The Paris agreement on climate change, ratified by world governments a year ago, has failed to ensure major investors are moving away from fossil fuels with the urgency required to safeguard the planet, civil society groups have said. Read more in The Guardian.

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8 December 2017: A UN-led dialogue at Columbia University explored ways to prevent and address the root causes of conflicts through partnerships, with participants stressing the need for predictable and sustained financing for sustaining peace, identifying and responding to early warning signs, and focusing on gender equality and women’s empowerment in both prevention and peacebuilding. [...]

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Scores of leading global economists this week demanded an end to the funding of fossil fuel projects and called for a massive increase to investments in renewables, saying “it will take unprecedented actions to limit the worst consequences of our dependence on oil, coal, and gas.” The declaration, signed by economists including James Galbraith, Juliet Schor, [...]

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A group of more than 80 world-leading economists from 20 countries have issued a declaration in which they demand that “not a penny more” be spent on fossil fuel production and infrastructure while encouraging an increase in renewable energy investments in the lead-up to French President Emmanuel Macron’s international summit on climate finance. Read more in CleanTechnica. 

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The development of oil, gas and coal energy must stop in order to avoid the worst ravages of global warming, 80 top economists said Thursday, days ahead of a climate summit in Paris.”We call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in [...]

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Ask people where the happiest Americans live, and chances are Charlottesville, Virginia, would not be their immediate answer. In August, the college town became a crucible of ugly forces when hundreds of white supremacists clashed with counterprotesters in the streets, leaving 19 injured and killing one.  Read more in Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Hurst was elected Nov. 7 to represent District 12 in the New River Valley in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Ayala to represent District 51 in Northern Virginia. Politics should be about making a difference in people’s lives. Instead, it seems like politicians are deadlocked, squabbling and being influenced by special interests. Read more [...]

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Today we’re wading into the debate over the GOP tax cut plan. Who will it benefit the most? Some economists contend it’s an act of pure greed and “daylight robbery,” while others say trickle-down tax cuts can restore American prosperity. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives recently passed a tax reform bill that includes major tax [...]

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Jeffrey Sachs on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

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The world’s richest people are waging a war on poor people, a Columbia University economics professor has said. Jeffrey Sachs urged Republican senators not to support tax cuts or proposed changes to health care, which he warned were examples of “populism by the super rich.” Read the full article in the Independent.

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