2021-01-14: News Headlines

news.un (2021-01-14). 2020, one of three warmest years on record: World Meteorological Organization. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic was not the only long-term crisis the world will remember from 2020. In terms of climate change, the year was also one of the three warmest on record, and rivalled 2016 for the top spot, the UN weather agency said on Wednesday.

_____ (2021-01-14). Report: America's Monopolized Energy Sector And How We Can Fix It. popularresistance.org A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America's monopoly problem is bigger than you might think. | While last year's Big Tech hearings and House antitrust report spotlighted monopoly abuses at Amazon, Google, and other tech giants, the report from ILSR makes clear that America's monopoly problem has spread into many other sectors of the economy — including the electricity sector. | The report is the latest in a series from ILSR focused on fighting monopoly power throughout several sectors of our economy, including Banking, Broadband, Food and Farming, Pharmacy, Waste and Recycl…

Jon Queally (2021-01-14). Demanding Immediate Action Over 'Empty Promises,' Youth Climate Movement Announces Next Global Strikes. zcomm.org "When your house is on fire," says Greta Thunberg, "you don't wait for 10, 20 years before you call the fire department; you act as soon and as much as you possibly can."

news.un (2021-01-14). Step up action and adapt to 'new climate reality', UN environment report urges. news.un.org Though countries have made progress in planning for climate change adaptation, there are significant financing shortfalls in getting them to the stage where they provide real protection against droughts, floods and rising sea levels, a new UN environment report has found.

Environment America & 26 partners (2021-01-14). Wednesday 1/13: Climate Emergency: Mass Virtual Town Hall w/ Eco Change Makers from Across USA. indybay.org Online via Zoom or livestream…

Michael T. Hertz (2021-01-14). How to have a happy humanity. nationofchange.org I am sure that we could solve worldwide issues of poverty, climate change, and health. Our efforts involving happiness should be made with respect to all peoples everywhere.

John Steppling (2021-01-14). Anteroom of Our Own Extinction. dissidentvoice.org If you want to deprive citizens of freedom of movement, freedom of assembly and the right to family life, there should be written reasons. They ask the department why they can hardly find such anywhere since the intervention was introduced in March. It is a mystery that hardly any Norwegian journalists have thought of asking …

Dr. Jeff Masters (2021-01-13). The Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of a Record-setting Year. globalresearch.ca Calendar year 2020 was an extreme and abnormal year, in so many ways. The global coronavirus pandemic altered people's lives around the world, as did extreme weather and climate events. Let's review the year's top 10 such events. | . ….

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-12). With Deep Fossil Fuel Ties, Justice Barrett Called to Recuse Herself From Pending Climate Case. commondreams.org "Barrett posing as an impartial judge in this hearing for climate accountability is about as safe as the Big Bad Wolf giving Little Red Riding Hood directions to Grandma's house." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2021-01-12_at_4.48.02_pm.png

commondreams (2021-01-12). Supreme Court Will Hear Big Oil's Plea to Escape Accountability in Climate Damages Lawsuit Jan. 19. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Robert Hunziker (2021-01-12). An Exhausted Planet Limps Into 2021. counterpunch.org Early this new year, the Alliance of World Scientists (13,700 strong) delivered a biting report, not mincing words: "Scientists now find that catastrophic climate change could render a significant portion of the Earth uninhabitable consequent to continued high emissions, self-reinforcing climate feedback loops and looming tipping points." (Source: William J. Ripple, et al, The Climate Emergency: 2020 in Review, Scientific American, January 6, 2021)

commondreams (2021-01-12). Hundreds of Water Protectors Walk Onto Line 3 Worksite, 8 Arrested. commondreams.org ______________________________…

2021-01-13: News Headlines

Michael T. Hertz (2021-01-14). How to have a happy humanity. nationofchange.org I am sure that we could solve worldwide issues of poverty, climate change, and health. Our efforts involving happiness should be made with respect to all peoples everywhere.

Ian Sinclair (2021-01-13). How advertising fuels the climate crisis. peoplesworld.org With the climate crisis likely to be high on the political agenda this year — Britain is hosting the next round of United Nations climate talks in November — a new publication from the New Weather Institute think tank and the climate action charity Possible is well timed. The report, Advertising's Role in Climate and …

Dr. Jeff Masters (2021-01-13). The Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of a Record-setting Year. globalresearch.ca Calendar year 2020 was an extreme and abnormal year, in so many ways. The global coronavirus pandemic altered people's lives around the world, as did extreme weather and climate events. Let's review the year's top 10 such events. | . ….

Environment America & 26 partners (2021-01-13). Wednesday 1/13: Climate Emergency: Mass Virtual Town Hall w/ Eco Change Makers from Across USA. indybay.org Online via Zoom or livestream…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-12). With Deep Fossil Fuel Ties, Justice Barrett Called to Recuse Herself From Pending Climate Case. commondreams.org "Barrett posing as an impartial judge in this hearing for climate accountability is about as safe as the Big Bad Wolf giving Little Red Riding Hood directions to Grandma's house." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2021-01-12_at_4.48.02_pm.png

commondreams (2021-01-12). Supreme Court Will Hear Big Oil's Plea to Escape Accountability in Climate Damages Lawsuit Jan. 19. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-12). Hundreds of Water Protectors Walk Onto Line 3 Worksite, 8 Arrested. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-12). Latest Lawsuit Challenges Trump Sale of Montana Public Lands for Fracking. commondreams.org ______________________________…

news.un (2021-01-11). COVID-19 recovery offers 'chance to change course', Guterres tells One Planet Summit. news.un.org The process of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic offers the chance to change course, and put humanity on a path on which it is not in conflict with nature, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, urging greater efforts by everyone to protect biodiversity and step up climate action.

Matthew Rozsa (2021-01-11). "Cautious optimism" about fighting climate change: Salon talks with author of "The New Climate War" salon.com Climate scientist Dr. Michael E. Mann tells Salon that we aren't doomed — but we need to hold polluters accountable…

Dan Bacher (2021-01-11). Newsom's 2021 Budget Doesn't Address Fossil-Fueled Public Health & Climate Crises. indybay.org The response to the budget by environmental, climate and environmental justice groups was mixed. The Sierra Club praised the funding of incentives to replace fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles, while the Last Chance Coalition, a coalition of more than 750 public health, environmental justice, climate, and labor organizations, said the budget fails to directly address the extraction and production of fossil fuels in California after a year during which the state's oil and gas regulators approved thousands of drilling permits.