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Evironmental movement making a real impact in the US, study finds 16.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

States with strong green voices perform better on cutting emissions whereas those with climate sceptic views fare poorly

The environmental movement is making a real difference in the US, according to a new research that shows states with strong green voices have significantly lower emissions of the gases that drive global warming.

The study is one of the first to quantify the real impact of green politics on the environment. It reveals that more environmentally-friendly states, such as New York and Vermont, have cut their greenhouse gas emissions despite rising population and affluence. But other states like Texas and Wyoming, where scepticism about climate change is much stronger, have seen emissions rise.

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Pope Francis warns of destruction of world's ecosystem in leaked encyclical 15.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Vatican condemns early release of document in which pontiff calls on people to change their lifestyles and energy consumption or face grave consequences

Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal encyclical. In a document released by an Italian magazine on Monday, the pontiff will warn that failure to act would have “grave consequences for all of us”.

Francis also called for a new global political authority tasked with “tackling … the reduction of pollution and the development of poor countries and regions”. His appeal echoed that of his predecessor, pope Benedict XVI, who in a 2009 encyclical proposed a kind of super-UN to deal with the world’s economic problems and injustices.

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Coal crash: how pension funds face huge risk from climate change 15.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Special report: The plummeting coal sector and a growing green divestment movement is leaving firms who still invest in fossil fuels and connected pension holders heavily exposed

The pension funds of millions of people across the world, including teachers, public sector workers, health staff and academics in the UK and US, are heavily exposed to the plummeting coal sector, a Guardian analysis has revealed.

It has also found that just a dozen people, including the owner of Chelsea FC, Roman Abramovich, own coal reserves equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of China, the world’s biggest polluter. The UN, which advocates a shift to clean energy, has more than $100m (£65m) invested in coal through its own pension fund.

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Roman Abramovich among 'dirty dozen' people with biggest stakes in coal 15.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
From Chelsea’s Abramovich to India’s Vinod Adani, here are the 12 super-rich individuals whose combined investments in coal equal China’s annual emissions The Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich is among a super-rich list of 12 investors whose combined coal holdings are equivalent to the entire annual emissions of China, the world’s biggest polluter, a Guardian analysis has found. Top of the “dirty dozen” list is Vinod Shantilal Adani, who has a $900m (£581m) stake in Indian coal giant Adani Enterprises. His share of the company’s coal reserves will produce 2GT of carbon dioxide when sold and burned, the same as India’s 1.2 billion people produce in a year. Adani’s company is also behind the vast Galilee basin coal project in Australia ...
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Divorce growth from greenhouse gases to aid climate goals, says energy chief 15.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

International Energy Agency director Fatih Birol says industry will only change practices if governments show they are serious about fighting global warming

The world needs a “peaceful divorce” between economic growth and the rise in greenhouse gas emissions, one of the world’s leading energy economists has said – but this will only happen if a crunch climate conference in December sends a strong signal that governments are serious about tackling global warming.

Fatih Birol, incoming executive director of the International Energy Agency, said the UN conference in Paris would be “the last chance to put the energy sector on the right course”.

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Climate change conference in Paris later this year is of global importance 14.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
The intervention by Pope Francis has humanised what often is a forbiddingly technical and arcane debate

What is the significance of the Paris climate talks?

In 30 years, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will have risen to such an extent that temperatures will be 2C higher than in pre-industrial times, scientists say. Beyond that temperature, there will be devastating environmental consequences: worsening storms, extreme heat waves and rising seas. The most important decision to be taken in Paris will therefore be to agree, through a binding commitment, that 2C is the highest acceptable limit of global warming on Earth. All other decisions taken in Paris will follow as a consequence of that agreement.

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EU politicians protest to Congress over climate exemption in TPP row 12.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

MEPs urge US lawmakers not to adopt amendment that would stop President Obama bargaining on climate change during international trade talks

Related: TPP fast-track vote too close to call as vocal opponents make final push

European Union politicians have written to US members of Congress pleading for them to remove a last-minute amendment that would bar Barack Obama from making action on climate change a condition of international trade negotiations.

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Stop using China as an excuse for inaction on climate change | George Monbiot 12.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Invoking Yellow Peril tropes over China’s carbon footprint fails to recognise the fact its energy use is tied to our consumption, the country’s coal demand is dropping and Chinese people care more about climate than we do

China is the world’s excuse for cruelty and barbarism. If we don’t behave atrociously, politicians and columnists assure us, China will, so we had better do it first, before we are outcompeted.

You want holidays, collective bargaining rights and fair conditions in the workplace? Forget it. When Chinese workers have none, such fripperies would “hamper British/US/Australian/Canadian industry”, making it uncompetitive.

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Climate Hope City: how Minecraft can tell the story of climate change 12.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
As part of our Keep it in the Ground campaign, the Guardian has commissioned a Minecraft map exhibiting a city filled with real-world climate initiatives On the rooftops, there are endless luscious gardens, so that the skyline of the city looks almost like the tree tops of a vast rain forest. Beneath them, lining the roads, are multi-storey farms, producing fruit and vegetables for the local populace. There are strange sail-shaped constructions that suck CO2 out of the air, and along the canals, hydrogen powered boats glide silently through crystal clear waters. This is Climate Hope City – and for now, it exists only in Minecraft. When the Guardian launched its Keep it in the Ground campaign in March, editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, and other senior staff, spoke about the challenge of finding new ways to discuss and report on climate change – to break out of traditional journalism and explore fresh ...
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Bonn meeting ends with last-minute compromise on Paris climate text 11.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Countries agree to let co-chairs of the negotiations to make their own alterations to the draft and present it for approval in July

Climate change negotiators meeting in Bonn on Thursday came up with a last-minute compromise that observers hope will put the talks on track for a new global agreement on greenhouse gases.

Slow progress was made until the final hours, as nations wrangled over the wording of an 89-page draft text, intending to cut it down to a more manageable size. After two weeks, the text had been cut by just four pages to 85.

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Detailed global climate change projections released 10.6.2015 Sify News
NASA has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere.
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Longer, stronger heat predicted for India (Special to IANS) 9.6.2015 Sify Finance
/IndiaSpend) With more than 2,300 dead in extremely hot weather across India, a recent Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) study predicts more intense and longer heat waves, more often and earlier in the year in future.
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G7 leaders bid 'Auf Wiedersehen' to carbon fuels; Environmental groups welcome move 9.6.2015 DNA: Opinion
Leaders of the world's major industrial democracies resolved on Monday to wean their energy-hungry economies off carbon fuels, marking a major step in the battle against global warming that raises the chances of a UN climate deal later this year. The Group of Seven's energy pledge capped a successful summit for host Angela Merkel, who revived her credentials as a "climate chancellor" and strengthened Germany's friendship with the United States at the meeting in a Bavarian resort. Ties between the Cold War allies have been strained in the last couple of years by spying rows but Merkel appeared to put that behind her on welcoming U.S. President Barack Obama, who declared their countries were "inseparable allies." Meeting in the picturesque Schloss Elmau at the foot of Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze, the G7 leaders pressed Greece to accept painful economic reforms to resolve its debt crisis and struck a firm tone on Russia's role in Ukraine. They agreed that existing sanctions against Russia ...
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G7 press for climate deal 9.6.2015 Telegraph: International
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Group of Seven (G7) leaders to commit to tough goals to cut greenhouse gases on the final day of their summit in Bavaria today, at which they also discussed the threat from Islamic militants.
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US, UK more 'reluctant' to address climate change than China, says survey 8.6.2015 DNA: Popular News
The United States and the United Kingdom, although the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world, are more reluctant to address the problem of climate change as compared to countries like China, a survey has revealed. International internet-based market research firm YouGov found that almost 17% people in the US and seven % in the UK did not "agree to any international agreement that addresses climate change," reported The Independent. Their survey, which was carried out just months ahead of December's climate change talks in Paris, revealed that only one % refuted global agreements on climate change In China and Indonesia, while 60% wanted their representatives to play an active role in setting ambitious targets to address the issue as quickly as possible. The study further suggested that the reluctance to tackle the problem in the US and the UK seemed to have emanated from the belief that there is no problem at all. On being asked, "how serious the problem was, if at all," at least 32% of ...
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Five G7 nations increased their coal use over a five-year period, research shows 8.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan and France burned more coal between 2009 and 2013 and demanded poor countries slash their carbon emissions

Five of the world’s seven richest countries have increased their coal use in the last five years despite demanding that poor countries slash their carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change, new research shows.

Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan and France together burned 16% more coal in 2013 than 2009 and are planning to further increase construction of coal-fired power stations. Only the US and Canada of the G7 countries meeting on Monday in Berlin have reduced coal consumption since the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009.

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Chinese greenhouse gas emissions may peak by 2025, says study 8.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Research by London School of Economics suggests the world could now avoid warming of more than 2C

China’s greenhouse gas emissions will probably peak in 2025, five years earlier than its stated target, a study said on Monday, in a boost for hopes to curb climate change.

On current trends, the world’s biggest carbon emitter will discharge 12.5-14bn tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) in 2025, after which emissions will decline, it said.

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West must pay up to secure deal at Paris climate change summit, warns Fabius 6.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

French minister says COP21 climate conference’s success in curbing emissions requires rich nations to fulfil earlier funding pledges to finance poor countries


Rich countries must keep their financial promises to the poor on global warming, or key international climate change negotiations this year risk falling apart, the French foreign minister will warn his counterparts in other developed nations this weekend.

The G7 group of industrialised countries are meeting on Sunday and Monday in Germany, and a key subject of the discussions will be the forthcoming UN climate change negotiations, scheduled for a crunch conference in Paris this December, which will determine world governments’ response to the climate crisis for decades to come.

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Tata Steel, Swansea University join hands for environment project 5.6.2015 ET: Steel
Tata Steel today said it has joined hands with Swansea University for a project at its Port Talbot facility in UK to test how steelworks algae can combat climate change.
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G7 Bavaria summit: 26 hours of trade, ebola – and even an oompah band 5.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

World leaders at Angela Merkel’s summit in Schloss Elmau will discuss an eyewatering array of subjects, not least of them the food and entertainment

When Angela Merkel gathers six other world leaders in a Bavarian castle for G7 talks, they will face a heavy agenda, with 26 hours to cover everything from climate change and foreign trade to plastic waste and female empowerment.

During the weekend there will be some opera to lighten the load, performed by a star singer flown in for the occasion, as well as spectacular Alpine scenery to help inspire Merkel and her guests as they try to come up with solutions for some of the world’s most pressing problems in their 1,000m mountain retreat.

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