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In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

Published on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer For one community attempting to stop fracking wastewater injection wells, civil disobedience just became a sanctioned civic right. The community is Grant Township, Pa., which, in November 2015, had fought off the Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association […]

Turning Point in Climate Fight as AGs Unite to Target Exxon Crimes

Turning Point in Climate Fight as AGs Unite to Target Exxon Crimes

Published on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer n a move many are hailing as a “turning point” in the climate fight, 20 state Attorneys General on Tuesday launched an unprecedented, multi-state effort to investigate and prosecute the “high-funded and morally vacant forces” that have stymied attempts to combat global warming—starting with holding […]

Organic Farmers Score New Victory in ‘David and Goliath’ GMO Fight

Organic Farmers Score New Victory in ‘David and Goliath’ GMO Fight

Published on Tuesday, January 05, 2016 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Organic farmers are racking up new victories in the fight against ‘franken-food’, as a growing number of counties line up to bar genetically engineered (GE) crop cultivation throughout the country. A federal judge in Jackson County, Oregon recently upheld a consent decree that designates the […]

‘Unlawful Pollution’: Volkswagen Charged With Crimes Against Climate

‘Unlawful Pollution’: Volkswagen Charged With Crimes Against Climate

Published on Monday, January 04, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday filed suit against Volkswagen, charging that the German auto-maker deliberately rigged cars to cheat emissions tests resulting in potentially millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions and untold damage to the atmosphere. The civil suit, filed on behalf […]

Media Coverage of Oregon Militia Standoff Raises Eyebrows — and Ire

Media Coverage of Oregon Militia Standoff Raises Eyebrows — and Ire

Published on Sunday, January 03, 2016 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer After members of a rightwing militia—many armed with assault rifles—seized the headquarters of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon on Saturday afternoon, observers questioned the corporate media’s treatment of the event, pointing to a double standard in coverage compared to other recent protests. The Oregonian […]

Reasons to Celebrate: Key Progressive Gains in 2015

Reasons to Celebrate: Key Progressive Gains in 2015

Published on Thursday, December 31, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer As the year draws to a close, it’s worth noting a handful of progressive gains that people-power made possible: Feelin’ the Bern Despite the lack of coverage in corporate media about the Vermont Independent and his presidential bit, Sen. Bernie Sanders and his call for […]

Climate Change Driving ‘Profound’ Shift in Arctic Ecosystem

Climate Change Driving ‘Profound’ Shift in Arctic Ecosystem

Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer The 2015 report card compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and released Tuesday comes to a disturbing conclusion: record highs in air temperatures, and lows in peak ice, reveal that—for the marine ecosystem—climate change is already “profound.” “Changes in sea ice alone […]

Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

Published on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Pope Francis warned on Wednesday that the world is facing a “grave environmental crisis” and spoke of the intersection between social justice and the protection of nature. The pontiff’s comments, made in the Kenyan capital at the start of his first visit to the continent, […]

Calling Edward Snowden an ‘International Human Rights Defender,’ EU Resolution Calls for His Protection

Calling Edward Snowden an ‘International Human Rights Defender,’ EU Resolution Calls for His Protection

Published on Thursday, October 29, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday urging its nations to afford NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden protection. Passed by a 285 to 281 vote, the resolution calls on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent […]

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 […]

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