2019-09-11: News Headlines

Staff (2019-09-11). Hurricane Dorian Shows the Need to Fund Climate Adaptation. therealnews.com President Trump says Bahamian refugees seeking refuge in the United States need proper documentation because some of them are "very bad people." Scholar Christian Parenti says that's just a taste of the horror the climate crisis will create…

Jake Johnson (2019-09-11). To critics who say climate action is 'too expensive,' Greta Thunberg responds: 'If we can save the banks, we can save the world'. nationofchange.org During an event in New York City Monday night with author and environmentalist Naomi Klein, 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg had a simple message for those who claim it is "too expensive" to boldly confront the climate crisis with sweeping policies like a Green New Deal. "If we can save the banks," said Thunberg, "we can save …

Staff (2019-09-11). Greta Thunberg Says It's Time to "Wake the Adults Up" truthout.org | | In her first extended broadcast interview in the United States, we spend the hour with Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has inspired millions across the globe. Last year she launched a school strike for the climate, skipping school every Friday to stand in front of the Swedish parliament, demanding action to prevent catastrophic climate change. Her protest spread, quickly going global. Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren around the globe have participated in their own local school s…

commondreams (2019-09-11). Former Monsanto Employee to Utilize Trump's Revolving Door to Join Bernhardt's Swampy Interior. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-09-11). The Courage of Saying No: Children, Rebellion and Greta Thunberg. counterpunch.org 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 the state." But he also argued that humankind were the only creatures refusing to be More

Julia Conley (2019-09-11). Japan to Release Radioactive Fukushima Wastewater Into Pacific Ocean. theantimedia.com Japan's environmental minister recommended releasing more than one million tons of radioactive Fukushima wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.

Amanda Mills (2019-09-11). Japan plans to release Radioactive Fukushima wastewater into Pacific Ocean. nationofchange.org Japan's environmental minister recommended yesterday the country should release more than one million tons of radioactive wastewater from Fukushima's nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. This plan comes after nearly a decade since the coastal facility had a meltdown caused by a tsunami. "The only option will be to drain it into the sea …

United Nations (2019-09-11). Climate crisis could see 'collapse' of some economies without diversification, warns UN trade chief. un.org Climate change poses an "existential threat to commodity-dependent developing countries", the United Nation's trade chief said on Wednesday, pointing to a newly released report highlighting the need to diversify economies and exports.

Staff (2019-09-11). To Confront Climate Change, We Need an Ecological Democracy. truthout.org | | Climate change represents the biggest existential crisis that has ever faced the human race. However, we have yet to come to terms with the moral, political and economic dimensions of the climate crisis. As we confront climate change, we must ask: What would real climate justice look like? And what is the connection between the pursuit of true democracy and the battle to stave off a climatic change catastrophe? Marit Hammond, a lecturer in environmental politics at Keele University in the U.K., advocate…

United Nations (2019-09-11). Is the world living up to its climate commitments? un.org As the United Nations gears up for the September Climate Action Summit in New York, one of its most high-profile climate conferences in recent times, what progress is the world making in tackling the climate crisis, and how is that progress being measured?

Communities for Sustainable Monterey County (2019-09-11). Salinas Climate Strike March. indybay.org Salinas High School, 726 S Main St, Salinas | Salinas City Hall, 200 Lincoln Ave, Salinas…

Ruth Milka (2019-09-11). California fights back against Trump administration's plans to frack and drill in the state. nationofchange.org The Trump administration may be hell-bent on opening up any and all lands for the oil and gas industry but California is one place where the anti-environment administration will be facing a hard fight. | The state of California on Monday moved to block the Trump administration from allowing new oil and gas wells in national parks and wilderness areas in the state, reports the Los Angeles Times. | AB 342, which will now head to California Governor Gavin Newsom's desk…

commondreams (2019-09-11). Members of Congress, Argentinian and US Groups Call on OPIC to reject financing for fracking in Argentina. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-09-11). "We Are Striking to Disrupt the System": An Hour with 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg. democracynow.org In her first extended broadcast interview in the United States, we spend the hour with Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has inspired millions across the globe. Last year she launched a school strike for the climate, skipping school every Friday to stand in front of the Swedish parliament, demanding action to prevent catastrophic climate change. Her protest spread, quickly going global. Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren around the globe have participated in their own local school strikes for the climate. Since her strike began in 2018, Greta has become a leading figure in the clim…

Staff (2019-09-11). Headlines for September 11, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Ousts National Security Adviser John Bolton, Palestinians Say Annexation of West Bank Would Be "Paramount to a War Crime", Scottish Court Declares Johnson's Suspension of Parliament Ahead of Brexit "Unlawful", Japan Warns Radioactive Water from Fukushima to Be Dumped into Pacific Ocean, Republicans Win Two Special Congressional Elections in North Carolina, Study: 1,700 Polling Places Have Closed Since Gutting of Voting Rights Act, California Votes to Force Gig Companies to Treat Contract Workers Like Employees, Number of Uninsured Americans Jumps to 27.5 Million, CDC Warns Against Vaping Use as Sixth User D…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-11). Immigrant Rights and Green Groups Join Forces in Rally at CBP, Demanding Trump Welcome Bahamians and All Climate Refugees. commondreams.org As the climate crisis and the Trump administration's anti-immigration agenda intersect with immigration officials barring some Hurricane Dorian evacuees from the U.S., the Sunrise Movement, United We Dream, and other groups are rallying in Washington, D.C. Wednesday night to demand that Bahamians be allowed into the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11671076941.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-11). Amnesty International Chief's Plea to 30,000+ Schools Worldwide: Let the Students Climate Strike! commondreams.org In a personal plea sent to more than tens of thousands of schools around the world Wednesday, Amnesty International secretary general Kumi Naidoo called on educators and administrators to allow students to join global climate strikes later this month. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/naidoosurveillance-a_0.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-11). Leaked Email Suggests Trump Admin Pressuring UN Agency to Self-Censor on 'Political Sensitivities' Like Climate Crisis or Risk Defunding. commondreams.org A leaked email reported by The Guardian Wednesday suggests that the Trump administration is pressuring the world's leading inter-governmental migration organization to self-censor on the climate emergency and other "political sensitivities" by threatening to cut funding for the United Nations-affiliated agency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-8335915181.jpg

Ryan Cooper (2019-09-11). What It Will Take to Actually Fight Climate Change. commondreams.org One should avoid wrecking key ecosystems, but if the energy payoff is sufficiently high, it still might be worth doing, because if climate change is not stopped the ecosystem will be wrecked anyway. (Photo: Illustrated | Spencer Platt/Getty Images, Screenshot/The New Yorker) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-09-11_at_11.24.25_am.png

RT (2019-09-10). Publishers beg Congress to save them from extinction at the hands of Big Tech. rt.com Newspaper executives are begging Congress to rescue their business model from predatory tech platforms, urging lawmakers to pass a bill that will allow them to bargain collectively and presumably restore their former glory. | Seven major newspaper publishers are lobbying for the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which would give the newspaper industry four years of immunity from antitrust laws. That would enable them to bargain collectively with companies like Google and Facebook — which are, ironically, subject to several antitrust probes of their own, due to their outsize presence in the tech…

Staff (2019-09-10). Indigenous Leaders Fight To Save America's Largest National Forest. therealnews.com The Trump administration wants to open millions of acres of Alaskan forest for mining, logging, and development. Osprey Orielle Lake of Women's Earth and Climate Action Network explains how activists are trying to make sure that doesn't happen…

Lizy RD (2019-09-10). 'It is not too late' to solve the climate crisis. workers.org The climate crisis looms overhead like the Grim Reaper for us all, especially young people. We have been born into this crisis. Many of us are growing up in fear and anxiety about what will happen to us in a few short years. This fear is so strong and overwhelming . . . | Continue reading 'It is not too late' to solve the climate crisis at Workers.org

Dennis Broe (2019-09-10). Elections, coups and tax evaders: Venice Film Festival wrap-up. peoplesworld.org VENICE—Outside, police at the Venice Film Festival massed for a climate march that saw demonstrators swarm around the red carpet demanding action on climate devastation globally, and in Venice in particular, where oversized cruise ships are destroying the lagoon. Inside, the jury was meeting to award the Golden Lion for best film. What they essentially …

Lynne Feeley (2019-09-10). Naomi Klein Knows a Green New Deal Is Our Only Hope Against Climate Catastrophe. thenation.com Naomi Klein Knows a Green New Deal Is Our Only Hope Against Climate Catastrophe…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2019-09-10). Democrats Need a Feisty Fighter on Climate Change. thenation.com Democrats Need a Feisty Fighter on Climate Change…

Eds. (2019-09-10). Climate minimizers don't deny climate change—but find endless reasons to reject Sanders' plan to stop it. mronline.org Climate change is an existential threat to human civilization. If only corporate media acted like it. | Source

Staff (2019-09-10). Headlines for September 10, 2019. democracynow.org Wilbur Ross Under Fire After Reports of Political Meddling at NOAA, Trump Says "Bad People" from Hurricane-Ravaged Bahamas Trying to Enter U.S., Boris Johnson Dealt More Blows over Brexit Plan as U.K. Parliament Suspended, U.N. Human Rights Chief: Climate Change Greatest Threat to Human Rights, French Summer Heat Waves Linked to 1,500 Deaths, Paraguay: Human Remains Found Under Former Property of Ex-Dictator Alfredo Stroessner, Bangladesh Imposes Mobile Phone Blackout on Rohingya Refugees, North Korea Fires 2 Projectiles After Proposing Renewal of Talks with U.S., Reports: CIA Extracted Russian Informant Who Prov…

Eds. (2019-09-10). No one to save us but ourselves. mronline.org Ahead of the September 20 Climate Strike, Eoghan àì'Ceannabháin breaks down the failings of the far right and the liberal establishment in tackling global climate change. | Source

United Nations (2019-09-09). Monday's Daily Brief: Suicide death every 40 seconds, rights chief on climate change link, Venezuela, Dorian updates, desertification summit latest. un.org A recap of Monday's top stories: Someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds says new report; UN rights chief highlights climate change threat, and "devastating toll" on Venezuela; deputy chief Amina Mohammed says halting desertification is a key part of climate action; health agency pledges millions to Hurricane Dorian response.

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…

Patricia Gorky (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 (2019-09-06). 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.

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…

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). 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 helped us envision a just and sustainable future, confront our climate emergency, and discuss the emerging cross-generational, transnational m…

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…

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).

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…

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 (2019-09-05). Bahamian Environmental Advocate Calls for Global Climate Action. therealnews.com Hurricane Dorian has destroyed entire communities in Abaco and Grand Bahama. ReEarth's Sam Duncombe says if the US—and Bahamian—governments don't take climate action, storms will get even deadlier…

Staff (2019-09-05). Last Night, Biden Touted His Climate Plan. Tonight, He'll Attend a Fossil Fuel Exec's Fundraiser. democracynow.org Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing scrutiny after being questioned about his relationship with the fossil fuel industry at CNN's town hall on the climate crisis Wednesday. An audience member asked Biden about his plans to attend a fundraiser hosted by fossil fuel executive Andrew Goldman the day after the town hall, despite taking a pledge to reject oil and gas money. Biden initially denied Goldman's ties to the fossil fuel industry, despite Goldman co-founding a natural gas company called Western LNG. When pressed by Anderson Cooper, Biden said he would look into the matter further. We host a roundtable w…

Staff (2019-09-05). Climate Crisis: Should U.S. Nationalize Fossil Fuel Industry? Warren Says No, Sanders Says Yes. democracynow.org While 2020 hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders often aligned on climate policy at CNN's climate crisis town hall Wednesday evening, the candidates diverged on the question of nationalizing public utilities. Bernie is for the proposal, while Warren is against. We speak with journalist Kate Aronoff.

Staff (2019-09-05). After DNC Rejects Climate Debate, Candidates Discuss Green New Deal, Environmental Justice at Forum. democracynow.org Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the stage in New York City Wednesday night for a climate town hall hosted by CNN. The event was held less than two weeks after the Democratic National Committee rejected a resolution that would have allowed candidates to participate in a debate focused on the climate crisis. For months, the Sunrise Movement and other environmental groups pushed the DNC to hold a climate debate, but the party refused. We host a roundtable with former EPA official Mustafa Ali, journalist Kate Aronoff and Sunrise Movement digital director Mattias Lehman.

Staff (2019-09-05). Headlines for September 5, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Dem Candidates Talk Fracking, Green New Deal, Nuclear Energy & More at Climate Crisis Town Hall, Brexit Battle Heats Up as Lawmakers Vote to Block "No-Deal" Scenario, Trump Shows Doctored Hurricane Map as Dorian Hits U.S. Coast After Ravaging Bahamas, Report: FBI Tracking Immigration Activists Who Oppose Trump Policies, Aid Groups Uncover More Human Remains at Arizona-Mexico Border, State Dept. Official Offered Millions to Captain of Iranian Oil Tanker to Divert Vessel, Mexico: Main Suspect in 2014 Ayotzinapa Student Disappearance Acquitted, Denmark Bans PFAS from Food Packaging, Germany Announces Glyphosate…

Olivia Riggio (2019-09-05). NYT Remembers David Koch More as 'Philanthropist' Than Polluter. fair.org The New York Times' obituary ( 8/23/19) for David Koch, a "gregarious, socially prominent New Yorker who loved the ballet." | 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…

Kate Aronoff (2019-09-04). Is OK Good Enough for an Incumbent in the Face of the Climate Crisis? theintercept.com The transformation of the American economy has taken a toll on this Illinois district. Rachel Ventura is challenging the incumbent Democrat, arguing that only a Green New Deal can turn it around.

Akela Lacy (2019-09-04). After Climate Forum, Biden Heads to a Fundraiser Co-Hosted by a Fossil Fuel Executive. theintercept.com Andrew Goldman, co-founder of Western LNG, was a top fundraiser for Biden's last presidential campaign and is raising money for him again.

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