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We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies Are Profiting
Wenonah Hauter: Plastic production wreaks havoc on people and the planet—from fracking wells and pipelines in Pennsylvania, to air pollution from plastic plants in Scotland. ... We are choking the planet in plastic. ... But what’s less well-known is what is fueling this plastics binge: fracking. ... The company (Ineos in the UK) uses the liquid gas found in the shale formations there (in Pennsylvania and Ohio) to feed its chemical plants. To meet this demand, the company recently built a fleet of so-called “dragon ships” to carry volatile gas liquids across the Atlantic ... Expanding this business will require new pipelines like the Mariner East 2, now under construction across Pennsylvania.... Visit Website ]
Feb 17, 2018, 10:58am

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Environmental Groups Sue Trump Over Allowing Oil Giants to Dump Fracking Chemicals Into Gulf of Mexico
teleSUR: The environmental group says 10 fracking chemicals were being routinely being dumped into ocean waters. ... The Center for Biological Diversity, Gulf Restoration Network, and Louisiana Bucket Brigade are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA's Clean Water Act, which allows the oil companies to dump hazardous waste in the waters, through the lawsuit filed on Tuesday. ... the U.S. administration's decision puts inhabitants of Gulf of Mexico like the endangered loggerhead sea turtles, as well as whales, sea turtles, and fish which are in grave danger... Visit Website ]
Feb 15, 2018, 12:25pm

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How Establishment Propaganda Gaslights Us Into Submission
Caitlin Johnstone: “The psychological term ‘Gaslighting’ comes from a 1944 Hollywood classic movie called ‘Gaslight.’ Gaslighting describes the abuse employed by a narcissist to instill in their victim’s mind, an extreme anxiety and confusion to the extent where they no longer have faith in their own powers of logic, reason and judgement. These gaslighting techniques were adopted by central intelligence agencies in the U.S. and Europe as part of their psychological warfare methods, used primarily during torture or interrogation.” ... We see the same thing today with the establishment Syria narrative and the Russiagate psy-op, which are both riddled with plot holes and depend on the irrational position that the same establishment which manufactured support for the Iraq invasion using lies... Visit Website ]
Feb 12, 2018, 12:04pm

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America Dumps Its Fracking Waste in My Ohio Town
Alison Stine: My county is poor and remote. Fracking companies think they can abuse it. ... We hold the unfortunate distinction of being the poorest county in the state: an area that is both stunning — with rolling hills, rocky cliffs, pastures, and ravines — and inaccessible, far from industry. ... It’s here, at the Hazel Ginsburg well, that fracking companies dump their waste. Trucks ship that sludge of toxic chemicals and undrinkable water across the country and inject it into my county’s forgotten ground. ... Visit Website ]
Feb 9, 2018, 3:33pm

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First U.S. City to Ban Fossil Fuel Expansion Offers Roadmap for Others (Portland, Oregon)
Kevon Paynter: “The Oregon Court of Appeals decision basically says that ‘yes, local communities do have the right to restrict against fossil fuels and the risk that they bare,’” ... And while the court ruling could set precedent for similar climate action elsewhere, how Portland passed the nation’s first fossil fuel infrastructure ban holds important lessons for how other communities can use grassroots activism to implement the renewable energy transition in their cities. ... we’re ready to find creative solutions that once and for all settle the question that fossil fuels do not belong in our society and we would transition off of them... Visit Website ]
Feb 6, 2018, 2:28pm

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Trump's Arctic Oil, Gas Lease Sale Violated Environmental Rules, Lawsuits Claim
Sabrina Shankman: An expanding legal campaign to force federal agencies to take climate change into account when making big energy decisions has a new frontier: Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve. ... In a pair of lawsuits, environmental groups argued that the lease sale broke a key law by ignoring climate and other environmental impacts. ... In one of the suits, the environmental law organization Earthjustice and the plaintiffs it represents argued that the Trump administration had violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by failing to consider how the greenhouse gas emissions from burning the fossil fuels from the Arctic tracts might impact climate change. ... The December lease sale, though unprecedented in scale, was far from a success. Of the 10 million acres offered for oil and gas development, just 80,000 acres were leased, raising questions about the economic viability of Arctic drilling... Visit Website ]
Feb 3, 2018, 2:08pm

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Ending Pollution Requires a Change in Attitudes
Graham Peebles: The ‘market’ aided by the media, is not concerned by such liberal considerations as the welfare of the planet and the health of human beings; it is a blind monster with a compulsion for profit, and if the ecological networks within which we live are to be purified and healing is to take place it needs to be rejected totally. A new way of thinking is required that moves away from divisive selfish ways to inclusive, socially/environmentally responsible behavior based on a recognition that the environment we live in is not separate from us and that we all have a duty to care for it. This requires a fundamental change of attitudes... Visit Website ]
Jan 29, 2018, 11:24am

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Michael Pollan: Consumer Boycotts Are 'Achilles Heel of American Capitalism'
Robert Reich, professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, recently sat down with ... Michael Pollan to discuss food and agriculture policy and inequality under the Trump administration. He also talked about how far food corporations will go to protect their brands' images. ... Pollan said he's "taking a lot of encouragement from some new developments in the labor movement around food." He spoke about the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their Fair Food Program that has helped Florida tomato growers obtain humane wages and safe working conditions. ... What they did was they created a pledge, called the Fair Food Pledge and they basically said you will sign this or we will shame you. One by one all the big brands in food signed it... Visit Website ]
Jan 26, 2018, 11:45am

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China surges with 52 Gigs of new Solar as Trump kneecaps US sector with 30% Tariffs
Juan Cole: The incredible 2017 solar surge in China brought its total solar installed capacity up to 130 gigawatts. As a cursory look at these statistics makes obvious, in one year China increased its solar by nearly 70 percent. In short, it wasn’t so far from doubling its ability to generate electricity from solar sources. ... The US is a midget in the solar generation game, in contrast. ... In the US, there has been a relatively successful corporate resistance to renewables, which is reinforced by measures such as Trump’s support for coal and his recent slapping of a 30% tariff on inexpensive Chinese solar panels, as well as by state legislatures’ obstructionism, paid for by ALEC and the Koch brothers... Visit Website ]
Jan 25, 2018, 11:16am

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Society Saves $6 for Every Dollar Spent on Climate Change Resilience
Benjamin Schneider: In financial terms, 2017 was the worst year for natural disasters in American history, costing the country $306 billion. Scientists agree that hurricanes, floods, and fires are now turbo-charged by climate change, which the president and many top Republican leaders still refuse to acknowledge. But even while the federal government fails to address the root of the problem, there are ways to limit the damage from these increasingly frequent events — in property, and, more importantly, in human life. ... A new report from the National Institute of Building Sciences finds that for every dollar spent on federal grants aimed at improving disaster resilience, society saves six dollars. This return is higher than previously thought... Visit Website ]
Jan 22, 2018, 11:32am

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Cuba embarks on a 100-year plan to protect itself from climate change
Richard Stone: On its deadly run through the Caribbean last September, Hurricane Irma lashed northern Cuba, inundating coastal settlements and scouring away vegetation ... Irma lent new urgency to a plan, called Tarea Vida, or Project Life ... the program bans construction of new homes in threatened coastal areas, mandates relocating people from communities doomed by rising sea levels, calls for an overhaul of the country’s agricultural system to shift crop production away from saltwater-contaminated areas, and spells out the need to shore up coastal defenses, including by restoring degraded habitat... Visit Website ]
Jan 16, 2018, 12:15pm

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America Needs a Plastics Intervention. Now's the Time.
Jeff Turrentine: Deep in our hearts, we know that the global addiction to plastic is wholly unsustainable ... According to one recent study, of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste that the world has generated since the middle of the last century, we've managed to recycle only about 9 percent of it. The rest of it gets trashed and ultimately ends up in our landfills or our oceans. Every year, we throw enough plastic away to circle the Earth four times. ... we simply can't expect recycling to get us out of this mess. On Jan. 1, China, the world's largest importer of international plastic waste, stopped accepting shipments... Visit Website ]
Jan 16, 2018, 12:02pm

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Farming for a Small Planet
Frances Moore Lappé: Contrary to such assumptions, there is ample evidence that an alternative approach—organic agriculture, or more broadly “agroecology”—is actually the only way to ensure that all people have access to sufficient, healthful food. Inefficiency and ecological destruction are built into the industrial model. But, beyond that, our ability to meet the world’s needs is only partially determined by what quantities are produced in fields, pastures, and waterways. ... Wider societal rules and norms ultimately shape whether any given quantity of food produced is actually used to meet humanity’s needs. In many ways, how we grow food determines who can eat and who cannot—no matter how much we produce... Visit Website ]
Jan 13, 2018, 10:30am

Environment
Global Warming Stirs the Methane Monster
Robert Hunziker: It’s January, yet methane hydrates in the Arctic are growling like an incensed monster on a scorching hot mid-summer day. But, it is January; it’s winter, not July! ... Why are alarming levels of methane spewing into the atmosphere in the dead of winter? ... For starters, record low sea ice volume, which has been dropping like a leaden weight for years because of human-generated (anthropogenic) global warming. ... Making matters worse yet, extraordinarily warm water currents flow into the Arctic from nearby ocean waters that have been absorbing 90% of global warming. Ergo, Arctic water in thin ice does not cool down without a lot of thick ice to melt the warm water currents. So, abnormally warm water remains into winter months... Visit Website ]
Jan 12, 2018, 4:12pm

Environment
As New York City Declares War on the Oil Industry, the Politically Impossible Suddenly Seems Possible
Naomi Klein: Well, yesterday in New York City, ... Mayor Bill de Blasio announce(d) that the city had just filed a lawsuit against five oil majors and intended to divest $5 billion from fossil fuel companies ... After being outgunned by the power and wealth of this industry for so many years, the balance of power seemed to physically tilt. It’s still not equal ... Part of the reason why fossil fuel divestment has picked up so much momentum ... is also because of market uncertainty created by the increasingly powerful climate and indigenous rights movements, and the signing of the Paris climate agreement ... All of this has raised the question of whether fossil fuel companies are really going to be able to get their pipelines and other infrastructure built, given the strength of the opposition... Visit Website ]
Jan 11, 2018, 3:18pm


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