Daily Archives: July 15, 2016

Rumble: We’re Guinea Pigs In The Giant Fracking Experiment


The Big Picture RT

Published on Jul 7, 2016

Gianno Caldwell, Caldwell Strategic Consulting & Zaid Jilani, The Intercept & Neil McCabe, Breitbart joins Thom. Over 100 families affiliated with the group Friends of the Harmed have written a letter to president Obama demanding a meeting with him and the EPA to discuss their concerns about how fracking has affected their lives. The signatories of the letter include people who’ve seen fracking earthquakes destroy their houses – their drinking water contaminated – and their farms ruined.

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How Can Scientists Work w/Congress?


The Big Picture RT

Published on Jul 7, 2016

Dr. Rush Holt, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) joins Thom. Thirty one scientific organizations have signed a new letter to remind Congress about the scientific view of climate change. So – how can scientists work with Congress?

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Obama’s “Clean” Coal Boondoggle


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Published on Jul 7, 2016

Dan Zegart, Climate Investigations Center & Brett Wingo, Southern Company Clean Coal Project Whistleblower. So-called “clean coal” has been hailed as a way of keeping coal in the energy mix while decreasing carbon emissions. But now that one so-called “clean coal” project is 4 billion dollars over budget – the question is why aren’t we just investing in real renewable energy?

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Groups Will Deliver nearly 250,000 Signatures Demanding President Obama Veto Fed eral Bill to Preempt Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law

July 13, 2016 Organic Consumers Association

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Washington, D.C.—On Friday at 1 p.m., right-to-know activists representing more than 100 organizations will deliver petitions, signed by nearly 250,000 people so far, to President Barack Obama at the White House. The petitions ask the President to veto S. 764, a bill known as the DARK Act because it would Deny Americans the Right to Know about GMO foods.

WHAT: Veto the DARK Act petition delivery. About 250,000 signatures were collected over the course of a few days, on coalition organizations’ websites, as well as WhiteHouse.gov, ThePetitionSite.org, and MoveOn.org, where over 108,700 people signed. The petitions are live and continue to generate signatures.

WHERE: The White House (Lafayette Square), 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20500.

WHEN: Friday, July 15, 2016, 1 p.m.

WHO: The African American food justice advocates who initiated petitions to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama: Stephanie Anderson, a Congressional candidate in Florida’s 23rd District, and Samantha McDaniel, a nutrition educator with the DC Healthy Babies Project. They will be joined by right-to-know activists representing more than 100 organizations, including Organic Consumers Association, Center for Food Safety, Citizens for GMO Labeling, Consumers Union, Cornucopia Institute, Food Babe, Food Democracy Now, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, GMO Free USA, GMO Inside, Label GMOs, March Against Monsanto, Millions Against Monsanto, Moms Across America, National Organic Coalition, Occupy Monsanto, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, Vermont Right to Know GMOs, A letter from the coalition to the President can be found here: http://goo.gl/forms/d9Ln1MCcatSHwvFS2

WHY: President Obama should veto S. 764. This bill would preempt Vermont’s law that requires GMO foods to be labeled as “produced with genetic engineering.” Nine out of ten Americans favor such labels. Vermont’s law requiring words on the package would be replaced with unenforceable federal regulations that, for the first time in history, would allow information to be hidden behind QR codes that can only be read with smart phones. Many Americans—especially elderly, rural, low-income and people of color—don’t have smart phones. Only 16 percent of Americans have ever scanned a QR code for any reason. The bill would exempt most GMOs from labeling. According to House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), the bill is “riddled with ambiguity and affords the Secretary a concerning level of discretion.”

VISUALS: Crowd gathered on the Lafayette Park side of the White House will have signs and banners.

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UN urges African corporates to push sustainable strategies


CCTV Africa

Published on Jul 15, 2016

The United Nations has urged corporates to use their business chains to help implement the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, was speaking in Nairobi earlier. He says the SDGs present an opportunity for business-led solutions and economic opportunities.

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Climate Change: Life and Death: Prof John Broome (June 2016)


Understanding Climate Change

Published on Jul 6, 2016

Fair Use: Educational (June 2016 Lecture)

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Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms Video Abstract


Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions

Published on Mar 21, 2016

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We made a video discussing some of the main points in our “Ice Melt” paper[1], which is about to be published in Atmos. Phys. Chem.

The main point that I want to make concerns the threat of irreparable harm, which I feel we have not communicated well enough to people who most need to know, the public and policymakers. I’m not sure how we can do that better, but I comment on it at the end of this transcript.

Read the full transcript here: http://csas.ei.columbia.edu/2016/03/2…

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GOP Focus on Heat From Porn Not Climate Change?


The Big Picture RT

Published on Jul 13, 2016

while Republicans are fretting about pornography as a threat to our children – Democrats are tackling the climate crisis that actually threatens our children – our children’s children – and the future of the planet.

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BREAKING: Climate Catastrophe – Closer Than We Think


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Published on Mar 8, 2013

Are you ready for the end of civilization as we know it? Or at least the evacuation of all the old Confederate states?

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Has Big Ag Bought Another Victory?


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Published on Jul 13, 2016

Alexis Baden Mayer, Organic Consumers Association joins Thom. A bill aimed at destroying Vermont’s landmark GMO labeling bill has passed the Senate and is now making its way through the House. Is there any hope of stopping it now or has Big Ag bought another victory?

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