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‘Green’ dam linked to killings of six indigenous people in Guatemala 26.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Indigenous people are being ‘terrorised’ after protests against a mega-dam backed by European development banks, whose carbon allowances will be tradable on the EU’s emissions trading system

A planned mega-dam in Guatemala, whose carbon credits will be tradable under the EU’s emissions trading system, has been linked to grave human rights abuses, including the killing of six indigenous people, two of them children.

Several European development banks and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) have provided funds for the $250m (£170m) Santa Rita dam.

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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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Morning Mail: Germanwings crash, NSW election, metadata debate, Jeremy Clarkson, One Direction tragedy Zayn Malik 26.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Guardian Australia’s morning news briefing from around the web

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Climate change: farmers urge Coalition to restore emissions trading scheme 26.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Failure to acknowledge the problem is ‘doing the industry a disservice’ and harming Australia’s international standing, says farming group

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Coalition to seek advice about Australia's post-2020 carbon emissions targets 24.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Discussion paper asks how deep Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions cuts should be and what domestic policies are required to meet the target

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Switzerland becomes first country to submit Paris climate deal pledge 27.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

Swiss government says it will cut greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 as part of a UN deal on global warming later this year, reports RTCC

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Will Obama's Climate Plan Really Cause Blackouts? 26.2.2015 Mother Jones
Back in November, a group of Republican lawmakers fired off a stern letter to the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees electric grids. President Barack Obama's new climate plan, the letter warned, could lead to blackouts across the country. The Clean Power Plan is the centerpiece of Obama's climate policy. It calls for the nation to reduce its carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030 and requires each state to reduce the "intensity" of its power sector—that is, how much greenhouse gas is produced per unit of energy. States can choose from a wide array of options to meet their individual goals, including closing or renovating coal plants, boosting energy efficiency, and building new renewable energy systems like solar or wind farms. The GOP letter cited a report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (a nonprofit that helps power companies coordinate between the United States and Canada) that said the gap left by shuttered coal plants "may represent a ...
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European carbon market reform set for 2019 24.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
MEPs vote to strengthen emissions trading scheme by taking 1.6bn surplus credits off the market to boost carbon prices, but critics call for steps to be taken earlier Reforms to strengthen the EU’s flagship policy for cutting carbon, the emissions trading scheme (ETS), will start at the end of 2018 following a vote by MEPs on Tuesday. The carbon market is supposed to drive Europe’s transition to cleaner sources of energy, but a cocktail of recession, free allocations to polluters and over-achievement on green energy targets have created a flood of 2bn allowances. That has led to a carbon price of around €7 (£5) per tonne, too low to encourage power companies to switch from polluting fuels such as as ...
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REDD and Neocolonialism in the Land of the Pataxo Warriors 22.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
It’s 5 o’clock in the morning, southern cone time, on Oct. 13, 2014. The Pataxo indigenous people of the far southern region of the state of Bahía, in the northeast of Brazil, form three barricades across the BR101 Highway in the region of Monte Pascoal, in the city of Itamaraju, one of the main roads connecting the northern and southern parts of the country. They have blocked the highway that runs along the edge of their territory with branches, sticks, and old tires,  stopping hundreds of trucks transporting merchandise from transnational corporations. It doesn’t take police long to arrive. The indigenous people are aware of the possibility of repression. Some have painted their bodies with a mixture of colors– yellow, red, black–colors that their grandfathers used to announce war. Others contrast in white, the sign of peace. Indelible colors on the skin of these people, survivors of an unjust war that has lasted for over five centuries. The atmosphere grew tense as Federal Police came in, although ...
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Yanis Varoufakis: How I became an erratic Marxist 18.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Before he entered politics, Yanis Varoufakis, the iconoclastic Greek finance minister at the centre of the latest eurozone standoff wrote this searing account of European capitalism and and how the left can learn from Marx’s mistakes In 2008, capitalism had its second global spasm. The financial crisis set off a chain reaction that pushed Europe into a downward spiral that continues to this day. Europe’s present situation is not merely a threat for workers, for the dispossessed, for the bankers, for social classes or, indeed, nations. No, Europe’s current posture poses a threat to civilisation as we know it. If my prognosis is correct, and we are not facing just another cyclical slump soon to be overcome, the question that arises for radicals is this: should we welcome this crisis of European capitalism as an opportunity to replace it with a better system? Or should we be so worried about it as to embark upon a campaign for stabilising European capitalism? When called upon to comment on the world we ...
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Here's How Countries All Over the World Are Making Polluters Pay 13.2.2015 Mother Jones
Solving climate change is essentially an economic problem: How do you force companies and consumers to pay for the damage caused by the fossil fuels they consume? Let me explain: Without a price on carbon emissions, big polluters don't pay for the greenhouse gases that they release into the atmosphere. The real cost of that pollution is borne by the planet in the form of global warming. So one of the most common strategies for reducing emissions is "cap-and-trade": Polluters purchase or bid on a limited number of permits, which allow them to emit a certain amount of CO2. A regulated market is then created in which permits can be bought and sold. The cost of the permits—in other words, the carbon price—creates an incentive to reduce carbon pollution. A new report out this week from the Berlin-based International Carbon Action Partnership shows that in the decade since the first major carbon trading program was adopted by the European Union, cap-and-trade systems have enjoyed remarkable popularity around ...
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Save the trees: New campaign against deforestation launched 10.2.2015 AP Business
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Since the money raised by governments and corporations hasn't managed to halt the destruction of the world's rainforests - an area the size of Alabama or Greece is lost every year - a new U.S. campaign is now inviting individuals to chip in....
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Saving trees, 1 person at a time: New US website lets individuals join deforestation fight 10.2.2015 Star Tribune: World
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Tony Abbott vows to fight Liberal leadership spill motion – live 6.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Re the sunnies in post 12.25pm! Sunnygate! @gabriellechan http://t.co/5acU6Wl62i They're photoshopped on. Clearly photoshopped on! 12.30pm AEST Just one more from question from the Jones interview. Jones: And before you go, I’ve known you for a thousand years, you’re hopeless at talking about yourself, and it’s clear that a lot of people don’t really know their prime minister. Just say something – we’re going to 77 stations – to tell them: who is Tony Abbott? Tell them something about Tony Abbott. He’s in the headlines every day – who’s the real Tony Abbott? Well, I’ve always been a bit reluctant to blow my own trumpet, Alan, and I like to think that the facts speak for themselves. I’m the father of three daughters, I’m the brother of three sisters, I love my community which I try to serve as a volunteer firefighter and as a surf lifesaver. Obviously, I like sport and try to get plenty of physical exercise because I think that’s good for your mental health as well as everything else. But most of all, I ...
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Tony Abbott denies China's carbon trading plan shows he is out of step 6.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

‘More and more countries are going down the direct action path,’ prime minister says of grants aimed at lowering emissions

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One of the World's Worst Climate Villains Could Soon Be Booted From Office 5.2.2015 Mother Jones
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is terrible on climate change. He has gutted his country's historic cap-and-trade carbon pricing system, has called climate science "crap," and has spoken out against strong international action to fight global warming. He praises coal as "good for humanity. " But there might soon be good news for critics of Abbott's climate policies: It looks like Australia's skeptic-in-chief could be coming to the end of the road as prime minister. Members of his party are plotting to dump him, and while it's still far from certain if the current leadership crisis will ultimately result in his downfall, one thing is clear: The climate would find a much better friend among his potential replacements. Here's a little Westminster System 101: Even though Australia's leaders run colorful, personality-driven campaigns similar to US presidential contests, prime ministers aren't actually elected by the people: Their fates are decided by a vote within the governing coalition. Abbott, a ...
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No, ministers – more surveillance will not make us safer 3.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
British politicians keep trying to sneak the Snoopers’ Charter into law – even when it is obvious that the last thing you need when looking for a neeedle in a haystack is more hay It’s almost Groundhog Day . You can tell, because the same bad internet ideas keep resurfacing, as though everything we fought for has been wiped off the slate overnight and we’ve woken up back at square one. Like the Snooper’s Charter – which four Lords tried to ram into an undebated amendment to the security bill last week, despite the fact that it was effectively identical to several different earlier incarnations, each of which was dismissed as a dumb, ineffective, overreaching load of Orwellian nightmare-fuel. The fact that some deranged killers murdered some free speech advocates doesn’t make mass surveillance (as opposed to, you know, keeping track of jihadis who are known to be planning acts of terror, which the French spooks failed to do, possibly because they were too busy rolling around in their own mass-surveillance ...
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Why is so little attention paid to Madagascar's incredible wildlife? 27.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Madagascar is home to 5% of global biodiversity and the second highest number of threatened mammals in the world – yet even cartoon lemurs in the movie of the same name seem to receive more public attention and cash

Type “Madagascar” into any internet search engine and you are more likely to get reviews of the latest DreamWorks cartoon franchise followed by depressing snippets of news on poverty, disease, and economic hardship than any positive information on the country’s truly amazing natural resources.

To conservationists such as myself, who have been working in the world’s fourth largest island to preserve the country’s forests and wildlife, many of which evolved uniquely and are found nowhere else, the limited awareness of Madagascar’s natural riches leaves us scratching our heads.

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EU carbon market price expected to rise after MEP's vote 22.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

Ukip blamed for trying to ‘hijack’ the Emissions Trading System in a shambolic industry committee vote, that may nonetheless result in the speedy carbon price rise needed to cut emissions

The chances of a modest increase in carbon prices before 2020 rose on Thursday after votes by MEPs on one of the European Parliament’s most conservative committees.

MEPs on the industry committee voted first against market reforms to EU carbon trading, and then against the package they had just agreed. The chaotic manoeuvring leaves open the possibility of more ambitious reforms early this year, which could lead to higher carbon prices.

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EU politicians seek to revive sluggish carbon market 19.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

Germany and Britain support bolstering the flagging price of carbon in in EU’s flagship Emissions Trading System

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