Back To Normal?

¿BACK TO NORMAL? “I can’t breathe.” By Khalil Bendib | July 29, 2020

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus Environment

Climate crisis could kill as many people as all infectious diseases combined by 2100, warns study

“We are studying the risk of death faced by our own children.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, August 4 A new study warns that the annual global death rate from the climate crisis could equal…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Pro Publica

What happened when a public institute became a de facto lobbying arm of the timber industry

Internal emails show a tax-funded agency created to educate people about forestry has acted as a public-relations agency and lobbying arm for Oregon’s timber industry, in some cases skirting legal constraints that forbid it from doing…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Public Policy

Community activists/ watch dogs demand senate reject Trump’s pick to manage US public lands

300+ Groups: ‘Worst possible person’   “When a nominee is clearly unfit for a position, it is the Senate’s constitutional and moral duty to reject the nomination.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, August 3 Over…

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Posted in News The Conversation Water Wild Fire

Wildfires can poison drinking water – here’s how communities can be better prepared

The Camp Fire inferno spread at a speed of one football field per second, chasing everyone – including water system operators – out of town. The 2018 Camp Fire north of Sacramento burned everything in its…

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Rathke: Are single use plastics getting a bad rap?

New York City      Once the breeze picks up between the canyons formed by New York City skyscrapers, the most common local bird that seems to be floating in the sky when you see something flutter…

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Workers install a solar PV power system. (Photo: Team Massachusetts 4D Home/flickr/cc)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Economy Green Jobs

Analysis: US economy could create 25 million green jobs by 2035

“We can achieve a just transition to a better world out of the wreckage of this economic crisis… The only thing standing in the way is political will.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, July 29…

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At least 212 eco-defenders were murdered around the world last year, according to a new annual report. (Image: Global Witness)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice

Global Witness reveals 2019 was ‘Deadliest year on record’ for eco-defenders, with 212 murdered worldwide

“Those that defend our land and environment are on the front lines of #ClimateAction. But we are failing them badly.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, July 29 “In 2019, Global Witness recorded 212 murdered land…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Environment Pipelines The Revelator

Oil and gas in flux: After a series of stunning defeats, what’s next for the industry?

Environmental, economic and political forces have converged, threatening to finally upend fossil fuel dominance. by Tara Lohan Wednesday, July 29 When Dominion Energy and Duke Energy unexpectedly cancelled plans to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on…

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A file photo shows the FSO Safer supertanker permanently anchored off Yemen's Red Sea coast, west of Hodeida. (Handout)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy Environment News

Warnings of ecological, humanitarian disaster as tanker risks dumping four times more oil than Exxon Valdez

‘Massive Floating Time Bomb’ The potential disaster would “directly affect millions of people in a country that is already enduring the world’s largest humanitarian emergency.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, July 17 A United Nations…

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Yeah, yeah, global warming, but what’s that compared to profit? (Photo: @MoBetter_B/Twitter)
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We’re so certain of our Colonialist selves that we’re destroying our own planet

The global movement to end racism must turn its attention to the world’s most vulnerable cultures—the indigenous people of Planet Earth—who are still enduring the forces of colonial genocide. by Robert C. Koehler Thursday, July 16…

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Posted in Environmental Justice First Nations

Prescott National Forest withdraws approval of Hassayampa River gold mine

Meteor Staff Monday, July 6 The Prescott National Forest today withdrew its decision to proceed with a controversial mine, the River Bend Placer Mine project, on the Hassayampa River. The withdrawal comes after the Center for…

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Climate activist groups protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on February 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment Environmental Justice News Pipelines Toxic Chemicals

‘The future does not belong to you,’ climate campaigners say to big oil after cancellation of 600-Mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline

“Duke and Dominion did not decide to cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline—the people and frontline organizations that led this fight for years forced them into walking away.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 6 Following…

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Thousands gathered at the San Francisco Civic Center in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Nov. 15, 2016. (Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams Energy Environment News Pipelines

‘Monumental Victory’: Tribes and climate activists celebrate court-ordered shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

“If the events of 2020 have taught us anything, it’s that health and justice must be prioritized early on in any decision-making process if we want to avoid a crisis later on.” by Jessica Corbett, staff…

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Posted in Climate change Editorial/opinon Safety Net The Revelator

Should environmentalists embrace Universal Basic Income?

  Cash payments from the government could help ease the transition to a climate-safe economy and weather the natural and economic storms to come.   by Tara Lohan, The Revelator Sunday, June 28 If you had…

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In response to the Thursday arrest of two local activists as "part of a coordinated attack on those who defend democracy and challenge the petrochemical industry," environmentalists in Louisiana have launched the Defend Democracy Alliance. (Photo: Louisiana Bucket Brigade/Twitter)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Police condemned for charging peaceful environmentalists with ‘Terrorizing’ in Louisiana

“This is a clear instance of the law and law enforcement being used to protect corporations, profit, and property over people.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer   Friday, June 26 At least 40 U.S. climate and…

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Workers set up a solar PV power system. (Photo: Team Massachusetts 4D Home/flickr/cc)
Posted in Climate change Coronavirus News Restart 2020

As coronavirus cases and unemployment in the US climb, 39 groups launch coalition for clean energy and healthy communities

“The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear that the health of nature, the health of people, and the health of our economy are all deeply connected, and this fact should guide and inform the U.S. government’s response.”…

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Posted in Coronavirus Environment News Recycling The Conversation

COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

A discarded medical glove in Jersey City, N.J., April 27, 2020. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images   by  Brian J. Love, University of Michigan and Julie Rieland, University of Michigan The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the U.S. recycling…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

Arctic hits 100.4°F—hottest temperature on record

“This Scares Me” — Bill McKibben “100°F about 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle today in Siberia. That’s a first in all of recorded history. We are in a climate emergency.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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The shared ownership model could help low-income areas and provide economic payoffs too, a separate analysis says.
Posted in Analysis Energy Environment

Utility lobbying and policy inattention hinder community solar, study finds

by Kathiann M. Kowalski Utility lobbying has blocked community solar expansion, but a recent study suggests it’s been effective in part because many policymakers don’t understand the concept and its potential benefits. Community solar programs let…

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Posted in Common Dreams Energy News

450+ Groups demand FERC halt attack on community solar power

Net metering must continue, the groups tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, June 16 Over 450 environmental, faith, and consumer advocacy groups on Monday urged federal regulators to reject a…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts EPA News Pesticides Public Safety

Federal court urged to hold ‘rogue’ EPA in contempt for blatant defiance of ban on toxic weed killer

“EPA needs a lesson in separation of powers and we’re asking the court to give it to them.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 12 A coalition of farming and conservation groups is calling on…

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Joined by 15 T-Rex dinosaurs, more than 200 people demonstrated in January of 2017 against the appointment of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, urging senators to #RejectRex. (Photo: Eman Mohammed/350.org)
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Researchers show hack-for-hire operation targeted groups fighting for climate action and net neutrality

“If the investigation demonstrates that Exxon is behind these attacks, it only shows how far the fossil fuel industry will go to silence critics.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, June 10 The Canadian digital watchdog…

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The game billionaires play is not worthy of being called economy, either as care for the home, or as the art of living. It is exractive, naked money making, at war with life and creativity. (Photo: Drew Angerer)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment Environmental Justice Ethics Social Justice

The path beyond extinction and escape: return to earth, regenerate and share

Message for World Environment Day, 5th June 2020. by Vandana Shiva Friday, June 5, 2020 On 31st May, while people were dying during the Corona Pandemic, while millions had lost their livelihoods and were going hungry…

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