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LISTEN: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Presidential Candidates on the Economy, Race and Immigration

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the various presidential candidates and their positions on the economy and racial issues. Would Hillary Clinton make any real break from Wall Street? Why is Donald Trump leading in the polls? And is a vote for Bernie Sanders tantamount to support for a Republican victory?

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



Greek Reforms ‘Will Fail,’ Former Finance Minister Varoufakis Says

Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned recently, predicted that the measures will “go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change May Knock Seafood Off the Menu

Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE



Piketty on Germany’s Hypocrisy: It ‘Has No Standing to Lecture Other Nations’

“Those who want to chase Greece out of the eurozone today,” the French economist says, “will end up on the trash heap of history.”

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Deaths Mount in Pakistan as Heatwave Is Linked to Climate Change

More than 1,200 people have died as a result of an intense heatwave in southern Pakistan, and experts are warning of more hot weather to come.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Coal Investment Is the Most Urgent Climate Threat

The head of the global Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says wealthy countries should help poorer nations that cannot afford to replace coal with low-carbon alternatives.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE



Transport-Sharing Boosts Health, Wealth and Climate

Growing public involvement in programs to share cars and bicycles is clearly good for the environment, and it also saves money and improves people’s health.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



Economists Krugman and Stiglitz on Why Greeks Should Vote ‘No’ on the Referendum

Nobel Prize-winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman maintain that Greece must keep going it alone and vote “no” on the upcoming referendum on the bailout.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



Stress on Water Resources Threatens Lives and Livelihoods

Satellite data raise red flags about the draining of underground aquifers in California and elsewhere to meet the demands of expanding populations.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



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Naomi Klein Accepts Pope Francis’ Invitation to Debate Climate Change Action at the Vatican

The activist and “This Changes Everything” author said she was “surprised but delighted” to receive an invitation from the head of the Catholic Church to lead a conference this week, adding that while others may think his ideas on economics are wrong, she’s on his side.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



Renewable Energy Redoubles Its Global Reach

As the world economy and energy use both grew in 2014, renewables continued their rapid rise—but carbon emissions did not.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE



Dutch City to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands is considering introducing a universal basic income—an income unconditionally granted to all its residents on an individual basis, without a means test or work requirement.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Combating Climate Dangers Is Seen as Medical Emergency

International experts say the last 50 years of health advances worldwide will be jeopardized unless urgent steps are taken to confront climate change.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



New Flood Alert as Warming Increases Sea-Level Threat

Scientists warn countries in northern Europe to plan for dramatic new worst-case scenarios as climate change increases the risk of seas sweeping inland.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE



Rise in CO2 Could Restrict Growing Days for Crops

While plants in temperate zones may benefit from higher temperatures, global warming’s impact in the tropics threatens catastrophe for food security.

Posted on Jun 20, 2015 READ MORE



India Blames Heat-Wave Deaths on Climate Change

Fierce temperatures in India doubled the heat-related deaths normally recorded in May—and the government insists natural causes are not to blame.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Offers Rare Respite for African Farmers

Under the influence of greenhouse gases, changes in air temperature and wind patterns are increasing rainfall and crop yields in the drought-prone Sahel region.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



Pope Calls for Moral Campaign on Climate Crisis

A hard-hitting message from the Vatican warns of the threat global warming poses to the world’s ecosystems—and everyone on the planet.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



Australia Faces Stormy Future as Temperatures Soar

Destructive storms and sudden floods are set to intensify across Australia as global warming plays havoc with rainfall patterns.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE



Delegates Accused of ‘Fiddling’ While the Planet Burns

A tame end to climate talks in Bonn, Germany, leaves critics fearing that hopes are fading for a binding agreement aimed at stopping global warming.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



World Must Wake Up to China’s Energy Revolution

A new report says a successful outcome at this year’s Paris climate talks will be far more likely if the world takes note of how China is reducing emissions.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



European Power Market Is Slipping Away From King Coal

Analysis of falling demand for electricity within the EU sends a stark warning to investors in new coal plants that their assets could be left stranded.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE



Rich Countries’ Climate Plans Leave Yawning Gap

Analysis of emissions cuts planned by EU and G7 countries reveals that they will take the world less than a third of the way to the agreed safety level.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE



World Leaders Urged to Kick Killer Coal Habit

An Oxfam report says all coal-fired power plants in the G7 group of countries should be phased out to save lives, money and the planet.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE



Africa’s Advocates Say Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must Go

With more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still lacking access to electricity, the continent is being urged to take a leading role in crucial climate negotiations.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE



Apollo Plan Asks for the Moon in Switch to Renewables

An eminent group is urging governments to make the massive research investment that would enable the world to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2025.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Glacier Loss Raises High Concern Over Water Supplies

Massively increased ice melt in the high Himalayas because of climate change could seriously jeopardize the flow of water for billions of people in Asia.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE



Overheating Earth Staggers Into Last Chance Saloon

Hard bargaining in Bonn this week will probably decide whether the crucial climate talks in Paris in December can save human civilization from ultimate collapse.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



China’s Investment in Renewables Soars by a Third

Despite a slowdown in its economy and the continued reliance on coal, China is pumping billions of dollars into its renewable energy industry.

Posted on May 31, 2015 READ MORE



New Energy Policy Needed as Nuclear Giants Take a Hit

Plans for a worldwide fleet of huge new nuclear reactors have collapsed, with the cancellation of a major project and no new orders being placed.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Michael Hudson: The TPP and Europe’s Central Bank Against Syriza

Acclaimed heterodox economist Michael Hudson tells The Real News Network that if passed, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will overturn state sovereignty, and that leading International Monetary Fund economists have described the organization as captured by private bondholders.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



United Nations: Global Finance Must Face Up to Climate Challenge

Trillions of dollars need to be redirected into building low-carbon economies to avoid serious climate change, the U.N. warns.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



India’s Coastal Villages Map Out Disaster Strategy

The Indian Ocean can be an angry and sometimes lethal neighbor, but those who live beside it are learning to prepare for its next onslaught.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE



Heat and Drought Pose Threat to U.S. Power Supplies

Global warming will leave people in the Western states of the U.S. exposed to increasingly extreme temperatures that could seriously affect electricity generation.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



An Exclusive Excerpt From ‘Trade Is War’

In his new book, subtitled “The West’s War Against the World,” international trade expert Yash Tandon challenges the notion that free trade helps countries develop. Instead, he finds, it often fosters poverty and violence.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE



Cutting Warming to 1.5°C Could Endanger Food Supply

Scientists say meeting the tougher demands of many countries on limiting global temperature rise may be technically feasible, but would risk worsening world hunger.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE



Pakistan Turns Desert Into a Sea of Solar Panels

Economic links with China help Pakistan tap into enormous solar energy potential that can provide clean power to boost production and reduce poverty.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



First Head of State Backs Campaign to Save the Planet

Hungary’s president supports an ambitious plan to collect a billion signatures on a petition aimed at pressuring politicians to agree on radical measures to tackle global warming.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



Weather Events Taken to Extremes by Climate Change

Scientists warn that global warming could greatly increase the likelihood of record frequency and intensity of droughts, floods and heat waves.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



Green City Vancouver Offers Clean Alternative to Tar Sands Boom

Canada has been dubbed an international disgrace for its climate change policies, but now one of its major cities is aiming to be the greenest in the world by 2020.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



Seas Generate a Rising Tide of Ideas on Renewables

The E.U. says it’s time for tides to provide energy for Europe from the Atlantic and end reliance on the burning of polluting fossil fuels.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE



Tree-Based Farming Could Deliver Abundant Benefits

In addition to mitigating the effects of climate change, forests can help alleviate hunger and provide a safety net for some of the world’s poorest people.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Braces for Even Worse Wildfire Season

Years of drought and higher temperatures mean the chance of devastating wildfires in the southwest U.S. is higher than ever—particularly in southern California.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE



High Anxiety That Mountain Peaks Are Warming Faster

Scientists call for an international effort to learn why temperatures on some mountains appear to be rising faster than in nearby lowlands.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE



Energy Storage Would Play Major Role in a Green Future

As the battle to phase out fossil fuels heats up, finding economically viable ways to store surplus electric power is becoming vital.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE



Galileo’s Middle Finger

As is true of any human endeavor, the pursuit of science cannot be entirely objective — ideology and economics inevitably play roles.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



Global Conference Urges Ban on Uranium Mining and Nuclear Power

It’s time to end the myth that nuclear power is a cost-effective, practical or safe response to climate change, the World Uranium Symposium declared.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



‘Water Man of India’ Makes Rivers Flow Again

Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting has transformed the driest state in India and could be used to combat the effects of climate change across the world.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



Addressing the Senate, an Anti-Austerity Economist Criticizes U.S. Budget Policy

There is much confusion, politically sown, about what debt is, what it does and what it costs. This includes the false ideas that the government deficit is unsustainable, that “entitlements” are bleeding us and that paying interest on the national debt displaces money that would otherwise be spent on public programs.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015 READ MORE



Prices Fail to Reflect Fossil Fuels’ Real Costs

The price that consumers pay for fossil fuels is appreciably lower than the true cost to society, U.S. researchers say. However, solar power and wind power are much cheaper than they might seem.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE


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