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Climate Crisis: Poor Countries Need $400bn A Year To Fight

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By A Correspondent

Poor countries should receive between US$400 billion and US$2 trillion per year from rich countries by 2050 to help them cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fight climate crisis, finds a new paper published on March 16, 2015 by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Countries Agree On UN Plan In Sendai

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To Save Lives From Disasters

By Megan Darby

Twelve hours behind schedule, 187 countries agreed a deal in Sendai on Wednesday to reduce death and economic damage from natural disasters.The Sendai Framework set seven targets and four priorities for the next fifteen years. These include plans to “substantially reduce” loss of life from 2005-15 levels in 2020-30 and to reduce economic losses as a proportion of global GDP by 2030.

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Risk Of U.S. Megadroughts Could Increase

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With Carbon Emissions Increase

By Steve Cole & Leslie McCarthy *

Droughts in the US Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study.

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Middle Income Nations Home to Half the World’s Hungry

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By Thalif Deen*

Nearly half of the world’s hungry, amounting to about 363 million people, live in some of the rising middle income countries, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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Germany's Balancing Act

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By William T. Hathaway

Angela Merkel, Germany's conservative chancellor, is steering a cautious course between two conflicting pressures. On the one hand she must convince the German people to pay -- with their taxes and their lives -- for NATO's Mideast wars. On the other hand she doesn't want to stir up too much anti-immigrant sentiment. Four million Muslims live in Germany, five percent of the population.

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Greece: Breaking out of the Euro Prison

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By Eric Walberg

Slaying the Euro monitaur is not easy. Greeks have been suffering for years now, having learned the hard way that prosperity with shiny euros in their hands was not miraculously just waiting around the corner. What was waiting was a hoard of German bankers, eager to buy up Greek islands for winter vacations, sleazy banks eager to syphon Greek earnings into offshore accounts, and more schemes by high financiers.

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Kshama Sawant: The Most Dangerous Woman In America

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Helped push through a gradual raising of the minimum wage and expanded funding for social services and blocked rent increase of up to 400% increase... become the bête noire of the Establishment, especially the Democratic Party.

By Chris Hedges *

Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the Seattle City Council, is up for re-election this year. Since joining the council in January of 2014 she has helped push through a gradual raising of the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Seattle. She has expanded funding for social services and blocked, along with housing advocates, an attempt by the Seattle Housing Authority to allow a rent increase of up to 400 percent. She has successfully lobbied for city money to support tent encampments and is fighting for an excise tax on millionaires. And for this she has become the bête noire of the Establishment, especially the Democratic Party.

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Europe: Old Friendships, Hesitant Alliances

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By Gaither Stewart

You can’t ignore the reality that perhaps never before has a fine knowledge of geography been more important than today. It is a geographical fact that Eurasia exists. However any gung ho American neocon policy that aims at American control over that vast area rings like an Earth power claiming control, or aspiring to the control of, say, the planet Uranus. Fortunately, Europe understands the idiocy of neocon belief in America’s invincibility and Exceptionalism … or perhaps Europe is finally beginning to understand.

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Europe Blocks U.S. From Racing To War Against Russia

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By Eric Zuesse

According to German Economic News, Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Francois Hollande are balking at the speed of Obama's rush to war against Russia. Earlier, some of the smaller national economies in the European Union — the Czech Republic, Hungary and Greece — dissented from America's effort to increase economic sanctions and military measures against Russia. But there is now increasing pressure upon the leaders in Germany, France, and Italy, also to separate the EU from the American rush to war against Russia

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U.S. v Russia: “Possibility of War is Real”

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By Eric Zuesse *

An alarming development is that Stephen F. Cohen, the internationally prominent scholar of Russia, is acknowledging that (1:35 on the video) “for the first time in my long life (I began in this field in the 1960s), I think the possibility of war with Russia is real,” and he clearly and unequivocally places all of the blame for it on the U.S. leadership. He calls this “possibly a fateful turning-point in history.” He also says “it could be the beginning of the end of the so-called trans-Atlantic alliance.”

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US Job Market: Going Critical?

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By Peter G. Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

Looking for a sure-fire sign of US economic recovery? There are lots, but when the labour market really revs up, it’s pretty clear where the economy is going. Tomorrow will add another point to the labour juggernaut, and all eyes will be on the data to see if things remain healthy, if poor weather dented progress, or if some other factor has influenced conditions. Thus far, recent numbers have been pretty impressive, on par with past recovery periods. Are things really that good, and will they continue?

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