True stewards: new report says local communities key to saving forests, curbing global warming

Deforestation is compromising forests around the world, destroying vital habitat and causing greenhouse gases emissions that are contributing to global warming. A new report released today finds a possible solution: protecting forests by empowering the local communities that live within them.

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Australian Press Watchdog Criticises Climate Report From Rupert Murdoch’s Flagship Newspaper

The headline on The Australian newspaper’s story about a leak of a major United Nations climate change report read “We got it wrong on warming, says IPCC ”. But an investigation by Australia’s press watchdog has found that in fact, it was the Murdoch-owned national newspaper that “got it wrong”.

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Iowa Governor Accused Of Passing Up $1 Million For New Solar

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R). CREDIT: AP Photo / Mark Humphrey Iowa recently missed out on a $1 million federal grant to beef up its use of solar power — and State Sen

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White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber

With all eyes glued on the atrocities in Gaza and Ukraine, another homegrown atrocity may soon be underway. The Obama administration has quietly executed one of those sneaky summer weekend news dumps in hopes of nobody noticing or caring. Because what, after all, are pods of insane dolphins, and hordes of dead turtles, and the extinction of an entire whale species compared to hundreds of battered human bodies?

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Noam Chomsky – On Activism, Climate Change, & His Message to the Future (2014)
Noam Chomsky – On Activism, Climate Change, & His Message to the Future (2014) Noam Chomsky – On Activism, Climate Change, & His Message to the Future (2014)

Noam Chomsky reflects on climate change, activism, and shares the lessons he’s gleaned from his life: what his advice would be for present and future generat…

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Famine and Climate Change Are Making Africa a Terrorist Tinderbox

The village of Siédougou in Burkina Faso, at the forefront of the Sahel’s climate crisis In the village of Siédougou, a tiny sun-scorched cluster of straw and mud huts in the remote northern reaches of Burkina Faso in the African Sahel, the daily onslaught of the desert winds is the least of their problems. Parched by years of successive drought, this desolate region is mired in a worsening food crisis where millions face acute hunger and malnutrition.  “It is going from bad to worse.

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Poll: Carbon Tax Reused for Renewables Could Work for U.S. Voters

Australia’s recent repeal of its carbon tax has everybody talking, but not as much as the University of Michigan researchers’ latest poll results should be. The majority of those surveyed said they would support a carbon tax in the U.S.

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The Unitarian Universalist Association Joins Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

Press release, June 28, 2014 BOSTON–Delegates at the 2014 General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) meeting in Providence, RI, today passed a resolution calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies in the UUA Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF). The resolution requires the UUA to: Cease purchasing securities of CT200 companies as UUCEF investments immediately Continue to divest its UUCEF holdings of directly held securities of CT 200 companies, reaching full divestment of these companies within five years Work with its current and prospective pooled-asset managers for the purpose of creating more fossil fuel-free investment opportunities, with the objective of full divestment of UUCEF indirect holdings in CT200 companies within five years Invest an appropriate share of UUCEF holdings in securities that will support a swift transition to a clean energy economy, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency-related securities Report, via the UUA President and the Treasurer, to each General Assembly from 2015 through 2019 on our Association’s progress on the above resolutions Following the vote, UUA President Peter Morales said, “The UUA has a long-standing history of fighting for our environment.

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Trade unions worldwide say strong climate action could deliver 48 million jobs

from The Climate Group, May 23, 2014 LONDON : A new international campaign, Unions4Climate action , has been launched at the World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) this week. The movement aims to draw attention to the potential of the low carbon economy, with a focus on green job creation.  More than 50 trade unions across the globe are demanding that governments deliver an ambitious climate agreement at the UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris next year . The international gathering is the deadline for determining the post 2020 climate framework and widely recognized as a crucial meeting for delivering meaningful climate action

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Court Ruling May Reverberate on ‘Social Cost’ of Carbon

Greenhouse gas emissions from burning and extracting coal, oil and natural gas drive climate change, and as communities feel the effects of a warming world  — rising seas, burning forests and withering crops — communities’ pocketbooks take a hit, too. That’s called the social cost of carbon .

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