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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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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Confronting Climate Change in a Deeply Unequal World

By Sam Pizzigati ~ ~ Two meticulously sourced — and deeply disturbing — warnings about our shared global future have appeared over the past week. One has terrified much of the world. The other hasn’t, not yet at least, but most certainly should. You’ve most likely already encountered the first of these warnings, a grim report from the United Nations  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a broad and distinguished…

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Environmental Negligence vs. Civil Rights: Black and Hispanic Communities Get More Pollution, Fewer Jobs

By Olivia Rosane ~ EcoWatch ~ One of President Donald Trump’s stated justifications for rolling back environmental regulations has been to bring back jobs in highly-polluting industries like coal. But a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday found that, for “communities of racial/ethnic minorities,” welcoming polluting industries for the sake of employment is a tradeoff that doesn’t make any sense. Blacks and Hispanics in…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Climate Justice: A Fight for Equal Opportunity

Climate Justice: A Fight for Equal Opportunity

By Gina McCarthy and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. (Cross-posted from EPAConnect) Fifty years ago, Americans facing racial injustice marched the 54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest discriminatory voting laws.  It was a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement, influencing the passage of the Voting Rights Act, and forever redefining and improving our cherished values of freedom and fairness.  February marks Black History Month—a time to reflect…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Meteors; An Unexpected Lesson in Gratitude

Meteors; An Unexpected Lesson in Gratitude

The meteor that crashed into Russia was about 55 feet in diameter and weighed 10,000 tons. This extraordinary event has left us all guessing, astonished, and standing with our eyes to the sky. What’s even more shocking is the power this meteor brought with it. Data from a global network of sensors has reported that the meteor unleashed nearly 500 kilotons of energy, just to give you an idea of…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Jonathan Hsu is Making a Difference with Recyclebank

Jonathan Hsu is Making a Difference with Recyclebank

Recycling has become more and more mainstream over the past several years with consumers, but businesses have been slow to catch on, Jonathan Hsu from Recyclebank is changing that in this article from GOOD: Figures of Progress: Jonathan Hsu, CEO of Recyclebank GOOD and IBM have teamed up to bring you Figures of Progress, our new platform that explores the different ways that information has revolutionized our world. Through videos, story…

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