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In the West Bank, a woman's struggle for change
For Hurriyah Ziada and other young activists, the focus is on basic human rights, not territory.

YOUR AFFLOHOLISM AT WORK - Guatemala's trash 'miners' risk lives to find gold
A torrent of gray, toxic water spews from a drainage tunnel and surges along the ravine, tumbling along garbage that has fallen from the Guatemalan capital's main landfill 1,000 feet (300 meters) above.

Israel has forgotten the scripture: Tutu - Times LIVE
The suffering inflicted by Israel on the Palestinian people shows that it has forgotten the Jewish scriptures, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Saturday.

Development progress in the world’s poorest countries could be halted by the mid-21st century unless bold steps are taken to mitigate the climate change impact, prevent further environmental destruction and reduce inequalities among nations.

The Climate Debate is Over. Let's Tap Markets to Save the Trees, the Planet, and Ourselves - Forbes
Our economy is changing our climate in dangerous ways, and the latest figures show it’s getting worse, with greenhouse gas emissions up a nauseating and unforgiveable 6% in 2010, despite the global economic slowdown. If you’re one of these self-proclaimed “skeptics” who still deny that man caused th...

Global Warming in Antarctica: Glaciers accelerating, West Antarctic Ice Sheet losing mass | Indymed
Scientists have been studying the climate change impact on ice shelfs and glaciers for some time in Antarctica, and particularly around the Antarctic Peninsula where there is substantial warming occurring increasing ice shelf melt and the speed and discharge of glaciers. The most recent studies 


Exclusive: Video From Gaza Flotilla as Israeli Navy Prepared to Intercept Boats

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Watch the Democracy Now! exclusive report from the "Freedom Waves to Gaza" flotilla this morning, shortly before the Israeli Navy intercepted the two ships attempting to reach the Gaza coast.

Muslim cab drivers save Jewish bagel shop
One of New York City’s oldest Jewish bakeries has been rescued from closure by an unlikely source: a pair of Muslim cab drivers who promise to keep it kosher.

Bloomberg: "Mind boggling" GOP candidates don't believe in science - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg lets off steam about Republican presidential candidates' take on science Read more by Stephanie Condon on CBS News' Political Hotsheet.

The U.S. Wastes 7 Billion Gallons of Drinking Water a Day: Can Innovation Help Solve the Problem?
UpStart [uhp-stahrt]n. 1. A company or organization with innovative approaches to energy use, carbon pollution, resource consumption, and/or social equity, 2. A company or organization overcoming market barriers to build the new clean energy economy. by Adam James In 2009, America earned a D- in dri...

Stunning Peatlands Amplifying Feedback: Drying Wetlands and Intensifying Wildfires Boost Carbon Rel
Drying of northern wetlands has led to much more severe peatland wildfires and nine times as much carbon released into the atmosphere, according to new research. The most dangerous amplifying carbon-cycle feedback we face in the near term is, I believe, the thawing northern tundra. It is poised to ...

China to phase out energy-inefficient light bulbs

Oligarchy, American Style
The stark reality is that we have a society in which money is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few people. This threatens to make us a democracy in name only.

Vatican stunned by Irish embassy closure
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Catholic Ireland's stunning decision to close its embassy to the Vatican is a huge blow to the Holy See's prestige and may be followed by other countries which feel the missions

Tibetan Sets Himself on Fire in Indian Capital
Before his protest, the 25-year-old exile called on India and other nations to support the Tibetan people's bid for freedom from China.

In India, love tests world's longest hunger strike,0,1775251.story?track=lat-pick
Irom Sharmila's mother has a simple dream: sitting down to a meal with her daughter.

Miles Of Smiles 7 Enters Gaza - International Middle East Media Center
The Miles of Smiles 7 solidarity convoy made it in the Gaza Strip on Thursday after crossing through the Rafah Border Terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. The IMEMC is a media collective. We are independent journalists producing and distributing the authentic voices of the people. We are lo...

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Climate change linked to Ice-Age animal extinctions
Climate change and human activity caused the extinction of some Ice-Age animals, such as the woolly rhinoceros, woolly mammoth, and wild horses, and the near extinction of others including reindeer, bison, and musk ox, says an international study..

"Monster" greenhouse gas levels seen - CBS News
Greenhouse gas levels higher than worst case scenario outlined by experts just four years ago

Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases
By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer – 33 minutes ago        

Rachel's legacy inspires other kids to give
Rachel Beckwith wanted to raise money for a clean-water charity by ask­ing for dona­tions instead of presents for her ninth birthday. A new website is meant to inspire other kids to do the same.

Climate Change Has Calif. Vintners Rethinking Grapes : NPR
Familiar French varieties aren't well-suited to high temperatures. Some researchers suggest cross-breeding to make the grapes more heat tolerant or drought-resistant, but once you breed pinot noir with something else, you can't call it pinot noir anymore. And marketing new wines is a challenge.

Researchers say climate change is changing Pacific Northwest forest structure as well
The study predicts "large scale disturbances" in Pacific Northwest forests as temperatures rise 5 to 9 degrees by 2080.

Climate change linked to Ice-Age animal extinctions
Climate change and human activity caused the extinction of some Ice-Age animals, such as the woolly rhinoceros, woolly mammoth, and wild horses, and the near extinction of others including reindeer, bison, and musk ox, says an international study..

Study: Climate Change Causing Big Forest Changes - News Story - KTVZ Bend
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A huge migration of trees has begun across much of the West due to global warming, insect attack, diseases and fire, and many tree species are projected to decline or die out in regions where they have been present for centuries, while others move in and replace them, a new stud…

KEEP FIDDLING JUST A BIT LONGER - New Evidence That Climate Change Threatens Marine Biodiversity
A study uses unconventional measures of the effect of climate change on the health of marine ecosystems and finds more reasons for concern

Irish activists demand Israel to allow flotilla safe passage to Gaza,7340,L-4143765,00.html

Tibetan nun burns herself to death in China
Nun is 11th ethnic Tibetan this year to have taken own life in region known as centre of defiance against strict Chinese control


Fed’s Bernanke Sympathizes With Occupy Wall Street as Economic Growth Stays Fragile
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that he sympathized with the frustration of Occupy Wall Street protestors as U.S. jobs market weakness persists and the nation’s unemployment rate remains elevated.

Occupy Wall Street's latest converts: the 1 percent?
A group of wealthy young Americans starts a social-media campaign in support of Occupy Wall Street. Its message: Tax us! But some analysts are skeptical. 

Occupy Wall Street's Message Gains Momentum In Congress
WASHINGTON -- Occupy Wall Street is finding a louder voice in Congress as lawmakers invoked its rhetoric repeatedly Wednesday in attempts to crack down on speculation, punish dangerous mine operators and pass a jobs bill. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) acknowledged that the...

Settlement building to ramp up as punishment for UNESCO vote

BDS update: Erdogan ‘Why no UN sanctions for Israel?’

Israel tests "ballistic missile:" report
Israel reportedly tested a ballistic missile Wednesday. There is speculation it is to be used against Iran.

‘Palestine’s Mandela’ publishes book detailing his life in an Israeli prison

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"God wants to see us help ourselves." Obama rips House "In God we trust" vote - Political Hotsheet -
President says GOP-led House should focus on "putting people back to work," not reaffirming nation's motto Read more by Brian Montopoli on CBS News' Political Hotsheet.

US, EU criticize Israeli plans to speed W. Bank building
Washington deeply disappointed by Israeli response to Palestinians acceptance to UNESCO; Ashton: We call on Israel to reverse this decision, call on both sides to continue engagement with the Quartet.


The Free Gaza Movement website: human rights activists working for breaking the siege of Gaza

Navy tracking small Gaza-bound flotilla that left Turkey
Flotilla arranged by Irish, Canadian pro-Palestinian groups; We dont believe they are seeking violence, but the IDF is ready, source says.

AP - UN: Water pollution, drought threaten world's poor By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press

Climate change already worsening weird, deadly, and expensive weather
Unprecedented flooding in Thailand, torrential rains pummeling El Salvador, long-term and beyond-extreme drought in Texas, killer snowstorm in the eastern US—and that's just the last month or so. Extreme weather worldwide appears to be both increasing in frequency and intensity, and a new report fro...

Obama Approval Rating and Strength Versus Republicans Improve
‎(For more campaign news, see ELECT .) Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama gained support among voters in October, according to an independent poll showing him with improved job-approval ratings and...

Obama tops Forbes most powerful list, Putin No. 2
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barack Obama topped Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people in 2011, as the U.S. leader's clout rose after the deaths of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Libyan dictator

Climate Change Imperils Global Prosperity, U.N. Warns
A report warns that drastic measures are needed to offset future environmental problems that could stall development and perpetuate poverty.

Levi Strauss Worries Climate Change and Water Shortages Threatens the Jeans Busines
Other stories below: India Solar Power Costs Could Fall 40% by 2015; BP Takes Center Stage on Capitol Hill Stone Washed Blue Jeans (Minus the Washed) From the cotton field in rural India to the local rag bin, a typical pair of blue jeans consumes 919 gallons of water during its life cycle, Levi Stra...


Catastrophic $5.3 Billion Texas Drought Hits Global Cotton, Beef, Peanut Butter and Even Pumpkin Mar
In August, agronomists showed that the historic drought in Texas had caused a stunning $5.3 billion in losses in the agricultural sector. Two months later, even with some rain finally coming to the state, Texas farmers are being crippled by a drought that could stretch beyond next summer. As the eco...

Study Confirms Optimal Climate Strategy: Deploy, Deploy, Deploy, Research and Develop, Deploy, Deplo
Back in May, a major study, California’s Energy Future — the View to 2050, was released by an independent state science and technology advisory panel. It had two central findings: California can achieve emissions roughly 60% below 1990 levels with technology we largely know about today if such tech...

How to Feed 7 Billion of Us Without Ruining the Planet
by Tom Laskawy, in a Grist cross-post Now that we’re surrounded by 7 billion of our closest friends, it’s probably a good time to talk about how we’re going to feed them. The government, along with corporations like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont, and others who are part of our current industrial agricu...

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