Veterans to Stand with Water Protectors Dec. 4th

Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota

JoAnn Chateau

Hundreds of American veterans are gathering in Standing Rock, North Dakota to support Sioux Tribe Water Protectors on December 4, 2016. They plan to stay for three days. Surely this will galvanize President Obama to take appropriate action to respect and protect Native American rights, our water, and the climate.

‘Where Evil Resides’: Veterans ‘Deploy’ To Standing Rock To Engage The Enemy — The US Government | Task & Purpose

“Earlier this month… [ activist Wes Clark Jr. and police reform advocate Michael A. Wood Jr.] formed Veterans Stand For Standing Rock with the hope of drawing scores of veterans, as well as fire fighters, ex-law enforcement officers, emergency medical personnel and others to the battleground for a three-day “deployment” in early December to “prevent progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline and draw national attention to the human rights warriors of the Sioux tribes.” Both men say they’re prepared to…

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Jane Fonda Serves Thanksgiving Dinner at Standing Rock

Standing Rock map

JoAnn Chateau

I wish everyone a thoughtful and brave Thanksgiving dinner.


Long-time activist Jane Fonda, and friends, are serving Thanksgiving dinner to Standing Rock water protectors in North Dakota today.

Jane Fonda Is Going to Standing Rock, & It’s a Huge Statement | Romper

“In addition to providing support to the protesters… it’s another way to raise awareness about the protest… but it will also make an important statement about the significance of Thanksgiving… While the myth of a harmonious Thanksgiving between native people and settlers dinner still lingers… the reality is that Thanksgiving is really a reminder that Native Americans have been exploited for centuries…”

~ Alana Romain

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Flint’s Poisoned Kids Deserve Justice

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By Beatrice Murch via Flickr By Beatrice Murch via Flickr

From the ACLU:

Flint’s poisoned children deserve the truth. They deserve to know exactly why their government failed them. And they deserve to know who is behind the Flint water crisis, one of our nation’s most severe, man-made public health disasters.

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Blogging on the Earth

Blogging about Nature:  Introducing Garry Rogers on the League of Bloggers for a Better World

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Garry Rogers

My blog posts are about nature, about wildlife and its habitat (posts). They are expressions of my concerns for natural conditions and events.

During the past year, 2015, lethal heat waves and storms, decline of the great iconic species of elephants, lions, and rhinos, . . . read more.

2 cool maps that show how wind power is poised to go big — really big

Tanya’s comment: Wind power could grow enough to generate 35 percent of U.S. electricity by 2050. Looks like renewable energy has a real chance at one day replacing fossil fuels.

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Wind turbines have only a tenuous link to most Americans’ daily lives because wind farms generate less than 5 percent of all of the electricity produced today.

As reducing greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change becomes more urgent, though, wind is expected to become one of the country’s largest sources of energy by midcentury. The U.S. Department of Energy has published two new maps that put that future in more concrete terms.

Projected growth of the wind industry over the next 35 years.Projected growth of the wind industry over the next 35 years.Department of Energy

The first is part of a report released this spring showing how wind power could grow enough to generate 35 percent of U.S. electricity by 2050 — up from 10 percent in 2020 and 20 percent in 2030.

The map, called “Wind Vision,” shows how much wind power generating capacity each state had in 2000, 2010, and 2013, and Department of Energy…

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Human Rights & Environmental Concerns Intersect With the Murders of Honduran Children Deported from the US

From Climate-Connections.org:

Those that defend deportation of political, economic, and environmental refugees, those that stand next to busses of frightened and detained children along our borders, those that literally rock the busses and threaten to set fire to them, are either ignorant of the US role in the economic exploitation of these cultures and the resulting impact on climate change, or are deliberately set upon the poor people of the earth in a genocidal campaign to eliminate humanity from this earth.  Look into the lives of these children and their families and understand what we have done.

See full article here. 

As Droughts Persist, Treated Sewage Water May Be The New Tap Water

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How would you like to drink water so clean and clear that it practically sparkles with the brilliance of a well-cut diamond? What if that water was from a sewer? Would you drink it then? The scientists over at the Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) are hoping you will. An article on the subject by ScientificAmerican.com says:

Tests have shown that purified sewage from residential buildings is not only cleaner than existing drinking water, it can be produced at less cost than other options for creating freshwater, such as desalination.

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Major Progress on the Fight Against Genetically Engineered Crops and Bee-Toxic Pesticides

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Photo courtesy of centerforfoodsafety.org

I just received an email from an organization called Center for Food Safety with some good news (and the usual donation request!):

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Study Finds U.S. Citizens Want to See Government Action on Climate Change

From Climate-Connections.org:

For U.S. politicians, taking a solid stance on climate change is like the kiss of death. They avoid it like bad breath. However, a new study shows that more than half of the voters surveyed want to see their governmental representatives taking “unilateral action” to fight against climate change. A “unilateral” stance would be interesting for the U.S. government, seeing as how it consistently refuses to cooperate on this issue with the rest of the world.

Climate Deniers are Creative Types

Climate Denial From Mars

Climate deniers are creative types. They have to be.

During a committee hearing in the Kentucky State Senate, Republican Brandon Smith argued — in reference to the EPA’s new requirement that power plants cut their carbon emissions by 30 percent in the next 16 years (which he apparently dislikes) — that Mars and Earth share “exactly” the same temperature.

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Of course, Mars and Earth do NOT share the same temperature. Mars has an extremely thin atmosphere, so it is a lot colder there.

But, the real point here: Sen. Brandon Smith is a highly creative individual. Especially as the pressure of climate denial turns up the heat!