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U.N. Experts to United States: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline Now

Standing Rock Sioux were “denied access to information and excluded from consultations,” a United Nations special rapporteur charges.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE


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The Last Time Summer Was This Hot, Human Beings Hadn’t Yet Left Africa (Video)

Climate scientist Michael Mann says there is “tentative but compelling evidence” that it was hotter this summer than it has been at any point in 100,000 years.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE



Signs That Wind Power Is Gaining Strength in the U.S. (Video)

Not only is the fuel itself free, but also the turbines are getting less and less costly—a trend that experts believe will accelerate.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



How to Stop Capitalism’s Deadly War With Nature

It’s not humanity alone that threatens life on earth. The bigger culprit is an economic and political system that relies on endless global appropriation of cheap food, energy, raw materials and labor.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



Dakota Access Construction Will Continue, Says Pipeline Company CEO

As the head of the company building the pipeline vows to move forward with the controversial project, nonviolent protesters bring work to a halt at one North Dakota site.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



‘A Victory for Elephants’: World Governments Call for Closure of Ivory Markets

After fierce debate, disagreements and walkouts, the motion was adopted on the final day of the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE



Tribes Secure Limited Victory With Partial, Temporary Halt on Dakota Access Pipeline (Video)

An emergency request for a restraining order was filed in response to the holiday weekend desecration of sacred sites.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



A Look at Just Some of the Ways Green Energy Is Helping Americans

As we celebrate American workers, let’s remember where their future lies. And that is, in part, in the renewable energy sector.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the agreement would be another step in the global capitalists’ march to enslave us. Open, sustained revolt is our only option.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE



Politicians in Big Oil’s Pocket, Beware: The People of Florida Want Their Solar

Florida is No. 3 in the country for solar potential but No. 18 in installations, largely because of nefarious dirty tricks by the carbon moguls.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE



In Boon for Electric Cars and Solar Panels, California Will Seek to Heavily Roll Back CO2 Emissions

The Legislature worked on an extremely ambitious carbon dioxide emissions reduction bill for a year and is finally sending it to the governor for his signature.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



Water Is Life, Oil Is Death: The People vs. the Bakken Pipeline in Iowa and the Dakotas

While most of the United States has been blinded by the presidential election spectacle, a grass-roots coalition has been fighting “the next Keystone XL” being pushed through—largely under the radar—by Big Carbon.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE



Who Is Your Choice for President?

Truthdig presents a roundup of the week’s top political news and invites you to tell us whom you are rooting for in November.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton’s Choice of Ken Salazar Comes Under Fire (Video)

David Sirota argues that the former interior secretary, appointed to Clinton’s transition team, holds anti-environment, pro-business ideologies that could nudge government policies in harmful directions during the next presidency.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-Stricken West

Experts fear tax deductions for water use as a “depleted asset” could actually worsen the crisis as rivers and reservoirs dry up.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE


Lead Contamination at Indiana Low-Income Housing Site Is Being Addressed After Decades of Inaction

A video investigation of conditions at an affordable-housing complex in northern Indiana shows how the crisis came to be and how it might be “worse than Flint.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate ‘Power Broker’ Ken Salazar

The former secretary of the interior has claimed that “there’s not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE



‘Disappointed’ in Obama, Sanders Calls on Top Democrats to Drop Lame-Duck Push for TPP

The TPP “will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs, and threaten our ability to protect public health,” Sanders said.

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 READ MORE



More Bad News About Water Safety Could Affect Millions of Americans

A new Harvard study reveals excessive levels of toxic chemicals linked to cancer and other ailments.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE



Iowa Could Go Fully Green With Wind in Only 14 Years, With Few Birds Killed, Mr. Trump

Iowa gets 31 percent of its electricity from wind turbines, the highest percentage in the nation (though Texas generates more than twice as many megawatts from wind). But you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE



Green Party’s Jill Stein Wants to Assume Mantle of Bernie Sanders’ Revolution (Video)

“Democracy needs a moral compass,” says the party’s presidential nominee. “We must be that moral compass.”

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE



Six Signs That the Big Global Switch to Solar Has Already Begun

Among several indications of the rise of solar energy, a plane recently flew around the world using nothing but solar power.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: David Bald Eagle, Lakota Chief and Native American Rights Activist

David Bald Eagle, who died July 22 at 97, was known for an eclectic mix of passions, especially his work in motion pictures. But he also left a legacy of activism for the Native American community, including his service as the first chief of the United Indigenous Nations of the Americas.

Posted on Jul 30, 2016 READ MORE


How Do We Save the Bees? (Photos)

By Clara Romeo

Nearly 70 percent of crops are pollinated by bees, and the flying insects are becoming endangered because of the use of toxic pesticides.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Ralph Nader and Omar Barghouti to Receive Gandhi Peace Award in 2017

The prize, awarded by the 64-year-old organization Promoting Enduring Peace, will be shared by the two men for their peaceful activism.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE



Green Party Leaders to Climate Justice Movement: Make Us Your ‘Political Home’

Margaret Flowers and James Lane, honorary co-chairs of the 2016 Green Party presidential nominating convention, explain in an open letter how the Democratic Party has failed on the environment and why Greens and climate activists should build “political power together.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE



Top Five Green Energy Good News Stories Today

Solar power is poised to grow sixfold by 2030 and could constitute between 9 percent and 13 percent of world electricity production by then.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



Diablo Shutdown Marks End of Atomic Era

On a global scale, in many important ways, this marks the highest-profile step yet toward the death of U.S. nuclear power and a national transition to a “solartopian,” green-powered planet.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE



Berta Cáceres Topped Honduras Military’s Kill List, Whistleblower Says

U.S.-trained special forces in Honduras are ordered to systematically “eliminate” environment and land defenders, according to a former first sergeant with the unit that operates on the Caribbean coast.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE


Coal Mine Pollution









Posted on Jun 9, 2016 ENLARGE



Washington, D.C., Trash Is Not Minorities’ Treasure

While garbage from newly gentrified neighborhoods in the nation’s capital gets removed, disenfranchised communities suffer the consequences of hazardous waste management.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE



As One of Its Chief Sources of Water Dries Up, California Eases Restrictions on Use Nonetheless

A single relatively wet winter has led California officials to relax in a way some water experts fear is reckless.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE



California Back in Big Oil’s Crosshairs as Feds Quietly OK Offshore Fracking

“This move paves the way for offshore fracking permits that were previously frozen and the dumping of toxic wastewater directly into the Pacific Ocean.”

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



How the Water Crisis in the West Renewed the Debate About the Effectiveness of Major Dams

In the midst of drought after drought, some are pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



Long Beach Files Lawsuit Against Monsanto

The city joins six others on the West Coast that have sued the agrochemical giant for allegedly contaminating water sources with PCBs.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE



Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance

It has become increasingly clear that it is the younger generation that will save us all.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE


Naomi Klein: Radical Solutions the Proper Response to ‘Unyielding Science-Based Deadline’ (Video)

By Common Dreams staff

Climate crisis, argues the author and activist, “might just be the catalyst we need to knit together the great many powerful movements bound together by the inherent worth and value of all people.”

Posted on May 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Will Climate Change Make the Middle East Uninhabitable and Trigger a Mass Exodus?

Researchers at Germany’s Max Planck Institute and their scientific partners have found that even with just a 3.6-degree average rise in global temperatures, parts of the Middle East could become too hot to live in.

Posted on May 9, 2016 READ MORE



Greenpeace: Leaked Documents Show U.S. Attempts to Weaken Environmental and Health Protections

According to the environmental organization, leaked documents from negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP—an international trade deal—reveal a legal program that would exchange national sovereignty for rule by corporations.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges Talks With ‘Cowspiracy’ Directors (Video)

The film’s directors Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn discuss the environmental effects of the animal agriculture industry.

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Michigan Official Tried to Manipulate Lead Tests—Eight Years Ago

In 2008, a Michigan environmental official told lead test technicians to “bump out” sky-high lead results by collecting more clean water samples.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



Inside Chernobyl: A Legacy of Ruin

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was the first American journalist to enter the surviving power plant in the former Soviet Union. On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, he recounts his experience in a Los Angeles Times column first published on April 9, 1987.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE



A Big Win for the Anti-Fracking Movement as Another Major Pipeline Proposal Bites the Dust

After an energized grass-roots campaign, the state of New York rejects a permit for the controversial Constitution Pipeline.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE



Volkswagen, U.S. Reach Deal in ‘Dieselgate’ Scandal

Theoretically, the agreement will settle more than 600 lawsuits filed after the revelation that VW cheated on its emissions tests.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE


Happy Earth Day









Posted on Apr 21, 2016 ENLARGE



‘Only the Beginning’: Three Face Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis

Two employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and one city employee have been charged in Flint’s lead-contamination disaster.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE


Flooding









Posted on Apr 19, 2016 ENLARGE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Josh Fox on Holding Onto Our Humanity Amid Climate Change

Hedges, a Truthdig contributor, and Fox, a filmmaker, consider how various forms of culture instill hope, despite looming environmental catastrophe.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Oil Industry’s Suppression of Climate Science Began in 1940s, Documents Reveal

“What we found is they knew a great deal, and they knew it much earlier and with greater certainty than anyone has recognized or that the industry has admitted.”

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



Three Surprising Reasons Saudi Arabia May Be Getting Out of the Oil Business (Video)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced Friday that Saudi Arabia would use its oil assets to back a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE


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