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Chutzpah Writ Large: Israel Will Allow Rebuilding of Gaza If It Turns A Big Enough Profit
A straight-faced New York Times has reported an agreement between Palestinian and U.N. officials to begin delivery of building materials into Gaza, but fails to mention a couple of key points: That the Israeli officials generously now allowing the start of reconstruction are of course the same...
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The Carbon Underground: Reversing Global Warming
If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current levels [398 ppm.] to at most 350 ppm " ~ Dr. James Hansen Since...
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There's A Lot More to Transition Than Community Gardens
Ted Trainer’s recent paper, Transition Townspeople, we need to think about Transition: just doing stuff is far from enough! , generated a certain amount of attention at the recent Degrowth conference in Leipzig. Most of what I would say in response to it I have already said in previous exchanges...
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Dialing 911 on Climate Change
I was a child in the 1960s. Sometimes I regale my daughter with stories about the changes I’ve witnessed, and, because I’m an ecologist, these trend toward the environmental. When I was a kid, people smoked in church, lead paint flaked from our walls, and DDT billowed through neighborhoods. Faith,...
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Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class
Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual figures on income, poverty, and health insurance. It revealed that four years into the economic recovery, economic insecurity remains widespread, and low- and middle-income workers have seen no significant wage growth over the past decade. With...
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To Save the Climate, We Need a Ban on Fracking
Fracking is an issue that touches on every aspect of our lives — the water we drink, the air we breathe, the health of our communities — and it is also impacting the global climate on which we all depend. With the upcoming People’s Climate March and United Nations Climate Summit in New York City,...
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People's Climate Has One Final Question: Are You In?
Just days away from what's been billed as the "the largest climate mobilization in world history," organizers behind the People's Climate March & Mobilization are putting the final details in place while asking people across the planet the simple question: Are you in? On Sunday, September 21,...
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Vermont's Largest City Marks Major Climate Goal
While few local governments have taken any serious steps to address for the pending climate crisis, the city of Burlington, Vermont—home to roughly 42,000 people—now boasts a 100 percent renewable energy supply. Earlier this month, Burlington Electric Department announced the purchase of the 7.4-...
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Women Put A Searing New Game Face On the NFL, Corporate Sponsors Actually Start to Notice
As ever, money talks. With profit-driven carnage the name of its game, little wonder the NFL has been trying to turn a conveniently blind eye to its latest domestic violence scandals: the horrific video of Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice knocking out his girlfriend and Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson...
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Empty Chairs, Tearful Stories: Gaza Goes Back to School
The empty chair of Najeah al-Helo, 14, killed in Gaza City during the Israeli offensive. Lest we forget: Life, however arduous, goes on in Gaza, where this week at least half a million children made a delayed return to often-ravaged schools. Before regular classes begin, many will be offered...
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