Urban Farming — An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Urban Food Deserts

Urban farming is taking root because it makes sense. It conserves dwindling water supplies, makes little plots of land productive, reduces food bills, provides healthy produce free of salmonella and chemicals and gets people off the couch and in motion.

Van Jones Affirms That Immigrants Lead a Greener Life

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Andrea Nill: Jones noted that “there is a greenwashing of hate that is going on in our country.” Anti-immigrant front groups are using “green concerns as a bludgeon against immigrants and low-income communities.”

Home, for Free

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S. Blair Fox: The movie begins with a vivid description of how life formed on our planet while showing us arial views of colorful, jagged formations and steam-heated pools. It describes how the balance of our biosphere formed to create the complex structures of today’s ecosystems.

Winograd Calls for a Green New Deal – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

President Obama’s second recovery plan must invest in future industries with large pay-offs in terms of career-path learning and earning opportunities in the Green economy. Put laid-off Boeing missile defense workers back on the job building electric buses for the future. Put college professors back to work in Green Energy Departments at universities across the country. Put steelworkers back to work strengthening our bridges in earthquake-prone California. Put everyone with a hard hat back to work building solar panel parts now outsourced to China.

Looking for a Common Language at Copenhagen

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We shouldn’t be surprised to have seen so much parochialism at Copenhagen. For all that international relations have matured over the past several decades with the spread of a global consciousness, some things just don’t change.

Renewable Energy – A Conservative Approach

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In the United States , we can rebuild our manufacturing base by investing in renewable energy sources while creating good paying jobs that provide clean energy production. While those in favor of building nuclear power plants claim nuclear energy is inexpensive and cost effective, they have not factored in the costs and risks associated with the building and maintenance of storage facilities for nuclear waste.

Two Alaskan Women, Two Alaskan Stories

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Palin and other conservatives want us to ignore the fact that shrinking the government and deregulation doesn’t help the small business person and the average worker; it turns the country over to massive corporations like Exxon Mobil. That’s what Riki Ott is telling us.

Call to Environmental, Peace & Labor Movements to Join Forces to Stop Global Warming

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On earth, we have work to do — and we need to put America back to work. We need a Green New Deal that invests in both public and private works projects; installing a million solar panels on roof tops; developing wind farms; building rapid transit; repairing our aging infrastructure – ports, levees, bridges.

The Next Nasty Attack from the Right

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The global warming debate is going to be painful, particularly if the make-Obama-fail crowd has its way, and if the major media does its usually sloppy job of defining the issue. Nonsense like “death panels” come to mind.

Empty Hands on the Climate, and What Obama Needs to Do

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Why has so little been accomplished? Because coal, shale, oil, big manufacturers, and utilities — the big old polluters (BOPs) — have beaten back anything better.

Did Margaret Atwood’s “Saint Dian Fossey” Predict Current Atrocities in Congo?

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By the time of her murder, one day after Christmas in 1985, poaching had been all but eliminated from the Virungas. Fossey learned to make peace with the inhabitants of the forest and even delivered a Batwa baby at her annual Christmas bash for the Africans in 1984.

Washing Dishes for Change

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The companies too big to fail have grown larger. The financial companies still run under the same model and free of much regulation like before.

Things Get Cleaner with Coke

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According to the Internet mailing, a can of America’s Drink can also remove rust from chrome bumpers, loosen rusted bolts, remove grease from clothes, clean windshields, dissolve T-bone steaks or clean truck engines.

Obama Lights Up Another One

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The President shook his head, then patted his shirt pocket and asked, “Pardon me, would you like a cigarette?”

High Court Losses Stun Environmentalists

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Environmentalists are 0-for-5 at the high court this term.

What Cap and Trade Programs Are Really About

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Is a “cap and trade” system for managing U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide likely to be as successful as the sulfur dioxide “cap and trade” program established by the Clean Air Act of 1990? Most people familiar with the sulfur program agree that it has been a success. Yet plans to use the same kind [...]

What is Cap and Trade?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Cap and Trade is an environmental policy tool that delivers results by placing a mandatory cap on emissions while providing sources flexibility in how they comply. Successful cap and trade programs reward innovation, efficiency, and early action and provide strict environmental accountability without inhibiting economic growth. In other [...]

Yet Again, The Right Is Wrong – This Time About Cap-And-Trade Costs

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Don’t conservatives, ConservaDems, the Republican Party, and the rest of the “climate change is a hoax” crowd ever get tired of being wrong? For several years, business lobbyists along with GOP and other right wing mouthpieces in Congress and on the air have been yowling that the US cannot afford what they claim is the [...]

Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth

Green thumb: Joy Murphy Wandin enjoys her garden. Picture: Craig Sillitoe/The Age

he largest interfaith gathering in the world will take place on December 3, 2009, in Melbourne, Australia, under the auspices of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Religious and spiritual communities and other people of goodwill will be addressing international concerns about the environment, peace, poverty, and the need to deepen awareness [...]

Stephen Hawking: The Man Who Changed How We Understand Everything

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Dr. Stephen J. Hawking, the author of A Brief History Of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell, and who is said to be very close to formulating a theory to explain everything in the universe, is “very ill” in hospital, according to Cambridge University where he’s taught mathematics since 1979. There was a hint [...]

Crazy Man Ahead: Boehner Speaks Out On Cow Farts

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I’ve made no secret of my dislike of House Majority Leader John Boehner and his obstructionist approach to being a major voice of a minority party. But I always figured, what the hell, maybe there’s a method to his madness. Well, there’s madness afoot alright but of a different sort. “Man Tan” Boehner, one of [...]

Arnold, Finish What Maria Started

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I am recommending California State Senator Fran Pavley, Member Senate Food & Agriculture committee, to head a new commission formed to promote urban farming in California. Please contact her District Office (310) 314-5214 so she can meet with to discuss the details of its implementation.

Color of Law: Now the Robber Barons Replace the Welfare Queens (and Rightly So)

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Gordon Gecko had a long run of it, but now the party is over. I’m talking, of course, about the character in the film Wall Street, that conniving titan of finance who would sell his mother for a buck and a quarter, and there is scant evidence that he had not already accomplished that goal. [...]

B-B-B-Benny and the Beeps

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So I’m tooling up I-5 doing 70 in the slow lane from L.A. to my spiritual home, which is San Francisco, listening to Elton John doing B-B-B-Benny and the jets when I hear a horn beep-beeping in that very same rhythm. I say to myself that it’s one of God’s coincidences, relying on my scant [...]

Meat, Milk, and Motors: The New China Syndrome

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August 21, theaters around the nation screened the documentary I.O.U.S.A. and a live discussion with America’s most notable financial leaders and policy experts, including Warren Buffett; William Niskanen, chairman of the Cato Institute; Pete Peterson, senior chairman of The Blackstone Group, and former U.S. Comptroller General, Dave Walker. August 25, Mr. William Niskanen, CEO of [...]

Eye on Palin: Disregarding Science, Thwarting Democracy

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On February 2nd, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund launched a new campaign – Eye on Palin – to draw awareness to Alaska’s barbaric wildlife management policies. “Sarah Palin isn’t fading into the background, so neither are we,” commented Action Fund President Rodger Schlickeisen. “Given her known political aspirations, the American public deserves to know what [...]

Top Military Biolab Suspends Research After Pentagon Finds Trouble With Tracking Pathogens

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The U.S. Army has suspended research with deadly agents and toxins at the military’s top germ warfare lab, which came under intense scrutiny after the FBI identified it as the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 “Amerithrax” attacks that killed five, injured 17 and kept the nation on knife-edge for weeks. The suspension, [...]

Breaking the United Nations’ Code X

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The Codex Alimentarius Commission, based in Rome, is an international organization jointly created in 1962 by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations, “allegedly” to protect the health of consumers with guidelines for food standards. Codex Alimentarius may present the greatest disaster for our food supply—and [...]

Economic Recovery Must Include Transit

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ongress is poised to vote on a massive “Economic Recovery” proposal to invest billions in new transportation infrastructure. At a time when roads and bridges across the country are crumbling and public transportation systems are scrambling to keep up with booming demand, Congress is right to recognize the need for investment that will increase our [...]

Is It Time for a Green New Deal?

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Tuesday, January 20th, marks the beginning of Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office. On that day the new President will begin tackling a host of economic problems currently plaguing the nation, including the loss of nearly 2 million jobs in 2008. Obama’s economic team has already formulated a recovery plan to create jobs, over [...]

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