Keep it in the Ground: Biden admin oil drilling policy falls short

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Climate campaigners and other progressive critics on Friday called out the Biden administration for a new U.S. Interior Department report about leasing public lands and waters to oil and gas companies, slamming its proposals as far too weak given the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground.   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The report—prepared in […]

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: 57,000 pro-life evangelicals call to protect God’s creation

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57,000 pro-life Christians signed the Evangelical Environmental Network’s (EEN) petition calling for the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Refuge is a sacred place, and pro-life Christians know that ongoing attempts to open the land to oil and gas drilling is an affront to God’s creation and the Indigenous sovereignty of the […]

Indigenous leaders hail Biden’s Chaco Canyon drilling ban as ‘Important first step’

Published on November 28th, 2021 | by

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A coalition of Southwestern Indigenous leaders applauded President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland following the announcement of a proposed 20-year fossil fuel drilling ban around the sacred Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico—even as the administration auctioned off tens of millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas extraction. […]

Old phone cable containing 63 tons of toxic lead will be removed from Lake Tahoe

Published on November 28th, 2021 | by

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Anglers, divers and other residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin have reason to celebrate. Under a settlement agreement finalized this month in federal court in Sacramento, AT&T’s PacBell subsidiary will remove eight miles of decrepit telephone cable from Lake Tahoe, where it has been leaching toxic lead into the iconic lake’s water for decades. The cable […]

The average person’s daily choices can still make a big difference in fighting climate change – and getting governments and utilities to tackle it, too

Published on November 27th, 2021 | by

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The average American’s everyday interactions with energy sources are limited. They range from turning appliances on or off, to commuting, to paying utility bills. The connections between those acts and rising global temperatures may seem distant. However, individuals hold many keys to unlocking solutions to climate change – the biggest challenge our species currently faces […]

New study reveals Arctic ocean warming for over a century

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New research published Wednesday revealed the Arctic Ocean has been warming for decades longer than scientists previously understood, raising fresh concerns as the polar region faces the growing threat of a total loss of the seasonal ice that is crucial to the survival of the imperiled marine ecosystem. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams A study published in Science Advances found […]

White people care less about the environment than everyone thinks they do

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Americans substantially misperceive who is most concerned about protecting the environment and human health, and those misperceptions are consistent with white Americans’ lack of understanding of the gross inequities of environmental racism, FiveThirtyEight reports. By Nexus Media News Americans perceive young people, white people, and women as the most concerned about environmental issues, when in […]

Biden taps the Strategic Petroleum Reserve – What is it? Where did it come from? And does the US still need it?

Published on November 26th, 2021 | by

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President Joe Biden ordered a release of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve on Nov. 23, 2021, as a part of a coordinated effort with five other countries to tamp down rising fuel prices. The U.S. plans to tap 50 million barrels of crude oil in the coming months, while the other nations – the […]

Melting Arctic sea ice linked to worsening wildfire hazard in western US

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Arctic sea ice melt has driven an increase in “fire-favourable weather” across the western US over the past four decades, according to new research. The study, published in Nature Communications, finds that low Arctic sea ice levels during July to October have knock-on impacts in the atmosphere that push the jet stream northwards. This tends to […]

KXL Pipeline owner exploits NAFTA provision to file $15 billion claim against US

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The Canadian company behind the canceled Keystone XL pipeline filed a formal request for arbitration this week under the North American Free Trade Agreement to seek over $15 billion in economic damages over the Biden administration’s revocation of the cross-border oil project’s permit. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams In its Monday filing, TC Energy criticizes the permit’s cancellation as “unfair […]

New mayor Michelle Wu divests Boston funds from fossil fuels

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In her first major policy action, Boston Michelle Wu signed an ordinance on Monday to divest public funds from fossil fuels. The measure prohibits public investment in any financial instrument deriving more than 15% of its revenue from fossil fuels, as well as from tobacco products or jail or prison facilities. By Nexus Media News […]

How George Washington used his first Thanksgiving as president to unite a new country

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On Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789, George Washington woke early. Assisted by his enslaved valets – William “Billy” Lee and the young Christopher Sheels – he powdered his hair, put on his favorite black velvet suit, tied his white neckwear and donned his yellow gloves. Finally ready, he set out to travel the short distance from the […]

Minimum Viable Planet: Unpacking our anger at climate mismanagement (Rage against the frying of the night!)

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Writes Lisa: As someone who has been working on climate and environmental justice issues for decades, I have climate anger. And that anger fuels my activism. It could be my age. I lived through the Reagan presidency in the US, where he kept talking about Armageddon and had access to nuclear bombs. I’d appreciate to […]

Thanksgiving: In ‘Gather’ documentary, indigenous food sovereignty Is on the menu

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feast that symbolized an abiding pact between European colonists and Indigenous people to share the abundance of the land. But the reality of both historical and ongoing colonization, says Nephi Craig, White Mountain Apache, is that if you “want to attack a people and wipe them out—attack their food.” By Valerie Schloredt YES! magazine Consider […]

On Thanksgiving, some thoughts on language and family

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If you’ve got one of those families—nuclear or extended—in which talking politics at the dinner table brings out the glares and knives, or you just get bored hanging around the in-laws and outlaws of your own little clan on Thanksgiving, perhaps you can turn the whole affair into a language experiment that everybody can participate in. […]