Voices, The Peoples News No. 2023-03-23

Voices, The Peoples News

March 23, 2023
Published by Jedi Selman Since March 2000 to Inform and Educate

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# Economy / Finance / Trade / Banks
Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates Again, Despite Bank Failures: What they’re saying: “The events in the banking system over the past two weeks are likely to result in tighter credit conditions for households and businesses, which would in turn affect economic outcomes,” Fed chair Jerome Powell said at a news conference.

Three Banks Have Now Collapsed. A Progressive Economist Explains Why: An economist who correctly predicted the Great Financial Crisis says the world’s central banks have chosen ‘class war over financial stability’

# Employment / Labor
Child Labor Is on the Rise as Republicans See an Answer to Labor Shortages: Anti-immigrant policies and spiraling rates of poverty are driving thousands of children into the U.S. labor market. In the last fiscal year alone, the Department of Labor discovered 835 companies illegally employing more than 3,800 minors.

# Energy / Pipelines / Mining / Chemical Plan to mine ‘clean energy’ metals in Colombian Amazon splits communities: Libero Copper, a Canadian company, plans to mine copper, molybdenum and other metals in the richly biodiverse Andean-Amazon Piedmont https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://news.mongabay.com/2023/03/plan-to-mine-clean-energy-metals-in-colombian-amazon-splits-communities/__;!!On18fmf1aQ!z-E233oAxIM5AAsQr3E1s-cDMAan9ad2lyC-NasNcbEOvy1yuXVFHCV23jJucbABRfPmRYNNb-x8lLhigbhosv9W98fkiCEF$

Renewable energy production will exacerbate mining threats to biodiversity: Renewable energy production is necessary to halt climate change and reverse associated biodiversity losses. However, generating the required technologies and infrastructure will drive an increase in the production of many metals, creating new mining threats for biodiversity. Here, we map mining areas and assess their spatial coincidence with biodiversity conservation sites and priorities.

Offshore oil is about to surge: Spending on new offshore oil projects over the next two years is projected to soar to levels not seen in a decade. The revival comes amid increasingly dire warnings about global warming. Oil executives love to talk about the energy transition. But for all the platitudes about technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture, most are doubling down on what they know best. Oil.

New climate paper calls for charging big US oil firms with homicide: New climate paper calls for charging big US oil firms with homicide. Oil companies have come under increasing legal scrutiny and face allegations of defrauding investors, racketeering, and a wave of other lawsuits. The paper is rooted in part in the growing body of evidence fossil fuel companies knew of the harm their products caused and misled the public about them.

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Infrastructure To Prevent the Collapse of Biodiversity, the World Needs a New Planetary Politics: The planet is in the midst of an environmental emergency, and the world is only tinkering at the margins. Humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels and voracious appetite for natural resources are accelerating climate change and degrading ecosystems on land and sea, threatening the integrity of the biosphere and thus the survival of our own species. It is time to govern the world as if the Earth mattered.

Trump appointees interfered to weaken EPA assessment of toxic chemical: Watchdog finds PFBS toxicity value was altered in 2021 report, as scientists say episode part of ‘larger rot at the agency.’

Decline of more than 500 species of marine life in Australian reefs ‘the tip of the iceberg’, study finds: More than 500 common species of fish, seaweed, coral and invertebrates that live on reefs around Australia have declined in the past decade, a study has found, as experts warn “not all is well in the ocean”

# Environment / Climate / Interior / Global
The Problems With the Amazon Labor Union: How the company’s refusal to bargain has empowered the ALU’s president but hurt the union. There’s trouble in the Amazon Labor Union.

# Food / Farming / GMOs / Chemicals
Paraquat, the deadliest chemical in US agriculture, goes on trial: Amid lawsuits filed by thousands of farmers linking the herbicide to Parkinson’s disease, the EPA is reconsidering its analysis of paraquat: Amid lawsuits filed by thousands of farmers linking the herbicide to Parkinson’s disease, the EPA is reconsidering its analysis of paraquat’s risks.

# Gov / Politics / Global
Witnesses Unravel Mass Murder Mystery That Could Ruin Putin: The attack in Chimbolo coincided with a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has called for “severe punishment” for those behind the attack, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow this week. A fallout with China as a result of the Chimbolo murders is something Putin is desperate to avoid. While Russia is mired in a military and economic quagmire over the war in Ukraine, China has emerged as Russia’s biggest diplomatic, financial and technological backer.

# Law Enforcement
Student shot 2 faculty members at Denver high school, police say; body found in search for suspect: The suspected shooter, identified as 17-year-old Austin Lyle, was at large, and the weapon was not found at the school, Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas said in a news conference. He was wanted for attempted homicide.

Denver School Shooting Suspect Found Dead After Manhunt: Austin Lyle, 17, was found dead in a wooded area hours after he allegedly shot two faculty members at East High School in Denver, Colorado

Can Alvin Bragg Handle the Politics of a Trump Indictment? If he’s not already, Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg will likely soon be a household name should he criminally charge Donald Trump.

# Legal / DOJ
Proud Boys Witness Was Informant, Federal Prosecutors Reveal: Defense attorneys have demanded an emergency hearing over the disclosure.

# LGBTQ / Gender
DeSantis Administration Seeks to Expand “Don’t Say Gay” Restrictions to Older Grades: The proposal aims to bar any discussion of LGBTQ topics through grade 12 in Florida’s public schools.

Alaska Board of Education Passes Anti-Trans Resolution Without Public Notice: Democratic lawmakers in the state were only notified of the resolution after it passed.

# Medical / Health
Legal Questions, Inquiries Intensify Around Noble Health’s Rural Missouri Hospital Closures: A year after private equity-backed Noble Health shuttered two rural Missouri hospitals, a slew of lawsuits and state and federal investigations grind forward. Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey recently confirmed an “ongoing” investigation as former employees continue to go unpaid and cope with unpaid medical claims.

# Medical Science
Gene editing medicine is accelerating: More than 200 people worldwide have been treated with experimental CRISPR therapies: At a global genome-editing summit, exciting trial results were tempered by safety and ethical concerns. Sickle cell patient Victoria Gray is one of more than 200 people who have been treated with CRISPR-based therapies in clinical trials, said David Liu of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, who has led the development of new and improved forms of CRISPR. Trials are also underway for a range of other diseases, including cancers, genetic vision loss, and amyloidosis.

# Water
Lack of safe drinking water for city dwellers to double by 2050: Globally, two billion people do not have safe drinking water and 3.6 billion lack access to safely managed sanitation, the report found. The global urban population facing water scarcity is projected to potentially double from 930 million in 2016 to between 1.7 and 2.4 billion people, in 2050. The report found that water scarcity is also becoming more common in rural areas, with water shortages affecting from two to three billion people for at least a month out of each year.

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