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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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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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Confronting Climate Change in a Deeply Unequal World

By Sam Pizzigati ~ OurFuture.org ~ 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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Could Rising CO2 Levels Trigger a Nutritional Crisis?

By Maddie Stone ~ Gizmodo ~ A new analysis is reigniting a concern agricultural scientists have been voicing for years: That rising carbon dioxide could exacerbate malnutrition by reducing the nutrient content of staple crops. The study, published in Nature Climate Change, projects that if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise to 550 parts per million (ppm)—a level conceivable by later this century if we don’t aggressively reduce emissions—it could result…

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Green Upgrade: How California Is Pioneering ‘Energy Justice’

By Patricia Leigh Brown ~ Yale Environment 360 ~ California has the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, which raises billions of dollars for the state. An innovative project is directing some of that revenue to bringing renewable power and energy efficiency to some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities. Diana Guzman, a 30-year-old widow, works in a peach packing plant in California’s Central Valley. She lives with her…

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Black Land Matters

By Brian Barth ~ Modern Farmer Leah Penniman is an American anomaly: black, female, and a farmer. In 2016, Penniman hit the streets of Albany, New York, to protest the police brutality that killed Donald “Dontay” Ivy, 39, an unarmed local man. But her primary focus involves fighting what she considers a far more common, yet more subtly brutal, form of oppression. “Corporations, and white folks, in particular, control the…

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How solar projects can transform low-income communities

By Sarah Kennedy ~ Yale Climate Connections In North Philadelphia, one organization is bringing the transformative power of solar energy to low-income neighborhoods. This past spring, Serenity Soular helped raise more than $37,000 from more than 300 donors to finance a solar installation at a community arts center. The group has also completed projects at a Baptist church and a community outreach center. Frank Ortiz of Serenity Soular says that…

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