Some companies in the coalition have agreed to slash their carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, including Swiss food company Nestle, French building materials company Saint-Gobain, and French cosmetics maker L’Oreal .
Others have stopped short of committing to go carbon neutral but say they will align their operations with a goal of limiting the increase in average global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius enshrined in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Why would anyone stop short of committing to go carbon neutral?
I’m assuming there will be a global youth movement to boycott corporations that don’t do enough soon enough.
The over real estate:
Too few of the Duke-UNC programs focused on “the historic discrimination faced by, and current circumstances of, religious minorities in the Middle East, including Christians, Jews, Baha’is, Yazidis, Kurds, Druze and others,” the department said.
Last year, the department reopened a case into anti-Jewish bias at Rutgers University that the Obama administration had closed with no finding of wrongdoing. In reconsidering the case, Marcus said the Education Department would be using a State Department definition of anti-Semitism that, among other things, labels “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination” anti-Jewish bigotry, suggesting that it had been adopted by his office. The Education Department has not adopted that definition.
If the Duke-UNC programs don’t focus enough on “the historic discrimination faced by, and current circumstances of, religious minorities in the Middle East, including Christians, Jews, Baha’is, Yazidis, Kurds, Druze and others,” then the programs should be updated. However, the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism that includes “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination” is flawed and illegal under international law to which the US is signatory and bound under the US Constitution. The State Department’s definition is clearly used to continue and further discrimination against Arabs and non-Jews in Palestine-Israel. Ethnocracy is wrong. It is fundamentally anti-democratic, anti-American. Therefore, no federal institution should promote it regardless of the ethnic group.
Anti-Israel, Pro-Palestinian groups targeted as anti-Semitic in Germany
A famous Pakistani novelist has been denied a German literary award – over her political activism. She has been calling for a boycott of Israeli goods.
Coordinated sanctions could stop Maduro from destabilizing region-Duque
That’s rich. Columbia made a deal with the FARC of Columbia. The FARC agreed to put down its arms for peace. The deal was signed. The FARC disarmed. Columbia waited a bit and then started killing the FARC members who had disarmed. In the meantime, Columbia is still a huge illegal drug producer and exporter, especially to the US. You figure out who’s lying about Venezuela. It’s not difficult.
I’m with Nancy on this one.
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration announced plans to send additional U.S. forces and accelerate arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in response to the alleged Iranian attack on Saudi oil fields and refineries last week:
“President Trump’s plan to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to Saudi Arabia and UAE, and to deploy additional U.S. forces to the region is the latest outrageous attempt by the Trump Administration to circumvent the bipartisan, bicameral will of Congress. These unacceptable actions are cause for alarm.
“This summer, the House and Senate passed bipartisan Resolutions of Disapproval to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE and to condemn the Saudis for their continued assault on countless men, women and children. Americans are weary of war, and have no interest in entering another Middle East conflict, particularly on behalf of Saudi Arabia. They will not stand by while the President undermines our security and jeopardizes the lives of our brave servicemembers. Congress will do our job to uphold the Constitution, defend our national security and protect the American people.
“Once again, President Trump is turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s continued violence against innocent Yemenis, as well as its horrific murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its gross abuses of human rights, which represent a moral and humanitarian crisis. The United States cannot enable more brutality and bloodshed.”
‘Was this hearing a hot mess? Sure.’ Democrats weighing Trump’s impeachment face roadblocks at every turn
Democrats are considering whether they should introduce articles of impeachment against Trump over what they described as obstruction of justice, violations of campaign-finance laws for paying off a porn star before the election, profiting from his namesake business while in office and falling under the influence of foreign powers.
The obstruction and collusion charges won’t fly. The emoluments issue is not nearly as clear cut as those out to impeach him believe. The campaign-finance point is actually stronger than the emoluments issue. However, the Senate is controlled right now by the Republicans.
Is it worth it to impeach Trump when there are so many other pressing issues and removal from office wouldn’t happen unless the Democrats were to take the Senate in time? Plus, the Executive branch has countervailing investigations ongoing that aren’t looking good for a whole bunch of Democrats.
Frankly, why aren’t war crimes a potential charge? That’s easy. Democrats don’t want the war crimes to be held up as war crimes. Need I say why?
Bernie Sanders calls for financial relief for victims of 2008 housing meltdown
There’s much more to Sanders’ proposal than payments to those harmed by the 2008 crisis. He is also calling for the construction of 10 million units of affordable housing, a nationwide rent-control program, and massive reinvestment in existing public housing ….
Nationwide rent-control wouldn’t be necessary if housing subsidies were high enough.
Trump May Get Much of the World’s Manufacturing Out of China, but It Won’t Be Coming Back to the U.S.
“Chimerica” is a term originally coined by the historian Niall Ferguson and economist Moritz Schularick to describe the growing economic relationship between the U.S. and China since the latter’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. In the words of Ferguson: “The Chinese did the saving, the Americans the spending. The Chinese did the exporting, the Americans the importing. The Chinese did the lending, the Americans the borrowing.” Much of the pre-crisis boom in global trade was driven by this economic symbiosis, which is why successive American presidents tolerated this marriage of convenience despite the increasing costs to the U.S. economy. The net benefits calculation, however, began to change after 2008, and the conflict has intensified further after the 2016 presidential election result. Today, the cumulative stress of Donald Trump’s escalating trade war is leading to if not an irreparable breach between the two countries, then certainly a significant fraying. The imminent resumption of trade talks notwithstanding, the rising cost of the tariffs is already inducing some U.S. manufacturers to exit China. But in most instances, they are not returning to home shores.
It may have taken Trump to point out the pitfalls of the Chimerica link, but coming up with a coherent strategy to replace it is clearly beyond the president’s abilities. America is likely to remain a relative manufacturing wasteland, as barren as Trump’s own ill-conceived ideas on trade. At the same time, it’s not going to be an unmitigated victory for China either, as Beijing is increasingly suffering from a large confluence of internal and external pressures.
Well, at least Xi is weakened and might end up being toppled along with his dictatorial party.
Co-Living, Micro Units: Multifamily Real Estate Reimagined
… operators long-term master lease a portion or all of an apartment building, and sublease rooms. Individual tenants lease a furnished bedroom within a two (or more) bedroom apartment, with a common living area and kitchen. The third party operator screens and prequalifies all tenants, maintains the building and common area, furnishes the units, pays utilities, and may provide cleaning and linen services.
Fine with me:
Bernie Sanders has long wanted to remake the health care system so no one will have to pay directly for medical care again. Now, he also wants to go back and cancel all the medical debts of people who have been billed under the current system.
In a plan released Saturday, Mr. Sanders, the Vermont senator and presidential candidate, proposes wiping out an estimated $81 billion in existing debt and changing rules around debt collection and bankruptcy. He also calls for replacing the giant credit reporting agencies with a “public credit registry” that would ignore medical debt when calculating credit scores.
A New Generation of Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend California’s Forests
The deforestation of the Amazon is recognized around the world as a catastrophe for global climate change. Far less recognized is the threat of deforestation of temperate rainforests, such as the enormous coastal forest that stretches from Northern California to Alaska. By some estimates, temperate rainforests sequester from 2 to 7 times as much carbon per acre as tropical rainforests like the Amazon. Keeping these ecosystems healthy and intact is an imperative part of avoiding a future of cataclysmic global warming.
In Humboldt County, California, activists have been fighting for decades to preserve the forests and have embraced direct action tactics aimed at physically preventing logging companies from felling redwoods, Douglas firs, madrones, and other trees by using their own bodies as blockades. They have built platforms 100 feet in the air in the canopies of trees and lived on them for weeks, months, or even years at a time. They have erected tripods to block logging roads and sat atop them, so that if the tripods were dismantled, they would face injury or death. They have chained themselves to bulldozers and other earth-moving equipment.
The tradition in the region stretches back to the legendary activism of Judi Bari, Julia “Butterfly” Hill, and many less well-known but no less committed radical environmental activists. Today, a new generation of activists has taken up the cause, using direct action tactics to confront logging companies such as Sierra Pacific Industries, Green Diamond Resource Company, and the Humboldt Redwood Company (the latter is the company that used to be Pacific Lumber, which was the target of Earth First!’s activism in the “Timber Wars” of the 1980s and ’90s). Our short documentary, produced by Adamant Media, tells their story.
Note: We were not able to secure interviews with spokespersons from Green Diamond Resource Company and Humboldt Redwood Company in time for publication, but a representative of the Humboldt Redwood Company claimed that its “hack and squirt” technique for clearing the forest of hardwood trees is environmentally sustainable and that the company seeks to eventually phase out the use of chemical herbicides. The representative further stated that the company cut the resupply lines of a tree-sitting activist only in order to prevent supporters on the ground from sending materials that presented fire dangers up into the tree.
This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets that aims to strengthen coverage of the climate crisis.