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By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume / 01 August 2020
Something remarkable is happening in the US in 2020 in terms of public awareness of race.  The George Floyd uprising, two months in duration so far, has brought formerly fringe ideas into the mainstream, shifting the entire frame of discourse to the left. The breakthroughs we are experiencing this summer might feel sudden, but they follow decades of activism, with all its labor, learning and dedication. People have been pushing for a while. The murder of George Floyd was a “last straw” event... Read more
By Paul Cox and Stan Cox / 30 July 2020
Societies once could choose between changing direction or dealing with climatic disaster; now it is necessary to do both at once. The best-laid plans for mitigation would be hard enough to fulfill in a stable climate, but they will be vastly harder in the climate chaos ahead. Continue reading below the initial portion of this 45-page article: Paul Cox and Stan Cox. 2020. "Adaptation and Mitigation amid the Consequences of Failure." American Journal of Economics and Sociology 79: 651-693.... Read more
By Yanis Iqbal / 26 July 2020
Amid the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Garifuna community of Honduras is experiencing state-sponsored violence and regulated repression. On July 18 2020, heavily armed personnel of the Police Investigation Department (DPI) barged into the house of Alberth Sneider Centeno, Garifuna president of the land community of El Triunfo de la Cruz, and abducted him. Later, the same armed group kidnapped Suami Aparicio Mejía García, Gerardo Mizael Rochez Cálix and Milton Joel Martínez Álvarez, members... Read more
By Robert Hunziker / 26 July 2020
It’s no surprise that first prize, or the blue ribbon, for exceeding 2°C above baseline goes to the Arctic with permafrost that covers 25% of the Northern Hemisphere. Recognition is long overdue, as it’s been totally neglected far too long by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This crucial nugget of knowledge comes by way of a recent virtual science session (1:27 in length) sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and can be watched in its entirety on YouTube at:... Read more

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By Joseph Winters / 25 July 2020
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By Yanis Iqbal / 21 July 2020
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By Shannon Osaka / 19 July 2020
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By Ana Maldonado, Manolo de los Santos, Subin Dennis, Vijay Prashad / 16 July 2020
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By Yanis Iqbal / 15 July 2020
In the lithium mining region of Antofagasta, the Coronavirus positivity rate was a stupendous 46.1%... Amid this Coronavirus chaos, the Chilean lithium sector is poised to economically expand itself due to an anticipated increase in demand... Lithium serves as an important modality for substituting fossil fuel extractivism with green extractivism and consistently maintaining a relentless system... Read more
By Baskut Tuncak / 11 July 2020
In the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, myself and other U.N. special rapporteurs consistently raised concerns about the approaches taken by the government of Japan. We have been concerned that raising of “acceptable limits” of radiation exposure to urge resettlement violated the government’s human rights obligations to children.  We have been concerned of the possible... Read more
By Joseph Winters / 09 July 2020
Even if the total number of cows increases (which it has), and even if cumulative emissions go up (which they have), the industry can mask these planet-warming effects by emphasizing greater greenhouse gas efficiency per unit of milk produced. For example, a 2019 report from the FAO — which was co-authored by the Global Dairy Platform — says the dairy industry’s emissions intensity, measured in... Read more

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