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    Students walk to pressure CUNY over fossil fuel divestment

    CUNY Divest, a student-led group advocating for fossil fuel divestment, held a series of walks to all 24 CUNY campuses urging the board of trustees to divest. The CUNY Climate Walk, held from Aug. 21 to 24, originated from a walk of Navajo women earlier this year. The walk, called “Nihígaal Bee Iiná” or “Our Journey for Existence,” mostly focused on the impacts of fossil fuel extraction on the Navajo community in Dinétah, located in southwestern U.S. Darsen Hover, a member of CUNY Divest, said the public reacted positively toward the walk, which already added to support the organization received since its inception during spring 2013. “We had very positive feedback from the people…

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    District judge rules Chevron will not pay for environmental damage

    A district court judge has ruled Chevron does not need to pay a $9.5 billion settlement determined by an Ecuadorian court in 2011. Due to the judgment being “obtained through illegal means,” Chevron would not have to pay the required fee, Judge Lewis Kaplan said. Chevron was obligated to pay for the environmental impact by Texaco — acquired by Chevron in 2002 — in Ecuador that affected indigenous peoples, such as the Huaorani people. Steven Donzinger, a lawyer involved in the Ecuadorian settlement along with two Ecuadorian lawyers, was accused of bribery and corruption in the 2011 decision. Judith Kimerling, a Queens College political science professor and a lawyer who…