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‘A Historic Change’: California First State to Pass Overtime Pay for Farmworkers – September 15, 2016

State’s 800,000 farmworkers will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay after 40 hours of work a week phased in over four years

Farmworkers in California are celebrating this week after governor Jerry Brown signed a new law on Monday entitling them to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers in the state.

farmworkers harvesting cornPhoto by Bob NIchols/USDAMigrant workers harvest corn on Uesugi Farms in Gilroy. California is the first state to introduce overtime pay for farmworkers. It’s unlikely that the rest of the country will rush to implement similar legislation.

California, the largest producer of agricultural goods in the country, is the first state to introduce time-and-a-half pay for farmworkers after eight hours of work a day, or 40 hours a week.

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by: The Guardian

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US Beekeepers Fear for Livelihoods as Anti-Zika Toxin Kills 2.5m Bees – September 5, 2016

‘It kills everything’: conservationist warns over threat to other animals

Huddled around their hives, beekeepers around the south-eastern US fear a new threat to their livelihood: a fine mist beaded with neurotoxin, sprayed from the sky by officials at war with mosquitos that carry the Zika virus.

a beekeeper carrying a frame with beesPhoto by Allagash Brewing Around the US, bees and other pollinators contribute an estimated $29bn to farm income.

Earlier this week, South Carolina beekeepers found millions of dead honey bees carpeting their apiaries, killed by an insecticide. Video posted by a beekeeper to Facebook showed thousands of dead insects heaped around hives, while… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama Makes Climate Change Personal With Call for Action in Home State Hawai’i – September 1, 2016

President delivers two major speeches on climate change, pleading with politicians to act in the interest of future generations

Barack Obama has issued perhaps his most personal plea yet to overcome the existential threat posed by climate change.

The US president gave two major speeches on climate change in the space of a day, one in Nevada and another in Hawaii, after Air Force One managed to safely dodge two hurricanes lurking in the Pacific.

Papahānaumokuākea national monumentsPhoto by Forest and Kim Starr/FlickrA laysan albatross chick at the Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument.Last week Obama created the world’s largest marine reserve by quadrupling in size.

“No nation, not even one as powerful as the United States, is immune from a changing… more

by: The Guardian

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Obama Creates World’s Largest Protected Marine Area Off Hawaii – August 26, 2016

Expanded Papahānaumokuākea marine national monument is now more than twice the size of Texas

Barack Obama has created the world’s largest marine protected area by expanding an existing ocean reserve off Hawaii to cover 582,578 square miles, providing what’s likely to be the grandest, and final, chapter in the president’s conservation legacy.

photo of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monumentphoto by NOAA’s National Ocean ServiceBigeye soldierfish in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

The sweeping move quadruples the size of the Papahānaumokuākea marine national monument, which was originally designated by George W. Bush in 2006 and was declared a World Heritage site in 2010.

The monument, which is now double the size of Texas, stretches outward… more

by: The Guardian

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Native American Protesters Will Defy North Dakota Pipeline Construction ‘For as Long as it Takes’ – August 22, 2016

Some 2,000 activists have descended on the site of the $3.7 billion pipeline construction project

Joey Montoya, like other protesters near Cannon Ball, at the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, sees himself as not just protecting the local community from a new oil pipeline — but also the country and the earth.

photo of Dakota Access Pipelinephoto by Lars PlougmannAt 1,172 miles, the Dakota Access Pipeline will rival Keystone XL in size.

“Native communities are always just the first to be affected. We’re always at the front lines when oil companies come in.”

Montoya, a 22-year-old member of the Lipan Apache tribe from San Francisco, is part an influx of Native… more

by: The Guardian

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