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Clean autos get boost in 3 bills 28.8.2014 LA Times: Business
Assembly passes measure to cap income eligibility for green car subsidies.

Assembly passes measure to cap income eligibility for green car subsidies.
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Interview With Wired Appalachian Advocate, Dana Kuhnline 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I am very excited to share this interview with Dana Kuhnline, a 9-year activist in the fight against mountaintop removal in Appalachia. Dana is currently the media coordinator at the Alliance for Appalachia - and is in charge of running the social media efforts for the biggest coalition in the region. We chat about Dana's background, stories from organizing in coal country, and lessons from recruiting stories in a place that is rich in storytellers. Also: get ready for Dana's sneak preview of the Alliance for Appalachia's next major event in DC - " Our Water, Our Future (Sep 8-9th)." Where did you grow up? What did your backyard look like? I grew up near the Mississippi river in the rural midwest, with corn and soy growing to the horizon, in a conservative family that loves coal. I read a lot of books and built a lot of forts out of cornstalks. What was a moment from growing up--a particular moment or experience-- that sticks out as one that helped take you down the path of coming after justice? I have ...
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Climate Crisis Connects Us, Climate Justice Requires Unity 27.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Climate Change and Underground Water: A Need to Link Science With People 27.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Water is life, however the way it is being used by humans and the scientific facts which informs how it is being diminished is no doubt a mystery for common people in Pakistan to be aware of. This is evident from the example of Rawalpindi city of Pakistan! Let's see how this mystery prevails. Research in the district Rawalpindi shows that abnormal rain patterns in this region during 1996-2005 shapely decline underground water. Rains in this region were intense and quick run-off didn't contribute in the recharge of underground water. Research findings show that approximately 7 to 10 feet of underground water has been reduced every year within 1996-2005. Only in the Gawal Mandi area of district Rawalpindi, underground water depleted from approximately 25 ft in 1960 to 275 ft in 2005. This is such an alarming situation, yet remained unfocused by both public and private sector. The knowledge of a common citizen, who in particular is illiterate, is completely an out-of-the-question talking point. Why can we ...
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Poverty Is Rapidly Increasing In Suburbs Like Ferguson 26.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Ferguson’s fires run counter to the narrative about suburbia, the story Americans tell themselves about strip malls and rolling lawns, about McMansions and upward mobility. Instead, the unrest in the St. Louis suburb following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer evokes images of 1960s-era Watts, of burning inner-city neighborhoods in New York, Washington, Detroit and Chicago. The tear gas and protests in Ferguson were sparked by the shooting of Michael Brown, but they point to deeper, more pervasive problems that are plaguing suburbs across the country: rapidly increasing poverty, scarce jobs and even scarcer resources. “Poverty is rising in suburban communities and it’s smashing the stereotype of calm and prosperity,” said Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for ...
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Medellín Metrocable improves mobility for residents of informal settlements 26.8.2014 THE CITY FIX
In 2004, Medellín – the second largest city in Colombia – introduced the Medellín Metrocable system to connect low-income residents to public transport. As the world’s first modern urban aerial cable car transport system, this innovative addition to Medellín’s existing ...
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The World Watches Ferguson, but Racial Discrimination Is Also a Health Issue Across the US 25.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Dr. Paul Farmer on African Ebola Outbreak: Growing Inequality in Global Health Care at Root of Crisis 25.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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The World Watches Ferguson, but Racial Discrimination is Also a Health Issue Across the US 25.8.2014 Truthout.com
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Guest: Where do hungry kids go during the summer? 23.8.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
The reduced-price and free lunches available to low-income students ensure kids get at least one good meal during the day. But what about summer vacation, writes guest columnist Linda Nageotte.
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Dr. Paul Farmer on African Ebola Outbreak: Growing Inequality in Global Healthcare at Root of Crisis 22.8.2014 Democracy Now!
As the death toll from the West African Ebola outbreak nears 1,400, two American missionaries who received experimental drugs and top-notch healthcare have been released from the hospital. We spend the hour with Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer discussing what can be done to stop the epidemic and the need to build local healthcare capacity, not just an emergency response. "The Ebola outbreak, which is the largest in history that we know about, is merely a reflection of the public health crisis in Africa, and it's about the lack of staff, stuff and systems that could protect populations, particularly those living in poverty, from outbreaks like this or other public health threats," says Farmer, who has devoted his life to improving the health of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. He is a professor at Harvard Medical School and currently serves as the special adviser to the United Nations on community-based medicine. He has written several books including, "Infections and ...
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From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression 22.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression 22.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and the U.S. By Corinna Mullin and Azadeh Shahshahani From the death and destruction in Israel's latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, there have been plenty of brutal reminders on display of the violence that underpins racial hierarchies in Israel and the United States. But amid the headlines, one could easily forget the more sustained and entrenched forms of oppression through which hierarchies of race, citizenship, nationality, and class are produced and maintained--in the United States as well as Israel. Among the most significant of these is mass incarceration. In his acclaimed novel No Name in the Street, James Baldwin suggested asking "the wretched how they fare in the halls of justice" to determine whether a country has "any love for justice, or any concept of it" at all. If, as Baldwin ...
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21 Numbers That Will Help You Understand Why Ferguson Is About More Than Michael Brown 22.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown has sparked nationwide protest and outrage as the country continues to grapple with its history of racial discrimination and police brutality, especially against African-Americans. Brown's name is one of the latest additions to a long list of black males killed by officers and vigilantes in a narrative that is becoming all too familiar to many people of color. The incident in Ferguson has not only highlighted longstanding racial tensions in the suburb itself , but has also laid bare the disparities facing black citizens in the entire country. While the Brown shooting again raises questions about the prevalence of racial profiling and police misconduct, it also reaches far beyond that, stressing ongoing issues of economic inequality, housing discrimination and unequal access to adequate education. Some wonder why this incident seems to be the tipping point, but a quick look at the numbers can drive the point home: 18 The age of Michael Brown, the ...
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World Bank's Environmental Injustice in South Africa 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post was co-authored by Dominique Doyle, Energy Policy Officer at Earthlife Africa Jhb. Two weeks ago on the side-lines of the U.S-Africa Business Forum in Washington, D.C., World Bank President Kim used the metaphor of an " almost energy apartheid " to validate the move to fund more coal-fired energy infrastructure in Africa. The metaphor was mistaken; both figuratively and literally. There are few better examples than in South Africa, the home of apartheid, to show how large scale World Bank investments in dirty energy actually work towards entrenching lines of poverty and class; rather than relieving them. On April 8, 2010, the World Bank approved a loan of $ 3.75 billion to South Africa for constructing the Medupi mega coal-fired power station . The power station will be the fourth largest in the world. According to the Bank, the development objective of Medupi was "to enable Eskom South Africa to enhance its power supply and energy security in an efficient and sustainable manner so as to ...
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N. Mpls. activists want SW rail-bus link 20.8.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Advocates for racial equity are divided on just how far the Metropolitan Council has come to make the proposed Southwest light-rail project beneficial for all.
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Proof That The Clean Water Crisis Is A Women's Issue 20.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Roughly 1 billion people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water . Women and girls, who often bear the burden of searching for clean water sources, are often most affected by this issue. To kick off its campaign for change, nonprofit group Charity:Water has released a new short film on the dearth of clean water in the Sahel -- "one of the harshest places to live in the world" -- and the toll it takes on the African region's impoverished women and children. The film zeroes in on Niger and Mali, two countries at the bottom of the United Nations Economic And Social Development Index. According to CW, 58 percent of Niger's rural population and 46 percent of Mali's population lack access to clean water. In this region, located just south of the Sahara Desert, girls can spend up to four hours every day, often walking for miles, looking for safe water. According to data collected from UNICEF and the United Nations, the responsibility often makes it " difficult for [girls] to attend school during ...
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Mobile Market program seeks to ease food disparity in the Twin Cities 19.8.2014 MinnPost
Husband and wife Mike and Leah Driscoll come from similar backgrounds: They grew up poor in rural areas and share a passion for food and the community. “I think we’re both just driven by a desire to see justice for everybody,” Leah said. “We definitely know what it’s like to not have a lot of resources.” Their backgrounds and common passion are key reasons the couple is involved with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s Twin Cities Mobile Market , a grocery store on wheels that brings affordable, healthy food into neighborhoods where residents lack easy access to grocery stores. According to Business Insider , the Twin Cities rank in the top five when it comes to so-called “food deserts” in urban areas. “[My dad] was laid off for a couple of years and we wouldn’t have made it if we didn’t have help from neighbors and the church,” said Mike, a Wilder Foundation staff member who works with the Mobile Market program. “That’s what got us through, just a little bit of help and some assistance.” The Twin Cities ...
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How One McDonald's Became The Epicenter Of The Ferguson Conflict 19.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
At the center of the storm in Ferguson, Missouri, is an unlikely setting: McDonald’s. The Golden Arches on West Florissant Avenue, a main thoroughfare in the St. Louis suburb, stand blocks away from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer on Aug. 9, setting off violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement . Because of the restaurant's proximity to the scene of the killing and the ensuing unrest, the McDonald's has fast became an informal public square, where reporters, residents and demonstrators can rest, recharge their phones and cameras and share news of the ongoing conflict. The West Florissant McDonald’s isn’t the first Mickey D's to become an impromptu gathering place. In many low-income neighborhoods across America, McDonald's has replaced the coffee shop as a community meeting spot , its low prices, abundance of seating, restrooms, Wi-Fi and sheer ubiquity making it the go-to location for people who previously may have gathered elsewhere. In a little over a ...
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Couple launching mobile market to ease food disparity in the Twin Cities 19.8.2014 MinnPost
Husband and wife Mike and Leah Driscoll come from similar backgrounds: They grew up poor in rural areas, graduated from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul and both share a passion for food and the community. “I think we’re both just driven by a desire to see justice for everybody,” Leah said. “We definitely know what it’s like to not have a lot of resources.” Their backgrounds and common passion prompted the couple to create the Twin Cities Mobile Market to help address the problem of food disparity in the Twin Cities. According to Business Insider , the Twin Cities rank in the top five when it comes to food deserts in urban areas. “[My dad] was laid off for a couple of years and we wouldn’t have made it if we didn’t have help from neighbors and the church,” Mike said. “That’s what got us through, just a little bit of help and some assistance.” The Twin Cities Mobile Market is getting help from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and others seeking to improve the health of people living in low-income ...
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