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The Cheapest Way to Save the Planet Grows Like a Weed

Ellen Brown Truthdig
marijuana plant Industrial hemp has been proved to absorb more CO2 per hectare than any forest or commercial crop, making it the ideal carbon sink. It can be grown on a wide scale on nutrient-poor soils with very small amounts of water and no fertilizers.

How Costa Rica Gets It Right

Joseph E. Stiglitz Project Syndicate
How has a country of under five million become a world leader in democratic, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth? The answer lies in its people's belief in focusing on the welfare of all citizens.

The Ouarzazate Solar Plant in Morocco: Triumphal 'Green' Capitalism and the Privatization of Nature

Hamza Hamouchene Jadaliyya
Ouarzazate is a beautiful town in south-central Morocco, well worth visiting. It is an important holiday destination and has been nicknamed the "door of the desert." That is not all what Ouarzazate has to offer as its name has recently been associated with a solar mega-project that is supposedly going to end Morocco's dependency on energy imports, provide electricity to more than a million Moroccans, and put the country on a "green path."

Tidbits - October 2, 2014

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`Jobs vs. the Environment': How to Counter This Divisive Big Lie

Jeremy Brecher The Nation
We can, and must, create common ground between the labor and climate movements. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, if God had intended some people to fight just for the environment and others to fight just for the economy, he would have made some people who could live without money and others who could live without water and air. There are not two groups of people, environmentalists and workers. We all need a livelihood and we all need a livable planet to live on.

Inequality Is a Choice

Joseph E. Stiglitz New York Times
I see us entering a world divided not just between the haves and have-nots, but also between those countries that do nothing about it, and those that do . . . I’ve visited societies that seem to have chosen this path. They are not places in which most of us would want to live, whether in their cloistered enclaves or their desperate shantytowns.

Five Ways to Bridge the Jobs vs. Environment Gap

Jeremy Brecher Common Dreams
So often there's an apparent conflict between jobs and the environment. There's a way to resolve our differences. Every environmental campaign should have a jobs program and every jobs program should be designed to address our climate catastrophe.
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