2019-10-12: News Headlines

The Canary (2019-10-12). Doctors join climate change protest to warn of health dangers. thecanary.co More than 100 healthcare professionals have joined the sixth day of climate change protests in London.Doctors, nurses and medical students were among those demonstrating at Jubilee Gardens, near oil giant Shell's London HQ, on Saturday in the "Health March for the Planet".Several protesters leading the crowd wore hospital face masks, while others carried Extinction Rebellion flags and signs reading: "Climate change is a health issue."Doctors and other health workers took part in the protest in London's Jubilee Gardens (Dominic Lipinski/PA)Alex Turner, 36, a paediatric and emergency doctor from Bristol who was wea…

Alleen Brown (2019-10-12). Can Extinction Rebellion Build a U.S. Climate Movement Big Enough to Save the Earth? theintercept.com To members sincere in their belief that a mass-appeal movement is what's needed to quell catastrophe, drawing in front-line communities is life or death.

Eds. (2019-10-12). It's time to add global justice to XR's demands. mronline.org Extinction Rebellion must recognise the impacts of colonialism and capitalism, and demand a just transition for all, argues Aranyo Aarjan | Source

RT (2019-10-12). Colossal WASTE in US healthcare spending surpasses military budget at nearly $1 trillion per year, study says. rt.com Waste and needless spending in America's healthcare system could amount to almost $1 trillion each year, topping total US military expenditures in 2019 — the world's largest defense budget — according to new research. | Encompassing administrative overhead, fraud and abuse, inflated pricing and other inefficiencies, a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the cumulative waste in US healthcare ranged from $760 billion to $935 annually, or 25 percent of what Americans spend each year o…

Graham Peebles (2019-10-12). Climate Change: All Talk No Action. dissidentvoice.org Awareness of climate change and the interconnected environmental crisis is growing throughout the world. Protest movements led by Extinction Rebellion and School Strike for Climate increase in number and scope, demands for action are repeated, louder and louder, anger and anxiety mounts. And yet politicians and corporations, complacent, trapped by outdated ideology and motivated by …

Ruth Milka (2019-10-12). "The climate crisis is feeding monster hurricanes": 10 U.S. species face extinction due by climate-fueled superstorms. nationofchange.org "The climate crisis is feeding monster hurricanes that bring suffering and death to some of our nation's most vulnerable wildlife."

Josue De Luna Navarro (2019-10-12). A 'Red Deal': Why Indigenous Communities Belong at the Center of Climate Action. commondreams.org "We are all related; us, plants, animals, water, air, and soil. We are all related."

Joaqlin Estus (2019-10-12). Alaska Supreme Court hears oral arguments in kids' climate change lawsuit. nationofchange.org 'Is there a time to declare that air that sustains life is a fundamental right?'

United Nations (2019-10-12). After this year's Climate Action Summit, what happens next? un.org People across the world need to embrace "fundamental change" in order to combat climate change and meet the target of restricting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius, Claudio Forner, from UN Climate Change in Bonn, told UN News in an interview that took place following the Climate Action Summit.

Staff (2019-10-12). Alaska Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Kids' Climate Change Lawsuit. truthout.org | | The Alaska Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Oct. 9 on the constitutionality of Alaska's energy policy promoting development of oil and gas. The plaintiffs in Sinnok vs the state of Alaska are 16 young Alaskans ranging in age from 5 to 22. | One of the plaintiffs' two attorneys, Andrew Welle, told justices the state knowingly and systematically permits, authorizes and promotes the development of fossil fuels. Those actions, he said, are adding to greenhouse gasses and destabilizing the…

Staff (2019-10-12). Tokyo Area Shuts Down as Powerful Typhoon Lashes Japan. truthdig.com TOKYO — A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan's worst in six decades made landfall and passed over the capital, where streets, nearby beaches and train stations were long deserted. | Store shelves were bare after people stocked up on water and food ahead of Typhoon Hagibis. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of dangerously heavy rainfall in Tokyo and surrounding prefectures, including Gunma, Saitama and Kanagawa, and later expanded the area to include Fukushima and Miyagi to the north. A coastal earthquake also rattle…

Andreas Malm (2019-10-12). It is time to try out an "ecological Leninism" — Interview with Andreas Malm. mronline.org Andreas Malm interviewed about Marxist approaches to the climate movement. | Source

Eds. (2019-10-11). Climate Justice in India: A critical overview. mronline.org Global climate strike led by Greta Thunberg and youth around the world has trigged climate justice debates in the mainstream. In India, from the past few weeks, we have witnessed climate protests in major metropolitan cities demanding governments to act on the current climate crisis to ensure a livable future for the coming generations. | Source

RT (2019-10-11). Jane Fonda protests 'climate change' in DC because Greta Thunberg said so, gets arrested. rt.com Award-winning actress Jane Fonda has woken up to how bad climate change is after listening to Swedish teen Greta Thunberg. She came to Washington to protest on the steps of the Capitol, and promptly got arrested. | "I've been a climate scientist for decades and decades," Fonda, 81, told ABC News — but it was apparently Thunberg holding a sign in from of the Swedish parliament that inspired her to actually take to the streets. So the 81-year-old actress decided to get out of her "comfort zone," leaving her $5.45 million Los Angeles mansion to move across the country to Washington, DC for the purpose of pro…

Eds. (2019-10-11). Struggle for climate change is a struggle against capitalism. mronline.org The struggle against inequality and for destruction of capital is innately linked with struggle for man-nature dialectics of the higher order where earth does not remain a commodity to be exploited. | Source

The Canary (2019-10-11). Climate breakdown activists 'wallpaper' government department with science reports. thecanary.co Environmental activists have 'wallpapered' the front of a government department with pages of science detailing the climate impact of fracked gas.A group of protesters, many dressed in boiler suits, pasted printouts of a study by climate scientist Professor Robert Howarth of Cornell University in the US, showing the effects of fracked gas on fossil fuels.The group pasted the pages on the revolving doors, walls and windows of the department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Dublin.The move is the flagship action of Extinction Rebellion week in the city.Extinction Rebellion (XR) protestors wallpa…

Eds. (2019-10-11). Inside the "Anthropocene" film. mronline.org Its creators get candid about chronicling the sixth great extinction. | Source

Yves Engler (2019-10-11). Is Trudeau a Climate Criminal? dissidentvoice.org During a rally/press conference before the September 27 climate strike/protest in Montréal a friend interrupted the Prime Minister to label him a "climate criminal". When Trudeau joined the enormous march, I dogged him yelling "criminel climatique/climate criminal". A week later I was detained and given a $150 ticket for yelling "climate criminal" outside a café …

Graham Peebles (2019-10-11). Climate Change: All Talk No Action. counterpunch.org Awareness of climate change and the interconnected environmental crisis is growing throughout the world. Protest movements led by Extinction Rebellion and School Strike for Climate increase in number and scope, demands for action are repeated, louder and louder, anger and anxiety mounts. And yet politicians and corporations, complacent, trapped by outdated ideology and motivated by More

United Nations (2019-10-11). Friday's Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media. un.org Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey's Syria offensive; history's made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist' use of social media in attacks must be curbed.

United Nations (2019-10-11). Climate emergency: City mayors are 'world's first responders', says UN chief. un.org City bosses are "the world's first responders to the climate emergency" UN chief António Guterres declared on Friday, at an international mayors' summit in Copenhagen.

The Canary (2019-10-11). NHS pledges to cut plastic in canteens and across catering. thecanary.co The NHS is pledging to cut more than 100 million plastic straws, cups and cutlery items from hospitals across England each year. | The use of single-use plastic across all catering will be cut as part of a drive to reduce waste and help the environment. | The move will affect staff and patient canteens, on-ward catering and plastics handed out by on-site retailers including Boots, M&S and WH Smith. | These major retailers have signed up to the pledge and promised to get rid of straws and stirrers from April 2020, with cutlery, plates and cups phased out over the following 12 months. | The NHS bought at least 163…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-11). Applause at Global Summit as Ocasio-Cortez Calls Climate Crisis 'Consequence of Our Unsustainable Way of Life'. commondreams.org Freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advocated for a Global Green New Deal to combat the climate crisis that humanity has created with an "unsustainable way of life" during a speech that closed out the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen on Friday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/aoc_4.jpg

pip.hinman (2019-10-11). Cops aren't tops. greenleft.org.au Fighting Fund Sam WainwrightIssue 1240 Australia climate emergency Extinction Rebellion fossil fuel mafiaOctober 1…

pip.hinman (2019-10-11). To defend jobs, unions must take lead on climate emergency. greenleft.org.au climate emergency Crimson CoconutIssue 1240 Australia unions jobs employmentOctober 11, 2019Some unions have been rightfully criticised for sen…

pip.hinman (2019-10-11). Extinction Rebellion protester: Why we got arrested for climate change. greenleft.org.au climate emergency Duncan RodenIssue 1240 Australia Extinction Rebellion SydneyOctober 11, 2019More than 38 people, including myself, were arrested during an Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest i…

RT (2019-10-10). 62 arrested after Extinction Rebellion protest brings Times Square to a standstill. rt.com Dozens of Extinction Rebellion protesters were arrested after supergluing themselves to a bright green boat they towed into a busy Times Square intersection in New York City, blocking traffic. | Some 62 protesters were taken into custody after parking a lime green sailboat in the middle of Times Square, one of the city's busiest intersections, snarling up traffic for two hours on Thursday morning. | The stunt, engineered by the controversial environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR), was designed to force action on climate change — the boat, and many of the protesters' signs, demanded the gov…

teleSUR (2019-10-10). 5 Billion Face Higher Risk of Pollution, Crop Losses by 2050. telesurenglish.net Five billion people across the globe—disproportionately those in poorer communities—could face a higher risk of enduring coastal storms, water pollution, and crop losses linked to the human-caused climate crisis by 2050, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. | RELATED: | Caribbean Corals Suffer From Ocean Warming, Climate Change | "Our analyses suggest that the current environmental governance at local, regional, and international levels is fail…

Steven Higashide (2019-10-10). Demand More from Transportation Bill. progressive.org The new bill "acknowledges" climate change in the same way that sending a pallet of bottled water to Flint, Michigan "acknowledges" the lead crisis.

Staff (2019-10-09). Extinction Rebellion: Hundreds Arrested in Protest of Climate Crisis. therealnews.com Thousands are taking part in two weeks of civil disobedience aimed at forcing governments to address climate change…

Staff (2019-10-08). Youth Indigenous Activist Speaks on Deforestation in Indonesia. therealnews.com 14-year-old Kynan Degar explains how the palm oil industry harms indigenous Indonesian communities through deforestation—an interview at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.

Staff (2019-10-08). This Is Not a Drill: 700+ Arrested as Extinction Rebellion Fights Climate Crisis with Direct Action. democracynow.org More than 700 people have been arrested in civil disobedience actions as the group Extinction Rebellion kicked off two weeks of protests in 60 cities worldwide, demanding urgent government action on the climate crisis. Its members have superglued themselves to government buildings, occupied public landmarks, shut down roads and taken to the streets to sound the alarm about the impending catastrophe of global warming. Extinction Rebellion, a nonpolitical movement, launched last year in the U.K. and rose to prominence in April, when it disrupted traffic in Central London for 11 days. For more about the significance…

Staff (2019-10-08). Headlines for October 8, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Touts "Great and Unmatched Wisdom" as U.S. Abandons Kurdish Allies, State Dept. Orders Ambassador Gordon Sondland Not to Testify to Impeachment Inquiry, Federal Judge Rejects Trump's "Repugnant" Argument Against Turning Over Tax Records, Ecuador's President Moves Government From Capital as Anti-Austerity Protests Grow, Bolivia Rains Quell Fires After 10 Million Amazon Acres Burn, 700+ Arrested as Extinction Rebellion Protests Demand Climate Action, Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg to Visit Standing Rock Reservation, Supreme Court Opens New Term with Justice Clarence Thomas Absent, Asylum Seekers Esco…

Staff (2019-10-07). GOP Lobbyists Behind Gas Industry 'Empowerment Alliance' Oppose Green New Deal. therealnews.com The group's spokesman is the former press secretary for U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and the 2004 Bush campaign. It does not disclose its funders over concerns of "eco-terrorists."

Staff (2019-10-03). Trump vs. California: In Blow to Climate, U.S. Revokes State's Stricter Auto Emissions Standards. democracynow.org California is in a legal battle with the Trump administration over tailpipe emissions, air quality and climate change. California recently joined nearly two dozen other states to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration after it revoked the state's air pollution standards for cars and light trucks, in its latest regulatory rollback of laws aimed at slowing the climate crisis. Auto emissions are California's single largest source of greenhouse gases. From Los Angeles, we're joined by Mary Nichols, the longtime chair of the California Air Resources Board. She has led the board in crafting California's intern…

Staff (2019-10-03). Headlines for October 3, 2019. democracynow.org House Democrats Prepare White House Subpoena in Impeachment Probe, Trump Rages Against Impeachment Probe with Profanity and Insults, Bernie Sanders Has Surgery to Clear Blocked Artery, Deaths and Injuries Mount as Iraqi Police and Soldiers Fire on Protesters, EU Officials Wary as British PM Boris Johnson Unveils Brexit Plan , Hong Kong Teen Shot During Protests Charged with Assaulting Officer, Record-Breaking Hurricane Lorenzo Lashes Azores, Heads for Ireland, London Climate Protesters Spray British Treasury with Fake Blood, Cameroonian Asylum Seeker Dies in For-Profit Immigration Jail, Plácido Domingo Quits L.A.

Russel Ruch (2019-09-30). Climate apartheid: Differential impacts in the age of imperialism. liberationnews.org Climate change is producing a type of climate apartheid between rich and poor nations, and between the rich and working-class majority within all capitalist societies.

Juliana Musheyev (2019-09-30). Vista high school students demand climate action. liberationnews.org Students from Rancho Buena Vista High School organized a sit-in at Vista City Hall Sept. 27 to demand a stronger climate action plan.

patrick (2019-09-24). StrikeDC — Friday, September 27. strikedc.org On Monday, 2,000 of us took to the streets of Washington, DC shutting down key intersections and disrupting business as usual to demand an immediate end to the age of fossil fuels, and a swift and just transition to renewable energy. A broad coalition of climate and social justice groups fanned out across downtown D.C. … | Continue reading "StrikeDC — Friday, September 27"

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)

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"

patrick (2019-08-29). Report Back from #ShutDownDC Kickoff Meeting. strikedc.org Wow! That was an incredible meeting last night. 125 people in the room and 11 solid affinity groups at the #ShutDownDC kick off meeting! We're so inspired to see so many amazing people stepping up to the challenge. The Climate Strike week of action is less than a month away and we have a long … | Continue reading "Report Back from #ShutDownDC Kickoff Meeting"

patrick (2019-08-25). Climate Strike Support Ideas for Labor Unions and Union Members. strikedc.org The vast majority of union contracts include "no strike" clauses where unions promise not to strike until their contract expires (usually 2-4 year terms). Almost all union workers risk getting fired for striking for climate and almost all unions risk legal repercussions if they try to organize such a strike. But there are many ways … | Continue reading "Climate Strike Support Ideas for Labor Unions and Union Members"

CounterSpin (2019-08-16). Ernest Coverson on Guns & Human Rights, Carey Gillam Under Attack From Monsanto. fair.org Media…

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