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Eggborough power station to close 2.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Czech owners to pull plug on coal-fired plant in North Yorkshire that provides enough electricity for two million homes

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has insisted there is no danger of the country’s lights going out after the Czech owners of one of Britain’s biggest power stations announced its closure.

Officials tried to reassure businesses and the public after they learned they would lose the 4,000 megawatts from the Eggborough plant in North Yorkshire at a time when spare power capacity at peak times is set to reach zero.

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Emma Thompson joins giant polar bear at Greenpeace protest outside Shell HQ 2.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Actor campaigns against the ‘selfishness and greed’ of Shell’s bid for Arctic oil as part of a week-long demonstration in London

A bus-sized polar bear and Emma Thompson have joined a week-long protest against Arctic drilling at Shell’s headquarters in London.

The British actor visited the Arctic last year and said that she had got out of bed at 4am on Wednesday to take part in the protest because of the risk of climate change to her grandchildren and the threat posed to the polar region’s fragile environment by drilling.

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Bill Gates calls for more funds to help world's poorest farmers 1.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Billionaire philanthropist puts focus on protecting small farmers saying they are likely to suffer the most from climate change

Bill Gates called for more funds to help the world’s poorest farmers deal with climate change on Tuesday, in an appeal that could help pry open the coffers of industrialised countries.

The call from the tech billionaire and world’s biggest philanthropist to focus on the poor could spur more finance from industrialised countries to small-scale farmers during negotiations for a global deal to fight climate change in Paris at the end of the year.

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Obama's approval of Arctic drilling 'undermines his climate message' 1.9.2015 Guardian: Environment

US president’s call for action on climate change is at odds with letting Shell drill for oil in the Arctic, says Bill McKibben

Barrack Obama has fatally undermined the message of his visit to the Arctic to highlight the dangers of climate change because his administration allowed Shell to drill there, a leading US environmentalist has said.

Bill McKibben, winner of the Right Livelihood prize in 2014, sometimes referred to as an alternative Nobel, and founder of 350.org, said that Obama’s actions were a “bad contradiction”.

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An insider's guide to Odense: much more than Hans Christian Andersen 1.9.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Sculptures of suspended polar bears, a modest pride in beer and street art of tuna fish and cormorants – Denmark’s third city is about more than being the birthplace of the fairytale author

More than Hans Christian Andersen!

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Barack Obama in Alaska: global fight against climate change starts here 1.9.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

President says massive areas of ice disappearing every year are not some far-off problem but ‘a leading indicator of what the entire planet faces’

Shrinking Alaskan glaciers served as a vivid backdrop for Barack Obama’s latest push for action on climate change in Anchorage on Monday night as he warned that the equivalent of 75 blocks of ice the size of the national mall in Washington were melting from the state every year.

The president, who will visit the nearby Seward glacier on Tuesday to see its shrinkage for himself, urged international participants at the Glacier conference to act fast before it was too late to limit the impact not just on the region but the whole world.

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Citi report: slowing global warming would save tens of trillions of dollars | Dana Nuccitelli 31.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
A report from America’s 3rd-largest bank asks why we’re not transitioning to a low-carbon economy Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions (GPS), a division within Citbank (America’s third-largest bank), recently published a report looking at the economic costs and benefits of a low-carbon future. The report considered two scenarios: “Inaction,” which involves continuing on a business-as-usual path, and Action scenario which involves transitioning to a low-carbon energy mix. One of the most interesting findings in the report is that the investment costs for the two scenarios are almost identical. In fact, because of savings due to reduced fuel costs and increased energy efficiency, the Action scenario is actually a bit cheaper than the Inaction ...
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My Arctic journey shows how a warming climate exposes our most fragile ecosystem – and threatens its very survival 30.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

A voyage through the awe-inspiring Northwest Passage shows that, with oil drilling in the far north on the way, rapid action is needed to protect nature’s last refuge

The Northwest Passage is not an obvious choice for a holiday cruise. It is, after all, one of the most notorious ocean routes. Many hundreds of sailors died in opening up the seaway, which links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Canadian Arctic, before it was conquered just over a century ago.

Related: Journey through the Northwest Passage – in pictures

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We offer New Orleans leaders (and Harry Shearer) oil-soaked dollar bills. Here's how they respond - video 28.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

At a 10-year commemoration for hurricane Katrina, we catch up with city leaders to ask what they think of environmental organisations taking big oil money to help rebuild Louisiana. We get Harry Shearer to weigh in, too

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The day we stopped Europe’s biggest polluter in its tracks | John Jordan 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
Earlier this month, 1,500 protesters forced the temporary closure of a vast lignite mine in Germany. It was terrifiyng, exhilarating – and direct action at its best This month, I broke the law. I wasn’t alone; I was with 1,500 others, many of whom had never broken any law for their beliefs before. Together we managed to shut down Europe’s biggest source of CO2 emissions : RWE’s lignite mines in the Rhineland in Germany. In total, around 800 of us were arrested, and hundreds of us refused to cooperate with the authorities by withholding our names and IDs. This hampered the bureaucracy so badly that we were released without charge. It was the world’s largest act of disobedience against the mining of fossil fuels – and it might be the spark that ignites a rising, cross-border movement of disobedience for climate ...
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Taking the fun out of it: should climate campaigns give hedonism a free pass? 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Environmental campaigns targeting fun things like holidays and Christmas lights are doomed to fail. For now, enjoyment should be exempt from the carbon audit

I remember the worst idea for a climate change campaign I’ve ever heard.

It was November 2008, and a well-meaning friend – having just discovered how much household energy bills can rise at Christmas with all the extra lighting in use – suggested that the wastefulness of the festive season could be a great “hook” for getting people thinking about energy consumption.

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Euphemising forest diversion? 27.8.2015 India Together

Plantations or reforestation cannot replace natural forests, which provides an essential ecosystem. Unless policy makers realise this, our natural forests will continue to be used for various purposes shrinking the forest cover further, says Meenal Tatpati.

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The battle to protect Alaska’s great wildlife sanctuary | Rebecca Solnit 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
As Barack Obama opens up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling, how can this pristine wilderness withstand the human hunger for fossil fuels? At midnight on 29 June, the sun was directly north and well above the hills. It had not gone down since I arrived in the Arctic, three days earlier, and would not set for weeks. It rolled around the sky like a marble in a bowl, sometimes behind clouds or mountains or the smoke of the three or four hundred wildfires somewhere south of us, but never below the horizon. The midnight sun made the green hilltops glow gold, and lit our walk through the wildflowers and the clouds of mosquitoes to the mountaintop. Down below, I could see our tents, our camp kitchen, tiny from the heights, and our two rafts, all along the sandy beach and flowery grass bench alongside the shallow Kongakut River. A few days earlier, a couple of bush planes had dropped off our group of nine for a week’s journey 65 miles down the river that threads its way from the Brooks Range of mountains to the ...
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National Biodiversity Authority Organises Tenth Annual Meeting of State Biodiversity Boards 26.8.2015 Govt of india: PIB
The two-day national meeting of the State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) organised by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) concluded here today.
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Kolkata's traffic woes to end? A ropeway in the city soon! 25.8.2015 Rediff: Business
Shekhar Chakravarty has developed and patented Curvo -- world's first non-linear ropeway system.
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Declaration of Eco Sensitive Zones will End Confusion, Bring Clarity on the Buffer Zone: Javadekar 24.8.2015 Govt of india: PIB
The Government today said that the declaration of Eco Sensitive Zones will end confusion and bring clarity on the buffer zone. Addressing a press conference here today, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar said that the purpose of declaring Eco Sensitive Zone is to create a buffer zone, where only regulated activities for specialized eco system will be allowed and this area will work as further ecological protection for Protected Areas (PAs). The entire exercise has been completed in two States so far, namely, Sikkim and Goa.
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PM's bilateral meetings on the sidelines of Second FIPIC Summit 21.8.2015 Govt of india: PIB
PM's bilateral meetings on the sidelines of Second FIPIC Summit
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What will be India's stance for Paris climate change pact 21.8.2015 Rediff: Columns
India is likely to announce its targets for the Paris deal by September-end.
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Abbott government's zeal for political hyperbole makes facts dispensable 21.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

It was easy to miss in the prime minister’s bluster about green ‘sabotage’ of the Carmichael mine, but the project’s delay was down to administrative error

Perhaps due to the repeated deployment of blunt-force political hyperbole, the government appears to have developed an almost complete immunity to facts.

Listening to the prime minister’s angry rhetoric about green “sabotage” of the $16bn Carmichael coalmine, for example, you may have missed the fact that it was not delayed by “vigilante” green groups succeeding in an attempt to use legal process to defend worthless skinks and a snake, but rather by the fact that the environment minister Greg Hunt and/or his department made a mistake.

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Matthew Herbert: ‘I can make music out of a banana or David Cameron or Belgium’ 20.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The experimental producer believes music is a political weapon, sampling everything from the sound of bullets to pigs. His new album The Shakes goes back to his house roots, but this is a pop record packed with serious ideas • Music with a message – Matthew Herbert’s political music playlist To say that politics plays on the mind of Matthew Herbert would be something of an understatement. When I arrive at his beachfront recording studio in Whitstable, Kent, he gives me a tour of his studio, pointing out that the mixing desk sits on a raised platform to safeguard it from global warming-related flooding. Next door is a venue that hosts wedding parties, which has had the unfortunate effect of forcing Herbert to view romance as he would any other industry: “Every couple ask for the same ‘individual touches’,” he notes. Earlier, Herbert had picked me and the Guardian’s photographer up from the station in his 1971 Mini van – the perfect vehicle in which to bemoan the way capitalism has conspired to diminish ...
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