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image Animals Birds Burning Alive In Alberta Largest Evacuation In Canadian History wallofflame.jpg by S9
41 fires, 10 of them out of control, are burning in Alberta. Ft McMurray, the fracking boomtown, is gone.
Posted: Fri May 6, 2016 8:35AM
image Wales: #BreakFree climate activists invoke Welsh dragon in Ffos-y-fran coal occupation 480_20160503-flickr-welsh-dragon-reclaims-coalmine2_1.jpg original image (640x426) by john Englart (Takver)
Welsh climate activists invoked the mythical red dragon to say 'Break Free from fossil fuels' and 'No New Coal'. A red puppet dragon was used in the civil disobedient occupation of the Ffos-y-fran open cut mine in South Wales on May 3. This is the largest open cast coal mine in the United Kingdom.
Posted: Fri May 6, 2016 4:35AM
image Philippines: 10,000 march to #BreakFree from #coal in Batangas city 480_20160504-flickr-breakfree-philippines_1.jpg original image (640x509) by john Englart (Takver)
Twenty seven coal power stations are planned for construction in the Philippines. As part of the global #BreakFree protests, around 10,000 Filipinos marched in Batangas City on May 4 demanding an end to coal and transition to renewable energy. The protest comes just five days before national elections.
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 10:44PM
image U.S. taxpayers are paying for lion's share of Brown's Delta Tunnels district-map-624x642-292x300.png by Dan Bacher
“The largest irrigation district in the nation that receives hundreds of millions in taxpayer subsidies, Westlands Water District, wants the nation to not only give them a permanent water contract for free with virtually no strings as to how they will contain their toxic groundwater pollution, but now we find out they have been gaming their responsibility to pay for these expensive tunnels to export even more water to these toxic lands,” explained Carolee Krieger, Executive Director of Ca...
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 10:03PM
image Stuck in Traffic — Will More Lanes Help? 480_stuck_in_traffic_header_1.jpg original image (547x170) by Rick Longinotti
The Campaign for Sensible Transportation is advocating that a sales tax measure for the November ballot eliminate funds for widening Highway 1 and instead allocate the money for the financially ailing METRO transit and other sustainable transportation projects. The Campaign is trying to address a persistent, but inaccurate belief that widening highways successfully relieve congestion. On May 14th the Campaign is sponsoring Susan Handy, Ph.D., Director of the National Center for Sustainable Tr...
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 9:11PM
image New Leaf Community Markets in Felton Honors Driscoll’s Boycott 480_new-leaf-felton-boycott-driscolls_1.jpg original image (2680x2680) by Bradley Allen
New Leaf Community Markets in Felton, California takes a righteous step in support of the farmworkers who grow our food. In addition to pulling Driscoll’s berries from their shelves, the market is displaying a letter with an overview of the boycott.
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 8:10PM
audio Vote Your Hopes, Not Your Fears: Building the Green Party (audio/mpeg 3.4MB) by Ann Garrison
Socialist Alternative, led by Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant, and others have called for Bernie Sanders to found an independent left party for the 99 percent and run as an independent, or to appeal to Jill Stein and the Green Party to join their ticket, despite Sanders's oft repeated promise to endorse the Democrats’ nominee. With little time left to get a new party on the ballot in most states, I looked into Green Party ballot access in the 50 states and spoke to Bruce Dixon, Georgia...
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 12:57PM
text TTIP and CETA Must Be Prevented by Conrad Schuhler and Jonas Sjostedt
Under TTIP, TPP and TiSA, corporations can sue states for lost profits. The German Judges Union calls additional protection of foreign investors "nonsense" that undermines democracy and the constitutional state and could lead to an avalanche of lawsuits and the chilling of labor and environmental protection. Jonas Sjostedt is the chairperson of the Swedish Left Party.
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 11:53AM
image Grape and nut glut drying up Golden State cadroghtmap_1.jpg by Patrick Porgans
California water officials and mainstream media assertions this epic drought has caused socioeconomic and a financial disaster to the State's economy is not supported by the facts published in government reports.Three years into the drought and the Golden State's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached a record $2.31 trillion, agriculture revenues higher than ever, statewide building permits doubled, and more water-guzzling permanent crops planted, and state mandated cutbacks in urban water use,...
Posted: Wed May 4, 2016 5:53PM
text Oil Industry Continues Efforts to “Buy” California’s Electoral Syste Oil Industry Continue by via Sierra Club California
Environmental Groups Condemn Big Oil’s Activity in Two Key Legislative Races
Posted: Wed May 4, 2016 3:01PM
calendar Berkeley Lab’s Cleantech Pitchfest 480_16-pa-2590_facebook_s_t_mmt_june_1200x627_v2_1.jpg original image (1200x627) by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Marines’ Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter (at Mason) San Francisco, CA 94102
Event Date: Wed Jun 1, 2016 7:00PM
Posted: Wed May 4, 2016 11:22AM
image France: Greenwashing - Dirty secret revealed from Australia at Engie Group AGM 480_20160503-engiesecret-hazelwood-feature_1.jpg original image (800x400) by john Englart (Takver)
Don't you like corporate greenwashing? French company Engie have this marvellous vision and plan outlined at their AGM for reducing CO2 and transitioning to renewable energy to tackle climate change. Except nobody told their Australian subsidiary companies who want to invest millions of dollars in upgrading turbines at Loy Yang B coal power station which will either lock in carbon and particulate pollution from burning brown coal for years to come, or end up being stranded assets.
Posted: Wed May 4, 2016 7:06AM
image May Day in Santa Cruz Sees Visits to the Boardwalk and New Leaf Market 480_may-day-santa-cruz-1-beach-flats-garden-march-pacific-avenue_1.jpg original image (1400x935) by Alex Darocy
International Workers Day was honored on May 1 in Santa Cruz with a march in support of two food justice issues of particular concern locally: the international boycott of Driscoll's, which is headquartered in Watsonville, and the fight to preserve the Beach Flats Community Garden.
Posted: Tue May 3, 2016 9:47PM
image Group to Submit Petitions for Anti-Fracking Initiative to Monterey County Elections Office 480_luana__stacking_fracking_petitions_protect_monterey_county_1.jpg original image (673x1159) by via Protect Monterey County
Relying on the power of over 250 volunteers, the grassroots group, Protect Monterey County, has collected over 15,000 signatures for their initiative, Protect Our Water: Ban Fracking and Limit Risky Oil Operations. This is more than double the number of signatures required to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 ballot (7,391 signatures). No paid signature gatherers were employed in this seven week effort. This historic petition drive has engaged more volunteers than any other countyw...
Posted: Tue May 3, 2016 3:30PM
text EPA Uses Industry-funded Studies to Determine Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer by Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore., May 2, 2016 — An EPA analysis relying heavily on unpublished, industry funded studies has determined that glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” The EPA determination, released to the public on Friday, stands in sharp contrast to a finding last year by the World Health Organization’s cancer-research arm that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
Posted: Tue May 3, 2016 3:08PM
image May Day March for Beach Flats Garden and Boycott Driscoll's 480_beach-garden-boycott-driscolls_5_5-1-16_1.jpg original image (1200x900) by Bradley Allen
The march drew connections between saving the local Beach Flats Community Garden and the global boycott of Driscoll’s, the world’s largest berry distributor, founded and based in Santa Cruz County.
Posted: Tue May 3, 2016 12:45PM
text Chernobyl + 30 by Michael Steinbertg
Thirty Years after the nuclear cataclysm at Chernobyl, the disaster continues.
Posted: Mon May 2, 2016 3:52PM
image Save the Beach Flats Garden 480_092_1.jpg original image (6000x4000) by AutumnSun
Marching From Santa Cruz City Hall to The Seaside Company (owners of The Boardwalk) and stopping at New Leaf asking that they honor the Boycott of Driscoll's berries!
Posted: Mon May 2, 2016 11:43AM
image Palm Oil Home Invasion In Everything From Snack Foods to Pet Foods 480_forests_to_pastures_1.jpg original image (494x414) by Tomas DiFiore
The link between livestock expansion and deforestation is not because the land that underlies tropical forests makes better pastures or produces higher crop yields. In fact, just the opposite is true. The soils of newly cleared tropical forest land are generally of poor quality, leading to low crop yields and sustaining few animals per hectare. But these lands are inexpensive or even free for the taking, usually increasing considerably in value once they are cleared. Palm oil expansion has re...
Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:58AM
calendar MAY DAY March for Food Justice 480_may_day_march_for_food_justice_santa_cruz_2016_1.jpg original image (804x1374) by In support of the Beach Flats Garden
Santa Cruz City Hall: 809 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA
Event Date: Sun May 1, 2016 11:00AM
Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:15PM