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Monday, April 27, 2015
Shell Lobbied to Thwart EU Renewable Energy Targets: Guardian
A climate change pact reached by EU leaders last year followed several years of successful lobbying by oil giant Shell "to undermine European renewable energy targets," the Guardian has reported . The agreement for 2030 goals, which include a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases and 27 percent...
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Grand Canyon in the Crosshairs? Risky Mega-Development Moves Forward
The U.S. Forest Service is considering approval for a mega-development on the outskirts of the majestic Grand Canyon—a project the superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park has called one of the greatest threats in the 96-year history of the park. The Stilo Development Group, based in Italy, has...
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Saudi-Led Airstrikes Destroyed Diplomacy in Yemen, Former UN Envoy Claims
Before the Saudi-led coalition began its deadly bombing campaign last month, Yemen 's factions were close to reaching a power-sharing deal, the Wall Street Journal has reported. But the commencement of airstrikes—which have killed scores of civilians and deepened the country's existing humanitarian...
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Citing Ridicule of Islam, Writers Protest Charlie Hebdo 'Courage' Award
A number of prominent literary figures are publicly protesting the decision by the PEN American Center to honor the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo with its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award, arguing that it is not courageous to ridicule an oppressed minority. Writers Michael...
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Shell No! Seattle Activists Rally Against Plan Fueling 'Pathological Addiction to Fossil Fuels'
Hundreds of climate activists rallied in Seattle on Sunday to say "Shell No!" to the oil giant's Arctic plans and to protest the city being home to Shell's Arctic drilling rig. Among the groups hosting the action were Greenpeace USA, the Washington State chapter of the Sierra Club, Gabriela Seattle...
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Nepal Earthquake: Full Scale of Damage Emerging as Recovery Gets Underway
At least 4,000 people have died in the catastrophic 7.8-magnitude earthquake and severe aftershocks that hit Nepal over the weekend, a number which is expected to rise in the coming days as international aid groups continue to assess the full scale of the destruction. Relief organizations began...
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Obama Secretly Loosened Standards for Drone Killings in Pakistan
While publicly vaunting drone strike reforms allegedly aimed at minimizing civilian deaths, President Barack Obama secretly loosened the standards for covert attacks in Pakistan, likely paving the way for the killing and wounding of an unknown number of non-combatants, the Wall Street Journal...
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On Eve of Non-Proliferation Conference, 'Clarion Call' for Nuke-Free World
Weekend actions demonstrate 'commitment of international civil society to peace and disarmament.'
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Amid Student Debt Fight, Corinthian Colleges to Shut Down All Campuses
Corinthian Colleges, the for-profit education system that has come under fire for its predatory student loan schemes, said Sunday it would shut down all of its 28 remaining campuses, roughly two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education announced it would fine the institution $30 million for...
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