2019-09-16: News Headlines

Staff (2019-09-16). America's Biggest Investment Is Nothing but a Waste. truthdig.com How are you with numbers? I can deal with $1.5 million. I think I can even imagine $1.5 billion, a sum a thousand times greater. But how about a million times greater: $1.5 trillion? That happens to be the estimated cost of the Pentagon's program to build, deploy, and maintain the no-longer-so-new F-35 jet fighter over its lifetime. How can any people invest so much in a technology whose fun…

Moira Cassidy (2019-09-16). The evil twins: Climate change and ocean acidification. liberationnews.org "We have no choice but to fight the capitalist system that has brought our planet's ecosystem to the brink of collapse."

Staff (2019-09-16). Covering Climate Now. therealnews.com The Real News is one of over 200 outlets pledging to double-down on coverage of the climate crisis in the lead up to the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23.

Staff (2019-09-16). Naomi Klein Says Climate Barbarism is Here. therealnews.com The author says she is energized by Greta Thunberg and other youth climate activists, the movement for a Green New Deal, and other struggles for systemic climate solutions, but her views on hope are complicated…

Eds. (2019-09-16). Over 500 climate strikes planned in U.S. on September 20th; global climate strikes to take place in 117 countries. mronline.org Activists of All Ages, Labor Groups, Faith Leaders, Businesses and More Join Youth-Led Climate Strikes in Intergenerational Demand for Climate Action | Source

Michelle Merrill (2019-09-16). Sept. 20-27: Santa Cruz to Demonstrate in Global Climate Strike. indybay.org Santa Cruz activists join the Global Climate Strike, Sept. 20-27, to demand transformative changes to address the Climate Emergency; a week of events culminates in Santa Cruz school/work Strike/walkout, march and rally Sept. 27.

Staff (2019-09-16). It's Time for Universities to Stop Being "Neutral" About the Climate Crisis. truthout.org | | A massive climate action is coming up this week, with strikes and protests planned from September 20 to 27. College students — along with younger students — are playing a central role in organizing this climate action, but they largely are not receiving explicit support from school administrators. Given the magnitude of the climate crisis we are facing, it is time for university administrators to drop their policy of "neutrality" and throw their support behind this youth climat…

William Astore (2019-09-16). The Ultra-Costly, Underwhelming F-35 Fighter: A Wasteful Weapon for America's Forever Wars. commondreams.org The F-35 isn't simply a product of the naked greed and power of the military-industrial-congressional complex. In a strange way, it also reflects the ongoing love affair Americans have had with weaponry of every sort. It's about, you might say, the 1.5 trillion ways we worship warplanes and everything they mean to us. (Photo: Forsvarsdepartementet/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/f-35_.jpeg

Mark Hertsgaard (2019-09-16). Why Next Monday's UN Climate Action Summit Matters. thenation.com Why Next Monday's UN Climate Action Summit Matters…

Mark Hertsgaard, Kyle Pope (2019-09-16). A New Beginning for Climate Reporting. thenation.com A New Beginning for Climate Reporting…

Staff (2019-09-16). The Danger of Opening Alaska's Arctic Refuge to Oil and Gas Drilling. truthout.org | | The Trump administration is finalizing plans to open one of the world's last pristine wilderness regions, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to oil and fracked gas drilling. Trump is pushing the drilling at a time when climate change is permanently altering the Arctic and devastating local communities. The plan calls for the creation of landing strips, drill pads, pipeline supports, a seawater treatment plant, 175 miles of roads, and other infrastructure in Alaska's north coast. On Thursday, the…

Emily Holden (2019-09-16). 'Like a Sunburn on Your Lungs': How Does the Climate Crisis Impact Health? thenation.com 'Like a Sunburn on Your Lungs': How Does the Climate Crisis Impact Health?

Tim Butterworth (2019-09-16). Socialism Made America Great. counterpunch.org From single-payer health care to climate change, the 2020 Democrats have ambitious plans. But these new, grand, and green deals aren't as radical as some make them sound. In fact, big public projects are what made America great. When President Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower took office in 1953, America had been buffeted by the Great Depression More

Robert Koehler (2019-09-16). Altruists of the World Unite! counterpunch.org The biggest joke on the planet may be the phrase "national security." It almost always justifies something brutal, whether outright murder (a.k.a. war) or climate apartheid — the rejection and condemnation of refugees who are fleeing terrible conditions in their homeland, often created or intensified by climate change. Thus Mark Morgan, acting director of U.S. More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-09-16). The Democrats and the Climate Crisis. counterpunch.org CNN performed a public service with its Climate Crisis Town Hall in late August 2019. Democratic presidential candidates facing the climate change monster Democratic presidential candidates (Joe Biden (D-former vice president in the Obama administration), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mayor More

commondreams (2019-09-16). Over 1,000 Websites and Major Companies Plan to Join 'Digital Climate Strike' Next Week. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Rachel Plotkin (2019-09-16). Why Greta Thunberg Inspires Me. commondreams.org The Swedish teen Greta Thunberg has become an inspiration to millions of people for a multitude of reasons. (Photo: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/greta_thunberg_ocasio_cortez.jpeg

Staff (2019-09-16). "We in the Media Have Not Been Doing Our Job": 250+ News Outlets Pledge to Focus on Climate Crisis. democracynow.org A major new project from The Nation and the Columbia Journalism Review hopes to improve global coverage of the climate crisis, with more than 250 media outlets around the world — including Democracy Now! — signing on to the effort to publish or broadcast stories on climate. Organizers say this is one of the most ambitious efforts ever to organize the world's media around a single topic. The week of coverage, which leads up to next week's U.N. Climate Action Summit, kicked off on Sunday. As part of the effort, CBS News released a new poll of over 2,000 U.S. residents that measured attitudes around clim…

Staff (2019-09-16). "Biological Annihilation": The Danger of Opening Alaska's ANWR to Oil & Gas Drilling. democracynow.org The Trump administration is finalizing plans to open one of the world's last pristine wilderness regions, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to oil and fracked gas drilling. Trump is pushing the drilling at a time when climate change is permanently altering the Arctic and devastating local communities. The plan calls for the creation of landing strips, drill pads, pipeline supports, a seawater treatment plant, 175 miles of roads, and other infrastructure in Alaska's north coast. On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to block the Trump administration from opening up Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Re…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-09-16). No War for Oil, Say Climate Advocates, as Trump Admin Pushes for Conflict With Iran. commondreams.org "Oil has fueled violence and the climate emergency for far too long." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/war-oil-iran-trump.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-16). Demanding 'Fair Wages and Basic Dignity' for All Workers in Changing Economy, Climate Action Campaigners Back UAW Strike. commondreams.org Days before the Global Climate Strike, a top climate action advocate called on all campaigners and backers of the Green New Deal to offer their full-throated support also to the 50,000 auto workers who went on strike Monday, highlighting the solidarity between the two movements. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11274237851.jpg

stuart_m (2019-09-16). Five new books for ecosocialists. greenleft.org.au books ecosocialism Ian AngusIssue 1238 Australia ecosocialist bookshelfSeptember 16, 2019 Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus takes a look at five new…

Robert Hunziker (2019-09-16). Fukushima's Radioactive Water Crisis. counterpunch.org Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which experienced three massive meltdowns in 2011, is running out of room to store radioactive water. No surprise! But now, what to do about phosphorescent water? Addressing the issue, Japan's environmental minister Yoshiaki Harada held a news conference (September 2019). Unfortunately, he proffered the following advice: "The More

Murtaza Hussain (2019-09-15). Industrialized Militaries Are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know. theintercept.com Not only do conflicts leave a poisoned landscape in their wake, but the U.S. military has a larger carbon footprint than most countries on earth.

The Canary (2019-09-15). Young people gear up for 'world's largest' climate strike. thecanary.co Businesses, trade unions and environmental groups are backing children and students as they take to the streets for what is being billed as the world's largest climate strike.In the UK, young people are taking part in more than 150 demonstrations from Cornwall to Scotland and are urging people to join them to push for action to transform the economy to zero carbon and tackle the climate crisis.Worldwide, campaigners say there are more than 3,400 events planned in 120 countries, with numbers taking part expected to surpass the estimated 1.6 million people who took to the streets for a global climate strike in Marc…

Natalie Hanman (2019-09-15). Naomi Klein: 'We Are Seeing the Beginnings of the Era of Climate Barbarism'. thenation.com Naomi Klein: 'We Are Seeing the Beginnings of the Era of Climate Barbarism'

Peter Kalmus (2019-09-15). How to Live With the Climate Crisis Without Becoming a Nihilist. commondreams.org Demonstrators are seen chanting slogans during the global climate strike in March 2019. In September 2019, thousands of people from all over the world plan to rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the climate strike movement, which teenaged advocate Greta Thunberg began last year. (Photo: Ana Fernandez/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-11307845502-955px.jpg

RT (2019-09-15). Presumption of innocence? Dems call for Kavanaugh's impeachment amid new sex assault allegations. rt.com A number of 2020 Democratic nomination hopefuls didn't waste time before taking a shot at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just as new harassment allegations surfaced. And they hardly see a place for the benefit of the doubt. | The new storm around Kavanaugh, who was accused of past sexual misconduct last year, started with a New York Times feature on one of the accusers. | Deborah Ramirez, who went to Yale University with the future Justice, insists that he thrust his penis at her at a drunken party in 1980s. The paper wrote that it uncovered a similar incident of penis pushing into a female's hand based…

RT (2019-09-14). Bolton resurrects pair of PACs to prop up Congress' top warmongers. rt.com Former National Security Advisor John Bolton has wasted no time relaunching his political action committees and endorsing five Republican congressmen, all of whom appear to love war almost as much as he does. | The John Bolton PAC has endorsed Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), and Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), along with Reps Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) and Lee Zeldin (R-New York), according to its first post-resurrection press release on Friday, which referred to the now-unemployed hawk as "Ambassador John Bolton" despite the fact that he has not held a diplomatic position in year…

Saul Foster (2019-09-14). Green Fascism: A Far-Right Ecology Movement is on the Rise in Germany, And It's Spreading Here. mronline.org Using green sensibilities to rally people around a nationalist ideology is also at the core of the AfD's agenda. The party, which does not seem to see a contradiction in its embrace of "a healthy environment" and climate-change denial, fuels fears that climate politics could threaten Germany's national sovereignty — for example, if ending fossil-fuel […] | Source

Eds. (2019-09-14). Marx's lessons for today's climate rebels. mronline.org Call it "socialism" or something else — but that is the future we need. | Source

Eds. (2019-09-14). STRIKE FOR CLIMATE: WILL IT BE SOCIALISM OR EXTINCTION? mronline.org We must act now. | Source

The Canary (2019-09-14). Extinction Rebellion co-founder arrested on Heathrow drone protest second day. thecanary.co An Extinction Rebellion co-founder has been arrested for the second time in three days after trying to fly a drone near Heathrow Airport during an environmental protest, the group said.Roger Hallam was detained on Saturday while attempting to disrupt flights at Britain's busiest airport with the device.The activist had been arrested on Thursday during a pre-emptive wave of arrests ahead of the climate change action and was bailed with conditions not to be within five miles of any airport or possess drone equipment, Extinction Rebellion (XR) said. | Footage appears to show him being dragged into a van by several p…

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-09-14). More Americans than ever agree: climate change is a crisis and Trump needs to do more. nationofchange.org The number of Americans that believe climate change is a crisis is growing, according to a new poll by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. | Nearly 80% of respondents stated that "yes, human activity is causing the climate to change." 38% of respondents described climate change as "a crisis" and the same percentage described it as "a major problem." Five years ago only a quarter of poll participant…

United Nations (2019-09-14). In The Bahamas, Guterres sees impact of 'Category Hell' hurricane, 'powered by climate change'. un.org The UN chief saw for himself the deadly power of Hurricane Dorian on the shattered islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama on Saturday, describing it as more like a "Category Hell" disaster, than the official Category 5 designation used by meteorologists.

Julie Hollar (2019-09-13). ABC Debate Lowlights. fair.org Election Focus 2020: After CNN's remarkably substantive and thoughtful town hall on the climate crisis, we wrote that the following debates now had a solid foundation from which to go deeper on climate for a larger audience. Unfortunately, ABC took it as an opportunity to do even less on the crisis than previous debates.

Edward Hunt (2019-09-13). In the Pacific Islands, the Trump Administration Sees Empire, Ignores Climate Change. progressive.org The U.S. government views the islands as keys to controlling the Pacific and constraining the rise of China.

Graham Peebles (2019-09-13). The Rise and Rise of Green Politics. dissidentvoice.org Alongside the flag-waving surge of right wing and extreme right wing groups, political parties concerned with environmental issues are on the rise. Public awareness of climate change and associated issues is growing; a recent poll in Britain found that 85% of people are concerned about climate change, 52% 'very concerned'. As a result of this …

United Nations (2019-09-13). In visit to hurricane-ravaged Bahamas, UN chief calls for greater action to address climate change. un.org World leaders attending the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit are being urged to show up armed not with speeches but with plans to achieve carbon neutrality, reduce emissions and improve adaptation.

Naomi Klein (2019-09-13). Greta Thunberg on the Climate Fight: "If We Can Save the Banks, Then We Can Save the World" theintercept.com We are living through some scary times. As Greta has told us so often: "Our house is on fire." And I firmly believe that there are three things that have to align if we are going to douse the flames. First, we need the courage to dream of a different kind of future. To shake off the sense of inevitable apocalypse that has pervaded our culture. To give us a destination, a common goal, a picture of the world we are working towards. | But those dreams are useless unless we are willing to embrace the other two forces. One is the need to confront the truth of our moment in history — the truth of how much we have…

Staff (2019-09-13). Headlines for September 13, 2019. democracynow.org Ten Candidates Square Off in Third Democratic Presidential Debate, Greenpeace Activists Rappel Off Houston Bridge, Halting Oil Shipments, 2.2 Million Somalis At Risk of Starvation Amid Massive Drought, 7 Million People Displaced by Extreme Weather in First Half of 2019, House Votes to Block Drilling in Alaskan Wildlife Refuge as Trump Admin Readies Lease Sales, New York Schools Won't Penalize Students Who Join Climate Strike, Trump Admin Repeals Rule Protecting Drinking Water of 100+ Million, Trump Admin Allows Michigan Trophy Hunter to Import Body Parts of Endangered Rhino, House Committee Opens Impeachment Proc…

pip.hinman (2019-09-13). Just let the unemployed get wasted if they want. greenleft.org.au Unemployment poverty Carlo SandsIssue 1237 Australia Newstart allowance cashless welfare cardSeptember 13, 2019Of all the po…

pip.hinman (2019-09-13). As the Amazon forest burns, corporate media deflects blame. greenleft.org.au climate emergency Brian MierIssue 1237 Australia Amazon fires ranchers monocultureSeptember 13, 2019I spent last week in the Brazilian Am…

susan_p (2019-09-13). United States: Candidates debate climate crisis, Trump fails hurricane victims. greenleft.org.au Climate change Barry SheppardIssue 1237 United States Hurricane Dorian BahamasSeptember 13, 2019Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, a small nation on a series of islands east and south of Florida, a…

Editor (2019-09-13). Democrats: No debate on climate crisis. workers.org In a small room at Hudson Yards, a ritzy, new Manhattan retail and housing complex, 10 Democratic candidates for president took turns Sept. 4 presenting their programs on the climate crisis. Each candidate was questioned separately by CNN moderators and audience members for 40 minutes in a televised seven-hour "Climate . . . | Continue reading Democrats: No debate on climate crisis at Workers.org

Aída Chávez (2019-09-12). Senate Democrats Draft Pro Athlete Instagram Influencers Into Climate Fight. theintercept.com On Thursday, after a summer of extreme heat, the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis convened to hear from a group of people especially affected by climate change. They were not members of low-income communities or communities of color, people who have been hit by hurricanes, wildfires, and other disasters. They were current and former professional athletes, appearing to testify on how climate change impacts winter sports and tourism industries. | The 10-member special committee, chaired by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is tasked with investigating the impacts of climate change to develop the…

patrick (2019-09-12). We've got a Plan to #ShutDownDC For Climate Justice. strikedc.org "This is definitely a next-level direct action. The urgency of climate change warrants such an attempt to disrupt business as usual… to make it impossible for people with decision making-power to go about their daily lives as if we are not in a climate emergency." That's what the New York Times printed about our plans to #ShutDownDC … | Continue reading "We've got a Plan to #ShutDownDC For Climate Justice"

Staff (2019-09-12). Another Flint? Newark, NJ, Faces Public Health Crisis over Lead Contamination in City's Water Supply. democracynow.org Thousands of residents in Newark, New Jersey, remain unable to drink their tap water in an enduring public health nightmare. Lead contamination has plagued the city for years, but lead levels have spiked even higher in 2019. The crisis recently came to a head following revelations that water filters distributed to residents may not have been effective. New Jersey's political leaders are facing mounting criticism for their handling of the water crisis. Advocates say the city downplayed the severity of the problem for years and has been slow on solutions, comparing Newark's water crisis to Flint, Michigan. We speak…

pip.hinman (2019-09-12). For climate solutions, listen to First Nations' peoples. greenleft.org.au Indigenous rights Pip HinmanIssue 1237 Australia Murray-Darling Basin crisis ecosystems First Nations peopleSep…

kathy_f (2019-09-12). Extinction Rebellion flourishes in Australia. greenleft.org.au climate action Extinction Rebellion Australia Jacob AndrewarthaIssue 1237 AustraliaSeptember 12, 2019What began as a series of symbols with cryptic messages about climate change plastered on poster poles in the suburbs and protests by as few as…

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