2019-08-22: News Headlines

George Ochenski (2019-08-22). Breaking the Web of Life. counterpunch.org You wouldn't expect someone who spent his entire life in high-rise penthouses to understand much about the stunning complexity of Earth's natural environment and the millions of species that depend on what is called the interconnected "web of life." And sure enough, while the Sixth Great Extinction is ongoing and accelerating, President Trump is changing the Endangered Species Act through administrative rules, not to rise to the challenge of stopping extinctions, but to make it easier for commercial and extractive enterprises such as oil, gas, mining, logging, ranching, road-building and development to actually e…

Kate Aronoff (2019-08-22). Bernie Sanders's Climate Plan Is More Radical Than His Opponents' — And More Likely to Succeed. theintercept.com The $16.3 trillion plan would not only transition American society away from fossil fuels but renegotiate decades-old nostrums about the government's role in the economy.

Staff (2019-08-22). Scientists Definitively Debunk the Biggest Climate Change Lie. truthdig.com European and US scientists have cleared up a point that has been nagging away at climate science for decades: not only is the planet warming faster than at any time in the last 2,000 years, but this unique climate change really does have neither a historic precedent nor a natural cause. | Other historic changes — the so-called Medieval Warm Period and then the "Little Ice Age" that marked the 17th to the 19th centuries — were not global. The on…

Staff (2019-08-22). DNC Rejects Call for a Climate Debate. therealnews.com Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials reversed the previous ban on candidates participating in non-sanctioned climate forums, but Carmen Bouquin of the Sunrise Movement says that's not enough…

Ilana Novick (2019-08-22). Noam Chomsky: Democrats Are Failing the Test of Our Time. truthdig.com The linguist and activist calls Donald Trump's climate policy "a death knell for the species," and says there's no effective opposition.

RT (2019-08-22). From 'felon' to 'justice-involved person': San Francisco fights crime with PC language. rt.com Amid a rising tide of crime, inequality, and literal human waste, San Francisco, California has chosen to sanitize — language. Felons, offenders and addicts will now have to be called new, more politically correct names. | The new "person-first" language guidelines were recently introduced by the city's Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. From now on, a convicted felon released from jail will be called a "justice-involved person"

commondreams (2019-08-22). Sanders, Gillibrand Tied for Lead in New Greenpeace Climate 2020 Ranking. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Extinction Rebellion, others (2019-08-22). Climate Emergency "Die-In" Protest at San Jose City Hall. indybay.org The front courtyard at the San Jose City Hall | 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose 95113…

commondreams (2019-08-22). 350 Action Responds to Bernie Sanders "Green New Deal" 2020 Climate Plan. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Joanna Foley (2019-08-22). Rising to the Climate Emergency: What Can we Count On? indybay.org Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall | 1924 Cedar (@Bonita), Berkeley…

SVYCAO (2019-08-22). Climate Strike: Silicon Valley Youth and Allies March & Rally in San Jose. indybay.org March begins: Diridon Station (Caltrain & VTA), 65 Cahill St, San Jose 95110 | March end & Rally: San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose 95113…

commondreams (2019-08-22). DNC ADVANCES RESOLUTION TO REVERSE BAN ON 2020 CANDIDATES' SIDE-BY-SIDE PARTICIPATION, ALLOW MULTI-ISSUE CLIMATE "DISCUSSION" commondreams.org ______________________________…

Josue De Luna Navarro (2019-08-22). For True Climate Justice, Abolish ICE and CBP. counterpunch.org Last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Senator Kamala Harris released their Climate Equity Act — the first draft of a critical component of a Green New Deal. The act aims to protect marginalized communities as Congress attempts to "address" climate change by creating a system that gives environmental legislation an equity score based on its impact More

commondreams (2019-08-22). Sanders Long-Awaited Climate Plan Should Scare Fossil Fuel CEOs. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-08-22). Bernie Sanders Releases Ambitious Plan That Matches Scale and Scope of Climate Crisis. commondreams.org ______________________________…

CA Democratic Progressive Caucus (2019-08-22). Strategy Meeting: Pass the DNC Resolution for a Presidential Climate Debate. indybay.org Parc 55 Hotel, Ballroom | 55 Cyril Magnin Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…

Staff (2019-08-22). Bernie Sanders Unveils 'Game-Changing' New Climate Plan. truthdig.com Calling the global climate crisis both the greatest threat facing the United States and the greatest opportunity for transformative change, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive Green New Deal proposal that would transition the U.S. economy to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million well-paying union jobs over a decade. | "This is a pivotal moment in the history of America—and really, in the history of humanity," Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement. | "When we are in the White House,"

commondreams (2019-08-22). Bernie's Climate Plan is a Benchmark and a Game-Changer. commondreams.org ______________________________…

United Nations (2019-08-22). Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific 'sign of things to come', cautions UN regional body. un.org Changing patterns and worsening impacts of natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, coupled with environmental degradation and climate change, are not only making efforts to predict such catastrophes more difficult, but are also a "sign of things to come", the United Nations development arm in the region has warned.

Staff (2019-08-22). Sanders Unveils Plan Detailing 10-Year Mobilization to Avert Climate Catastrophe. truthout.org | | Calling the global climate crisis both the greatest threat facing the United States and the greatest opportunity for transformative change, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive Green New Deal proposal that would transition the U.S. economy to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million well-paying union jobs over a decade. | "This is a pivotal moment in the history of America — and really,…

Spirit Rock Meditation Center (2019-08-22). No Time to Lose: A Dharma Response to Climate Change (Spirit Rock Meditation Center). indybay.org Spirit Rock Meditation Center | 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre, CA 94973 | www.spiritrock.org/directions

Environmental Defense Fund (2019-08-22). EDF Talk: California and the Rainforest – a Plan to Fight Climate Change. indybay.org EDF Office on 28th Floor, 123 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105…

commondreams (2019-08-22). Grassroots Pressure Forces DNC to Allow Multi-Candidate "Discussions" on Climate Crisis. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Howie Hawkins (2019-08-22). On day one, the next president should declare a climate emergency. nationofchange.org The next president should declare a Climate Emergency, which will give the president powers to act rapidly and decisively to confront the climate crisis. The president should also create a cabinet-level Office of Climate Mobilization for the coordination of all federal agencies in mobilizing the nation's resources to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions and 100% …

pip.hinman (2019-08-22). Extinction Rebellion WA: 'The government is not playing by any rules so why should we?'. greenleft.org.au climate emergency Janet Parker Australia Extinction Rebellion WA parliament civil disobedience climate changeSpe…

pip.hinman (2019-08-22). Rebellion declared in WA parliament. greenleft.org.au climate emergency Sam Wainwright Australia Extinction Rebellion The West Australian Declaration Day fossil fuels

pip.hinman (2019-08-22). Tales from the Extinction Rebellion Chill Zone. greenleft.org.au climate emergency Amy WarneIssue 1234 Australia Extinction Rebellion arrests Declaration DayCommunity activist Amy Warne was ar…

pip.hinman (2019-08-22). Killing rivers for mines and irrigators. greenleft.org.au climate emergency Elena GarciaIssue 1234 Australia Menindee Lakes Broken Hill water pipelineThe Broken Hill water pipeline has been exposed as a vital element in a plan to sacrifice…

pip.hinman (2019-08-22). Bruce Shillingsworth: 'We are the last generation who can fix climate change'. greenleft.org.au river crisis Peter BoyleIssue 1234 Australia drought Murray Darling River system"I believe the numbers will change the game," said First Nations activist and artist Uncle Bruce Shillingsworth…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-08-22). Protests Break Out After DNC Committee Votes Against Holding 2020 #ClimateDebate. commondreams.org Sparking immediate protests at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco Thursday, the organization's Resolutions Committee voted down a resolution that called for a climate-focused debate among 2020 presidential primary candidates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sunrise_1.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-22). 'Game-Changer': Sanders Unveils Green New Deal Plan Detailing 10-Year Mobilization to Avert Climate Catastrophe, Create 20 Million Jobs. commondreams.org "This is a pivotal moment in the history of America—and really, in the history of humanity." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_green_new_deal_0_0.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-08-22). As Inslee Drops Out of 2020 Race, Applause and Gratitude for Elevating Climate Crisis to 'Forefront of the National Conversation'. commondreams.org "We'll miss you in this race, Jay Inslee. Thank you for setting the pace for our elected leaders on the climate crisis, running a historic campaign, and elevating this issue for all of us." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/jay_inslee.jpg

Staff (2019-08-22). Headlines for August 22, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Administration Proposes Jailing Migrant Families Indefinitely, Federal Budget Deficit to Top $1 Trillion in 2020, Satellite Data Show Brazilian Amazon Burning at Record Pace, Brazilian President Bolsonaro Blames Environmentalists for Amazon Fires, Wildfires Rage in Alaska, Canary Islands, Siberia and Greenland, Gov. Jay Inslee, Champion of Climate Fight, Drops 2020 Presidential Bid, Activists Disrupt Event Honoring House Speaker Pelosi to Demand Trump's Impeachment, Abdalla Hamdok Sworn In as Sudan's Prime Minister, Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Mark Anniversary of Subway Attack, Mexico's Zapatistas Exp…

susan_p (2019-08-22). 'International emergency' as fires devastate Brazil's rainforest. greenleft.org.au environment Jake JohnsonIssue 1234 Brazil Amazon forest fires climate changeThe hashtag #PrayForAmazonia went viral…

greenleft.org.au (2019-08-22). The climate struggle is a struggle for social power. greenleft.org.au

Naomi Klein (2019-08-21). Why the Democratic National Committee Must Change the Rules and Hold a Climate Debate. theintercept.com A girl holds a sign that reads "pull the emergency brake" at a ceremony to commemorate the Okjà∂kull glacier in Iceland, on Aug. 18, 2019. | recorded in human history. You are meeting on the same week that smoke from a record number of wildfires in the Amazon rainforest turned day into night in the Brazilian megapolis of Sà£o Paulo. And you are meeting just days after Iceland's prime minister led her country in its first teleSUR (2019-08-21). Orgs Sue Trump Over Anti-Endangered Animal Policy. telesurenglish.net Environmental and animal rights groups on Wednesday sued the Trump administration over its proposal to revise the nation's Endangered Species Act (ESA), seeking to block changes to the decades-old law they say will roll back protections for animals at risk of extinction. | RELATED: | Endangered Condors Face Fragile Existence in Andes | "The new rules move the…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-08-21). Brazil's Bolsonaro—Outspoken Proponent of Deforestation—Denounced as 'Sick' and 'Pathetic' for Blaming Amazon Forest Fires on NGOs. commondreams.org "We will not watch our future burn away," said climate campaigners | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/brazil_1.jpg

Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-21). Condescension and Climate Change: Australia and the Failure of the Pacific Islands Forum. counterpunch.org It was predictably ugly: in tone, in regret, and, in some ways, disgust. Australia emerged from the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting isolated, the true spoiler of the party which saw 17 states facing the obstinacy of one. It had taken place on Tuvalu, some two hours flight north of Fiji. The capital Funafuti is More

Staff (2019-08-20). Pope Francis Confronts the "Idolatry of Money" — RAI with Matthew Fox (7/8). therealnews.com With his criticism of excessive capitalism and of climate change, Pope Francis has become the target of the far-right, and especially of the secretive Opus Dei sect within the Catholic Church, explains former priest Matthew Fox…

Janine Jackson (2019-08-20). 'Monsanto Has Worked Very Hard to Discredit Me and My Work' – CounterSpin interview with Carey Gillam on Monsanto's attack on journalism. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed US Right to Know's Carey Gillam for the August 16, 2019, episode of CounterSpin, about being targeted by Monsanto. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

United Nations (2019-08-20). Negotiating legally-binding agreement to provide future generations with a 'healthy, resilient and productive ocean'. un.org While the world's oceans contain some 200,000 identified living species, the actual numbers could reach the millions ≠ ≠— all exposed to the dangers of climate change, pollution and over-exploitation. To stem these threats, the United Nations is meeting to negotiate a treaty that would protect three-quarters of the earth's surface by 2030.

Kim Petersen (2019-08-19). Colonialism Lives on in the Mind of Donald Trump. dissidentvoice.org Outside of melting glaciers and global warming discussions, Kalaallit Nunaat does not often find itself in the spotlight, and when it does, it is usually referred to as Greenland. United States president Donald Trump's real-estate aspirations have given Kalaallit Nunaat/Greenland prominence in recent news. It seems Trump is serious about the US purchasing Greenland. Judging …

Janine Jackson (2019-08-19). On Gun Violence, 'We Need the Federal Government to Take Bold Steps' – CounterSpin interview with Ernest Coverson on guns & human rights. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Amnesty International USA's Ernest Coverson about guns and human rights for the August 16, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-19). Condescension and Climate Change: Australia and the Failure of the Pacific Islands Forum. dissidentvoice.org It was predictably ugly: in tone, in regret, and, in some ways, disgust. Australia emerged from the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting isolated, the true spoiler of the party which saw 17 states facing the obstinacy of one. It had taken place on Tuvalu, some two hours flight north of Fiji. The capital Funafuti is …

United Nations (2019-08-19). FROM THE FIELD: Green wall of opportunities grows in the Sahel. un.org An ambitious plan has got underway to plant a band of trees across the Sahel region of Africa, to hold back desertification and combat climate change, thanks to the support of the United Nations.

Staff (2019-08-16). Trump Endangers the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act. therealnews.com The protection of threatened species will now be weighed against the economic benefit their extinction might mean. Meanwhile, states would no longer be able to review the impact of projects on water quality, in accordance with the decades-old the Clean Water Act…

CounterSpin (2019-08-16). Ernest Coverson on Guns & Human Rights, Carey Gillam Under Attack From Monsanto. fair.org Media…

Staff (2019-08-16). Headlines for August 16, 2019. democracynow.org Israel Bars Reps. Omar & Tlaib from Official Trip to West Bank Due to Their Support for BDS, 11 Die in Kashmir as Pakistani & Indian Troops Exchange Fire, U.S. Puts Pressure on Crew of Iranian Oil Tanker Seized in July, North Korea Test-Fires Two Missiles as It Rejects New Talks with S. Korea, NOAA: July Was Officially the Hottest Month on Record, Australia Accused of Watering Down Pacific Island Climate Agreement, Study: Surge in Methane Gas Emissions Is Linked to Fracking Boom, 270 Die, 1 Million Displaced in India from Heavy Monsoon Rains, Federal Court: Trump Admin Can't Deny Soap & Toothpaste to Migrant Chil…

Janine Jackson (2019-08-14). 'People Are Demanding Accountability for the Fossil Fuel Industry' – CounterSpin interview with Sriram Madhusoodanan about climate justice. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Sriram Madhusoodanan about climate justice for the August 2, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

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