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Beware: this Russian cyber warfare threatens every democracy

Kremlin-inspired interference is about much more than skewed elections. It’s the world of mind control imagined by George Orwell.

Photograph: Andrew Harnik

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Thirty countries use ‘armies of opinion shapers’ to manipulate democracy

Governments in Venezuela, the Philippines, Turkey and elsewhere use social media to influence elections, drive agendas and counter critics, says report.

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Growing number of global insurance firms divesting from fossil fuels

Report shows around £15bn of assets worldwide have been shifted away from coal companies in the past two years as concern over climate risk rises.

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Russian parliament votes for law that could list CNN as ‘foreign agent’

Parliamentary bill championed as answer to similar demands by US of Russian state-funded RT television channel.

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Russian hackers targeted UK media and telecoms firms, confirms spy chief

Head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre says Russia is ‘seeking to undermine the international system.’

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US military leaders would reject illegal order for nuclear strike, senators told

As senators raise concerns about ‘unstable’ Donald Trump’s decision-making, former commander says military is ‘not obligated to follow illegal orders.’

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Richest 1% own half the world’s wealth, study finds | Inequality | The Guardian

Credit Suisse report highlights increasing gap between the super-rich and the remainder of the globe’s populatio

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Michael Bloomberg’s ‘war on coal’ goes global with $50m fund

Billionaire’s campaign has seen half of US coal plants close in six years. Now he is targeting Europe and beyond to fight climate change and air pollution.

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One nation, two tribes: opposing visions of US climate role on show in Bonn

Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris accord – but other Americans are standing with the world to help fight the ‘existential crisis’ of global warming.

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New data gives hope for meeting the Paris climate targets

Global carbon pollution appears to be close to peaking

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Celebrate Earth Day with We Are Neutral!

By Kelsey Pena

April 22nd marks one of the most important days in environmental sustainability, promotion, and awareness, and this Earth Day, Gainesville based We Are Neutral is hosting its first annual Earth Day Celebration at First Magnitude Brewing Company. With programs that now span the globe, including the “Women Who Plant” initiative, a program which […]

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Uncharted Territory

Amidst the obstacles presented by poverty and deforestation, dedicated travelers are sowing the seeds of ecotourism in Haiti’s rugged terrain.

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Breadfruit transplanted to Ghana

Samoan Observer – October 17, 2011

Samoan breadfruit in Ghana

PR – The Ghana Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition (HAG) has announced that one thousand 300mm tall Samoan variety breadfruit trees arrived in Accra, Thursday evening from a mass propagation facility outside Frankfurt, Germany.

They are of the Ma`afala and Ulu Fiti […]

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Organic outperforms industrial ag

The results are in from a 30-year side-by-side trial of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania’s Rodale Institute. Contrary to conventional wisdom, organic farming outperformed conventional farming in every measure.
Rodale announced its findings and posted the full report:
The hallmark of a truly sustainable system is its ability to regenerate itself. […]

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Haiti’s coral reefs dying off

The New York Times reports:
Environmental degradation is rife in Haiti — deforestation, erosion, pollution — and for the most part it is hard to miss. But for decades the country’s marine environment has suffered unseen. Its extensive coral reef system, an attraction to foreign scuba divers in the 1970s and ’80s, […]

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Heritage breeds feed the world

National Geographic features heritage breeds in its July issue, Food Ark:
“A crisis is looming: To feed our growing population, we’ll need to double food production. Yet crop yields aren’t increasing fast enough, and climate change and new diseases threaten the limited varieties we’ve come to depend on for food. Luckily we still have the seeds […]

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City Chickens take the next step

Mark Bittman writes in the New York Times:
If you’re interested in taking a step away from the big (and often overwhelming) picture and remembering all the little things people are doing to improve our food system, consider Exhibit A:  Just Food, a nonprofit that does terrific food justice work in New York City, […]

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Community gardens gain public support

A proposal to develop Grover Beach, California’s community garden into low-income housing was defeated last week.
The City Council voted 3-2 to sell the 6,620-square-foot parcel, but the proposal failed because the council needed a four-fifths vote for it to pass after some local residents lodged protests to the proposal. Councilwomen Karen Bright […]

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Green leaders get recognition

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy honors its 2011-2013 class of Food and Society Fellows. Check them out for their creative and innovative ways of improving food systems and society.
The NRDC’s 2011 Growing Green Awards recipients were selected from hundreds of nominees by an independent panel of sustainable food experts.

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Barrels of Hope: Rebuilding Haiti

Photo courtesy of Barrels of Hope.

On Jan. 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, highlighting the population’s vulnerability after years of political corruption and ineffective or nonexistent building codes and water treatment facilities. 1.5 million people were left homeless. Thousands are still living in “tent cities,” where 30 to 40 percent have no access to toilets or drinkable water. Barrels of Hope (BOH), a local non-profit, is directly addressing housing and sanitation issues by training workers in Haiti and organizing volunteers in Gainesville to construct earthbag houses for victims of the earthquake.

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