Monday, September 23, 2019

Climate Crimes


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Climate Crimes

This week, as part of Covering Climate Now, a global consortium of 250 news organizations, The Intercept has intensified its climate coverage in preparation for the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York.

As the Amazon burns, the Brazilian government is planning to develop the sparsely populated rainforest with projects such as dams, bridges, and highways designed to attract non-Indigenous settlers, leaked documents and audio reveal. The Baron of Rio Banco project revives the Brazilian military's ambitions to fortify the northern border and plays on paranoid fears of a "globalist campaign" by environmentalists to undermine the country's sovereignty. 

Fascist and militaristic reactions to the climate breakdown are on the rise, Naomi Klein writes, and present a likely endgame for climate denialism as our coastal cities sink into the sea, storms intensify, and ever larger portions of the planet become uninhabitable.   


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Brazil's Army Wanted to "Occupy" the Amazon Before. Leaked Audio Reveals Their Plan to Try Again.
Tatiana Dias

Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil's army are reviving an old dream of the dictatorship to bring industry, mining, and settlers to the Amazon.

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Only a Green New Deal Can Douse the Fires of Eco-Fascism
Naomi Klein

We have to confront the ways in which the fires of climate breakdown are already intersecting with white supremacy and surging xenophobia.

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Industrialized Militaries Are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know
Murtaza Hussain

Not only do conflicts leave a poisoned landscape in their wake, but the U.S. military has a larger carbon footprint than most countries on earth.

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Saudi Arabia Denies Its Key Role in Climate Change Even as It Prepares for the Worst
Lee Fang, Sharon Lerner

Saudi Arabia, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, remains a principal funder of climate denialism even as it prepares for climate extremes.

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The Military Has Done Little to Prepare as Climate Change Threatens GuantΓ‘namo
Miriam Pensack

Trump wants the island prison to stay open indefinitely, leaving aging detainees in deteriorating facilities at the mercy of supercharged hurricanes.

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Two Years After the Hurricane, Puerto Rico's "Generation Maria" Leads a Climate Strike
Alleen Brown

The most powerful youth-led climate strike movement of the moment may actually be in Puerto Rico.

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NRA Ramped Up Facebook Advertising Immediately After Mass Shootings in El Paso and Dayton
Sam Biddle

After massacres at El Paso and Dayton, NRA urged gun owners to "show that you won't be intimidated" by calls for reform. 

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How Chicago Police Created a False Narrative After Officers Killed Harith Augustus
Jamie Kalven, Eyal Weizman

A video investigation of the police killing of Harith Augustus by Forensic Architecture and the Invisible Institute challenges the official narrative.

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The Untold Story: Joe Biden Pushed Ronald Reagan to Ramp Up Incarceration — Not the Other Way Around
David Stein

Biden has argued that the focus on his 1994 crime bill as a driver of mass incarceration is misplaced. He's right — it was his earlier push that was responsible.

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Democratic Candidates Fail to Impress Workers Who Are Dissatisfied With Trump
Akela Lacy

The mood among the workers at the Philadelphia AFL-CIO's first presidential summit was one of general lackluster toward the Democratic candidates. 

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What's in a Trump Straw?
Naomi Klein

The overpriced scraps of pre-landfill known as Trump Straws can actually tell us a whole lot about why our planet's on fire.

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