User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
Category: Greenhouse Gases
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The solution for the melting polar ice caps may be hiding in the rainforest | Jessica Lee 11.1.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free
Reducing carbon emissions is truly important to mitigating climate change. But in the meantime, it’s faster and cheaper to save and regrow tropical trees There was already dramatic evidence that our planet is undeniably warming before 30 December 2015, when the world heard that the ice at the North Pole was melting. (The temperature on 30 December 2015 was, by some reports, 33ºF [0.7ºC], 50ºF above average). And yet one immediate, effective way to fight climate change and save polar ice caps is half a world away, in the tropics. Tropical forest conservation and restoration could constitute half of the global warming solution, according to a recent peer reviewed commentary in Nature Climate Change ...
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Lessons for India to curb global warming 8.1.2016 Rediff: Business
Emissions would still keep rising till 2030, and the path towards global warming would improve to 2.7°c.
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Donald Trump fined for pollution from one of his private jets 8.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

US presidential candidate joins the Bahrain royal family and Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox America whose aircraft have all fallen foul of the EU’s emissions trading scheme

A parliamentary petition backed by 500,000 people failed to bar Donald Trump from the UK, but the controversial US presidential candidate and climate change sceptic now faces a new deterrent: a fine for the carbon pollution from one of his enormous private jets.

The Bahrain Royal family, 21st Century Fox America, the company chaired by Rupert Murdoch, and British construction vehicle manufacturers JCB have also been asked to pay up for flights to and from the UK.

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BA blames UK government for scrapping of £340m green fuels project 6.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

Groundbreaking plan to turn London’s rubbish into green jet fuel has been abandoned due to a lack of UK government support, airline says

British Airways says that it has been forced to shelve a groundbreaking £340m scheme to create 16m gallons of jet fuel from London’s rubbish every year, partly due to a lack of government support.

The Green Sky project was due to open in 2017 at an ex-oil refinery in Thurrock, Essex, where it would have turned into gas 575,000 tonnes of household waste that would otherwise have been landfilled or incinerated.

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Aliso Canyon leak is biggest contributor to climate change in California 5.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

The rupture of the natural gas well has released more than 77,000 metric tons of methane and refocused attention on America’s accident-prone infrastructure

The single biggest contributor to climate change in California is a blown-out natural gas well more than 8,700ft underground, state authorities and campaign groups said Monday.

The broken well at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage site has released more than 77,000 metric tons of the powerful climate pollutant methane since the rupture was first detected on 23 October, according to a counter created by the Environmental Defense Fund.

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Obama to seek 'every opportunity' to push climate plans in 2016, experts say 29.12.2015 Guardian: Environment

On the heels of the Paris climate deal, the president is likely to focus on the environment in his final year in office – and Congress can do little to stop him

Barack Obama will defend the Paris climate change agreement and forge ahead on his environmental agenda until his final days in the White House, according to analysts. And there is very little Obama’s opponents in Congress can do to stop him – unless they win the elections and install a Republican in the White House in 2017.

Republicans’ initial attempts to derail the Paris agreement fell flat, with Congress failing to deliver on threats to cut off climate aid to developing countries or block the deal.

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Warm weather threatens to delay Canada's busiest ice road 25.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Road still expected to open in late January, but if weather patterns continue that could mean more work for crews on the Tibbitt-to-Contwoyto Winter Road

Each winter, in the far reaches of Canada’s north, a highway of ice built atop frozen lakes and tundra acts as a supply lifeline to remote diamond mines, bustling with traffic for a couple of months before melting away in the spring.

This year, the world’s busiest ice road is running late. Unseasonably warm weather has set back ice formation on the Tibbitt-to-Contwoyto Winter Road, named after the first and last of hundreds of lakes on the route.

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Exclusive: India closing in on Westinghouse deal to build six nuclear reactors 24.12.2015 Sify Finance
By Sanjeev Miglani and Paritosh Bansal
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Government says closing in on Westinghouse deal worth $150 billion to build six nuclear reactors 23.12.2015 ET: Power
India wants to increase its nuclear capacity to 63,000 megawatts by 2032, from 5,780 MW, as part of a broader push to move away from fossil fuels.
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Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight | George Monbiot 23.12.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
We miscalculate environmental risk: eating certain meats is about the worst thing you can do to the planet The figures were so astounding that I refused to believe them. I found them buried in a footnote , and assumed at first that they must have been a misprint. So I checked the source , wrote to the person who first published them, and followed the citations. To my amazement, they appear to stand up. A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New ...
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Union Cabinet approves India's INDC document at COP21 22.12.2015 DNA: Money
Days after India submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) before COP21, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its ex post-facto approval to the document. INDCs were voluntary pledges that countries made to cut carbon pollution at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris from November 30 to December 12. In its INDC submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), India had announced that it aims at achieving around 40 per cent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030. India in its INDC also pledged to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by ...
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Energy sector accounts for 58% of greenhouse gas emissions: Govt 22.12.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
The government on Monday informed Parliament that the energy sector in the country was the biggest emitter of greenhouse gas (GHG) ...
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Nearly 60% greenhouse gas emissions from energy sector: Govt 21.12.2015 ET: Power
Replying to a question, Prakash Javadekar said greenhouse gas emissions from energy sector constituted 58 per cent, followed by electricity 37.8 per cent.
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Delhi's transport sector 3 times more polluting than Mumbai's 21.12.2015 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
Despite a 187 km, seven-line metro network carrying 2.4 million commuters every day, private vehicles rose 92% over the last 15 years
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Daffodils in bloom, the warmest December ever, bare ski resorts and El Niño: just how worrying is the world’s strange weather? 20.12.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
While record-breaking temperatures are blamed on the global effects of climate change, naturally warming waters in the Pacific are adding to the effect

December temperatures in London have been warmer than July’s. Scotland is balmier than Barcelona. Artificial snow covers European ski slopes. Africa faces its worst food crisis in a generation as floods and droughts strike vulnerable countries.

With unusual weather from Britain to Australia, scientists are blaming climate change – but also the natural phenomenon called El Niño, which is raising temperatures and disrupting weather patterns. A double whammy then, but how disturbed should we be as the records tumble?

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Obama: GOP is the 'only major party in advanced world' to deny climate change 19.12.2015 Guardian: Science

President predicts Republicans’ continued insistence that climate change is not real is a long-term political loser while touting US as ‘key leader’ in Paris talks

Barack Obama chided Republicans on Friday for standing apart from every other rightwing party in the developed world by denying the science of climate change.

Related: Obama runs wild with Bear Grylls to promote action on climate change

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Diesel's not the only dirty fuel: Experts! 19.12.2015 ET: Oil & Gas
The argument as to whether diesel is a “big pollutant” or not caught on after SC, earlier this week, banned registration of diesel SUVs and high-end vehicles (engine capacity of over 2000 cc) in Delhi until the end of this fiscal.
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Loss of monkeys and birds in tropical forests driving up carbon emissions 19.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Overhunting affects seed dispersal and thus survival of hardwood trees, resulting in drastic reduction in Earth’s natural carbon storage, study finds

Large fruit-eating monkeys and birds in tropical forests have been revealed as surprising climate change champions, whose loss to over-hunting is driving up carbon emissions. This is because their seed-spreading plays a vital role in the survival of huge, hard-wooded trees.

Tropical forests store 40% of all the carbon on the Earth’s surface and the slashing of trees causes about 15% of the greenhouse gases that drive global warming.

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The Bhopal boy set to prove David Cameron wrong on carbon capture 18.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Conservative government didn’t have faith in CCS and ditched a £1bn plan, but at a lab in Imperial College London, Aniruddha Sharma believes his team has hit upon a chemical that could make decarbonising fossil fuels affordable

“I have seen first hand what can happen if pollution is not controlled,” says Aniruddha Sharma. The Indian entrepreneur was born in Bhopal, where his parents’ wedding took place three days before the catastrophic chemical leak in 1984 that killed thousands and injured many more.

All of Sharma’s extended family were in the city for the wedding celebration, he says: “Everybody was affected.” Sharma says the experience is the source of his drive to tackle another great environmental crisis: climate change.

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Coal lobby boss says industry 'will be hated like slave-traders' after COP21 15.12.2015 Guardian: Environment

The head of Europe’s coal lobbying association says his industry will be vilified following the landmark Paris climate deal to cap CO2 emissions

The head of Europe’s coal lobby has said that his industry will be “hated and vilified in the same way that slave-traders were once hated and vilified” as a result of the Paris climate deal, in an extraordinary diatribe sent to his members and press outlets.

Last weekend, the world’s governments agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in a momentous pact aiming at holding global warming to 2C.

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