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PODCAST: CAAP & San Antonio’s Food Revolution

 Rising temperatures, stronger storms, depleting global fertilizer supplies all mean extractive industrial agriculture is going to take a big hit from climate change. As the City’s first climate plan percolates, a local foods revolution continues to quietly gather steam in San Antonio. Join the Alamo Group of the Sierra […]

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Google Map of Hurricane Harvey’s Toxic Releases

It’s past time to stop whining about gas prices. Though the more obvious violence of Hurricane Harvey may be passed, residents of Southeast Texas and Louisiana continue to face threats from the storm’s aftermath. One of those very real threats comes from toxic releases from chemical flaring, explosions, and spills […]

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Inspiring Tactics for Fascist Times

Too good not to share. From L.M. Bogad, “Playing in the Key of Clown: Reflections on the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army,” originally published in the Winter 2017 issue of Fifth Estate: There have been a series of clown-versus fascist actions across the U.S. and the world. Whether influenced directly or […]

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Deceleration at ASLE 2017

This past week the environmental humanities arm of Deceleration took two days off work and Xanax’ed our way through nightmare flights to/from Detroit, where we joined up with the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, a biennial conference of scholars, writers, activists, journalists, and artists working at the […]

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The Challenge of Environmental Peacemaking

Fifteen years after the release of ‘Environmental Peacemaking,’ the world is being rocked by massive displacement and increased resource stress. By Sreya Panuganti/New Security Beat As the 1990s drew to a close, there was a sense that much of the momentum gained at the first Earth Summit on sustainable development, […]

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Border Wall RFP Released: Impenetrable … Beautiful?

Solicitation Number: 2017-JC-RT-0001 issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, February 24, 2017. See additional details, such as above possible schematic, at Virtual Builder’s Alliance. From CNN Wire: U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave notice Friday that it will soon collect proposals to design and build “prototype wall structures” […]

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‘Pharmacist’s Nightmare’ in New York Waterways

‘Suspect screening’ confirms range of pharmaceuticals, including anticonvulsants, antihistamines, and muscle relaxants. A new way to test for a wide range of micropollutants in waterways has already turned up a nightmarish cocktail of contaminants. “Water quality monitoring is conventionally done by narrowly investigating one or a few contaminants at a time. We […]

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GRANT: Patagonia Seeks to Fund ‘Action-Oriented’ Environmental Campaigns

Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia provides grants to nonprofit organizations engaged in environmental work. The company’s environmental grant program supports small, grassroots activist organizations that have provocative direct-action agendas and are working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded in support […]

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West Texas Hole May Meet 5K Tons of Radioactive Fuel

By Kiah Collier/Texas Tribune A controversial radioactive waste dump in far West Texas is one step closer to being able to accept high-level nuclear waste. A controversial radioactive waste dump in far West Texas is one step closer to being able to accept high-level nuclear waste. After requesting additional information […]

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Illustration: ‘The Sea And Its Wonders’ (1887)

First color plate from one of my cherished books, containing all things “red in tooth and claw.” Plenty of red ink to share that violence. Published a century before folks started to rediscover Darwin’s actual message, which vastly favored the wonder of natural cooperation above competition.

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‘Hard Power’ Needed to Stop Ongoing Genocide in Myanmar

How the international community is failing to protect the Rohingya people Ashraful Azad Via Open Democracy At this moment, a genocide is happening in Myanmar of which most of the world is unaware.  On 9 October 2016, three border posts were attacked in Western Myanmar by an unknown armed group, […]

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Agent Orange: Major Dump of Toxic Mission, Tx-Related Docs

Consistently, one of the most trafficked pages on Deceleration is a reprint of an article I wrote about the poisoning of the people of Gulfport, Miss., by Agent Orange chemicals during and after the Vietnam War. But the story of Agent Orange, and the likely millions of human lives it […]