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Impending Collapse of Climate Talks Fails World's Forests and People

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Copenhagen – The impending collapse of climate change talks here has dashed hopes that the Copenhagen process could provide real solutions to protect the world’s forests and reduce the approximately 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

World leaders must deliver strong goals and money to make REDD happen

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Funding and targets absent as REDD text moves to ministerial level

Copenhagen - As REDD negotiating text goes to ministers this morning at the Copenhagen climate change talks, two outcomes are possible with several pivotal issues undecided. An agreement to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) could be the strongest global measure ever enacted to protect the world's forests or a deal to incentivize their destruction.

Hundreds Rally at W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Monday, December 7, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- West Virginians and their allies, including Robert Kennedy, Jr., rallied today at the headquarters of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to call for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining, starting with an end to the blasting of Coal River Mountain. Coal River Mountain, the site of a proposed wind farm, is becoming a line in the sand for those demanding an end to the mining practice.

Mountaintop Removal Mining Protests Go National

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Friday, October 30, 2009

WASHINGTON-- Hundreds are participating today with Mountain Justice, Rainforest Action Network and other environmental groups in nationwide protests demanding an end to mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. As part of the national day of action, 14 people staged a sit-in at the EPA headquarters in Washington, DC. They were joined by approximately 50 coalfield residents and allies who held a rally in front of the building.

Rainforest Action Network Releases Seventy-Foot Banner Over Niagara Falls to 'Welcome' Prime Minister Harper to the U.S.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

CONTACTS: Nell Greenberg, 510.847.9777; Eriel Deranger, 587.785.1558

Hi-res photos, video and interviews with climbers available

Banner: Canadian Tar Sands Oil Undermines North America's Clean Energy Future

Statement on EPA’s Decision on Mountaintop Removal Permits

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Friday, September 11, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will hold dozens of mountaintop removal permits for further review. Following is a statement by Michael Brune, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network (RAN):

“Today was a moment of truth for the EPA. By recognizing the irreversible destruction caused by mountaintop removal coal mining, the EPA has taken an important stand in support of the people and ecosystems of Appalachia. The agency seems to recognize that there is no environmentally safe way to demolish mountains.

Unlikely Appeal to RBC First Lady, Mrs. Janet Nixon, Highlights Bank’s Involvement in Tar Sands

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Toronto- A weeklong buzz around mysterious "please help us Mrs. Nixon" posters in downtown Toronto culminated today at the Royal Bank of Canada's (RBC) headquarters, where Rainforest Action Network (RAN) dropped a 15' x 30' banner appealing to Janet Nixon, the wife of CEO Gordon Nixon. Protestors scaled the 50' flagpole at the main entrance to the RBC headquarters on Bay and Wellington, replacing the flags with the 15' banner, which hung for 2.5 hours as employees, including Gordon Nixon, arrived for work at the bank. The banner and the posters asked for Mrs.

Hansen of NASA Arrested in Coal Country

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Dr. James Hansen and Daryl Hannah Arrested in Protest on Mountaintop Removal

Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

CONTACTS: Nell Greenberg, 510-847-9777

Hi-res photos and video available

Today Top Climate Scientist James Hansen and Actress Daryl Hannah were Arrested in Effort to Stop Mountaintop Removal

Also arrested was former Representative Ken Hechler, Michael Brune of Rainforest Action Network, Goldman Winner Judy Bonds and more than a dozen Appalachian residents and allies

Protest on the heels of Obama administration’s new policy on the destructive coal mining practice

No consensus on climate change document at indigenous summit

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Indigenous delegates at a UN conference on climate change in Alaska could not agree on a final summit document due to disagreements over oil and gas drilling on native lands.

Some delegations at the UN-sponsored Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change were demanding a complete moratorium. Others disputed that language, saying that the use of fossil fuels should be phased out but indigenous people should be allowed to develop their resources.