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Virginia Governor Defies Trump on Paris Climate Deal, Pushes Investments in Solar & Wind
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:44:58 -0500
At the U.N. Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, a number of U.S. senators, mayors and governors staged a defiant anti-Trump revolt. The lawmakers were part of a coalition of cities, universities, faith groups and companies who attended the U.N. climate summit to reject Trump's vow to pull the U.S. out of the Paris deal and instead proclaim "We Are Still In." We spoke with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Trump Says He Represents Pittsburgh, not Paris. But Pittsburgh Mayor Says City Still In Climate Deal
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:30:18 -0500
At the U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, officials representing nearly 200 nations ended an all-night round of negotiations early Saturday morning. The negotiations were aimed at hammering out the implementation of the 2015 Paris climate deal. This year was the first COP since President Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Deal, a process which takes four years. Despite Trump's vows to withdraw from the deal, a number of progressive U.S. senators, governors and mayors staged an anti-Trump revolt last week in Bonn, proclaiming "We Are Still In." We spoke with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.
As Zimbabwe's Mugabe Refuses to Resign, Advocates Say Coup "Is Not the Answer" for Meaningful Reform
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:14:41 -0500
In Zimbabwe, longtime leader Robert Mugabe is refusing to resign as president amid a growing political crisis. Last week Mugabe was placed under house arrest after Zimbabwe's military seized parliament, courts, government offices, and the main airport in the capital, Harare. The apparent coup came a week after President Mugabe ousted his Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who’s since been named by the military as interim president. Members of Zimbabwe's ruling party are preparing to meet to discuss Mugabe's impeachment, after the deadline for him to resign came and went this morning. On Sunday, Mugabe gave a televised address acknowledging the country's problems, but did not mention stepping down. Zimbabwe's ruling party, ZANU-PF, has expelled Mugabe and First Lady Grace Mugabe from the party. Impeachment proceedings against Mugabe may now begin as soon as Tuesday. For more we’re joined by Glen Mpani, Mason fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a democracy and governance practitioner who has worked for the last 15 years in Africa. His recent op-ed in the New York Times is titled, “For Zimbabwe, a Coup Isn’t the Answer.”
Headlines for November 20, 2017
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Zimbabwe: Mugabe Refuses to Resign Presidency After Military Takeover, Thousands Rally For Puerto Rico Disaster Relief on National Mall, Jeffrey Tambor to Leave Transparent After Sexual Assault Charges, Russell Simmons Accused of Sexual Assault as Brett Ratner Watched, TED Talks Accused of Failing to Stop Sexual Harassment, Congress Paid $17M to Settle Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Suits, Sen. Al Franken Won’t Resign Over Kissing, Groping Woman Without Consent, Trump on UCLA Players’ Arrests in China: "I Should Have Left Them in Jail!", ISIS Routed from Last Remaining Towns in Iraq, Syria, Turkish Authorities Ban All LGBTQ Events in Ankara, Libya: Enslaved Migrants Sold at Auction, Germany: Talks to Forge Coalition Government Collapse, Mexico: NAFTA Renegotiations Begin Amid Protests, Arizona Immigrant Rights Activists Protest Steve Bannon Address, Study: Black Men Receive Harsher Prison Terms than White Counterparts, Jacksonville, FL: Students to Confront Neo-Nazi Rally, In Reversal, Trump to Uphold Import Ban on African Elephant Trophies, Nebraska to Determine Fate of Keystone XL Pipeline Permit, Burying Time Capsules, Young Activists Pledge Fight for Climate Justice
Tom Goldtooth: Carbon Trading is "Fraudulent" Scheme to Privatize Air & Forests to Permit Pollution
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:48:24 -0500
In South Dakota, the energy company TransCanada says it shut down part of its pipeline Thursday after a rupture spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in a field near Amherst. The pipeline carries a highly polluting form of oil called "diluted bitumen." This comes amid a new report titled "Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance," which exposes the dangers of carbon trading, a scheme in which major companies purchase carbon credits from countries who agree to plant trees or protect existing forests. We speak with one of the report's co-authors, Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Isabella Zizi from Richmond, California, home to a massive Chevron oil refinery. Chevron has said it will purchase carbon credits to offset increased pollution from a recent expansion of the Richmond refinery.
Key Architect of Paris Climate Accord: "We Cannot Combat Climate Change with More Coal"
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:35:04 -0500
For more on the final assessment of this year's U.N. climate summit, we speak with one of the key architects of the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. He was previously the environment minister in Peru. He is also the former president of COP20 and a key architect of the Paris Agreement.
Activists Condemn Failure of COP23 to Address Interrelated Crises of Climate, Energy & Inequality
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:15:32 -0500
On the last day of the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we get a wrap-up on negotiations. This year is the first COP since President Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal, a process which takes four years. At this year's COP, a new coalition of 19 countries has committed to working toward phasing out coal, although many of these countries—including Britain—continue to expand fracking and other extraction projects. Also this week in Bonn, indigenous groups won increased recognition of their rights, autonomy and participation in negotiations. But many say this year's negotiations do not go nearly far enough to address climate change—especially as new research shows the threat is continuing to accelerate. We speak with Dipti Bhatnagar, the climate justice and energy coordinator at Friends of the Earth International, and Asad Rehman, the executive director of War on Want.
"Keep It in the Ground": As COP23 Ends, Activists Protest at Europe's Largest Open-Pit Coal Mine
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:11:16 -0500
Throughout the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, activists have been protesting against fossil fuels. Early this morning, Democracy Now! drove about 45 minutes west of Bonn to the forests of western Germany, where activists unfurled a banner at the largest open-pit coal mine in Europe that read, "It's Up to Us to Keep It in the Ground." "You can't separate the peace movement from the climate movement," says Lea Heuser, winner of Germany's Aachen Peace Prize.
Headlines for November 17, 2017
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0500
House Approves Tax Cuts That Would Overwhelmingly Benefit the Rich, Sen. Al Franken, Photographed Groping Woman in 2006, Apologizes, Keystone Pipeline Spills 210,000 Gallons in South Dakota, WFP: 150,000 Yemeni Children Could Starve to Death from U.S.-Backed Blockade, U.S.-Led Coalition in Iraq Killing Far More Civilians Than Acknowledged, Russia Vetoes Security Council Resolution on Syrian Chemical Attacks, Zimbabwe: Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance Since Military Takeover, Nigeria: Suicide Bombers Strike Maiduguri, Killing 15, Burmese Military Accused of Widescale Rape Against Rohingya, DHS Official Rev. Jamie Johnson Resigns over Racist Comments, FCC Vote on Media Ownership Clears Way for Sinclair Broadcasting Expansion, Norway May Divest $35 Billion from Fossil Fuel Holdings, Senators Press Jared Kushner over Russia-WikiLeaks Documents
Migration Expert Urges Immediate Action as Millions Are Already Displaced by Climate Change
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:53:04 -0500
Researchers here at Bonn warn Pacific Islanders may be among the first to be forced to migrate due to climate change, as sea level rise threatens to make whole islands uninhabitable. But island nations are not the only places where climate change is threatening to force people from their homes. Last year, around the world, at least 23 million people were displaced by extreme weather. "If we act now in terms of climate change action, … it means we support for people to stay in their homes. … Let's not make migration a last resort, a tragedy," says Dina Ionesco, the head of migration, environment and climate change at the International Organization for Migration.
Activists at COP23 Decry Companies & Corporate Sponsors Pushing Fossil Fuel as Energy Solution
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:40:24 -0500
While representatives from nearly 200 nations have gathered here in Bonn, Germany, they're not the only ones flocking to the city for this year's U.N. climate summit. A number of fossil fuel companies and corporate sponsors have also descended on Bonn, where they are pushing their own agenda behind the scenes. On Tuesday, activists disrupted a presentation at an annual corporate conference held alongside the climate summit here in Bonn. They were protesting the European Investment Bank for funding the construction of the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline, known as TAP. This comes as a new report by the Corporate Europe Observatory reveals how the gas industry spent more than 100 million euros and deployed over 1,000 lobbyists to push gas as an energy solution to lawmakers in Brussels and across the European Union in 2016. We speak with Pascoe Sabido, researcher and campaigner for the Corporate Europe Observatory, and Jesse Bragg, the media director for Corporate Accountability.
Nigerian Environmental Activist: Displacement from Climate Change Contributed to Rise of Boko Haram
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:34:30 -0500
Broadcasting from the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we speak with Nigerian environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey about global warming in Africa and the role of climate change in displacing farmers and ranchers, who, in some cases, join the ranks of Boko Haram.
African Activist Slams Trump for Reversing Ban on Elephant Trophies from Hunts in Zimbabwe & Zambia
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:32:38 -0500
The Trump administration will allow American trophy hunters to import the bodies of elephants they kill in Zimbabwe and Zambia, reversing a ban put in place by President Obama. The Interior Department’s rule change comes even though African elephants are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The policy could affect President Trump’s two adult sons, Eric and Donald Jr., who are longtime trophy hunters who have repeatedly posed for photos with dead animals they killed in Africa. A 2012 picture of Donald Trump Jr. in Zimbabwe shows him standing in front of the corpse of an African elephant, holding a knife in one hand and a severed tail in the other. We speak with Nnimmo Bassey, Nigerian environmental activist and director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation.
Zimbabwe in Limbo as Military Seizes Control & Places President Mugabe Under House Arrest
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:12:43 -0500
In Zimbabwe, longtime leader Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest and is reportedly refusing to resign as president after the country's military seized Parliament, courts, government offices and the main airport in the capital, Harare. Mugabe has held power since Zimbabwe declared independence from the United Kingdom 37 years ago. We go to Johannesburg, South Africa, to speak with Knox Chitiyo of the Africa Programme at Chatham House, who just returned from neighboring Zimbabwe. We are also joined by Nigerian environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey, director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation, and Jocelyn Alexander, professor at Oxford University and author of "The Unsettled Land: State-making & the Politics of Land in Zimbabwe, 1893-2003."
Headlines for November 16, 2017
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Zimbabwe: President Mugabe Under House Arrest, Refuses to Step Down, More Women Accuse Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore of Sexual Misconduct, California: Body of Mass Shooter's Wife Found Under Floor of Home, Lebanese Former Prime Minister to Leave Saudi Arabia for France, Senator Blasts U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen, House Approves $700 Billion Pentagon Budget, More Congressmembers File Articles of Impeachment Against Trump, First Trial of J20 Anti-Trump Protesters Opens in Washington, D.C., Former Coal Executive Confirmed as Mine Health and Safety Chief, Koch Brothers Bid to Take Over Time, People Magazines, Russian Duma Approves Bill Restricting Foreign Journalists, Ohio Cancels Lethal Injection After Failing to Find Prisoner's Vein, Undocumented Activist Takes Refuge in New Orleans Church, Trump Reverses Ban on Elephant Trophies from Hunts in Zimbabwe, Zambia, John Raines, Professor Who Exposed FBI's COINTELPRO, Dies at 84
Scientists Issue Dire Warning on Climate Change & Key Researcher Urges "Changes in How We Live"
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:46:45 -0500
At COP23, the International Energy Agency predicts U.S. oil production is expected to grow an an unparalleled rate in the coming years—even as the majority of scientists worldwide are saying countries need to cut down on fossil fuel extraction, not accelerate it. Meanwhile, a group of 15,000 scientists have come together to issue a dire "second notice" to humanity, 25 years after a group of scientists issued the "first notice" warning the world about climate change. We speak with the co-author of this report, Kevin Anderson, one of the world's leading climate scientists. Anderson is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester in Britain. The report is entitled "Can the Climate Afford Europe's Gas Addiction?"
Trump Climate Adviser Tells Democracy Now! Coal Needs a "Level Playing Field" at U.N. Climate Talks
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:38:49 -0500
This year's U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, marks the first climate conference since President Donald Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement, a process that takes four years. We speak with Trump's climate adviser David Banks, the White House special assistant for international energy and environment, about his views on climate change and the Trump administration's stance on the role by humans in inducing climate change. This comes one day after the Trump administration made its official debut at COP23 with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power that included speakers from coal company Peabody Energy, a nuclear engineering firm and a gas exporter.
Special Report from the Occupied Forest: Meet Activists Fighting Europe's Largest Open-Pit Coal Mine
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:16:30 -0500
Reporting from COP23 in Bonn, Germany, Democracy Now! travels to the nearby blockade of the Hambach coal mine, the largest open-pit coal mine in Europe. Activists say the mine extracts an extremely dirty form of coal called lignite, also known as brown coal, which causes the highest CO2 emissions of any type of coal when burned. For more than five years, they have been fighting to shut down the mine and to save the remaining forest from being cut down to make way for the expanding project. Only 10 percent of the ancient forest remains.
Pacific Climate Warriors Roll Out Anti-Coal "Red Carpet" for Angela Merkel at U.N. Climate Talks
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:11:26 -0500
Broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we look at protests underway against oil, coal, gas and nuclear power. Indian activists are demonstrating against India's largest nuclear power station, the Kudankulam plant in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu. Activists also disrupted a presentation by the European Investment Bank at an annual corporate conference held alongside the climate summit here in Bonn, with a protest against the construction of the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline, known as TAP, which is slated to run from the Greek-Turkish border, under the Adriatic Sea and into Italy. Meanwhile, activists had a special welcome ready for German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday before her address to the conference.
Headlines for November 15, 2017
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0500
Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa Named Interim Leader as Mugabe Deposed, Senate Tax Bill Would End Health Insurance Mandate, In Reversal, AG Sessions Says He Now Recalls Russia Discussion, Senate Committee Warned over Trump's Power to Launch Nuclear War, "He Wouldn't Let Go": Fmr. Flight Attendant Says George H.W. Bush Grabbed Her, Delaying Takeoff, California: Gunman on Rampage Kills 4, Injures 10, Including Children, Connecticut Lawsuit Targets Assault Rifle Maker over Sandy Hook Massacre, Ohio Prepares to Execute Severely Ill Condemned Prisoner, U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Airport in Yemen's Capital, U.N. Warns European Union over Dire Conditions in Libyan Migrant Camps, Australians Vote to Support Marriage Equality