US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

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4 Nov 2019

The Enemy Within

The removal of Trump from office would not threaten corporate power. It would not restore civil liberties, including our right to privacy and due process. It would not demilitarize the police or champion the rights of the working class. It would not impede the profits of the fossil fuel and banking industries. It would not address the climate emergency.
The removal of Trump from office would not threaten corporate power. It would not restore civil liberties, including our...
2 Nov 2019

Canada climate change: Quebec’s islands are crumbling

The more than 12,000 residents of this windswept Canadian archipelago are facing a growing number of gut-wrenching choices, as extreme climate change transforms the land and water around them. Season after season, storm after storm, it is becoming clearer that the sea, which has always sustained these islands, is now their greatest threat.
The more than 12,000 residents of this windswept Canadian archipelago are facing a growing number of gut-wrenching...

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30 Oct 2019

Debt, Doomsayers and Double Standards

When progressives propose new or expanded social programs, they face intense media scrutiny bordering on harassment over how they intend to pay for these programs. Republicans proposing tax cuts don’t face anything like the same scrutiny; they are seemingly able to get away with blithe assertions that tax cuts will pay for themselves by boosting economic growth, even though every single piece of evidence we have says that this is nonsense.
When progressives propose new or expanded social programs, they face intense media scrutiny bordering on harassment over...

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24 Oct 2019

YouTube Is Erasing History

In war zones, evidence captured on smartphones can provide a path to justice — but platforms like YouTube and Facebook are getting in the way. In the Video Op-Ed above, the Syrian activist and archivist Hadi Al Khatib urges platforms to overhaul and improve their content moderation systems. He fears that automated removal, which in 2017 deleted 10 percent of the archive documenting violence in Syria, risks erasing critical history.
In war zones, evidence captured on smartphones can provide a path to justice — but platforms like YouTube and Facebook...
10 Oct 2019

As Sea Levels Rise, So Do Ghost Forests

Up and down the mid-Atlantic coast, sea levels are rising rapidly, creating stands of dead trees — often bleached, sometimes blackened — known as ghost forests. The water is gaining as much as 5 millimeters per year in some places, well above the global average of 3.1 millimeters, driven by profound environmental shifts that include climate change.
Up and down the mid-Atlantic coast, sea levels are rising rapidly, creating stands of dead trees — often bleached,...
10 Oct 2019

Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.
The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal...

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9 Oct 2019

Carbon Engineering – Taking CO2 Right Out Of The Air To Make Gasoline

Extracting CO2 from air is the best way to reverse global warming without resorting to expensive technologies, convoluted tax schemes or preventing billions from getting sufficient energy. If you then make gasoline from it, then you’d kill two birds with one stone. That stone is Carbon Engineering.
Extracting CO2 from air is the best way to reverse global warming without resorting to expensive technologies,...

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8 Oct 2019

Murdoch-Funded Anti-Gerrymandering Group’s Questionable Origins

It’s not unusual for billionaires and lobbyists to set up political groups that masquerade as grassroots movements, but most of the time they make it slightly difficult for the rest of us to figure out what’s going on. Other times, however, it’s not that hard.
It’s not unusual for billionaires and lobbyists to set up political groups that masquerade as grassroots movements,...
7 Oct 2019

We Need Biodiversity-Based Agriculture to Solve the Climate Crisis

The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an abundance of different living organisms and ecosystems — that can meet all our needs and sustain life.
The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an...
3 Oct 2019

In Houston, a Rash of Storms Tests the Limits of Coping With Climate Change

After Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, Houston jumped to the front of the pack in adapting to the threat of climate change. It passed tougher building codes, offered more buyouts for flood-prone homes and budgeted billions of dollars in new funding for flood control.
After Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, Houston jumped to the front of the pack in adapting to the threat of climate change....

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26 Sep 2019

The Problem With Impeachment

Impeaching Donald Trump would do nothing to halt the deep decay that has beset the American republic. It would not magically restore democratic institutions. It would not return us to the rule of law. It would not curb the predatory appetites of the big banks, the war industry and corporations.
Impeaching Donald Trump would do nothing to halt the deep decay that has beset the American republic. It would not...

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20 Sep 2019

Birds Are Vanishing From North America

The skies are emptying out. The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970, scientists reported on Thursday. There are 2.9 billion fewer birds taking wing now than there were 50 years ago. There are likely many causes, the most important of which include habitat loss and wider use of pesticides.
The skies are emptying out. The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970,...
19 Sep 2019

Carbon offsets for flights, explained

Carbon offsets offer a way to balance out your pollution by investing in projects that reduce emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. If you’re taking a long-haul flight from New York City to Paris, for example, you can purchase a carbon offset to account for that specific environmental impact.
Carbon offsets offer a way to balance out your pollution by investing in projects that reduce emissions of carbon...

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18 Sep 2019

The incredible belief that corporate ownership does not influence media content

As a journalist who has worked both inside and outside of establishment media, I see influence as embedded in a corporate media culture rather than in isolated cases of CEO dictates. It happens in little ways, such as how an interviewer frames a question, and in big ways, like the decision to exclude a topic, a person or a group of people from the airwaves.
As a journalist who has worked both inside and outside of establishment media, I see influence as embedded in a...

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18 Sep 2019

The Only Way to End ‘Endless War’

American war-making will persist so long as the United States continues to seek military dominance across the globe. Dominance, assumed to ensure peace, in fact guarantees war. To get serious about stopping endless war, American leaders must do what they most resist: end America’s commitment to armed supremacy and embrace a world of pluralism and peace.
American war-making will persist so long as the United States continues to seek military dominance across the globe....

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17 Sep 2019

A Shadowy Industry Group Shapes Food Policy Around the World

The International Life Sciences Institute, with branches in 17 countries, is funded by giants of the food and drug industries. The organization, which championed tobacco interests during the 1980s and 1990s in Europe and the United States, has more recently expanded its activities in Asia and Latin America, regions that provide a growing share of food company profits. It has been especially active in China, India and Brazil, the world’s first, second and sixth most populous nations.
The International Life Sciences Institute, with branches in 17 countries, is funded by giants of the food and drug...

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17 Sep 2019

Bottled Water Is Sucking Florida Dry

Florida has the largest concentration of freshwater springs in the world, but they are being devastated by increasing pollution and drastic declines in water flow. Some springs have dried up from overextraction; others have shown signs of saltwater intrusion and harmful algae blooms.
Florida has the largest concentration of freshwater springs in the world, but they are being devastated by increasing...

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14 Sep 2019

U.S. Has Spent Six Trillion Dollars on Wars That Killed Half a Million People Since 9/11, Report Says

The United States has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars that directly contributed to the deaths of around 500,000 people since the 9/11 attacks of 2001. The final count revealed, "The United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $5.9 trillion (in current dollars) on the war on terror through Fiscal Year 2019, including direct war and war-related spending and obligations for future spending on post 9/11 war veterans."
The United States has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars that directly contributed to the deaths of around 500,000 people...
13 Sep 2019

When Hurricane Dorian blew through the Bahamas, it exposed one of the world’s great faultlines of inequality

For years, wealthy visitors to Baker’s Bay could ignore the precarious living conditions in the Mudd. But now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, that’s no longer possible. The shantytown has been destroyed. Many people were killed; the rest are homeless. The devastating human toll has exposed an economic dependency — there’s no one to repair the mansions.
For years, wealthy visitors to Baker’s Bay could ignore the precarious living conditions in the Mudd. But now, in the...
22 Aug 2019

Your heatwave could be worse because of a drought somewhere else

High pressure means air tends to sink toward the surface rather than rise, making it hard for any clouds to break up the blue sky. The blocking high also distorts the average wind directions as it brings warmer air from the south up to the north. That’s the pattern that produced Russia’s incredibly deadly 2010 summer heatwave. Instead of westerly winds, warm air coming from Kazakhstan moved in on Moscow.
High pressure means air tends to sink toward the surface rather than rise, making it hard for any clouds to break up the...

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16 Aug 2019

Fracking and Shale Drilling Caused Spike in Climate-Warming Methane Pollution, Says New Study

Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the U.S. government’s State of the Climate report, which was published this week with the American Meteorological Society. That pollution creates a greenhouse effect that is over 42 percent stronger than it was in 1990, the report added.
Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That's both judged against the last 60 years of modern...
14 Aug 2019

Extreme climate change has reached the United States: Here are America’s fastest-warming places

In any one geographic location, 2 degrees Celsius may not represent global cataclysmic change, but it can threaten ecosystems, change landscapes and upend livelihoods and cultures. In Lake Hopatcong, thinning ice let loose waves of aquatic weeds that ordinarily die in the cold. This year, a new blow: Following one of the warmest springs of the past century, harmful bacteria known as blue-green algae bloomed in the lake just as the tourist season was taking off in June.
In any one geographic location, 2 degrees Celsius may not represent global cataclysmic change, but it can threaten...
14 Aug 2019

Heat-trapping gases broke records in 2018, climate report finds

The gases heating the planet at higher levels in 2018 than humans have ever recorded, according to an authoritative report published by the American Meteorological Society and compiled by the US government.Greenhouse gases were at levels unseen in 60 years of modern measurements and 800,000 years of ice core data, the study found. The data used in the 325-page report was collected from more than 470 scientists in 60 countries.
The gases heating the planet at higher levels in 2018 than humans have ever recorded, according to an authoritative...

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9 Aug 2019

3 Native American Tribes Leading the Way on Clean Energy

If there’s a silver lining in all the terrifying climate headlines recently, it’s the fact that the world finally seems to get the gravity of the crisis. But when the conversation turns to solutions here in the US, one prominent voice seems to be consistently left out. Indigenous peoples of America.  
If there’s a silver lining in all the terrifying climate headlines recently, it’s the fact that the world finally...

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7 Aug 2019

A Quarter of Humanity Faces Looming Water Crises

Countries that are home to one-fourth of Earth’s population face an increasingly urgent risk: The prospect of running out of water. From India to Iran to Botswana, 17 countries around the world are currently under extremely high water stress, meaning they are using almost all the water they have, according to new World Resources Institute data published Tuesday.
Countries that are home to one-fourth of Earth’s population face an increasingly urgent risk: The prospect of running...
6 Aug 2019

Solar powered desalination plant in Kenya gives fresh water to 25,000 a day

We are only at the beginning of an increasingly more perilous worldwide water crisis. The ability to turn seawater into drinking water will be able to turn the tides on this problem before it grows. Desalination on an industrial scale would change the world.
We are only at the beginning of an increasingly more perilous worldwide water crisis. The ability to turn seawater into...

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5 Aug 2019

U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

Last week, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the U.S. Naval station in Virginia Beach had spilled an estimated 94,000 gallons of jet fuel into a nearby waterway, less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean. While the incident was by no means as catastrophic as some other pipeline spills, it underscores an important yet little-known fact—that the U.S. Department of Defense is both the nation's and the world's, largest polluter.
Last week, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the U.S. Naval station in Virginia Beach had...
1 Aug 2019

The Research Is In: Stop Fracking ASAP

Concerned Health Professionals of New York and my organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility, recently released a remarkable compendium of research on the subject. It summarizes and links to over 1,500 articles and reports and has become the go-to source for activists, health professionals, and others seeking to understand fracking.  The new studies we looked at expose serious threats to health, justice, and the climate.
Concerned Health Professionals of New York and my organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility, recently released...
30 Jul 2019

‘People are dying’: how the climate crisis has sparked an exodus to the US

At sunrise, the misty fields around the village of Guior are already dotted with men, women and children sowing maize after an overnight rainstorm. After several years of drought, the downpour brought some hope of relief to the subsistence farmers in this part of eastern Guatemala.
At sunrise, the misty fields around the village of Guior are already dotted with men, women and children sowing maize...

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30 Jul 2019

We’re depleting natural wealth faster than Earth can replenish it

Every year - on a date that gets earlier and earlier due to the expanding ecological impact of humanity - the Global Footprint Network (GFN) commemorates Earth Overshoot Day to shed light on the planet's dwindling resources. In 2019, the partner organisation of British think-tank New Economics Foundation chose July 29 as the illustrative day by which total resource consumption for the calendar year has already surpassed the Earth's capacity to regenerate itself.
Every year - on a date that gets earlier and earlier due to the expanding ecological impact of humanity - the Global...

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25 Jul 2019

This Is What It’s Like to Watch the Arctic Die

I had come to the Arctic to learn what the people who live and work there think about the talk of geopolitics—land-grabs, hidden oil wealth, and strategic shipping lanes—now that global warming is opening the region. I wanted to see what the threats really looked like on the ground. And, of course, I hoped to see the Arctic ice sheet, the frozen top of the planet that I had dreamt of setting foot on since I was a child.
I had come to the Arctic to learn what the people who live and work there think about the talk of...
24 Jul 2019

How Obama Failed

On every level, the Obama administration couldn't break with neoliberalism. We're living with its failures today. At one point in A Crisis Wasted, the author compares the inaugural speeches of Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama, two Democratic presidents who took office at times of epochal economic crisis.
On every level, the Obama administration couldn't break with neoliberalism. We're living with its failures today. At one...
24 Jul 2019

Huge swathes of the Arctic on fire, ‘unprecedented’ satellite images show

Vast swathes of the Arctic are suffering from "unprecedented" wildfires, new satellite images have revealed.  North of the Arctic circle, the high temperatures are facilitating enormous wildfires which are wreaking ecological destruction on a colossal scale.
Vast swathes of the Arctic are suffering from "unprecedented" wildfires, new satellite images have revealed.  North...

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18 Jul 2019

Scotland Is Now Generating So Much Wind Energy, It Could Power Two Scotlands

Seeing countless renewable energy records broken and milestones passed has been a constant source of encouraging news for our planet. Now, we have yet another impressive stat to celebrate: in the first half of 2019, Scotland generated enough energy from wind power to supply its homes twice over.
Seeing countless renewable energy records broken and milestones passed has been a constant source of...
10 Jul 2019

Elementary-School Curriculum Is All Wrong

At first glance, the classroom I was visiting at a high-poverty school in Washington, D.C., seemed like a model of industriousness. The teacher sat at a desk in the corner, going over student work, while the first graders quietly filled out a worksheet intended to develop their reading skills.
At first glance, the classroom I was visiting at a high-poverty school in Washington, D.C., seemed like a model of...

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10 Jul 2019

Glacial melting in Antarctica may become irreversible

Antarctica faces a tipping point where glacial melting will accelerate and become irreversible even if global heating eases, research suggests. A Nasa-funded study found instability in the Thwaites glacier meant there would probably come a point when it was impossible to stop it flowing into the sea and triggering a 50cm sea level rise. Other Antarctic glaciers were likely to be similarly unstable.
Antarctica faces a tipping point where glacial melting will accelerate and become irreversible even if global heating...
6 Jul 2019

Pacific Ocean plastic garbage clean-up removes 40 tonnes of fishing nets and plastics

The sailing cargo ship Kwai docked in Honolulu last month after a 25-day voyage with 40 tonnes of fishing nets and consumer plastics aboard, gathered from what has become known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The latest annual clean-up voyage by the non-profit Ocean Voyages Institute (OVI) used satellite imagery to specifically target discarded fishing gear. More than half a million tonnes of plastic nets - so-called ghost nets - are abandoned each year in oceans across the world, entangling and killing up to 380,000 sea mammals.
The sailing cargo ship Kwai docked in Honolulu last month after a 25-day voyage with 40 tonnes of fishing nets and...

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6 Jul 2019

Planting Billions of Trees Is the ‘Best Climate Change Solution Available Today,’ Study Finds

Planting more than 500 billion trees could remove around 25 percent of existing carbon from the atmosphere, a new study has found. What's more: there's enough space to do it. The study set out to assess how much new forest the earth could support without encroaching on farmland or urban areas and came up with a figure of 0.9 billion hectares.
Planting more than 500 billion trees could remove around 25 percent of existing carbon from the atmosphere, a new study...
3 Jul 2019

‘Precipitous’ fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed

The vast expanse of sea ice around Antarctica has suffered a “precipitous” fall since 2014, satellite data shows, and fell at a faster rate than seen in the Arctic. The plunge in the average annual extent means Antarctica lost as much sea ice in four years as the Arctic lost in 34 years. The cause of the sharp Antarctic losses is as yet unknown and only time will tell whether the ice recovers or continues to decline.
The vast expanse of sea ice around Antarctica has suffered a “precipitous” fall since 2014, satellite data shows,...

The Empty Radicalism of the Climate Apocalypse

As many environmentalists and even elected Democrats have come to believe that serious climate disruption is already upon us, it has become fashionable to call for a World War II-style mobilization to fight climate change. But virtually no one will actually call for any of the sorts of activities that the United States undertook during the war mobilization—rationing food and fuels, seizing property, nationalizing factories or industries, or suspending democratic liberties.
As many environmentalists and even elected Democrats have come to believe that serious climate disruption is already...

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1 Jul 2019

How Lobbyists and Insiders Could End Up Choosing Democratic Nominee

The new superdelegate rules, combined with a crowded field and early elections, could lead to a brokered convention in 2020.  The party’s delegate allocation rules, combined with the large number of candidates and an early election calendar for key states, have laid the groundwork for a small group of lobbyists and party officials to potentially play a deciding role in choosing the nominee.
The new superdelegate rules, combined with a crowded field and early elections, could lead to a brokered convention in...

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27 Jun 2019

What Today’s Supreme Court Decision On Forced Arbitration Means For You

This morning, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that employers may require employees to settle collective disputes in individual arbitration, thereby barring them from banding together in class-action lawsuits against employers.
This morning, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that employers may require employees to settle collective...
26 Jun 2019

‘Climate apartheid’: UN expert says human rights may not survive

The world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of the world suffers, a report from a UN human rights expert has said.
The world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the...
25 Jun 2019

Forget China – it’s America’s own economic system that’s broken

The American economic system is focused on maximizing shareholder returns. And it’s achieving that goal: on Friday, the S&P 500 notched a new all-time high. But average Americans have seen no significant gains in their incomes for four decades, adjusted for inflation.
The American economic system is focused on maximizing shareholder returns. And it’s achieving that goal: on Friday,...

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20 Jun 2019

Soaring Temperatures Speed Up Spring Thaw on Greenland’s Ice Sheet

The Arctic spring thaw has begun with a bang, with extensive melting of the Greenland ice sheet and sea ice loss that is already several weeks ahead of normal, scientists said.A stagnant zone of high-pressure air over Greenland last week brought warm air from the south, raising temperatures as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. That, coupled with cloudless conditions, led to a pulse of melting across much of the ice sheet surface.
The Arctic spring thaw has begun with a bang, with extensive melting of the Greenland ice sheet and sea ice loss that is...

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19 Jun 2019

Poor People’s Campaign

Over the past two years, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has reached out to communities in more than 30 states across this nation. We have met with tens of thousands of people, witnessing the strength of their moral courage in trying times. We have gathered testimonies from hundreds of poor people and we have chronicled their demands for a better society.
Over the past two years, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has reached out to communities...

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16 Jun 2019

United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education

A new International Monetary Fund (IMF) study shows that USD$5.2 trillion was spent globally on fossil fuel subsidies in 2017. The equivalent of over 6.5% of global GDP of that year, it also represented a half-trillion dollar increase since 2015 when China ($1.4 trillion), the United States ($649 billion) and Russia ($551 billion) were the largest subsidizers.
A new International Monetary Fund (IMF) study shows that USD$5.2 trillion was spent globally on fossil fuel...

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11 Jun 2019

Arctic death spiral speeds up sixfold, driving coastal permafrost collapse

Drone surveys have revealed erosion of coastal permafrost in the Arctic — up to 3 feet a day. Researchers reported Friday that the recent rate of erosion is six times higher than the historical rate. Meanwhile, the Arctic just saw the hottest May on record, with temperatures in northwest Russia hitting a remarkable 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius).
Drone surveys have revealed erosion of coastal permafrost in the Arctic — up to 3 feet a day. Researchers reported...
8 Jun 2019

More Americans were shot to death by March 6 this year than died on D-Day

On Thursday, Americans remembered those killed on D-Day, 75 years back. Some 2,501 Americans gave their lives that day, according to historic estimates. Another 1,913 soldiers from other Allied countries also died, bringing the total death toll from the immediate invasion to 4,414. It took until late April before the number of people killed by guns in the United States in 2019 topped that number, according to data collected by the Gun Violence Archive.
On Thursday, Americans remembered those killed on D-Day, 75 years back. Some 2,501 Americans gave their lives that day,...
6 Jun 2019

Thousands could perish annually in US if global heating not curbed, study finds

On current global heating trends, thousands of people are set to perish due to the heat every year across 15 major US cities, in an analysis by a team of British and American researchers. Once the average worldwide temperature rises to 3C (37.4F) above the pre-industrial period nearly 5,800 people are expected to die each year in New York City due to the heat, more than 2,500 are forecast to die annually in Los Angeles and more than 2,300 lives will be lost annually in Miami.
On current global heating trends, thousands of people are set to perish due to the heat every year across 15 major US...
5 Jun 2019

Everest glaciers ‘retreating dramatically’ as pollution found buried deep in snow, scientist says

Glaciers in the Everest region are melting at an alarming rate because of increasing pollution and global warming, a scientist has claimed. Professor John All, of Western Washington University, said his team discovered that samples of snow taken from the world’s highest mountain and surrounding peaks were surprisingly dark.
Glaciers in the Everest region are melting at an alarming rate because of increasing pollution and global warming, a...

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5 Jun 2019

New Report Suggests ‘High Likelihood of Human Civilization Coming to an End’ Starting in 2050

A harrowing scenario analysis of how human civilization might collapse in coming decades due to climate change has been endorsed by a former Australian defense chief and senior royal navy commander.
A harrowing scenario analysis of how human civilization might collapse in coming decades due to climate change has been...

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4 Jun 2019

Giant Floating Islands That Turn Atmospheric CO2 into Fuel Could Prevent Climate Change, Scientists Say

Millions of floating islands that convert atmospheric carbon dioxide to fuel could help protect our climate from the burning of fossil fuels, scientists have said. These proposed islands would be clustered together to create large-scale facilities that—if enough were built—could eventually offset the total global emissions from fossil fuels.
Millions of floating islands that convert atmospheric carbon dioxide to fuel could help protect our climate from the...

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31 May 2019

Society Is In Decay – When the Worst is First and the Best is Last

Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country’s priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and bankrupt defenseless families, make millions more.
Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values....

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30 May 2019

Exxon shareholders say no to climate change proposals

Exxon Mobil Corp shareholders on Wednesday rejected a proposal that would have forced the company's board to create a special committee on climate change. Shareholders also defeated measures requiring the company to report the risks of climate change at chemical plants on the Gulf Coast in the United States and to report political contributions and lobbying.
Exxon Mobil Corp shareholders on Wednesday rejected a proposal that would have forced the company's board to create a...

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29 May 2019

Arms Makers Tell Investors That Iran Tension Fuels Business

Defense executives from around the country crowded into Goldman Sachs’ glimmering tower in downtown Manhattan in mid-May, eager to present before a conference of bankers and financial analysts. While much of the world was on edge over simmering tension in the Middle East, as the U.S. and its allies have stoked tensions with Iran, the businessmen at the conference talked of opportunity.
Defense executives from around the country crowded into Goldman Sachs’ glimmering tower in downtown...
29 May 2019

The Homeless Industrial Complex

Here’s how the process works: Developers accept public money to build these projects to house the homeless – either “bridge housing,” or “permanent supportive housing.” Cities and counties collect building fees and hire bureaucrats for oversight. The projects are then handed off to nonprofits with long term contracts to run them. That doesn’t sound so bad, right? The problem is the price tag.
Here’s how the process works: Developers accept public money to build these projects to house the homeless – either...

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24 May 2019

The Wealth Detective Who Finds the Hidden Money of the Super Rich

Thirty-two-year-old French economist Gabriel Zucman scours spreadsheets to find secret offshore accounts. Gabriel Zucman started his first real job the Monday after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Fresh from the Paris School of Economics, where he’d studied with a professor named Thomas Piketty, Zucman had lined up an internship at Exane, the French brokerage firm. He joined a team writing commentary for clients and was given a task that felt absurd: Explain the shattering of the global economy. “Nobody knew what was going on,” he recalls.
Thirty-two-year-old French economist Gabriel Zucman scours spreadsheets to find secret offshore accounts. Gabriel Zucman...

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23 May 2019

Tornadoes Rake Missouri, Leaving a Trail of Death and Debris

Climate change is increasingly linked to many forms of extreme weather. One analysis of extreme weather data found that human-caused climate change was a “significant driver” of 21 out of 27 extreme weather events, including droughts, floods and heat waves.
Climate change is increasingly linked to many forms of extreme weather. One analysis of extreme weather data found that...

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18 May 2019

Bankrupt Coal Company Funded Climate Change Denialism

The bankruptcy of one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country has revealed that the company maintains financial ties to many of the leading groups that have sowed doubt over the human causes of global warming. The disclosures are from Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based coal mining corporation that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 10. The company had been battered by low coal prices, including in international markets cultivated by the firm.
The bankruptcy of one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country has revealed that the company maintains...
16 May 2019

Originalism is a scam. Justice Thomas just proved it.

The greatest restraint on judges is that they are bound by a written text — or, at least, that they are supposed to be. Members of Congress gain their legitimacy from the will of the people, so they have broad ranging authority to enact laws that, in their opinion, will serve those people. Judges, by contrast, have no democratic legitimacy and far less discretion. Their sole task, at least in theory, is to apply written law to individual cases.
The greatest restraint on judges is that they are bound by a written text — or, at least, that they are supposed to...
15 May 2019

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Cost U.S. More than Defense Budget: IMF Report

The United States has spent more subsidizing fossil fuels in recent years than it has on defense spending, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund. The IMF found that direct and indirect subsidies for coal, oil and gas in the U.S. reached $649 billion in 2015. Pentagon spending that same year was $599 billion.
The United States has spent more subsidizing fossil fuels in recent years than it has on defense spending, according to...
13 May 2019

‘We Don’t Know a Planet Like This’: CO2 Levels Hit 415 PPM for First Time in 3 Million+ Years

Atmospheric levels of carbon registered 415 parts per million over the weekend at one of the world's key measuring stations, a concentration level researchers say has not existed in more than 3 million years – before the dawn of human history.
Atmospheric levels of carbon registered 415 parts per million over the weekend at one of the world's key measuring...
9 May 2019

Only a third of world’s great rivers remain free flowing, analysis finds

Thriving wildlife in rivers is crucial to keeping water clean but freshwater habitats were found to be the hardest hit of all the ecosystems, with wildlife populations having plunged by an average of 83% since 1970 due to dams, overuse of water and pollution.
Thriving wildlife in rivers is crucial to keeping water clean but freshwater habitats were found to be the hardest hit...

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8 May 2019

Air pollution from every single power plant in the world, tracked

Tuesday brings a somewhat mind-blowing announcement in the world of power plants and pollution. In a nutshell: A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. And it’s going to make the data public.
Tuesday brings a somewhat mind-blowing announcement in the world of power plants and pollution. In a nutshell: A...
7 May 2019

Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life

Human society is in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the Earth’s natural life-support systems, the world’s leading scientists have warned, as they announced the results of the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken.
Human society is in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the Earth’s natural life-support systems, the world’s...

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6 May 2019

Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace

Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded.
Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal...
5 May 2019

A War Reporter Covers “The End of Ice” — And It Will Change the Way You Think About Climate Catastrophe

Describing the current state of the planet, Jamail likens it to someone in hospice care. The global mean temperature is already 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Not half a decade ago, leading climate scientist James Hansen warned that that one degree would usher in a crisis of sea level rise, melting Arctic ice, and extreme weather. He concluded that the goal of limiting global warming to only 2 degrees was “very dangerous.” Accelerated melting in the Arctic continues to surpass conservative predictions.
Describing the current state of the planet, Jamail likens it to someone in hospice care. The global mean temperature is...
4 May 2019

A Better Way To Think About This Month’s Jobs Numbers

The media hypes the latest jobs growth figure and the unemployment rate. Here’s the context you need to really understand those measures. Jobs numbers are calculated from a nationwide survey of about 150,000 businesses and government agencies. The other high-profile number that’s announced at the same time, the unemployment rate — referred to as “U-3” — comes from a different survey of about 60,000 households — and isn’t subject to monthly revisions.
The media hypes the latest jobs growth figure and the unemployment rate. Here’s the context you need to really...
2 May 2019

Institute for New Economic Thinking

James McGill Buchanan is a name you will rarely hear unless you’ve taken several classes in economics. And if the Tennessee-born Nobel laureate were alive today, it would suit him just fine that most well-informed journalists, liberal politicians, and even many economics students have little understanding of his work. The reason? Duke historian Nancy MacLean contends that his philosophy is so stark that even young libertarian acolytes are only introduced to it after they have accepted the relatively sunny perspective of Ayn Rand.
James McGill Buchanan is a name you will rarely hear unless you’ve taken several classes in economics. And if the...
30 Apr 2019

New Report Names Nearly 4,000 Companies Profiting Off of Private Prison Industry

"Today, more than half of the $80 billion spent annually on incarceration by government agencies is used to pay the thousands of vendors that serve the criminal legal system." A new report provides information on which corporations are profiting from the private prison industry. 
"Today, more than half of the $80 billion spent annually on incarceration by government agencies is used to pay the...
24 Apr 2019

Melting permafrost in Arctic will have $70tn climate impact – study

The release of methane and carbon dioxide from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70tn (£54tn) to the world’s climate bill, according to the most advanced study yet of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic.
The release of methane and carbon dioxide from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70tn...

Publisher: The Intercept

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19 Apr 2019

Secret IDB Proposal Would Boost Venezuela Economy After Regime Change

The Inter-American Development Bank is quietly circulating an analysis that foresees an up to $48 billion infusion of capital into the Venezuelan economy should President Nicolás Maduro be removed from office. A pair of confidential documents, both called “Venezuela: Challenges and Opportunities,” outlines a four-year plan to open the country’s beleaguered economy to foreign corporations through privatization, structural reforms, and public-private partnerships.
The Inter-American Development Bank is quietly circulating an analysis that foresees an up to $48 billion infusion...

Publisher: Washington Post

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18 Apr 2019

For Earth Day, 24 magazine covers about climate change

We know that the clock is ticking on climate change, yet the sheer volume of news can make it tough for even the most conscientious citizen to comprehend the full scale of the crisis. So for Earth Day, we created a different way to read about climate change: an all-cover issue of The Washington Post Magazine, with each cover illustrating an aspect of climate change that The Post wrote about in the past year or so. Scroll down to see the stories — and the covers we created to highlight them.
We know that the clock is ticking on climate change, yet the sheer volume of news can make it tough for even the most...

Publisher: Common Dreams

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18 Apr 2019

Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced

I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to be a whistleblower. I’d like to think I would.  But to blow the whistle on a huge organization with a lot of power, likely drawing that power to come crashing down on your head—that takes some serious spine-age. Yet thousands, even tens of thousands, of people have taken that step over the past five years.
I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to be a whistleblower. I’d like to think I would.  But to blow the whistle...
15 Apr 2019

Why the US Elected a Despot, and Why It’s Poised To Do It Again

There’s an emerging conventional wisdom that says the way for Democrats to win in 2020 is to move to the center and pick up some of those centrist votes. This is the perspective being pushed by the neoliberal establishment, the mainstream media, and the bulk of the paid political pundits. There are two things wrong with this.
There’s an emerging conventional wisdom that says the way for Democrats to win in 2020 is to move to the center and...

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6 Apr 2019

U.S. Air Force bases caught off guard by climate change

Greg Brudnicki, mayor of Panama City, Florida, has lived in the community for 55 years and said he has never seen a storm like Hurricane Michael. The cyclone barreled through the Florida panhandle in October, flattening beach neighborhoods and piling 20 years’ worth of debris on Panama City alone.
Greg Brudnicki, mayor of Panama City, Florida, has lived in the community for 55 years and said he has never seen a...

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29 Mar 2019

Air Force Needs Almost $5 Billion To Recover Bases From Hurricane, Flood Damage

The U.S. Air Force says it needs $4.9 billion in new funding over the next two and a half years to cover the costs of rebuilding two air bases hit by natural disasters. About one-third of Offutt Air Force Base, in eastern Nebraska, was underwater earlier this month as flooding hit large swaths of the Midwest. And Tyndall Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle was hit hard by Hurricane Michael in October.
The U.S. Air Force says it needs $4.9 billion in new funding over the next two and a half years to cover the costs of...

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26 Mar 2019

Big U-turn: Key melting Greenland glacier is growing again.

While this is "good news" on a temporary basis, this is bad news on the long term because it tells scientists that ocean temperature is a bigger player in glacier retreats and advances than previously thought, said NASA climate scientist Josh Willis, a study co-author. Over the decades the water has been and will be warming from man-made climate change, he said, noting that about 90 percent of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases goes into the oceans.
While this is "good news" on a temporary basis, this is bad news on the long term because it tells scientists that ocean...

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26 Mar 2019

No Roofs, No Roads, No Bread: Cyclone Causes Emergency in Southeastern Africa

At least three million people were affected by the devastation, said Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations. He called it “one of the worst weather-related catastrophes in the history of Africa,” and urged the international community to send relief and funds quickly. He called Cyclone Idai an “uncommonly fierce and prolonged storm” that is “yet another alarm bell about the dangers of climate change, especially in vulnerable, at-risk countries.”
At least three million people were affected by the devastation, said Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the...
21 Mar 2019

Africa cities like Ghana and Mozambique running out of water

One of every three people in Africa is affected by water scarcity— the circumstance in which a region's available water supply isn't enough to meet demand. In nations like Ghana, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, water shortages can raise people's risk of getting sick, since when water is in short supply, households often hoard the precious resource indoors, creating a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
One of every three people in Africa is affected by water scarcity— the circumstance in which a region's available...

Publisher: The Nation

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20 Mar 2019

Elizabeth Warren Gets the Argument Against the Electoral College Exactly Right

As Warren explained, “You know come a general election, presidential candidates don’t come to places like Mississippi. They also don’t come to places like California and Massachusetts, because we’re not the battleground states. But my view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting.”
As Warren explained, “You know come a general election, presidential candidates don’t come to places like...
20 Mar 2019

Social Democratic Nations Rank Happiest on Global Index (Again). US Ranking Falls (Again).

The social democracy of Finland was once again ranked number one on the United Nations' World Happiness Report, released on Wednesday, while the corporate-dominated United States fell one place to rank at 19th.  For the seventh year in a row, the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network released a report ranking 156 countries according to measures including income, freedom, trust in government, and social support.
The social democracy of Finland was once again ranked number one on the United Nations' World Happiness Report, released...

Publisher: NYTimes

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19 Mar 2019

Flooding in the Midwest: Why the Water Is So High

A historic snowy winter is turning into record spring flooding across a wide area in the middle of the United States, as major rivers spill over their banks, break levees and inundate towns and farms. The governors of Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have declared emergencies, and Iowa’s governor has issued a disaster proclamation. At least two people in Nebraska have died in the floodwaters, and two others are missing.
A historic snowy winter is turning into record spring flooding across a wide area in the middle of the United States, as...
16 Mar 2019

College Scandal Fallout & The Case Of Tanya McDowell

In 2011, McDowell, a homeless Bridgeport, CT mom, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny for enrolling her then 5-year-old son Andrew in a school in neighboring Norwalk. McDowell at the time said she and her son were able to sleep at an apartment in Bridgeport at night, but during the day had to leave, and lived in her van or at shelters. McDowell also had prior drug charges.
In 2011, McDowell, a homeless Bridgeport, CT mom, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny for enrolling her...
15 Mar 2019

Of Course College Admissions Rigged for the Rich. The Whole Economic System Is

The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people with buying admission to elite universities for their less-than-stellar children. The lesson is that no matter how hard you work, no matter how smart or talented you are, a dumb, lazy rich kid is going to beat you.
The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people...

Publisher: Salon

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5 Mar 2019

Donald Trump’s CPAC speech was completely unhinged. Why didn’t media cover it that way?

On Saturday, Donald Trump was scheduled to give a speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). What the audience got, however, can hardly be described as a speech. Instead, Trump unleashed a two-hour-plus rant that sounded at times, more like the delusional ramblings of someone hopped up on drugs or suffering a mental breakdown than anything resembling a normal political speech.
On Saturday, Donald Trump was scheduled to give a speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)....
3 Mar 2019

Saltwater intrusion: Rising seas are poisoning North Carolina’s farmland

The salty patches were small, at first — scattered spots where soybeans wouldn’t grow, where grass withered and died, exposing expanses of bare, brown earth. But lately those barren patches have grown. On dry days, the salt precipitates out of the mud and the crystals make the soil sparkle in the sunlight. And on a damp and chilly afternoon in January, the salt makes Dawson Pugh furrow his brow in dismay.
The salty patches were small, at first — scattered spots where soybeans wouldn’t grow, where grass withered and...
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