2020-02-20: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-02-20). Greta Thunberg 'using award money to create sustainability foundation'. thecanary.co Greta Thunberg is using her prize money from an award often described as an alternative Nobel Prize to establish a sustainability foundation, according to the Swedish organisation behind the prize. | The purpose of the non-profit Greta Thunberg Foundation "is to promote ecological and social sustainability, as well as mental health", the Right Livelihood Foundation said. | The teenage climate activist was one of four recipients of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, which was founded in 1980 to "honour and support courageous people solving global problems". | The one million kronor ( £80,000) that came with th…

Johnathan Hettinger (2020-02-20). Jury Awards $265M in Damages in Dicamba Trial Against Monsanto, BASF. globalresearch.ca After three weeks of arguments, the jury awarded the peach-farmer plaintiff $15 million in damages and $250 million in punitive damages against the chemical companies. | *** | A federal jury determined that German agribusiness giants Bayer and BASF will have to …

Tomasz Konicz (2020-02-20). 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."

Media Lens (2020-02-20). "And Then Nothing. Silence" dissidentvoice.org If you were mad enough to judge the state of the world by the daily outpourings of 'mainstream' media, you would have no real understanding of the perilous state of the human race. Or, if you had concerns on seeing the latest news on climate breakdown, you would not be fully informed about the powerful …

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (2020-02-20). Our Communities and Climate Change. indybay.org Oakland Asian Cultural Center | 388 9th St. #290 | Oakland, CA 94607…

TTFGGSB (2020-02-20). 2020 Youth Climate Action Summit Grades 9-12 in San Jose. indybay.org The Tech Interactive, 201 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113…

Climate Reality Project Santa Clara (2020-02-20). Climate Restoration: Save the Arctic and the Earth (Cupertino). indybay.org Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Rd., Cupertino, CA 95014…

City of San José Environmental Services (2020-02-20). Pathways to Climate Smart Careers Fair for High School Students. indybay.org Fairmont Hotel San José, 170 South Market Street, San José , CA 95113…

Rachel M. Fazio (2020-02-20). A Trillion Trees in Rep. Westerman's Hands Means a Trillion Stumps. counterpunch.org In an effort to springboard off President Trump's recent pledge to join the global community in planting a trillion trees to increase the amount of carbon drawn out of the atmosphere and help us to mitigate the worst effects of the climate crisis, Rep. Bruce Westerman, a pro-logging advocate from Arkansas, along with several Republican

Extinction Rebellion (2020-02-20). More courage. More collaboration. More love. zcomm.org Rebels are taking to the streets with ever more innovative and theatrical actions…

Juan Cole (2020-02-20). Methane Emissions Crisis and Rapid Global Heating. zcomm.org It is all Fossil Fuel Drilling and Fracking…

yenisafak (2020-02-20). Australia to hold wide-ranging enquiry into disastrous bushfires. yenisafak.com Australia will hold a wide-ranging enquiry into the causes of recent bushfires that killed 33 people and razed an area the size South Korea, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday.Australia has for months been battling hundreds of blazes that began in September – an unusually prolonged summer wildfire season that was fuelled by three years of drought, which experts have attributed to climate change.With firefighters now able to contain the several dozen fires still alight, Morrison said a six-month Royal Commission would investigate preparedness for future bushfires and the need for any changes to the law…

pip.hinman (2020-02-20). The climate crisis and the need for peace. greenleft.org.au

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 …

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,

Olivia Rosane (2020-02-19). Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to fight the climate crisis. nationofchange.org "We applaud Jeff Bezos' philanthropy, but one hand cannot give what the other is taking away."

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…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-02-19). Study Suggests Fossil Fuel Use Emits Up to 40% More Climate-Heating Methane Than Previously Thought. commondreams.org A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature found that extraction and use of fossil fuels may emit up to 40% more climate-heating methane than previously thought—underscoring humanity's ability to significantly limit global temperature rise by rapidly transitioning to renewable energy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-6123047121.jpg

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. |

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

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

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.

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 …

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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