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Australian climate policy paralysis has to end, business roundtable says 28.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Business and industry alliance sets out climate ‘principles’, including that climate policy should be ‘capable of achieving deep reductions’ in emissions

An unprecedented alliance of business, welfare and environmental groups and trade unions is demanding an end to Australia’s decade of political paralysis and division on climate policy, insisting the Abbott government make credible emission reduction commitments and the major parties agree on how the pledges should be implemented.

In an attempt to reset the bitter political debate on climate policy, the powerful line-up of interest groups has reached a historic agreement on “principles” that should guide Australia’s climate policy.

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Bill Shorten's crisis of confidence: how poll frontrunner became hollow man | Lenore Taylor 26.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Labor leader has an election-winning lead over an unpopular prime minister, but he increasingly seems unable to rise to the occasion

Even before Bill Shorten’s Very Difficult Fortnight, senior Labor figures were discussing what to do about their leader’s crisis of confidence.

For much of his life, Shorten has believed he is destined to lead Labor and become prime minister. He has always been a confidence player, supremely self-assured.

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EU ministers seek legally-binding and ambitious Paris climate deal 26.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Deal at UN climate summit later this year should be enforced through five-yearly reviews to avoid dangerous global warming, draft document shows

European Union ministers are seeking an ambitious, durable and legally-binding deal to curb global warming, enforced through five-yearly reviews, a draft of their position statement for UN climate talks shows.

EU environment ministers meet on 18 September in Brussels to iron out their joint position ahead of the UN talks in Paris in December. Diplomats have already drawn up a draft text.

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Pope attacks emissions trading as a possible 'ploy' 19.6.2015 Hindu: International
Pope Francis attacked one of the major policy initiatives in the fight to combat climate change, warning in his encyclical published on Thursday that the trading carbon credits could merely reward...
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Eight things we learned from the Pope's climate change encyclical 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

From calling on rich countries to pay their social debt to his thoughts on GM food and UN climate talks, here are the top highlights


Pope Francis has released an unprecedented encyclical on climate change and the environment. The 180-page document calls on rich nations to pay their “grave social debt” to poorer countries and lambasts the UN climate talks for a lack of progress. Here are eight things we learned:

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The Pope's encyclical on climate change – live reaction and analysis 18.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
On Thursday, the Vatican will publish Pope Francis’s long-awaited encyclical on the environment, which is likely to get a strong pushback from the US right 11.42am BST At 1.30pm BST, Donald William Wuerl, one of five cardinals who lead the US archdiocese, will be holding a press conference on the encyclical . I’ll try to summarise some of it here on the blog. 11.39am BST The pontiff included a personal handwritten note in his communication. It ended with a plea for help: “United in the lord, and please do not forget to pray for me.” "In bond of unity, charity and peace," Pope entrusts #LaudatoSi to world's bishops w/ personal note, asks prayers: ...
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Hope for Indonesia's valuable but threatened mangroves 17.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
Recent study highlights the value of Indonesia’s disappearing mangrove forests, both on the global carbon market and for local communities Indonesia is home to the largest tracts of mangrove forests on earth – but they are disappearing at a rate of up to 2% a year, faster than anywhere else in the world. A study by Conservation International (CI) in West Papua province is trying to determine the potential value of these mangroves, both for Indonesia - the world’s third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases - and for the Papuan communities that live among them. Threatened mangroves and coastal marine ecosystems in general get far less attention than tropical rainforests in climate negotiations, despite the many useful services they provide. Mangroves are highly efficient carbon sinks, absorbing up to five times as much carbon dioxide as tropical forests. They are also important ecosystems, providing spawning grounds and habitat for hundreds of species, many of them commercially important. They are natural ...
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Some encouraging trend lines on global warming, but danger zone remains near 16.6.2015 MinnPost
In what will surely rank among 2015’s most significant reports on the pace of global warming, the International Energy Agency on Monday laid out several positive trend lines and one grim counterpoint as it looked to the future: Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel consumption stayed flat in 2014 even as the global economy grew by 3 percent, “the first time in at least 40 years that such an outcome has occurred outside economic crisis.” The “energy intensity” of the global economy fell by 2.3 percent last year, more than double the average yearly decline of the past decade. Renewable energy sources accounted for nearly half of all new generating capacity added in 2014, with China joining the U.S., Japan and Germany among the leading developers; renewables are  approaching coal’s share of world power production. With projected economic growth of 88 percent between 2013 and 2030, emissions from energy use may grow just 8 percent if emitting nations hold to their newest control policies. Taken together, ...
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MEPs threaten to block trade deal over rights to regulate carbon emissions 8.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

European parliament will ‘never consent’ to a Trade in Services Agreement that could bypass emissions limits for airlines and ships, senior figures warn

The European parliament will block a secretive trade pact unless it guarantees states’ rights to regulate over climate, health and social laws, a key parliamentary leader has warned just days before a related crunch vote on trade liberalisation with the US.

The shot across the boughs by a former commission vice-president follows publication of a Wikileaks trawl of 17 negotiating texts for the Trade in Services Agreement (Tisa), which environmentalists fear could outlaw attempts to set bloc emissions limits for airlines or ships.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Australia cutting emissions is good economics 6.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Actor and former governor of California describes claims that climate action hurts the economy as ‘a bunch of nonsense’ and urges all countries to cooperate

Arnold Schwarzenegger is apparently on a mission to terminate the myth that protecting the environment hurts the economy.

The actor and former politician is in Australia to promote his new film Terminator Genisys, the first a planned new trilogy for the popular movie franchise.

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Climate deal must avoid US Congress approval, French minister says 2.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Goal of UN talks in Bonn is to shorten the sprawling climate change plan as countries push for a legally binding deal

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China readies national carbon market to fight climate change 24.5.2015 AP Business
BEIJING (AP) -- At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market....
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Coal and solar executives clash on climate 21.5.2015 Financial Times India: Economy
‘Solar is not an answer to broad scale industrialisation’, says Hayward
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New Zealand mulls carbon markets to meet climate targets 7.5.2015 Guardian: Environment
Minister warns that setting a carbon target will not be easy as Greens criticise country’s climate change consultation for a lack of ambition, reports RTCC New Zealand is eyeing up international carbon markets to meet any climate commitments, the government revealed in a consultation this week. Slammed by Greens as “seriously flawed”, the document emphasised the costs of cutting greenhouse emissions at home. Lots of waffle about the costs of #climate action. Nothing about the (much higher) costs of inaction. ...
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Under Richard Di Natale, Greens have an opportunity to work with the Coalition | Richard Denniss 7.5.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
With 10 votes in the Senate, Richard Di Natale’s Greens could work proactively with the Abbott government – and grow in power A new leader for the Greens means new opportunities for policy development and political strategy. With 10 votes in the Senate, the Greens can ensure the passage of any piece of government legislation they support. However, their strategy of voting against almost all Abbott government policy, even policies they support, has meant that few journalists (and even fewer voters) realise they currently share the balance of power in the ...
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EU agrees 'landmark' carbon market deal 6.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Emissions trading reform expected to pull the plug on Europe’s carbon credit glut in 2019, but environmentalists warn of need for long-term solution

A deal to claw back hundreds of millions of surplus allowances from Europe’s emissions trading system (ETS) has been hailed as a watershed by environmentalists, MEPs and renewable industry groups.

Nearly half of the continent’s emissions are covered by the ETS, the world’s largest carbon market, which sets a cap on CO2 output and forces firms to buy or sell allowances to stay within its boundaries.

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French ambassador urges Australia to join climate change battle 6.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Christophe Lecourtier says he is optimistic about Australia’s ‘momentum’ and it joining a ‘coalition of countries’

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EU Agrees to Overhaul Carbon-Trading System 6.5.2015 Wall St. Journal: Europe
European Union governments and the bloc’s Parliament agreed to create a market-stability reserve for its emissions-trading system from 2019, in an effort to stabilize the price of emitting carbon dioxide into the air.
Canada’s provinces try to exert climate change pressure on Harper government 28.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Despite Alberta’s absence, a provincial alliance aims to take steps to make the Canadian economy more ‘carbon sober’ before Paris climate conference Continue reading...
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Roundup: Da Vinci developer speaks, Gurlitt's hoard, Le Corbusier's past 28.4.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Arts stories worth reading include pieces on the Armenian genocide's textile legacy, controversy at Kenya’s Venice Biennale Pavilion, a curator who tries to show the complete Nazi-era art hoard, and LACMA landing a rare sculpture. Plus: The developer behind the Da Vinci discusses his buildings...
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