Daily Archives: November 12, 2020

2020-11-12: News Headlines

Staff (2020-11-12). South African Activist Kumi Naidoo: Trump is Attempting a Coup to Install Minority Rule. democracynow.org We continue to look at the world's response to the U.S. election with South African activist Kumi Naidoo, a global ambassador for Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity, former secretary general of Amnesty International and former head of Greenpeace. Naidoo says President Donald Trump's loss to Joe Biden is good news, but notes that the world lost four crucial years to tackle the climate crisis and other issues because of the Trump administration. "This is a relief, but it is not something for us to — at this stage, anyway — celebrate with any great enthusiasm," he says.

Editor (2020-11-12). Fighting the Wildfires of Our Dystopian Present and Future. scheerpost.com Daria Devyatkina / CC BY 2.0] By Katharine Wilkinson / OtherWords As a writer and climate activist, I have a deep faith in our ability to heal the planet and ourselves. Even so, 2020 has been a heavy year, with the pandemic spreading, inequality growing, and our democracy fraying — all against a backdrop of wildfires and hurricanes. Our leaders have been focused on short-term profits for the few… |

Hannah Reynolds (2020-11-12). Youth Must Lead on Climate Change Fight. progressive.org Biden will be the most progressive leader on climate to ever occupy the White House. But keeping up the pressure to act is more crucial than ever.

Yves Engler (2020-11-12). Trudeau Lobbies Biden to Maintain Climate-Destroying Trump Policy. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's climate criminality has been shocking. His administration's contribution to worsening this existential threat to humanity will be remembered as his most damaging policy. Largely in response to the president's 'spew more fossil fuels' outlook Noam Chomsky described Trump as "the worst criminal in human history." Pressed on the matter, Chomsky recently told the

John Schoonover (2020-11-11). The Conspiracy Against Nuclear Energy: How Big Oil Built the Ecology Movement to Demonize Nuclear Energy Competition. dissidentvoice.org Some skeptical questions Is nuclear energy safe? What can we do about the waste? What about Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima — don't they prove that we can't rely on nuclear reactors? Won't a tiny amount of radiation kill you? Why are reactors so expensive to build with so many delays? Why don't we just …

Media Lens (2020-11-11). Robert Fisk: Death of a "Controversial" Journalist. dissidentvoice.org Robert Fisk, the Independent's Middle East correspondent, died on 30 October aged 74. In reviewing his life and career, the newspaper for which he worked for more than two decades wrote of their star reporter: 'Much of what Fisk wrote was controversial…' As John Pilger noted, in describing Fisk's journalism as 'controversial' the Independent was …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-11). Iran, Syria explore avenues for boosting coop in water sector. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 11 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria explored avenues for implementing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between the two countries in the field of water and wastewater.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-11). 'Finally': In Potential Nod to Biden Win, Federal Reserve Applies to Join Climate Network for Central Banks. commondreams.org The move came after the Fed, for the first time, formally acknowledged the threat climate change poses to the global financial system. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-8694838481_0.jpg

Ashley Curtin (2020-11-11). TD Bank joins other major financial institutes to commit to ambition climate action plan. nationofchange.org The Group's commitment to a global climate action plan makes them the latest major financial institution along with Morgan Stanley and Barclays.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-11-11). Demanding White House Climate Office and 'Fierce' Cabinet Picks, Groups Urge Biden to Claim His 'FDR Moment'. commondreams.org "Democrats have a once-in-a-generation moment to deliver policies at the scale of the crises our generation is facing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden_climate_mobilization.jpg

commondreams (2020-11-11). Progressives Urge Biden to Seize Climate Mandate Through Cabinet Appointments and Executive Action. commondreams.org ______________________________…

David Hastings (2020-11-11). Is Joe Biden ready for the urgency of the climate crisis? nationofchange.org Candidate Joe Biden proposed the most ambitious climate policy of any presidential candidate in history. Can President Biden deliver?>

Peter Boyle (2020-11-10). Berejiklian under pressure over bill that could wipe out koalas. greenleft.org.au The NSW Liberal government is feeling the political heat after thousands of protest emails protesting a bill that could make koalas extinct in the state crashed the parliamentary server, reports Jim McIlroy.

Julia Conley (2020-11-10). Biden urged to be #climatepresident by taking these 10 'game-changing' steps in first 10 days in office. nationofchange.org "Don't let anyone tell you that Biden's hands are tied on climate action without the Senate."

_____ (2020-11-10). Fracking Shatters Illusions Of A Clean British Columbia. popularresistance.org Wind howls in my ears. My fingers are numb. It's midnight and I'm on top of Pink Mountain, near Mile 147 of the Alaska Highway in northeastern British Columbia. As I look out into the night, dozens of gas plants light up the horizon. This is fracking country. | For two weeks, I'm driving the back roads of this sparse corner of the province to gather images of the destruction gas development has wrought here. It involves long periods of boredom punctuated by jaw-dropping moments where I curse aloud to no one in particular.

Kathy Fairfax (2020-11-10). Scientists say net zero by 2050 is inadequate. greenleft.org.au Climate scientists say their predictions about the rate of the global temperature increase have been too conservative. That's why stronger and more decisive action is needed, argues Pip Hinman.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-10). NT Traditional Owners and anti-fracking activists score a win. greenleft.org.au A Darwin court has thrown out criminal charges against anti-fracking activists, reports Kerry Smith.

The Canary (2020-11-10). Redundancies hit record high as hundreds of thousands lose jobs. thecanary.co More people were made redundant between July and September than at any point on record, according to new official statistics. It comes as the pandemic laid waste to large parts of the economy. | Hard times: | Around 314,000 redundancies were registered during the three months according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This figure is up by 181,000 from the quarter before. The data suggests that unemployment in the UK reached 4.8% in the three months to September. It's an increase of 0.7 percentage points on the quarter before, and 0.9 percentage points from a year ago. | Meanwhile, around 33,00…

Staff (2020-11-09). Big Oil loses out on Election Day and other climate crisis wins, explained. therealnews.com Climate, environment, and energy issues were on the ballot as referenda in states nationwide—and corporations suffered losses in unexpected places, including Louisiana and Florida.

WSWS (2020-11-09). Australian bushfire report aids government whitewash on climate change and lack of resources. wsws.org First and foremost, the inquiry report holds no one, least of all the government, responsible for the catastrophe.

Dr. Hisako Sakiyama (2020-11-09). Health Effects of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Hisako Sakiyama has a PhD in Medicine and is a Member of the Takagi School of Alternative Scientists, a Japanese NGO established in 1998 to study the environment, nuclear issues, human rights, and other issues in modern society from …

Sierra Club (2020-11-09). Thursday 11/12: Where We Go From Here: All In For Climate & Equitable Communities w/ Sierra Club. indybay.org Online via livestream…