Daily Archives: July 14, 2016

India: The Burning City – People and Power


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 14, 2016

Underground fires have been burning for more than a century beneath India’s largest coalfield, but in recent decades open-cast mining has brought the flames to the surface with devastating consequences for the local population.

As communities are destroyed and thousands suffer from toxic fumes, what lies behind this human and environmental disaster?

Filmmakers Gautam Singh and Dom Rotheroe went to find out.

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Nigeria: Oil trade union suspends strike action


CCTV Africa

Published on Jul 14, 2016

Nigeria’s union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has suspended its strike. This means the country has narrowly avoided a looming fuel crisis and the potential shutdown of Nigeria’s crude oil exports. The decision comes after overnight negotiations between unionists and government representatives. CCTV’s Kelechi Emekalam reports

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US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, says report

The US solar installation sector employs 77% more people than the domestic coal mining industry, according to the report. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, a new report from the Solar Foundation claims, with most of the jobs in power panel installation.

Last year, the US solar industry grew by 20% for a third year in a row, according to the foundation’s National Solar Job Census 2015. By the end of 2015, it employed nearly 209,000 solar workers, more than those employed in oil and gas extraction.

However, the growth in the solar industry was not shared equally across all types of jobs. Manufacturing, project development, and sales jobs have all remained steady over the past five years. Only the jobs in installation increased, from 43,934 jobs in 2010 to 119,931 in 2015.

Growth in the solar industry was not shared equally across all types of jobs in 2015 – employees of installation companies accounted for 65% of jobs added

Jana Kasperkevic in New York Tuesday 12 January 2016 16.57 EST

The US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, a new report from the Solar Foundation claims, with most of the jobs in power panel installation.

Last year, the US solar industry grew by 20% for a third year in a row, according to the foundation’s National Solar Job Census 2015. By the end of 2015, it employed nearly 209,000 solar workers, more than those employed in oil and gas extraction.

However, the growth in the solar industry was not shared equally across all types of jobs. Manufacturing, project development, and sales jobs have all remained steady over the past five years. Only the jobs in installation increased, from 43,934 jobs in 2010 to 119,931 in 2015.

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A climate report that we ignore at our peril | Letters

Satellite imaging shows the extent of this spring’s sea ice and snow melt in northern Alaska. Photograph: NOAA

Thursday 14 July 2016 13.37 EDT

Though it does not actually say so, the report of the Committee on Climate Change (Report, 12 July) is a salutary reminder that a capitalist economy based on infinite economic growth, as expressed in terms of consumption-led GDP, is unsustainable and, if allowed to continue in its present form, will ultimately devastate the entire planet. Moreover, unless we cease using fossil fuels for energy and replace them with renewables at the earliest possible opportunity, the voluntary agreement reached at last year’s COP 21 climate summit to limit increases in global temperatures to less than 2C will be little more than hot air.

For an energy union like the GMB with thousands of members in the gas industry, the priority must be to establish a viable, UK-based, publicly owned renewable energy industry, thus enabling a just transition for those whose jobs will cease to exist in the coming decades. For this to happen, the vested interests of the privately owned energy monopolies have to be challenged, a point eloquently made by climate activist Naomi Klein at a packed meeting during COP 21 in Paris, organised by the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy network, which GMB supports.

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Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests

The demand for ‘perfect’ fruit and veg means much is discarded, damaging the climate and leaving people hungry

Discarded food is the biggest single component of US landfill and incinerators, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Photograph: Dan Tuffs/for the Guardian Food waste is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.

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Suzanne Goldenberg US environment correspondent

Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a “cult of perfection”, deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.

Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill, because of unrealistic and unyielding cosmetic standards, according to official data and interviews with dozens of farmers, packers, truckers, researchers, campaigners and government officials.

From the fields and orchards of California to the population centres of the east coast, farmers and others on the food distribution chain say high-value and nutritious food is being sacrificed to retailers’ demand for unattainable perfection.

“It’s all about blemish-free produce,” says Jay Johnson, who ships fresh fruit and vegetables from North Carolina and central Florida. “What happens in our business today is that it is either perfect, or it gets rejected. It is perfect to them, or they turn it down. And then you are stuck.”

Food waste is often described as a “farm-to-fork” problem. Produce is lost in fields, warehouses, packaging, distribution, supermarkets, restaurants and fridges.

By one government tally, about 60m tonnes of produce worth about $160bn (£119bn), is wasted by retailers and consumers every year – one third of all foodstuffs.

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A Green Transition Can Preserve the Livelihood of Workers


TheRealNews

Published on Jul 13, 2016

PERI’s Robert Pollin tells Paul Jay that a just transition for those who work in the fossil fuel sector is not only necessary, it’s possible

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NJ demands woman pay student loans of murdered son


RT America

Published on Jul 13, 2016

A woman was just told by the state of New Jersey that she must continue to make payments on her son’s student loans, even though he was murdered. New Jersey’s loan program is by far the largest in the country and comes with some pretty crazy rules. Like The Resident at http://www.facebook.com/TheResident

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Obama’s record on trade: Are his deals good for workers?


RT America

Published on Jul 13, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden was in San Diego, California, promoting the Obama administration’s record on trade. Biden said that new trade deals will improve the US economy. RT America’s Manila Chan reports from Washington, DC and says that many saw the Biden speech as an attempt from the Obama administration to promote President Obama’s legacy of looking after the American worker, something most US labor groups disagree with.

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Trade deals created through ‘corrupt process’ – trade economist


RT America

Published on Jul 13, 2016

Donald Trump says the US is getting killed when it comes to trade deals, and that he would negotiate better ones. Would better trade deals really help the US? Director of trade for the Economic Policy Institute, Robert Scott, joins “News with Ed” and says that we shouldn’t have trade deals at all because of the “corrupt process” involved in negotiating them.

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Should The Banksters Be Allowed To Lie To Us?


thomhartmann

Published on Jul 13, 2016

Thom talks about the fact that investment advisors aren’t required to advise you in your best interest and the lawmakers who are trying to change that.

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