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Ageing population will compound deadly effects of heatwaves caused by climate change 27.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

A combination of global warming and population growth means more people will be exposed to extreme weather systems, with an ageing population particularly at risk from heatwaves, says Royal Society

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How does Tony Blair keep winning awards? 26.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Last week he won the Save the Children legacy award, to the dismay of a number of the organisation’s staff. It’s not the first time he’s been a controversial winner If you could set aside one thing, Tony Blair might be a hero today. Northern Ireland certainly took a decisive turn towards peace during his time as prime minister. In Kosovo there are now at least a dozen teenage boys named Tonibler in honour of the man who saved their nation, and perhaps their lives, by pushing for intervention in 1999. If anything, he is even more revered in Sierra Leone. Since leaving office, he has worked for peace in Palestine, established a foundation to promote tolerance between religions and another to hasten a consensus on climate change. His Africa Governance Initiative has brought expertise on implementing policy into the heart of six African governments. It would be a shining record, certainly better than yours or mine … if you could only set aside one ...
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‘Environment panel lacking in locus standi ’ 26.11.2014 The Assam Tribune
‘Environment panel lacking in locus standi ’
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Save the Children staff furious over ‘global legacy’ award for Tony Blair 25.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Internal letter signed by almost 200 staff members says award is ‘morally reprehensible’ and endangers STC’s credibility globally

The international charity Save the Children has been engulfed by a furious backlash from staff after it presented Tony Blair with a “global legacy award” in New York last week – despite privately acknowledging that he is a controversial and divisive figure.

Amid widespread criticism on social media, many of the charity’s staff have complained that the presentation of the award has discredited Save the Children (STC). An internal letter, which gathered almost 200 signatures – including senior regional staff – in the first six hours of dissemination, said the award was not only “morally reprehensible, but also endangers our credibility globally”, and called for it to be withdrawn.

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Political consensus on climate change has frayed, says Ed Miliband 21.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

In a passionately delivered address to the Green Alliance, the Labour party leader says global warming is an issue of equality, as it hits the poor abroad and at home

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We need a new law to protect our wildlife from critical decline 21.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

The Nature and Wellbeing Act could do for the natural world what the Climate Change Act did for curbing emissions – provide a crucial safeguard against attacks by industries and corporate politicians on environmental regulations

One of the fears of those who seek to defend the natural world is that people won’t act until it is too late. Only when disasters strike will we understand how much damage we have done, and what the consequences might be.

I have some bad news: it’s worse than that.

A person exercising a regulatory function to which this section applies must, in the exercise of the function, have regard to the desirability of promoting economic growth.

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Senate rejects Keystone XL pipeline bill 19.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Coalition of Republicans and Democrats fell just one vote short of 60 needed for controversial bill to pass, despite GOP pledge to take up legislation in January Keystone doesn’t mean anything anymore. So why does it mean everything? The most significant attempt yet to force US government approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline failed narrowly to clear the Senate on Tuesday night as a coalition of Republicans and moderate Democrats fell one vote short of the 60 votes needed for the legislation to pass. Fourteen Democrats, led by Louisiana senator Mary Landrieu, joined all 45 Republicans in voting for the bill, which called for the controversial energy project to be given immediate go-ahead after years of delay due to environmental ...
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A road runs through it 18.11.2014 Telegraph: Opinion
The Narendra Modi government may be concerned about "clean" India but does it have a somewhat blinkered view when it comes to green India? That's what many environment experts are saying after the government proposed a series of changes to the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, or FRA. The move has sparked a storm of outrage from activists who allege that it will deprive tribals and forest dwellers of their democratic rights to their own land.
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TSR Subramanian Committee Submits Report to Shri Prakash Javadekar 18.11.2014 Govt of india: PIB
The TSR Subramaniam Committee headed by Shri TSR Subramaniam today submitted its report to Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change.
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President Barack Obama basks in success of Asia-Pacific sweep 16.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Climate deal with China capped strong week for American leadership but slew of problems from immigration to Keystone XL pipeline awaits in Washington

Eager to deflect the lame-duck label, President Barack Obama touted his unexpectedly productive swing through the Asia-Pacific region as a strong week for American leadership that resulted in deals with China and other regional powers on issues like climate change, trade and economic growth.

But even before Air Force One departed Australia, where Obama attended the G20 economic forum, the president was eyeing confrontations in Washington with congressional Republicans on immigration and the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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G20 summit: French President Francois Hollande calls on countries to address climate change 16.11.2014 DNA: Opinion
French President Francois Hollande said failure to address global warming could lead to war, and called on G20 countries to act ahead of a climate change conference in Paris next year. "We will meet again in Paris to sign a global agreement that will prevent the planet from experiencing global warming of as much as three or four degrees (Celsius), which could lead to catastrophe, if not war," Hollande said at the G20 summit in Brisbane. "One way to prevent conflicts and catastrophe is by taking decisions." Hollande hopes countries will sign binding agreements to limit global warming to two degrees at the conference, which will run from November 30 to December 11, 2015. At the G20 summit, other nations overrode host Australia's attempts to keep climate change off the agenda and agreed to call for strong action with the aim of adopting a binding protocol at the Paris ...
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Ethical fashion: where are your clothes made? 16.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Lucy Siegle drops into some famous environmental photo opportunities to model the latest in ethically sourced clothing Occasionally my invitation to the top table of world-changing summits and seminal ecological gatherings gets lost in the post. Do I crumble? Do I lay down and die? I do not. I simply drop myself into the frame after the event, in an act of retrospective photobombing. But as an ethical Zelig what would I wear? Fashion is often cast as an irrelevance when it comes to global matters, written off as a preening, primping side show. It should be centre stage. This is an industry involving millions of people, from those growing and processing raw fibre to workers in the vast sewing factories and the employees and shoppers in millions of retail outlets worldwide. Whole ecosystems have been trashed by our appetite for certain clothing. An example of this is the Aral sea, the worlds fourth largest lake, which has been reduced to a puddle by cotton irrigation. Fashions carbon footprint is enormous, ...
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Tony Abbott tells G20 leaders he backs coal, despite pleas on climate change 16.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Exclusive: PM robustly defends Australias position as a coal exporter in closed meeting on energy with world leaders
G20 Brisbane: follow our live coverage

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G20: Barack Obama leaves his woes at home as he woos young Australia 15.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Every time I come here Ive got sit in conference rooms and talk to politicians instead of going to the beach

G20 Brisbane: follow our live coverage

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G20: Tony Abbott 'whingeing' about domestic agenda on world stage 15.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says Australian PM made weird and graceless opening address on the carbon tax, asylum seekers and budget problems

G20 Brisbane: follow our live coverage

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Barack Obama to pledge at least $2.5bn to help poor countries fight climate change 14.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Exclusive: Green Climate Fund commitment to be unveiled as leaders gather for G20 summit in hope of spurring others to stump up cash in a move likely to embarrass the host nation, Australia

Barack Obama will make a substantial pledge to a fund to help poor countries fight climate change, only days after his historic carbon pollution deal with China.

In a one-two punch, America plans to pledge at least $2.5bn and as much as $3bn over the next four years to help poor countries invest in clean energy and cope with rising seas and extreme weather, according to those briefed by administration officials.

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The right has won control of the English-speaking world - thanks to the weakness of the left | Jason Wilson 14.11.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Over the last three decades, leftwing parties in the English-speaking world have taken on much of the rights antidemocratic programme and lost their souls Besides the 5-Eyes spying agreement , the English-speaking democracies of the North Atlantic and the South Pacific are frequently said to have a few things in common. British prime minister David Cameron recited them perfectly before the Australian parliament on Friday: open economies and open societies, a free press, and real democracy and the rule of law safeguarded by liberal institutions. These fantasies underpin the canonical history of what the rightwing calls the Anglosphere . Conservative thinktankers get misty-eyed when they hear speeches like these, which downplay the way in which these English traditions were imposed by settler colonists on countries stolen from their indigenous inhabitants. The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, did just that in his introduction to Camerons visit: Its hard to think that back in 1788 [Sydney] was ...
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How the Republican-led Congress could kill the climate change deal 13.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Obamas agreement with China does not need Senate approval but the Republican majorities in both houses have an array of tactics to frustrate it

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National Grids £500m plan to move biggest and ugliest pylons underground 9.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Shortlisted sites include national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty; £24m fund set aside for measures in other areas

The biggest and ugliest electricity pylons slicing through some of the nations most treasured beauty spots are set to be torn down.

National Grid has shortlisted eight of the countrys most beautiful rural areas blighted by pylons and will investigate ways to remove them and put them underground.

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Climate change is disrupting flower pollination, research shows 6.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

New research reveals that rising temperatures are causing bees to fly before flowers have bloomed, making pollination less likely

Sexual deceit, pressed flowers and Victorian bee collectors are combined in new scientific research which demonstrates for the first time that climate change threatens flower pollination, which underpins much of the worlds food production.

The work used museum records stretching back to 1848 to show that the early spider orchid and the miner bee on which it depends for reproduction have become increasingly out of sync as spring temperatures rise due to global warming.

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