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Two Arrested After Shutting Down Kinder Morgan Terminal in Escalating Protests Against Major Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

(Richmond, CA) — In a sign of growing escalation, protesters Monday locked themselves to steel barrels and blocked three gates of the Kinder Morgan Richmond Terminal for the second time in two weeks, demanding that the company halt its new Trans Mountain pipeline in Canada. Two were arrested. In what many environmental and Indigenous activists are starting to call the “Standing Rock of the North,” the controversial project would triple the capacity of an existing pipeline from Edmonton, Calgary to Burnaby, British Columbia—an increase to 890,000 barrels per day. This project is based on the extraction of tar sands oil, one of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels.

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12 Reasons Why You Should Be Extremely Concerned About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, in its over 80 years of operation, has had a hugely negative impact on our food system. Tyson Foods profits off the cheap land and cheap labor that grease the wheels of the industrial food complex, specializing in the production of packaged “food” made with conflict palm oil and factory farmed meat. Palm oil is an ingredient in at least 36 Tyson products.

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Corruption, Human Rights Violations and Unchecked Pollution: At COP21, Growing Concern Over UN’s Forest Climate Program

As global leaders gather for the United Nations conference on climate change (COP21) in Paris, some of the world’s largest consumer goods companies and governments have announced new initiatives to protect the world’s last rainforests from the expansion of forest commodity production, including development for palm oil and pulp and paper.

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Bank of America's New Coal Policy Is Groundbreaking - and Imperfect

Last month, Bank of America published its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which addressed the bank’s financing policies and practices in detail. This post looks back on the bank’s release of its updated coal policy in May, and looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the policy update and what it means for the banking sector’s financing of coal more broadly.

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So What's the Deal with Trader Joe's Red Palm Oil?

Have you noticed the Trader Joe’s Red Palm Oil on display front and center at your local Trader Joe’s this spring?

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What Is Your Vision of a Just and Climate-Stable 2050?

Last week, thousands of people came to Seattle — on foot and by kayak — and put their bodies on the line to say “Shell No” to arctic drilling. Like many climate activists who couldn’t be there in person, I watched the events unfold on Twitter on the edge of my seat. Seeing hundreds of people stand up to a 30-story arctic drilling rig in their tiny kayaks is enough to make a longtime activist think, maybe we’re not so screwed after all. The odds might still be stacked against us, but at least now we’re witnessing the rise of a mass movement determined to fight back. As one local organizer of the “Paddle in Seattle” recently said, “I’ve never seen anything like this. When the Kulluk [another Shell Arctic drilling rig] was here in 2012 there was nothing like this here.”

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Big Fashion’s Dirty Secret: How Major Clothing Brands Are Destroying Rainforests

In the melee of entertainment coverage about what Hollywood A-Listers wore on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars, a major answer to the question of ‘who wore what?’ has been totally missed by the press. Would you believe one answer to that perennial question is...Rainforests? 

Almost no one realizes that some of the haute couture on display this weekend was made from ground up trees. Yes, trees -- tens of millions of them each year are turned into clothing. And too often this tree-sourced fabric has been shown to be connected to unchecked deforestation, serious land conflicts with Indigenous communities and deepening of the climate crisis.

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Fabulously Dressed San Francisco Activists Confront Big Fashion Over Its Role in Deforestation

Earlier Thursday morning, activists staged a protest in downtown San Francisco to call attention to forest destruction for fabric. Activists are visiting Fashion 15 companies throughout the city, demanding that companies get forest destruction out of their fabric.

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What You Need to Know About a Worldwide Corporate Power Grab of Enormous Proportions

As international trade negotiators gathered this week at a posh golf resort in rural Virginia to hammer out details of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), they sought to project an image of inclusion and receptivity to public input. In reality, this high-stakes global corporate pact, now in its 14th round of discussions, is heavily guarded by paramilitary teams with machine guns and helicopters as it is developed behind closed doors under a dangerous and unprecedented veil of secrecy.

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