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Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, November 16, 2017

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. We’re broadcasting live from the U.N. climate summit here in Bonn, Germany. Close to 200 countries are gathered. The U.S. says that it is pulling out of the climate accord. Well, on Monday night, activists and Democratic lawmakers staged a full-fledged revolt as the Trump administration made its official debut at this year’s COP at a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power.

Sophia Burns, The North Star, November 6, 2017

One summer in college, I got a job canvassing for Greenpeace. We spent the morning getting pumped up by our supervisor about how we were really going to make a difference, then spent the afternoon on the sidewalk downtown asking passers-by for donations. As new hires, we had three probationary days to “make staff”: anyone who didn’t meet the quota would not be kept on, and those who did would be fired if they didn’t continue to deliver.

Chris Winters, Yes! Magazine, October 28, 2017

Capitalism has been the world’s dominant economic system for more than 700 years. And as it brings the planet to new crises, author Raj Patel believes it’s important to imagine what might replace it.

But reform won’t happen unless we understand capitalism’s appeal and historical rise, says Patel, a food justice activist and professor at the University of Texas at Austin. It’s remarkably resilient and can be traced to a process he calls “cheapness.”

Eli Day, In These Times, October 28, 2017

When Terry Melvin was a boy in Lackawanna, N.Y., an afternoon siren would occasionally ring out, warning the city’s mostly black residents to the avalanche of red soot that would soon explode from the mouth of Bethelem Steel and blanket the city. But before making landfall, the thick dust would build a home in the lungs of whomever toiled inside the Bethlehem plant. Over the years, cancer would sink its teeth into many of the factory’s workers, including both of Melvin’s grandfathers.

Geeta Anand and Vikram Singh, New York Times, October 28, 2017

See this amazing visual tour through the lives of India Villagers facing extreme climate impacts. "Hotter temperatures are forcing families in southern India to decide: Try to survive here, or leave?"

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/26/world/asia/10000000549535...

Ragina Johnson and Nicole Colson, Socialist Worker, October 23, 2017

THE DEADLIEST wildfires in the state's history ripped through large areas in Northern California this month, terrorizing residents, causing mass evacuations, and leaving behind catastrophic destruction.

Julian Hayda, Jerome McDonnell, WBEZ91.5Chicago, September 5, 2017

When the National Weather Service called Hurricane Harvey an “unprecedented” event with unknown impacts, people only needed to look at 2005’s Hurricane Katrina or 2012’s Hurricane Sandy see what communities would likely be affected the most. 

K. Jessica Hsu and Mark Schuller, HuffPost, September 5, 2017

Yes, to not ask questions about climate change is indeed dumb, as Senator Sanders pointed out.

Talli Nauman, Native Sun News, September 5, 2017

FARGO, N. D. –– The Fortune 500 company answerable for building the Dakota Access Pipeline across unceded 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory is seeking $1 billion in damages in a new lawsuit against organized opposition involved with the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) struggle to block the private oil infrastructure project.

Ben Walker, Inside Climate News, August 25, 2017

Cupped in the Bolivian highlands that border Chile, the small village is littered by centuries of conquest and expansion: from the pre-Incas, who ringed the surrounding hills with protective fortresses, to the gold-hungry Spanish conquistadors drawn to the region's mineral wealth.

But after centuries of settlement, Santiago K has become a ghost town. Drought, debt and climate change have squeezed roughly 80 percent of Santiago's residents from their homes in search of work and a better life.

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