2020-02-19: News Headlines

Tim Libretti (2020-02-19). To compete in global economy, Trump says workers' lives have to get worse. peoplesworld.org What if America competed with other nations to have the best universal healthcare system or the best public education system? If we competed to be the leader in creating a green economy to address climate change? If we competed to end poverty and inequality? Donald Trump wants America to compete in the global economy, but …

Gideon Polya (2020-02-19). Methane Leakage Makes Australia a World Leading Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Polluter. globalresearch.ca Methane (CH4) is 85% of natural gas, leaks, and has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) 105 times that of the same mass of carbon dioxide (CO2) on a 20 year time frame with aerosol impacts included. Such considerations reveal that …

City of San José Environmental Services (2020-02-19). Pathways to Climate Smart Careers Fair for High School Students. indybay.org Fairmont Hotel San José, 170 South Market Street, San José , CA 95113…

Mark Hertsgaard (2020-02-19). Making the Climate Emergency the Story of the 2020 Elections. thenation.com Making the Climate Emergency the Story of the 2020 Elections…

Tomasz Konicz (2020-02-19). Bernie Sanders in Las Vegas: Being free, being high and eminent domain. indybay.org The proclamation of a national climate emergency, the ban on oil and gas exports, the import of cheap medicines from Canada, the nationwide legalization of marijuana or the immediate halt to all construction work on Trump's border wall are to be implemented by means of the so-called "Executive Order."

Staff (2020-02-19). Permafrost Is Already Thawing. Will It Tip the Scales in the Climate Crisis? truthout.org Across vast swaths of the northern hemisphere's higher reaches, frozen ground holds billions of tonnes of carbon. | As global temperatures rise, this "permafrost" land is at increasing risk of thawing out, potentially releasing its long-held carbon into the atmosphere. | Abrupt permafrost thaw is one of the most frequently discussed "tipping points" that could be crossed in a warming world. However,

TTFGGSB (2020-02-19). 2020 Youth Climate Action Summit Grades 9-12 in San Jose. indybay.org The Tech Interactive, 201 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113…

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (2020-02-19). Our Communities and Climate Change. indybay.org Oakland Asian Cultural Center | 388 9th St. #290 | Oakland, CA 94607…

sputniknews (2020-02-19). EU Plans to Create Single Data Market, Rein in US Tech Giants. sputniknews.com According to the European Commission, the bloc is planning to implement rules for the data market and artificial intelligence, so the new technology will take into account privacy and ethical issues. It also stipulates that all European data centres will be climate neutral by 2030.

Eds. (2020-02-19). Inside Extinction Rebellion: War reporting a global human conflict. mronline.org Having our own media allows us to tell the stories that the millionaire press barons don't want to engage with and it gives us a space to debate and explore issues without the toxic influence of climate deniers. |

Mike Ludwig (2020-02-18). Sanders and AOC's Fracking Ban Angers Centrists and Their Fossil Fuel Backers. zcomm.org Source: Truthout Photo by J. Bicking/Shutterstock.com House Democrats have finally unveiled a flurry of climate bills aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but activists say only one proposal represents the "gold standard" for tackling the climate crisis: Legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that would ban fracking nationwide. While none of

commondreams (2020-02-18). "Stop the Money Pipeline" Announces Nationwide Day of Action to Protest the Financing of Climate Destruction. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-02-18). 350.org on Jeff Bezos' 10$ Billion Climate Pledge. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-02-18). 'One Hand Cannot Give What the Other Is Taking Away': Critics Skeptical of Bezos Pledge of $10 Billion to Fight Climate Crisis. commondreams.org "Will Jeff Bezos show us true leadership or will he continue to be complicit in the acceleration of the climate crisis, while supposedly trying to help?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bezos_0_0.jpeg

Susan Price (2020-02-18). Africa: A year of record climate disasters. greenleft.org.au

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…

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. |

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. |

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

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. |

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.

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. |

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 …

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.

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

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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