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Scientists warn 1 million species threatened with extinction

Scientists warn 1 million species threatened with extinction

One million of the planet's eight million species are threatened with extinction by humans, scientists warned in what is described as the most comprehensive assessment of global nature loss ever. Their landmark report paints a bleak picture of a planet…

Liam Fox forced to clarify climate change comments

The international trade secretary, Liam Fox, has been forced to clarify comments suggesting individuals could question the scientific consensus on climate change. Speaking in the Commons after protesters from Extinction Rebellion held protests across the City of London, Fox suggested even those who did not accept that climate change was man-made should still seek to manage the planet’s resources. “It’s important that we take climate issues seriously,” Fox said. “Whether or not individuals accept the current scientific consensus on the causes of climate change, it is sensible for everyone to use finite resources in a responsible way.” Both Labour and the Lib Dems said the comments were shameful and amounted to excusing climate change denial. “The government needs to act with the urgency that the science demands, not provide weasel excuses for climate deniers. “In a week where protesters have filled the streets of London and activist Greta Thunberg has visited parliament, it is outrageous that Liam Fox is now legitimising those who deny climate change,” she said. “Climate change is happening. It is a scientific fact, not an opinion to be argued about. Comments like this show the Tories clearly cannot be trusted to take it seriously.” Fox later clarified the comments in a tweet, saying: “I have always taken environmental issues extremely seriously. On Wednesday, the London protesters agreed to remove blockades and campsites at Marble Arch and Parliament Square and said they had ignited a conversation that would go far beyond the protest sites.

Jeremy Corbyn joins protest against himself outside his house

Jeremy Corbyn has joined a protest against himself outside his own house after he was unable to resist its pull. Members of Extinction Rebellion, a group that demands immediate action against climate change, glued themselves to the fence outside Jeremy Corbyn’s house. They believe that Corbyn’s green manifesto doesn’t go far enough to avert a worldwide climate disaster. ‘He’s one of the better politicians but he still doesn’t go far enough. This isn’t a can that can be kicked thirty years down the road,’ one of the protesters told us. When the Labour leader saw the protesters outside his home, his natural reflexes kicked in and within moments he had glued himself to his own fence. ‘I do love a good protest, even if it’s against me,’ he told the gathering press. Corbyn took the opportunity to talk to Extinction Rebellion about some of his key policies. This proved to be a more effective form of crowd dispersal than any police technique as the group slowly peeled away and left the Labour leader talking to himself. ‘Bloody part-timers,’ grumbled Corbyn.

Bay Area political events: Climate change and health, affordable housing

4 p.m., Institute of Governmental Studies library, 109 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley. 6:30 p.m., Encinal Junior and Senior High School Student Center, 210 Central Ave., Alameda. “Charm City”: Screening of a documentary about violence in Baltimore and how a group of police, citizens, community leaders and government officials tried to combat it. 7 p.m., Evans Hall, UC Berkeley. 6:30 p.m. World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, San Francisco. Immigration issues: A discussion of immigration issues threatening vulnerable communities. Noon, online and at Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St., Room 2201, San Francisco. Josh Harder/TJ Cox: Newly elected Central Valley Democratic House members hold a thank-you event with Bay Area campaign volunteers. $30 for non-Commonwealth Club members, $10 for students. Green New Deal: A town hall on the congressional climate-change resolution, sponsored by the Sunrise Movement.
Ocasio-Cortez compares the impact of climate change to 9/11

Ocasio-Cortez compares the impact of climate change to 9/11

AOC faces major backlash after making comments comparing 9/11 to the impact of climate change. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, FOXNews.com and the direct-to-consumer streaming service,…
The Case For The Green New Deal | All In | MSNBC

The Case For The Green New Deal | All In | MSNBC

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins All In to discuss why the United States needs to respond to climate change with the sort of big, bold actions that have come after national traumas in the past. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers…

Columbia students join global climate strike’s call for urgent political action

Nearly 200 students, community members, and political activists flocked to Low Steps Friday morning as part of a global movement to call for urgent political action on climate change. “We want our leaders to be taking action: leaders within a college setting, within a governmental setting, within a national setting. We want all of our leaders to have the power to enact this change,” Hollard said at the event. “This is a moment of great peril, but it is also a moment of great promise,” Inslee said. Bastida Patrick advocated for the Green New Deal, a set of proposed economic programs that aim to address climate change and inequality, and highlighted the role of indigenous peoples and youth in the fight against climate change. “The climate catastrophe is our present, but we cannot let it be our future,” Bastida Patrick said. “Climate change impacts marginalized communities and communities of color the most, which is why we need the Green New Deal, because it addresses both climate change and social justice.” Other outside speakers included two students from Manhattan Country School, a private K-8 school, many of whose students participated in the climate strike. “Even though they’re not old enough to vote, they still have a lot at stake for them, and they really realized that,” Grattan said. “They were really excited about participating today, so we as a school decided we wanted to facilitate that for the students who wanted to take part.” Staff writer Teddy Ajluni can be contacted at teddy.ajluni@columbiaspectator.com. Follow Spectator on Twitter @ColumbiaSpec.

Why Some Politicians Think Russia Is Behind Today’s Student Strikes

For three months, students have been ditching class every Friday to protest. And while some European politicians have welcomed the students’ enthusiasm, others have been suspicious about what forces are causing this sudden mass mobilisation. “Hybrid warfare from Russia can be felt every day in every European country,” she added. But why would both Angela Merkel and Joke Schauvliege make the exact same accusation and then walk it back? But the accusations of Russian manipulation have continued. Climate change protests: definitely yes. “To shift, to reshuffle climate change movements is one of the key Russian priorities, to explain that ‘more gas is fine, coal is bad, but Russian gas is good, Russian gas is reliable”. If that’s the case, they should share specifically what they know that is causing them to make these accusations. Russia has shown itself happy to amplify the views of dissenters from Western governments, whether they are from the right or the left. There are no large climate change protests planned in Russia today.

The Green New Deal and the new politics of climate change

How did the GND manage to change climate politics? This means that advocates should have a clear narrative on “what” needs to change (goals) and “why” this change should happen (rationale). But, importantly, they should also have a clear political strategy on “how” they will bring about this change. Armed with scientific reports, the movement also showed why climate action was needed. However, the movement did not do well on the “how” issue. But at the same time, the violent “yellow vests” protests, ironically in Paris, showed that French farmers and workers opposed a climate levy on fossil fuel. But from the perspective of a “yellow vest” protester: Macron’s government “talks about the end of the world while we are talking about the end of the month.” The GND is an attempt to address climate issues while paying attention to political and social underpinnings. No IPCC report or COP summit can douse the street revolt if climate policy is perceived to be unfair. The climate movement has got its science right. Now the challenge is to get the politics right.
Tucker takes on activist over the morality of having kids

Tucker takes on activist over the morality of having kids

Birth Strike founder Blythe Pepino explains the concerns behind the movement on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' #Tucker #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The…