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Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax | Dana Nuccitelli

Dana Nuccitelli: Nearly everyone other than science-denying Republican Party leaders understands the importance of a carbon pollution tax
Source: Exxon, Stephen Hawking, greens, and Reagan’s advisors agree on a carbon tax | Dana Nuccitelli

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‘Trump has declared war’: journalists denounce any attack on press freedom

President’s apparent suggestion that the FBI should ‘consider putting reporters in prison’ prompts call to action from journalists increasingly under attack
Source: ‘Trump has declared war’: journalists denounce any attack on press freedom

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Wind Powered Car

We don’t live near a Supercharger; we don’t even live near a Destination Charger. The nearest Tesla Service Center is 372 miles away in Highland Park, IL… We took a chance when we bought our Tesla, and it’s paying off because our power comes from the wind. Our residential sized turbine captures wind from Lake […]

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This Is Not A Drill, Help Stop The Sabal Trail Pipeline

Direct Action to stop the Sabal Trail pipeline has begun and needs your help

Call to Action: Join us at Sunrise on Saturday, Nov 26, for direct action. Park at Guy Lemmons boat ramp, northwest of the 129 bridge over the Santa Fe River, near Branford. Bring a canoe or kayak.

 

Over the first week of November, […]

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Carl Hiaasen: Florida Gov. Scott clueless in lake crisis

By Carl Hiaasen
As a devastating deluge of polluted water darkens two coasts of Florida and threatens their tourist economies, Gov. Rick Scott is once again a flaky phantom.
via Carl Hiaasen: Florida Gov. Scott clueless in lake crisis.

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Climate Action for Growth and Competitiveness

“It’s five months since the world’s leaders adopted the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. In doing so they sent a powerful signal that the world wants to stay below 2 degrees warming and is on a path to decarbonise our economies.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-polman/-climate-action-for-growt_b_10254556.html

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Monsanto profits from chemical agriculture

Janine Jackson interview Patty Lovera of Food and Water Watch on Monsanto:
Monsanto at this point has become synonymous, not just with GMOs, but I think also with a type of agriculture, and it’s a type of agriculture that’s really counter to the way a lot of people want to farm around the world, and are […]

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Plant gene: another view

Pamela Ronald , Professor of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, writes in The Conversation:
New molecular tools are blurring the distinction between genetic improvements made with conventional breeding and those made with modern genetic methods. One example is marker assisted breeding, in which geneticists identify genes or chromosomal regions associated with traits desired by farmers […]

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Scott Camil: Country didn’t learn from sacrifices in Vietnam

“We continue to repeat the same mistakes over and over. We continue to behave as if we can make the world better by killing those that disagree with us.”
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20160529/OPINION03/160529840/0/search

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Wild Life Crime Just Got Personal

“This year, six UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors and many others will lead a global charge through the campaign to encourage everyone, everywhere to use their own powerful spheres of influence to spark involvement and pledges for no killing, buying, gift giving, trafficking, weak governance or turning a blind eye. Let’s all join together to be part […]

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New Orleans flood maps raise doubts

Andy Horowitz doubts the new maps:
NEW ORLEANS — TODAY, June 1, is the first day of hurricane season — an understandably anxious time for New Orleans. That’s why I was briefly elated — and then, horrified — when, earlier this year, the federal government declared most of New Orleans safe from flooding.
According to new maps […]

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Scientists hesitate to speak out on climate change

Sarah Myhre writes for Skeptical Science:
It’s easy to find a news hook to begin an opinion piece on climate change. Coral bleaching, record-setting heat waves, and expensive, deadly wildfires are a weekly occurrence in the news cycle. But, as climate warming advances, extreme events won’t be newsworthy – they’ll be expected.
We scientists are the gatekeepers […]

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Letters from the Future

Predicting what comes next isn’t a skill that humans are particularly good at. Yet, being able to cognizantly look to the future and remember the past simultaneously is a trait that differentiates us from the rest of life on Earth. As the world responds to the agreement that emerged from December’s Paris climate talks, the […]

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Ethical aspects of climate change policy

From Widener University’s Scholar in Residence and Professor in Sustainability Ethics and Law, Donald A. Brown:
Research conducted by Widener University Commonwealth Law School and the University of Auckland concludes that national debates about climate change policies and the press coverage of these issues are for the most part ignoring the obvious ethical and moral problems […]

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Big Ag hides behind front groups

From Friends of the Earth:
Our new report, “Spinning food,” investigates how Big Food and agrochemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public — and reporters — on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production.
Taking their cues from the tobacco industry, these companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the past few […]

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Fighting about water in California

In a recent Los Angeles Times‘ op-ed, California agriculture secretary Karen Ross took a bold stand on the No. 1 threat menacing her state’s beleaguered farmers: bad PR.
I’m being facetious. Water scarcity, obviously, is the specter haunting California agriculture. But Ross didn’t go there. Instead, she defended her state’s farms against charges by media pundits of irrigation […]

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Women feed the world

Bill Moyers republishes an article by Vedana Shiva on how women and their agricultural practices are the true path to feeding the world, NOT industrial agriculture. We’ve got to change that message the agribusiness giants have sold us. They are ruining the soil and reducing nutrtious yields, not feeding the world.
The two great ecological challenges […]

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Eating beef: pros and cons

What’s the story on climate impact of eating beef? Cattle raising has been accused of adding to greenhouse gas problems, but there’s a thoughtful argument in favor of cattle raising.  Judith Schwartz wrote about how cattle can help sequester carbon in Cows Save the Planet.
Jared Stone writes about the real problem: feed lots and cattle […]

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How to save the bees

Marla Spivak has a TED Talk about How to Save the Bees. It’s posted on Upworthy. Her solution involves flowers and plants — didn’t you want more of those anyway?
UPDATE: Since Spivak gave this talk, the U.S. EPA has put a moratorium on the use of neonics, the class of pesticides she describes. Some places […]

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California’s water statistics

An editorial from the Sacramento Bee:
There has been too much finger-pointing, but if we’re going to target the biggest water users, everyone should be on the firing line – not just suburbanites with lush lawns or farmers with thirsty crops, but also industrial plants and commercial businesses that guzzle water.
Unfortunately, we rarely know who the […]

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