Daily Archives: August 10, 2016

Great Minds P1: Karen Shragg – The Ticking Time Bomb – Population


The Big Picture RT

Published on Aug 10, 2016

As the number of people living on planet earth grows by the minute – we are sitting on a ticking time bomb – all 7 billion of us. So does overpopulation actually pose a bigger threat than climate change? I’ll ask activist and author Karen Shragg in tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds.

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Stop Being Dumb & Partisan on So-Called ‘Free Trade’


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Published on Aug 10, 2016

President Barack Obama and other leading Democrats are pushing the notion that tariff-based trade is a thing of the past – and that so-called “free trade” is the way to the future. I’ll tell you the truth about so-called “free trade” and why it’s time to drop the partisan posturing.

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Greenland: Ice Melting May Unearth U.S. Military’s Buried Radioactive Waste


In news on climate change, rapidly melting ice sheets in Greenland may unearth hazardous radioactive waste stored at a secret Cold War-era U.S. military base. The U.S. deposited the waste in deep underground tunnels at Camp Century in northern Greenland in the 1960s, expecting it would be secure underneath the ice forever. But a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters says rapidly warming temperatures may now unearth the dangerous waste as soon as the end of this century, threatening local ecosystems.

Bolivia: State of Emergency Declared Amid Worst Wildfire in 10 Years

August 10, 2016 Headlines

Meanwhile, a state of emergency has been declared in Bolivia, amid the worst fires in a decade. There are nearly 25,000 drought-fueled wildfires currently burning across Bolivia.

California: Uncontrolled Pilot Wildfire Swells by 50%

August 10, 2016 Headlines

This comes as wildfires continue to burn across California, where the uncontrolled “Pilot Fire” burning east of Los Angeles swelled by more than 50 percent Tuesday. Nearby school districts and roads have been closed, and more than 5,000 homes are under evacuation orders. On Tuesday, Cal Fire said the blaze is only 6 percent contained.

Mexico: Nearly 50 Die in Mudslides After Massive Rainfall

August 10, 2016 Headlines

Meanwhile, in Mexico, extraordinary rainfall has caused mudslides that have killed nearly 50 people. The director of Mexico’s National Water Commission said the rainfall from the single storm was equal to the average amount of rainfall over the entire month of August.

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Ethiopia: Dozens of Protesters Killed by Government Forces


August 10, 2016 Headlines

In Ethiopia, human rights groups say nearly 100 people were killed after government forces opened fire on protesters over the weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people attended the nationwide protests, which were denouncing the government for committing human rights abuses and for suppressing the ethnic Oromo community. Ethiopia has faced growing anti-government protests over the last two years, sparked initially by the government’s plan to lease a forest to private developers.

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Wildfires in southern France threaten Marseille – BBC News

Image copyright AFP Image caption The flames were most intense around Vitrolles

Wildfires in southern France are threatening the city of Marseille, burning homes and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

More than 1,500 firefighters are tackling the blazes which sprang up in scrubland north of the city.

Deputy Mayor Julien Ruas said firebreaks had been created to protect northern neighbourhoods.

Wildfires have also been raging in Portugal and on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Three people have been killed on the holiday island and more than 1,000 have been forced from their homes.

‘Out of control’

French officials said homes had been destroyed in the towns of Vitrolles, about 25km (15 miles) north of Marseille, and nearby Pennes-Mirabeau. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated.

Marseille airport redirected incoming flights to make way for firefighting aircraft.

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The Economics Interests in Decommissioning Diablo Canyon Power Plant


Climate One

Published on Aug 10, 2016

John Geesman discusses how the new energy landscape may have left PG&E without a choice for the future of Diablo Canyon.

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Why is Closing the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant a Big Deal?


Climate One

Published on Aug 10, 2016

The San Francisco Chronicle’s David R. Baker on the importance of Diablo Canyon for California’s clean energy future.

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Embarrassing Photos of Me, Thanks to My Right-Wing Stalkers – Bill McKibben – The New York Times

By BILL McKIBBEN AUG. 5, 2016

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — THERE are shameful photos of me on the internet.

In one series, my groceries are being packed into plastic bags, as I’d forgotten to bring cloth ones. In other shots, I am getting in and out of … cars. There are video snippets of me giving talks, or standing on the street. Sometimes I see the cameraman, sometimes I don’t. The images are often posted to Twitter, reminders that I’m being watched.

In April, Politico and The Hill reported that America Rising Squared, an arm of the Republican opposition research group America Rising, had decided to go after me and Tom Steyer, another prominent environmentalist, with a campaign on a scale previously reserved for presidential candidates. Using what The Hill called “an unprecedented amount of effort and money,” the group, its executive director said, was seeking to demonstrate our “epic hypocrisy and extreme positions.”

Since then, my days in public have often involved cameramen walking backward and videotaping my every move. It’s mostly when I travel (I’ve encountered them in at least five states so far, as well as in Australia), and generally when I’m in a public or semipublic space. They aren’t interested in my arguments; instead, these videos, usually wordless, are simply posted on Twitter, almost always with music. One showed me sitting in a church pew, accompanied by the song “Show Me That Smile.” The tweet read, “Ready for his close-up.”

Someone also went to the archive at Texas Tech University, where my papers are stored, and asked for copies of everything in all 54 boxes. He identified himself as being with a group that is affiliated with America Rising Squared.

This effort has resulted in all kinds of odd things appearing on right-wing corners of the web: out-of-context quotations from old books and articles apparently put on display to prove I’m a zealot, and photos from God knows who intended to make me out as a hypocrite (the plastic bags, for instance, and my travel by car, which, you know, burns gas). Mostly, they’ve just published those creepy videos, to remind me that I’m under surveillance.

I understand that this isn’t horrible in the way that police brutality is horrible, or having your home swept away by a flood is horrible. I know that in other parts of the world, environmentalists have worse things than cameras pointed at them. From Honduras to the Philippines, in the last two years, activists have been assassinated after getting in the way of megaprojects.

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A Conversation With Green Party Nominee Dr. Jill Stein | On Point

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Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee, speaks at a rally in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. (John Minchillo/AP)

As Bernie Sanders was at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia beseeching his backers to throw their support to Hillary Clinton or risk a Donald Trump presidency, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was outside with another message: Don’t compromise. Vote for me. Vote for a Green New Deal. Stein wants college debt forgiveness, free tuition, Medicare for all and an emergency transition to green energy, food, transportation. This hour On Point, the Green Party’s Jill Stein. — Tom Ashbrook

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Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party nominee for president of the United States. (@DrJillStein)