2019-09-19: News Headlines

Staff (2019-09-19). Fossil Fuel Companies Roll Out a New Era of Spin. therealnews.com Forget "climate change" and "global warming": Environmental advocates are increasingly using phrases that emphasize the urgency of our planetary pickle, such as "climate crisis," "climate emergency," and "existential threat."

Mat Hope (2019-09-19). How the rise of populism is fuelling climate science denial across Europe. nationofchange.org This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. In December 2015, European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker stood at a podium to hail the world's first comprehensive agreement to take action on climate change, and told the world, "the Paris Agreement now …

Staff (2019-09-19). Raising Expectations (And Lowering Carbon Emissions). therealnews.com At the first Designing A Green New Deal conference, labor and environmental organizer Jane McAlevey explains what strikes, war, and globalization have to do with climate justice.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-09-19). It's Time to Strike for the Climate. truthdig.com According to Bill McKibben, the internationally renowned climate activist, author and founder of 350.org, today's record-breaking hurricanes should not be labeled with such innocuous names as "Dorian" or "Maria." Rather, they should be named after Exxon Mobil, Chevron and BP—major fossil fuel corporations that have been the driving force behind global warming and the subsequent supercharged storms. | In an interview, the author of the new book, "Falter: Has the Human G…

Urvashi Sarkar (2019-09-19). "Not a Blade of Grass Grew:" Living on the Edge of the Climate Crisis in the Sandarbans of West Bengal. counterpunch.org Kajal Lata Biswas is still haunted by memories of the cyclone. Though it's been 10 years since Aila hit the Sundarbans, she still clearly recalls May 25, 2009. It was just before noon. "The [Kalindi] river water rushed into the village and flooded all the houses," says Kajal Lata. She was at a relative's house More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-09-19). Millions to rise up worldwide for climate strike. peoplesworld.org From Alaska to Hawaii to Miami to Chicago to New York to D.C. — and around the world — millions of people will hit the streets starting Sept. 20 or 21, depending on local time zones, to demand world leaders get off their asses and act to stop global warming before it's too late. The …

Staff (2019-09-19). Where Have the Wild Birds Gone? 3 Billion Fewer Than 1970. truthdig.com A new study focuses on the drop in numbers of birds, not extinctions, with some of the most common birds taking the biggest hits.

Rally for Immigrants Rights (2019-09-19). Climate Strike Rally for Immigrants and Refugees. indybay.org Window On The Bay / Monterey Waterfront Park | Del Monte Ave, Monterey…

Staff (2019-09-19). Greta Thunberg Is Just Getting Warmed Up. truthdig.com Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has sparked a global movement with her "school strike for the climate." Last year, she started skipping school on Fridays to stand outside the Swedish parliament demanding climate action. Since then, she has inspired millions around the world to join her. The final two Fridays of this month, Sept. 20 and 27, are expected to be some of the largest global protests in history. These two strike days fall on either side of the United Nations' Climate Action Summit on Monday, Sept. 23. | Organized during the U.N.'s annual General Assembly meeting, which brings le…

Amanda Mills (2019-09-19). Over 2000 scientists across the globe pledge to join tomorrow's climate strike. nationofchange.org The Global Climate Strike kicks off tomorrow and will continue until September 27th. Over 2000 scientists from 40 countries will be joining the world's youth climate activists as well as adults who are all demanding an end to the use of fossil fuels. What started off with a generation of school students raising their voices …

commondreams (2019-09-19). Greenpeace Says Amazon Needs More Transparency to Meet Bezos' New Climate Goals. commondreams.org ______________________________…

The Canary (2019-09-19). Thousands of climate strikes set to take place around the world. thecanary.co Students, workers and campaigners are gearing up for what could be the largest climate protests in history with thousands of events around the world.The climate strikes, which will see children and young people walking out of lessons and lectures on Friday to call for urgent climate action, are being backed by unions, charities, businesses and politicians.The UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) says more than 200 events are taking place across the UK, with — for the first time — adults being encouraged to join the youngsters as they strike.UKSCN is calling on politicians to bring in a "Green New Deal" to…

Dave Lindorff (2019-09-19). The US Navy Has a Water Problem. thenation.com The US Navy Has a Water Problem…

Staff (2019-09-19). Fracking Has No Place in a Livable Future. truthout.org | | A railroad company wouldn't spend buckets of money to lay down hundreds of miles of fresh track if it knew that train travel would become obsolete a few years later. Nor would a fisherman purchase a brand new boat if he knew the sea was almost out of fish. Big investments are made with the anticipation of capitalizing on the expenditures for years to come. And so it is with the fossil fuel industry, as it currently seeks to frack new oil and gas fields, construct new pipelines to transport the bounty, and develop new ma…

commondreams (2019-09-19). Over 2000 Scientists Pledge to Strike, Urge Colleagues to Join Global Climate Mobilization. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jim Miles (2019-09-19). Climate Change Is "Not a Threat"? globalresearch.ca I only listened to a small part of the Greta Thunberg's U.S. congressional hearings this morning but was rather stupefied by the general ignorance and hubris of several of the U.S. commentators. Two main ideas stood out for the …

Jessica Garraway, David Boenke (2019-09-19). Teachers Should Join the Student Strikes. commondreams.org Schools should be community hubs that prepare people for the skills we will need going forward to live through climate change. (Photo: Guy Smallman/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/3000_0.jpeg

Direct Action Monterey Network (2019-09-19). bonfire – Call for Submissions. indybay.org bonfire is a 'zine committed to connecting local voices and experiences to critical thought and global struggles. As we face climate disaster, intensifying state violence, emboldened white nationalism, and globalized capitalism that enriches the few at the expense of the many, there is a rising sense that the current system is no longer tenable. Now is the time to think beyond the limits of what we are told is possible and to imagine and bring to life the kind of world that can meaningfully sustain all of us.

Staff (2019-09-19). We Cannot Afford to Gamble on Geoengineering to Achieve Net Zero. truthout.org | | Net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 has become the rallying call behind the UN Climate Action Summit starting on September 23. In letters sent to all heads of state, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on all countries to develop plans on how they aim to achieve that target: "all leaders [should] come to the Summit ready to announce the plans that they will set next…

Zoà´ Carpenter (2019-09-19). What Would Real Commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement Look Like? thenation.com What Would Real Commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement Look Like?

Jenny Ricks (2019-09-19). Led By Our Youth, the Climate Narrative Has Changed. commondreams.org The wave of climate strikes led by young people has other parts of society joining in and following their lead—trade unions, human rights organisations and others. (Photo: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/climatestrike.jpeg

Bill McKibben (2019-09-19). Why Should You Climate Strike This Friday, September 20? thenation.com Why Should You Climate Strike This Friday, September 20?

Dipti Bhatnagar (2019-09-19). We Have a Decision to Make. Change the System or Face Climate Catastrophe. commondreams.org "As a global movement for environmental justice, we will not allow the pursuit of profit to restrict our collective imagination," writes Bhatnagar. "We are demanding real solutions. The climate crisis necessitates a different economic and political system altogether—one which serves to address the needs of people, not to further enrich corporations." (Photo: Friends of the Earth International) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/climate_justice_climate_emergency_friends_of_the_earth.jpg

Andrew Korybko (2019-09-19). Is the "Extinction Rebellion" a Scheme Cooked Up by the Alt-Establishment? globalresearch.ca The so-called "Extinction Rebellion" set to begin later this month with "Global Climate Strikes" could be a scheme cooked up by the Alt-Establishment, which refers to the con game being played by the current power brokers who deceptively misportray themselves …

350 Humboldt (2019-09-19). Humboldt Climate Strike. indybay.org Arcata Plaza Square…

United Nations (2019-09-19). Thursday's Daily Brief: Stark childbirth survival figures, Security Council split on Syria, nature-based climate initiatives. un.org A recap of Thursday's top stories: One pregnant woman or child dies every 11 seconds; No ceasefire agreement for Syria's Idlib; Latest Taliban attack in Afghanistan; Dozens of countries rely on food assistance; Nature's role in climate-change mitigation.

Olivia Rosane (2019-09-19). Trump admin to officially revoke California's waiver to set stricter emissions standards. nationofchange.org In its latest move to undermine action on the climate crisis, the Trump administration will formally rescind California's waiver to set stricter auto emissions standards under the Clean Air Act. Revoking California's waiver is part of a broader effort to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. In a draft proposal released in August of 2018, the …

WSWS (2019-09-19). The only solution to climate change is world socialism. wsws.org The millions marching against global warming must turn to the international working class to solve the unfolding environmental catastrophe.

United Nations (2019-09-19). Nature 'one of most effective ways' of combatting climate change. un.org Nature is "one of the most effective ways" of combatting climate change and should be part of every country's climate strategy according to the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inger Andersen.

Staff (2019-09-19). Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a "Death Penalty" for Humanity. truthout.org | | More than a million students are expected to walk out of class on Friday in a Global Climate Strike, with more than 800 climate strikes scheduled in the United States alone. Strikes are also being organized in another 150 countries around the world. In our New York studio, we speak to Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo, who has urged school districts across the globe to allow students to walk out of school on Friday without facing punishment. In a letter, Naidoo, who is also the former…

Tom Weis (2019-09-19). Another Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez: How Are Democrats Going to Contain the Climate Worldfire If They Won't Even Hold a Climate Debate? commondreams.org How do Democrats envision making the leap from fearfully refusing to sponsor a climate debate to the next President of the United States suddenly being positioned to rally an entire nation to get behind a World War II-scale national climate mobilization? (Photo by mdgovpics/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/tomperez.jpeg

UCSF (2019-09-19). From Penguins to Plankton: Dramatic Impacts of Climate Change on Antarctic (Lecture). indybay.org Byers Auditorium, UCSF, 600 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94158…

teleSUR (2019-09-19). Brazil Will Not Take The Floor At The UN Climate Summit. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit, Luis Alfonso de Alba, said Brazil is not on the list of countries that will address the climate summit, which is scheduled to be held in New York on September 23. | RELATED: | Brazil: Temer Admits Impeachment of Rousseff Was a Coup | "Brazil has not put forward any plans to increase its commitment to climate change," De Alba said. | Previously, the United Nations requested the governments of its me…

Emily Apple (2019-09-19). The police are trying to trick children going to climate strikes. This has to stop. thecanary.co On 20 September, thousands of children across the UK are expected to join the global climate strike. The website for the global action states: Our house is on fire. The climate crisis is an emergency but we're not acting like it. People everywhere are at risk if we let oil, coal and gas companies continue to pour more fuel on the fire. | It concludes: The climate crisis won't wait, so neither will we. | But while children are leading the way in taking action to save our dying planet, the police are trying to t…

Shannan Stoll (2019-09-19). Where Bill McKibben Finds Hope Amid the Climate Crisis. commondreams.org Movements are the great sign of hope. (Photo: YES! illustration by Fran Murphy) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/woman_1.jpeg

Nermeen Shaikh (2019-09-19). Amnesty head: Climate crisis is a "death penalty" for humanity. Leaders need political will to act. nationofchange.org More than a million students are expected to walk out of class on Friday in a Global Climate Strike, with more than 800 climate strikes scheduled in the United States alone. Strikes are also being organized in another 150 countries around the world. In our New York studio, we speak to Amnesty International's Secretary General …

Andy Rowell (2019-09-19). Greta Tells Congress to #UniteBehindtheScience. commondreams.org Climate Crisis Committee joint hearing September 18, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Thunberg, who recently sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-carbon emissions sailboat, is in Washington to discuss the climate crisis with lawmakers and will speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1175517507.jpg

David Suzuki, Rachel Plotkin (2019-09-19). Connecting the Dots Between the Climate and Biodiversity Crises. commondreams.org For some species, climate impacts are not as direct but all living things depend on a stable climate and functioning ecosystems (Photo: Jenny Lee Silver via Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sunlight-forest.jpeg

pip.hinman (2019-09-19). Climate change, equity cited as reasons to reject Kepco's Bylong mine application. greenleft.org.au Bylong coal mine Jim McIlroyIssue 1238 Australia Lock the Gate Alliance Korean coal miner KEPCOSeptember 19, 2019The campaigning efforts of local farmers and environmentalists were re…

pip.hinman (2019-09-19). Australia's radical history of school strikes. greenleft.org.au civil rights Greg AdamsonIssue 1238 Australia high school students social conscienceSeptember 19, 2019What could 15-year-old School Strike 4 Climate activist Harriet O'Shea Carre possibly te…

Staff (2019-09-19). Amnesty Head: Climate Crisis Is a "Death Penalty" for Humanity. Leaders Need Political Will to Act. democracynow.org More than a million students are expected to walk out of class on Friday in a Global Climate Strike, with more than 800 climate strikes scheduled in the United States alone. Strikes are also being organized in another 150 countries around the world. In our New York studio, we speak to Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo, who has urged school districts across the globe to allow students to walk out of school on Friday without facing punishment. In a letter, Naidoo, who is also the former executive director of Greenpeace, writes, "Children should not be punished for speaking out about the great in…

Staff (2019-09-19). Headlines for September 19, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Secretary of State Blames Iran for "Act of War" Against Saudi Oil Facility, WaPo: Whistleblower Reported "Troubling" Promise from Trump to Foreign Leader, Trump Names Robert O'Brien as Fourth National Security Adviser, U.S.-Backed Forces Kill 30 Afghan Civilians; Taliban Truck Bomb Kills 20, Thousands Fall Ill as Indonesian Fires Spread Toxic Haze, Thousands Lose Power as Hurricane Humberto Lashes Bermuda, Youth Activist Greta Thunberg to U.S. Lawmakers: Listen to Climate Scientists, University of California to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies, Israeli Election Challenger Gantz Rejects Call to Join Netanyah…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-19). 'Students Have Led and We Must Follow': Thousands of Scientists From 40 Nations Join Global Climate Strike. commondreams.org Joining the labor movement, Amazon workers, and teachers in refusing to allow children to carry the burden of securing the planet's future by demanding climate action, more than 2,000 scientists on Thursday pledged to take part in the Global Climate Strike and week of action beginning Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11411399701.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-09-19). Video Featuring Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot Details Magical Solution to Climate Crisis: Nature. commondreams.org Youth climate leader Greta Thunberg and writer and environmentalist George Monbiot explain in a short video published Thursday by The Guardian how the world can tackle the human-caused climate crisis by harnessing nature's restorative powers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/forest_service.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-19). 'Huge Win' But 'Not Enough': Amazon Workers Claim Credit for Pushing Bezos on Climate, Vow to Intensify Campaign. commondreams.org Amazon workers who plan to walk off the job Friday in support of the Global Strike celebrated the power of employee pressure on Thursday as CEO Jeff Bezos released a plan to combat the climate crisis—but said Amazon must do more to prove it is committed to taking concrete action. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1169518003.png

Sara Flounders (2019-09-18). Indicting the Pentagon as climate criminal. workers.org Why is the vast global movement that focuses on the imminent crisis facing the planet — the climate crisis — so consistently steered away from any attention to the largest and most dangerous polluter in the world? If today every single person in the U.S. stopped driving all of the . . . | Continue reading Indicting the Pentagon as climate criminal at Workers.org

Lee Fang (2019-09-18). Saudi Arabia Denies Its Key Role in Climate Change Even as It Prepares for the Worst. theintercept.com Saudi Arabia, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, remains a principal funder of climate denialism even as it prepares for climate extremes.

Sue Davis (2019-09-18). Labor and climate activism. workers.org The prevailing myths about U.S. workers and the organized labor movement — that labor and climate action are in conflict, that jobs are more important than the environment — will be in the trash bin of history after the Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike. U.S. labor is coming forward to . . . | Continue reading Labor and climate activism at Workers.org

Catherine Tumber (2019-09-18). Land Without Bread: the Green New Deal Forsakes America's Countryside. counterpunch.org Days after the heart-stopping Notre-Dame Cathedral fire in April, Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg trained her eyes on the United Kingdom's parliament and chastised its meager response to climate change. "I want you to panic," the baby-faced sixteen-year-old quietly instructed the adults in the room. "Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation More

patrick (2019-09-18). Join the Global Climate Strike. Oppose Israel's climate apartheid. bdsmovement.net Join the Global Climate Strike. Oppose Israel's climate apartheid.: Action AlertTell multinational corporations to stop investing in fossil fuels and in Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people. | Economic BoycottSeptember 19, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

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