Daily Archives: August 9, 2019

Documents Reveal Monsanto Surveilled Journalists, Activists & Even Musician Neil Young

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 9, 2019

Explosive new documents reveal the U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto ran a “fusion center” to surveil and discredit journalists and activists who criticized or wrote damning reports about Monsanto, as well as legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young, who released an album in 2015 called “The Monsanto Years.” Monsanto monitored Young’s Twitter activity and even analyzed the lyrics of his album. The fusion center also surveilled journalist Carey Gillam, who has done extensive research and writing about Monsanto and its popular pesticide Roundup, which has been linked to cancer. The corporation also targeted the nonprofit research group U.S. Right to Know, which submitted Freedom of Information Act requests about the company. From Kansas City, Missouri, we speak to Carey Gillam, a veteran investigative journalist and author of “Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science,” and from Berkeley, California, Gary Ruskin, co-founder of U.S. Right to Know.

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Climate change food calculator: What’s your diet’s carbon footprint? – BBC News

By Nassos Stylianou, Clara Guibourg and Helen Briggs BBC News
9 August 2019

Avoiding meat and dairy products is one of the biggest ways to reduce your environmental impact, according to recent scientific studies.

Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, according to a major report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which says the West’s high consumption of meat and dairy is fuelling global warming.

But what is the difference between beef and chicken? Does a bowl of rice produce more climate warming greenhouse gases than a plate of chips? Is wine more environmentally friendly than beer?

To find out the climate impact of what you eat and drink, choose from one of the 34 items in our calculator and pick how often you have it.

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Supersizing Climate Change: U.N. Says Meat Production Destroys Land & Diminishes Key Water Sources

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 9, 2019

The United Nations’ top panel of climate scientists warns that humans are consuming land and water resources at an unprecedented rate, with the destructive effects of the climate crisis increasingly threatening the planet’s biodiversity and the food security of hundreds of millions of people. In its latest climate change and land special report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that without dramatic action, extreme weather and rising temperatures will turn even more fertile land into desert, shrinking the global food supply, even as the world’s population rises to more than 7.5 billion people. The IPCC recommends dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, along with more efficient farming methods and a shift in diets away from dairy and meat — which produce vast amounts of methane and carbon dioxide while using large amounts of land. We speak with Pamela McElwee, an associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University and co-author of the IPCC report.

U.S. could “possibly lose” war against China in East Asia, ex-CIA chief says

CBS This Morning

Published on Jul 3, 2019

China, considered by many to be the United States’ top national security threat, poses a number of threats. The country’s expanding global influence directly competes with America’s military, economic, and technological might, and the U.S. has lost billions in stolen intellectual property. Former acting CIA director Mike Morell joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss how to fight China’s growing global influence.

How Americans Learned to Love Their Front Lawns | NYT

The New York Times

Published on Aug 8, 2019

America’s lawns represent the pride of homeownership and community. But maintaining them risks contributing to climate change. So why do we even have lawns in the first place? We traced their history.

How Israel’s Erasure of Palestinian History Perpetuates Occupation

The Real News Network
Published on Aug 9, 2019

Prof. Ilan Pappe discusses why Israel’s agency in charge of nuclear security hid documents about the Nakba, the catastrophe in which Palestinians were driven from their land in 1948, explaining that it was an effort to eliminate the Palestinian narrative

Extinction Café Frome | Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion
Published on Aug 9, 2019

Extinction Cafe in Frome was founded just after the declaration of rebellion. It’s a place where people can share their concerns and their feelings about the climate emergency situation we are in.