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Brian Tokar: Climate Diplomacy and Climate Action:  What’s Next?

We need to challenge all the institutions that blame our problems on immigrants and poor people while simultaneously threatening planetary survival

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Brian Tokar: Vermont Voters Say No To Tar Sands Oil

March 5th was Town Meeting Day in Vermont and, following a long tradition of our towns taking a stand on issues of wider importance, at least 29 towns, including Montpelier and Burlington, overwhelmingly passed resolutions opposing the proposed transport of tar sands oil through our region. The resolutions also supported efforts to eliminate oil derived from the Alberta tar sands from fuel supplies Read more…

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Brian Tokar: 40 Years of Earth Days

The 40th anniversary of the original Earth Day is upon us, and many seasoned environmentalists are nostalgic for the heady days of the 1970s, when 20 million people hit in the streets and eventually got Richard Nixon to sign a series of ambitious environmental laws. Those laws managed to clean up waterways that were turning Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Repackaging Copenhagen: Will There Be a Global Climate Agreement?

On the eve of the UN’s long-awaited Copenhagen climate summit, officials are pulling out all the stops to spin the  conference as a success, no matter what actually happens. Barack  Obama’s announcement that he will briefly pass through Copenhagen was  a headline story, as was China’s commitment to reduce their economy’s  "carbon intensity," merely lowering Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Politics-as-Usual While the Planet Burns

A palpable sense of triumph accompanied the passage last week of a first-of-its-kind global warming bill in the US House of Representatives. Rep. Henry Waxman of California, one of the bill’s two main sponsors, called it a "decisive and historic action," and President Obama described the bill as "a bold and necessary step."  Fred Krupp Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Resisting Genetic Engineering

While the biotechnology industry continues to promise miracles– new ways to feed the world, solutions to intractable medical problems, enhanced "freedom of choice" in human reproduction, and more — activists worldwide have recently stepped up their opposition. For those who look beyond the often extravagant claims of biotech proponents, this technology represents a profound threat Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Biotechnology and the Commodification of Life

The U.S.government’s aggressive advocacy for the biotechnology industry, and its potentially disastrous agenda of reshaping world agriculture, has finally made international headlines. At the end of February, representatives of 163 nations met for a week in Cartagena, Colombia for what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations toward an international protocol on the Read more…

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