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How do you like the Global Warming so far?
This sucks like all get out!!!!!!!!!
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Mildly annoying
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Who cares, it's only weather
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Man I love this S**t, bring it on!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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For indigenous protesters, defending the environment can be fatal

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Paulo Paulino Guajajara, one of the Guardians of the Forest in Brazil's Amazon, paints his face Sept.10, 2019, on Arariboia indigenous territory near Amarante, Brazil. Guajajara, 26, was killed Nov. 1 inside the Arariboia Indigenous Territory, where he lived with his wife and son. (CNS/ Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino)


This story, originally published by Grist, is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration committed to strengthening coverage of the climate story.

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Adán Vez Lira, a prominent defender of an ecological reserve in Mexico, was shot while riding his motorcycle in April. Four years earlier, the renowned activist Berta Cáceres was shot dead in her home in Honduras by assailants taking direction from executives responsible for a dam she had opposed. Four years before that, Cambodian forest and land activist Chut Wutty was killed during a brawl with the country's military police while investigating illegal logging.

These are some of the most prominent examples of violence faced by environmental activists in recent years -- but, according to a new report, they are not unusual. As police crack down on protests demanding justice and equity in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in the U.S., it's clear that activism in general comes at a heavy price.





Environmental activists specifically -- particularly indigenous activists and activists of color -- have for years faced high rates of criminalization, physical violence, and even murder for their efforts to protect the planet, according to a comprehensive analysis by researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, which was released earlier this month.

The researchers analyzed nearly 2,800 social conflicts related to the environment using the Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas) database, which they created in 2011 to monitor environmental conflicts around the world. The study, published in the journal Global Environmental Change, found that 20% of environmental defenders faced criminal charges or were imprisoned, 18% were victims of physical violence, and 13% were killed between 2011 and 2019. The likelihood of these consequences increased significantly for indigenous environmental defenders: 27% faced criminalization, 25% were victims of physical violence, and 19% were murdered.

"We can think of this as compounded injustice, highlighting the extreme risks vulnerable communities opposing social and environmental violence against them face when they stand up for their rights," one of the study's researchers, Leah Temper, told Grist.



Guadalupe Lara holds up a sign that reads ""Temaca, You Are Not Alone," in defense of Temacapulín, a village threatened by a dam, at July 2019 press conference in Guadalajara by the Mexican Institute for Community Development. The institute accused the government of following inequitable water management policies. (Tracy L. Barnett)


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The lead author of the study, Arnim Scheidel, said he hopes that the analysis gives lawmakers and the public a better understanding of the causes of the violence that protesters still face around the world.

"Globally, indigenous peoples suffer significantly higher rates of violence in environmental conflicts," Scheidel said. "Being aware of these connections may help to connect struggles against various forms of racism worldwide. Protest is key for the success of such struggles, particularly when using diverse channels and building on broad alliances."

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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New 'ecclesial conference' established for Amazon region

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An Amazonian indigenous girl gives Pope Francis a plant during the offertory of a Mass for the closing of Amazon synod in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Credit: Alessandra Tarantino/AP)


ROSARIO, Argentina -- Answering a call made by those who took part in the October 2019 meeting of bishops on the Amazon region held in Rome, on Monday leaders of the Catholic Church in Latin America announced the creation of the Amazonian Ecclesial Conference.

The hope is that the new organism will help "delineate a Church with an Amazonian face, and to continue the task of finding new paths for the evangelizing mission," says a statement signed by Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos of Trujillo and president of CELAM, the Latin American Episcopal Conference, and Cardinal Claudio Hummes, emeritus of Sao Paulo and president of REPAM, the church's Amazonian network.

The new body will be an "ecclesial conference" as opposed to an "episcopal conference," denoting that the newly created body will be composed of lay people and religious men and women, as well as bishops.

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As the statement notes, the conference was created on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, which they read as a "very especial sign," and as a gesture of its vocation to "affirm the identity of the Church, it's prophetic option," and the call to be a "missionary" church that is an "ineludible call in this present time."

Pope Francis, they said, has "accompanied this process closely."



Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes says Mass in the Catacombs of Domitila, Oct. 20, 2019. A group of prelates participating in the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, together with lay women and men, signed a declaration called "Pact of the Catacombs for the Common Home." (Credit: Ines San Martin/Crux)


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"In these difficult and exceptional times for humanity, when the pandemic of coronavirus strongly affects the pan-Amazonian region; and the realities of violence, exclusion and death against the biome and the peoples that live in it, clamor for an urgent and imminent integral conversion," the statement says.

The Amazonian Ecclesial Conference, they argue, hopes to be "good news" and an opportune answer to the "screams of the poor and the sister mother Earth," as well as an efficient way to see many of the suggestions of the Amazon Synod come to fruition.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We interrupt this vapid stream of dogmatic cutting and pasting to actually talk about climate science....


On Behalf of Climate Scientists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That article is very definitely well worth a read - given that it's been penned by an erstwhile and long-term committed climate activist and subject matter expert. I'm also inspired to potentially go looking for the author's book, "Apocalypse Never".

Here's a few of the very many money quotes from that article for those too lazy to follow Obi's link as posted above:-

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On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It's just not the end of the world. It's not even our most serious environmental problem.

I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.

But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public...

But until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly that's because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an "existential" threat to human civilization, and called it a "crisis"...

But then, last year, things spiraled out of control.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said "The world is going to end in twelve years if we don't address climate change." Britain's most high-profile environmental group claimed "Climate Change Kills Children."

The world's most influential green journalist, Bill McKibben, called climate change the "greatest challenge humans have ever faced" and said it would "wipe out civilizations."

Mainstream journalists reported, repeatedly, that the Amazon was "the lungs of the world," and that deforestation was like a nuclear bomb going off...

Why were we all so misled?

In the final three chapters of Apocalypse Never I expose the financial, political, and ideological motivations. Environmental groups have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from fossil fuel interests. Groups motivated by anti-humanist beliefs forced the World Bank to stop trying to end poverty and instead make poverty "sustainable." And status anxiety, depression, and hostility to modern civilization are behind much of the alarmism.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eh, sounds like an advert for his book. Some points I agree with, but some, like the industrial farming things, are unclearly stated and certainly debatable, and some of the funders of his foundation might have commercial interests. Very Happy

I certainly agree that the amount of alarmism generated has actually reduced our ability to deal with it in time, and I also think it's too late for us to do much now, and whatever is going to happen is going to happen.

(Also obviously the issue is hugely politicised, especially (but not only) in the US.)

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Climate crisis poses serious risks for pregnancy, investigation finds

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Young people gather for a climate change rally in New York City Sept. 20, 2019. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)


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More than a decade of overwhelming evidence links air pollution and heat exposure with negative pregnancy outcomes in the U.S., according to a new review of dozens of studies.

The investigation, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, identified 57 studies since 2007 showing a significant association between the two factors and the risk of pre-term birth, low birth weight and stillbirth.

Black mothers were particularly at risk, as were people with asthma.

The review analyzed 32 million births tracked across 68 studies. Of those, 84% found air pollution and heat to be risk factors.

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists already finds climate change to be an urgent threat to women's health, in addition to a major public health challenge. Climate change is linked with worsening cardiac disease, respiratory disease, mental health and exposure to infectious diseases. But pregnant women and developing fetuses are especially vulnerable to its effects.

In the review, 19 studies linked air pollution to pre-term birth, defined as a baby born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Twenty-five studies linked air pollution to low birth weight. And four studies linked air pollution to stillbirth. One study found the risk of stillbirth increased 42% with high third-trimester exposure. Stillbirth is rare, so data on it is limited and it is difficult to draw broad conclusions about why it happens, Bekkar said.

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The review confirmed black mothers are at greater risk for pre-term birth and low birth weight. Social determinants of health -- including poverty, long-term stress levels and access to healthcare -- disproportionately hurt people of color.

The study concludes that "environmental exposures further exacerbate that background risk and could be included among these social determinants".

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