Protesters march with a banner during a demonstration in Manchester, United Kingdom on September 1, 2020. The Northern Rebellion, which is part of the Extinction Rebellion movement, took to the streets for a multi-day action under the slogan "We Want To Live." (Photo: Andy Barton/SOPA Images/LightRocket)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

#WeWantToLive: Extinction Rebellion launches fresh wave of UK protests demanding climate action

“The failure to act on this issue will have a catastrophic impact on the future of us and the generations to come.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 Members of Parliament in the United…

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AGs sue Trump council over gutting of bedrock US environmental law

‘Reckless and Unprecedented’ “This administration’s insidious attack on one of our most important environmental laws is an attack on the democratic process itself.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, August 28 A coalition of 27 U.S….

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A Cal Fire firefighter keeps an eye on a blaze in front of a home near Boulder Creek, California, on Aug. 19. (Nhat V. Meyer/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Pro Publica Wild Fire

They know how to prevent megafires. Why won’t anybody listen?

This is a story about frustration, about watching the West burn when you fully understand why it’s burning — and understand why it did not need to be this bad. by Elizabeth Weil  What a week….

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A sign warning people about Covid-19 is surrounded by flames during the Hennessey fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa, California on August 18, 2020. The Hennessey fire has merged with at least 7 fires and is now called the LNU Lightning Complex fires. Dozens of fires are burning out of control throughout Northern California as fire resources are spread thin. (Photo: by Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Wild Fire

‘Lightning siege’ sparks hundreds of fires in California as new flames overwhelm resources

“Throughout the state of California right now, we are stretched thin for crews.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, August 20 Authorities in California announced Wednesday evacuations for thousands of people as multiple wildfires left firefighters…

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The crude-by-rail explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Canada, killed 47 people in 2013. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SÛRETÉ DU QUÉBEC)
Posted in Environment Neighborhoods News

Groups file legal challenge to stop “bomb trains”

A proposed new federal rule poses major explosion risk throughout America Meteor staff reports Earthjustice filed a legal challenge today on behalf of several groups against a federal rule that would allow trains to travel the…

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Heatwaves rise near a heat danger warning sign on the eve of the AdventurCORPS Badwater 135 ultra-marathon race on July 14, 2013 in Death Valley National Park, California.
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Climate activists and scientists raise alarm after Death Valley endures potentially record-breaking 130ºF

“It’s not a record that will last,” says author and activist Bill McKibben. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer August 17, 2020 The temperature in eastern California’s Death Valley, one of the hottest places on the planet,…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Government News Politics

Trump drops nomination of William Perry Pendley to oversee nation’s public lands

“Pendley never should have been nominated, and the fact that he was shows you what you need to know about this administration’s conservation priorities.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Saturday, August 15 Environmental campaigners on Saturday…

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Bolstering case for transformational green recovery, new study finds lockdown emissions had ‘negligible’ effect on climate crisis

“We still need far more serious measures to make a difference—we need structural change.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, August 7 A temporary fall in planet-warming emissions and pollutants triggered by the coronavirus pandemic will…

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Posted in Climate change Columns Environment Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

This is bad, but worse is coming!

by Wade Rathke Pearl River  There was a day, long ago, when Betsey Ross sewing the flag was a symbol of America. Now, if we just knew what Debbie Downer really looked like, she might be…

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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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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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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)
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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)
Posted in Op/Ed

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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Image: Nattanan Kanchanaprat, Pixabay.
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)
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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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