Into the White House 24.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
It's impossible to imagine Trump's presidency outside of the pervasive culture of fear and anxiety that has been cultivated in the US by the news media and corporations that stand to make money off people's anxieties, says Sasha Abramsky, author of Jumping at Shadows. Optimistic, hopeful people have no reason to elect a demagogue. Melissa Gerber (L) and Sandra Serralde (R) comfort each other beside 58 white crosses for the victims of the mass shooting on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, October 6, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Why don't we develop a strategy to reduce gun violence, which is exponentially more deadly than terrorism in the United States?" asks author Sasha Abramsky. "What makes our fears irrational?" (Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images) Fear, throughout history, has shaped politics and culture. It is the stimulus for forming virulent stereotypes and ludicrous conspiracy theories. In Jumping at Shadows, author Sasha Abramsky explores the forces that make fear such a potent force in ...
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GOPspeak: Fighting the Anti-Trump Bias One Word at a Time 23.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Yes, Trump is correct, there is a definite bias against the Republican Party. It's called quantifiable reality. When accurately reported, we call it "truth." And when people are exposed to truth and tellers of truth, they tend to turn against Trump and his loyalists. Truth, it turns out, is biased. Those exposed to it often think differently, become different people, and as such, vote differently. Neither truth nor the realities it supports are balanced. For the Trump team, reality is a motherfucker and has to be suppressed at all costs. An Anti-Trump Conspiracy Journalists, when they do their jobs, report the truth. This puts the press part and parcel at the center of an anti-Trump conspiracy. By the very nature of their profession, they conspire to build on each other's work, pick up where others leave off, and craft their reporting around growing bodies of evidence, growing like cancers on the dreams of fascists. At the core of this truth-telling conspiracy are words. Without words journalists could ...
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Trump administration targets certain words, and the bureaucracy pushes back 21.12.2017 Washington Post
The effort to remove certain words such as “entitlement,” “transgender” and “diversity” and replace them with other terms is much broader than originally thought, sparking resistance from career officials in multiple federal agencies, outside experts and congressional Democrats.
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CDC denies banning words; rights group projects disputed terms onto Trump D.C. hotel 20.12.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
"Diversity." "Transgender." "Fetus." A Washington Post report, which the Trump administration denies, says that CDC scientists were told not to use those and other words in budgetary documents.
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If your bliss is ignorance, Trump is your friend 20.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

If your bliss is ignorance, this is a great time to be alive in the U.S. It’s always been easy to shut out the facts, especially when they don’t confirm your deeply held views on contentious issues. But wouldn't it be even easier if there were no facts at all?

That’s where the Trump administration...

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California needs more homes, but in the right places 20.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

California has a debilitating housing shortage that is driving up rents and home prices, fueling an increase in homelessness and handicapping efforts to attract and retain businesses. The state needs another 3.5 million homes by 2025 to meet population and market demands, according to one analysis...

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Talking about climate change in Orwellian doublespeak doesn't make it go away 20.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

If President Trump were a reader of books, we’d recommend a nearly 70-year-old novel to him, because it illustrates nicely both the absurdity and the danger of perverting language for political ends. The book is George Orwell’s “1984,” which gave us the concept of “Newspeak,” a language invented...

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China launches the world’s biggest carbon trading scheme 19.12.2017 L.A. Times - World News

China launched a nationwide carbon-trading scheme Tuesday, solidifying the country’s role as an emerging leader in the fight against climate change.

The market will initially cover about 1,700 of the country’s coal- and natural-gas-based power-generating companies, accounting for about 3 billion...

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Donald Trump Has Decided Global Warming Is No Longer a Threat to National Security 19.12.2017 Mother Jones
In a striking departure from the previous administration’s emphasis on the challenges posed by global warming, President Donald Trump’s first national security strategy does not list climate change as a threat to American interests. “With the strategy I am announcing today, we are declaring that America is in the game and America is going to win,” Trump said during a […]
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