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Tonight’s Progressive Commentary Hour!

An early Earth Day special —  A look at climate change in the context of the loss of our global forests. And what can the wisdom of trees teach us about preserving the future of the human species.   If Jane Goodall is the ambassador for the animal kingdom. If Vandana Shiva is the ambassador for seeds and organic foods. …

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Slavko Nissl – Monsanto GMO Seeds in Nigeria, Breaking the Agricultural Cycle, Complicity of UN World Food Program

Nigeria’s Farmers Alliance of over 14 million farmers have called on all farmers especially in the Northeast to reject the genetically modified organisms (GMO) and Hybrid seeds distributed by the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP) and the World Bank. The body in a letter to the UN Security Council (UNSC), called for intervention to stop WFP and World Bank …

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Climate models may underestimate future warming on tropical mountains

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — In few places are the effects of climate change more pronounced than on tropical peaks like Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, where centuries-old glaciers have all but melted completely away. Now, new research suggests that future warming on these peaks could be even greater than climate models currently predict. Researchers led by a Brown University …

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Nadia Prupis – Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels ‘Probably in Millenia’

Global sea ice levels are at their lowest in recorded history, according to new statistics from the U.S. National Snow & Ice Data Center. In the Arctic, the loss is due to climate change and extreme weather events that are likely influenced by global warming, while the changes in the Antarctic may be attributed to natural variability, the center said. …

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Lorraine Chow – Big Oil Cheers as Trump Plans to Open National Parks for Drilling

America’s national parks are already under threat, but will our beloved public lands survive Donald Trump‘s incoming presidency? The president-elect plans to open up federal lands for more energy development and, according to Reuters, energy companies and industry lobbyists are already expecting a flurry of new federal drilling and mining leases with the incoming administration. “This opportunity is unique, maybe …

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Tim Radford – Ocean current sends out chilling warning

New research forecasts much colder weather in northern Europe if rising CO2 emissions continue to impact on the Atlantic ocean current. LONDON, 8 January, 2017 – Here is the long-term weather forecast for the North Atlantic, in a world in which carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere double: a powerful ocean current called the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) will continue …

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Alexandra Jacobo – New study confirms findings of faster global warming, despite what the GOP claims

A new study has confirmed what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration originally found in 2015 – the oceans are warming at nearly twice the rate we originally thought. After publishing their findings in 2015, the NOAA was immediately attacked by members of the GOP. GOP members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, headed by Rep. Lamar Smith, opened …

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Obama signs his last Pentagon budget: A legacy of war and reaction

President Barack Obama signed into law last week his seventh and final Pentagon spending bill, providing $619 billion to continue and expand the murderous violence of the US war machine. Spending more than the next seven countries combined, the US military is currently engaged in combat operations in at least seven different countries, while maintaining some 800 overseas bases around …

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Nadia Prupis – Surprise: Climate Change is Likeliest Cause for Extreme Arctic Heat

This year’s remarkably warm Arctic winter would have been “extremely unlikely” without climate change, according to a new analysis from a consortium of scientists dedicated to understanding the impacts of global warming. World Weather Attribution (WWA) released its report after the Arctic was hit with record-breaking temperatures amid the hottest year in recorded history. The North Pole’s temperature anomalies “were …