2019-02-05: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Two-thirds of Himalayan Glaciers Could Melt, Study Warns. telesurenglish.net Two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers, the world's "Third Pole," could melt by 2100 if global emissions are not sharply reduced, scientists warned in a major new study issued Monday. | RELATED: | World Might Miss Mark for Climate Mitigation: WRI | Even if the most ambitious Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is achieved, one-third of the glaciers would go, according to the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment. | The glaciers feed 10 of the world's most important riv…

commondreams (2019-02-04). Earthjustice Statement on Nomination of David Bernhardt. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). 5.9 Earthquake Leaves Ecuadorean Coast Shaken, But Unharmed. telesurenglish.net The Province of Guayas was left unharmed after a series of earthquakes shook the Ecuadorean coasts Mondays, including one "terremoto" registering 5.98 on the Richter scale around noon. | RELATED: | 6.6 Earthquake Hits Mexico, No Reports of Injuries or Damage | "There have been no housing collapses or injured people, it has been an earthquake that has left no consequences… We visited the touristic sector and everything is fine," said Miriam Lucas, mayor of Playas. | The earthqu…

Louisa Willcox (2019-02-04). Kill That Bear: Anti-Grizzly Fever Hits Wyoming Again. counterpunch.org Anti-bear fever has again gripped Wyoming politicians in the wake of Judge Christensen's restoration of endangered species protections for Yellowstone grizzlies. Last week's press was peppered with hostile rhetoric from people in high places. Several inane bills are being debated in the state legislature that presume to strip federal grizzly bear protections and institute a grizzly bear hunt with the stated goal of "ensuring public safety." More

STAFF (2019-02-04). 2 Reasons 2019 Could Be the Planet's Worst Year Yet. truthdig.com Stand by for a year in which global warming can only get worse as human carbon emissions climb still further. British meteorologists warn that although 2018 broke all records for greenhouse gas emissions, 2019 will see even more carbon dioxide take up long-term residence in the planetary atmosphere. | And it will happen for two reasons, both of them nominally at least under human control. The overall release of carbon dioxide from power stations, factory chimneys, cement quarries, car exhausts and so on will continue to rise…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-04). Calling for 'Unprecedented and Urgent Action' to Solve Climate Crisis, Four Organizers Shut Off Valves at Enbridge Lines 3 and 4. commondreams.org Condemning "the imminent and irreversible damage being done to the climate" by fossil fuel extraction, four Catholic Workers took non-violent action to help stem the climate crisis on Monday in northern Minnesota, shutting off valves at Enbridge Energy Lines 3 and 4. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-04). Aiming to 'Build a Movement Across Borders,' Ocasio-Cortez and Corbyn Discuss Climate, Immigration, and Economic Justice. commondreams.org Two popular progressive figures indicated that they'd formed a new alliance this weekend, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) spoke extensively with Jeremy Corbyn, head of the U.K.'s Labour Party, about their shared commitment to push bold, forward-thinking proposals. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-04). Indigenous Narratives Hold Power to Revolutionize Societal Views. truthout.org Janine Jackson interviewed Jenni Monet about indigenous journalism for the January 25, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.Janine Jackson: On January 18, thousands of people took part in the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC, with solidarity marches in other places around the US and Canada. A political demonstration, including songs, dancing and prayers as well as speeches, the march sought to call attention to a range of issues affecting Nat…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-04). Demanding Lawmakers Forge 'Path Away From Climate Suicide,' Groups Kick Off Green New Deal Push. commondreams.org Building on the grassroots momentum that has thrust the Green New Deal onto a national stage, a coalition of progressive groups on Monday launched a week of action to demand climate leadership from federal lawmakers, calling for a plan to fully phase out fossil fuels and rapidly reform industries that produce massive amounts of planet-warming emissions while also promoting economic justice. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by candice (2019-02-04). As the Climate Collapses, We Ask: "How Then Shall We Live?" truthout.org This is the first installment of a monthly series by Dahr Jamail and Barbara Cecil, entitled, "How, Then, Shall We Live? Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse."Although the wind | blows terribly here, | the moonlight also leaks | between the roof planks | of this ruined house. | —Izumi ShikibuThis commentary is the first of our series, "How, Then, Shall We Live?: Finding Our Way and Peace of Heart Amidst Global Collapse." It is about the moonlight leaking between the roof planks of this ruined house. | It is not written to convince anyone of anything, or to get things back on track. I…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-04). Removing Arsenic From Groundwater: We Have the Tools, Let's Use Them. truthout.org Hamilton, Canada—Cost-effective technologies are available to remove arsenic in groundwater. Why then do tens of millions still fall ill to this chronic problem? | High natural levels of arsenic are characteristic of the groundwater supply in many countries, including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Mongolia, and the United States. | Some of the contamination is caused by mining, fertilizers and pesticides, waste disposal, and manufacturing, but mostly it is due to arsenic leeching — dissolved from rocks underground by highly acidic water. | At least 140 million people in 50 countries have drinking water…

unitedEditor (2019-02-02). Europe's interest in FETàñ. uwidata.com The European countries are almost competing with each other for the opportunity to take under their protection the Gàºlenists who fled from Turkey after the attempted coup d'etat on July 15. One gets the feeling that soon they will start organizing promotions to attract Gàºlen's followers and grant them citizenship. After the failure of the […]

Jeremy Brecher (2019-02-01). Climate Jobs for All. zcomm.org Building Block for the Green New Deal…

pip.hinman (2019-02-01). Are Baby Boomers really selfish sociopaths? greenleft.org.au It is not unusual to hear someone blame the crisis in affordable housing and healthcare or the very expensive tertiary education system on Baby Boomers, the generation born between 1946-64. | Writing in Business Insider, in an article entitled "This is how our parents became the most selfish generation", senior finance correspondent Linette Lopez quotes Cornell economics professor Lyn Stout as saying: "All of our social cues are telling us to be selfish right now. Lopez adds that Baby Boomers love this because it means they do not have to consider the needs of others, or sacrifice for anyone outside their immedia…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-01). Senegal: Make Talibé Children a Campaign Focus. hrw.org | | Talibés begging in downtown Dakar, Senegal, May 11, 2017. | © 2017 Lauren Seibert/Human Rights Watch | (Dakar) — Political parties and candidates for Senegal's February 24, 2019 presidential election should commit to ending the abuse and exploitation of talibé children, Human Rights Watch and the Platform for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (PPDH), a coalition of Senegalese rights groups, said today. | Hundreds of thousands of talibé children in Se…

stuart_m (2019-02-01). Five new books for ecosocialists. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus takes a look at five new books for an ecosocialists' bookshelf. Inclusion does not necessarily imply endorsement or agreement with a book's contents. | ***
Dust Bowls Of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, & the Injustice of 'Green' Capitalism | By Hannah Holleman
| Yale University Press, 2018 | A clear and insightful analysis of the role of capitalism and colonialism in causing the US Dust Bowl of the 1930s and destroying farmland ar…

ACLU (2019-01-31). What Breastfeeding Has to Do With Economic Security. aclu.org A recent study from the Center for WorkLife Law reveals the heavy toll of breastfeeding discrimination and the pressing need for more protections. | The discrimination began almost immediately after Barbara, an emergency room nurse, returned from maternity leave. Like most breastfeeding parents, Barbara needed to pump regularly to keep up her milk supply and prevent infection. But while her co-workers got smoke breaks, Barbara wasn't allowed to take time to pump, leaving her in pain: "I'd feel like my breasts [were] bursting," she said. | When she did get breaks, Barbara found herself expressing breast milk for h…

pip.hinman (2019-01-31). Scrap Australia Day, acknowledge the past and fight for the future. greenleft.org.au Celebrating January 26 is a state-sanctioned exercise that rubs salt into the wounds of Indigenous Australia. It proclaims, "You lost, we won. Know your place." | But the desire for an honest conversation about modern Australia's origins in the violent and ongoing dispossession of Indigenous people is not going away. | Across the country Invasion Day marches were both bigger than ever, and took place in many more places. More local governments have dropped their January 26 activities and finally the ABC allowed Triple J to shift its Hottest 100. | The mood for change is gathering momentum — and it'..

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-31). Americans' Concern About Climate Change Surging to Record Levels. therealnews.com Dr. John Kotcher of George Mason University discusses a new poll about climate change and says improvements in media coverage have helped spur the public's concern about the issue

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-30). Another County Just Banned New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure. therealnews.com Climate justice advocate Anthony Rogers-Wright explains why a growing number of jurisdictions are saying no more fossil fuel extractions

Ralph Nader (2018-12-24). A "Massive Outlaw" zcomm.org Interview on Single Payer, Climate Devastation, Impeachment…

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