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In the Public Interest: Monsanto and Its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information

As the Freedom of Information Act approaches its 50th year, it faces a disturbing backlash from scientists tied to the agrichemical company Monsanto and its allies.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis Discuss Their New Film, ‘This Changes Everything’

Inspired by journalist Naomi Klein’s best-selling book, “This Changes Everything,” a new documentary of the same name re-imagines the vast challenge of climate change. The film, which opens Friday, profiles communities on the front lines of the climate justice movement—from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta tar sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Emissions Cap

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Volkswagen’s Deception May Have Caused Almost a Million Tons of Extra Pollution Every Year

Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests for 11 million cars may be responsible for up to nearly a million tons of air pollution a year worldwide, according to a Guardian analysis.

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Holland’s Wind-Driven Trains and 4 Other Hopeful Green Energy Stories for Today (Video)

In three years, all Dutch electric trains will be powered by wind turbines, either turbines in the Netherlands itself or in nearby Belgium or Scandinavia.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Land Degradation Could Create 50 Million Climate Refugees Within a Decade

A U.N.-backed report offers a shocking depiction of the state of our global environment, revealing that about half of the planet’s agricultural land is now moderately or severely degraded.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

Populations of Marine Life Have Declined by Half Since 1970

The World Wildlife Fund’s findings spell trouble for all nations, especially those in the developing world whose people are heavily dependent on the ocean’s resources.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Exxon’s Own Research Confirmed the Role of Fossil Fuels in Global Warming Decades Ago

A groundbreaking investigation reveals how the company’s top executives were warned of possible catastrophe from global warming in the 1970s, then led efforts to block solutions.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: Markets Aren’t ‘Democratic’— They Radically Restrict Choice in Important Ways

In this short clip from a History Channel documentary, the renowned linguist and activist explains how markets actually bring out the worst in humans by turning us into people “dedicated to maximizing individual gain, not social concern.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Will Rich Nations Pay Reparations to Developing Countries for Extreme Weather?

Nations suffering from climate change-induced disasters, including some that have displaced people from their homes, are asking for more than the annual $100 billion allotted as “climate change mitigation measures” by the United Nations.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Canada Clears Way for Ecuadorean Case Against Chevron Over ‘Amazon Chernobyl’

Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that Ecuadorean villagers can go after Canadian assets of the U.S.-based oil company Chevron in one of the most bitterly contested environmental cases in history.

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 READ MORE

Will Lebanon’s ‘Garbage Revolution’ Usher In a Secular State?

The country’s youths are taking to the streets, demanding restoration of trash collection and other public services and an end to government corruption. At the root of the turmoil: the politics of religious identity.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Drills

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VIDEO: Obama’s Journey: 10 Signs of Extreme Climate Change in Alaska and Why It Should Scare Us

American corporate news has not devoted the hours to President Obama’s trip to Alaska that it deserves, focusing on the GOP clown car back in the Lower 48 instead.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

Paris to Ban Cars for a Day

In an attempt to encourage more sustainable transport and raise awareness of high levels of pollution that the city suffers from, the French capital will go car-free Sept. 27.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Top 5 Green Energy Breakthroughs Today (Video)

Switching to green energy sources such as wind and solar is necessary to save the planet from increased concentrations of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which cause global warming. And it will also save you money.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Eulogy for a Friend

The Rev. Terry Burke stood with the suffering, ministering to them over three decades and going to jail for his protests on behalf of fired workers and against the corporations that are destroying the ecosystem.

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 READ MORE

The Grasshopper and the Ant

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AUDIO: ‘Love in the Time of Climate Change’: A Romantic Call to Action in the Shape of a Poem

Jocelyn Macdonald’s poem about the environmental crisis will have you quitting meat, riding your bike, chasing your dreams and spooning the love by your side, all to “slow down the rising of seas, the death of the bees [and] the electric current of spreading disease.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

Major Indirect Benefits of Obama’s Climate Plan That Could Save the World (Video)

President Obama spoke on Monday about his plan to use the Environmental Protection Agency to pressure states to close high-carbon power plants and reduce CO2 emissions by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. But this part of his plan is in my view the least interesting thing about it.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

If You Think Obama’s New Climate Change Plan Is Bold, Think Again

Describing it as “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against climate change,” President Obama on Monday unveiled a series of measures curbing carbon emissions from power plants. Although the president’s statement may be true, as meteorologist Eric Holthaus writes, “It’s not saying a whole heck of a lot.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

Amid Drought, California Experiments With Leasing Water Rights

The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have the precious resource. Could leasing the rights to it solve the crisis responsibly?

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Confronted With Keystone XL Quandary, Hillary Clinton Refuses to State Position

The presidential contender insists she’ll keep mum about where she stands on the controversial oil pipeline project until the Obama administration weighs in.

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40 Percent of the World’s Adults Have Never Heard of Climate Change

A new study reveals a substantial global gap in climate-change awareness, attesting to a stark contrast between rich and poor nations.

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The Dark Money Shark

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How the ‘Embarrassing’ Gas Tax Impasse Explains Washington

The main federal fund for roads and bridges runs at a deep deficit. If even red states can raise the gas tax, why can’t Congress?

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

California Gov. Jerry Brown at Vatican’s Climate Summit: ‘God Is Not Mocked’

California’s water-challenged residents know what it’s like to deal with ecological trouble in their own backyards, so it was only fitting that the Golden State’s Gov. Jerry Brown did a little preaching Tuesday at the Vatican’s climate-focused meeting of mayors from around the world.

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 READ MORE

2015 Is Expected to Be Hottest Year on Record

According to more than 135 years of data on global temperatures, four of the five hottest months on record happened in 2015: February, March, May, and now June.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

Neil Young Donates $100,000 in Support of Vermont’s GMO Disclosure Law

“I’m just a rock ’n’ roller who believes people should know what they’re eating,” the legendary singer said of his pledge.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE

Pluto’s Heart

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Fossil Fuel Fraud

Oil, gas and coal companies have damaged our planet by lying to the public about climate change, even though they have known for decades that it is real and man-made.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

Why Is Venezuela Trying to Annex Two-Thirds of Neighboring Guyana?

After the discovery of a potentially rich oil deposit in the contentious Essequibo region in Guyana, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro appears intent on exploiting his neighbor’s land.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

Despite Pledge, ExxonMobil Paid Millions Toward Climate Change Denial

The oil giant gave over $2.3 million to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group to support climate change denial, even though it pledged to cease such funding in 2007.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

As Glaciers Melt in Ecuador, Pope Francis Challenges Technocrats, Touts ‘Keeping’ the Environment

Pope Francis continues to preach environmentalism as he addresses crowds in Latin America, a challenging message in poor countries where over-exploitation of natural resources is a constant temptation.

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 READ MORE

Adolfo Lujan (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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

Climate Change

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Catholic Climate

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Wind Power Rapidly Bringing Clean Electricity to Masses in the Global South

Google is in talks to invest in Kenya’s enormous Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, which will cost $700 million.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

G-7 on Environment

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Making Polluters Pay Us Is Step 9 to Saving the Economy

Instead of investing in dirty fuels, let’s start charging polluters for poisoning our skies—and then invest the revenue so that it benefits everyone.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

Green Energy Is Surging, and You’ll Never Guess Why

The adoption of wind and solar for electricity generation around the world is happening at a growing pace, and the likelihood is that it will displace hydrocarbons in 15 to 20 years (decades sooner than Big Coal, Big Oil and Big Gas expect).

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Is the Moral Behind HBO Series ‘Game of Thrones’ That Climate Change Is Our Common Enemy?

A Vox clip makes the compelling argument that the popular HBO television show, based on fiction by George R.R. Martin, is “secretly all about climate change.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE

Big Oil Soon to Be Extinct

Fossil fuels are on their way out as a new generation embraces renewable energy and such ideas as ride-sharing, biking and a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Posted on Jun 5, 2015 READ MORE

Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum.

Posted on May 24, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Drills a Hole in His Climate Policy

Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: ‘The Amazon Is Not for Sale’: a Poem About the Destruction of the Environment for Profit

L.E. Goldstein’s lyrical lines fill the imagination with the beauty of an area that is quickly becoming one of the many casualties of a world overrun with capitalist greed and corruption.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE

Fracking Chemical in Water

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE

Hawaii Goes Green and Other Big Renewables Stories

By an overwhelming margin, the Hawaii Legislature has just passed a bill to have 100 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2045.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE

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