environment

August 2017

The Puyallup tribe and other environmental activists are waging a heroic and determined fight against a disastrous liquid natural gas (LNG) plant at the Port of Tacoma, Wash. Planned and approved virtually in secret, it would feature a 140-foot-tall, 8 million gallon tank of liquid natural gas stored at –260ºF. The facility would be located in a populated area — within the city. The site is also adjacent to tribal land, mere feet from its salmon restoration project.

August 2017

RASMEA ODEH

Farewell event

Join us for an evening of music, culture, and struggle to honor Palestinian icon Rasmea Odeh.

There will be a keynote address by former political prisoner Angela Davis.

The event is on Saturday, Aug. 12, 7:00 pm, at the International Union of Operating Engineers Hall. The address is: 2260 S. Grove Street, Chicago, IL 60616.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Purchase online or call 312-899-6392.

June 2017

W.E.B. Du Bois once stated that “the cure [for ignorance] wasn’t simply telling people the truth, it was inducing them to act on it.” This could certainly be said of the millions of people who marched for science across the globe on April 22. Inspired by the Women’s March, the idea quickly erupted into an international event occupying hundreds of U.S. cities, several countries, the Arctic Circle, and even the International Space Station.

June 2017

Hydraulic fracturing in Maryland is gone for good. Members of the Don’t Frack Maryland coalition led a tireless and uncompromising campaign for a total ban rather than settle for the so-called safe-fracking measures first supported by the governor and state legislators.

The coalition used hard evidence to reveal the ecological devastation fracking has caused in neighboring states. In Pennsylvania for example, earthquakes, air and water pollution, and increased radioactive radon gas levels are realities.

June 2017

The stunning battle against oil and gas pipelines is now front-page news, thanks to the publicity that fierce resistance to them has created. People now know that the “tar sands” oil from Canada is the dirtiest there is, and that hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) oil from the northern Great Plains states is an equally destructive and dangerous process. The hazards climb tenfold when oil has to be transported to markets in North America and other continents by rail and pipeline, violating native lands, and risking damage to underground water supplies for numerous communities.

April 2017

The echo of helicopters, enormous trucks removing tons of rock (with gold), military vehicles 24 hours a day, and periodic gunshots — all this has become common to the indigenous Shuar in the Amazonian province of Morona Santiago in Ecuador.

For months, the Shuar have been waging a fierce resistance against the government of President Rafael Correa over granting mineral rights to a Chinese company to conduct large-scale mining in their homeland. This company, ExploreCobres SA, has had the full support of the Ecuadorean military, police and private security forces.

April 2017

Planet Earth is changing in many perilous ways. One of the most damaging shifts is desertification, which is essentially the expansion of barren desert climates. Nowhere is this desolation a more serious crisis than in the Sahel region of Africa, the latitudinal zone where the Sahara Desert gradually transitions to the tropical climates of the continent’s middle third.

February 2017

Gina Petry of Radical Women and Patrick Burns of the Freedom Socialist Party traveled to Oceti Sakowin camp in November 2016 to cook, carpenter, and interview water protectors. On December 2, veterans began arriving to protect the camp, their numbers swelling to over 2,000. Pressure grew and two days later the Obama administration temporarily halted drilling.

February 2017

Climate change, the warming of the earth’s atmosphere, oceans and landmasses, is the pre-eminent issue facing humanity. 2016 was the hottest worldwide since record keeping began in 1880. The previous record year was 2015, and before that, 2014.

New Zealand earthquake exposes a government that is upping military spending while neglecting environmental safety

New Zealand earthquake exposes a government that is upping military spending while neglecting environmental safety
Alex Cole
issue 25
January 2017

November 2016 turned out more momentous than New Zealanders expected. Anti-war campaigners converged on Auckland to protest against international naval exercises celebrating the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary. Ships arrived from 15 countries, and the activists’ focus was the USS Sampson, the first U.S. warship to visit New Zealand in 33 years. New government regulations prevented protest boats from getting near the visiting naval vessels. However this didn’t stop protesters from blockading a weapons expo and shutting it down.

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