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Road Kill: Side-Swiping the Environmental Protection Act 22.10.2017 Truthout.com
The Pacific walrus was denied protected status early this month. (Photo: US Geological Survey ) Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. A senate appropriations subcommittee, led by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will resist the Trump administration's efforts to slash spending for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department this week. Last summer, Murkowski warned the White House that there was no chance her panel would agree to cut the EPA's $8 billion budget by almost a third. But the budget isn't the only thing that's endangered. The administration is leading a campaign to toss out a growing list of rules and regulations that protect our environment and the all plants and animals that are trying to thrive alongside us. To see more stories like this, visit Moyers & Company at Truthout. An Endangered Act The Endangered Species Act itself is under attack. Since January, congressional Republicans ...
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World Hunger Is Increasing Thanks to Wars and Climate Change 22.10.2017 Truthout.com
Truthout is a nonprofit media organization that survives on a no-frills budget, provided almost entirely by donations from readers like you. Want to make a difference? Make a donation today! Around the globe, about 815 million people -- 11 percent of the world's population -- went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years. Between 1990 and 2015, due largely to a set of sweeping initiatives by the global community, the proportion of undernourished people in the world was cut in half. In 2015, UN member countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals , which doubled down on this success by setting out to end hunger entirely by 2030. But a recent UN report shows that, after years of decline, hunger is on the rise again. As evidenced by nonstop news coverage of floods, fires, refugees and violence, our planet has become a more unstable and less predictable place over the past few years. As these disasters compete for our ...
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“A Nightmare World of Smoke and Ash” 22.10.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  This week, a hurricane broadsided Europe—a rare event considering most of the continent is closer to the North Pole than it is to the tropics. That would have been enough to make worldwide news, but the continent was due for much […]
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'Impossible to save': scientists are watching China's glaciers disappear 21.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Xinjiang has nearly 20,000 glaciers, half of China's total. They're all receding at a record pace -- and will continue to melt, some scientists warn, even if global temperatures stop rising.
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Is billionaire Tom Steyer serious about impeaching Trump or just building his brand? 21.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer has been coy about whether he plans to challenge U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year. But on Friday he committed to running at least one political campaign: impeaching President Trump.

Well, not a political campaign exactly, since impeachment is...

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She began fighting climate change as a child. Now she sits on the DWP's board 21.10.2017 LA Times: Business
From the love for community instilled in her native Colombia, Aura Vasquez grew her passion into the focus of her life's work as an entrepreneur and DWP commissioner.
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Sen. Cantwell introduces amendment to block drilling in Arctic refuge 20.10.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) on Oct. 19 introduced an amendment to the GOP-backed budget to remove language opening a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Her amendment was rejected in a 48-52 vote.
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The Energy 202: Sens. Cantwell and Murkowski generally get along. But Caribou have gotten in the way. 20.10.2017 Washington Post: Politics
anwr, senate budget anwr, arctic national wildlife refuge, lisa murkowski, maria cantwell, scott pruitt epa, puerto rico 10 rossello, rick perry
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Study finds pollution is deadlier than war, disaster, hunger 20.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Environmental pollution -- from filthy air to contaminated water -- is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
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The Daily 202: Obama and Bush deliver calls to action against Trumpism 20.10.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The former presidents emphasize shared values in complementary speeches that remind the country there is another path.
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New Zealand to hold marijuana vote under new leader Ardern 20.10.2017 Washington Post: World
New Zealand is poised to slash immigration, rethink trade deals and vote on legalizing marijuana under a new government that takes office next week. After nine years of conservative rule, liberal Jacinda Ardern was confirmed as the nation’s next prime minister on Thursday, following negotiations after a close September election.
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Study: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger 20.10.2017 Washington Post: World
Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
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Study: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger 20.10.2017 AP Top News
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined....
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Activists in Puerto Rico Want the Jones Act Eliminated -- So Why Are Unions Defending It? 19.10.2017 Truthout.com
In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, an obscure law governing maritime commerce has grabbed national headlines: The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known colloquially as the Jones Act. After facing political pressure and at the request of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, on September 28, President Trump issued a 10-day waiver of the Act to ease shipping regulations on the island. That waiver  expired  last week. Many in Puerto Rico, along with members of the Puerto Rican diaspora living on the US mainland, argue that the statute is stifling aid by presenting an unnecessary barrier to the procurement of basic relief supplies. Maritime unions, meanwhile,  contend  that the measure is essential for protecting seafaring workers. So what is the Jones Act? What does it do? And what other factors might be getting in the way of supplies reaching Puerto Ricans?  What the Jones Act Does and Doesn't Do The Jones Act stipulates that only US-flagged ships can operate between ...
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The Energy 202: Western wildfires spark compromise on firefighting in Washington 19.10.2017 Washington Post: Politics
A group of senators, led by Maria Cantwell, will today introduce legislation.
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“Corporate Bullies” Are Using RICO Laws to Go After Greenpeace 18.10.2017 Mother Jones
On Monday, a federal judge in California dismissed a case from Resolute, the giant logging and newsprint company, against Greenpeace and other environmental activists. This is good news for the international environmental organization that had $300 million at stake if it lost the lawsuit. But the nature of the case worries First Amendment advocates.  Increasingly, Greenpeace has become the target of major corporations that have argued its aggressive […]
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Want to slow climate change and prevent wildfires? Then pass a carbon tax now. 18.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: I read Jacques Leslie’s op-ed article, “Santa Rosa's charred now, but we're all facing fire (or flood or heat wave) soon,” while taking a break from disaster preparations. You know: stockpiling water and food, gathering first-aid supplies, purchasing a generator.

Recent and ongoing...

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How Washington's formula for fighting wildfires makes them worse 18.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The monstrous flames ripping through Northern California in recent days have burned communities to the ground, killed dozens of people caught in their path and wreaked havoc on a regional economy.

By almost any metric, that would be defined as a natural disaster — except the one used by Congress...

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Minnesota judge allows 'necessity defense' in pipeline case 18.10.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The judge's decision enables the protesters to present evidence that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude is so imminent that they were justified in trying to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines last year.
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Minnesota judge allows 'necessity defense' in pipeline case 18.10.2017 AP Washington
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A Minnesota judge has taken the unusual step of allowing four protesters to use a "necessity defense," enabling them to present evidence that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude is so imminent that they were justified in trying to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines last year....
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