DOD, FBI, King and the Tremors of History

January 23, 2020 by Common Dreams The FBI—the agency that saw King and the civil rights movement as a communist plot—subjected him to merciless surveillance and may have tried to get him to commit suicide. by Robert C. Koehler This nation’s lack of atonement for its past—combined with the endless wars it is currently waging—make King’s legacy profoundly problematic, by …

‘Extreme wealth is a sign of a failing economic system.’ Oxfam Report Contains Dire Warning for Global Capitalism

January 23, 2020 by Truthdig “Extreme wealth is a sign of a failing economic system.”by Ilana Novick, Common Dreams “The gap between rich and poor can’t be resolved without deliberate inequality-busting policies.” (Photo: blind.fortune / Flick) “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble,” former Vice President Joe Biden told an audience at the Brookings Institute in 2018. It …

Fossil Fuels on Trial: Where the Major Climate Change Lawsuits Stand Today:

Some of the biggest oil and gas companies are embroiled in legal disputes with cities, states and children over the industry’s role in global warming. David Hasemyer JAN 17, 2020 Updated Jan. 17, 2020, with federal appeals court dismissing the national youth climate lawsuit. The wave of legal challenges that is washing over the oil and gas industry, demanding accountability …

China Announces Major Phaseout of Single-Use Plastics

By Olivia Rosane Jan. 20, 2020 China, the world’s No. 1 producer of plastic pollution, announced major plans Sunday to cut back on the sale and production of single-use plastics. According to the plans put forward by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, plastic bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and …

Why People Don’t Vote

By Andrew Joseph Pegoda, January 2020 At least 40 percent to 90 percent of American voters stay home during elections, evidence that low voter turnout for both national and local elections is a serious problem throughout the U.S. With the 2020 presidential election approaching, directives for people to “get out and vote” will be firing up again. Some people might be indifferent or simply not care, but many …

In Portland, “20-Minute Living” is the Norm

By Allison Arieff, BuildABetterBurb.org Equitable Places, Mixed-Use Development, Transit-Oriented Development Can I get a cup of coffee nearby? Can I get to work by public transit? How close is the dog park? The playground? There’s a great firm based in Portland, Oregon called Gerding Edlen that has developed a brilliant idea for urban development called “20-Minute Living.” Imagine, they explain, …

Immune discovery ‘may treat all cancer’

Crowther, M.D., Dolton, G., Legut, M. et al. Genome-wide CRISPR–Cas9 screening reveals ubiquitous T cell cancer targeting via the monomorphic MHC class I-related protein MR1. Nat Immunol (2020) doi:10.1038/s41590-019-0578-8. Received 15 February 2019, Published 20 January 2020 DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41590-019-0578-8 Subjects Biotechnology Cancer immunotherapy Immune cell isolation T-cell receptor By James Gallagher, BBC Health and science correspondent 20 January 2020 A newly-discovered part of our …

It’s time to ban demolition and design for deconstruction

Lloyd Alter January 17, 2020 Oliver Wainright of the Guardian calls for a rethink of the way we put buildings together and take them apart. “Ban Demolition” is a tag on TreeHugger because we have long argued for renovation and reuse, especially in this era when we worry about the upfront carbon emissions of new construction. Oliver Wainwright of the …