2020-02-17: News Headlines

Eds. (2020-02-17). No excuses—we have to shut down the fossil fuel industry. mronline.org In the face of an ecological catastrophe as enormous and terrifying as this season's bushfires, you might think that policy might begin to shift, as those in power face up to the reality of human-induced climate change. But you'd be wrong. |

Staff (2020-02-17). Jeff Bezos Pledges $10 Billion to Fight Climate Change. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said Monday that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. | Bezos, the world's richest man, said in an "I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change," Bezos said in…

RT (2020-02-17). Gangster-climate ally? Greta gets flamed for posing with crime-glamorizing rapper (PHOTO). rt.com Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has exposed herself to intense internet mockery after posing with a controversial Swedish rapper who purportedly spent several years in prison. | The musical artist, 1.Cuz, performed at Thunberg's recent "Fridays for Future" rally in central Stockholm. Known for always wearing a mask and keeping his real identity a secret, 1.Cuz raps about crime, drugs and his hatred of the cops. | In a recent interview with Swedish media, the rapper reportedly revealed that he had served two years in prison for a "serious" crime — but did not go into specifics. According to local m…

The Canary (2020-02-17). Coastal landfill sites set to spill over into sea, expert warns. thecanary.co More than 1,200 coastal landfill sites are in danger of spilling their contents into the sea — leading to a pollution time bomb around the UK coastline.Powerful storms and rising sea levels mean once-hidden waste could be exposed to pollute oceans and beaches, according to coastal policy expert Mark Stratton."One of the biggest risks of doing nothing at these sites is that the defences will fail and you'll potentially have former landfill either eroding out onto the foreshore or leaching into the water. Alongside that there's a potential impact on human health depending on what's in the sites," he said.Landf…

RT (2020-02-17). Toxic dump: First-world electronics scrapyard in Ghana puts THOUSANDS at risk of cancer. rt.com Ghana has become one of the world's largest dumping grounds for electronic waste, creating a deadly industry that has put thousands at risk. RT's Ruptly video agency talked to people living in the epicenter of the catastrophe. | The electronics scrapyard near Ghana's capital, Accra, has left the surrounding region contaminated with hazardous toxins that have polluted the environment and created serious health problems for residents. According to one estimate, around 200,000 tons of the globe's discarded electronics find their way to one slum in Accra — the equivalent weight of more than one thousand blue…

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-02-17). Capitalism, socialism and over-production crises. mronline.org Unlike capitalism, socialism avoids any waste or slack, such as is caused by an over-production crisis, by raising the consumption of workers appropriately to avert it. |

WSWS (2020-02-17). Student climate change protests across the UK. wsws.org Manchester protester: "When it comes to politics and elections, you vote for one side and you vote for the other side but there's the same puppet master pulling the strings."

Iokiñe Rodríguez and Mirna Inturias (2020-02-17). Contribution of indigenous people to fighting climate change is hanging by a thread. zcomm.org The recent history of Bolivia shows the danger of allowing the fight for indigenous rights and climate action to be co-opted…

Staff (2020-02-17). Is Coronavirus the First Climate Plague? truthdig.com Journalists Bryn Nelson and Jane C. Hu, in conversation with The Real News Network's Kim Brown, explain how rising temperatures will create more deadly outbreaks, and why we can expect an increase in xenophobia as these diseases spread. | Watch the interview in its entirety above.

Monica Samayoa (2020-02-17). 2.5M Pounds of Radioactive Waste Illegally Dumped in Oregon Landfill. globalresearch.ca The Oregon Department of Energy has issued a notice of violation to a hazardous waste facility for accepting more than 2 million pounds of radioactive materials east of the Columbia River Gorge. | Chemical Waste Management, a subsidiary of Waste Management …

sputniknews (2020-02-17). UK Government Announces £1.2bn for 'World's Most Powerful Weather and Climate Supercomputer'. sputniknews.com Climatologists believe that extreme weather events, including droughts and flooding, will only increase as the global warming ups the earth's temperature, the polar ice caps continue to melt, and sea levels continue to rise.

pip.hinman (2020-02-17). National climate emergency summit showcases market wing of climate movement. greenleft.org.au

Phillip Doe (2020-02-17). Every Day's a Holiday for the Oil Business in Colorado. counterpunch.org Though it's not on the official Colorado state calendar, every day's a holiday for the oil industry in this state. News surfaced last week that the oil industry has been dodging its state taxes, and not just now and then, but systematically. The tax, called a severance tax, is based on a small percentage of

Eds. (2020-02-16). The climate and the fat tail risk. mronline.org My gap year ends in August, but it doesn't take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5 ∞ carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don't add up. |

Linda McQuaig (2020-02-16). Jason Kenney Treated with Kid-Gloves, Indigenous Protestors with Assault Rifles. commondreams.org Extinction Rebellion Ottawa marched through the city Friday in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. (Photo: @XROttawa/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-09_at_3.18.02_pm_0.jpg

news.un (2020-02-16). In Pakistan, Guterres urges world to step up climate action, praises support to Afghan refugees. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday began a three-day visit to Pakistan, recognizing the country's decades of "outstanding generosity and solidarity" as one of the world's largest hosts of refugees, and highlighting its commitment to climate action.

Sarah Lazare (2020-02-16). War Is an Enormous Threat to the Climate Movement. zcomm.org U.S. wars have historically been used to beat back and repress exactly the kind of left movements that we need to tackle the climate crisis…

Eds. (2020-02-16). Marxism and the Climate Crisis: African Eco-Socialist Alternatives. mronline.org There is a rich inheritance of emancipatory Marxism in Africa, which includes Frantz Fanon, Ruth First, Samir Amin, Sam Moyo, Harold Wolpe and many others. Today, Satgar argues, the challenge is to defeat carbon capitalism accelerating the climate crisis and fomenting exclusionary nationalisms and for this there has to be a return to Marx. |

The Canary (2020-02-15). Extinction Rebellion stage flights pollution protest at Gatwick. thecanary.co Travellers arriving at Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning were greeted by a man in a tiger costume and other environmental activists.A handful of Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters were moving through the international hub to raise awareness of aircraft pollution.XR activists in disguise gathered by Costa Coffee in the airport's South Terminal at about 9.30am before revealing themselves.Protesters were instructed to arrive "incognito" and pretend to be waiting to meet someone amid fears they would not be allowed in to the airport.However, once assembled, the group of about 10 activists unveiled their full comp…

The Canary (2020-02-15). Activists block traffic in London Fashion Week protest. thecanary.co Extinction Rebellion protesters angered motorists as they blocked roads in the capital on Saturday, demanding the cancellation of London Fashion Week.Dozens of demonstrators prevented traffic from passing through a busy intersection leading to The Strand in Westminster, where the world-famous trade show is being held.As queues of vehicles started to build up, taxi and lorry drivers could be heard honking their horns and swearing at the protesters.Extinction Rebellion a activists block traffic in The Strand in a protest against London Fashion Week (Aaron Chown/PA)The action was part of the environmental campaign g…

David Swanson (2020-02-15). Shut Down Canada Until it Solves its War, Oil, and Genocide Problem. dissidentvoice.org Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause — defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth — combined with their courage and the absence on their part …

Peter Kuper (2020-02-14). Visualizing the Climate Crisis in Barcelona. thenation.com Around the world, artists sound the alarm.

RT (2020-02-13). 'Worst idea ever!' Plans for Greta mural on North Dakota bakery scrapped after community outcry & boycott threats on social media. rt.com A planned mural featuring teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in North Dakota has been tossed to the wind after news of the project stoked outrage among locals, who flooded social media with protests and threats to boycott. | The 7-foot mural was slated to be posted on an exterior wall of the Brick Oven Bakery in the city of Bismarck, however when local media outlet KFYR-TV brought the story to its Facebook page on Tuesday night, residents were immediately up in arms, with the

news.un (2020-02-13). Mobile game aims to bridge gap between citizens and leaders on climate action. news.un.org Millions of people worldwide will get to share their views on climate action through a UN campaign launched on Thursday aimed at connecting them with Governments and policy makers.

RT (2020-02-12). 'Dirty streets and human waste?' Twitter not buying survey claiming San Francisco is 'healthiest' US city. rt.com A new report names San Francisco, California the healthiest city in the United States, but the public seems skeptical, considering the endless coverage of the city's homeless crisis and unsanitary streets. | Though WalletHub is typically used to check credit scores, it turned its attention recently to grading cities in the United States based on how 'healthy' they are. According to their experts and number crunching, San Francisco This has come a…

pip.hinman (2020-02-11). How climate change is driving food insecurity. greenleft.org.au

Susan Price (2020-02-11). Will the apocalyptic bushfires be a turning point in Australia's climate emergency? greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-02-10). Headlines for February 10, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Deaths Soar as First U.S. Citizen Succumbs to Disease, Iowa Dem. Party Officially Gives Buttigieg the Lead as Candidates Prepare for New Hampshire Vote, Trump Budget Seeks Boost to Military and Nuclear Spending, Cuts to Social Programs and EPA, Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Trump Fires Key Impeachment Figures Following Acquittal, Thai Soldier Kills 29 People in Shooting Rampage, Brazilian Police Kill Hitman Suspected of Involvement in Marielle Franco's Assassination, Temperature Reaches Record-Breaking 65 Degrees in Antarctica, Extinction Rebellion Activists Demand New York Divest from Foss…

Fred_F (2020-02-07). Animal rights groups' attempt to hijack climate movement rejected. greenleft.org.au

Fred_F (2020-02-07). Rebuilding resilient communities amid climate-induced drought and bushfires. greenleft.org.au The federal Coalition government's Drought Response, Resil…

Brian Tokar (2020-02-02). What Will it Take to Prevent Climate Collapse? zcomm.org Perhaps we can even begin to realize the dream of a liberated and truly interdependent global community of communities. The future of life on earth may depend on our ability to do just that…

Lawrence Wittner (2020-01-26). Could the Climate Crisis Be "The Good News of Damnation"? zcomm.org On August 12, 1945, six days after the U.S. government obliterated the city of Hiroshima with a single atomic bomb, Robert Hutchins, the president of the University of Chicago, delivered a remarkable public address. Speaking on his weekly radio program, the Chicago Roundtable, Hutchins observed that Leon Bloy, a French philosopher, had referred to "the

Jon Rainwater (2019-11-07). Take Action — Some actual, SANE legislation. peaceaction.org Trump has plans to spend nearly $2 TRILLION over the next 30 years on unneeded and unnecessary nuclear weapons and delivery systems. This makes no sense. This is insane. That's nearly $100 million wasted every day for thirty years on weapons we are supposed to be getting rid of. To put that amount in perspective, …

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