http://democracynow.org – Two climate activists were set to go on trial in Massachusetts on Monday for blocking the shipment of 40,000 tons of coal to the Brayton Point power plant, a 51-year-old facility that is one of the region’s largest contributors to greenhouse gases. But in a surprise move, a local prosecutor dropped the criminal charges and reduced three other charges to civil offenses, calling climate change one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced. We are joined by the activists, Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara, and the prosecutor, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter. Days after they were to square off in court, the three now say they plan to march together in the upcoming People’s Climate March in New York City.
http://www.democracynow.org – In a surprise move, District Attorney Sam Sutter of Bristol, Massachusetts, has dropped criminal charges against two climate activists who were set to go on trial Monday for blocking a shipment of 40,000 tons of coal. In May 2013, Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara used their lobster boat to prevent a delivery of the coal to the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts. For their trial, Ward and O’Hara had planned to invoke the “necessity defense,” arguing that their actions were justified by how the coal industry worsens the climate change that threatens our planet. In an unprecedented announcement, District Attorney Sutter all but adopted their reasoning and dropped the charges. “Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced,” Sutter said outside the courthouse, explaining his decision. “In my humble opinion, the political leadership on this issue has been sorely lacking.”
Right now, South Sudan is suffering from the worst food emergency in the world. Close to 4 million people face starvation and 50,000 children are at risk of dying by the end of the year.
In response, the IRC is providing around-the-clock lifesaving nutritional support for children, emergency health care, clean water, sanitation services and other critical aid.
The United Nations is warning that nearly 4 million people are facing food insecurity in South Sudan. Fighting broke out at the end of 2013, forcing people to flee their homes and fields. As a result, planting was delayed, and food stockpiles looted. Now, families are eating whatever they can to survive. UNICEF says without urgent international help, many will die of starvation. Clementine Logan has more.
The number of malnourished kids in one health centre in Bangui has doubled since last year, says Susan Shepherd, a paediatrician working for WFP in the Central African Republic. It’s no surprise, she explains, in a situation where families have been uprooted by conflict. They have no work, no access to health care and getting food is increasingly hard. To combat the problem, WFP is putting highly nutritious food into family rations it is distributing here and elsewhere in the country.
WFP is airdropping food into areas of South Sudan that are unreachable because of flooding and insecurity. Airdrops are usually avoided because they are costly but many people in isolated refugee camps need food urgently as food stocks have dwindled and rains have blocked roads.
In South Sudan, swamped roads are blocking humanitarian trucks on a route vital for food delivery. WFP engineers and logistics staff, dispatched to assess the situation, found out more than 150 trucks were stuck due to impassable roads, mud and collapsed bridges, many of them carrying aid to thousands across the country facing extreme hunger. (Music by Funeral Mantra)
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