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Rallying with Pope, Climate Justice Campaigners Hail ‘Shovel-Ready Solution’

Rallying with Pope, Climate Justice Campaigners Hail ‘Shovel-Ready Solution’

Published on Thursday, September 24, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer An hour after Pope Francis spoke to Congress and issued “a call for a courageous and responsible effort […] to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity,” a rally on the National Mall highlighted a “shovel-ready solution” to the […]

Igniting the Communal Fire: What the SDGs Could Learn from Indigenous Peoples

Igniting the Communal Fire: What the SDGs Could Learn from Indigenous Peoples

Published on Friday, September 25, 2015 by Common Dreams by Fionuala Cregan This weekend, world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York to endorse, to much fanfare, celebrity endorsement and self-congratulation, the new global plan for poverty: “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Otherwise known as The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meanwhile, far from […]

Record Cold ‘Blob’ in North Atlantic: Sign of Future Climate Woes?

Record Cold ‘Blob’ in North Atlantic: Sign of Future Climate Woes?

Published on Friday, September 25, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer Some scientists are saying that a record-setting area of cold water in the North Atlantic, revealed by recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data, could be a sign that climate change is causing the ocean current to weaken. This trend could have dramatic consequences, […]

China Cap-and-Trade Program Not What the Climate Needs

China Cap-and-Trade Program Not What the Climate Needs

Published on Friday, September 25, 2015 by Food & Water Watch Blog by Wenonah Hauter The reported move by China to enact a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions will not begin to solve our climate crisis. Pollution trading signifies a dangerous reliance on the market to address a problem that only a decisive move away from fossil fuels and […]

Amid Runaway Warming, Richest Nations Spend $200 Billion Backing Fossil Fuels

Amid Runaway Warming, Richest Nations Spend $200 Billion Backing Fossil Fuels

Published on Monday, September 21, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer One of the greatest contradictions of our time is that while world leaders profess concern over a rapidly warming planet, they continue to spend hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing the fossil fuel industries that are driving climate change. In fact, according to a […]

Melting Permafrost Could Cost World Economy $43 Trillion by 2100: Study

Melting Permafrost Could Cost World Economy $43 Trillion by 2100: Study

Published on Monday, September 21, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer The melting of the Earth’s permafrost could unleash hundreds of billions of tons stored CO2 and methane by the end of this century, warned prominent researchers on Monday, with resulting economic costs that could reach $43 trillion in damages related to the runaway impacts of […]

Warning: TTIP Aims To Defang Local Rules Against Hazardous Chemicals

Warning: TTIP Aims To Defang Local Rules Against Hazardous Chemicals

Published on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer The mammoth Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) under secret negotiation between the United States and European Union is poised to slash the power of local governments to regulate toxins—from pesticides to fracking chemicals—the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) warned in a report released […]

With New Ban on Cultivation, Northern Ireland Joins EU’s Anti-GMO Ranks

With New Ban on Cultivation, Northern Ireland Joins EU’s Anti-GMO Ranks

Published on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Yet another European nation has banned genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops, with Northern Ireland’s Minister for the Environment Mark Durkan declaring Monday: “I remain unconvinced of the advantages of GM crops and I consider it prudent to prohibit their cultivation here for the foreseeable […]

New Survey on Campus Sexual Assault Finds ‘Deeply Disturbing’ Results

New Survey on Campus Sexual Assault Finds ‘Deeply Disturbing’ Results

Published on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer More than a quarter of female undergraduate students from 27 schools experienced some form of sexual assault or misconduct on campus during their four years at college, according to a new survey by the Association of American Universities (AAU) released Monday. AAU sent surveys to […]

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