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- Why Agroecology Should Be Considered as Key for Climate Negotiations
Students of St Denis Libolina Primary have used agroecology farming techniques to transform the entire school garden and any free space into food forests and gardens for different vegetable varieties, legumes, and herbs. Now the students, who are physically challenged, have challenged their parents, villagers, and farmers in the outskirts of Myanga Township, in Kenya’s
- Israel-Jordan Relations in The Wake of The Gaza War
Although the dire impact of the Israel-Hamas war has touched many countries in the region and beyond, no foreign country has been so profoundly affected by the war than Jordan. Israel must mitigate Jordan’s concerns to save its critical alliance with its neighbor while fully collaborating in the search for a permanent resolution to the
- Hearts and Minds: We Need to Understand the Critical Role of Human, Social, and Institutional Leadership to Achieve the Goals of the 2015 Paris Agreements
The main challenge for addressing climate change a decade ago was how to develop low-cost, low-carbon solutions such as wind or solar power. Since that hurdle has been cleared, we now need to focus on social dimensions to deploying solutions quickly and at large-scale. Important progress has been made over the past decade in terms
- Only Some States Are Warning Residents of “Forever Chemicals” in Freshwater Fish
Eating a single serving of freshwater fish can be the equivalent of drinking water with high levels of PFAS for a month.
- Small Grants Are Helping Southern Families Access Gender-Affirming Care
Southern families with trans youth are turning to advocacy groups amid an increasingly hostile legal landscape.
- Fossil Fuel Companies Back Toothless “Decarbonization Charter” at COP28 in Dubai
320 organizations denounced the plan as corporate greenwashing and called on the COP28 Presidency to abandon it.
- Texas Judge Orders Release of Uvalde Shooting Records
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- West Virginians Could Get Stuck Cleaning Up the Coal Industry’s Messes
by Ken Ward Jr., Mountain State Spotlight This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Mountain State Spotlight. Sign up for Dispatches to get stories like […]
- Senate Committee Authorizes Subpoenas of Harlan Crow and Leonard Leo as Part of Supreme Court Ethics Probe
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- Copping out? Biden skips UN climate conference – podcast
The UN’s Cop28 climate conference has kicked off in Dubai this week – but one notable absence will be the US president. Joe Biden pledged to make the fight against climate breakdown one of his top priorities when he took office, and news of his absence from this year’s gathering has frustrated activists.Jonathan Freedland speaks to one such activist, Jerome Foster, who in 2021 became the youngest adviser to the White House when he was asked to sit on its environmental justice advisory council Continue reading...
- Federal judge rejects Trump’s attempt to dismiss 2020 election subversion case
In stinging opinion, judge Tanya Chutkan rejects idea that being commander in chief confers lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ passA federal judge on Friday rejected Donald Trump’s attempt to dismiss his federal criminal case over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, ruling that he enjoyed no immunity from prosecution simply because it was based on actions he took when he was still president.The order by the presiding US district judge Tanya Chutkan simultaneously denied two of Trump’s motions to dismiss – on presidential immunity grounds and constitutional grounds – setting the stage for Trump to appeal to the DC circuit and ultimately the US supreme court. Continue reading...
- Trump victory in 2024 would mean no trial in Georgia for years, lawyer argues
Trump’s trial in Fulton county could be delayed until 2029 if he won re-election because of the US constitution, Steve Sadow saidDonald Trump’s trial on charges that he conspired to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia would be delayed until 2029 if he won re-election next year because the US constitution prohibits states from interfering with federal government functions, his lawyer argued at a court hearing on Friday.“I believe that the supremacy clause and his duties as president of the United States – this trial would not take place at all until after his term in office,” the former president’s lawyer Steve Sadow said. Continue reading...
- Pro-Palestine protester self-immolates outside Atlanta’s Israeli consulate
The person, who is as yet not been identified, is in critical condition and a guard who attempted to intervene was injuredA protester with a Palestinian flag self-immolated on Friday outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, injuring a security guard who attempted to intervene, authorities said.The person, whom officials did not identify, is in critical condition, the Atlanta police chief Darin Schierbaum said at a news conference. The guard’s condition was not immediately clear. Continue reading...
- Democratic congressman says home vandalized by Gaza ceasefire protesters
Adam Smith of Washington state calls spray-painting of garage ‘sadly reflective of the coarsening of the political discourse’A Democratic congressman says his home was vandalized on Thursday night by “people advocating for a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza”.Adam Smith, a US House member from Washington state, called the vandalism to his home in the city of Bellevue “sadly reflective of the coarsening of the political discourse in our country, and is completely unwarranted, unnecessary, and harmful to our political system”. Continue reading...
- The EPA is aiming to get rid of lead pipes in 10 years. But not in Chicago.
The city’s nearly 400,000 pipes wouldn’t have to be fully removed for nearly 30 years after the rest of the nation.
- Despite war at home, Palestine arrives at global climate conference
At COP28 in Dubai, Palestinian delegates are calling attention to another crisis.
- An Alaska Native tribal council greenlit a gold mine. Some tribal members aren’t happy.
Some in the Native Village of Tetlin claim their leaders broke tribal laws when agreeing to the Manh Choh mine.
Inside Climate News
- COP28 Promised Fireworks. Back in the US, the Climate Wars Rage On
President Joe Biden may be skipping the global climate talks abroad, but that didn’t stop him from addressing the issue back home as he stumped in Colorado this week to criticize Republican lawmakers for impeding his climate efforts. Speaking Wednesday at a Colorado wind tower manufacturing plant, Biden took aim at U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert,
- At COP28, the Role of Food Systems in the Climate Crisis Will Get More Attention Than Ever
By the end of the United Nations annual climate conference, going on now in Dubai, the term “food system transformation” will be very well worn. An unprecedented focus on food and agriculture at the conference, known as COP28, comes four months after its Emirati leaders announced a “Food Systems and Agriculture Agenda” for the nearly
- An inspired type of armor for microbes could reduce the need for chemical fertilizers
Drawing on technology that protects drugs as they pass through the human body, scientists have found a way to seal nitrogen-fixing bacteria so that it can withstand high temperatures and humidity for months.
- A Century Later, New Math Smooths Out General Relativity
Mathematicians prove a theorem that illuminates the geometry of universes with tiny amounts of mass. The post A Century Later, New Math Smooths Out General Relativity first appeared on Quanta Magazine
The Real News Network
- The war on Palestine has gone on for over 100 years
Historian Rashid Khalidi reframes the 'Israel-Palestine Conflict' in light of the 1917 Balfour Declaration and beyond, breaking down the myth of an ancient and eternal Jewish-Arab antagonism.
- Macy’s, Starbucks workers use fake corporate holidays to strike
'Red Cup Day' and 'Black Friday' became the target of thousands of workers' collective action as thousands of Starbucks and Macy's workers walked off the job.
- Arkansas police arrest man for a traffic violation in his own driveway
The ordeal has left a Greenbrier, Arkansas, man without the $30,000 vehicle he depends on for his livelihood.
The Marshall Project
- Four Suicides in L.A. and the Mental Health Problem in Law Enforcement
Four suspected suicides in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department highlight a problem affecting agencies across the country.
- Movie Examines American Dream Through the Lens of Diminishing Rural Healthcare
“If Dreams Were Lightning” asks “What is a community if it doesn't have something as essential as a place to go when you're sick?" The post Movie Examines American Dream Through the Lens of Diminishing Rural Healthcare appeared first on The Daily Yonder.
- 45 Degrees North: The Flip Side of Gas Stoves
The holidays can be a great time to share family recipes, traditions, and perspectives on life that sometimes puzzle our loved ones – like the rural devotion to gas stoves. The post 45 Degrees North: The Flip Side of Gas Stoves appeared first on The Daily Yonder.
- Housing Prices Have Plateaued in Rural Moab Valley, but Only by a Little
This story was originally published by the Moab Times-Independent. For Kaitlin Myers, the developments were at opposite ends of the Moab Valley but signaled the same trend. One was a small subdivision just a mile from the San Juan County border in Spanish Valley. The other, ensconced in downtown Moab, was a block of condominiums The post Housing Prices Have Plateaued in Rural Moab Valley, but Only by a Little appeared first on The Daily Yonder.
- How Apple’s App Tracking Policy Curbs Financial Fraud
An essential adage these days is to protect your private data to keep fraudsters at bay. A new paper has quantified the incidence of financial fraud complaints among app users who follow that advice. Titled “Consumer Surveillance and Financial Fraud,” the paper was co-authored by Wharton finance professor Huan Tang and finance professors Bo Bian… Continue reading How Apple’s App Tracking Policy Curbs Financial Fraud The post How Apple’s App Tracking Policy Curbs Financial Fraud appeared first on Fair Observer.
- Were 30 Years of the Slaughter of Kashmiri Hindus Inevitable?
The year is 1998. Sunday, January 25, 1998, to be precise. Super Bowl XXXII is in full swing. The Denver Broncos defeat the defending champions, the Green Bay Packers, by a score of 31–24. Bill Clinton is the president of the USA, and the following day he will discuss the Monica Lewinsky story publicly. India… Continue reading Were 30 Years of the Slaughter of Kashmiri Hindus Inevitable? The post Were 30 Years of the Slaughter of Kashmiri Hindus Inevitable? appeared first on Fair Observer.
- Azerbaijan Fought for Security, not Ethnicity, in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict
In September 2023, Azerbaijan assumed full control of Karabakh, a region of the country that had previously been under the control of a breakaway entity, in a counter-terrorism measure. On October 20, an author published a piece in Fair Observer accusing Azerbaijan of “ethnic cleansing” in Karabakh. He achieves this by lifting Azerbaijan’s measures out… Continue reading Azerbaijan Fought for Security, not Ethnicity, in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict The post Azerbaijan Fought for Security, not Ethnicity, in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict appeared first on Fair Observer.
- The hidden power of nature in cities
We’ve long known that trees, parks and other green spaces can sequester carbon dioxide. But it turns out that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as their ability to make the world a better place. When urban planners consider and work to maximize all effects on greenhouse gas emissions, the potential of these and other nature-based solutions (NBS) to contribute to climate goals multiplies […]
- In Indianapolis, Drugs and Guns Converge, but Solutions Remain Disjointed
After a day spent observing a courtroom trial at the Community Justice Campus, Anthony Beverly sat on his living room couch and shuffled through handwritten notes from the day’s proceeding. The community activist felt a pang of hopelessness; he believed that the young man on trial was innocent, but he was uncertain that the jury The post In Indianapolis, Drugs and Guns Converge, but Solutions Remain Disjointed appeared first on The Trace.
- How 30 Years of Federal Background Checks Changed Gun Buying, by the Numbers
On November 30, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, establishing a system of background checks for firearm purchasers. The legislation, colloquially known as the Brady Bill, brought about a significant shift in the way firearms are bought and sold in the United States. The law originated from an The post How 30 Years of Federal Background Checks Changed Gun Buying, by the Numbers appeared first on The Trace.
- How Will Philadelphia’s New Mayor Drive Down Shootings?
Cherelle Parker won’t be sworn in as Philadelphia’s 100th mayor until the first week of January, but her critics and supporters are already debating what she’ll need to do to combat the city’s gun violence crisis. Parker, 51, a single mother born into poverty who earned an advanced degree from the University of Pennsylvania before The post How Will Philadelphia’s New Mayor Drive Down Shootings? appeared first on The Trace.
Yale Environment 360
- Why We Won't Know When We've Passed the 1.5-Degree Threshold
While the Paris Agreement aims to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C, experts won't know when we have surpassed this threshold, a fact that could undermine global efforts to tackle climate change, scientists say.Read more on E360 →
- The Mass ‘Cop City’ Arraignments Were an Absurd Circus
Georgia prosecutors have launched a first-of-its-kind racketeering case against 61 people, ranging from visitors arrested at a music festival to bail fund organizers. The mass-arraignment on November 6 showed just how much of an insane, unconscionable mess the case really is. The post The Mass ‘Cop City’ Arraignments Were an Absurd Circus appeared first on The Appeal.
- Police in Arizona Arrest Reporter Covering Pro-Palestine Protest
Alisa Reznick’s arrest marks the second time police within the United States have detained a reporter at a pro-Palestine protest in recent months. The post Police in Arizona Arrest Reporter Covering Pro-Palestine Protest appeared first on The Appeal.
- Bank Allies in Congress Join Fight Against New Capital Rules
Members of Congress who have received substantial bank industry funding are echoing banking industry talking points and urging regulators to scrap their Basel III Endgame proposal on capital standards.
- Penguin Parents Sleep for Just a Few Seconds at a Time to Guard Newborns: Study
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- Democracy Now! 2023-12-01 Friday
Headlines for December 01, 2023; “Mass Assassination Factory”: Israel Using AI to Generate Targets in Gaza, Increasing Civilian Toll; Resumed Bombing of Gaza Will Be Crushing to Palestinian Students Shot in Vermont, Says Victim’s Mother; The Case Against Henry Kissinger: War Crimes Prosecutor Reed Brody on Kissinger’s Legacy of “Slaughter”
- Campaign Legal Center Responds to George Santos Expulsion Vote
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 311-114 to expel Representative George Santos of New York after a House Ethics Committee investigation found substantial evidence that he committed serious legal and ethics violations. Rep. Santos also faces a 23-count federal indictment that includes campaign finance crimes. Adav Noti, Senior Vice President & Legal Director at Campaign Legal Center, released the following statement in response to today’s vote: “No one is above the law. The expulsion of Rep. George Santos after a House Ethics Committee investigation revealed substantial evidence that he engaged in criminal and unethical activity vindicates the voters’ right to financial transparency from their representatives and demonstrates that oversight bodies in Congress are critical to accountability. The House Ethics Committee’s monthslong investigation into the Santos campaign was triggered by a referral from the Office of Congressional Ethics – the only independent ethics investigatory body in Congress. Findings by the Committee released in mid-November detailed substantial evidence that Santos violated a slew of federal election laws, including conspiracy to commit perjury in filings with the Federal Election Commission. The Committee also noted Santos’s refusal to cooperate with the Committee’s investigation. Santos’s expulsion shows the power and potential of ethics enforcement. While it should not take violations as egregious as those committed by Santos for this system to work effectively, it is also further proof that an independent investigatory body for the Senate is long overdue. All Americans have the right to financial honesty from members of Congress, and to effective enforcement against any elected official who deprives the voters of that right.” --- On January 9, 2023, Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Rep. George Santos, his 2022 campaign committee and treasurer Nancy Marks violated federal campaign finance laws. The following day, CLC referred the complaint to the Department of Justice. CLC’s complaint alleged, among other things, that Santos’s campaign falsely reported $705,000 in “personal loans” from Santos, and the information underlying Marks’s guilty plea appears to support that allegation: Prosecutors in Marks’s case have reportedly indicated that Marks and Santos conspired to fabricate $500,000 in loans made to the campaign in order to meet fundraising benchmarks. The superseding indictment against Rep. Santos includes new charges related to the loans.
- Santos Expulsion is a Hard-Won Victory for Ethics Advocates and Santos’ Constituents
Today, the House voted to expel Rep. George Santos (R-NY) from Congress for ethical and criminal violations uncovered by in-depth reporting, federal criminal investigations, and an explosive House Ethics Committee report released earlier this month. Anti-corruption advocates and Santos’ own constituents have called for Santos’ expulsion since his lies about his background and resume were first uncovered in January. Lisa Gilbert, the executive vice president of Public Citizen and co-leader of the Not Above the Law coalition, issued the following statement in response: “George Santos’ expulsion from the House of Representatives is long overdue. His removal is a testament to the tireless advocacy of ethics advocates and his constituents. Residents of NY-03 were lied to throughout his campaign and denied competent representation in Congress for nearly a year. They now have a chance for honest representation. “What should have been an open-and-shut case of defrauding voters became a year-long MAGA circus as former Speaker McCarthy, current Speaker Johnson, and other extreme House leaders shielded Santos from accountability — abandoning ethical responsibility in favor of one additional vote for their dangerous and unpopular agenda. “We are all better off now that Santos no longer holds a seat in Congress, and we applaud the bipartisan group that put ethics above party and voted for his removal.”
- COP28 Presidency Unveils new ‘Alterra’ $30 Billion Renewable Energy Fund in Collaboration with BlackRock and Brookfield
In an announcement today, the COP28 Presidency with investment giants BlackRock and Brookfield announced to establish a $30 billion fund dedicated to renewable energy in Emerging and Developing Economies. While scaling up investment in renewables is much needed, 350.org raises concerns regarding the accuracy of fund claims and the absence of critical safeguards against potentially harmful investments. “In the pursuit of a greener tomorrow, we must scrutinize the COP28 fund’s bold claims. While in principle a step in the right direction, we would need to check that the claims by the presidency are not overblown. It seems that safeguards against dangerous distractions and projects that harm communities are missing” says Andreas Sieber, Associate Director of Policy and Campaigns of 350.orgThe majority of the $30 billion fund is expected to operate at market rates rather than through concessional finance or grants – a financial approach deemed essential for the substantial upscaling of renewable deployment in the Global South.Presently, the fund stands at a mere $6.5 billion, not $30bn and is only “expected” to attract additional funds, leaving the timeline for achieving the full “commitment” of $30 billion unclear. Of the total sum, $5 billion is planned to be designated for “risk mitigation capital,” in principle a positive step. Yet, this can be expected to come in the form of concessional loans which can help in particular to unlock private capital. However, 350.org expresses apprehension about the lack of safeguards to prevent the accumulation of unsustainable debt, for both market rate and concessional finance instruments.“What we can take at face value right now is a fund of $6.5bn which will lend at market rates ‘for global investments, including the Global South’ – this isn’t wrong per se, but as such not a game changer and certainly not an adequate response to the financing needs of countries in the Global South” says Andreas Sieber, Associate Director of Policy and Campaigns of 350.orgWhile acknowledging the potential of concessional loans to attract additional private investment, 350.org questions the bold claim of unlocking $250 billion by 2030, deeming it potentially exaggerated and urging a closer examination of the fund’s feasibility.The composition of the fund’s leadership raises further concerns, with three out of four members having a documented history of involvement in fossil fuel investments or having led fossil fuel companies. This has prompted 350.org to highlight concerns about the potential exclusion of essential renewable investments, such as Carbon Capture and Storage, and the need for a strategic shift away from fossil fuel-related endeavors.350.org calls for a transparent and comprehensive assessment of the fund’s governance, ensuring it aligns with principles of responsible and ethical investment to effectively drive the transition towards a sustainable, green energy future.Zaki Mamdoo, 350.org Campaign Coordinator, StopEACOP said:“History shows that when rich countries extract fossil fuels in poorer countries there are usually consequences, like worsening social and economic inequalities on top of deepening the climate crisis. 30 billion USD of climate funds managed by the likes of these companies risk replicating the same systems that worsen inequalities. We must support affordable and energy-saving solutions. We also need to put decision-making power in the hands of the many, instead of bankers. People should be actively involved in making decisions. Community-centered, community-led, and community-owned wind and solar energy projects are the models that will bring us to an energy transition rooted in justice.”
- AUDIO: Labor Year in Review
Jenny Brown of Labor Notes discusses the Auto Workers, Teamsters, nurses, hotel workers and teachers who have been making waves this year. Listen on ‘Revolutions Per Minute,’ the podcast of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America. LISTEN HERE.
- The Black Churches Lifting Up Climate Resilience
This story was originally published by the KneeDeep Times. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,” declares Reverend Frank Jackson, Jr. on Google Meet with a spark in his eye, quoting the Psalms. An ordained minister, he is president of the auxiliary council at his church in […]
- The Weekly Wrap: In Police Searches, New York Bicyclists To Be Held To The Same Standard As Drivers
(Photo by Robinson Greig / Unsplash) Welcome back to The Weekly Wrap! As we get closer to the end of 2023, we’re also inching closer toward sending our Solutions of the Year magazine to your mailboxes. To get your copy, donate to Next City before the year ends. […]
- As Chicago Punts On Apartment Safety, Denver Shows What’s Possible
Kevin Lewis, an independent inspector, examines a single-family rental home in Denver. (Photo by Chet Strange / Illinois Answers Project) The tenant of a two-story house in east Denver had been expecting Kevin Lewis when he knocked on her door this past June. […]
The World – PRI
- Assassination plot in the US allegedly traces back to Indian govt
On Wednesday, a US federal indictment was unsealed, charging Indian national Nikhil Gupta in a murder-for-hire plot ordered up by an official inside the Indian government for targeting Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a dual American and Canadian citizen, in New York.
- The ‘Say Hi’ campaign in Sweden is helping to combat loneliness
Åsa Koski, a social strategist with the Luleå municipality in northern Sweden, started the Säg hej! (“Say hi!”) campaign to try and get people to interact more with each other to combat widespread loneliness.
- Henry Kissinger leaves lasting — and controversial — foreign policy legacy
Few American statesmen have been as celebrated and as hated as Henry Kissinger, described as a “key architect of US foreign policy.” He died on Wednesday at the age of 100.
- The Archivists: The Unseen Fight to Preserve Our Stories
After months of working closely with the archivists and librarians of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the... The post The Archivists: The Unseen Fight to Preserve Our Stories appeared first on Latino USA.
- By Right of Discovery
In the fall of 1969, Richard Oakes, a 27-year-old citizen of the Mohawk nation and student, stood on the grounds... The post By Right of Discovery appeared first on Latino USA.
- Bad Mexicans: Borderland History That Resonates Today
At the turn of the 20th century, revolution was starting to brew in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. A group of Mexican... The post Bad Mexicans: Borderland History That Resonates Today appeared first on Latino USA.
- COP28: 7 food and agriculture innovations needed to protect the climate and feed a rapidly growing world
Food systems are increasingly disrupted by climate disasters, while also being a major contributor to climate change. World leaders at COP28 are vowing to do something about it.
- Santos, now booted from the House, got elected as a master of duplicity -- here's how it worked
A scholar of political deception says there is something especially deceitful about George Santos, and his success getting elected demonstrates mastery of something more than just pathological lying.
- Native American mothers whose children have been separated from them experience a raw and ongoing grief that has no end
Native American families have endured generations of systematic child removal, but the grief, loss and trauma that birth mothers still experience have been largely overlooked.
- A First Amendment battle looms in Georgia, where the state is framing opposition to a police training complex as a criminal conspiracy
This isn’t the first time that US authorities have criminalized civil disobedience or framed grassroots organizing as a conspiracy.
- 'Wonka' movie holds remnants of novel's racist past
The original storyline for Road Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” contained some stunning parallels to the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Indian Country Today
The 19th News
- White Vigilante Appeals Murder Conviction, Seeks Release From Jail
Saint Paul, MN — On May 31, Ramsey County District Judge Leonardo Castro sentenced Brian Kjellberg to just 365 days in jail for the December 2, 2021 killing of Arnell ‘AJ’ Stewart. Now, after serving six months of his sentence, Kjellberg is asking for release… The post White Vigilante Appeals Murder Conviction, Seeks Release From Jail appeared first on UNICORN RIOT.
- A glimpse of the world’s heart
I tried to go to a sacred place atop a mountain. But there are some places we cannot go – and some things we cannot know - by Nick Hunt Read at Aeon
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