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Hollande Called on to Lift Ban on Climate Protests at COP 21

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:05
Global Justice Now

An international coalition of NGOs, civil society groups and political figures such as Naomi Klein and Susan George have called on the French president to lift the ban on protests during the COP 21 climate talks in Paris, which is due to start on the 30 November.

Delays in Cutting Emissions Set to Cost Developing Countries Hundreds of Billions of Dollars More

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 11:43
Oxfam International

Developing countries’ economies face being crushed under the double burden of climate change adaptation costs of almost $800 billion and more than twice that in economic losses every year by 2050 if pledges to cut emissions are not improved, Oxfam warned today.

In a new report released for COP21: Game-changers in the Paris climate deal, Oxfam sets out seven steps to a Paris deal that will better protect poor people from climate change.

Fossil fuel firms risk wasting $2 trillion on uneconomic projects

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:56
Climate Tracker

Fossil fuel companies risk wasting up to $2.2 trillion in the next decade, threatening substantially lower investor returns, by pursuing projects that could be uneconomic in the face of a perfect storm of factors including international action to limit climate change to 2˚C and rapid advances in clean technologies, think tank the Carbon Tracker Initiative warns today.

Initial Reaction to U.S. Military Investigation into Hospital Attack

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:43
Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) issued the following statement today by Christopher Stokes, MSF general director, in response to the release of initial findings from a U.S. military investigation into the U.S. airstrike on MSF's hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3:

The World Takes to the Streets Ahead of Paris Climate Summit

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 09:58

The weekend before the opening of the climate summit in Paris, hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets in over 2,000 events spread across 150 countries to demand that negotiating parties keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.

EPA Revokes Approval of Dow's 'Enlist Duo' Herbicide Because of High Toxicity

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 09:33
Center for Biological Diversity

In response to litigation by conservation groups, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will revoke approval of the herbicide “Enlist Duo” after  determining that its combination of chemicals is likely significantly more harmful than initially believed.

No Violence. No Exceptions. No Exceptionalism.

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:39
War Resisters League (WRL)

As the days that unfold before us mimic a time over a decade ago when the devastating War on Terror began with US occupation of Afghanistan, we mourn because it is makes us human. For those in Raqqa. For those in Yola and Kano. For those in Ankara, in Beirut, in Baghdad, in Zabul, in Paris, and beyond. But our grief cannot be exceptional. The lives of those living under systemic and perpetual invasion, war and occupation are not disposable and must be mourned and fought for.

Global Initiative Awards Funding to Palestinian Refugee NGO

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:09
Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA)

The Shoruq organization, based in the West Bank, has been selected as one of only 20 organizations from around the world to be awarded inaugural funding from the With and For Girls Awards for their work with Palestinian refugee girls. Shoruq, meaning ‘sunrise’ in Arabic, was created by and for Palestinian refugees in 2012.

Pakistan’s 300th Hanging could be Paraplegic Wheelchair-User, Tomorrow

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:37

A prisoner who is unable to stand could tomorrow become the 300th person to be executed in Pakistan since the country re-started hangings in December, according to some estimates.

Abdul Basit contracted meningitis while in prison in 2010, and due to medical negligence was left paralysed from the waist down.   The Pakistan Prison Rules do not provide for hanging those unable to stand, leading to concerns that he could suffer a drawn-out, inhumane execution.

Georgia Secretary of State Kemp Notified: Stop Illegally Purging Voter Lists

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:33
Common Cause

In an ongoing debate about how fair and accessible the process of voting is to all Georgians, Common Cause and the Georgia NAACP have put the Secretary of State on notice that his office is illegally purging people from state voter lists, causing additional hardship for voters already challenged by the cost and process.

This notification comes amidst a new crisis of confidence in Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office and its handling of private, highly sensitive data on voter files that the people entrust to his office to maintain and secure.

Environmental Coalition Vows Continued Campaign to Shut Down Dangerously Age-Degraded Atomic Reactor Pressure Vessel

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:30
Beyond Nuclear

On November 23rd, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff, headquartered in Rockville, MD near Washington, DC, published two related approvals, representing safety regulation rollbacks regarding age-related degradation risks at Entergy Nuclear’s 44-year old Palisades atomic reactor in Covert, MI, four miles south of South Haven on the Lake Michigan shore.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Abortion Restrictions in Wisconsin

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 05:28

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit today rejected Wisconsin's efforts to reinstate an unconstitutional restriction on access to abortion. This comes just over a week after the U.S.

Food & Water Watch Echoes Calls to Allow Peaceful Protests in France During COP 21; U.S. 'All of the Above' Energy Policy Must Be Highlighted in Paris

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:22
Food & Water Watch

“Food & Water Watch supports our French and European allies in calling for the peaceful mobilizations to go forward in Paris around the UN climate talks. Prohibiting public demonstrations undermines the legitimacy of the negotiations, and reduces the chances that meaningful agreements will be made at a time when our climate crisis needs maximum global attention. It is our hope that the French government will reconsider and allow peaceful mobilizations, and that the civil liberties of all participants will be ensured.


Global Climate Marches To See Unprecedented Numbers Call for More Climate Action

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:51
Climate Action Network International

On November 28 and 29,hundreds of thousands of people around the world will take to the streets in more than 2000 events in 150 countries to turn up the heat on leaders heading to the Paris Climate Summit.

Frontline community representatives, unionists, faith leaders, and families will call on politicians to forge an ambitious new global climate agreement this December that speeds up the just transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy and protects vulnerable people from worsening climate impacts. The people’s call for leadership will be harder and harder to ignore.

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Over Police Brutality Against Black Lives Matter Protesters

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:12
National Lawyers Guild (NLG)Eleven people who were clubbed, teargassed, slammed to the ground, shot with impact munitions or groundlessly arrested by the police during a December 6, 2014, Berkeley demonstration sued the City of Berkeley, then-City Manager Christine Daniel, Chief Michael Meehan, the City of Hayward, and Berkeley and Hayward officers in federal court today. The plaintiffs include journalists who were covering the demonstration, as well as demonstrators. They are seeking to revamp how Berkeley polices demonstrations, as well as to be compensated for their injuries.  

Law4BlackLives Statement in Support of #JusticeforTamir

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:08
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

On the anniversary of 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s killing by police in Cleveland, a coalition of law students, legal workers and attorneys known as Law for Black Lives issued the following statement:

ACLU Renews Call for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Following Florida Legislature Report

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:05

Last Friday, the Florida Legislature Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) released a report entitled “Civil Asset Forfeiture in Florida: Policies and Practices.” 

UN Must Include Soil Health in Climate Mitigation Strategies

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:03
Center for Food Safety

Center for Food Safety (CFS) is calling on world leaders to recognize agro-ecological agriculture as a core climate solution during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris this December.

New Exposé Unearths True Dirt Behind COP21’s Corporate Sponsors

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 06:41
Corporate Accountability International

Today, Corporate Accountability International released a new report, “Fueling the Fire: The corporate sponsors bankrolling COP21,” exposing the filthy track record of the corporations sponsoring the Paris climate talks. With less than one week before the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the climate treaty, the report pulls back the green veil of four of the meeting’s dirtiest sponsors. Responds to Alberta Climate Plan Announcement

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 06:37

Following the announcement of Alberta’s new Climate Change strategy, Cameron Fenton, Canadian Tar Sands Organizer with issued this response:

“Alberta’s climate plan is a big step in the right direction for a province that has spent so long on the wrong side of climate action. But, we still have a long way to go to reach the kind of climate leadership that Canada needs to meet our obligation to 2ºC.