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How global warming is adding to the health risks of poor people

By Abdul Rashid Thomas ~ The Sierra Leone Telegraph ~ The number of people dying due to climate-led changes in the environment are increasing and the poorest populations remain the hardest hit. Writing in theconversation.com, Lenore Manderson warns: “Developed economies are able to reduce environmental health risks through improved infrastructure, legal interventions and education. But the poorest populations, with the least political traction, remain vulnerable. Global warming simply adds to their health…

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Poverty isn’t a lack of character, it’s a lack of cash

By Rutger Bregman ~ TED ~  “Ideas can and do change the world,” says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea’s 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked — and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all. Watch @ TED

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The Evidence Pours In: Poverty Getting Much Worse in America

By Paul Buchheit ~ Common Dreams ~ Poverty—and the stress of being poor—is killing people every single day A White House report recently proclaimed that the “War on Poverty is largely over and a success.” United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said it was “ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America.” Well-positioned Americans must talk like this, of course, because admitting the debilitating state of poverty in America…

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Winter Is Coming, and Fuel Costs Will Hit the Poor the Hardest

By S.E Smith – Talk Poverty ~ Winter is coming, and it’s going to be colder for some than others. “Starting junior year,” recalls Alexis Stewart, a West Virginia-based writer and musician, “my mom said we couldn’t afford heat and I had to ‘suck it up.’ I don’t know if we didn’t qualify for [the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program] those years or if the funding ran out before…

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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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New data paint an unpleasant picture of poverty in the US

By Steven Pressman ~ The Conversation ~ On Sept. 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released national poverty data for 2017. The headline was that 39.7 million people were poor in 2017. This works out to 12.3 percent of the population or one in eight Americans. The good news is that the U.S. poverty rate has fallen since 2010, when it hit 15.1 percent, and is now where it was before…

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Poor nations at bottom of environment ladder

By By Peter Makwanya ~ NewsDay ~ THE poor, normally referred to, as the “common people” seem to be cursed or ostracised, as a result of not having recognition, no rights, and little freedom, in the societies they live in. Due to their placement in society, the poor normally derive their survival from the environment, in particular, the forest resources near them. When they cut down trees for building houses,…

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Forward Together With the Poor People’s Campaign

By Elizabeth Warren ~ Common Dreams People living in poverty across the United States?—?from California to Kentucky to Michigan to West Virginia?—?told us their stories On June 12th, 2018, Reverend William J. Barber II hosted a discussion on poverty for members of Congress. People living in poverty across the United States?—?from California to Kentucky to Michigan to West Virginia?—?told us their stories. We heard from a victim of a predatory…

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How a Career in Technology Empowered This South African Woman

By Daniele Selby ~ Global Citizen Soso Luningo grew up in a house without electricity; today she’s the head of an IT department. Soso Luningo grew up in extreme poverty in a village near Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Her home was essentially a small shed with a leaky, corrugated metal roof, no electricity, and just one bed. Most of her family slept on the dirt floor. But…

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Why the War on Poverty in the US Isn’t Over, in 4 Charts

By Robert L. Fischer ~ The Conversation On July 12, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers concluded that America’s long-running war on poverty “is largely over and a success.” I am a researcher who has studied poverty for nearly 20 years in Cleveland, a city with one of the country’s highest rates of poverty. While the council’s conclusion makes for a dramatic headline, it simply does not align with the…

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