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John Abraham, The Guardian, August 24, 2017

Humans are causing Earth’s climate to change. We know that. We’ve known it for decades. Okay so what? The follow-up questions should be directed to what the effects of warming will be. What will the costs be to society, to the natural biosystem, and to human lives? Let’s be honest, if the consequences of warming are not large, then who cares? But, if the consequences are severe, then we should take action now to reduce the warming. This really comes down to costs and benefits. Are the benefits of reducing emissions greater or less than the costs?

Jacqueline Patterson and Bill McKibben, Yes Magazine, August 24, 2017

There’s nothing like the giant oil companies to provide us all with lessons about power and prejudice.

Raj Mankad, TexasMonthly, August 20, 2017

This article originally appeared in Grist.

Nathan Thanki,, August 17, 2017

Ed. Note: This is another talk in the first panel of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s Activists, Artists, and Academics:  Building Just Climate Futures Together virtual conference.

Ajamu Baraka,, August 16, 2017

What is the character of racist right-wing politics today? Is it the crazed white supremacist who plows into an anti-fascist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, or can it also be the assurance by Lindsay Graham that an attack against North Korea would result in thousands of lives lost…. but those lives will be “over there”? What about the recent unanimous resolution by both Houses of Congress in support of Israel and criticism of the United Nations for its alleged anti-Israeli bias?

AJ, Aljazeera, August 14, 2017

At least 175 people have died and thousands have fled their homes as monsoon floods swept across Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

Three days of relentless downpours sparked flash floods and landslides that have killed at least 80 people in Nepal, 73 across northern and eastern India and 22 in Bangladesh.

Al Jazeera's Subina Shreshtha, reporting from Janakpur in Nepal, said that at least six million people were affected by the floods in the country's southern plains known as Terai.

More than 48,000 homes have been submerged by rising waters in Nepal, the police said.

Megan Darby , Climate Home, August 14, 2017

When Cyclone Aila hit the coast of Bangladesh in May 2009, water swelled over embankments along the Kholpetua river.

The home Sirajul Islam (pictured) shared with his wife and four children in Kolbari village was flooded, along with the single acre he used to raise shrimp.

They left for Shyamnagar town, 15km away, where for four months he made 300-400 taka a day ($4-5) driving a rented motorbike.

Jessica Moulite, The Root, August 4, 2017

Paulette Richards has lived in Liberty City for almost 40 years.

In that time, the 57-year-old community organizer has seen some things in the close-knit and vibrant historically black community located in northwest Miami-Dade County.

She’s seen young mothers struggle to feed their babies despite working multiple jobs. She’s seen kids suffering because of a lack of resources. But recently, there are some people she hasn’t seen—some of her former neighbors and friends.

Ronald Reyes,, July 31, 2017

JOANNA Sustento lost most of her family along with 7, 000 other people in her city when Super Typhoon “Yolanda” battered Central Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013.

Four years later, the 26-year-old Tacloban native is traveling to the Arctic, along with other climate change advocates from Greenpeace, to confront the Norwegian government and a giant oil company, Statoil, which has another gas drilling project in the Barents Sea in the Arctic Ocean.


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