User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Global warming
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Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling 24.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Dutch court orders state to reduce emissions by 25% within five years to protect its citizens from climate change in world’s first climate liability suit

A court in the Hague has declared the Dutch government’s climate policy illegal and ordered it to cut its emissions by at least 25% within five years, in a landmark ruling.

To cheers from climate campaigners in the court, three judges ruled that government plans to cut emissions by just 14-17% compared to 1990 levels by 2020 were illegal.

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Weak sun could offset some global warming in Europe and US – study 23.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Regional impact of a weaker solar cycle likely to be larger than global effect, with only minimal impact on worldwide temperature rises caused by climate change

Global warming in northern Europe and the eastern US could be partially offset in future winters because of the sun entering a weaker cycle similar to the one which enabled frost fairs to take place on the river Thames in the 17th and 18th century, according to new research.

However, the study said any potential weakening in solar activity would have only a small effect on temperature rises at a worldwide level, delaying the warming caused by emissions from cars, factories and power plants by around two years.

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Climate change threatens 50 years of progress in global health, study says 23.6.2015 Guardian: Science

But slashing fossil fuel use also presents greatest global opportunity to improve people’s health in 21st century, says Lancet and UCL commission

Climate change threatens to undermine half a century of progress in global health, according to a major new report.

But the analysis also concludes that the benefits to health resulting from slashing fossil fuel use are so large that tackling global warming also presents the greatest global opportunity to improve people’s health in the 21st century.

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The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours 21.6.2015 Guardian: Science
The rate at which vertebrate species are now dying far exceeds the norm Life on Earth is in trouble. That much we know. But how bad have things become – and how fast are events moving? How soon, indeed, before the Earth’s biological treasures are trashed, in what will be the sixth great mass extinction event? This is what Gerardo Caballos of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and his colleagues have assessed, in a paper that came out on Friday . These are extraordinarily difficult questions. There are many millions of species, many elusive and rare, and inhabiting remote and dangerous places. There are too few skilled biologists in the field to keep track of them all. Demonstrating beyond reasonable doubt that any single species is extinct is arduous and painstaking (think how long it took to show – to most people, at least – that Loch Ness probably does not harbour a large ...
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All choked up: did Britain's dirty air make me dangerously ill? 20.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
This year, environment correspondent John Vidal had heart bypass surgery – a wake-up call that prompted him to investigate the state of the air we breathe. With 29,000 UK deaths a year attributed to pollution, is it time we cleaned up our act? Three months ago, a surgeon at Liverpool Heart and Chest hospital took a saw, ripped through my sternum, levered open my ribcage, cut into the aorta of my still-beating heart and stitched in a vein from my leg. The long, brutal operation was a great success. But it knocked me out and left me unable to walk more than a few paces. As I recovered, I got to asking how had I got into this mess. I had always, I thought, kept pretty fit: I could happily walk all day in the hills, chop wood, play cricket and dig deep. I ate good food and loved exercise. So what else was there in my lifestyle that could have led to heart disease, Britain’s biggest ...
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Global warming is totally a lie liberals tell to distract us from their commie agendas | Bonnie McFarlane 19.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

If the fact that we’ve just experienced the coldest spring on record isn’t enough to sway you, I’ve got other anecdotal evidence that should be plenty convincing

Everybody is talking about global warming. Clearly, it’s got a great publicist. My guess is it’s the same one that Amy Schumer uses. However, unlike Schumer – whom I have on good authority is real – Global Warming is a big fat lie.

Now, before you spit out your fair trade coffee and start yelling about carbon emissions, let me assure you that this is not a conclusion that came easily to me. I thought about it a lot. Just this morning I was in the shower for a good two hours debating the pros and cons of dating someone with a giant global footprint. Once the water went cold and I dried myself off with a hair dryer, I knew I had my answer.

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On same side of Earth: faith and science 19.6.2015 Telegraph: Front Page
Pope Francis has called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change in the most controversial papal pronouncement in nearly half a century.
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Pope tilts to mainstream science 19.6.2015 Telegraph: International
June 18: The new papal encyclical on the environment is a ringing call to action, a critique of consumerism and a prophetic warning about the dangers of ignoring what Pope Francis calls "the ecological crisis."
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The pope insists US politicians respond to climate change. Will they listen? | Sister Simone Campbell 19.6.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
The Vatican’s encyclical called on strong government action to protect the environment but political leaders really don’t like a call to conversion Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment was delivered to the entire world, but much of what he wrote was important for those of us in the US – especially our political leaders. It is a strong wake-up call that market-driven approaches to climate change and environmental degradation are not sufficient. Strong government action is needed, but most people, including political leaders, really don’t like a call to conversion. Pope Francis was right when he asked politicians: “What would induce anyone, at this stage, to hold on to power only to be remembered for their inability to take action when it was urgent and necessary to do so?” He was referring to continued reluctance by leaders in the US and elsewhere to effectively tackle these ...
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Pope Francis calls for action on climate change 18.6.2015 Sify News
Pope Francis has called for action on climate change, blaming human selfishness for global warming in his encyclical.
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There is no conflict between our faiths and the science of climate change | Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Rabbi David Rosen and Professor Dr M Din Syamsuddin 18.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The Pope’s encyclical asks everyone to be good stewards of the earth. As representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths, we stand together with him

On Thursday, Pope Francis issued a powerful and timely encyclical on the environment, urging humanity to come to its senses and cease its reckless onslaught against God’s creation. He addressed this letter not only to his fellow Catholics, but to all people of the world, asking people of different religious traditions to unite in common purpose to save our planet.

As religious figures, we too accept the overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming comes from human activity, as we see no conflict between faith and reason.

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Union Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary Called for an Integrated Approach to find Indianised Solutions for Meeting Green Technology Demands of Rural India 18.6.2015 Govt of india: PIB
The Union Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary has said that Shri Narendra Modi Government has been focusing on developing Green technologies since it came to power over a year back.
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Pope Francis calls for revolution to save the planet 18.6.2015 DNA: Opinion
Pope Francis on Wednesday called for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth." In a sweeping manifesto aimed at spurring action in UN climate negotiations, domestic politics and everyday life, Francis explains the science of global warming, which he blames on an unfair, fossil fuel-based industrial model that he says harms the poor most. Citing Scripture and past popes' and bishops' appeals, he urges people of all faiths and no faith to undergo an awakening to save God's creation for future generations. It's an indictment of big business and climate doubters alike. "It is not enough to balance, in the medium term, the protection of nature with financial gain, or the preservation of the environment with progress," he writes. "Halfway measures simply delay the inevitable disaster. Put simply, it is a matter of redefining our notion of progress." Environmental ...
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Pope's climate change encyclical tells rich nations: 'pay your debt to the poor' 18.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Pontiff’s 180-page intervention in climate change debate casts blame for ‘ecological crisis’ on the indifference of the powerful

Related: The Pope's encyclical on climate change – live reaction and analysis

Pope Francis has called on the world’s rich nations to begin paying their “grave social debt” to the poor and take concrete steps on climate change, saying failure to do so presents an undeniable risk to humanity.

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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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Pope calls for ‘open spirit’ towards climate change encyclical 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Pontiff says ecological statement is an appeal for responsibility over human approach to global warming

Pope Francis has called for his encyclical on the environment to be received with an “open spirit”, saying the unprecedented ecological statement should be seen as an appeal for responsibility.

In the essay to be released by the Vatican on Thursday, the pontiff is expected to issue a moral challenge to the global indifference to climate change, stating in stark terms that humanity is failing in its God-given role to be a responsible steward of Earth, and time is running out to fix the problem. He is expected to say that climate change is mostly man-made and people must stop relying on fossil fuels as a source of energy.

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Nutella spat: France's Ségolène Royal told to leave Italian products alone 17.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
Italy’s environment minister says he plans to eat Nutella for dinner after French counterpart urged people to avoid product over deforestation fears Italy’s environment minister has told his French counterpart, Ségolène Royal, to “leave Italian products alone” after she said people should stop eating Nutella , the hazelnut spread made by Italian confectionery company Ferrero, because it was destroying the environment. The spat over one of Italy’s most important products comes at an already tense moment in Italian-French relations, with a bitter standoff over hundreds of migrants stranded in the Italian border city of Ventimiglia after being denied entry into ...
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Lessons to ensure a safer future for Indian farmers 17.6.2015 Rediff: Business
Commercial banks are also expected to be soft on loan repayments and restructure the loans, if not write them off.
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Stop eating Nutella, urges France's Ecology Minister 17.6.2015 DNA: Money
France's ecology minister, Segolene Royal, has rankled the company that makes Nutella by urging the public to stop eating its irresistible chocolate hazelnut spread, saying it contributes to deforestation. "We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming. We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it's made with palm oil," Royal said in an interview late Monday on the French television network Canal+. "Oil palms have replaced trees, and therefore caused considerable damage to the environment," she explained. Nutella, she said, should be made from "other ingredients". The comments needled Ferrero, the giant Italian chocolate group that makes Nutella. Without referring to Royal directly, the company issued a statement Tuesday saying it was aware of the environmental stakes and had made commitments to source palm oil in a responsible manner. Ferrero gets nearly 80% of its palm oil from Malaysia. The rest of its supply comes from Papua New ...
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Stop eating Nutella and save the forests, urges French ecology minister 17.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Ségolène Royal says Nutella is made using palm oil, which is contributing to deforestation, and urged Ferrero to make the spread with ‘other ingredients’

France’s ecology minister, Ségolène Royal, has rankled the company that makes Nutella by urging the public to stop eating its irresistible chocolate hazelnut spread, saying it contributes to deforestation.

“We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming. We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it’s made with palm oil,” Royal said in an interview late Monday on the French television network Canal+.

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