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02/11/19
Author: 
Jillian Ambrose
Fracking at Cuadrilla’s site in Lancashire was out on hold after a major earth tremor. Photograph: Cuadrilla/PA
2 Nov 2019

Victory for green groups follows damning scientific study and criticism from spending watchdog
 

The government has halted fracking in England with immediate effect in a watershed moment for environmentalists and community activists.

02/11/19
Author: 
Maya Earls
Doctors for Extinction Rebellion in London, on October 12 2019.  Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas Getty Images

Health professionals have joined climate protests and organizations have divested from fossil fuels

The editor-in-chief of one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals has said doctors and medical professionals should engage in nonviolent protests to address climate change.

01/11/19
Author: 
Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash
London on April 18, 2018, as they protest against the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific Ocean. In 2016, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government approved tripling the 1,150-kilometer (715-mile) Trans Mountain pipeline's capacity to carry 890,000 barrels of oil for shipping overseas from landlocked Alberta's oil sands to the port of Vancouver. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)AFP/GETTY IMAGES
 Oct 30, 2019

By some estimates, “the price of oil could permanently plummet to $25 a barrel by the mid-2020s. Only the cheapest oil in places like Saudi Arabia could be economically produced. Canada's oil sands, where most projects need an oil price of $60 to $80 a barrel just to break even, would cease to make financial sense.”
 
30/10/19
Author: 
Jon Queally, staff writer, Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Fire is seen near Getty Center in Los Angeles, the United States, Oct. 28, 2019. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate their homes after a fast-moving wildfire erupted early Monday morning near the famous Getty Center in Los Angeles in the western U.S. state of California. (Photo: Qian Weizhong/Xinhua via Getty)
October 30, 2019

As Climate Crisis-Fueled Fires Rage, Fears Grow of an 'Uninhabitable' California

As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."
30/10/19
Author: 
Carl Meyer
Amani Khalfan, a coordinator for Extinction Rebellion in Ottawa, at a protest on Oct. 18, 2019. Photo by Kamara Morozuk

October 29th 2019

Amani Khalfan gives a hearty laugh when she's asked what she thinks of Canada’s election results.

As a coordinator for Extinction Rebellion (XR) in Ottawa, Khalfan finds it difficult to see much daylight between the promises made by Canada’s federal political parties — even between those on the left.

“No political parties, even the NDP or Greens, have committed to acting as quickly as needed to reduce global emissions, and (ban) new fossil fuel infrastructure,” she told National Observer.

30/10/19
Author: 
Aída Chávez
A PILMA mailer sent to a constituent. Some personal information has been redacted for privacy.Images: Provided to The Intercept

TRADE UNIONS ARE joining the pharmaceutical industry to attack Democrats over their long-anticipated legislation to lower prescription drug prices. The Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association, or PILMA, a coalition between the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the nation and union construction workers, recently sent out mailers using industry talking points to slam House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s signature drug-pricing plan.

30/10/19
Author: 
The Leap

[Editor: Interesting discussions here..]

The second On Fire book club conversation: Labour Organizing, Strikes, and the Green New Deal. Yesterday, we were joined by Meredith Whittaker, Lauren Burke, Raj Patel, and Deena Ladd for a captivating conversation about building worker power across silos: from bridging the divide between unionized and non-unionized workers, to connecting climate justice with other struggles.

29/10/19
Author: 
Julia Conley
Participants hold a "Kill Capitalism" banner while marching through Central Park in New York City. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Critics blame poll results on 'historical amnesia,' while progressive observers say millennials associate socialism with strong social welfare systems

October 28, 2019

A survey released Monday revealed that 70 percent of U.S. millennials—those between the ages of 23 and 38 in 2019—would support a socialist candidate for president, a result which a number of progressives viewed as an outgrowth of the damage wrought in recent decades by neoliberal capitalism and the ruling corporate order.

29/10/19
Author: 
Julia Conley

October 28, 2019

Critics blame poll results on 'historical amnesia,' while progressive observers say millennials associate socialism with strong social welfare systems

A survey released Monday revealed that 70 percent of U.S. millennials—those between the ages of 23 and 38 in 2019—would support a socialist candidate for president, a result which a number of progressives viewed as an outgrowth of the damage wrought in recent decades by neoliberal capitalism and the ruling corporate order.

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