2019-09-17: News Headlines

commondreams (2019-09-17). Greta Thunberg and Fridays for Future Receive Amnesty International's Top Honor. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jody Thomas (2019-09-17). Greta Thunberg Wall Mural. thenation.com Greta Thunberg Wall Mural…

Oliver Milman (2019-09-17). 'The Silenced': Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by Trump. thenation.com 'The Silenced': Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by Trump…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-09-17). Climate Strike Action: Shut Down Climate Profiteers! indybay.org Powell and Market Sts.

Santa Cruz Climate Action Network (2019-09-17). Climate Strike: Big Strike Day & Student Walk-outs in Santa Cruz. indybay.org Kicks-off at Wells Fargo, 74 River St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, then ends at the Farmers Market site on Cedar Street…

Staff (2019-09-17). On Climate and Food, What's the Lesson We Insist on Missing? truthout.org | | "Food will be scarce, expensive and less nutritious," CNN warns us in its coverage of the UN's new " Climate Change and Land" report. The New York Times announces that "Climate Change Threatens the World's Food Supply." | Reading these headlines,…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-17). 'Young People Are Correct to Be Outraged': Seattle City Council Urges Public Schools to Let Students Join Global Climate Strike. commondreams.org "Seattle Public Schools should stand with the global climate justice movement and excuse students so they can participate in the global climate strike." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/climate_strikes_seattle.jpg

Staff (2019-09-17). Naomi Klein: Greta Thunberg Is a "Prophetic Voice" in Fight for Climate Justice. democracynow.org Renowned activist, author and professor Naomi Klein discusses the importance of youth voices, including 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, in communicating the urgency of the climate justice movement. Klein's new book, "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal," addresses the necessity of structural change to combat rising global temperatures and climate injustices. Klein praises Greta for her "moral clarity" as one of many youth voices that "burst through the bureaucratic language with which we shield ourselves from the reality of the stakes, the extraordinary stakes, of our moment in h…

Staff (2019-09-17). "On Fire": In New Book, Naomi Klein Makes the Case for a Green New Deal to Save the Planet. democracynow.org Amid mounting climate disasters across the planet, from the fires ravaging the Amazon to Hurricane Dorian's destructive path through the Bahamas, we speak with renowned journalist, author and activist Naomi Klein. In her new book, "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal," Klein looks unsparingly at the rise of ecofascism, as Western countries fortify their borders and white supremacy surges around the world in response to the climate crisis. But she also lays out another path forward in which mankind meets the challenge of global warming with radical and systemic transformation. "We do know that if we a…

Staff (2019-09-17). Ecofascism: Naomi Klein Warns the Far Right's Embrace of White Supremacy Is Tied to Climate Crisis. democracynow.org Renowned climate activist and author Naomi Klein addresses the rise of ecofascism, the marrying of environmentalism and white power, which she says manifested in the Christchurch, New Zealand, white supremacist terrorist attack, where the shooter identified himself as an ecofascist. In her latest book, "On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal," Klein writes, "My fear is that, unless something significant changes in how our societies rise to the ecological crisis, we are going to see this kind of white power eco-fascism emerge with much greater frequency, as a ferocious rationalization for refusing to liv…

Staff (2019-09-17). Naomi Klein: The Climate Crisis Demands Radical Change. Paper Straws Are a Distraction, Not Solution. democracynow.org Renowned climate activist and author Naomi Klein says responses to the climate crisis have for too long focused on individual consumer choices rather than the collective action needed to save the planet. In a new video for The Intercept, Klein argues, "So many environmental responses have just been minor tweaks to an economy based on endless consumption — take your electric car to the drive-thru for an Impossible Burger and a Coke with a paper straw. Look, of course it's better than the alternative. But it's nowhere close to the depth of change required if we hope to actually pull our planet back from the b…

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…

Marcus Nells (2019-09-16). U.S. war machine pushes the planet toward climate catastrophe. liberationnews.org Is a "green war machine" possible?

Alison Rose Levy (2019-09-16). The Incredible Belief That Corporate Ownership Does Not Influence Media Content. fair.org by Alison Rose Levy | As Sen. Bernie Sanders (CJR, 8/26/19) has recently noted, corporate ownership of media interferes with the core societal function of the press: reporting and investigating key issues at the intersection of public need and governance. And nowhere is that more critical than when it comes to climate. Due to their corporate conflicts of interest, trusted news authorities have diverted us from our primary responsibility—assuring a viable habitat for our children and grandchildren. | As a journalist who has wor…

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."

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

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.

Josue De Luna Navarro (2019-09-16). Immigration Is a Climate Issue. progressive.org The United States, the top historic contributor to carbon emissions, has been treating climate refugees from its own pollution as threats. We can do better.

Rick Reinhard (2019-09-16). Greta Goes to Washington. progressive.org Hundreds of young people and their supporters rallied near the White House in a Friday Student Climate Strike protest. What has been a small weekly gathering grew exponentially in size last week as Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg joined them.

teleSUR (2019-09-16). Report Presents 10 Changes to Fight Climate Crisis. telesurenglish.net A new study released Monday attests that 10 global changes over the next 10 years could help to counter the climate crisis and to feed around nine billion people. | RELATED: | Teenage Activist Greta Thunberg Takes Climate Protest to Trump | The study was conducted by the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU),…

teleSUR (2019-09-16). Montreal Protocol: UN Celebrates Recovery Of The Ozone Layer. telesurenglish.net Thanks to the Montreal protocol, signed 32 years ago on this date, 99 percent of all the chemical products that once polluted the Ozone Layer have been eliminated, according to the UN. | RELATED: | Australia: Police Arrest Extinction Rebellion Climate Activists | During the celebration of the Ozone Layer preservation day, the UN called the Montrea…

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…

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

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

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…

commondreams (2019-09-16). Over 800 Climate Strikes Planned in U.S. on September 20th; Global Climate Strikes to Take Place in 132 Countries. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-09-16). From Allergies to Heart Disease, Climate Crisis Is Making People Sicker. truthout.org | | The climate crisis is making people sicker — worsening illnesses ranging from seasonal allergies to heart and lung disease. | Children, pregnant people and the elderly are the most at risk from extreme weather and rising heat. But the impact of the climate crisis — for patients, doctors and researchers — is already being felt across every specialty of medicine, with worse feared to come. | "There's research suggesting that our prescription medications may be causing harm be…

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

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?

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

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

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…

Ilana Novick (2019-09-16). The U.S. Military Is Destroying the Environment. truthdig.com The increasingly horrific warning signs on climate change include the suggestion that the Earth already has warmed 1.5 degrees Celsius since the start of the Industrial Revolution and that we have only 12 years at which we can sustain this level, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). | The goals to ward off irreparable harm, however, are as Sisyphean to accomplish as they are necessary for human survival. That's partially because of who is doing the polluting, in particular fossil fuel companies. Ho…

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…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-09-16). Facing State Felony Charges for Disrupting 'Critical Infrastructure,' Greenpeace Activists Denounce Fossil Fuel 'Bullying Tactic'. commondreams.org "The most dangerous thing about that shipping channel wasn't the activists—it was and continues to be fossil fuel executives' reckless plans to push us further towards climate chaos." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/greenpeace_houston.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

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-16). New Report Details 10 'Critical Transitions' to Tackle the Climate Crisis and Feed the World. commondreams.org The ways humanity produces and consumes food cause up to 30 percent of planet-warming emissions, generate widespread malnutrition, and perpetuate poverty and inequality—but a new report released Monday claims that 10 global transformations over the next decade could help the international community tackle the climate crisis and feed over nine billion people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/seedling-pixabay.jpg

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…

CP Editor (2019-09-16). Greta Thunberg on the Climate Fight: "If We Can Save the Banks, Then We Can Save the World" counterpunch.org

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

Robert Hunziker (2019-09-16). Fukushima's Radioactive Water Crisis. dissidentvoice.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 …

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.

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'

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…

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

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

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…

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