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Death of US Coal Exemplifies Need for Paradigm Shift for Global Energy System

Death of US Coal Exemplifies Need for Paradigm Shift for Global Energy System

Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer A new report released Tuesday by the London-based Carbon Tracker Initiative warns that the crash of U.S. coal markets is but a harbinger of things to come for all fossil fuel investments. The report, The U.S. Coal Crash – Evidence for Structural Change (pdf), found […]

Snowden Docs Reveal Canada a Major Player in Global Spy Operations

Snowden Docs Reveal Canada a Major Player in Global Spy Operations

Published on Monday, March 23, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Canada’s spy agency, the Communication Security Establishment (CSE), is a major player in global hacking operations and boasts a vast array of cyberwarfare tools, revealed in news reports on Monday, that rivals that of the United States’ National Security Agency. Documents initially leaked to the […]

‘Age of Burn What You Like’ is Over: UN Makes Landmark Call for Divestment

‘Age of Burn What You Like’ is Over: UN Makes Landmark Call for Divestment

Published on Sunday, March 15, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The United Nations body charged with guiding and implementing international climate policy has thrown its weight behind the growing fossil fuel divestment movement, lending “moral authority” to a campaign aimed at stemming global warming, the Guardian reportedon Sunday. “We support divestment as it sends a […]

Food Stamp Use and Oregon’s Commitment to Help Families

Food Stamp Use and Oregon’s Commitment to Help Families

by Chuck Sheketoff Oregon has one of the nation’s highest use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, new federal analysis (PDF) shows. That reflects well on Oregon. It’s true that economic hardship leaves many Americans and Oregonians struggling to put food on the table. Too many workers don’t earn […]

Cheers! Two Dozen Craft Brewers Join Call for Climate Action

Cheers! Two Dozen Craft Brewers Join Call for Climate Action

Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Twenty-four craft beer breweries on Tuesday pledged to do their part to confront the growing global warming crisis by reducing carbon emissions and prioritizing sustainable practices, joining a chorus of industries calling for swift climate action. The breweries—which hail from all corners of the U.S., […]

A Stress Test For The New York Fed

A Stress Test For The New York Fed

by Jake Bernstein ProPublica, March 10, 2015, 3:03 p.m. Lately, a debate has erupted among Congress, bankers and the media about whether the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has accumulated too much power since the financial crisis and needs to be reined in. Outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher has suggested the New York […]

Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens

Wikimedia vs. NSA: Major Lawsuit Challenges Government Surveillance of US Citizens

Published on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia and one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world, announced Tuesday that it—alongside a host of civil liberty advocates, news outlets, and privacy rights organizations—has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency for violating the constitutional rights of its […]

Bank of England Issues Warning Over Looming ‘Carbon Bubble’ Threat

Bank of England Issues Warning Over Looming ‘Carbon Bubble’ Threat

Published on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The Bank of England, one of the oldest banks in the world, has joined the growing ranks of those warning of the financial risk posed by a “carbon bubble,” which will occur if urgently needed climate change regulations render coal, oil, […]

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