2019-08-04: Social Media Postees

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Climate Strike: SF Youth and Allies Climate Emergency Protest in San Francisco
350.org youth | indybay.org | 2019-08-04
San Francisco Federal Building, San Francisco, California 94103…

2020 Democratic presidential candidates want to break up big agriculture monopolies
Ruth Milka | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-03
Food hasn't been a big topic at the first two presidential debates but that doesn't mean that the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates don't have a plan to help support farmers. | The trend of consolidation in agribusiness is wiping out small farmers and influencing the food choices made to consumers. Only three companies control about half of the global agrochemical market: Bayer, Syngenta, and BASF. The rise in GM crops along with the ruling the genetic resources are subject to Intellectual Property Rights protections has only exacerbated the problem. | Of the 25 Democrats running for president, only a fe…

Fracking's dirty water problem is getting much bigger
Justin Mikulka | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-03
While fracking for oil and gas in the U.S. has contributed to record levels of fossil fuel production, a critical part of that story also involves water. An ongoing battle for this precious resource has emerged in dry areas of the U.S. where much of the oil and gas production is occurring. In addition, once the oil and gas industry is finished with the water involved in pumping out fossil fuels, disposing of or treating that toxic wastewater, known as produced water, becomes yet another problem. | These water woes repre…

2nd Dem Debate Pt 2: Discusses the Climate Crisis, Tackles Endless War and Regime Change (3/4)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-02
The deep divide between candidates is clear as they clash over issues appearing for the first time in presidential debates. With Jacqueline Luqman, Dharna Noor, and Marc Steiner as host…

Climate System "Getting Unhinged" as Massive Heat Wave Causes Record Melting of Greenland Ice Sheet
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-02
The massive heat dome that shattered all-time temperature records across much of Europe last week has settled in over Greenland, driving temperatures across the vast region to as much as 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. In July, Greenland's ice sheet lost 197 billion tons of ice, the equivalent of around 80 million Olympic swimming pools. This comes as the World Meteorological Organization said Thursday that July was the warmest month in recorded human history. It followed the hottest June on record, as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels climbed to a record high of 415 parts per million earlier this year. We sp…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff and Communications Director Will Depart Her Office
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-08-02
Two of Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez's top staffers are leaving her office. | Saikat Chakrabarti, her chief of staff, and Corbin Trent, her director of communications — who, through their work with Justice Democrats, have been alongside Ocasio-Cortez since her primary run — will leave the lawmaker's office. Chakrabarti will go to New Consensus, a nonprofit focused on climate issues and promoting the Green New Deal. Trent will direct communications on Ocasio-Cortez's 2020 campaign, the same role he played during her first congressional run. | "Saikat has decided to leave the office of Rep. Ocasio-Corte…

Killer heat in the United States: Climate Choices and The Future of Dangerously Hot Days
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-02
Extreme heat is poised to rise steeply in frequency and severity over the coming decades, bringing unprecedented health risks for people and communities across the country. | Source…

Can Cap and Invest Programs Bring Environmental Justice? (2/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-02
Critics of the Transportation & Climate Initiative say real transportation justice must include a plan for mass transit, and respect leadership from environmental justice communities…

Friday's Daily Brief: Security Council Ebola response, UNICEF chief on 'devastating week' for children in Middle East and North Africa, climate and migration links
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-02
Our main stories today: Security Council concern over DRC Ebola outbreak, head of UNICEF deplores 'devastating week' for children in MENA region, climate crisis to have 'extensive' effect on human settlement…

The U.S. Should Never Start A Nuclear War
Olivia Alperstein | commondreams.org | 2019-08-02
Alongside climate change, nuclear weapons pose one of the gravest risks to human survival. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/shutterstock_1101398828-1080×675.jpeg

Climate Change in Siberia: Massive Wildlife Tragedy as Bears and Foxes Flee Taiga, While Smaller Animals Suffocate in Smoke
Svetlana Skarbo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-02
Wild animals are turning to humans as they escape gas-chamber-like woods, with wildfires continuing to rage across almost 3 million hectares. | Even the Arctic is on fire, with smoke blanketing an area larger than the European Union, and a state …

Can Cap and Invest Programs Bring Environmental Justice? (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-02
12 states and Washington, DC are teaming up on the Transportation & Climate Initiative, but critics from Newark and Baltimore say the program excludes frontline voices and depends too much on market forces…

July heatwave 'more intense due to human-induced climate change'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-08-02
The record-breaking July heatwave in central and western Europe would have been up to 3C (5.5F) cooler if the climate was not changing, new research has found.There is "extremely little chance" that some of the high temperatures would have been reached if humans had not had an impact on the climate, the World Weather Attribution report adds.It said heatwave temperatures recorded in France and the Netherlands in the last week of July, which exceeded 40C, would only occur around once every 1,000 years without climate change.And it said hot spells like the one recorded in the UK and Germany would only occur around e…

When Will We Start Applying the Precautionary Principle to the Chemicals that Are Killing Our Kids?
Katherine Paul | commondreams.org | 2019-08-02
Today, there are more than 18,400 lawsuits pending against Bayer/Monsanto, by people who believe exposure to Roundup caused their cancer.(Photo: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/monsanto_bayer.jpeg

What kind of rebellion will it take to save humanity from extinction?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-02
We live in a dystopian age. Governments have known since at least the mid-'90s about the potentially devastating impact of human-induced climate change. But for the most part they have either disputed and denied this, or pretended to be responding to scientists' findings. | Despite overwhelming evidence that the world has already passed certain tipping points, setting off large and unpredictable changes in the climate, why are governments still refusing to act on the scale and pace required? | Why are some still denying that there is a climate emergency? | Why, despite the sorts of technological advances that m…

10 reasons to join the September 20 Climate Strike
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-02
School Strike 4 Climate outline just 10 of many reasons why you should join students when they go on strike to save the climate on September 20. | 1. Millions of people will be striking around the world with us. Beat the fear of missing out and make a plan to be there. | 2. Australia's climate pollution has never been higher than it is right now. We're on track to be responsible for almost one-fifth of the world's climate pollution by 2030. | 3. The people who did the least to contribute to this are being hit first and worst by climate impacts. And that is deeply unfair. | 4. This is only the biggest challenge hu…

Help build the movement for system change — become a Green Left supporter
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-08-02
It's understandable to feel enraged watching the news about our climate: record-breaking summer temperatures across Europe, the disappearing Arctic ice sheet, deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon. | It's depressing stuff. | I am enraged on a daily basis listening to the business-as-usual, head-in-the-sand responses to climate change from pro-capitalist governments and mining company spin doctors. | Or hearing that US President Donald Trump has allowed the use of bee-killing pesticides and that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has green-lighted illegal land clearing in the Amazon. | Or reading that the Australi…

Scientists Say Record-Shattering European Heat Wave Made 'About 100 Times More Likely' by Climate Crisis
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-02
The heat wave that smashed records across Western Europe last week was made much more likely and intense by the human-caused climate emergency, according to a new analysis released Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/london_2013.jpg

2nd Democratic Debate Pt. 1: Reparations, Race, and the New Green Economy (3/3)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-01
Reparations are no longer a backburner issue, and candidates are being forced to address climate change and the new green economy. With guests Kimberly Moffit and Jeet Heer, hosted by Marc Steiner…

A dangerously hot climate, simmering political tensions: 'This is not the summer of our youth,' UN chief warns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-01
Global warming and rising political tensions are dangerous and avoidable, Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters on Thursday, previewing the UN's upcoming Climate Action Summit, and spotlighting geopolitical hotspots.

How fast is the climate changing?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-08-01
Are recent weather patterns a prescient warning that Climate Change is upon us? Yes, according to John Molyneux, and time is running out. | Source…

Thursday's Daily Brief: Climate emergency, call to support breastfeeding, rising political heat and new investigation board for Syria
United Nations | un.org | 2019-08-01
Today, our main stories include: UN chief's warning on climate and global politics; UNICEF's call to bolster breastfeeding and new Board of Inquiry in Syria…

Candidates, Your Views on the Middle East? You Have 30 Seconds
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-08-01
If you blinked, you might have missed it. | Across the five hours of Democratic primary debates split between two nights this week, the presidential hopefuls discussed the future of U.S. foreign policy for no more than 25 minutes. | Other policy areas had it worse. There were no questions either night on Puerto Rico, for example, or LGBT issues, or reproductive rights. But the scant attention to foreign policy was striking precisely because it's the area in which a president has the most power to change things on their own. If the next president wants to rejoin the Paris climate agreement or renegotiate the Iran…

Wednesday's Daily Brief: World Breastfeeding Week kickoff, Second Ebola death on DR Congo's eastern border,‚ÄØUN chief lauds climate activist Thunberg, Afghan bus attack, and outgoing UN agriculture chief hands over reigns
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-31
Our main stories today cover: ‚ÄØWorld Breastfeeding Week kickoff, Ebola on DR Congo side of Rwandan border, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg to said to UN climate summit, UN chief condemns deadly Afghan bus attack and UN agriculture agency chief marks last day.

Climate change is class war
Jodi Dean | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-31
Our challenge is to build the collective power that can force the changes the capitalist system refuses to make.

Migration and the climate crisis: the UN's search for solutions
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-31
Throughout human history, migration and climate have always been connected, but in the modern era, the impacts of the man-made climate crisis are likely to extensively change the patterns of human settlement.

FROM THE FIELD: Turning waste into a business in the slums of Yaoundé, Cameroon
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-31
The increasing volume and complexity of waste associated with modern economies is posing a serious risk to ecosystems and human health. Every year, an estimated 11.2 billion tons of solid waste are collected worldwide, according to the UN Environment Programme.

Dear Moderators of the Presidential Debates
Lawrence Wittner | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-30
You mass media folks lead busy lives, I'm sure. But you must have heard something about nuclear weapons — those supremely destructive devices that, along with climate change, threaten the continued existence of the human race. Yes, thanks to popular protest and carefully-crafted arms control and disarmament agreements, there has been some progress in limiting …

Headlines for July 30, 2019
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-30
Gilroy, CA Shooter Touted White Supremacist Text, Posted Racist Content Before Massacre, Trump Renews Attacks on Rep. Cummings, Lashes Out at Al Sharpton, Senate Fails to Override Trump Vetoes on Bills Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Air Raids Kill At Least 10 in Northern Yemen, 5 Teenage Students Killed by Security Forces in Sudan, Brazil: At Least 57 Killed in Prison Riot, 164 Environmental Activists Killed in 2018, Indigenous Activists Protest Real Estate Development in New Zealand, Greenland's Ice Sheet at Risk of Record Melting, CNN and MSNBC to Host Climate Crisis-Centered Events, Kamala Harris R…

Exterminating the Future: World Outcry Grows as Brazil Rapidly Expands Deforestation of Amazon
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-30
New government data in Brazil shows that deforestation in the Amazon has dramatically increased since the far-right former military officer Jair Bolsonaro became president in January. Brazil has lost more than 1,300 square miles of forest cover this year, and the pace of deforestation is increasing. One report claims that the equivalent of three soccer fields are being deforested every minute in the Amazon. In June, deforestation increased by 88% over the same month last year. The drastic spike is due to Bolsonaro's rolling back of regulations and allowing illegal land invasions, logging and burning. Climate scie…

Conflict, climate change among factors that increase 'desperation that enables human trafficking to flourish', says UN chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-30
To mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has stressed that "human trafficking is a heinous crime that affects every region of the world" — especially women and children.

Media Downplay Climate Disruption's Ever-Growing Role in Driving Migration
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-07-30
Washington Post ( 4/16/19) | Journalists routinely dehumanize human beings crossing the southern border by comparing them to natural disasters like a " flood" or " deluge." But while migration has always been a natural…

Alaska Governor Demolishes Climate Research
Robert Hunziker | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-29
"The University of Alaska Fairbanks ("UAF") is a hub for Arctic climate research, and a magnet for top scientists and international collaborations– and it's in trouble."1 UAF's International Arctic Research Center sits at the pinnacle of worldwide climate research…

Easing 'classroom crisis' in Cà¥te d'Ivoire, brick by (plastic) brick
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-29
In an innovative partnership, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and a Colombian social enterprise announced on Monday that it had broken ground on a first-of-its-kind factory to convert plastic waste in Cà¥te d'Ivoire into modular, easy-to-assemble, low-cost plastic bricks for classrooms in the West African country.

Monday's Daily Brief: Nigeria massacre, Libya shelling condemned; recycled plastic used to build classrooms in Cà¥te d'Ivoire
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-29
Our main stories today: UN chief and senior UN official condemn the 'terrible massacre' in Nigeria that left some 65 dead, and the shelling of a hospital in Libya that killed medical workers; UN Secretary-General António Guterres reacts to a deadly landslide in China; recycled plastic waste is used to build classrooms in Cà¥te d'Ivoire; and scouts are urged to become human rights defenders.