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Rockefeller Brothers Fund: it is our moral duty to divest from fossil fuels 27.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
In an exclusive interview, Rockefeller Brothers Fund chair, Valerie Rockefeller Wayne and president, Stephen Heintz, talk about the decision to cut ties to fossil fuels, what it meant for the divestment movement and the challenges involved On a perfect summer day in June 2014, on the grounds of a stately home overlooking the Hudson river, a handful of the descendants of America’s most enduring business dynasty made a fateful decision: they would cut their ties to fossil fuels in order to fight climate change. The ironies were inescapable. About half of those gathered for the board meeting were direct descendants of John D Rockefeller – founder of the oil empire that eventually became ExxonMobil – and here they were, gathered in the estate he built at Pocantico Hills, New York, surrounded by a collection of antique gas guzzlers and limousines, preparing to take a highly symbolic stand against fossil ...
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How Karnataka's mega port project is bending the rules 27.3.2015 India Together - Environment

Legal and procedural lapses as well as disregard of critical public submissions are tarnishing the EIA of the proposed Tadadi Port in Karnataka. Kanchi Kohli reports.

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Large fall in UK greenhouse gas emissions of over 8% last year 26.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Carbon dioxide output fell by almost a tenth and energy from renewable sources rose to a record high of almost 20% of electricity, government figures show

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions plunged by 8.4% last year, as household energy consumption slumped, the use of coal for electricity generation fell, and policies on climate change took effect, according to government statistics released on Thursday.

Carbon dioxide output fell by almost a tenth, as renewable energy generation rose to a new record high, accounting for nearly a fifth of electricity.

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Bean breakthrough bodes well for climate change challenge 25.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Scientists have hailed the emergence of heat-tolerant beans, but there are fears corporate interests in Africa’s seed sector will wrest control from local farmers

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Keep it in the Ground campaign: six things we've learned 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

It’s been a few weeks since we launched our major climate change project. Here’s what we have learned so far

This was the consensus reached by the collection of journalists that met in January to plan the project. It’s also the consensus reached by many of the world’s most prolific scientists, economists and statesmen.

Keep it in the ground: Guardian climate change campaign pic.twitter.com/7rK3SuNSQp http://t.co/Cv4A9QL4ct

These are leaders. These are people that others look to. So they have enormous responsibility. That’s why for me it is important that they react to this.

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What the numbers tell us about how much fossil fuel reserves we can't burn 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
The much-quoted three numbers of climate change have raised awareness of the simple fact there’s far more fossil fuel than we can burn and the more we extract, the greater the risk of climate catastrophe – but they don’t tell us the whole story The world is gradually waking up to true nature of the climate change conundrum, and not a moment too soon. The situation boils down to this: fossil fuel is immensely useful, valuable and politically important, yet if we want to avoid taking unacceptable risks with the planet we need to leave most of that fuel in the ground – either forever or at least until there’s an affordable and scalable way to stop the exhaust gases building up in the atmosphere. Many of us have been saying this for years (I co-wrote a book about it) but much of the credit for the increased awareness of the need to ‘leave the fuel in the ground’ goes to Bill McKibben, whose brilliant and much-read article in Rolling Stone clarified for many readers the simple and crucial fact that there is ...
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Wellcome Trust rejects Guardian's calls to divest from fossil fuels 25.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Director of the charitable trust, Jeremy Farrar, says retaining fossil fuel shares gives more influence over such companies – but they would not rule out divesting in the future, should engagement prove ineffective

The director of the Wellcome Trust has rejected calls from a Guardian campaign to shift the charitable foundation’s investments out of the fossil fuel industry, warning that such a move would mean less pressure on those companies to be green.

Related: Fossil-fuel divestment is not the way to reduce carbon emissions | Jeremy Farrar

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MPs pension fund should not be divested from fossil fuels, says Liz Truss 24.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Conservative environment secretary said she favoured carbon reduction targets over divestment at a public debate on green policies in the run-up to the general election

The Conservative environment secretary, Liz Truss, has said she would not request the MPs’ pension fund to divest from fossil fuels.

She told the Guardian: “I believe the right way [to affect investment] is through carbon reduction targets.”

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BP joins list of companies fleeing Alec 24.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The oil giant is the latest company to cut ties with the conservative advocacy group known for its controversial stance on climate change

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What is fossil fuel divestment and why does it matter? – video 23.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Climate change can be tackled using a very simple idea – divestment. It means taking your money away from companies involved in extracting fossil fuels. Here, Guardian journalists and US author Bill Mckibben explains where the idea came from; why it's been central to any environment solution; its successful application in history; and the extent to which this exciting socially-driven movement will help add crucial pressure for change on business leaders and politicians the world ...
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Centre pledges to protect rhinos 22.3.2015 Telegraph: Front Page
Amid rising concern over rhino poaching in Assam, Union minister Prakash Javadekar today said the Centre and state should not engage in any blame game but work together to provide complete protection to the rhino.
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Leading scientists call on Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to divest from fossil fuels 20.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Former chief advisors to the UK government and European commission add their support to the Guardian’s campaign for the world’s two leading charities to sell their investments in fossil fuel

Senior scientists including former chief advisors to the UK government and European commission have called on the world’s two largest health charities to sell their investments in leading fossil fuel companies.

They argue that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust should offload their holdings in major coal, oil and gas corporations because the investments are undermining the charities’ aims.

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Guardian climate change petition reaches 100k signatures 20.3.2015 Guardian: Environment
Actor Tilda Swinton and chef Yotam Ottolenghi are among 100,000 people who have supported the campaign calling for the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuels A Guardian petition which calls for the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to ditch their fossil fuel investments has gathered more than 100,000 signatures since it launched on Monday. The campaign asks the world’s two largest charitable foundations to divest from the top 200 oil, gas and coal companies within five years and to immediately freeze any new investments. It was launched by Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger in partnership with the global climate movement 350.org ...
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3,172 sq km State forest encroached 20.3.2015 The Assam Tribune
3,172 sq km State forest encroached
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BRICS Nations Endorsed India´s Young Scientists Forum Initiative 20.3.2015 Govt of india: PIB
BRICS nations have endorsed India´s Young Scientists Forum Initiative and this will form part of the BRICS STI work plan for the period 2015 to 2018.
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LIVE! American teen raped in Gurgaon by Facebook friend 20.3.2015 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
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Revealed: Gates Foundation's $1.4bn in fossil fuel investments 19.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Analysis of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s most recent tax filing reveals huge investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies The charity run by Bill and Melinda Gates, who say the threat of climate change is so serious that immediate action is needed, held at least $1.4bn (£1bn) of investments in the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, according to a Guardian analysis of the charity’s most recent tax filing in 2013 . The companies include BP, responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko Petroleum, which was recently forced to pay a $5bn environmental clean-up charge and Brazilian mining company Vale, voted the corporation with most “contempt for the environment and human rights” in the world clocking over 25,000 votes in the Public Eye annual ...
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Sendai talks establish targets to reduce damage from natural disasters 18.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction aims to better protect people and assets, but only Japan pledges to fund programme

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The quiet revolution that's changing the way we use energy 18.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

The unsung heroes of the fight against climate change are the entrepreneurs and politicians applying themselves to the task of changing our energy consumption

There is a quiet revolution underway in the way we produce and consume energy.

This revolution has been kickstarted by laws, regulations and the arrival of new technologies. It’s been influenced by people – no less passionate than those protesting on the streets – who’ve chosen to engage in the existing economic system to divert it toward more sustainable ends.

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Keep it in the ground campaign: Live Q and A with Alan Rusbridger 18.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The Guardian’s editor-in-chief will be live online on Thursday at 11am (GMT) to answer questions about our fossil fuel divestment campaign. Post your questions now in the comments below 9.37am GMT On Monday, the Guardian launched our Keep it in the Ground campaign to persuade the two wealthiest charitable foundations to remove their investments from fossil fuel companies. From 11am (GMT) on Thursday editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger will be answering questions live on the site along with head of environment Damian Carrington and assistant national news editor James Randerson. The argument for a campaign to divest from the world’s most polluting companies is becoming an overwhelming one, on both moral and financial grounds. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu puts it : “People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change”. Divestment serves to delegitimise the business models of companies that are using investors’ money to search for yet more coal, oil and gas ...
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