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By the Numbers: The Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts of “Fast Fashion”

By Elizabeth Reichart & Deborah Drew ~ World Resources Institute Think about how many sweaters, scarves and other clothes were given as gifts this holiday season. How many times will people wear them before throwing them out? Probably far fewer than you think. One garbage truck of clothes is burned or sent to landfills every second! The average consumer bought 60 percent more clothes in 2014 than in 2000, but kept each garment for…

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Ten Grim Climate Scenarios If Global Temperatures Rise Above 1.5 Degrees Celsius

By Lorraine Chow ~ Truthout ~ If humankind carries on its business-as-usual approach to climate change, there’s a 93 percent chance we’re barreling toward a potentially catastrophic level of warming. The summer of 2018 was intense: deadly wildfires, persistent drought, killer floods and record-breaking heat. Although scientists exercise great care before linking individual weather events to climate change, the rise in global temperatures caused by human activities has been found…

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Can an unequal earth beat climate change?

By Sam Pizzigati ~ Nation of Change ~ “Addressing climate change effectively and justly requires us to transform the unjust social and economic systems that gave us climate change in the first place.” We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or all of us are going to fry. So essentially posits still another new blockbuster study on climate change, this one just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.…

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Our freshwater emergency is worse than you think

By Laura Orlando ~ In These Times ~ Nation of Change ~  Blue states can take the lead on protecting water where it counts most: at the source. They can articulate an urgently needed national water vision. The seven Democratic governors who ousted Republican incumbents in November 2018 have another challenge ahead: Each of them faces a freshwater emergency. We use billions of gallons of fresh water each day for…

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Nations increasing wealth at the expense of environment, Inclusive Wealth Report shows

By UN Environment ~ The Republic of Korea, Singapore and Malta come out on top of biennial survey of growth in the wealth of nations, the preliminary findings of which were presented by UN Environment and partners today in Paris. The Inclusive Wealth Report 2018, the full findings of which will be released in coming weeks, shows that while overall global wealth is rising, the increase for many countries comes…

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How Climate Change Helped Create the Migrant Caravan

By Brian Moench ~ Truthout ~  The “caravan” of hopeful immigrants from Central America that was tear gassed by the US government on November 25 continues to be shamelessly exploited as political fodder. Trump depicts the immigrants as a security threat to the US, while Democrats like Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compare the Central American immigrants to Jews fleeing Germany because of the threat of physical violence and death in their…

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Heat waves: climate change and immigration

By Chris Fitch ~ Geographical ~ Those concerned with external asylum applications to the EU might want to focus on reducing the impacts of climate change The first 14 years of this century saw an average of 351,000 asylum applications to the EU annually, a challenge to which the bloc has struggled to produce a unified collective response. Instead, walls have risen around countries such as Hungary, democratic backlashes have…

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Why Republicans and Democrats Can Meet in the Middle for Green Energy

By Prachi Patel ~ Anthropocene ~ The US is more politically divided than it ever has been. It is hard for Democrats and Republicans to find common ground, certainly not on environmental issues. But people across the political spectrum favor renewable energy, new research confirms. The study, published in Environmental Politics, found that the key word is self-sufficiency. Voters on both sides of the aisle agree that rooftop solar panels…

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A warming world is unhealthy for everyone

By Marco Magrini ~ Geographical ~  Marco Magrini finds that a warming world also means a more unhealthy one, not just for the planet itself, but for those of us living on it What’s bad for the planet is usually bad for human health. In other words, the current warming trends don’t spell good news for the well-being of our species… or for many others. There are exceptions. Insects will thrive…

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Central American Women Are Fighting Extractive Industries on their Land—and Winning

By Laura Carlsen ~ Common Dreams ~ The battle to stop the spread of extractive industries pits indigenous and peasant communities against powerful business interests, backed up by politicians who encourage the foreign investments that convert millennial ways of life into cash—for them “They’re diverting the rivers that water our food crops into mining, hydroelectric plants and mono-cropping. They break up our communities, and stealing our happiness, because when we…

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