The Supreme Court’s departure from the constitution and democracy

No legislature, governor, or president has ever suggested that corporations should be considered “persons” for the purpose of constitutional protections, particularly under the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection rights. No federal or state legislature, no president, and no state governor has ever, in more than 240 years, suggested that billionaires and corporations have a First Amendment “right” to unlimited political bribery. Congress …

To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight

A brain circuit that suppresses distracting sensory information holds important clues about attention and other cognitive processes.8 Jordana Cepelewicz Staff Writer September 24, 2019 VIEW PDF/PRINT MODEBiologyCognitionNeurosciencePerception We can pick out a conversation in a loud room, amid the rise and fall of other voices or the hum of an air conditioner. We can spot a set of keys in …

Guide or ‘gold standard’ for public and private sector projects that encourage sustainable economic development while upholding Indigenous rights

The lands of the world’s 350 million Indigenous peoples and local communities hold 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity and sequester nearly 300 billion metric tons of carbon. Over 80 percent of biological diversity is managed by local communities. But forested landscapes are vulnerable to climate change, the encroachment of agriculture and extraction activities. The gold standard aims to: Strengthen respect, recognition and protection …

Maryland wants to expedite placement of up to 10,000 acres of solar farms, while protecting farmland. Where will they go?

Note that California has found that bulk purchases of solar on canopies over parking lots can be cheaper than rooftop solar. Maryland announced $4 million in grants to encourage solar and wind arrays on roofs, parking lots, contaminated brownfield sites and other existing infrastructure, with an eye toward erecting panels on state- and university-owned property. By Erin CoxAugust 14 Maryland’s ambitious …

IPCC’s land report shows the problem with farming based around oil, not soil

August 8, 2019, Anna KrzywoszynskaResearch Fellow and Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food, University of Sheffield The word “climate” makes most of us look up to the sky – however, the IPCC’s new special report on climate change and land should make us all look under our feet. Land, the report shows, is intimately linked to the climate. Changes in …

Synopsis of the Advisory Opinion of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change

1 Short Synopsis of the Advisory Opinion of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change In a ground-breaking advisory opinion, a highly-respected international human rights court, the Romebased Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, weighed testimony about the human- and nature’s-rights impacts of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and climate change. They found that: • The infrastructure and practice of …

Environmental Damage Is a War Crime, Scientists Say

Jordan Davidson Jul. 25, 2019 Two dozen prominent scientists from around the world have asked the UN to make environmental damage in conflict zones a war crime. The scientists published their open letter in the journal Nature. The letter, titled “Stop Military Conflicts from Trashing the Environment,” asks the United Nations’ International Law Commission to adopt a Fifth Geneva Convention when it meets …