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Big six profits growing despite gas price cuts for households, regulator says 27.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Energy market watchdog concerned that companies’ margins are up even after some reductions are given to consumers

Energy companies are making bigger profits from the falling cost of gas in wholesale markets, despite a series of price cuts for households, the industry’s regulator has said.

Dermot Nolan, chief executive of Ofgem, told MPs that the watchdog’s monthly supply market indicator report on Thursday would show that energy providers’ profit margins were widening as a result of the falling price of wholesale gas.

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Obama backs India's ambitious solar energy goals, seeks support for climate talks 25.1.2015 DNA: India
US President Barack Obama on Sunday offered to help finance India's ambitious solar energy target and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support at global climate talks in Paris later this year. India is the world's third-largest greenhouse gas emitter and often acts as the voice of the world's developing countries in United Nations talks on everything from climate change to economic cooperation. It is reluctant to commit to emission targets on the ground that this could hinder economic growth, which is vital to lifting millions of Indians out of poverty. Instead, Modi has made it a priority to expand India's renewable energy capacity and lessen the need for polluting fossil fuels. "We very much support India's ambitious goal for solar energy, and stand ready to speed this expansion with additional financing," Obama said in a joint press conference with Modi on the first day of his three-day visit to New Delhi. India is seeking investments of $100 billion over seven years to boost the country's solar ...
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Obama backs India's solar goals, seeks support for climate talks 25.1.2015 Sify Finance
By Krishna N. Das
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Joe Corré: scion of punk royalty set on halting the fracking revolution 25.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The anarchic former lingerie magnate is taking on the shale oil industry – with help from mum Vivienne Westwood

Fracking, fashion and fanzines are not the sort of conversation topics your average businessman might bring up, especially not liberally interspersed with a different F-word. But then Joe Corré is not your average entrepreneur. The multimillionaire founder of racy lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur – who has now moved on to a make-up business and two clothing labels – is on a wider social and political mission.

What is less surprising is that the 47-year-old has a nostalgic interest in the heyday of 1970s punk: his parents, Vivienne Westwood and the late Malcolm McLaren, helped spawn the Sex Pistols.

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From spreading happiness to saving the planet, the rise and rise of Pharrell 25.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
What is driving Pharrell Williams’s new global conscience as he joins Al Gore’s fight against climate change?

For the American music producer Pharrell Williams it was an I’d like to Teach the World to Sing moment. Last week he and Al Gore, Nobel peace prize winner and former US vice president, announced a concert over seven continents that is designed to build support for a UN climate pact in Paris at the end of the year.

Some uncharitably wondered whether Pharrell had entered into a new, messianic phase of his career – one typically signalled by joining a society of billionaires and retired political figures in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Others said the global hitmaker was too cute to go along with anything that smacked only of an ego trip.

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Ban fracking, says former Tory environment secretary Caroline Spelman 22.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Conservative MP calls for fracking moratorium as Labour says fracking should not be allowed unless regulatory loopholes are closed

The former Tory environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, has called for a ban on fracking in the UK ahead of a report by an influential committee of MPs that is expected to conclude fracking could derail efforts to tackle climate change.

The intervention by Spelman, a member of the Environmental Audit Committee, comes as the government’s drive for fracking came under heavy political attack on Thursday.

Related: A county divided: is Lancashire ready for its fracking revolution?

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Republicans cut Obama's climate change comments from State of the Union speech – video 22.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Republicans appear to have edited out part of Barack Obama's comments on climate change from the party's official State of the Union webcast. In his speech, Obama mocks climate change denial. 'I've heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they're not scientists; that we don't have enough information to act. Well, I'm not a scientist, either,' Obama said on Tuesday, 'But you know what – I know a lot of really good scientists, at Nasa, and Noaa, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate.' The GOP's version of the speech also does not include a reference to the Pentagon Continue reading...
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Say what? Republican live stream cuts Obama's remarks on climate denial 21.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

‘Enhanced webcast’ produced by House speaker John Boehner’s staff clumsily deleted president’s State of the Union mockery of ‘I’m not a scientist’ line

Republicans cut Barack Obama’s most forceful comments on climate change – his mockery of climate denial – from the party’s official live stream of his State of the Union address.

A purported Republican fact-check of Obama’s address, prepared by staffers for the House speaker, John Boehner, clumsily cuts the president off mid-sentence just as he was about to wreck the Republicans’ new default line for talking about climate change: “I am not a scientist.”

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10 signs the stars are aligning for a climate deal in Paris 21.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

Following Al Gore and Pharrell Williams’ Live Earth 2015 announcement today, we round up nine other reasons to feel happy ahead of crunch climate talks in Paris this December

Banish your memories of the slightly cringy Live Earth concerts held seven years ago at Wembley stadium and around the world. This time, “instead of just having people perform, we literally are going to have humanity harmonise all at once,” Williams promised on Wednesday, standing alongside Al Gore. The sequel, intended to galvanise action on climate change, lands on 18 June, with the 100+ acts TBC.

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Pharrell Williams and Al Gore announce Live Earth 2015 21.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Williams says the event will see ‘humanity harmonise all at once’

The unlikely combination of Pharrell Williams and Al Gore have announced what they hope to be the largest campaign ever on the planet, in the form of a second round of Live Earth concerts to promote awareness of climate change. The concerts will take place across all seven continents – including Antarctica – on June 18.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the pair were joined by producer Kevin Wall to unveil a event that aims for a global television audience of 2bn across 193 television networks.

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'We assist to bankrupt ideology of violent extremism everywhere' 21.1.2015 Rediff: News
In his penultimate State of the Union address, Barack Obama said that the economy is improving.
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POTUS at the Parade: A Game Change 21.1.2015 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
'By his very presence in Delhi on Republic Day, Obama is revisiting the most defining relationship of the 20th century after a period of stagnation,' says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.
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Full text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address 21.1.2015 TOI: The United States
Full text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address
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India's relations with the US must not be one-sided 20.1.2015 Rediff: Columns
'It is in the interest of both sides that the visit of the US President is seen as being successful. Both sides have invested considerable political capital in it. This rapid exchange of visits and the decisions taken have to be justified, beyond the symbolism, which is no doubt important in itself. This opportunity to impart a fresh momentum to ties should not be missed,' says former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal.
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The China factor in Obama's visit to New Delhi 20.1.2015 Rediff: Columns
For a rising country like China with its sights set on global and regional power, any coming together of the US and India is the worst case scenario. Hence, China is concerned with the emerging equations between New Delhi and Washington, says Srikanth Kondapalli.
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Web exclusive: Will President Obama walk that extra mile? 19.1.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
Neither the fact that he is the outgoing president nor that it is his second visit as president dampens the enthusiasm in the Indian ...
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Obama's State of the Union could ramp up climate fight with Republicans 18.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
GOP response from freshman senator Joni Ernst may also take aim at president’s agenda on emission cuts and Keystone XL pipeline Despite the new Republican majority and the oil industry gunning for the president’s agenda on emissions cuts and the Keystone XL pipeline, Barack Obama will show he’s no lame duck on climate change, White House officials insisted ahead of his second-to-last State of the Union Address. After using his executive authority over the last 18 months to propose new carbon pollution rules for power plants, an historic emissions deal with China and – just last week – the roll-out of measures aimed at methane , Obama will also likely tout new smog rules on Tuesday. He may even tip his hand on the contentious pipeline currently being debated in the ...
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Dalit venture capital fund to boost small business 17.1.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
Dalit venture capital fund to boost small business
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Give us a better, safer future, British teenagers urge Cameron and Miliband 15.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Global campaign to secure political commitment on tackling poverty and climate change begins with passionate plea from young people

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Does climate change exist? The Senate is about to let us know 15.1.2015 Guardian: Science

An amendent to the Keystone XL pipeline bill hopes to force Republican climate change deniers to state whether they agree with the science or not

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