User: Genecampaign Topic: Climate Change
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Everyone praises green Copenhagen. But what if your city has 20m people? 2.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

The mayors of Latin America’s biggest cities gathered in Buenos Aires for the C40 forum last week to discuss their techniques for fighting climate change – but are buses, bicycles and recycling enough on a continent that’s 80% urbanised?

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Northern fires caused almost a quarter of global forest loss, study shows 2.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Forest fires destroyed vast areas of woodland in Canada and Russia between 2011 and 2013, greatly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, satellite data reveals Vast areas of forest in Canada and Russia were lost to fire in 2013, according to new satellite data . But there were encouraging signs from Indonesia, where the loss of forest cover fell to the lowest level in a decade. Scientists from Global Forest Watch collated 400,000 images of the Earth’s surface to map the world’s forests down to a resolution of 30 metres. Their findings showed that overall the world lost 18m hectares of forest in 2013. As many as 90-95% of fires in Russia are ignited by human interventions ... This is very different to North America. Indonesian forest losses bucked their recent trend by falling​ in 2013​ to their lowest level in a ...
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Republicans warn world that Obama UN plan could be undone 1.4.2015 DNA: Recent Columns
 he Obama administration's plan for UN climate change talks encountered swift opposition after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning other countries to "proceed with caution" in negotiations with Washington because any deal could be later undone. The White House is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a global climate agreement to be negotiated Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 in Paris. It calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by close to 28 percent from 2005 levels within a decade, using a host of existing laws and executive actions targeting power plants, vehicles, oil and gas production and buildings. But Republican critics say the administration lacks the political and legal backing to commit the United States to an international agreement. "Considering that two-thirds of the U.S. federal government hasn't even signed off on the Clean Power Plan and 13 states have already pledged to fight it, our international partners should proceed with caution before entering into a binding, unattainable deal," ...
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US set to pledge emissions cuts of up to 28% ahead of global climate treaty 31.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

US expected to confirm planned greenhouse gas emissions cuts ahead of today’s deadline for nations to submit proposals towards forming a global climate change agreement at talks in Paris in December

The US will pledge to cut carbon pollution by up to 28%, doubling the pace of current emissions cuts, under a global agreement on climate change to be finalised in Paris at the end of the year.

The Obama administration is expected to unveil its plans on Tuesday, joining China, the European Union, Mexico, Norway and Switzerland in outlining their plans to fight climate change after 2020, when the current commitments expire.

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Doctors and academics call for ban on 'inherently risky' fracking 30.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Letter to BMJ prompted by new report from health charity Medact recommending UK-wide moratorium on fracking for shale gas

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Leaving all fossil fuels in the ground is 'for the fairies', says Chris Smith 30.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Leave as much in the ground as possible but gas will continue to have to be burnt during a transition to cleaner fuels, says former UK Environment Agency chief

Significant quantities of known coal and tar sands reserves will need to be kept in the ground to avoid the worst climate change impacts, the former chief of the UK Environment Agency has said.

But he said that lower carbon fuels such as gas would need to be extracted and burned while the world economy moves away from fossil fuels.

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Texas city opts for 100% renewable energy – to save cash, not the planet 29.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Georgetown, Texas decision not about going green: ‘I’m probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find,’ says city official

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UN green climate fund can be spent on coal-fired power generation - The Guardian 29.3.2015 google news
UN green climate fund can be spent on coal-fired power generation The Guardian The fund was set up as part of the ongoing UN climate negotiations to help developing countries finance clean energy and measures to help adapt to climate change. ... Last week, it counted another $630m in loans for coal plants in India and Bangladesh ...
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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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Direct Action set up to allow large rise in emissions, says Climate Institute 26.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

So-called ‘safeguards mechanism’ will at best mean business as usual for Australia’s major polluters and at worst lead to far more greenhouse gas output

The final element of the Abbott government’s Direct Action climate change policy will at best mean major polluters continue business as usual and at worst lead to significant increases in their greenhouse gas emissions according to the Climate Institute thinktank.

The framework for the final part of Direct Action scheme – the so-called “safeguards mechanism” – confirms it will allow big polluters to buy carbon credits if they exceed new baselines for their greenhouse emissions, but also that it will set those baselines at levels that ensure few companies will have to.

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Full text of climate change statement signed by 26 European mayors 26.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Declaration entitled: ‘In response to the challenge of global climate change, a European commitment and local solutions’

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In vast swaths of rural New South Wales, there's only one election issue: coal seam gas 26.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

CSG is a big vote swinger in the country, with many communities declaring themselves ‘gasfield free’. This is not just about the environment, writes our reporter: it’s also about people wanting to be heard

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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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Scotland advised to take strong action after missing emissions target again 24.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Committee on climate change advises Edinburgh to rethink cuts on air duty and introduce measures to reduce road traffic Scottish politicians should consider congestion charges, reducing speed limits and rethink plans to cut air passenger duty after Scotland again missed its climate targets, an influential advisory committee has said. The committee on climate change, the Scottish government’s official advisers, said far-reaching action was needed to reduce CO2 emissions after the reduction targets were missed for the third time by some ...
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Great Barrier Reef campaign: scientists call for scrapping of coal projects 23.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Australian coral reef experts say if the mining and port expansion projects go ahead, there will be permanent damage to the reef

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Pope Francis: reckless blabbermouth or sophisticated strategist? 20.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
His public utterances on all manner of subject may seem scattergun or contradictory, but this pope is playing a long, tactical game It’s a mistake to take too much notice of what the pope says. And funnily enough, he’d be the first to say so. By which I don’t mean that it won’t be worth listening when he makes the speech , announced this week, to the United Nations general assembly in September. Pope Francis is due to publish the Catholic church’s first encyclical on the environment in a couple of months, and he’ll draw on that to argue in New York for greater international commitments to curb greenhouse gases. He’ll probably call for the rich to do much more to help poor people around the world already blasted by the effects of climate change. He had a feeling, he told Mexican television, that his pontificate would be brief, just two or three years more It was conservatives who were first most disconcerted. They bemoaned the ‘lamentable fuzziness' in his extemporaneity What Francis is trying to do is ...
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LIVE! American teen raped in Gurgaon by Facebook friend 20.3.2015 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
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Coalition branded climate-change deniers over North Sea oil boost 20.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Green party deplores budget’s £1.3bn handout to oil producers, as five-year plan for 120m more barrels is equated to extra 50m tonnes of CO2 Plans to boost the North Sea oil industry, announced in the budget , could lead to the UK emitting tens of millions more tonnes of CO2 over the next five years, Guardian analysis reveals. The chancellor, George Osborne, this week announced a package of measures in the budget designed to help boost North Sea oil production in the face of plummeting global oil prices. The moves include tax cuts on profits for oil producers, a new investment allowance, and funding for seismic surveys to help find oil deposits. In all, the measures will cost the exchequer £1.3bn over the next five ...
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Obama to sign order cutting US government's greenhouse gas emissions 19.3.2015 DNA: India
President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that will cut the US government's greenhouse gas emissions, the White House said in a statement. After signing the order, Obama will visit the Department of Energy to tour the building's rooftop solar panels. While there, he will attend a meeting of some of the federal suppliers, which will discuss their reduction targets, including initial commitments to disclose emission targets or set new reduction goals, the statement said, without providing details. Obama has made fighting climate change a top priority in his final two years in office. The White House sees it as critical to his legacy. The Environmental Protection Agency last year proposed a Clean Power Plan that set deadlines for states to submit proposals to meet power plant carbon emission reduction goals. A dozen states, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Wyoming, sued the EPA last August soon after the plan was unveiled on grounds that its use of a certain section of ...
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Australia urged to shut coal-fired power plants urgently as analysis reveals huge emissions 19.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Australian Conservation Foundation says US-style regulation should be introduced to force the worst polluting plants to close

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