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Heathrow expansion risks deepening London's air pollution crisis 1.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

A third runway could throw air quality standards and UK climate targets to the wind

The UK government’s Airports Commission has recommended that a new runway at Heathrow should go ahead, but only with a legally binding commitment to control air and noise pollution.

If the government decides to act on Howard Davies’ recommendation (and doing so would be a political minefield) Londoners will be forgiven for treating any air quality guarantees with a heavy pinch of salt.

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Catholic organisations call for people to change lifestyles to help environment 1.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
CIDSE, international alliance of Catholic social justice groups, follows Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical by calling for action against global warming More than a dozen Catholic organisations will on Wednesday launch a campaign calling on people to make radical changes to their lifestyle choices – including cutting energy use, eating less meat and buying locally produced food – following the release last week of Pope Francis’s sweeping environmental encyclical . The plan by CIDSE , an international alliance of 17 Catholic social justice groups from Europe and North America, will be announced at a press conference at the Vatican on Wednesday that will include Peter Turkson, the Ghanaian cardinal who helped draft the papal document, and Naomi Klein , the Canadian author and anti-globalisation activist who has said that the only hope of avoiding catastrophic warming of the earth requires “ radical economic and political change ...
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The UK must be at the centre of the fight to limit climate change 30.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

If Britain fails to meet its own ambitions on climate change, we lose opportunities for increased food production, new jobs, and new growth areas

In November, representatives from 196 countries will meet in Paris to try to agree a deal to prevent dangerous increases in global temperatures.

Efforts to date aim to begin the “peaceful divorce” between greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth: no longer do the two need to go together. Last year was the first year where the world economy grew but greenhouse gas emissions did not. We wait to see if this is an indication of a broader trend or a blip.

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On climate change, Hispanic Catholics hear pope's message – and it's personal 27.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Long before Pope Francis called for the faithful to work toward environmental justice, water and drought were natural concerns for many in the western US and willing disciples may galvanize like never before

On a June morning, Father Rob Yaksich, a park ranger until he found his calling in mid-life as a Catholic priest, presided over his first ever Sunday Mass at the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis in Santa Fe, New Mexico. That day, he chose the power of spreading the faith as the theme of his sermon.

“Think of the mustard seed,” he told those gathered for the early morning Spanish language mass. “We all carry little mustard seeds of faith in our hearts. This mustard seed grows, and if it is nourished, it grows into a great tree.”

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New Zealand Parliament rocked by Greenpeace protest 25.6.2015 Sify News
The Greenpeace activists in New Zealand have breached security at the nation's Parliament building by climbing up to the roof and sitting on a ledge.
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Liam Neeson to play God in global cinema ad with 'to-do list for planet' 24.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

#wehaveaplan project masterminded by Richard Curtis aims to promote new global goals for sustainable development

An ad featuring an animated llama and the voice of Liam Neeson as God is to be shown in cinemas around the world in an effort to promote the new global goals for sustainable development set to be unveiled by the United Nations in September.

A project masterminded by Richard Curtis, famous for feelgood movies from Notting Hill to Bridget Jones’s diary, aims to spread the word about the goals, which aim to eradicate poverty and injustice and fight climate change, to “seven billion people in seven days”. Backed by Sawa, the global cinema advertising association, campaign organisers claim the new ad, set to be released in September, will be the first truly global cinema ad.

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A beginner's guide to fossil fuel divestment 23.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

A comprehensive guide to the basics of divestment: what it means, why the urgency and how it impacts climate change

Divestment is the opposite of investment – it is the removal of your investment capital from stocks, bonds or funds. The global movement for fossil fuel divestment (sometimes also called disinvestment) is asking institutions to move their money out of oil, coal and gas companies for both moral and financial reasons. These institutions include universities, religious institutions, pension funds, local authorities and charitable foundations.

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Draft emission rules allow new coal plants to pollute 23.6.2015 TOI: Chennai
In May 2015, the ministry of environment, forests and climate change pro posed rules to curb air pollution from coal-fired power plants. At first glance, the draft notification may seem like a breath of fresh ...
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It’s not about where we put a runway. Don’t build one at all | letters 21.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Introduce a polluters’ tax on frequent flyers Any moment now, the Airports Commission will finally publish its recommendation for new runway capacity at either Heathrow or Gatwick. What will be missing from this report is a third option that would be preferred by many: no new runway at either airport. Britain’s skies are already some of the busiest in the world and Howard Davies knows that these expansion plans cannot be made to fit with the UK’s long-term commitments under the Climate Change Act. Contrary to aviation lobby rhetoric, a new runway is not needed to allow more international business flights, which have been declining steadily since the turn of the century. The hub airport argument is a smokescreen. In reality, growing demand for air travel is concentrated in the short-haul leisure sector and among a small, wealthy minority of the population. It is more of these flights that a new runway will in practice ...
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Levy on frequent leisure flyers proposed to make airport expansion unnecessary 20.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Proposed tax would only hit better-off who holiday more than once a year

Plans for a “frequent flyer” tax to curb demand for leisure flights and make a new runway in south-east England unnecessary have been unveiled by an influential group of transport campaigners, environmentalists and tax experts.

Ministers, and candidates seeking to be the next mayor of London, including Tory hopeful and green campaigner Zac Goldsmith, are being urged to back the proposals, which supporters argue in a letter to the Observer would relieve ministers at a stroke from having to make the invidious choice between expanding Heathrow or Gatwick airports.

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LIVE! Mumbai's Western Railway services cancelled AGAIN 19.6.2015 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
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The pope is wrong – self-preservation is why we have to act on climate change | John Browne 19.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
I am optimistic that humans have the ingenuity to overcome climate change, but it is ourselves we are saving, not the planet

I am sure that many gay readers disagree with the pope on matters to do with sexuality. But I must confess that his call to action on climate change is right.

Related: Pope Francis warns of destruction of Earth's ecosystem in leaked encyclical

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Pope's encyclical, young activists of climate campaign and carbon bombs 19.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

A week full of action on climate front as Pope Francis appealed the world to act now to save the planet and thousands marched on UK parliament to lobby MPs

Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez was six when he gave his first speech about climate change.

“I wanted to go to all the factories with my brother and shut them down. And when I turned six, I found out that it was us that were supporting the factories. We’re the ones fuelling the destruction of our environment with our money.”

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US Catholics ready to follow Pope's 'marching orders' on climate change 18.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Religious leaders say pontiff’s call for action brings urgency to existing support for environmental measures in Obama administrations’s climate plan

Leaders of the Catholic church in America took their “marching orders” from the pope’s encyclical on Thursday, fanning out to Congress and the White House to push for action on climate change.

The high-level meetings offered a first glimpse of a vast and highly organised effort by the leadership of America’s nearly 80 million Catholics to turn the pope’s moral call for action into reality.

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Will Pope Francis's encyclical become his 'miracle' that saved the planet? 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

The clearest and loudest moral case yet for action now, firmly rooted in justice for the world’s poor, could galvanise the world to act on climate change

Pope Francis’s encyclical, subtitled Care for our Common Home, has created a global news event. The question now is whether it will become a historic news event, by galvanising real action to avert catastrophic climate change.

Related: Pope's climate change encyclical tells rich nations: 'Pay your debt to the poor'

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The Pope's encyclical on climate change – live reaction and analysis 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
On Thursday, the Vatican will publish Pope Francis’s long-awaited encyclical on the environment, which is likely to get a strong pushback from the US right 11.42am BST At 1.30pm BST, Donald William Wuerl, one of five cardinals who lead the US archdiocese, will be holding a press conference on the encyclical . I’ll try to summarise some of it here on the blog. 11.39am BST The pontiff included a personal handwritten note in his communication. It ended with a plea for help: “United in the lord, and please do not forget to pray for me.” "In bond of unity, charity and peace," Pope entrusts #LaudatoSi to world's bishops w/ personal note, asks prayers: ...
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Tories to end onshore windfarm subsidies in 2016 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Thousands of planned turbines in jeopardy after government announces it will stop subsidies next April, a year earlier than set out under coalition government

The Conservative government is to end subsidies to onshore windfarms from 1 April 2016, a year earlier than set out in the previous Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition agreement.

There will be a grace period for projects which already have planning permission, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said.

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Kenya's net gains on malaria prevention threatened by climate change | Murithi Mutiga 18.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Global warming poses a significant threat to the bednet-driven fall in malaria deaths in Kenya since the millennium development goals were introduced

Cradling her week-old son at a neonatal clinic in Nairobi’s sprawling Eastlands estate, where a steady throb from the stereos of battered public minibuses echoes through the streets, new mother Mary Onyango is a picture of concentration.

She watches the nurse carefully explain how to use a mosquito net properly, and listens intently when the importance of covering sleeping children is explained.

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Wind farm subsidies to be abolished earlier than planned - Politics live 18.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including Yvette Cooper at a press gallery hustings and the report on the whether MPs need to leave parliament for a £3bn restoration 9.42am BST Adam Vaughan is the Guardian’s environment site editor. Here’s his take on today’s announcement. Last night energy and climate secretary Amber Rudd told an audience in London how important she thought climate change is. This morning she has, as heavily trailed, cut subsidies for onshore wind power a year earlier than expected. There’s an obvious tension between her claim to be “keep[ing] bills as low as possible for hard-working families” and the fact that onshore wind is the cheapest form of renewable power. By contrast the offshore wind that the Tories have promised to prioritise instead is around twice as expensive. 9.39am BST In its announcement about the abolition of wind farm subsidies, the government says there will be a grace period for projects that already have planning ...
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Thousands to lobby MPs to back strong climate change action 17.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

People from every walk of life, from nuns to snowboarders, are expected to lobby all 650 MPs to raise concerns over the threat posed by climate change

Thousands of people from snowboarders and surfers to bee keepers and nuns are set to converge on parliament on Wednesday to urge their MPs to back strong action on climate change.

The mass lobby is today calling on parliament to support a global climate change deal which will end carbon pollution from fossil fuels by mid century and invest in warm homes, clean energy and sustainable transport.

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