2019-09-09: News Headlines

Conn Hallinan (2019-09-09). Climate Chaos Descends on Europe. counterpunch.org It's been a rough summer in Europe. On August 18, several dozen people gathered around a patch of snow in Iceland to commemorate the demise of the Okjokull glacier, a victim of climate change. Further to the west, Greenland shed 217 billion tons of ice in the month of July alone. Not long before, Paris reached 108.7 degrees on July 25, and normally cold, blustery Normandy registered 102 degrees. Worldwide, July 2019 was the hottest month on record. More

Dean Baker (2019-09-09). Confronting Global Warming and Austerity. counterpunch.org In the United States, proposals for a Green New Deal have been getting considerable attention in recent months as activists have pressed both members of Congress and Democratic presidential candidates to support aggressive measures to combat global warming. There clearly is much more that we can and must do in the immediate future to prevent enormous damage to the planet. More

Mill Valley activist groups (2019-09-09). Climate Strike: Mill Valley, Marin County. indybay.org Plaza outside Mill Valley Book Depot & Cafe, 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 | Mill Valley Seniors for Peace @ Camino Alto and Miller Avenue…

Ben Ehrenreich (2019-09-09). There's Only One Antidote for Climate Despair—Climate Rebellion. thenation.com There's Only One Antidote for Climate Despair—Climate Rebellion…

Ben Ehrenreich (2019-09-09). There's Only One Antidote for Climate Despair—Climate Revolt. thenation.com There's Only One Antidote for Climate Despair—Climate Revolt…

WSWS (2019-09-09). The issues raised by climate change in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. wsws.org The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian further supports the prediction that global warming will cause more destructive tropical storms.

Climate Strike USA (2019-09-09). Climate Strike: Upper East Bay Area: Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Richmond. indybay.org Upper East Bay Area: events in Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Richmond (see below)…

Staff (2019-09-09). Climate Change Is Already Hitting Europe Harder Than Anyone Expected. truthdig.com From the edge of the Arctic to almost the Tropic of Cancer, Europe's rapid warming is evidenced by hotter summers and winters.

Hannah Mowat (2019-09-09). Europeans Must Face Their Own Role in the Destruction of the Amazon. globalresearch.ca Images of the Amazon burning have caused global alarm. They have also, say observers, triggered a response unparalleled in the history of the politics around climate change: the setting of international red lines on environmental destruction. For President Macron …

Jeet Heer (2019-09-09). Jonathan Franzen Pens Another Environmental Disaster Story. thenation.com Jonathan Franzen Pens Another Environmental Disaster Story…

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-09-09). Wildfires and the Climate Crisis: Brazil, Siberia, California, South Europe, Queensland. globalresearch.ca The planetary consequences of injecting 910 billion tons CO2 into the atmosphere are playing in real time. | The Arctic Circle is suffering from an unprecedented number of wildfires in the latest sign of a climate crisis. With some blazes …

Staff (2019-09-09). Hurricane Dorian Was Fueled by Climate Change. Why Isn't the Mainstream Media Making the Connection? democracynow.org At least 44 people are dead, and the number is expected to rise dramatically, as the Bahamas continues to reel from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian last week. More than 70,000 on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands have been left homeless, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, remain missing. As the Bahamas faces unprecedented destruction and thousands continue to seek shelter and aid, the island nation has been described as "ground zero" for the climate crisis. Despite this, the mainstream media has largely omitted any mention of global warming in its coverage of the disaster. We speak to Allison Fisher, o…

CP Editor (2019-09-09). Despite Tiny Carbon Footprint, Bahamas Is Ground Zero of Climate Crisis. counterpunch.org

Liberation Staff (2019-09-09). Hurricane Dorian: Climate crises and class society. liberationnews.org "My father, for example, had to stay behind, not because he wanted to, but because he had nowhere to go and couldn't afford a place to stay, or gas to leave."

Staff (2019-09-08). Corporate Media Is Misleading Us About Sanders' Climate Plan. truthdig.com Climate change is an existential threat to human civilization. If only corporate media acted like it. | While the majority of corporate media do not outright deny the reality of the human-caused climate crisis, they are filled with another brand of insidious ideologues that I call climate minimizers. These downplay the threat that climate change poses to all of us by ignoring scientific data, avoiding discussion on the actual impact of climate change, and hyper-focusing on trivial details. | Related Articles: …

Mill Valley activist groups (2019-09-08). Climate Strike: Mill Valley, Marin County. indybay.org Plaza outside Mill Valley Book Depot & Cafe, 87 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941 | Mill Valley Seniors for Peace @ Camino Alto and Miller Avenue…

Heather Price (2019-09-08). From Scientist to Activist. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/climate_strike.jpeg

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-08). The Courage of Saying No: Children, Rebellion and Greta Thunberg. globalresearch.ca There is something to be said of wariness when it comes to revolutionary voices. As Albert Camus argued in that beautiful tract of illumination and contradiction, The Rebel, "All modern revolutions have ended in the reinforcement of the power of …

Staff (2019-09-08). Corporate TV News Covered Climate Connection to Hurricane Dorian Only Once. truthout.org | | Even as Hurricane Dorian tore through the Bahamas and crept up the southeastern U.S. seaboard, broadcast news networks were loathe to connect the powerful storm's strength to the climate crisis in spite of the science linking warmer sea surface temperatures to increased frequency of strong hurricanes. | According to a study by watchdog Media Matters For America, on…

Climate Strike USA (2019-09-08). Climate Strike: Upper East Bay Area: Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Richmond. indybay.org Upper East Bay Area: events in Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Richmond (see below)…

Staff (2019-09-08). Tax the Rich Before the Rest. truthout.org | | Presidential candidates should take a pledge: The middle class should not pay one dollar more in new taxes until the super-rich pay their fair share. | Already candidates are outlining ambitious programs to improve health care, combat climate change, and address the opioid crisis — and trying to explain how they'll pay for it. | President Trump, on the other hand, wants to give corporations and the richest 1 percent more tax breaks to keep goosing a lopsided economic boom — even as deficit hawks moan about the exploding…

teleSUR (2019-09-08). Summer Heatwaves in France Killed 1,500 People: Health Minister. telesurenglish.net France recorded 1,500 deaths this summer during the heatwave that hit the country between June and July, said Sunday Agnès Buzyn, the country's Minister of Solidarity and Health. | RELATED: | Climate Change the Culprit for European Heatwave: Expert | Among the people who lost their lives, "about half were over 75-years-old, but there were also adults and yo…

The Canary (2019-09-07). Protesters stage 'die in' to highlight cyclist deaths. thecanary.co Dozens of protesters have staged a symbolic funeral procession across central London, ending in a die-in in Trafalgar Square to highlight the need for measures to protect cyclists.The protest, organised by Extinction Rebellion in partnership with Stop Killing Cyclists, called on the Government to start investing £6 billion a year on cycling infrastructure.The march, which began at Lincoln's Inn Fields, was led by three horse-drawn funeral hearses meant to represent the deaths of cyclists caused by road accidents and pollution.Florence Reid waves an Exinction Rebellion flag during the protest (David Mirzoeff…

Jake Johnson (2019-09-07). 'No fossil fuel money!': Protests outside big-money fundraiser for Biden co-hosted by natural gas executive. nationofchange.org "Biden can't expect to convince Americans that he's a leader on climate if he's also cozying up to fossil fuel power players."

Julie Hollar (2019-09-07). CNN Town Hall Went Deep on Climate Crisis—But Was Anyone Listening? commondreams.org A protester is seen during a climate change demonstration holding a placard that says, 'There Is No Planet B.' (Photo by Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/climate_cnn_dems.jpg

James Wright (2019-09-07). Extinction Rebellion co-founder tackles the allegation she isn't challenging capitalism. thecanary.co In an interview with The Canary, Extinction Rebellion (XR) co-founder Gail Bradbrook tackled the allegation that XR, which is spearheading the climate movement, isn't fundamentally challenging free market capitalism. | "Where political power lies": | The Canary sat down with Bradbrook after her speech at Shambala festival 2019 to explore t…

Chuck Collins (2019-09-07). Tax the rich before the rest. nationofchange.org Presidential candidates should take a pledge: The middle class should not pay one dollar more in new taxes until the super-rich pay their fair share. | Already candidates are outlining ambitious programs to improve health care, combat climate change, and address the opioid crisis — and trying to explain how they'll pay for it. | President Trump, on the other hand, wants to give corporations and the richest 1 percent more tax breaks to keep goosing a lopsided economic boom — even as deficit hawks moan about the exploding national debt and annual deficits topping $1 trillion. | Eventually someone is…

Staff (2019-09-07). Trump Rakes in Fossil Fuel Money While Some Democrats Skirt Donation Pledge. truthout.org | | Against the backdrop of intensifying global heat waves, a burning Amazon forest, and melting arctic ice caps, the question of how to respond to the global climate crisis, and a candidate's relationship to the fossil fuel industry, are assuming center stage in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. | At one end, you have Donald Trump, the near-certain Republican nominee, who has taken huge amounts of money from the fossil fuel industry. The Trump administration has rolled back climate regu…

Esha Krishnaswamy (2019-09-07). Climate Minimizers Don't Deny Climate Change—But Find Endless Reasons to Reject Sanders' Plan to Stop It. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to the crowd during the 2019 South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention on June 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernie_sanders_media.jpg

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-09-07). Portents of 21st Century Global Warming. globalresearch.ca Global Research has decided to publish different perspectives and competing viewpoints regarding Climate Change, with a view to promoting debate and critical analysis. | *** | "We will be in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-09-07). New Report: ABC, CBS, NBC Covered Climate Crisis Connection to Hurricane Dorian Only Once in 216 Segments on Storm. commondreams.org "Climate change is fueling storms like Hurricane Dorian. But you wouldn't know that from watching broadcast TV news." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/dorian_bahamas_0.jpg

Vijay Prashad (2019-09-07). We will see roots reaching out for each other. mronline.org Last week, Agence France-Presse got its hands on a draft UN report called Special Report on the Ocean and Cyrosphere in a Changing Climate. This 900-page document is study of the oceans for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body which won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007. | Source

Olivia Riggio (2019-09-07). NYT remembers David Koch more as 'philanthropist' than polluter. nationofchange.org David Koch may be dead, but his legacy of support for far-right politics and climate change denial lives on. The New York Times, however, chose to focus more on his love for the ballet than on his pollution and profiteering. | In its obituary ( 8/23/19), "David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79" the Times called Koch a "man-about-town philanthropist." On the same day, the Times ( 8/23/19) published an affecti…

Kathleen Wallace (2019-09-06). Extinction Via Rugged Individualism. counterpunch.org I was recently amused by a train of thought on Twitter excoriating Henry David Thoreau for his experiment in self-sufficient living. True, he was on the land of his wealthy neighbor, his mother did his laundry (and brought him old-timey donuts to eat), but it was rugged, dammit. Okay, it was something akin to a More

Staff (2019-09-06). Climate Forum Shows Candidates' Key Differences. therealnews.com At CNN's seven-hour climate town hall, ten Democratic candidates disagreed about fracking, nuclear power, and how much to fund the Pentagon. TRNN's Marc Steiner, Dharna Noor, and Steve Horn discuss.

James Bovard (2019-09-06). 9/11 and the American Orwellian Nightmare. counterpunch.org Next week will mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Politicians and bureaucrats wasted no time after that carnage to unleash the Surveillance State on average Americans, treating every citizen like a terrorist suspect. Since the government failed to protect the public, Americans somehow forfeited their constitutional right to privacy. Despite heroic efforts by former NSA staffer Edward Snowden and a host of activists and freedom fighters, the government continues ravaging American privacy. More

Staff (2019-09-06). Climate Organizers Aren't Letting Candidates Off the Hook. therealnews.com CNN's seven-hour town hall was far from perfect, but it was the best climate conversation we've had yet—and it would never have happened without youth-led movements.

Esha Krishnaswamy (2019-09-06). Climate Minimizers Don't Deny Climate Change—but Find Endless Reasons to Reject Sanders' Plan to Stop It. fair.org Climate change is an existential threat to human civilization. If only corporate media acted like it. | While the majority of corporate media do not outright deny the reality of the human-caused climate crisis, they are filled with another brand of insidious ideologues that I call climate minimizers. These downplay the threat that climate change poses to all of us by ignoring scientific data, avoiding discussion on the actual impact of climate change, and hyper-focusing on trivial details. | These tendencies were on display…

Conn Hallinan (2019-09-06). Funerals for glaciers: Is it too late for Europe's Green New Deal? peoplesworld.org On Aug. 18, several dozen people gathered around a patch of snow in Iceland to commemorate the demise of the Okjokull glacier, a victim of climate change. Further to the west, Greenland shed 217 billion tons of ice in the month of July alone. Paris reached 108.7 degrees on July 25, and normally cold, blustery …

Staff (2019-09-06). Candidates Don't Agree On How Much To Spend on Climate Plans. therealnews.com At CNN's marathon climate town hall, candidates detailed environmental plans that range from $1.3 to $16.3 trillion, but moderators failed to address the cost of inaction…

Staff (2019-09-06). How Do You Hold Fossil Fuel Industry Accountable? Candidates Disagree. therealnews.com Ten candidates at CNN's climate town hall explained how they'd hold industry accountable for climate change—but can we trust them?

Julie Hollar (2019-09-06). CNN Town Hall Went Deep on Climate Crisis—but Was Anyone Listening? fair.org Given the Democratic National Committee's refusal to allow its party's presidential hopefuls to take part in a televised climate debate, CNN (and, later this month, MSNBC) agreed to host "town halls" on the climate crisis—events with one candidate at a time on stage, fielding questions from network hosts as well as network-selected audience members. | CNN's climate crisis town hall ( 9/4/19) showed that, when it's not setting up mock combat among candidates, the network can actuall…

The Intercept (2019-09-06). Livestream: The Right to a Future — With Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg. theintercept.com The Intercept invites you to watch a special event in New York City hosted by Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein, author of the forthcoming book "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal," and headlined by trailblazing climate activist Greta Thunberg, author of "No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference." Together with youth leaders Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Xiye Bastida, and Vic Barrett, as well as Indigenous Amazon leader Tuntiak Katan, Thunberg and Klein will help us envision a just and sustainable future, confront our climate emergency, and discuss the emerging cross-generational, transnational mov…

United Nations (2019-09-06). Mitigating climate change in Asia-Pacific could give region an economic boost. un.org The urgent need to move towards a low carbon economy and build resilience, would not only mitigate the worst impacts of climate change in the Asia-Pacific, but also lift the region economically, according to the body overseeing the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Jeet Heer (2019-09-06). The Problem With Our Climate Debate Is That Only Democrats Are Showing Up. thenation.com The Problem With Our Climate Debate Is That Only Democrats Are Showing Up…

Kate Aronoff (2019-09-06). Exxon Mobil Is Funding Centrist Democratic Think Tank, Disclosures Reveal. theintercept.com The Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Democratic think tank that grew out of the party's pro-business wing in the 1980s and '90s, received $50,000 from Exxon Mobil in 2018 via its parent organization, the Third Way Foundation, according to the oil giant's 2018 Worldwide Giving Report. | Exxon Mobil did not return The Intercept's multiple requests for comment. In an email, PPI Executive Director Lindsay Lewis said the money was used for general support and that "we only accept general support funding from corporate interests, we do not do paid for work/research or have any donor run programs." | Lewis also…

Chuck Collins (2019-09-06). Tax the Rich Before the Rest. counterpunch.org Presidential candidates should take a pledge: The middle class should not pay one dollar more in new taxes until the super-rich pay their fair share. Already candidates are outlining ambitious programs to improve health care, combat climate change, and address the opioid crisis — and trying to explain how they'll pay for it. President Trump, More

commondreams (2019-09-06). Over 450 Climate Strikes Planned in U.S. on September 20th; Global Climate Strikes to Take Place in 117 Countries. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-09-06). "We Are on the Frontline": Despite Tiny Carbon Footprint, Bahamas Is Ground Zero of Climate Crisis. democracynow.org Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm over the weekend, lingering for days and leaving nearly unimaginable destruction in its path. The airport on Grand Bahama Island has been completely decimated, and entire neighborhoods have been razed. Hundreds, if not thousands, remain missing. We speak with University of Miami assistant professor Erica Moiah James about the climate change-fueled hurricane and how the people in the Bahamas are on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

Staff (2019-09-06). Shut It Down: Veteran Organizer Lisa Fithian Offers a Guide to Resistance in Era of Climate Crisis. democracynow.org Lisa Fithian is a longtime organizer and nonviolent direct action trainer since the 1970s. She has shut down the CIA. She has occupied Wall Street, disrupted the World Trade Organization and stood her ground in Tahrir Square. She has walked in solidarity with the tribal leaders at Standing Rock and defended communities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She joined us at the Democracy Now! studio to talk about her new book, which was published this week, titled "Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance." Fithian is currently on a book tour and doing a new workshop called "Escalating Resistance: Mass R…

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