2020-10-21: News Headlines

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 their often ancient oilve trees to die | 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) | Abdullah Maarouf typically t…

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

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…

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). A New Blueprint for Our Oceans Would Be a Sea Change for Marine Habitats and Climate Change. 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). Ocean-based Climate Solutions Act Would End Offshore Oil Leasing, Protect Marine Habitat. 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.

_____ (2020-10-18). Another Apocalypse Is Possible. popularresistance.org Everyone speaks about the Apocalypse as if it means "the end of the world." But, if we really want to grasp the complexity of the contemporary threats that are leading to mass extinction, we should return to the original Greek meaning of apokalyptein as of "unveiling", "uncovering" something. What is happening today — from the ongoing climate crisis to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic — is luckily not the end of the world just yet, but in its horrifying destruction it is a warning, a "revelation" about the near future to come.

Dan Bacher (2020-10-18). Newsom Administration approves 6 more fracking permits, bringing the total to 54 this year. indybay.org "Gov. Newsom sacrifices our health, food, water and climate while dodging criticism when he issues new fracking permits on a Friday night," said Alexandra Nagy, California Director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action. "Newsom's concern over climate change is a deceptive mirage as his actions reveal a strong adherence to the status quo.

Steven Singer (2020-10-18). An Originalist Reading of Public Schools and the Absurdity of Amy Coney Barrett. commondreams.org Just imagine if we interpreted everything like people living in the 18th Century! (Photo: Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/amy_coney_barrett_climate.png

Noam Chomsky (2020-10-17). The President, the Pandemic & the Election. zcomm.org The urgent problem of overcoming the existential crises—global warming, nuclear war, pandemics—has to be done within the general framework of existing institutions. We can improve them. But you won't be able to overcome them in the relevant time frame…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-17). Fishermen oppose release of contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. peoplesdispatch.org The company which operates the plant, Tokyo Electric Power, has collected over 1.23 million tons of contaminated water since the collapse of the nuclear plant in 2011…

_____ (2020-10-17). Agribusiness Interests Hijack 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. popularresistance.org Oakland, CA -This World Food Day (October 16) amidst the ongoing pandemic and the devastating impact of the climate crisis, a Food Systems Summit is being planned a year from now by the United Nations, to fulfil the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. As the Summit takes shape, it is obvious that it does not intend to trigger the deep systemic changes necessary to address the massive challenges that we face. The Summit will do more of the same — green and poor wash — to preserve and perpetuate interests of agribusiness and agro-chemical corporations at the expense of people and the plane…

2020-10-20: News Headlines

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…

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…

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

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

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.

_____ (2020-10-18). Another Apocalypse Is Possible. popularresistance.org Everyone speaks about the Apocalypse as if it means "the end of the world." But, if we really want to grasp the complexity of the contemporary threats that are leading to mass extinction, we should return to the original Greek meaning of apokalyptein as of "unveiling", "uncovering" something. What is happening today — from the ongoing climate crisis to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic — is luckily not the end of the world just yet, but in its horrifying destruction it is a warning, a "revelation" about the near future to come.

Dan Bacher (2020-10-18). Newsom Administration approves 6 more fracking permits, bringing the total to 54 this year. indybay.org "Gov. Newsom sacrifices our health, food, water and climate while dodging criticism when he issues new fracking permits on a Friday night," said Alexandra Nagy, California Director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action. "Newsom's concern over climate change is a deceptive mirage as his actions reveal a strong adherence to the status quo.

Steven Singer (2020-10-18). An Originalist Reading of Public Schools and the Absurdity of Amy Coney Barrett. commondreams.org Just imagine if we interpreted everything like people living in the 18th Century! (Photo: Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/amy_coney_barrett_climate.png

Staff (2020-10-17). Amid Climate Crisis, Many Americans Still Don't Know What the Green New Deal Is. truthout.org Americans could be forgiven if the first time they heard about the Green New Deal was during the October 7 vice-presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence. Viewers of Fox News may have heard about the Green New Deal, but the coverage on Fox, according to Media Matters, has, for the last two years, focused on

Noam Chomsky (2020-10-17). The President, the Pandemic & the Election. zcomm.org The urgent problem of overcoming the existential crises—global warming, nuclear war, pandemics—has to be done within the general framework of existing institutions. We can improve them. But you won't be able to overcome them in the relevant time frame…

Mariah Kreutter (2020-10-17). Dianne Feinstein Was Harder on Preteen Climate Activists Than She Was on Amy Coney Barrett. commondreams.org Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from legal experts on the final day of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, on October 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/feinstein_1.jpg

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-17). Fishermen oppose release of contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. peoplesdispatch.org The company which operates the plant, Tokyo Electric Power, has collected over 1.23 million tons of contaminated water since the collapse of the nuclear plant in 2011…

_____ (2020-10-17). Agribusiness Interests Hijack 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. popularresistance.org Oakland, CA -This World Food Day (October 16) amidst the ongoing pandemic and the devastating impact of the climate crisis, a Food Systems Summit is being planned a year from now by the United Nations, to fulfil the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. As the Summit takes shape, it is obvious that it does not intend to trigger the deep systemic changes necessary to address the massive challenges that we face. The Summit will do more of the same — green and poor wash — to preserve and perpetuate interests of agribusiness and agro-chemical corporations at the expense of people and the plane…

Staff (2020-10-16). Deeply Troubling: Kristen Clarke on How Rush to Confirm Barrett Endangers Voting & Civil Rights. democracynow.org The Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett ended Thursday with Republicans on the Judiciary Committee scheduling a vote on her nomination for October 22, with a full Senate vote to follow shortly thereafter — less than two weeks before the presidential election, in which the Supreme Court could play a decisive role. The right-wing judge's confirmation looks all but assured, after four rushed days of questioning in which Barrett refused to state her position on abortion rights, gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, climate change, and even if…

Dan Bacher (2020-10-16). Karuk Tribe Leads Effort to Fight Racism and Climate Change with Fire. counterpunch.org The day after Indigenous Peoples Day was celebrated worldwide, the indigenous-led Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP) announced it is organizing its annual Klamath River Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (KTREX). though organizers said it will look very different from past years. "Organizers believe this is all the more urgent as the United States (and the World)

Juan Cole (2020-10-16). Pro-Life, Judge Barrett? Climate Denialism Is Mass Murder. commondreams.org The likelihood is that Barrett will go on looking out for the interests of Big Oil. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/world_1_0.jpg

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-16). How Trust in a Covid Vaccine Eroded. counterpunch.org The Trump regime has managed to scare most Americans off taking a covid vaccine, by convincing them it politicized the science to rush it to market. People have concluded it may not be safe. So much for Operation Warp Speed. It turned into Operation Warp Distrust. So what if it provides 300 million vaccine doses by early 2021 — if few people take it, that's a waste of time and effort.

Ramona du Houx (2020-10-16). During apocalyptic fires, elected officials called on Newsom to declare state of emergency. indybay.org Climate change created drought conditions and tinder box forests yet California remains a top oil producer adding to greenhouse gas emissions.