Rwanda: Entrepreneurs Borrow Leaf From Rwanda to Make Kinshasa Clean

By James Karuhanga Representatives of more than 100 firms and cooperatives in DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, on Friday held a meeting with local businessman, Jean Malic Kalima, seeking his assistance on how to best plan and implement a city cleaning project. Kalima, who dabbles in mining, health among other businesses, in the past implemented a successful project in Lome, Togo. The Congolese – especially those who have been to Kigali and were struck by its beauty and cleanliness – want him to help them do it right. The project, it…

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Road to Green New Deal is paved with unity

J. Scott Applewhite/AP A New Deal saved the country in the 1930s. A Green New Deal is needed to save it again. Introduced into Congress by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, the proposed stimulus program is rapidly gaining support, even as Trump and Republicans deride and oppose it. Marc Brodine, an environmentalist who recently wrote a book on these issues titled Green Strategy, sat down with People’s World for an interview on the steps involved to make the Green New Deal a reality, and how building a united movement is intrinsically…

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Mozambique: Aid, Health Workers Race to Help Cyclone Idai Victims

Photo: Josh Estey/CARE In the city of Beira, in Sofala Province, .Central Mozambique, a Category 4 Cyclone named Idai made land fall wreaking havoc knocking out power across the province and impacting every resident. People walk down a residential part of the city among the broken trees. International aid agencies and government forces are racing against time to help the hundreds of thousands affected by Cyclone Idai. The storm, which hit on March 14, has killed nearly 1,000 people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, and many others are still missing.…

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Amazon workers tell company to ditch oil industry, fight climate change

An Amazon employee applies tape to a package before shipment at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. The online shopping giant, which already works with BP and Shell, has been trying to woo more oil and gas companies to use its technology to help them find drillable oil faster, angering workers who have been pushing Amazon to do more to combat climate change. | Patrick Semansky / AP NEW YORK (AP)—Amazon is getting cozy with the oil industry—and some employees aren’t happy about it. The online shopping giant, which already…

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Climate change is a class issue

Image: Morning Star “It is worse, much worse, than you think.” This is the terrifying introduction to David Wallace-Wells’s timely new book The Uninhabitable Earth. One of Wallace-Wells’s observations is that more than half of carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels in human history have been produced in the last 30 years. It’s a fact which stopped me in my tracks. It means that since the United Nations first established its climate change framework in 1992, we’ve done more damage than in all the preceding millennia. This underlines an important…

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Extends Begging Bowl to Private Sector

By Kudzanai Gerede President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reached out to the private sector to offer assistance to government in mobilizing resources towards the Cyclone Idai victims as supplies to the affected areas remain critical. Owing to government’s failure to set up a properly funded disaster management fund to mitigate effects of such natural occurrences, the Mnangagwa administration has been overwhelmed by the work at hand. Addressing captains of industry and business leaders invited at State House today, President Mnangagwa admitted government did not have the capacity to reconstruct affected areas…

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Putin outlines ambitious Arctic expansion program

A Russian solder stands guard as Pansyr-S1 air defense system on the Kotelny Island, part of the New Siberian Islands archipelago located between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea, Russia. Russia has made reaffirming its military presence in the Arctic the top priority amid an intensifying international rivalry over the region that is believed to hold up to one-quarter of the planet’s undiscovered oil and gas. | Vladimir Isachenkov/AP ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday put forward an ambitious program to secure Russia’s foothold in the…

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Green New Deal pushing climate change into mainstream media

Wikimedia (CC) Climate change coverage in much of the mainstream media was abysmally low in 2018. It’s been tilting upward in the first quarter of 2019, thanks in large part to the Green New Deal. The ascending trend is a positive development overall — it’s about time media started paying more attention to the existential crisis of our time! — and yet some of the coverage has been weak, and some has been a total mess. Climate change was pitifully undercovered last year Climate coverage in 2018 plunged 45 percent from 2017…

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Zimbabwe: ‘Cyclone Victims’ Remains to Be Exhumed and Repatriated From Mozambique’

Photo: Tawanda Mudimu/The Herald President Emmerson Mnangagwa (wearing scarf) assesses damage wrought by Cyclone Idai in Ngangu Township in Chimanimani, in the company of Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Ellen Gwaradzimba, right, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, partially obscured, and opposition leaders Thokozani Khupe, centre, and Lovemore Madhuku, in black suit. Chimanimani — The death toll from Cyclone Idai last month has risen to 339 with at least 158 dead victims, who were washed into neighbouring Mozambique by furious floods, being buried in the neighbouring country. This was…

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New York becomes second state to ban plastic bags

Plastic bags are seen stuck to the branches of a tree in New York City. Mary Altaffer | AP New York State lawmakers agreed to a ban on single-use plastic bags Sunday, making the Empire State the second in the nation to do so. The decision was part of a $175.5 billion budget agreement that included other progressive measures including the elimination of cash bail for most misdemeanors and non-violent crimes, three-hours-off on election day for voting and the nation’s first-ever congestion pricing program in the busiest part of Manhattan.…

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