Water contamination nightmare extends to 27 states

Please forward this story from the New York Times, which was not even on the front page, from their investigative reporting, but rather was a “feature” article, with research assembled by a novelist, not on their staff.  As one commenter wrote in:  The story that the corporate attorney (Bilott) began to see was astounding in its breadth, specificity and sheer …

New study reveals even developed nations are on the front lines of food insecurity with extreme weather and industrial farming

Extreme weather is damaging to crop production and threatens food safety worldwide, according to a new study published in Nature on Wednesday. And the most developed nations like the U.S., which rely heavily on industrial monocultures for food production, are particularly vulnerable. The study, which evaluated cereal production losses due to extreme weather in 177 countries from 1964-2007, found that …

Not Just Exxon: other oil companies and American Petroleum Institute were well aware of threats of climate change in the 70s and forecast that effects would start to be seen after 2000, with catastrophic impacts by 2050-2070

The American Petroleum Institute together with the nation’s largest oil companies ran a task force to monitor and share climate research between 1979 and 1983, indicating that the oil industry, not just Exxon alone, was aware of its possible impact on the world’s climate far earlier than previously known. The group’s members included senior scientists and engineers from nearly every …

Cutting Local Communities in on Renewable Energy

In a recent European study found that opponents to new wind and solar power have two key desires: “people want to avoid environmental and personal harm” and they also want to “share in the economic benefits of their local renewable energy resources.”  It’s not that people are made physically ill by new renewable energy projects.  Rather, they are sick and tired …

Exxon figured in 1981 that warming would begin to be felt around 2000 and thus there was “time for an orderly transition to non-fossil fuel technologies should restrictions on fossil fuel use be deemed necessary.”

The Los Angeles Times and the Pulitzer prize winning InsideClimate News (“Exxon: The Road Not Taken“), as well as the Union of Concerned Scientists all published revealing investigations into Exxon’s comprehensive knowledge and summary of climate change in the late 70s and early 80s, preceding the company’s decision to preserve its ability pollute and promote the use of fossil fuels …

We are living in a nation in which the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. We are living in a world in which the top 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 99 percent.

In a Comedy Central interview with Naomi Klein and Bernie Sanders on the Pope’s visit, Sanders said:  “We are living in a nation in which the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. We are living in a world in which the top 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the …

Actual indicators of modernization and societal trust in government are participation, transparency and efficiency of public administration

When I was a kid growing up in Brazil, all governments in Latin America were right-wing military dictatorships. Today they are all center-left wing democracies—seemingly representing extraordinary progress. However, socio-economic indicators and trust in government have hardly improved. In the most advanced democracies, discussion on whether a Government is right-wing or left-wing has become outdated.  Instead, the actual indicators of …

Morgan Stanley’s Longstanding Financing Relationships with Worst Offenders from Coal-mining Industry Challenged

Morgan Stanley is the next major investment bank being targeted with a public campaign to demand that the bank commit to stop financing coal mining and coal-fired power.  “Morgan Stanley has longstanding financing relationships with some of the worst offenders from the global coal mining industry, including Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal mining company,” said Ben Collins, …