Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Deirdre Fulton is a Common Dreams staff writer.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 3:15pm
From Frontlines of Climate Change, an Urgent Challenge to World Leaders
"Out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, climate change has arrived," Marshall Islands president Christopher Loeak says in a video address to be released globally on Friday, ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March and next week's UN Climate Summit. Standing in front of the brick seawall he...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:45am
Alberta's Tar Sands Lobbyist: We're Just One 'Devastating Lac-Mégantic Experience' Away from Keystone Approval
The Alberta tar sands have a new man in Washington. Alberta MP Rob Merrifield announced on Wednesday he was resigning his seat in parliament to serve as Alberta’s envoy to D.C., where he will focus on gaining approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, among other issues. The appointment is an effort by...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:30am
Sierra Leone Ebola Lockdown Set to Begin, Despite Doubts
Sierra Leone authorities on Thursday are slated to commence a three-day lockdown in a bid to combat the Ebola outbreak, the Guardian reports , despite warnings from medical experts that the drastic and unprecedented move could actually make the outbreak worse. Residents of this country, which is...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 4:00pm
Further Expanding War, US House Approves Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels
Amid deep skepticism and fears of expanding war, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm "moderate" rebels in Syria in opposition to the extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. House leaders...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 2:45pm
Scottish Campaign Boosts Catalan Quest for Independence
No doubt emboldened by the Scottish campaign to break away from the UK, Catalan politicians are expected to approve a law on Friday that would allow for a vote on independence from Spain this November. The referendum would be non-binding and will pose two questions: 1) Do you want Catalonia to be a...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:45pm
'Project Panic': British Leaders Make Last-Ditch Offers to Spoil Scottish Independence
With less than two days before the vote on Scottish independence, and polls showing a dead heat between those who seek to break the 307-year bond with England and those who wish to stay united, the three main UK party leaders gave a joint promise Tuesday that Scotland will get extra powers if it...
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:30pm
Divest/Invest: Global Charities Challenged to Help 'Save Civilization'
A group of 160 leading environmentalists is calling on the world's philanthropists and foundations to use their money to "create a tipping point on climate change." The collection of activists, celebrities, and scientists—all winners of environmental prizes and representing 46 countries among them—...
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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 11:30am
Wealth Gap Siphoning Money from Public Services
Rising income inequality is undermining state tax revenues, according to a Standard & Poor’s report released Monday, hindering states' abilities to fund education, infrastructure, and social programs while weakening the rate of economic recovery overall. The report, " Income Inequality Weighs...
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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:45pm
'Wake Up Call Sounded' on Climate, University Faculty Launch Largest Divestment Effort to Date
In the largest of such efforts by a single university's faculty to date, 245 Boston University professors and instructors on Tuesday called on the President and Board of Trustees to divest its endowment from oil, gas, and coal companies. “Because it is unlikely that fossil fuel interests (the major...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 1:30pm
Climate Change Threatens 'Rampant Bird Extinctions,' Study Finds
Hundreds of North American bird species are at serious risk from global warming, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the National Audubon Society released Monday. “It’s a punch in the gut. The greatest threat our birds face today is global warming." —Gary Langham, National Audubon Society...
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