Daily Archives: November 13, 2020

2020-11-13: News Headlines

Linda Pentz Gunter (2020-11-13). In Promoting New Nuclear Power, Biden-Harris Back Fiction Over Science. counterpunch.org When you look at the precipitating drop in renewable energy costs versus the ever soaring nuclear ones; when you examine how you can reduce more carbon emissions faster and more cheaply with renewables than nuclear; and when you observe the real life examples of countries whose carbon reductions are greater after investing in renewables rather than clinging onto nuclear; then the only reason to include nuclear power in a climate plan is political.

Sharon Lerner (2020-11-13). Georgia Senator Dismisses Climate Change While Enjoying Protected Beachfront Mansion. zcomm.org Facing runoff, Sen. David Perdue says climate change is a hoax, but his beach community is sure worried about rising sea levels…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-11-12). As Climate Crisis Rages, the World's Public Banks Gathered at First-Ever Summit and Chose to Not Rule Out Continued Fossil Fuels Funding. commondreams.org "There is no excuse for the continued funding of billions of dollars in coal, gas, or oil projects," said one angered campaigner. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pdb.jpg

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.

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

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-12). Climate Groups Push Biden to Ensure Financial Appointees Are Committed to Actions That 'Match the Scale of the Crisis'. commondreams.org "The climate crisis is the biggest threat to financial stability, as well as the broader economy. Financial regulators who ignore it are simply failing at their missions." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1228514337_0.png

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… |

news.un (2020-11-12). COVID disruption will 'pale in comparison' if world fails to act on climate change, SDGs. news.un.org The fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) "go hand in hand", the UN chief told a major development bank conference on Thursday.

commondreams (2020-11-12). Failing to Deliver Strong Commitments, Civil Society Groups Call the Finance in Common Summit a Wasted Opportunity. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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 …

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?>

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

_____ (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.

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."