Daily Archives: August 23, 2016

Haitians demand reparation from France over slavery


Al Jazeera English

Published on Aug 23, 2016

The French government is under increasing pressure to pay compensation for what happened more than two hundred years ago in Haiti.
A revolt by slaves led to independence.

But freedom was expensive – a massive financial burden imposed from Paris.

The legacy of history has been remembered on the anniversary of the slave trade and its worldwide abolition.

Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from Port Au Prince, Haiti.

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Al Gore: If You Care About The Climate Crisis, Don’t Vote For A Third Party

https://thinkprogress.org/al-gore-dont-vote-third-party-15711ce062e7#.rhl41zia5

“In my experience, it matters a lot.”

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Al Gore lost the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush in part because of votes lost to third-party candidates. He has a simple message for fellow climate hawks who are contemplating a third-party vote in 2016: Please don’t.

In an exclusive interview last week, I asked Gore what he would say to voters concerned about climate change but dissatisfied with both major candidates and considering voting for a third party, such as the Green Party. He replied:

First of all I understand their feelings and misgivings. But if they are interested in my personal advice. I am voting for Hillary Clinton. I urge everyone else to do the same.

I particularly urge anyone who is concerned about the climate crisis, sees it as the kind of priority that I see it as, to look at the sharp contrast between the solar plan that Secretary Clinton has put forward, and her stated commitment to support the Clean Power Plan, and the contrast between what she has said and is proposing with the statements of the Republican nominee, which give me great concern.

We have written at length about the statements of Republican nominee Donald Trump at ClimateProgress. He has called global warming a hoax, denied the reality of California’s devastating drought, promised he would kill all domestic climate-related regulations (like the EPA’s Clean Power Plan), and vowed “We’re going to cancel the Paris climate agreement” — humanity’s last best chance to avoid catastrophic climate change lasting centuries.

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Al Gore Warns Of 3rd Party “Dangers”, Ignores Democrats’ Lack Of Climate Action


The Ring of Fire

Published on Aug 23, 2016

Al Gore understands just how dangerous 3rd party candidates can be in a tight election, but you can’t justify that by claiming the Democrats are any better on issues like climate change. There’s little indication that the Democrats currently in power – and the ones who could be in power in just a few months – have any real intentions of acting on climate change. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

Link – https://thinkprogress.org/al-gore-don…

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WFP in NIGERIA


World Food Programme

Published on Aug 23, 2016

Violence in north-east Nigeria, fueled by Boko Haram, has led to one of the most acute – and sorely neglected – humanitarian crises in the world. As areas become accessible, the scale of the human tragedy is becoming apparent. The World Food Programme is scaling up its assistance to reach more than 700,000 people in desperate need, including nutrition support for 150,000 children under the age of five who are at risk of malnutrition. To find out more, visit www.wfp.org/emergencies/nigeria

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To combat climate change, these scientists are turning CO2 into rock

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Native Activist Winona LaDuke: Pipeline Company Enbridge Has No Right to Destroy Our Future


Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 23, 2016

http://democracynow.org – In North Dakota, more than a thousand indigenous activists from different tribes have converged at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, where protesters are blocking construction of the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Protesters say the pipeline would threaten to contaminate the Missouri River, which provides water not only for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, but for millions of people downstream. For more, we are joined by Winona LaDuke, Native American activist and executive director of the group Honor the Earth. She lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

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Standing Rock Sioux Chairman: Dakota Access Pipeline “Is Threatening the Lives of My Tribe”


Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 23, 2016

http://democracynow.org – In North Dakota, indigenous activists are continuing to protest the proposed $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which they say would threaten to contaminate the Missouri River. More than a thousand indigenous activists from dozens of different tribes across the country have traveled to the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, which was launched on April 1 by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The protests have so far shut down construction along parts of the pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has also sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its approval of the pipeline. For more, we’re joined by Dave Archambault, chairperson of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He’s in Washington, D.C., where there is a hearing in the tribe’s lawsuit on Wednesday.

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What’s Behind ALEC’s Denial That It Denies Climate Change? | InsideClimate News

By Neela Banerjee, InsideClimate News

Apr 14, 2015

With more and more companies abandoning the American Legislative Exchange Council over its refusal to act on climate change, the prominent conservative organization finds itself in a bind: eager to stanch the exodus of high-profile members, yet at risk of alienating the powerful fossil fuel interests that make up its core membership.

“What they’re wanting to do is speak out of both sides of their mouth,” said Nick Surgey, research director at the Center for Media and Democracy, a liberal watchdog group that focuses on corporate influence on public policy.

The departure of Google last fall over ALEC’s position on global warming prompted the group to publicly refute allegations that it denies climate change. “ALEC recognizes that climate change is an important issue,” and “no ALEC model policy denies climate change,” it said. This month ALEC sent cease-and-desist letters to two progressive advocacy organizations demanding they retract statements that ALEC denies global warming.

But as recently as December, an ALECsummit

brought together state legislators to develop a model bill for their home states that would dismantle federal environmental and carbon policy, and featured a speaker who said, “Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. It is a benefit. It is the very elixir of life.”

“Basically[ALEC is] saying, ‘We’ve turned a new leaf and it’s a new day and we’re not living in the past,’ said Kert Davies, executive director of the Climate Investigations Center, a Virginia-based watchdog group. “Yet there’s not been one model bill they’ve generated that is a solution to climate change. All of them are to block current pathways—from renewables to EPA regulation. Their whole slate of work is actively anti-climate.”

ALEC did not return emails and phone calls seeking comment.

For 40 years, ALEC has convened conservative state legislators and corporations to pare back state-level regulation and try to block federal rules through model legislation, as part of its ideological commitment to small government and unfettered markets. The group is overwhelmingly Republican. With more than two-thirds of state legislative chambers in GOP hands, ALEC’s opportunity to shape state-level policy is enormous. Most of itsfunding comes from conservative philanthropy and corporate members. Some of its most influential members are powerful fossil fuel interests known for blocking climate action.

ALEC’s environmental agenda has included efforts to halt government action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, block renewable energy and teach children that the science is too uncertain to conclude man-made climate change is happening.

Google left the group in September, followed by Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Yelp, Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp, oil and gas company Occidental Petroleum and most recently BP America.

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These are the local and global issues that young people see as most serious


World Economic Forum

Published on Aug 23, 2016

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Young people have ranked climate change as the most serious issue facing the world today


World Economic Forum

Published on Aug 23, 2016

http://www.weforum.org/

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