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Protesters Forcibly Removed by Police As Arctic Drilling Ship Escapes Blockade

Protesters Forcibly Removed by Police As Arctic Drilling Ship Escapes Blockade

Published on Friday, July 31, 2015 by Common Dreams by Common Dreams staff Ending a nearly two-day standoff, Greenpeace activists who had successfully blocked passage of a Shell Oil drilling vessel were dramatically removed from their positions on the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon on Thurdsay evening as a special team of law enforcement officers cut them away […]

European Mining Dispute Illustrates Risks of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals

European Mining Dispute Illustrates Risks of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals

Published on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Offering a stark warning of how corporate-friendly trade pacts like the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) put both democracy and the environment at risk, a Canadian company is seeking damages from Romania after being blocked from creating an open-pit gold mine over citizen concerns. […]

Senators Call For End To Arctic Drilling As Shell Gets Permits To Begin Work In Chukchi Sea

Senators Call For End To Arctic Drilling As Shell Gets Permits To Begin Work In Chukchi Sea

Published on Desmogblog, Sunday July 26th, 2015. By Mike Gaworecki Shell received the final permits it needed to begin drilling exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea last Wednesday, but a group of Senators led by Oregon’s Jeff Merkley is calling for a ban on Arctic drilling altogether. According to the Associated Press, the permits are […]

With Zero Accountability, Big Oil Wringing Profit from Developing Countries

With Zero Accountability, Big Oil Wringing Profit from Developing Countries

Published on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Thanks to “foot dragging by the Securities and Exchange Commission” combined with “aggressive lobbying and legal challenges by oil industry laggards,” a U.S. law meant to increase transparency around fossil fuel operations in developing countries has been stalled for nearly five years, charges a new […]

Big Oil Knew. Big Oil Lied. And Planet Earth Got Fried.

Big Oil Knew. Big Oil Lied. And Planet Earth Got Fried.

They knew. They lied. And the planet and its people are now paying the ultimate price. It’s no secret that the fossil fuel industry—the set of companies and corporate interests which profit most from the burning of coal, oil, and gas—have been the largest purveyors and funders of climate change denialism in the world. Now, […]

Renewable Revolution Rising, But Ultimate Potential Remains Untapped

Renewable Revolution Rising, But Ultimate Potential Remains Untapped

Published on Friday, June 19, 2015 by Common Dreams, by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer While it was a record year for global warming, 2014 was also a banner year for the technologies that could help mitigate climate change. “Spectacular” growth in the global renewable energy sector helped stave off increased greenhouse gas emissions in 2014, according to the 10th […]

Solar Panels Are Part of the Pope’s Revolution—But So Is Dismantling Structural Racism

Solar Panels Are Part of the Pope’s Revolution—But So Is Dismantling Structural Racism

Written by Anthony Giancatarino, Jun 19, 2015 On Thursday, June 18, Pope Francis released his highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, Laudato Sii (Praised Be). The encyclical, a letter from the Pope that addresses moral and theological issues, drives home the message that we cannot sustain a world rooted in the economy of exclusion and extraction—a world […]

NASA: The Earth is Running Out of Water

NASA: The Earth is Running Out of Water

Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Common Dreams, by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Bottom line: the Earth is running out of water. Two new NASA studies led by researchers from the University of California Irvine and published Tuesday show that the depletion of global groundwater resources, due to the dueling impacts of global warming and growing human demand, has […]

‘Many Paddles, One Canoe’: Allies Back First Nations as They Ready Tar Sands Pipeline Fight

‘Many Paddles, One Canoe’: Allies Back First Nations as They Ready Tar Sands Pipeline Fight

Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Common Dreams, by Lauren McCauley, staff writer In what has been described as an unprecedented grassroots mobilization, activists, environmental groups, and others concerned about the future of the Pacific coast this week are rallying to support a First Nations court battle to block the construction of the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline. “First Nations […]

As Planet Warms, Oceans Face Threatening Changes Unseen in 3 Million Years

As Planet Warms, Oceans Face Threatening Changes Unseen in 3 Million Years

Published on Tuesday, June 02, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Continued warming of the world’s oceans may trigger disruptions to marine life not seen in 3 million years, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study, put forth by scientists from the University of Science and Technology in Lille, […]

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