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2020-10-23: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-10-23). Scottish activists block gates at oil refinery in pollution protest. thecanary.co Climate activists have blocked the gates of the Ineos oil refinery at Grangemouth with boats in a protest against pollution.Extinction Rebellion Scotland claims Ineos is Scotland's biggest climate polluter. And the group is staging the blockade as part of a programme of action.Small groups of no more than six people have locked themselves together at the gates. They aim to remain there all day on 23 October.Two boats are being used to block the entrances to the refinery and the headquarters.Activists plan to remain at the scene all day (Extinction Rebellion Scotland/PA)"We are running out of time": Annie L…

RT (2020-10-23). Biden claims he never said he'd ban fracking, despite video, admits he wants to 'transition' away from oil industry. rt.com Joe Biden said he wants to "transition" away from oil and have all industries at "net zero emissions" by 2035. He also claimed he's never said he would ban fracking, despite video evidence of him saying just that. | "Would he close down the oil industry?" President Donald Trump asked of Biden at Thursday's presidential debate. "Would you close down the oil industry?" | "I would transition from the oil industry, yes," Biden admitted, a statement Trump called "big" and critics latched onto on social media, taking it as an admission he would destroy an industry vitally important to the economies of many states.

Ramona du Houx (2020-10-23). Justice Ginsburg's example helped mitigate bad outcomes for women globally. indybay.org Climate change exasperates violence against women worldwide — Justice Ginsburg's example helped mitigate bad outcomes. Elected officials say if Barrett is confirmed systemic injustices, women's rights and climate issues will get worse.

Katharine Early (2020-10-22). Transforming Our Food Systems is the Only Way to Nourish the World. counterpunch.org The way we produce our food is under pressure like never before. And with the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic now posing the greatest challenges to nourishing the expanding global population, our precious and fragile food system is fast reaching breaking point. So do we intensify the current system of farming or is there

Philip Giraldi (2020-10-22). American Militarism Marches On: No Discussion or Media Coverage of Washington's War Against the World. globalresearch.ca Nearly everyone has heard the comment attributed for former Clinton consigliere Rahm Emanuel that one should never let a good crisis go to waste. The implication of the comment is that if there is a major crisis going on the …

commondreams (2020-10-22). America Can't Afford Another Climate Denier on the Supreme Court, Barrett Backers Will Pay a Price with Voters. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Elliott Negin (2020-10-22). ExxonMobil claims shift on climate but continues to fund climate science deniers. nationofchange.org The company's professed support for a carbon tax is a disingenuous public relations ploy to delay government action.

Common Dreams staff (2020-10-22). WATCH: Joe Biden and Donald Trump Face Off in Final Presidential Debate Before Election Day. commondreams.org The candidates are expected to address Covid-19, climate change, and national security, among other topics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-122922049611.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-22). The Elders Call for Surge in Global Cooperation to Combat 'Current Disarray' Set Off by Covid-19, Climate Crisis. commondreams.org The global group of independent world leaders and justice advocates known as the Elders on Thursday issued a rebuke of the current failure by world leaders to employ a multilateral approach to confronting multiple existential crises facing the world population. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1220687626_1.jpg

The Canary (2020-10-21). Business leaders describe a 'pointless' call with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove over Brexit. thecanary.co Business leaders on a call with the prime minister Boris Johnson and cabinet minister Michael Gove on Brexit have described the meeting as "pointless".The virtual meeting was scheduled on the morning of 20 October for 3pm the same day. It was organised to discuss how the government aims to support businesses after the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December"A wasted 23 minutes of my life": According to the government, 250 businesses were on the call. Although it had been scheduled for an hour, it only lasted 23 minutes, with Johnson and Gove discussing their levelling up agenda.One leader told t…

Jens Marquardt (2020-10-21). How the youth climate movement is influencing the green recovery from COVID-19. nationofchange.org The vibrant protests that catapulted climate change to the political fore are actually needed now more than ever.

Jennifer Zhang (2020-10-21). The Case for Giving Everyone a Job. progressive.org We need a federal jobs program to build sweeping public infrastructure, save workers and fight the climate crisis.

news.un (2020-10-21). FROM THE FIELD: Women guardians of the environment. news.un.org Women from around the world are being given a more prominent role in the fight against climate change, thanks to the efforts of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Extinction Rebellion Silicon Valley (2020-10-21). Saturday 10/24: XR Welcome Call. indybay.org us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvcO2hrzIsG929DFzaRfh5kVSbSuwhqJGy

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-21). 'Stop Financing Climate-Wrecking Companies': Campaigners Light Earth on Fire Outside European Central Bank HQ. commondreams.org Critics call out the bank for "purchasing bonds from some of the world's worst climate criminals through its trillion-euro Covid recovery package." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ecb-2.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-21). Merkley Unveils Pioneering Bills to Make Financial Institutions 'Stop Bankrolling Climate Catastrophe'. commondreams.org "This is how we stop the money pipeline between Wall Street and the fossil fuel industry." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12001733481.jpg

Susan Price (2020-10-21). Whatever happens … it's the end of the world as we know it. greenleft.org.au If carbon continues to be pumped into the atmosphere, we may see the end of complex societies and the extinction of most species, writes Shawn Hattingh. But, we can still avoid climate catastrophe and build a radically democratic, egalitarian and caring society.

Mark Hertsgaard (2020-10-21). Amy Coney Barrett Gets That Covid Is Infectious—but Not That Climate Change Is Real. thenation.com Amy Coney Barrett Gets That Covid Is Infectious—but Not That Climate Change Is Real…

Julian Brave NoiseCat, Danielle Deiseroth (2020-10-21). Earth to Biden: Stop Talking About Fracking. thenation.com Earth to Biden: Stop Talking About Fracking…

Mark Hertsgaard (2020-10-21). What Amy Coney Barrett Means For the Climate. thenation.com What Amy Coney Barrett Means For the Climate…

RT (2020-10-20). 'Won't happen under Kamala-Biden ticket': Fox Sports duo caught mocking military flyover in apparent hot mic moment (VIDEO). rt.com Fox Sports casters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have caused quite a controversy among conservative circles in the US after they were apparently caught on a hot mic poking fun at military flyovers before sports events. | The hot mic moment happened during Fox Sports' coverage of Sunday's NFC game between the Packers and Buccaneers. In a video published by Defector (who said it got it from an unnamed "tipster"), the pair is heard mocking pregame military flyovers, a regular occurrence at US sporting events, as a waste of taxpayer money. | Even Joe Buck and Troy Aikman find pregame flyovers to be a little much these…

Climate Reality Project and partners (2020-10-20). Saturday 10/24: Your Vote, Your World: #GOTV Virtual Rally for Climate, Racial, & Social Justice. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Staff (2020-10-20). The US Is Missing a Chance to Tackle Climate Crisis and Pandemic Relief Together. truthout.org The pandemic crisis has exacerbated existing inequalities and has been an abject lesson in what happens when nations don't prepare in advance for catastrophe. It has also led many to draw the comparison between this health crisis and the ongoing climate crisis — and the growing and urgent need to tackle climate change now before it spirals out of control. | The U.S., which continues to lead the world in COVID-19 infections, has taken the opposite approach — rolling back enviro…

commondreams (2020-10-20). A New Blueprint for Our Oceans Would Be a Sea Change for Marine Habitats and Climate Change. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-10-20). Ocean-based Climate Solutions Act Would End Offshore Oil Leasing, Protect Marine Habitat. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mike Males (2020-10-20). Young Activists Aren't Waiting For Anyone. commondreams.org Youth climate activists hold signs during a Climate Strike youth protest outside of Chevron headquarters on Sept. 27, 2019, in San Ramon, California. Hundreds of activists and their supporters were calling for the company to abandon fossil fuels by 2025. (PHOTO BY JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/youth-climate-lead-1024×614.jpg

commondreams (2020-10-20). New Poll Highlights the Weakness of Fracking Ban Conventional Wisdom. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-20). Advocates Welcome 'Inspiring' Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act as 'Exactly What America Needs Right Now'. commondreams.org "By presenting smart, focused solutions to the climate crisis, this pioneering legislation propels the oceans into the heart of the climate debate in Congress." | www.flickr.com/photos/19779889@N00/

Zoe PC (2020-10-19). Hours before Bolivia goes the polls, early results system suspended, military mobilization in La Paz. mronline.org The first elections since the coup d'état will be held on October 18 amid a tense social and political climate. This includes a military mobilization in La Paz the night before the polls and the suspension of the DIREPRE early results system.

2020-10-22: News Headlines

Katharine Early (2020-10-22). Transforming Our Food Systems is the Only Way to Nourish the World. counterpunch.org The way we produce our food is under pressure like never before. And with the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic now posing the greatest challenges to nourishing the expanding global population, our precious and fragile food system is fast reaching breaking point. So do we intensify the current system of farming or is there

Shatha Hammad (2020-10-21). 'Paradise lost': How Israel turned the West Bank into a sewage dump for its settlements. middleeasteye.net 'Paradise lost': How Israel turned the West Bank into a sewage dump for its settlements | Untreated wastewater has destroyed the soil of Palestinian villages, causing often ancient olive trees to die and livelihoods to be lost | Wed, 10/21/2020 – 09: 14 | Residents and farmers say increasing quantities of sewage are being pumped onto their lands from the illegal settlements (MEE/Supplied) | Abdulla…

The Canary (2020-10-21). Business leaders describe a 'pointless' call with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove over Brexit. thecanary.co Business leaders on a call with the prime minister Boris Johnson and cabinet minister Michael Gove on Brexit have described the meeting as "pointless".The virtual meeting was scheduled on the morning of 20 October for 3pm the same day. It was organised to discuss how the government aims to support businesses after the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December"A wasted 23 minutes of my life": According to the government, 250 businesses were on the call. Although it had been scheduled for an hour, it only lasted 23 minutes, with Johnson and Gove discussing their levelling up agenda.One leader told t…

Jennifer Zhang (2020-10-21). The Case for Giving Everyone a Job. progressive.org We need a federal jobs program to build sweeping public infrastructure, save workers and fight the climate crisis.

Jens Marquardt (2020-10-21). How the youth climate movement is influencing the green recovery from COVID-19. nationofchange.org The vibrant protests that catapulted climate change to the political fore are actually needed now more than ever.

news.un (2020-10-21). FROM THE FIELD: Women guardians of the environment. news.un.org Women from around the world are being given a more prominent role in the fight against climate change, thanks to the efforts of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Extinction Rebellion Silicon Valley (2020-10-21). Saturday 10/24: XR Welcome Call. indybay.org us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvcO2hrzIsG929DFzaRfh5kVSbSuwhqJGy

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-21). 'Stop Financing Climate-Wrecking Companies': Campaigners Light Earth on Fire Outside European Central Bank HQ. commondreams.org Critics call out the bank for "purchasing bonds from some of the world's worst climate criminals through its trillion-euro Covid recovery package." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ecb-2.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-21). Merkley Unveils Pioneering Bills to Make Financial Institutions 'Stop Bankrolling Climate Catastrophe'. commondreams.org "This is how we stop the money pipeline between Wall Street and the fossil fuel industry." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12001733481.jpg

Susan Price (2020-10-21). Whatever happens … it's the end of the world as we know it. greenleft.org.au If carbon continues to be pumped into the atmosphere, we may see the end of complex societies and the extinction of most species, writes Shawn Hattingh. But, we can still avoid climate catastrophe and build a radically democratic, egalitarian and caring society.

Mark Hertsgaard (2020-10-21). What Amy Coney Barrett Means For the Climate. thenation.com What Amy Coney Barrett Means For the Climate…

Mark Hertsgaard (2020-10-21). Amy Coney Barrett Gets That Covid Is Infectious—but Not That Climate Change Is Real. thenation.com Amy Coney Barrett Gets That Covid Is Infectious—but Not That Climate Change Is Real…

Julian Brave NoiseCat, Danielle Deiseroth (2020-10-21). Earth to Biden: Stop Talking About Fracking. thenation.com Earth to Biden: Stop Talking About Fracking…

RT (2020-10-20). 'Won't happen under Kamala-Biden ticket': Fox Sports duo caught mocking military flyover in apparent hot mic moment (VIDEO). rt.com Fox Sports casters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman have caused quite a controversy among conservative circles in the US after they were apparently caught on a hot mic poking fun at military flyovers before sports events. | The hot mic moment happened during Fox Sports' coverage of Sunday's NFC game between the Packers and Buccaneers. In a video published by Defector (who said it got it from an unnamed "tipster"), the pair is heard mocking pregame military flyovers, a regular occurrence at US sporting events, as a waste of taxpayer money. | Even Joe Buck and Troy Aikman find pregame flyovers to be a little much these…

Climate Reality Project and partners (2020-10-20). Saturday 10/24: Your Vote, Your World: #GOTV Virtual Rally for Climate, Racial, & Social Justice. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Staff (2020-10-20). The US Is Missing a Chance to Tackle Climate Crisis and Pandemic Relief Together. truthout.org The pandemic crisis has exacerbated existing inequalities and has been an abject lesson in what happens when nations don't prepare in advance for catastrophe. It has also led many to draw the comparison between this health crisis and the ongoing climate crisis — and the growing and urgent need to tackle climate change now before it spirals out of control. | The U.S., which continues to lead the world in COVID-19 infections, has taken the opposite approach — rolling back enviro…

commondreams (2020-10-20). New Poll Highlights the Weakness of Fracking Ban Conventional Wisdom. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-20). Advocates Welcome 'Inspiring' Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act as 'Exactly What America Needs Right Now'. commondreams.org "By presenting smart, focused solutions to the climate crisis, this pioneering legislation propels the oceans into the heart of the climate debate in Congress." | www.flickr.com/photos/19779889@N00/

commondreams (2020-10-20). Ocean-based Climate Solutions Act Would End Offshore Oil Leasing, Protect Marine Habitat. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mike Males (2020-10-20). Young Activists Aren't Waiting For Anyone. commondreams.org Youth climate activists hold signs during a Climate Strike youth protest outside of Chevron headquarters on Sept. 27, 2019, in San Ramon, California. Hundreds of activists and their supporters were calling for the company to abandon fossil fuels by 2025. (PHOTO BY JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/youth-climate-lead-1024×614.jpg

commondreams (2020-10-20). A New Blueprint for Our Oceans Would Be a Sea Change for Marine Habitats and Climate Change. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-10-19). Indigenous Women to Financial CEOs: Stop Abetting 'Climate-Wrecking' Tar Sands Sector or Expect More Resistance. commondreams.org "Join us putting the proverbial nail in the coffin of these dying unneeded industries." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/indigenous-women-financial-tar-sands.jpg

Zoe PC (2020-10-19). Hours before Bolivia goes the polls, early results system suspended, military mobilization in La Paz. mronline.org The first elections since the coup d'état will be held on October 18 amid a tense social and political climate. This includes a military mobilization in La Paz the night before the polls and the suspension of the DIREPRE early results system.

RT (2020-10-19). Be like Bayern: Frank Lampard says he wants his Chelsea side to EMULATE Bundesliga giants. rt.com Ahead of his team's UEFA Champions League opener against Sevilla, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he wants his side to hit the level of performance they experienced when they faced Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last season. | Bayern hammered the London side 7-1 on aggregate last season to eliminate Lampard's youthful Chelsea side from the Champions League at the Round of 16 stage. | And the former Blues midfielder said that his players now know the level they need to play at in order to be successful at the very highest level, and laid down the challenge to them to do just that. | "It is a great platform…

WSWS (2020-10-19). Melting glaciers threaten catastrophic consequences for humanity. wsws.org Global warming has already resulted in continual and worldwide loss of glacial ice, and the concurrent melting of the permafrost ground layer is approaching irreversibility.

_____ (2020-10-19). Embracing The Gifts Of Conflict For Social Change. popularresistance.org As a collective, we are living in unprecedented times. The triple pandemic of COVID-19, white supremacy, and capitalist-driven climate crisis has intensified survival fears and made the structural oppression we are living under more palpable and unbearable. We are coming face to face with the fact of our interdependence, and the stakes are high. Either we as a species learn to live well with each other and the earth now, or die trying. | As so many wise souls are reminding us, our liberation is bound together, and we need each other, now, more than ever.

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-10-19). Thursday 10/22: Saving Life on Earth: Illegal Wildlife Trade & the Extinction Crisis of Africa's Wildlife. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-19). 'Demented': Oil Giant Refreezing Rapidly Melting Permafrost So It Can Keep Climate-Killing Arctic Drilling Alive. commondreams.org The effort represented such "mindless idiocy" for many that 350.org ran a "help us out with this caption" contest in response. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/demented_north_slope.jpg

commondreams (2020-10-19). Efficient, Electric: Report Offers Path to U.S. Aviation Climate Pollution Cuts. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-19). 'An Appalling Environmental Crime': Japan to Dump Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Pacific Ocean. commondreams.org "The moment that I hear the word 'treated' being used instead of 'contaminated,' I can't think differently than this is a kind of newspeak," said one Greenpeace official. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/fukushima_6.jpg

Josh Lappen (2020-10-19). How Climate-Driven Disasters Threaten Climate Progress. thenation.com How Climate-Driven Disasters Threaten Climate Progress…

The Canary (2020-10-18). Woodland Trust plans to plant 50 million trees by 2025 to fight climate crisis. thecanary.co A conservation charity is pledging to plant 50 million trees by 2025 to help tackle climate change.The Woodland Trust is also urging millions of people to join its "big climate fightback" by planting trees this November to build support to sustain the biggest mass planting campaign the country has seen, in the next few years.The efforts come in the face of the impacts of Covid-19, with tree planting rates falling despite the need to increase woodland cover to store carbon and tackle the climate crisis. | As part of the push, the Woodland Trust is sending more than 600,000 free trees to community groups and school…

Tina Landis (2020-10-18). Remote work aids climate protection, fuels inequality under capitalism. liberationnews.org By the author of Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism.