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One Million Species Face Extinction: UN Report

One Million Species Face Extinction: UN Report Nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely fail if radical action is not taken, says a major UN report on the impact of humans on nature.   Speaking in Paris at the launch of the 2019…

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‘Defy the Thought Police’, Stand With Assange

‘Defy the Thought Police’, Stand With Assange Whenever I visit Julian Assange, we meet in a room he knows too well. There is a bare table and pictures of Ecuador on the walls. There is a bookcase where the books never change. The curtains are always drawn and there is no natural light. The air…

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Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together

Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together On February 5, as the Macron government pushed harsh repressive laws against demonstrators through the National Assembly, the Yellow Vests joined with France’s unions for the first time in a day-long, nation-wide “General Strike.”   At the very moment when in Paris the lower house was voting to…

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Billionaires are the Leading Cause of Climate Change

Billionaires are the Leading Cause of Climate Change Recently, the United Nations released a damning report. The short version: We have about 12 years to actually do something to prevent the worst aspects of climate change. That is, not to prevent climate change—we’re well past that point—but to prevent the worst, most catastrophic elements of…

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Climate-Heating Greenhouse Gases at Record Levels, Says UN

Climate-Heating Greenhouse Gases at Record Levels, Says UN The main greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change have all reached record levels, the UN’s meteorology experts have reported.   Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are now far above pre-industrial levels, with no sign of a reversal of the upward trend, a World Meteorological Organization report…