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Generating station at the Four Corners Power Plant

Energy-starved utilities and the exploitation of the Navajo: The Forgotten People.

It’s the kind of story that can easily mis-characterize the aspirations of the “Forgotten People,” who are anything but abandoned. They represent the indigenous tribes living on the Navajo Reservation, a 27,425 square-mile sector bordering parts of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico Their struggles are not unlike other Native Americans displaced during our winning of the West,…

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To overcome the obstacles to climate change action we need to see past our tendency to selfishness and embrace our ability for altruism

How New Narratives can Help us to Overcome Obstacles to Climate Change Action

By incorporating some basic issues into a new climate narrative, we can begin to move forward. There are a plethora of reasons why our current narratives prevent us from acting on climate change, not the least of which is the fact that we spend far too much time debating the veracity of the science rather than tackling important  policy issues….

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Sustainable Development Goals follow in the footsteps of the Millennium Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals to Follow Millennium Development Goals

Under the auspices of the UN, a new global sustainability initiative is taking shape. With the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) having wrapped up its work on September 20th and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire in 2015, political leaders and policy makers are crafting a new development framework based on sustainability. Millennium Development Goals In 2000,…

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The consequences of climate change will lead to greater conflict, social change and violence.

Climate Change Exacerbates Social Tensions and Leads to Conflict

A wide array of research reveals that climate change plays a salient role in social change, violence and war. This research summary is one of the most comprehensive surveys of the social impacts of climate change ever assembled. Climate change and conflict The relationship between climate change, social tensions and conflict is well laid out by Kate Johnson. She provides…

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SOLARIZE - Climate Justice

Video Friday: Music Video – SOLARIZE

Today’s video is a music break presented by Muse Video as part of a music video project produced by talented young artists from United Roots Oakland. A haunting song about global warming, climate justice and indigenous right, the track includes Desirae Harp, Fly 50 and SeasunZ of Earth Amplified.

Detroit environmental abuse: a cities left in ruins - socially, economically, and environmentally

Detroit was Killed by Decades of Environmental Abuse

The findings in this post-mortem of Detroit suggest that the city was killed by environmental abuse compounded by the failure to adapt to a changing economic landscape. Understanding the fall of Michigan’s largest city has important implications for cities across America and around the world. With a population of more than 700,000 people, Detroit is now the largest U.S. municipality…

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tar-sands-landscape

Keystone XL: First Big Test of President’s Climate Change Action Plan

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport liquefied bitumen from massive tar sands deposits in Alberta south through Midwest US watersheds and agricultural areas and on down to the Gulf of Mexico would significantly boost the carbon emissions that fuel climate change and thus fails to meet the criteria set out in President Obama’s recently announced National Climate Change…

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