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Climate Change News (Offsite) - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 6:00am
The United Nations Conference on Climate Change that ended on Dec. 14 in Lima, Peru, is a classic case of seeing a glass as half full or half empty.

SUNY Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry Receives $3 Million DOE Grant to Promote Ecologically Dangerous Biofuels

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:00am
In case any are wondering why a State University of New York “environmental” college would be working on a major project to develop genetically modified chestnuts to introduce a population of GE Chestnuts to native and fragile forest ecosystems, an announcement last week by the college provides a valuable clue. The college announced on 15 […]

SUNY Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry Receives $3 Million DOE Grant to Promote Ecologically Dangerous Biofuels

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:00am
In case any are wondering why a State University of New York “environmental” college would be working on a major project to develop genetically modified chestnuts to introduce a population of GE Chestnuts to native and fragile forest ecosystems, an announcement last week by the college provides a valuable clue. The college announced on 15 […]

SUNY Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry Receives $3 Million DOE Grant to Promote Ecologically Dangerous Biofuels

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:00am
In case any are wondering why a State University of New York “environmental” college would be working on a major project to develop genetically modified chestnuts to introduce a population of GE Chestnuts to native and fragile forest ecosystems, an announcement last week by the college provides a valuable clue. The college announced on 15 […]

SUNY Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry Receives $3 Million DOE Grant to Promote Ecologically Dangerous Biofuels

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:00am
In case any are wondering why a State University of New York “environmental” college would be working on a major project to develop genetically modified chestnuts to introduce a population of GE Chestnuts to native and fragile forest ecosystems, an announcement last week by the college provides a valuable clue. The college announced on 15 […]

SUNY Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry Receives $3 Million DOE Grant to Promote Ecologically Dangerous Biofuels

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:00am
In case any are wondering why a State University of New York “environmental” college would be working on a major project to develop genetically modified chestnuts to introduce a population of GE Chestnuts to native and fragile forest ecosystems, an announcement last week by the college provides a valuable clue. The college announced on 15 […]

SUNY Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry Receives $3 Million DOE Grant to Promote Ecologically Dangerous Biofuels

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:00am
In case any are wondering why a State University of New York “environmental” college would be working on a major project to develop genetically modified chestnuts to introduce a population of GE Chestnuts to native and fragile forest ecosystems, an announcement last week by the college provides a valuable clue. The college announced on 15 […]

SUNY Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry Receives $3 Million DOE Grant to Promote Ecologically Dangerous Biofuels

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:00am
In case any are wondering why a State University of New York “environmental” college would be working on a major project to develop genetically modified chestnuts to introduce a population of GE Chestnuts to native and fragile forest ecosystems, an announcement last week by the college provides a valuable clue. The college announced on 15 […]

SUNY Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry Receives $3 Million DOE Grant to Promote Ecologically Dangerous Biofuels

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:00am
In case any are wondering why a State University of New York “environmental” college would be working on a major project to develop genetically modified chestnuts to introduce a population of GE Chestnuts to native and fragile forest ecosystems, an announcement last week by the college provides a valuable clue. The college announced on 15 […]

SUNY Syracuse College of Environmental Science and Forestry Receives $3 Million DOE Grant to Promote Ecologically Dangerous Biofuels

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 5:00am
In case any are wondering why a State University of New York “environmental” college would be working on a major project to develop genetically modified chestnuts to introduce a population of GE Chestnuts to native and fragile forest ecosystems, an announcement last week by the college provides a valuable clue. The college announced on 15 […]

E.P.A. Issues Rules on Disposal of Coal Ash to Protect Water Supply

NY Times Environmental News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:23pm
The new regulations, which leave power plants to ensure that safety standards are met, were not as strong as environmental groups wanted.






New study shows ethanol worse for air than gasoline

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:03pm
The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering recently released a study that shows ethanol is worse for air quality than gasoline. The scientists followed the production of ethanol from start to emission and found that any environmental benefit is completely overshadowed by destruction caused during the production process. CBS interviewed the researchers on […]

GMO Chestnuts Draw Scrutiny this Holiday

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00pm
During the holidays, a time of the iconic roasting of chestnuts, scientists and activists are raising alarms about these efforts to genetically engineer and widely release GE American chestnuts into U.S. forests. Syracuse.com recently reported in “Breakthrough at SUNY-ESF” that researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are growing 10,000 genetically engineered (GE) American […]

GMO Chestnuts Draw Scrutiny this Holiday

Mobilzation for Climate Justice - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00pm
During the holidays, a time of the iconic roasting of chestnuts, scientists and activists are raising alarms about these efforts to genetically engineer and widely release GE American chestnuts into U.S. forests. Syracuse.com recently reported in “Breakthrough at SUNY-ESF” that researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are growing 10,000 genetically engineered (GE) American […]

Dot Earth Blog: From Maine to Denmark, Islanders (Including Students) Seek Sustainable Energy Solutions

NY Times Environmental News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:09pm
Students from an environment-minded college on a Maine island learn how an island in Denmark turned from fossil fuels to renewable energy






The Queer Women of Color Video Streaming Service That's Cheaper Than Netflix

Race Wire - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:22pm

Tired of searching and searching for more queer women of color representation on Neflix? Well, stop looking there. There's a new indie effort called Sistah Sinema underway that will offer a wide selection of films by and about queer women of color.

From Elixher:

Sistah Sinema decided to team up with IndieFlix after exploring other platforms. IndieFlix - like Sistah Sinema - focused on indie filmmakers and creating a conversation about cinema. According to Scilla Andreen - IndieFlix's CEO and one of the few women CEOs in tech - niche marketing and community-brand marketing is key to IndieFlix's future growth. Partnering with Sistah Sinema is part of a larger effort to showcase cinema that highlights global diversity.

The films include selections like Cheryl Dunye's important 1997 film "The Watermelon Woman" and Kourtney Ryan Ziegler's look at black transmen, "Still Black." Take a look at the films and learn more here. Memberships are only $5 a month.

Study: Black LGBT People More Likely to Live in States Without Anti-Discrimination Job Protection

Race Wire - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:17pm

Black LGBT people in the U.S. are more likely to live in states that don't prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation, according to a new report (PDF) from the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA School of Law. That difference puts some 890,000 black LGBT people at risk of being discriminated against with no legal protection, researchers found.

Those findings come from a new report that examines the disparities in life experiences for LGBT people who live in states that don't prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of a person's sexual orientation. The Williams Institute compared Washington, D.C, and the 21 states that have laws on their books prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation with the 29 states--primarily Midwestern, Southern, and Mountain States--that don't. They found that states that offer employment protections are more likely to have an LGBT-friendly social climate than states that don't. That line translates to differences in income, health outcomes and access, and food insecurity. 

Unsurprisingly, LGBT people in the U.S. have widely different experiences depending on their race and geographic location. By one estimate, more than one in six LGBT people who live in those 29 states without state anti-discrimination laws is black, even though black people are estimated to be roughly 15 percent of the LGBT population in the U.S. 

Check out the rest of the report at the Williams Institute.

Hundreds of Los Angeles Lawyers Die-In for Black Lives

Race Wire - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:15am

Los Angeles-area lawyers, law students, legal aids and allies gathered on the steps of the Los Angeles County Superior Court for a die-in Tuesday to protest police brutality that disproportionately targets black people. The participants, clad in business suits with briefcases, weathered rain for about 15 minutes that morning.

Law professor Priscilla Ocen, who is also the spokesperson for the event, told Colorlines that about 275 people attended the die-in. 

Mount Kenya’s Vanishing Glaciers

NY Times Environmental News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:05am
With camera and torch in hand, the British photographer Simon Norfolk casts climate change's inexorable advance in a new light.






U.S. Sues New York City Over Rikers Island's Treatment of Teen Inmates

Race Wire - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 10:50am

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is making good on warnings he issued earlier this year over New York City's handling of the city jail Rikers Island. Today, federal prosecutors announced that they will sue the city for violating the civil rights of its juvenile inmates, the New York Times reported. 

Rikers Island's adolescent inmates were "subjected to unconstitutional conditions and confinement," Bharara and Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in their filing, the Los Angeles Times reported. Until September of this year when city officials moved to phase out the practice, solitary confinement has been the primary form of punishment used against 16 and 17-year-old inmates at Rikers.

That wasn't enough change for federal prosecutors, who wrote in their filing that among other violations, "Staff have frequently insulted, humiliated, and antagonized [inmates], often using obscenities and abusive language without fear of any reprimand from supervisors. Such unprofessional conduct provokes physical altercations, and leads to unnecessary violence." In a searing federal report published this summer, Bharara also noted that in the last two years, adolescent inmates sustained more than a thousand injuries--nearly half of which required emergency care, the Los Angeles Times reported.

If you're looking for devastating, deep reads into Rikers Island, The New York Times' Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz have been filing reports on the jail this year on the culture of abuse and violence which ruled Rikers, focusing on guards' brutal treatment of inmates, especially those with mental illness.

In their latest installment, Winerip and Schwirtz examine labor's role in blocking reform of the jail system. It's an especially pertinent issue as the rest of the nation grapples with police accountability and criminal justice reform. It's not just corrections officer unions who are stymieing accountability efforts.

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