User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
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Economic Survey Highlights - 7 last 27.2.2015 Sify Finance
* Major reform initiatives undertaken in banking, insurance and financial sectors
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Weekly news quiz: Keystone veto, Madonna tumbles and Boston warned 27.2.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Also this week: a towering inferno in the Gulf and Afghan cricket heroes. How closely were you following the news? Continue reading...
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Met backs down on refusal to police climate and women's marches 26.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Scotland Yard reverses earlier decision not to police Time to Act and Million Women Rise marches, after criticism from campaigners and Boris Johnson The London Metropolitan Police have backed down on their refusal to police two protest marches next month after criticism from campaigners and London mayor Boris Johnson. But the police maintained that protesters have no ongoing right to assistance from Scotland Yard and future protests remain in ...
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UK backs £315m renewable energy projects 26.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

More than a dozen windfarms and five solar farms are among first projects to receive financial support under contracts for difference

More than a dozen new onshore wind farms are to receive financial backing through the coalition government’s reformed renewable incentive scheme, along with two offshore wind projects and five solar farms.

The contracts for the new renewable energy projects amount to more than £315m in total, spread across five renewable technologies, and taken together should produce more than 2GW of new generation capacity, enough to power 1.4m homes.

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Protection of Coastal Areas from Rising Sea Level 26.2.2015 Govt of india: PIB
Recently released Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that global mean sea level has risen by 190 mm over the period 1901-2010.
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MoEF to revoke EC suspension in a week: CM 26.2.2015 TOI: Cities
Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Wednesday said Union minister for environment, forests (MoEF) and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, has assured him that the suspension on environmental clearances, or ECs, to mining in Goa will be revoked within a ...
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Obama blocks Keystone pipeline in rare veto of Republican bill 25.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Republicans vow to continue fight after president rejects legislation to approve pipeline from Canadian tar sands to refineries in the Gulf

Barack Obama has blocked a Republican bill that would allow a contentious extension of the Keystone oil pipeline, in a rare veto that arrived in low-key fashion but leaves open a long road to the end of his presidency.

Though long expected and downplayed by the White House, the symbolic clash over a pipeline from Canadian tar sands to US refineries on the Gulf coast is the first time the president has refused to sign legislation in his second term, and only the third veto of his presidency.

The power to veto is one I take seriously. But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people

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12 risks that could cause THE END of the world 24.2.2015 Rediff: News
Let's take a look at the doomsday scenarios:
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Vancouver versus the rising sea: how the city is adapting to climate change 23.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The densely populated Canadian city is tenth most at risk of flooding in the world. Here’s what the authorities are doing about it How a children’s playground protects Rotterdam from flooding Major flashpoints in our changing climate are gradually forcing political leaders to prepare their populations for a radically different global environment. Relatively low-lying coastal cities such as Vancouver are starting to realise that the window of opportunity to act in defence against climate change is closing. While Vancouver hasn’t felt the full brunt of extreme weather, such as that recently experienced in the east coast of North America, the city has been judged as the tenth most vulnerable city in the world to flooding caused by sea level ...
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MPs call for Ofgem to crack down on energy network costs 23.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Commons select committee urges market watchdog to ‘get its act together’, with industry costs accounting for almost a quarter of consumers’ dual fuel bills

The energy watchdog, Ofgem, has come under fire from MPs for exposing consumers to higher bills by failing to crack down on industry costs.

The Commons energy and climate change committee said new price caps for National Grid and other power distribution companies, intended to keep down the costs of distributing and transmitting gas and electricity, were too generous.

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NGT bans felling of trees while executing projects 21.2.2015 The Assam Tribune
NGT bans felling of trees while executing projects
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Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology 'threaten civilisation' 18.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Technologies join nuclear war, ecological catastrophe, super-volcanoes and asteroid impacts in Global Challenges Foundation’s risk report Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology have been named alongside nuclear war, ecological catastrophe and super-volcano eruptions as “risks that threaten human civilisation” in a report by the Global Challenges Foundation . In the case of AI, the report suggests that future machines and software with “human-level intelligence” could create new, dangerous challenges for humanity – although they could also help to combat many of the other risks cited in the ...
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Dismantling environmental laws, endangering India 16.2.2015 Rediff: News
India loses 333 acres of prime forest every day.
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Government Assures Protection of Investments in Renewable Energy Sector in India 16.2.2015 Govt of india: PIB
India with its most ambitious renewable energy programme in the world, with a target of 15% generation by 2020 is trying to become a lucrative destination for investment in this sector.
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Cameron, Clegg and Miliband sign joint climate pledge 14.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Three party leaders make cross-party declaration to tackle climate change in a rare show of unity in the runup to the general election

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US lawmaker seeks ban on yoga pants 13.2.2015 TOI: The United States
US lawmaker seeks ban on yoga pants
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Govt invites consultants to help it draft green laws and examine penalties for violations 12.2.2015 TOI: Delhi Times
Government has invited consultants to help the environment ministry in drafting green laws as suggested by its high-level ...
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Fracking will be allowed under national parks, MPs decide 12.2.2015 Guardian: Environment
Amendments to infrastructure bill unpick new protections, meaning companies just outside parks will be able to drill horizontally below them Fracking companies will be allowed to drill horizontally under national parks and other protected areas if the wells start just outside their boundaries, after the government rowed back on its earlier acceptance of new environmental protections. Ministers were forced to accept a series of new regulations from Labour on 26 January after facing defeat by concerned backbenchers, but the final amendments passed by MPs on Monday unpicked many of them. Green Party MP Caroline Lucas accusing ministers of “doing the dirty work of fracking companies for them”, but the government move will be welcomed by the nascent shale gas ...
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Keystone pipeline goes to House vote as Republican defy Obama veto threat 12.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Republicans in Congress are set to approve the controversial pipeline on Wednesday with a White House veto almost guaranteed after passage

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Ecotricity gives £250,000 to Labour amid ‘existential threat’ from Tories 11.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Founder of renewable energy firm accuses David Cameron of abandoning green policies to placate Ukip

The renewable energy company Ecotricity is giving £250,000 to the Labour party, and has accused the government of being deceitful on climate and energy policy.

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, said he felt compelled to act because there was “an existential threat from a second-term Tory government”. He said it was a myth that Labour was anti-business and praised the party’s leader, Ed Miliband, for standing up for renewables and taking a “pro-people” approach to banking and energy markets reform.

Ecotricity is priceless and I would never consider selling it

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