2021-04-21: News Headlines

Stan Cox (2021-04-21). Earth Abuse and the Next Pandemic. counterpunch.org Humanity's transgression of ecological limits has caused widespread damage, including a climate emergency, catastrophic loss of biodiversity, and extensive degradation of soils around the world. Earth abuse is also at the root of the Covid-19 pandemic and the grim likelihood that new pathogens will continue to emerge from other animal species to infect humans.

VINS (2021-04-21). Unexpected Environmental Consequences of COVID-19. projectcensored.org Due to COVID-19, recycling programs in many bigger cities have ceased. Because the recycling process is hands-on and involves multiple processing steps, many recycling centers have either shutdown or significantly reduced operations to avoid cross-contamination cases. But with pollution already being one of the most pressing public concerns of this century, reductions in recycling are deeply problematic. | Unfortunately, recycling programs are not the only ecologically-friendly options that have been disrupted by COVID-19, as Bloomberg News reported in March 2020. Companies such as Starbucks have stopped acceptin…

news.un (2021-04-21). Ocean benefits increasingly undermined by human activity, UN assessment reveals. news.un.org Greater understanding of the ocean is essential if the world is to recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve agreed targets on sustainable development and climate action, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday in launching a major study on what he called "the life support system of our planet."

Robert Hunziker (2021-04-21). The Doomsday Glacier Lives up to its Billing. dissidentvoice.org Earth.com The 21st century serves as an inflection point of acceleration of climate instability caused by human-generated greenhouse gases, as CO2 emissions increase well beyond the rate of the prior century. It's also a defining timeline of an astonishing ice mass loss rate of 500% more than the last decade of the previous century. Throughout …

Thomas Stephens (2021-04-21). Borders of Racial Capitalism: Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste. counterpunch.org Isn't This a Time! Pardon beginning with jargon. Under racial capitalist social and power relations, stated policy intentions are inverted relative to social outcomes, and pandemic inequality reigns with a deadly life of its own. This is the rotten fruit of a poisoned neoliberal model of the relationship between the state and finance. We should

Ed Rampell (2021-04-21). Greta Thunberg's Quest to 'Listen to the Science'. progressive.org This stirring series about the Swedish campaigner against global warming is guaranteed to raise your temperature.

Colin Todhunter (2021-04-21). Dystopian Vision for Agrifood Must Not Succeed. counterpunch.org We are currently seeing an acceleration of the corporate consolidation of the entire global agrifood chain. The high-tech/data conglomerates, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, have joined traditional agribusiness giants, such as Corteva, Bayer, Cargill and Syngenta, in a quest to impose a certain type of agriculture and food production on the world. The Bill and

Colin Todhunter (2021-04-21). Gates Unhinged: Dystopian Vision for Agrifood Must Not Succeed. dissidentvoice.org We are currently seeing an acceleration of the corporate consolidation of the entire global agrifood chain. The high-tech/data conglomerates, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, have joined traditional agribusiness giants, such as Corteva, Bayer, Cargill and Syngenta, in a quest to impose a certain type of agriculture and food production on the world. The Bill …

_____ (2021-04-21). Despite Climate Commitments, Health Concerns, States Approve Fuel Tanks. popularresistance.org Magali Sanchez-Hall, usually in motion, pauses for a moment on the sidewalk to gaze through a chain-link fence at the massive new construction project: tanks shaped like giant tuna fish cans that will store crude oil. | The Los Angeles refinery has been her troublesome neighbor for a quarter of a century, but she finds this latest turn particularly perplexing. | "Right now, we are supposed to be moving to clean energy," she says. | Sanchez-Hall, 50, raised her children here before getting a master's degree in public policy. When Tesoro, now Marathon Petroleum Corp., first proposed the new tanks in 2016, she oppos…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-21). Using Floodwaters To Weather Droughts. eurasiareview.com Floodwaters are not what most people consider a blessing. But they could help remedy California's increasingly parched groundwater systems, according to a new Stanford-led study. The research, published in Science Advances, develops a framework to calculate future floodwater volumes under a changing climate and identifies areas where investments in California's aging water infrastructure could amplify groundwater recharge. As the state grapples with more intense storms and droughts, stowing away floodwaters would not only reduce flood risks but also build more water reserves for drier times. | "This is the fir…

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). Climate action 'a must' to ensure sustainable living: Boao Forum chairman. ecns.cn Climate action and carbon neutral initiatives "are no longer an option but a must" for the world to ensure sustainable living as we enjoy today, Ban Ki-moon, chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), said Tuesday.

Agostino Petroni, Sandali Handagama (2021-04-21). Climate Change and Capitalism Are Forcing Chilean Farmers to Abandon Their Land. thenation.com Climate Change and Capitalism Are Forcing Chilean Farmers to Abandon Their Land…

Zoà´ Carpenter (2021-04-21). Climate Change Will Force Us to Rethink Migration and Asylum. thenation.com Climate Change Will Force Us to Rethink Migration and Asylum…

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). ROK says to join IAEA monitoring team for Fukushima wastewater release. ecns.cn South Korea will make sure to participate in an international monitoring team led by the UN nuclear watchdog for Japan's planned release of nuclear polluted water from its wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, Yonhap reported, citing the country's foreign ministry.

_____ (2021-04-21). Water Protector Steve Martinez Released From Grand Jury Detention. popularresistance.org Bismarck, ND — On March 3, Steve Martinez was jailed at the Burleigh County Detention Center after refusing to testify before a secret federal grand jury investigating 2016 protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. | Martinez is now finally free as of April 12, according to a statement posed to social media by the 'Support Steve Martinez' campaign. | Martinez has served over 60 in days in federal detention. He was previously been jailed for most of February 2021 for refusing to testify, but was briefly released after a judge found the magistrate who ordered him detained did not have the authority to do s…

Juan Cole (2021-04-20). Despite Hawks Seeking new Cold War, the US and China can only Confront Climate Emergency by Cooperating. juancole.com ( China Dialogue ) — They say don't mess with Texas, but Mother Nature didn't get the memo. A surprise winter storm killed at least 111 people in March, when rolling blackouts left several million Texans without power for several freezing days. Their misery came just a few years after Hurricane Harvey put a US$125 …

Robert Hunziker (2021-04-20). The Doomsday Glacier Lives up to its Billing. counterpunch.org The 21st century serves as an inflection point of acceleration of climate instability caused by human-generated greenhouse gases, as CO2 emissions increase well beyond the rate of the prior century. It's also a defining timeline of an astonishing ice mass loss rate of 500% more than the last decade of the previous century. Throughout human

Whitney Webb (2021-04-20). Military Bases Housing Migrant Children Plagued by Serial Sexual Abuse Claims. orinocotribune.com By Whitney Webb — Apr 16, 2021 | The Biden administration is now housing unaccompanied migrant children on military bases in Texas and California. Some of these bases have been plagued for years by record sexual abuse claims, one with the highest in the nation. All of them suffer from dangerous environmental contamination. | Over the first few months of 2021, the migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border has exploded. Due to the policies of the Obama, Trump and now Biden administrations, many of those migrants, particularly unaccompanied minors, remain housed in increasingly controversial "overflow facilities."

Staff (2021-04-20). Headlines for April 20, 2021. democracynow.org Jury Begins Deliberations in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial, Thousands Protest in Minnesota as Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Wraps Up, U.N. Warns Planet Is "On the Verge of the Abyss" from Relentless Climate Change, Hundreds of Climate Scientists Warn Against Criminalizing Peaceful Protests, White House Holds Virtual Climate Summit as U.S. and China Pledge Cuts to Emissions, Migrant Workers Flee India's Capital Ahead of Lockdown as Coronavirus Cases Soar, Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Joins Fight for Vaccine Equity, President Biden Urges All U.S. Residents 16 and Over to Get Vaccinated, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Can…

Talanna (2021-04-20). Climate Crisis, Freighter Stuck in Suez Canal, & Species Wounding. indybay.org How Climate Crisis is overlooked when it's an important part of headline stories like a Stuck Freighter in Suez Canal & Covid-19 Virus news.

commondreams (2021-04-20). Senator Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Civilian Climate Corps for Jobs and Justice to Rebuild America. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Claudia Webbe (2021-04-20). Polluter elite: Lifestyles of the rich are incompatible with climate justice. peoplesworld.org With the highest-ever temperatures recorded in the Arctic Circle, and with just 3% of the world's ecosystems remaining intact, we cannot delay in taking action to save our planet and future generations. Yet sadly it is not true that we are all in this crisis together—or that we are all equally culpable when it comes …

teleSUR (2021-04-20). US Pushes New "Theatre of Conflict" in the Arctic. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Monday that climate change could turn the Arctic into a new "theatre of conflict" for his country and Russia., as president Vladimir Putin confirmed he would participate in April 22 climate virtual summit hosted by Joe Biden. | RELATED: | "Climate change exacerbates existing conflicts and increases the chances of new ones — particularly in countries where governm…

Andrew McCormick (2021-04-20). Crises Collide: Homeless in America When Climate Disaster Strikes. thenation.com Crises Collide: Homeless in America When Climate Disaster Strikes…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2021-04-20). Humanity Faces a Climate Emergency—Shouldn't That Be News? thenation.com Humanity Faces a Climate Emergency—Shouldn't That Be News?

commondreams (2021-04-20). Report: Pricing Carbon Key To Taking On Climate Change. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Ingrid Lobet (2021-04-20). Despite Climate Commitments, Health Concerns, States Approve Giant Fuel Tanks. zcomm.org In the Los Angeles area alone, 11 new tank projects are underway, mainly in communities of color…

JILL (2021-04-20). Billionaires Cut: Autopilot to Extinction. indybay.org "A few ultra-wealthy individuals are making decisions about the future of the planet with little accountability or transparency," according to Matthew Nisbet, a professor of communication and public policy at Northeastern University in Boston.

Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area (2021-04-20). Saturday 4/24: Earth Week Gathering Oakland. indybay.org Snow Park & Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oakland…

Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area (2021-04-20). Sunday 4/25: Earth Day Celebration & Mural Unveiling In Clarion Alley. indybay.org Clarion Alley, between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets in San Francisco.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Japan's decision to dump nuclear wastewater 'extremely irresponsible': experts. ecns.cn Chinese experts have condemned Japan's unilateral decision to discharge nuclear wastewater into the sea, calling it "extremely irresponsible."

_____ (2021-04-20). All We Have Now Is The People Versus The Pipelines. popularresistance.org The northern portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline is stopped for now, but there is another pipeline, Enbridge's Line 3, that will also carry tar sands from Canada under construction. Resistance to the pipeline is widespread and escalating with direct actions to shut down construction and solidarity actions. Clearing the FOG speaks with Dawn Goodwin, co-founder of the RISE Coalition, about the history of the pipeline, the harm it will cause, and how people can take action to stop it.

commondreams (2021-04-20). Pipeline Protester Slows MVP Work For 4 Hours by Locking to Equipment, Suspended 20 Feet in Air. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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