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‘Climate Change Is Here,’ Says Oregon Governor, ‘And We Have to Take Action’

As wildfires devour her state, the Democrat declares that the climate emergency is “like a hammer hitting us in the head.” By Jessica Corbett With the massive Bootleg Fire less than half contained and having burned nearly 409,000 acres in Oregon, Democratic Gov.…

‘Just Horrific’: Pandemic Fuels Steepest Decline in US Life Expectancy Since WWII

“I myself had never seen a change this big except in the history books,” said Elizabeth Arias, a CDC demographer. By Jake Johnson New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data out Wednesday shows that life expectancy in the U.S. fell…

‘Wake Up Call’: Rapidly Thawing Permafrost Threatens Trans-Alaska Pipeline

“The implications of this speak to the pipeline’s integrity and the effect climate change is having on pipeline safety in general.” Alaska’s thawing permafrost is undermining the supports that hold up an elevated section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, putting in danger…

‘Nature and Physics Will Not Fall for It’: Greta Thunberg Rips Into Climate Theatrics of World Leaders

“Let’s be clear—what you are doing is not about climate action or responding to an emergency. It never was.” In the wake of the latest failure by the G7 nations to take meaningful steps to combat the climate emergency and record-breaking heatwaves on multiple continents, Swedish…

How Democrats and Progressives Undermined the Potential of the Biden-Putin Summit

No matter what happens at Wednesday’s summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in Geneva, a grim reality is that Democratic Party leaders have already hobbled its potential to move the world away from the worsening dangers of nuclear war. After nearly…

On Climate and Covid-19 Emergencies, G7 Judged a ‘Colossal Failure’ for All the World to See

“Never in the history of the G7 has there been a bigger gap between their actions and the needs of the world. In the face of these challenges the G7 have chosen to cook the books on vaccines and continue…

Bill Gates Almost Single-Handedly Derailed the Plan That Could Have Led to a ‘People’s Vaccine’

For all his philanthropy, Gates is deeply committed to protecting the rights of patent holders. By Linda McQuaig Hard to believe now, but in the first few months of the pandemic it looked like the world was going to act…

Organizers Cut Veteran’s Microphone for Speaking About Black History at Memorial Day Event

A 77-year-old veteran Army medic accused organizers of an American Legion Memorial Day event of censoring him on Wednesday, days after his microphone was cut as he attempted to share how the holiday was originally celebrated by Black people who…

‘Landslide Victory for Climate Justice’: Court Rules Shell Must Cut CO2 Emissions 45% by 2030

“This is a turning point in history,” said an attorney who noted that the ruling “may also have major consequences for other big polluters.” By Jessica Corbett Climate campaigners worldwide are celebrating after a Dutch court on Wednesday ordered fossil…

Dramatic Arrest of Journalist by Belarus Highlights US Targeting of Snowden in 2013

“Downing aircraft to pursue the arrest of dissidents has always been outrageous,” the NSA whistleblower said Monday. By Kenny Stancil While the dramatic arrest of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich by the Belarusian government over the weekend was fiercely condemned worldwide, press freedom advocates…

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