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As the Coal Industry Shrinks, Miners Deserve a Just Transition 5.11.2019
As the Coal Industry Shrinks, Miners Deserve a Just Transition
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They've managed the forest forever. It's why they're key to the climate change fight 5.11.2019 LA Times: Environment

Scientists and world leaders increasingly recognize the need to bolster indigenous rights not only on humanitarian grounds, but for the good of the global environment.

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After Getting Whaled on by Environmentalists, the Trump Administration Is Helping a Vulnerable Sea Mammal 1.11.2019 Mother Jones
The Trump administration isn’t exactly heralded as a friend to nature’s creatures. It has, after all, rolled back Endangered Species Act protections, shrunk national monuments, and proposed opening the United States’ largest national forest up to logging and construction. But earlier this month, the administration announced it plans to designate more than 300,000 square nautical […]
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How do you save endangered gorillas? With lots of human help 29.10.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Deep in the rainforest of Volcanoes National Park, a 23-year-old female gorilla named Kurudi feeds on a stand of wild celery. She bends the green stalks and, with long careful fingers, peels off the exterior skin to expose the succulent inside.
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Trump Wants Loggers to Tear Through This Pristine Forest. If It Happens, the Ecosystem Will Be in Chaos. 21.10.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Wired and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Trump administration this week proposed ending the so-called Roadless Rule, which banned logging, development, and road construction in Alaska’s Tongass, the biggest national forest in the US. If the USDA Forest Service has its way, it would “remove all 9.2 million acres of inventoried […]
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Pope affirms Catholic Church’s duty to indigenous Amazonians hurt by climate change 19.10.2019 Raw Story
The Catholic Church “hears the cry” of the Amazon and its peoples. That’s the message Pope Francis hopes to send at the Synod of the Amazon, a three-week meeting at the Vatican that ends Oct. 27. Images from Rome show tribal leaders in traditional feather headdresses alongside Vatican officials in their regalia. They are gathered […]
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Opinion: California's clear-cutting project in the Rim fire area is setting up the region for another tragedy 14.10.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Gov. Newsom's clear-cutting project in the Rim fire region increases the risk of fire and threatens California's climate and communities.

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Pope blames Amazon fires on destructive ‘interests’ 6.10.2019 Raw Story
Pope Francis opened a synod Sunday to champion the Amazon’s poverty-stricken and isolated indigenous communities by condemning the destructive “interests” he blamed for the fires that devastated the region. “The fire set by interests that destroy, like the fire that recently devastated Amazonia, is not the fire of the Gospel,” he said before the bishops […]
Vatican to shine light on Amazon’s indigenous communities 5.10.2019 Raw Story
Pope Francis will gather Catholic bishops at the Vatican Sunday to champion the isolated and poverty-struck indigenous communities of the Amazon, whose way of life is under threat. The eyes of the world have recently been on the world’s largest rainforest, which is vital for the planet but is suffering from its worst outbreak of […]
Brazil had a plan to stop the Amazon's destruction. Here's how it failed 4.10.2019 LA Times: Nation

Cattle ranching continues to be the top cause of deforestation.

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When we love our food so much that it goes extinct 24.9.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A new book explores how overhunting and habitat destruction have left us with only a fraction of the foods that existed a century ago, and the changes that are needed to preserve our culinary variety.
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‘The future of earth is at risk’: New drone footage of deforestation in Amazon shows cost of meat industry 20.9.2019 Raw Story
“Global demand for meat is destroying the Amazon rainforest.” A new investigation from the group Mercy for Animals uses drone footage to reveal the scope of devastation in the Amazon rainforest for growing meat. “Global demand for meat is destroying the Amazon rainforest,” filmmaker Mark Devries says in a video highlighting some of the group’s […]
Human Rights Watch accuses Brazil’s Bolsonaro of giving a ‘green light’ to illegal loggers to destroy the Amazon 18.9.2019 Raw Story
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro of giving a “green light” to illegal loggers to destroy the Amazon and failing to protect those defending the world’s largest rain forest. Bolsonaro, whose anti-environment rhetoric and policies have been widely blamed for a spike in fires and land clearing in the Amazon this […]
Endangered orangutans could be the biggest losers as Indonesia builds a new capital 13.9.2019 L.A. Times - World News

Indonesia could be trading one environmental disaster for another when it relocates its capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, a hotbed of coal mining, gas extraction and palm oil production on the giant island of Borneo.

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Forest fires destroying vital buffer against climate change 13.9.2019 Raw Story
With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global warming. The latest serious outbreak is in Indonesia, where smog-belching fires started to clear land for agriculture are burning out of control, blanketing the region in […]
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Opinion: California can help save the Amazon rainforest. Do we have the guts to try? 12.9.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Like so much of California's approach to climate policy, the Tropical Forest Standard is an experiment worth trying.

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White nationalism and crony capitalism are the sparks that started fires in the Amazon 10.9.2019 Raw Story
The man-made Amazon fires are for clearing the land of its forests and indigenous people. The benefits are for Jair Bolsonaro’s cronies, while producing a climate disaster for the world. The Amazon fires in Brazil have become worldwide news. Explaining the fires recently, Douglas Morton, chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space […]
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The Amazon Rainforest Fires Are Pumping the CO2 Trees Normally Absorb Out Into the Atmosphere 10.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"The Amazon is a carbon sink, which slows the rate of carbon dioxide build up in the atmosphere, and thus climate warming," said James Randerson from the University of California, Irvine.
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Amazon Rainforest Fires Are Only Going to Get Worse | Opinion 9.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"If Brazil does not retreat from the course it is on, scientists warn there will come a time in the near future when Amazonian fires burn without control and push the forest to a point of no return," researcher Robert Walker said.
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In Brazil’s rainforests, the worst fires are likely still to come 9.9.2019 Raw Story
The number of fires this year in the Amazon is the highest since 2010, reaching more than 90,000 active fires. Farmers and ranchers routinely use fires to clear the forest. But this year’s number reflects a worrisome uptick in the rate of deforestation, which had started to drop around 2005 before rebounding earlier this decade. […]
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