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Former FEMA Director Who Oversaw Katrina Does Not Accept Sea Level Rise 28.8.2015 Think Progres

His reluctance to accept the existence of sea level rise comes as Louisiana is being swallowed by the sea.

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Republican Presidential Candidates Say Climate Change Isn’t A Foreign Policy Issue 28.8.2015 Think Progres

Rubio and Walker deny that climate change is a human rights issue.

The post Republican Presidential Candidates Say Climate Change Isn’t A Foreign Policy Issue appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Self-Governing Association in El Salvador Offers Local Solutions to Global Problems 28.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
While Washington pays lip service to Central America's dire social situation, local communities in the region are doing something to address the root causes of poverty and violence, from the lack of educational and economic opportunities to environmental degradation. The banner on this “Romero Vive” painting reads, “If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the struggle of my people." (Photo: EcoViva Photo Archive) Much of the news coming out of El Salvador these days highlights the violence and suffering plaguing the small Central American nation of 6.34 million people. The country has seen a worrying amount of violence of late, with 3,830 murders since the new year, earning it the dubious distinction of having one of the world's highest homicide rates. Along with many other countries in the region, El Salvador also faces widespread poverty, wealth disparities, narco-traffic and ecological degradation. Insecurity and violence have reached levels not seen since the end of the civil war in 1992. ...
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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Trump continues to dominate the GOP primary 28.8.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
There's just no oxygen for other GOP candidates. Eugene Robinson analyzes the situation: The Republican establishment seems to be slowly going through Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s five stages of grief, with many politicians and pundits unable to get past the first: denial. When it became clear that Trump could not be ignored, party leaders and conservative columnists looked hard for evidence that the combed-over mogul’s political ascendancy was bound to fizzle. The establishment didn’t search at all for signs that it might be deeper and more lasting — forgetting an elementary rule of social science, which is that what you look for sets the parameters of what you’ll find. So the lords of the GOP counted all the ways that Trump was unlike a traditional politician and decided he would soon be toast. [...] But Trump’s numbers in the polls have gone steadily up. And if you add his numbers in the Quinnipiac survey to Carson’s, you see that a full 40 percent of Republican voters want their party to nominate for ...
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‘Heckuva Job’ Brownie 10 Years Later: ‘Katrina Gave Me A Great Opportunity To Reinvent Myself’ 28.8.2015 Think Progres

ThinkProgress interviews the disgraced former FEMA director and current conservative talk radio host.

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8 Ways Climate Change Is Already Affecting Africa 28.8.2015 Global Voices
According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index for 2015, seven of the ten countries most at risk from climate change are in Africa.
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'A Crazy Man Got a Gun': 'BradCast' 8/27/2015 28.8.2015 BradBlog
On the heels of yesterday's horrific on-air murders in Virginia, and as guns claim one life every 16 minutes in the U.S., the father of one of the Roanoke victims vows to stand up to the NRA and "cowards" elected to office who fail to take action to help prevent ...
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Puppets Of The Koch Brothers 28.8.2015 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
I have been arguing for some time that the Republican Party establishment is now thoroughly controlled by the Koch brothers and their close circle of billionaire cronies. On the policy issues that matter the most to the Kochs -- on climate change, taxation and the budget, education, labor and wages, regulatory policy in general -- the positions of Republican leadership in Congress and all of the Republican presidential candidates are almost completely identical to the Koch libertarian ideology. That is a scary thing because of how radically far right the Koch agenda is: no minimum wage, no regulation to protect our environment, the repeal of healthcare for millions of Americans, and the flood of endless corporate money into our electoral system, just to name a few of their objectives. The Republicans have essentially become puppets of the Koch brothers, and lest you think that a partisan comparison, it was even made by the party's current presidential front-runner, Donald ...
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7 Out Of 10 Americans Want Their States To Comply With The EPA’s Climate Plan 27.8.2015 Think Progres

Most Americans want their state to come up with a plan to reduce carbon from power plants.

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Coal dethroned 27.8.2015 Le Monde Diplomatique
In Appalachia, explosions have leveled the mountain tops into perfect race tracks for Ryan Hensley's all-terrain vehicle (ATV). At least, that's how the 14-year-old sees the barren expanses of dirt that stretch for miles atop the hills surrounding his home in the former coal town of Whitesville, West Virginia.
“They're going to blast that one next,” he says, pointing to a peak in the distance. He's referring to a process known as “mountain-top removal,” in which coal companies use explosives to (...) - Open page
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New Orleans’ Greatest Threat Is Climate Change Plus The ‘Loop Current’ Plus A Future Katrina 27.8.2015 Think Progres

Future Katrinas will become more and more devastating to New Orleans and the entire Gulf of Mexico. If we don’t tackle climate change ASAP, it is hard to see how New Orleans could survive the century.

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What Climate Justice Has To Do With Hurricane Katrina 27.8.2015 Think Progres

"We know from Hurricane Katrina that it is the poor and people of color who get left behind."

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No One Is Ready for the Next Katrina 27.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
As the seas rise and storms worsen, it's worth taking a look at how poorly US infrastructure is going to do under climate ...
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The battle to protect Alaska’s great wildlife sanctuary | Rebecca Solnit 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
As Barack Obama opens up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling, how can this pristine wilderness withstand the human hunger for fossil fuels? At midnight on 29 June, the sun was directly north and well above the hills. It had not gone down since I arrived in the Arctic, three days earlier, and would not set for weeks. It rolled around the sky like a marble in a bowl, sometimes behind clouds or mountains or the smoke of the three or four hundred wildfires somewhere south of us, but never below the horizon. The midnight sun made the green hilltops glow gold, and lit our walk through the wildflowers and the clouds of mosquitoes to the mountaintop. Down below, I could see our tents, our camp kitchen, tiny from the heights, and our two rafts, all along the sandy beach and flowery grass bench alongside the shallow Kongakut River. A few days earlier, a couple of bush planes had dropped off our group of nine for a week’s journey 65 miles down the river that threads its way from the Brooks Range of mountains to the ...
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Spotlight on green news & views: Wildfires; First Nations battle Chevron; cow power; the Black Hills 27.8.2015 Daily Kos
See RockyMtnHigh's post . The Green Spotlight will not appear Saturday, Aug. 29. Environmentally oriented diaries published between now and then will be included in the Spotlight published Wednesday, Sept. 2. Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Spotlight can be seen here . More than 23,330 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Offering tobacco and bottled water for a sea of oil, Chevron gets booted from indigenous territory —by citisven: "No, this is not the 17th century: Chevron engineers, looking to frack billions of cubic feet of gas from indigenous Unist’ot’en territory in British Columbia, did indeed try to get past the tribe's roadblock a few weeks ago. Trying to keep out oil and gas pipelines from deep within their unceded ...
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Settling on credible solutions to the European Union’s refugee crisis | Letters 27.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Like many others, we have been disappointed and ashamed at the inability of the UK and other EU governments to produce any convincing proposals to deal with the “migrant crisis” (Razor wire and prison: the wrong response to the refugee crisis, Editorial, 26 August).

Instead of strengthening fences and blaming others, we could learn from the response to the massive refugee flows after the 1914-18 and 1939-45 world wars: “Nansen passports” for the displaced and temporary camps throughout Europe and the Middle East.

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What Went Wrong To Make This Climate Treaty Add Carbon To The Atmosphere, Not Decrease It 26.8.2015 Think Progres

A new study shows that a plan to decrease emissions backfired after "criminal" activity in Russia and Ukraine flooded the carbon credit market, resulting in 600 million metric tons of emissions.

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The Corporations Funding the Lawyers to Fight the Clean Power Plan 26.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! Lawyers from coal-dependent states, led by West Virginia, are challenging President Obama's Clean Power Plan . Joining their effort is an army of industry-funded law firms that specialize in fighting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Together, they will argue that the EPA does not have any authority under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to issue the carbon regulations; they will also contest the legality of the " fence line " used to set state emission targets. Yet, buried in coverage of the litigation is the fact that the coalition suing the EPA is connected to some of the largest electric utility companies in the country - and many have purposefully kept themselves at arms' length so that their customers never know they are funding lawyers who are working to stop one of  President Obama's main pillars to fight climate change. Policymakers, regulators, and ...
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Protestors Occupy Lignite Coal Mine in Germany 26.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Four months before world governments meet in Paris to negotiate the deal they claim will "save the climate", 1500 protestors took matters into their own hands by entering an opencast lignite mine owned by energy provider RWE in western Germany. With this massive act of civil disobedience on 15th August they successfully blocked four of the mine's five diggers, bringing the destructive machines to a halt for most of the day. Under the slogan "Ende Gelaende", which loosely translates into "this far and no further", the action brought together people from all different kind of backgrounds and countries, old and young, experienced and newcomers, to the world of civil disobedience. They where united by their determination to stop the exploration of an energy source, which is destroying entire landscapes at the same time as being a major driver of climate change in Europe. Extracting and burning lignite and coal is the most CO2-intense way of producing electricity. Even conservative estimations state that in ...
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Public Utilities Commission testimony looks at pollution, carbon costs 26.8.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Environmental groups and doctors back the federal government's 'social costs of carbon' guidelines, while business groups and energy companies urge caution.
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