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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


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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



How Green Energy Is Already Taking Over the World (Video)

In 2015, energy companies invested more in new renewables power plants in 2015 than in fossil fuel plants for the first time in history.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: 5 Reasons the ‘Human Species Is in Very Deep Trouble’ If Trump Wins

The renowned activist and linguist warns of the systematic threat Donald Trump would pose, from human rights to the environment.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 READ MORE



As Coasts Flood, Why Isn’t the Corporate Press Asking Candidates About Climate Change? (Video)

The U.S. corporate press is letting the presidential candidates set the agenda.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Native American Activists Denounce Uranium Poisoning

Nuclear contamination is harming land and lives in parts of America. Some Native Americans call it “deliberate genocide.” In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and two Native American activists examine the problem and how to fight back.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why I Support Dr. Jill Stein for President

The candidate, seeking the Green Party nomination, is the only presidential hopeful who understands that what’s important is not the election—it’s the construction of anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist global movements. The building of these movements alone will save us.

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 READ MORE



ExxonMobil—More Than 50 Proud Years of Melting Glaciers

Back in 1962, the fossil fuels giant was bragging about its ability to heat up the Arctic.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



Nothing Less Than the Fate of the Planet May Hinge on the Next Supreme Court Justice

Given the high environmental stakes, it’s not surprising that green groups are applying heavy scrutiny to potential replacements for Antonin Scalia, who unexpectedly died last week.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE


Emissions









Posted on Feb 14, 2016 ENLARGE



More Than Half the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Scarcity

A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE



Caving to Coal Interests, Supreme Court Blocks Key Climate Action

“We’re disappointed the rule has been stayed, but you can’t stay climate change and you can’t stay climate action,” says an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Rock Legend Neil Young Takes His Anti-Monsanto Message on the Road

By Reynard Loki / AlterNet

In his latest album, “The Monsanto Years,” the longtime champion of farmers’ rights offers a sharp criticism of the agrochemical giant.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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